Indian Current Affairs - July 28

Amendment coming for 50% panchayat quota for women
  • An official amendment will be moved to the Constitution (110th Amendment) Bill 2009 for enhancing reservation for women in panchayats in all tiers from 33 to 50 per cent to ensure better demographic representation to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

‘Prahaar' missile successfully test-fired
  • India's new surface-to-surface missile called “Prahaar” was successfully test-fired for the first time from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa. The missile traversed its entire range of 150 km in 250 seconds before impacting on the targeted area in the Bay of Bengal with an accuracy of few metres. It is specifically designed to bridge the gap in the range between the unguided Pinaka rocket, which has a range of 45 km, and the guided Prithvi missile variants, that can take out targets 250 km to 350 km away.

Lokpal Bill ready
  • The Lokpal Bill is ready to be tabled in the monsoon session of Parliament beginning on August 1. It will be presented to the Cabinet next week.

Pratibha Patil visiting Korea and Mongolia
  • As part of the visit   India signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with South Korea. It will allow South Korea to export atomic power plants.  Discussions on a civil nuclear cooperation agreement between India and the Republic of Korea are on the main agenda. Ms. Patil is in Korea from July 24 to 26 and in Mongolia from July 27 to 30. She will be the second President to visit Mongolia after R. Venkataraman in July 1988.

Rohinton Nariman appointed as the new Solicitor-General
  • He is the son of eminent jurist and senior advocate Fali Nariman.
  • The Solicitor General for India is subordinate to the Attorney General of India, who is the Indian government's chief legal advisor, and its primary lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. The Solicitor General for India is the second law officer of the country, assists the Attorney General, and is himself assisted by seven Additional Solicitors General for India.Unlike the Attorney General, the Solicitor General does not tender legal advice to the Government of India. His workload is confined to appear in courts on behalf of the Union of India.

Government hospital referred patients to get free treatment from private hospitals in New Delhi
  • The Supreme Court made it clear that private hospitals in the Capital would have to treat patients referred by government hospitals free of charge and claim reimbursement from the Delhi Government. The Supreme Court directed the 40-odd private hospitals to keep a separate account for treating patients referred to them. 
  • It stated that private hospitals should not refuse treatment to the patients referred by government hospitals. Such treatment would be factored into future policies and schemes, it added. Lets hope this facility will be soon implemented all around our country.

Lokayukta ready with its final report on illegal mining in Karnataka
  • The Lokayukta has prepared a 20,000 pages long report on the illegal mining in Karnataka,which indicates the depth and complexity.

Pakistan to add 24 missiles to its arsenal 
  • According to a Pakistani Newspaper, Pakistan plans to add 24 short-range missiles, capable of hitting all major Indian cities with nuclear warheads, to its arsenal this year