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SC demands new law to stop lynching
  • India’s highest court has asked the government to enact a new law to deal with an increase in mob violence and lynchings.
  • Supreme Court recommended Parliament to create a new penal provision to punish the offenders and stem the mob-related violence.
  • The direction was given by three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and ordered parliament to decide within six months.
WR renames Elphinstone station as Prabhadevi
  • Western Railway renamed Elphinstone Road Station to Prabhadevi on Mumbai’s suburban section.
  • The station, named after Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay from 1853 to 1860, is renamed after the local deity ‘Prabhadevi’.
  • Elphinstone is the station where 23 people were killed and over 39 injured in a stampede at the railway station’s foot over bridge on September 29, 2017.
Steel Ministry announces pension scheme
  • The steel ministry has agreed to introduce a pension scheme for its CPSEs (Central Public Sector Enterprises) like SAIL and RINL.
  • The pension scheme is estimated to cost an additional financial burden of Rs 540 crore.
  • The pension scheme will be subject to factors like affordability, capacity to pay and sustainability by the CPSEs.
  • The current Steel Minister is Chaudhary Birender Singh.
J&K abolishes interviews for Class-IV jobs
  • The Jammu and Kashmir government today abolished interviews for all Class-IV posts in the state and the selection.
  • All recruitment for Class-IV posts under State, Divisional and District Cadres also for companies, organizations & bodies substantially owned by Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB).
  • The decision will speed-up the selection process against these posts.