Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (25th October)

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1. Rs. 2.11 lakh crore for PSU banks to boost lending

Rs. 5.35 lakh crore for new road project

Maximum allocation in current year, entire amount in 2 yearsGovt. equity in public sector banks to be diluted to raise fundsJaitley promises banking sector reforms will follow soonRecapitalisation of banks vital to revive growth, say economists.

2. Complicated terms of engagement

On October 17, the Supreme Court read down the marital rape exception for married girls between the ages of 15 and 18. The judgment is prospective in nature.

Incentives and Schemes provided by the Government of India to end child marriage

  • Dhan Laxmi scheme
  • Apni Beti Apna Dhan Programme- conditional cash transfer program which aims at delaying early marriages of girls
  • Kishori Shakti Yojna
  • India as a member of the South Asian Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC) adopted a regional plan to end child marriage.
  • India is a part of UNFPA and UNICEF’s Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage.

Suggestions to combat the menace

  • Extending educational infrastructure especially in rural areas. Education for girls at least up to secondary level should be provided
  • Addressing the issue of gender biases
  • Extensive awareness and gender sensitization programs.
  • Empowering young people to criticize the existing social norms.
  • Integration of existing child laws in India.
  • Effective implementation of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (2006).
  • Consistency between personal laws and The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act should be established.

3. ‘We can’t let the India-Pakistan relationship be hostage to dispute’

The former Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S. says the two neighbours must be friends before sorting out disagreements. Read interview.

4. Shedding light on Saubhagya

Here are things to know about the Saubhagya Yojana:-

– The Saubhagya scheme basically means Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana

– The Saubhagya scheme aims to provide electricity to all families in India

– The Saubhagya scheme will provide free electricity connection to poor families of India

– The total outlay for Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana is pegged at Rs 16,320 crore

– The amount will be funded largely by Centre

– Saubhagya Yojana will give access to electricity to all ‘willing’ households

5. Bitcoin will crash

The price of bitcoin hit yet another lifetime high last week breaking the $6,000 mark for the first time across major exchanges.

6. GST afterthoughts

The Centre is clearly stepping up its bid to address concerns about the fledgling goods and services tax regime. In what is being seen as official recognition that drastic action is called for, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia conceded in an interview over the weekend that it is possible that differential treatment to some similar items may not necessarily be fair.

7. Mahatma Macaulay

Once in India, Lord Robert Clive, more often than not, would be in uniform and battle ready. He would sport long moonboots, ride horses. Conjectural of sorts, he would flash a gun in one hand, and a sword in the other. Conjectural because, when both hands are armed, what body part held the bridle?

8. Cities at crossroads: Don’t waste the possibilities

Use of plastic to lay roads shows the way. Initiatives in states like Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh are worth emulating.

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