Railways want people to pay for property damage

  • The Railways, which have suffered ₹ 80 crore in losses due to the damage to their property during the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), plan to recover the amount from those involved in these incidents, a top official said here on Monday.
  • “Railway property suffered damage worth ₹ 80 crore across the country. Of this, the Eastern Railway suffered damage worth ₹ 70 crore and the Northeast Frontier Railway ₹ 10 crore. These, however, are initial estimates, and the figure could go up,” Railway Board Chairman V.K. Yadav said at a press conference.

Gen. Bipin Rawat is first Chief of Defence Staff

  • “The government has decided to appoint Gen. Bipin Rawat as the Chief of Defence Staff with effect from December 31, 2019, and until further orders and extension of Gen. Bipin Rawat with eff ect from December 31, 2019, and till such period he holds the office of Chief of Defence Staff ,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement in the evening.


Kerala leads race for UN development goals

  • Kerala tops the States in progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while Bihar is at the bot- tom of the NITI Aayog’s SDG Index.
  • Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim have joined the four southern States among the front ­runners, which scored over 65 points out of a possible 100.
  • The UN has developed 232 indicators to measure compliance by member nations. The NITI Aayog has adapted the monitoring approach to the Indian context, with 100 indicators of its own for the Index.

No pension if staff er resigns, says SC

  • An employee who has re- signed from service is not entitled to pensionary benefits due to a worker who has voluntarily retired, the Supreme Court held.
  • “One of the basic distinctions is that in the case of resignation, it can be tendered at any time, but in the case of voluntary retirement, it can only be sought for after rendering the prescribed period of qualifying service,” the judgment said.
  • “Another fundamental distinction is that in the case of the former, normally retiral benefits are denied but in the case of the latter, the same is not denied. In the case of the former, permission or notice is not mandated, while in the case of the latter, permission of the employer concerned is a requisite condition,” the court said, referring to a past judgment.