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30- AUGUST - 2016

 

:: NATIONAL ::

HAJI ALI DARGAH OPENED FOR WOMEN

  • Women be permitted to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah at par with men”, ruled the Bombay High Court in a landmark verdict allowing the entry of women up to the mazar in the revered Sufi dargah in south central Mumbai.
  • However, the Division Bench of Justices V.M. Kanade and Revati Mohite-Dere granted a six-week stay on the order on a request by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust to enable it to go on appeal before the Supreme Court.
  • Court said that the ban order by the Trust contravened Article 14, 15 and 25 of the Constitution.
  • The Bench said: “The Trust is always at liberty to take steps to prevent sexual harassment of women, by having separate queues for men and women, as was done earlier.”

MAHARASTRA GOVT TO LOOK FOR CONSENSUS ON INTERNAL SECURITY BILL

  • Maharashtra government decided to withdraw the draft, posted on its official website, and evolve a political consensus before placing it for Cabinet approval.
  • The legislation proposes special security zones where movement of arms, explosives and inflow of unaccounted funds will be prohibited.
  • The draft Bill, if passed, will make Maharashtra the first state to implement such a law, and came under fire from the Opposition as well as Shiv Sena.
  • The draft has also come in for sharp criticism from Mumbai citizens’ pressure groups, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and Police Reforms Watch (PRW), which question both the necessity and justification for a new internal security law.
  • The Bill tried to deal with challenges of ‘terrorism, insurgency, communalism, and caste violence’ , and does not differentiate between the nature of the threats from each.

TASK FORCE FOR OLYMPIC GAMES MADE BY PM

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the setting up of a task force which will help to plan for the “effective participation” of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympics, to be held in 2020, 2024 and 2028.
  • He made the announcement at the monthly meeting of the Union Council of Ministers and said the structure of the task force would be in place in the next few days.
  • The task force will prepare an overall strategy for facilities, training, selection procedures and other related matters.
  • The government will look at in-house and outside experts for this task force.
  • India had to content itself with two medals in the Rio Olympics, although a larger number of sportspersons qualified for the 2016 Games than for the previous events.
  • The medal tally, however, came down from six in London Olympics of 2012 to just two.
  • Mr. Modi had asked for a report on the doping charges against wrestler Narsingh Yadav, and was disturbed by some of the controversies that came up in relation to the Indian contingent in Rio during the Games.

:: INTERNATIONAL ::

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON GERMAN CHANCELLOR

  • An assassination attempt on German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly been foiled here as police in the Czech Republic detained an armed man who tried to join her motorcade.
  • The perpetrator has been detained,” the Mirror quoted police spokesman Josef Bocan as saying.
  • He is suspected of attempting to cause a crime: specifically an attempt to use violence against an official.

:: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY ::

UNIFIED PAYMENT INTERFACE BECOME OPERATIONAL

  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) announced that bank applications for the Unified Payment Interface have officially become operational, which means that UPI apps of banks can now be downloaded and used for transactions:
  • UPI is a payment system that allows money transfer between any two bank accounts by using a smartphone.
  • UPI allows a customer to pay directly from a bank account to different merchants, both online and offline, without the hassle of typing credit card details, IFSC code, or net banking/wallet passwords.
  • The UPI app of 19 banks and it will be available on the Google Play Store of Android phones in the next few days for customers to download.
  • It is safe as the customers only share a virtual address and provide no other sensitive information.
  • Merchant payments, remittances, bill payments among others.The per transaction limit is Rs.1 lakh.
  • A user can make an in-app payment for goods or services purchased online.

WITH AN AIM TO DISCOURAGE CASH TRANSACTIONS, GOVT HAS SET UP A HIGH-LEVEL COMMITTEE

  • With an aim to discourage cash transactions, the Finance Ministry has set up a high-level committee to suggest steps to promote card payments through incentives like tax rebates and cash back schemes.
  • The 11-member committee, headed by former Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal, will recommend various measures to “incentivise transactions through cards and digital means, e.g., through tax rebates/incentives, introduction of cash back/lottery,”.
  • The panel, which will review the payments system in the country and recommend measures for encouraging digital payments, has been set up following a decision taken by the Cabinet in February.
  • The panel will also study and recommend need for changes, if any, in the regulatory mechanism under various laws, relevant for the purpose of promotion of payments by digital modes.

:: IMPORTANT DETAILED NEWS ::

RBI ANNOUNCED INTEREST SUBVENTION SCHEME FOR WOMEN SELF-HELP GROUPS

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) asked all commercial and Co-operative banks to provide loans to women self-help groups (SHGs) in rural areas at 7 percent per annum.

The laons will be provided for the financial year 2016-17 under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) in 250 districts.

Interest subvention scheme for Women SHGs - Year 2016-17

• All women self-help groups (SHGs) will be eligible for interest subvention on credit up to three lakh rupees at 7 percent per annum.

