The Supreme Court declared the right to privacy a fundamental right under the constitution. A nine-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar ruled that right to privacy is an intrinsic part of the Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution. The nine judges unanimously overruled the two earlier judgements of the apex court that the right to privacy is not protected under the Constitution.
The Supreme Court has set aside the practice of triple talaq. A five-judge Constitution bench, by a majority of 3-2, ruled that the three-word divorce was unconstitutional and illegal. The ruling came on petitions filed by some Muslim women, challenging the practice on the ground that it violated their right to equality, right to non-discrimination and right to live with dignity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Central government officials to focus their attention on 100 most backward districts of the country so that they can be brought up to the national average level, on various development parameters. Mr. Modi said the officers should not look on their work as just a duty, but an opportunity to make a positive transformation for governance in the country. During an interaction with a group of over 80 Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries, he urged them to use technology interventions to simplify governance processes.
The government has finalized a new cadre policy of IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service officers aimed at ensuring national integration in the country’s top bureaucracy. Officers of all-India services – the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) – will have to choose cadres from a set of zones instead of states. Under the new policy, candidates can only select one state or cadre from a zone as their first choice. Their second, third fourth and fifth choices have to be from the different zones.
In Rajasthan, Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur districts have been given reservation under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category. The State Social Justice and Empowerment department issued a notification in this after approval from the Cabinet.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced immediate assistance of Rs 500 crore to flood ravaged Bihar. He held detailed review meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over relief operations, compensation and rehabilitation work in flood affected areas. Meanwhile, the flood situation as further aggravated in Muzaffarpur, Samastipur and Darbhanga districts of the state. Swollen rivers Burhi Gandak and Bagmati have engulfed new areas in the district.
The Annual Delhi Book Fair began at Pragati Maidan I the national capital on 25th August. It is organized by the India Trade Promotion Organization in association with the Federation of India Publishers. The theme this year is, ‘Padhe Bharat, Badhe Bharat’.
India and Nepal have inked eight Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in various fields including – Housing grant, prevention of drugs and reconstruction packages in health & education sectors. In New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba also jointly inaugurated the kataiya-Kusaha and Raxaul-Parwanipur cross border Transmission lines. Mr. Modi said India will extend all possible assistance to Nepal to deal with flood situation. He said the two countries have also agreed to increase trade relations. He said India is committed to ensure development of its valuable neighbor.
Qatar has restored full diplomatic relations with Iran, disregarding the demands of Arab nations to lessen its ties with Tehran. A Foreign Ministry statement said, the state of Qatar expresses its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields.
A Gulf of Mexico storm has intensified spinning into potentially the biggest hurricane to hit mainland United States in 12 years. The National Hurricane Center said in an advisory, Hurricane Harvey strengthened to a category 2 storm, packed winds of 100 mph as it moved northwest about 220 miles off the coast of Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Government has constituted a task force on Artificial Intelligence for the country’s Economic Transformation. The 18-member panel, headed by Dr. V. Kamakoti of IIT Madras, will comprise of experts, academics, researchers and industry leaders. It will explore the possibilities to leverage Artificial intelligence for development across various fields. The task force will submit concrete and implementable recommendations for government, industry and research institutions. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, with rapid development in the fields of information technology and hardware, the world is about to witness a fourth industrial revolution.
The Reserve Bank has issued new Rs 200 and Rs 50 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, bearing signature of RBI Governor Urjit Patel. Initially, the new Rs 200 notes will be circulated by select RBI offices, and some banks. The new Rs. 200 denomination has motif of Sanchi Stupa on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage. The base colour of the note is bright yellow. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse.
In the World Boxing Championships, India’s Amit Phangal has advanced to the pre-quarterfinals in the 49 kg category in Hamburg, Germany. Asian bronze-medalist Amit defeated Italy’s Federico Serra in a split verdict.