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The CAB - May 16 - 31, 2007

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Yes, minister: Government business


*May 26
The central government has issued pre qualification norms for public-private-partnership projects in the infrastructure sector. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that it is being done to ensure that only the most deserving bidders get the contract.

*May 31
The center has approved the development of 23 SEZ’s (Special Economic Zones) in various states.

The art of courtship: legal affairs

The CAB - April 16 - 30, 2007

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Yes, minister: Government business


*April 16
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has banned fishing by all deep sea fishing vessels in the Exclusive Economic Zone of India. The ban will be enforced from April 15 to May 31 (both days inclusive) along the east coast and from June 15 to July 31 (both days inclusive) along the west coast. This has been done for fish breeding and to protect fisheries resources.

*April 17
The Union Health Ministry constituted a National Council for Clinical Establishments. The objective of the council will be to determine minimum standards for clinical establishments and also hold periodic reviews.

The CAB - April 1 - 15, 2007

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Yes, minister: Government business


*April 2
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and the United States to renew their five-year agreement to cooperate on environmental issues. The MoU was signed by Union Environment and Forests Minister A. Raja and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. The MoU focuses on four priorities air quality, water quality, toxic chemicals and waste, and the management of environmental agencies.

*April 5
The empowered Group of Ministers (eGoM), headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, announced that, “No State can compulsorily acquire land from farmers through the Land Acquisition Act and the promoters will have to themselves go to farmers and acquire land at commercial rates.” The group also approved 83 new Special Economic Zones (SEZs) which have no land dispute. It set a 5,000-hectare limit on SEZs, however, the State governments would have the powers to further reduce the size of SEZs to less than the 5,000-hectare limit set by the Centre.

*April 9
Dorjee Khandu was sworn in Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh by Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan.

The CAB - March 16 - 31, 2007

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Yes, minister: Government business


*March 19
The Government set up the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities with a term of five years and budgetary support of Rs. 90 crore. The Mission will offer advice on heritage matters, frame guidelines on conservation of heritage monuments and sites and suggest appropriate amendments to the heritage laws.

*March 29
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), cleared the North East Industrial and Investment Policy 2007, the policy extends 100 per cent tax exemption and doubling the capital subsidy given on investment by new as well as existing units in the region which now includes Sikkim.

The art of courtship: Legal affairs


*March 20
A Bench consisting of Justice A.R. Lakshmanan and Justice Altamas Kabir, of the Supreme Court, has held that the purpose for which a land is acquired must be taken into consideration in fixing the market value for awarding compensation to land owners. The Land Acquisition Officer would have to be guided by the market value of the land on the date of publication of the acquisition notice under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act.

*March 27
A bench consisting of Justices C.K. Thakker and P.K. Balsubramanyan of the Supreme Court, has held that, once a piece of land has been duly acquired under the Land Acquisition Act, it becomes state property. There is no obligation to return it to the owner, even if the land is not needed for the purpose for which it was acquired. The state can dispose of the land or convey it to anyone at the market rate.

Abroad mind: International developments


*March 31
Eighty countries have signed a United Nations convention enshrining the rights of the world's 650 million disabled. The convention is a blueprint to end discrimination and exclusion of the physically and mentally disabled in education, jobs, and everyday life. The convention needs to be ratified by 19 more countries for the convention to come into force.

Report card: Economic information


*March 21
A notification has been issued by the Commerce Ministry on special economic zones (SEZ). The notification states, “The developer [of SEZs] shall make adequate provision for rehabilitation of the displaced persons as per the relief and rehabilitation policy of the State Government," making the developer solely responsible for rehabilitation of displaced persons.

Getting decorated: Awards


*March 17
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will present its first ever award for Lifetime Achievement to Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.

*March 21
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam decorated 64 armed forces personnel for valour and meritorious service. Three officers - Captain Vishal Bhandral of Garhwal Rifles, Lt. Natarajan Parthiban of Five Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry and Major Manish Hiraji Pitambare of Special Forces - were honoured posthumously with Kirti Chakra, the nation's second highest peace time award. The President's honours list included 15 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 22 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals and 24 Shaurya Chakra, 13 of them posthumously.

*March 22
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam conferred the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding-2005 on Nobel laureate Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya.

Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan, a professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences was awarded the Abel Prize in Mathematics by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his fundamental contributions to probability theory and in particular for creating a unified theory of large deviations.

Bats, balls and overalls: Sport


*March 19
India recorded the highest total in cricket World Cup history, by amassing 413 runs against Bermuda in a Group `B' match at Port of Spain.

*March 20
Olympian Joaquim Carvalho, was named as the new national coach of the Indian hockey team.

*March 21
Ronjan Sodhi of India won the double trap bronze in the Shooting World Cup at Santo Domingo. Hakan Dahlby of Sweden won the gold and Daniele De Spigno of Italy won the silver medal.

*March 24
Australia's Matthew Hayden scored the fastest hundred in Cricket World Cup history. He scored a ton in 66 deliveries against South Africa. He bettered Canada’s John Davison's 67-ball century against the West Indies in the 2003 World Cup.