• SHGs availing capital subsidy under the Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) in their existing credit outstanding will not be eligible for benefit under this scheme.

• All banks will be subvented to the extent of difference between the weighted average interest charged and 7%, subject to the maximum limit of 5.5% for 2016-17.

Further, the SHGs will be provided with an additional 3% subvention on the prompt repayment of loans. For the purpose of interest subvention of additional 3% on prompt repayment, an SHG account will be considered prompt payee if it satisfies the following criterion as specified by RBI.

National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM)

NRLM (Aajeevika) was launched by the Union Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) in June 2011. In 2015, the mission was replaced by the Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana.

Aided in part through investment support by the World Bank, the NRLM aimed at creating efficient and effective institutional platforms of the rural poor. It seeks to enable them to increase household income through sustainable livelihood enhancements and improved access to financial services.

UNION MINISTER MANEKA GANDHI LAUNCHES POCSO E-BOX

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launched Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses, POCSO e-box, in New Delhi.

POCSO e-box is a platform where a child victim of sexual abuse can report such cases online. It is initiative of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, for direct online reporting of child sexual abuse.

Key Highlights

• The e-Box is an online complaint management system for easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against children and timely action against the offenders under the POCSO Act, 2012.

• It is incorporated on the home page of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) website http://ncpcr.gov.in/.

• To register complain, a complainant will have to push a button named POSCO e-Box, which will navigate him/her to a page where he/she will have to select at least one picture option (describing the category of harassment).

• Later, he/she will also have to fill a form with details such as mobile number, e-mail and description of the harassment followed by the ‘submit’ button, after which a unique auto-generated complaint number will be flashed.

Under POSCO Act, any human being up to the age of 18 years is recognised as a child.

PM ANNOUNCES TASK FORCE TO PREPARE ACTION PLAN FOR NEXT THREE OLYMPICS GAMES

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision to set up a task force to prepare action Plan for the next three Olympics Games. The task force will be set up over the next few days.

The announcement was made at the meeting of the Council of Ministers in New Delhi.

The task force will prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of Indian sports persons in the Olympic Games to be held in 2020, 2024 and 2028. The 2020 Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo.

The task force comprising members in house as well as outside experts will prepare overall strategy for sports facility, training, selection procedure and other related matters.

The decision was made in backdrop of the dismal performance of India at Rio Olympics in which the country was able to win only one silver and one bronze medal after sending the biggest contingent of 118 athletes.

BOMBAY HIGH COURT ALLOWS ENTRY OF WOMEN INSIDE HAJI ALI DARGAH

Bombay High Court ruled that women should be permitted to enter the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali Dargah set in the heart of Mumbai.

The 15th century dargah of the Sufi saint, Haji Ali Shah, is located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai.

A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Revati Mohite Dere in its 56-page judgement said that a ban imposed by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust on women entering the sanctum sanctorum contravenes their fundamental rights and must be lifted.

Highlights of the Judgement

• The court said that the ban on entry of women inside Haji Ali Dargah violates their fundamental right to practice any religion.

• Rebuking the Dargah Trust, the court said it has no right to discriminate entry of women into a public place of worship under the guise of 'managing the affairs of religion'.

• It refused to accept the claims that allowing women in close proximity to the grave of male Muslim saint was a sin in Islam.

• It also refused to accept that the ban was imposed to prevent sexual harassment of women.

• The court in its judgement also highlighted few constitutional provisions that give equal rights to all faith practitioners (men and women) to profess and practice whatever they wish as per their religious dictates. Articles used in the judgment include

The bench asked the Dargah Trust to take effective steps like having separate queues for men and women as was done before. It also added that the state government is also duty bound to ensure safety of women at such places.

The judgement was passed on public interest litigation (PIL) filed by filed by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), a Muslim women's rights group based in Mumbain and several other women activists urging the court to lift restrictions imposed on entry of women in the dargah by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust. Noorjehan Safia Niaz and Zakia Soman are the founders of BMMA.

However, the court has stayed its order for six weeks following a plea by the Dargah Trust, which wants to challenge this decision in the Supreme Court.

Background

The Haji Ali trustees, who banned entry of women into the mausoleum in 2012, were the first so-called Sufi followers in India to bar women from the spiritual tradition of shrine visitation.

In February 2016, Maharashtra Government said to the Bombay High Court that women should be allowed to allowed to enter the inner sanctum till the Daragh Board in not able to prove that ban is part of their religious practice with reference to Quran.

Earlier in April 2016, the Bombay high court passed a similar ruling lifting ban on women’s entry to the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The Trust of the temple imposed the ban on the basis of a 400-year-old tradition which proclaimed against women entering the inner sanctum of Lord Shani temple. The trust allowed women to enter the temple within a week of the order of the court.

 

 

 

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