Socio-Economic Current Affairs - 2020

SC upholds constitutional validity of Right to Education Act

The constitutional validity of Right to Education Act (RTE Act) has been upheld by the Supreme Court. RTE Act mandates that 25% seats in all schools be reserved for the economically disadvantaged children. As per the Supreme Court decision: The 93rd Amendment Act, 2005, inserting clause (5) in Article 15 enables the State to make special Read More…

Govt’s nod not required to investigate corruption charges on senior bureaucrats: Supreme Court

As per the Supreme Court, the legal provision which makes approval of competent authority mandatory for CBI to investigate a corruption case against an officer of joint secretary-rank or above is invalid and unconstitutional and has the propensity of protecting the corrupt. The judgement was delivered after the court examined Section 6A of the Delhi Read More…

Excavation suspended at Kerala’s Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Excavation activities which were being conducted by the Kerala Archeology Department to study the underground granite pavements, paths and artifacts at the Vadakke Nada (north entrance) of the treasure rich Padmanabhaswamy Temple at Thiruvananthapuram have been suspended by the five-member temple management committee. The panel, constituted as per instructions of the Supreme Court, put the excavations Read More…

Supreme Court creates a ‘Third Gender’ for transgenders

Hijras or Transgenders are no longer forced to write male or female against their name as the Supreme Court has given them the status of the “third gender”. This is for the first time that the third gender has got a formal recognition. The apex court passed the judgment on a PIL filed by National Legal Read More…

Egypt: 683 alleged supporters of ex-President Morsi sentenced to death

Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide, Mohamed Badie and 683 alleged supporters of the group have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian judge. The judge confirmed the death sentences of 37 of 529 alleged supporters condemned earlier. If the sentence is confirmed, Mohamed Badie, would be the most senior Brotherhood figure sentenced to death since one Read More…