Election Commission of India on February 10, revised election dates for the two-phased Manipur Assembly election. According to the EC, the first phase of the polls has been postponed from February 27 to 28. The second phase polls has been postponed from March 3 to 5. The decision was taken after EC took inputs from stake holders, political leaders to understand the ground situation in the State.
In view of the COVID-19 surge, the Madhya Pradesh Government announced to close classes for 1-12, from January 15 to 31. The State CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan held a review meeting with the crisis management group on January 14. In addition, the BJP led MP Government also banned religious and political rallies until further notice. However, Makar Sankranti snan (bath) was exempted from the imposed ban.
The Odisha government on January 11, raised the upper age limit from 32 to 38 years for recruitment into state government jobs. "For SC/ST/SEBC and women, the age limit is 43 years, for General persons with disabilities is 48 years and for SC/ST/SEBC PwD candidates is 53 years," the government said. The relaxation in the upper age limits will be made during the calendar year i.e. 2021, 2022, and 2023.
Indian Medical Association demanded limited working hours for doctors amid the worsening "COVID-19" situation. The association asked the Central Government to limit working hours to eight hours and take extra precaution for "mental health" of resident doctors, working on COVID-19 patients. Besides, quarantine of 10-14 days, compensation and arrangements of medical facilities should be given to doctors. Notably, 10,000 were affected and over 2… read-more
The Central Government on November 13, released Rs 8,453.92 crores to 19 states as a grant to strengthen their health systems. The grant was released by the department of expenditure as per the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission, said the finance ministry. Moreover, grants for the remaining nine states will also be released once the union ministry receives their proposal, according to sources.
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The Supreme Court on July 1 dismissed the Centre's plea seeking to review SC's previous ruling on May 5, which limits the identification of SEBCs to centres, not the states for granting quotas in jobs & education. However, the bench stated, "We do not find any sufficient ground to entertain this review petition." The decision has left the Centre with their last resort to move a curative writ petition.
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The Supreme Court has urged the Centre and state governments to consider imposing a lockdown due to a massive increase in COVID-19 cases. The court asked the Centre to formulate a national policy within two weeks so that none are denied hospitalization in any state due to lack of residential proof. It also urged the governments to review the COVID-19 measures; availability of oxygen, vaccines, essential drugs and their pricing.
The Supreme Court has sought a response from the Centre and State governments over the cancellation of three crore ration cards not linked to Aadhar cards. Terming the termination "too serious a matter", the CJI SA Bobde-headed bench examined the matter after senior advocate Colin Gonsalves underlined the broader issue of starvation deaths provoked by card cancellation. Emphasizing the urgency to not appraise the issue as adversarial, SC… read-more