Nod for Bangladesh JIN Pact

  • The Cabinet gave its approval for the Joint Interpretative Notes (JIN) on the Agreement between India and Bangladesh for the Promotion and Protection of Investments.
  • The JIN would impart clarity to the interpretation of the existing Agreement between India and Bangladesh for the Promotion and Protection of Investments.
  • The JIN includes interpretative notes to be jointly adopted for many clauses, including, the definition of investor, definition of investment, exclusion of taxation measures, Fair and Equitable Treatment, National Treatment and Most Favoured Nation treatment, expropriation, essential security interests and Settlement of Disputes between an Investor-and a Contracting Party.

Source: The Hindu

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2/3 of the People in Prisons are Undertrials

Amnesty International India report


  • While the system struggles with an occupancy rate of 114%, there has been no change to ensure legal safeguards to prevent excessive pre-trial detention.
  • The report shows that 29% of undertrials had no formal training and were illiterate.
  • According to the report, between September 2014 and February 2015, there were over 1.10 lakh instances of undertrials not being produced in courts for hearings.
  • While there is a shortage of personnel to escort undertrials, this figure includes those who were not produced even through video-conferencing.

Source: The Hindu

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Exemption from SC’s Highway Liquor Ban

Supreme court of India had banned the sale of liquor within 500 metres of National and State Highways to prevent drunk driving, one of the major killers plaguing Indian roads.

  • The Supreme Court allowed Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands to join the club of Sikkim and Meghalaya, both of which enjoy full exemption from the court’s ban on the sale of liquor within 500 metres of National and State Highways.

The reasons for exemption:

  • The geographical quirks of Arunachal Pradesh and the islands.
  • The north-eastern States of Sikkim and Meghalaya got a full exemption from the 500-m no-liquor zone ban after the court took into consideration their hilly terrain and also the fact that 82% of its area was forest land and over 90% of its liquor shops would be closed if the ban was imposed strictly in its original form.

Source: The Hindu

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Air-Sewa Web Portal Upgraded

The Ministry of Civil Aviation held a meeting of all stakeholders last week to invite suggestions for designing Air Sewa 2.0, the upgraded version of the Air-Sewa Web Portal and mobile app that was launched in November last year to make air travel convenient and hassle-free.

Flight delays, the problem in refunds, long queues, inadequate facilities at airports and complaints of lost baggage are the most common problems that air travellers face. There was a need to respond to these problems in a systematic manner rather than on ad-hoc basis. ­The Ministry had launched AirSewa web portal and mobile app on 26.11.2016 to address this need.
AirSewa is operated through an interactive web portal and a mobile app for both Android and iOS platforms. The e-portal includes a mechanism for grievance redressal, back office operations for grievance handling, flight status/schedule information, airport Information and FAQs.

Users can now check live flight status for all inbound and outbound flights in a single click.

Information regarding weather conditions and services for some selected airports is also available on this portal.

Flights can be searched by flight number or for all flights to or from a particular airport. Information such as airport services like wheel chair, transport/parking, rest and relax, Wifi services etc. can also be easily accessed.

Air Sewa is a one-stop solution for grievance redressal as passengers can now register any grievance on the mobile app or web portal. Th­ey can also upload voice or video along with an elaborate description of their issues.

Source: Press Information Bureau

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