Union Cabinet clears National Mineral Exploration Policy
Union Cabinet cleared the National Mineral Exploration Policy (NMEP) that pave the way for auction of 100 prospective mineral blocks and enhancing mining potential in India.
The policy likely to attract private sector in exploration through the mineral exploration policy.
Upon this move private entities involved in carrying out regional and comprehensive exploration would get assured share in revenue in mining operation from the successful bidder after the e-auction of block.
Cabinet clears pay hike for 1 crore govt employees, pensioners
Union cabinet approved the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission which will give a substantial raise to the salaries and pensions to one crore central government employees of central government employees that will be implemented from January 1, 2016.
Upon this the entry level pay to be raised to Rs.18,000 per month from the current Rs.7,000 a month while maximum pay fixed at Rs. 2.5 lakh per month, up from Rs.90,000 per month that would be drawn by the Cabinet Secretary.
7th Commission Recommendations:
The Central Pay Commission was Chaired by Justice A. K. Mathur had submitted its report on November 2015.
It has financial impact of the recommendations is expected to be Rs.1,02,100 crore that results 27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension.
Supreme Court rejects petition seeking ban on WhatsApp messenger
The Supreme Court discharged a petition filed by RTI activist seeking a complete ban on online messaging platform WhatsApp which have end to end encryption.
Activist feared that, such encryption is also handy for the terrorists to share their messages, which is a threat for the security of the nation. The petitioner in his file citing this as a National Security concern, had demanded the messaging platform to provide a key for the government.
End- End to Encryption:
The messaging service WhatsApp added end-to-end 256 bit encryption for its users, which meant that no one except the sender and receiver would be able to access to the content of the message or call.