Some Important News from The Hindu

  1. Central Kashmir’s Manasbal Lake is once again open for training drills, more than three decades after raging militancy forced the Navy to abandon it. Amid picturesque hills and pristine waters, over 100 National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets, both from J&K and outside, participated in exercises like sailing and boat pulling on Wednesday. Located in Ganderbal district, Manasbal is a freshwater lake. The site was abandoned by the Navy in 1989.
  2. Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that only 6% of the children received education in English and a large majority who did not speak fluent English were deprived of a platform at the national and State levels. Mr. Shah appealed to guardians to speak to children in their mother tongue to enable them to learn Hindi without much effort. 
  3. The Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the addition of four tribes to the list of Scheduled Tribes (ST), including those from Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh. The Hatti tribe in the Trans-Giri area of Sirmour district in Himachal Pradesh, the Narikoravan and Kurivikkaran hill tribes of Tamil Nadu, and the Binjhia tribe in Chhattisgarh, which was listed as ST in Jharkhand and Odisha but not in Chhattisgarh, were the communities added to the list. The Cabinet also approved a proposal to bring the Gond community, residing in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh, under the ST list from the Scheduled Caste list. This includes the five subcategories of the Gond community: Dhuria, Nayak, Ojha, Pathari and Rajgond.
  4. The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that the three-year cooling-off period for BCCI office-bearers will kick in only after they complete two consecutive terms in the apex cricket body. The relaxation in the cooling-off period has paved the way for BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to contest elections for a second term in October.
  5. Reviewing the implementation of the Deshbhakti Curriculum, which is being taught in all Delhi government schools for almost a year now, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said children are now able to understand that “making sacrifices for the country is patriotism”. 
  6. The Delhi Traffic Police on Wednesday issued 17 challans to people for not wearing seat belts in the rear seats of cars. It conducted a drive on Barakhamba Road near Connaught Place in central Delhi to ensure compliance. A senior police officer said a total of 17 challans were issued during the drive from 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. under Section 194B (use of safety belts and the seating of children) of the Motor Vehicles Act. The offenders were fined ₹1,000 each.
  7. India on Wednesday “recognised” that the latest disengagement at Patrolling Point (PP) 15 in the Gogra-Hot Springs area of eastern Ladakh amounted to “one problem less” along the India-China frontier. The comment from External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar came a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to travel to Samarkand in Uzbekistan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, which is expected to witness participation of all the heads of governments of the member countries, including President Xi Jinping of China.

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