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हिंदी करंट अफेयर्स प्रश्नोत्तरी 2018 के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें.

Department of Commerce and CII ink MoU for development of Logistics sector

The Department of Commerce has signed MoU with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for setting-up institutional mechanism for the development of Logistics sector in the country.

Both will work together for taking logistics sector to global levels both in terms of efficiency and cost. They will follow Commerce Ministry’s roadmap for modernizing logistics sector and bring it at par with the global best.

Road map

The road map aims to foster focused engagement with the industry and collaborate with the concerned agencies including state Government’s and other related agencies. It will also undertake mutually agreed focused studies on logistics and promote Government’s policies on logistics

Background

The Union Government has decided to reduce Logistics cost in country from the present 14% of GDP to less than 10% by 2022. For this purpose, a concerted effort in collaboration with Central Ministries as well as State Governments has been initiated for simplifying the regulatory processes in both domestic and EXIM (export-import) logistics. Government also has granted infrastructure status to number of logistics activities, which will enable them to avail cheaper and long term commercial loans.

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Khap Panchayats can’t interfere in marriages of adults: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court held that every adult has right to marry anyone and nobody including parents, khap panchayats or similar associations can question their choice of spouse.

It also ruled that any kind of attack and interference on such adults opting for marriage, especially inter-caste marriage as ‘absolutely illegal’. The case has been listed for further hearing in February 2018.

SC Ruling

The apex court asked Central Government to give its response on suggestions given by senior advocate on ways to prevent harassment and killing of young couples in name of family honour who opt for inter-caste marriages. It also issued strict direction to government to control such attacks. It also warned Central Government that if it does not act towards banning Khap Panchayats then, it will step in.

Background

The SC was hearing petition filed against khap panchayats by NGO Shakti Vahini in 2010 seeking directions to Centre and state governments for preventing honour crimes. Earlier it had sought suggestions from Shakti Vahini, amicus curiae and khap panchayats on the issue. It also had invited khap panchayats to hear their views before issuing order to stop them from harassing and killing couples and women in the name of honour.

Khaps Panchayats

Khaps are caste or community organisations representing clan or group of related clans. They frequently make pronouncements on social issues and have often landed in controversies owing to their diktats.

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