1. About 25,000 nominations received for Padma Awards-2020 process open till 15th September
Online nominations for Padma Awards-2020 started from 1st May 2019. The last date for recommendations is 15 September 2019. Nominations/recommendations for Padma Awards were received online only through the Padma Awards portal https://padmaawards.gov.in. Around 25,317 registrations have been done on the portal against 23,865 nominations / recommendations.
- Padma Awards remember ‘work of distinction’ and is given for outstanding and exceptional achievements/service in all fields. Persons without any discrimination of caste, race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards.
- Government employees working with PSUs are not eligible for the Padma Award except for doctors and scientists.
2. Mumbai listed 45th and Delhi 52nd in 2019 Worlds Safe Cities Index
Mumbai has ranked as the 45th safest city on the Safe Cities Index (SCI). Delhi got at the 52nd position.
- The report was released by the Economist Intelligence Unit
- The cities in the Asia-Pacific (Apac) region made up six of the top-10 safest cities with Tokyo taking the top spot.
- Tokyo, Apac cities dominated the SCI 2019. Singapore and Osaka got second and third while Sydney and Melbourne made it to the top-10 cities list. Hong Kong dropped out of this group since 2017. Seoul joined the top-10 cities’ league taking eighth place with Copenhagen.
3. Union Government elects nine Pvt sector experts as joint secretaries
The Union government has elected nine private sector specialists in various fields as joint secretaries in various ministries under its lateral recruitment policy. The appointments were cleared by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- The nine joint secretaries from among the private sector experts appointed for a period of three years or till further orders.
- The appointments were cleared by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The nine joint secretaries from among the private sector experts have been appointed for a period of three years or till further orders. They were deputed to various ministries in Level 14 of the pay matrix as per the Seventh Central Pay Commission. They are adding their appointments will be effective from the day they assume charges.
4. Delhi Cabinet approved free rides for women in DTC from 29 October
The Delhi Cabinet has cleared the free rides for women on Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses as well as its cluster buses from October 29. The proposal was passed by the cabinet at the Delhi Secretariat.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia conferred a sum of Rs.290 crore in the Legislative Assembly for the free ride scheme for women in metro and DTC buses on 26 August 2019.
The approval will enable Women in Delhi able to commute on DTC buses for free from October 29. Out of the Rs.290 crore, Rs.140 crore will be used for DTC and its cluster buses and Rs.150 crore will be utilized for Delhi metro services.
On August, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had declared that free travel in DTC buses will start from October 29. The date for Delhi Metro is yet to be fixed.