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Gujarat Grants Minority Status To Jews

12-07-2018

Gujarat has granted Minority Status to Jews. It is the third state after West Bengal and Maharashtra to do so.

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Telangana Restricts Use Of Glyphosate

12-07-2018

To curb the illegal use of herbicide tolerant cotton (or Bt3), the Telangana government has put restrictions on the use of glyphosate, a controversial herbicide used in HT cotton crops.

The herbicide-tolerant cotton, or HT cotton, is a third generation biotechnology developed by Monsanto which lets the cotton plant to withstand the herbicide sprays intended to kill the weed. Glyphosate is used in HT crops to kill the weed. This technology has not received the GEAC’s (Genetic Engineering Approval Committee) permission for commercial use. Its use, however, has been rampant in several parts of the country. With the pink bollworm developing resistance to Bollgard-II, farmers have looked at HT or Bt3 as a saviour.

Andhra has already prohibited use of glyphosate.

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Special Rhino Protection Force

12-07-2018

In an attempt to help the Forest Department to protect the one-horned rhinoceros, the Assam government has raised the Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF), consisting 90 youth living in areas on the fringe of the Kaziranga National Park. In Assam, Kaziranga National Park, Orang National Park and Manas National Park are the rhino habitats in the state.

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First State To Allow Cannabis Cultivation

11-07-2018

Uttarakhand will be the first State in the country to allow commercial cultivation of hemp crop, a rich source of high-quality fibre and a host of medicinal and nutritive products.It has granted licence to the Indian Industrial Hemp Association (IIHA), a non-profit organisation that promotes industrial application of hemp, to grow the fibre over 1,000 hectares, on a pilot basis.

Currently, the authorities have given permission to cultivate hemp for fibre, which will find its use in textile industry. While its seeds and flowers are of immense value in medical and food-processing industry, the government is yet to legalise its use in the country.

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Pay Cut For Neglecting Parents

09-07-2018

The Assam government has decided to implement the policy of deducting the pay of employees who do not take care of their parents and physically-challenged siblings. The Assam Employees Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill, 2017 was passed by the Assembly last year in this regard.

The State government will also make changes in the service rules of employees in accordance with the State Population Policy passed last year. This will make people with more than two children ineligible for government jobs and election or nomination to the Panchayat and other local bodies.

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U.P. Govt. Bans Plastic Bags

07-07-2018

The Uttar Pradesh government has banned the use of polythene bags and items of common use made of plastic from July 15. Plastic had been banned earlier in the State, but the prohibition on its use had not been implemented effectively so far.

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Punjab Wants Death For Drug Peddlers

03-07-2018

After a huge spurt in deaths across Punjab, allegedly due to drug overdose, the state government has decided to recommend to the Centre death penalty for drug smugglers and peddlers. The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act provides for death sentence for repeat offenders, but the Punjab government wants this penalty to be imposed for all drug smugglers and peddlers.

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Gujjars Entitled To 21 PC Quota Under OBC Too

03-07-2018

The Rajasthan government has clarified that five castes, including Gujjars, under the most backward classes (MBC), are also entitled to the 21 per cent quota under the OBC category for admission to educational institutions and recruitment in government jobs in the state.

The five castes under the most backward class (MBC) are (1) Banjara/Baldia/Labana, (2) Gadia-Lohar/Gadalia, (3) Gujjar/Gurjar, (4) Raika/Rebari and (5) Gadaria (Gaadri), who were initially enlisted in the OBC since 1994.

The candidates (of these five castes of MBC) if not selected on the basis of merit in the general category will be considered first under the OBC (21 per cent) and then under the MBC (1 per cent) in admissions and recruitments, according to the two orders which are separate for admissions and recruitments.

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