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Odisha cabinet approves Mission Shakti Scooter Yojana

Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the Mission Shakti Scooter Yojana, a scheme aimed at providing interest subvention on bank loans up to INR 1,00,000 to beneficiaries, enabling them to purchase a scooter.

Odisha Mission Shakti Minister Tukuni Sahu said that around 75,000 SHG community support staff and nearly 1,25,000 SHG federation leaders will be benefited under the new scheme.

This initiative grants affordable access to two-wheelers for Mission Shakti Federation Leaders and CSS (Community Support Staff). It will empower them to fulfill their responsibilities more efficiently, thus increasing their effectiveness and extending their outreach within the community.

This scheme is expected to benefit roughly 75,000 community support staff members of SHGs (Self Help Groups) and approximately 1,25,000 federation leaders associated with SHGs.

Mission Shakti Scooter Yojana: Enhancing Accessibility and Recognizing Social Impact

Over the next five years, the state government has allocated a budgetary provision of INR 528.55 crore for the implementation of the Mission Shakti Scooter Yojana, ensuring its extensive reach.This initiative seeks to empower a larger number of Community Support Staff and EC (Executive Committee) members across the State.

Apart from providing enhanced personal mobility to women, the scheme acknowledges and appreciates the pivotal role fulfilled by Community Support Staff and EC members in fostering social transformation and promoting women’s empowerment throughout the state.

Adjournment Motion moved by MPs in Parliament


As Opposition parties demanded a discussion on the alleged sexual assault of two women in Manipur, amid the ongoing ethnic violence in the state during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, the proceedings saw the Lok Sabha being adjourned.

  • So, let us look at the adjournment motions and how do they differ from regular adjournments and the other motions raised in Parliament.

What is an ‘Adjournment Motion’?

  • An adjournment suspends the work in a sitting for a specified time, which may be hours, days or weeks. In this case, the time of reassembly is specified.

  • An adjournment only terminates a sitting and not a session of the House.

  • The power of adjournment lies with the presiding officer of the House In case of Lok Sabha-‘Speaker’ is responsible.

As Opposition parties demanded a discussion on the alleged sexual assault of at least two women in Manipur, amid the ongoing ethnic violence in the state, day two of the Monsoon Session of Parliament proceedings saw the Lok Sabha being adjourned on Friday (July 21).

The adjournment happened barely a few minutes after a brief statement on the issue by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

On the same day, Congress MPs Manickam Tagore and Hibi Eden moved adjournment motions in the Lok Sabha, citing the need for urgent discussions on the ethnic violence in Manipur. Writing to the Secretary-General of Lok Sabha, the MPs separately urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak on the matter and for the government to “uphold its constitutional commitment to protect religious minorities and Scheduled Tribes”.

Gruha Lakshmi Scheme: Benefits, Registration Started

The Madras High Court upheld the legality of arrest of a Minster of Tamil Nadu by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and his subsequent remand in ‘judicial custody’ in a money-laundering case linked to a cash-for-jobs scam.

Key-highlights of the verdict:

  • According to the verdict, ‘ED Officers’ do not have Powers of Police Officer and they cannot hold custody beyond first 24 hours of Arrest.

  • ED can subject any person accused in a case booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, to custodial interrogation and that the person can be taken into custody even after the expiry of 15 days from his arrest.

  • However, in Central Bureau of Investigation v. Anupam J. Kulkarni (1992), the Supreme Court laid down the law that no police custody can be allowed beyond the first 15 days from the date of arrest; any further remand during investigation can only be in judicial custody.

Karnataka Gruha Lakshmi Scheme 2023 application forms are available from June 16 2023, and eligible women can apply from the official link. The Karnataka Gruha Lakshmi scheme registration starts on July 19, 2023. The scheme is launched to support the women heads of families and improve their livelihoods. After implementing the scheme, the amount of financial assistance will be transferred directly into the beneficiaries’ accounts.

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