Socio-Economic Current Affairs - 2020

Highlights from Railway Budget 2014-15

Union Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda presented his first Railway Budget in Parliament. Below are the highlights of this Budget: No new hike in passenger fares and freight charges Bullet train in Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector Diamond quadrilateral for high speed trains Proposal to enhance speed of trains to 160-200 km/hr in 9 sectors Online booking to Read More…

New Rail Budget’s 8 common man-friendly steps

The maiden Rail Budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government proposes to initiate a number of passenger-friendly measures, aimed at facilitating the commuters in the long-run and improving the overall experience of travellers. The budget has mentioned 8 main common man-friendly measures. Let’s have a look: High Speed rail network and Bullet trains: Bullet Read More…

Government implements merit-cum-means based scholarship schemes for minorities

The Ministry of Minority Affairs is implementing pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means based scholarship schemes for the educational upliftment of the minority communities. Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme: Under this scheme, students are encouraged to pursue technical and vocational courses in Industrial Training Institutes/ Industrial Training Centres by granting higher amount of scholarships. Merit-cum-means based Scholarship Scheme: Under Read More…

Health Ministry focuses on Kala Azar eradication

Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, has set up a core group to sketch a detailed plan of action to wipe out the vector-borne disease Kala Azar by 2015. In 2004, the government had set a target for eradicating the disease, by 2008. Since then, it has been revised twice to 2010 and finally to Read More…

‘Shariat courts and fatwas have no legal status’: Supreme Court

As per the Supreme Court, Shariat courts, issuing fatwa and order against a person who has not submitted himself  before it, has no sanction of law and has no legal status. The court held that no religion is permitted to violate anyone’s fundamental rights. The apex court noted that in some cases, orders were being Read More…