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News in Short - 15-September-2019

UP scraps law that makes state pay income tax of ministers

Date: 15 September 2019 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to scrap a 40 year old law, which mandated state government to pay the income tax of all state Ministers including the chief minister.
  • The law, Uttar Pradesh Ministers’ Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Act, 1981, was enacted when V P Singh was chief minister.

Rajasthan launches information portal

Date: 15 September 2019 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • Rajasthan became the first state to launch a public information portal called 'Jan Soochana portal'.
  • The portal will provide information about government authorities and departments suo motu to the public in the true spirit of the Right To Information Act. 
  • The State government has collaborated with the civil society groups to develop the portal.
  • The State government will set up information kiosks in village panchayats and self-service e-mitra centres in the towns to enable the people to access the information useful for them.

Drone attacks on Saudi oil facility ARAMCO

Date: 15 September 2019 Tags: International Events
  • Drones attacked the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oilfield operated by Saudi Aramco.
  • Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the drone attacks.
  • Saudi Arabia and Yemen are deeply engaged in a brutal war for supremacy in Houthi rebel- controlled Yemen.

Memorial for polish refugees in Kolhapur

Date: 15 September 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A pillar in memory of polish refugees who lived in Valivade village in Kolhapur district will be innaugrated soon.
  • A permanent museum dedicated to the memory of the 5,000 Polish people who lived in the Valivade camp will be constructed soon.
  • The refugees had arrived in India after Nazi invasion of Poland during World War II.

LCA Tejas makes arrested Landing

Date: 15 September 2019 Tags: Military
  • Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) on Friday succeeded in the first “arrested landing” test in the country.
  • The arrested landing is very important for any aircraft for enhancing its ability to land on an aircraft carrier.
  • The HAL Tejas is an Indian single-engine, delta wing, multirole light fighter designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

Indian origin Sikhs removed from adverse list

Date: 15 September 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • At least 312 Indian-origin Sikhs living in foreign countries have been removed from a Ministry of Home Affairs “adverse list”.
  • The beneficiaries can apply for Indian visa and also visit the country in the future. They can also be eligible for registering as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).
  • The list was prepared after the 1984 Sikh riots when certain individuals were influenced by anti-India propaganda and took part in secessionist movement.