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2010 August National Issues


The Union Cabinet cleared a 300
per cent salary hike, from Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 50,000, for members of Parliament
doubled their perks. The increase will be given with retrospective effect from
May 2009, when the 15th Lok Sabha was constituted when the Bill seeking
amendment to the Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament Act, 1954, is
brought in Parliament and passed by both the Houses. 

The Union Cabinet approved the Civil
Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010
with 18 amendments. 

According to the chairman of the
Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI) S.K. Sarin, MBBS
aspirants will have a common entrance test
for admission to medical
colleges across the country from the next academic session (2011-12). 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
announced a Rs.125-crore relief for the flood-ravaged Leh from the Prime
Minister's Relief Fund. 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed
for the setting up of a National Innovation Council headed by Sam Pitroda, Adviser
to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, to
give shape to the Government's decision to observe the current decade
(2010-2020) as the Decade of Innovation. The Council will have a mandate to
evolve an Indian model of innovation that focuses on inclusive growth and
creating an appropriate eco-system conducive to fostering inclusive innovation. 

Bihar Chief Minister Mr. Nitish
Kumar has declared the entire Bihar state to be drought affected. 

While addressing the nation from the
Red Fort during the 64th Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said this country can resolve issues through
dialogue, be it with Pakistan, Kashmiri separatists, northeast groups or

A Bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari
and Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan of the Supreme Court asked Parliament to revisit
the provision relating to cruelty and dowry harassment,
pointing out that a
large number of frivolous complaints are emanating from section 498-A of the
Indian Penal Code (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to
cruelty) and the courts are flooded with such matrimonial cases. 

The Group of Ministers (GoM), headed
by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, gave its approval to the
enumeration of caste in Census 2011. The GoM recommended that the caste
headcount should be done at the biometric stage which will cover photographing,
fingerprinting and iris mapping of all citizens over the age of 15 for the
National Population Register (NPR). 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while
addressing an all-party delegation from Jammu and Kashmir announced to set
up an experts group to formulate a jobs plan.
The committee, headed by Dr. C.
Rangarajan, will have members as N.R. Narayana Murthy, Tarun Das, P. Nanda
Kumar, Shaqueel Qalander and an official representative of the State
government.the group would be tasked with not only creating employment in the
public and private sectors, but also increasing employability through the
National Skill Development Mission. 

The Union Cabinet approved
implementation of the ‘Swavalamban' scheme to cover workers in the
unorganised sector and provide old age security to all, especially the
vulnerable sections. Under the scheme, the government is to provide an
assistance of Rs. 1,000 a year as co-contribution to every NPS (New Pension
System) account of 10 lakh unorganised sector workers, starting this fiscal for
four years, till 2013-14 to cover 40 lakh subscribers. 

The Union Ministry of Environment
and Forests has told the Orissa government to stop all work related to
Posco's Rs.54, 000-crore steel project,
including land acquisition and
handover, as it is violating the Forest Rights Act (FRA). 

A Rs.10, 000-crore liquefied
natural gas terminal
jointly implemented by the Indian Oil Corporation
(IOC) and the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) will be set
up Kattupalli near the Ennore port, Chennai. 

The Centre has appointed two
full-time members to the 19th Law Commission of India, which was reconstituted
in September 2009.Retired Supreme Court Judge P.V. Reddy was Chairman of
the Commission. Full-time Members are Justice Shivkumar Sharma, retired judge
of the Rajasthan High Court and Amarjit Singh Chandhiok, former Additional
Solicitor General of India. 

The Commonwealth Games Organising
Committee formed a three-member panel headed by Lalit Bhanot to probe
allegations of irregular financial transactions. 



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