*March 27
Michael Phelps of United States of America, set a new World record in the men’s 200-metre freestyle, in a time of 1 minute, 43.86 seconds, to break Australian Ian Thorpe's previous record of 1 minute 44.06 seconds set at Fukuoka, Japan in 2001.

Natalie Coughlin of United States Of America, broke her own World record in the women’s 100 meter backstroke, finishing in 59.44 seconds. Her previous record of 59.58 seconds was set in 2002.

Aaron Peirsol of United States of America, broke his own World record in the 100 meter backstroke in a time of 52.98 seconds, bettering his previous record of 53.17 seconds set at Indianapolis, Indiana in April 2005.

*March 28
Mumbai beat Rajasthan by 72 runs to lift the Cricket Premier Cup title.

Michael Phelps of United States of America, set a new World record in the men’s 200-metre butterfly in a time of 1 minute 52.09 seconds. He bettered his own mark of 1 minute 53.71 seconds set in February 2007 in Columbia, Missouri.

The CAB - March 1 - 15, 2007

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Yes, minister: Government business


*March 8
The Lok Sabha unanimously passed the Sports Broadcasting Signals Bill, 2007, which makes it mandatory for private broadcasters to share live feed of national events with Doordarshan and All India Radio on a free-to-air basis.

The art of courtship: Legal affairs


*March 2
A Bench consisting of Justices B.P. Singh and R.V. Raveendran of the Supreme Court have said, whenever a labour court or an industrial tribunal orders reinstatement of a workman, payment of back wages is neither automatic nor consequential. The disastrous effect of granting several promotions to a person who has not worked for 10 to 15 years and who does not have the benefit of necessary experience for discharging the higher duties and functions of promotional posts is seldom visualised while granting consequential benefits automatically.

The CAB - February 1 - 15, 2007

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Yes, minister: Government business


*February 3
A protocol was signed between India and Yemen in the presence of Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Murli Deora, and his Yemeni counterpart, Khalid Mahfoud Bahah. The protocol would allow Indian investments in all aspects of Yemen's oil and gas industry.

*February 7
A new Master Plan for Delhi-2021 was notified by the Union Urban Development Ministry. The Master Plan document was signed by Union Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy. As per the document, Delhi needs about 24 lakh dwelling units to meet the needs of its population of 2.3 crores by 2021.

The CAB - January 1 - 15, 2007

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Yes, minister: Government business


*January 4
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam cleared the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Bill, 2006, which seeks to extend 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Central higher educational institutions, except in minority establishments and those located in designated tribal areas. The Parliament has already passed the bill.

*January 11
India and Portugal have signed on an extradition treaty. The treaty provides action for suppression of crimes, and terrorism. India might have given an undertaking that the extradited people will not be awarded death penalty, as it is believed to have been the main condition of Portugal.

The CAB - November 16 - 30, 2006

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The art of courtship: Legal affairs


*November 16
A Bench of Justices A.R. Lakshmanan and Altamas Kabir of the Supreme Court, has held that, an employee on contract basis is not eligible to any other benefit as a regular employee and his employment stood automatically terminated on the completion of the contract period.

*November 19
A Bench of Justices A.R. Lakshmanan and Altamas Kabir of the Supreme Court, has held that, an apprentice in an industrial establishment cannot claim the right of regularization. While an apprentice was also treated to be a workman for the purposes of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, by virtue of Section 18 of the Apprentices Act, 1961, it had been categorically provided that apprentices were not workers and the provisions of any law with respect to labour would not apply to or in relation to such an apprentice.

The CAB - May 16 - 31, 2006

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Yes, minister: Government business


*May 16
The Rajya Sabha passed the Assam Rifles Bill. The Bill was amended after 63 years. The Act provides for death penalty for sleeping on the post or being intoxicated during action against the enemy.

*May 17
Parliament approved a Bill seeking to exempt 56 posts, from being considered as office of profit and attracting disqualification as Parliamentarians.

Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee released the first-ever Joint War Doctrine. It contains basic fundamental principles to hold joint operations by the three services (Indian Army, Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy).

*May 18
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of the Left Front was sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal. The Left Front formed the government in west Bengal for the seventh time in a row.

N. Rangasamy was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Pondicherry.

V.S. Achuthanandan leader of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Kerala.

*May 26
The Union Cabinet approved a proposal to rename the Union Territory of Pondicherry to Puducherry.

*May 30
President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, exercising his power under Article 111 of the Constitution returned the Office of Profit Bill, passed by Parliament asking the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha to reconsider the Bill.

The CAB - May 1 - 15, 2006

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Yes, minister: Government business

*May 3
The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the United States that will help India develop and modernise the civil aviation infrastructure in managerial, operational and technical areas with the assistance of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

*May 10
The Union Cabinet has taken a decision to create a Ministry of Earth Science. It has been done by merging India Meteorological Department (IMD) with the Ministry of Ocean Development. Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, will hold additional charge of the Ministry of Earth Science.

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