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“Clean Air for Delhi campaign to be developed into a peoples’ movement across the country”: Dr. Harsh Vardhan 23.2.2018 Govt of india: PIB
Strongly emphasizing that continuous efforts will be made to develop the Clean Air for Delhi Campaign into a peoples’ movement across the country, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that this Campaign will be replicated in about 100 non-attainment cities.
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CM Vasundhara Raje signs quota bill 23.2.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday evening reportedly signed reservation bill that mandates one percent quota to Gurjars and other four castes. The bill, sources says, may be tabled in the assembly on Monday. According to sources, one per cent reservation for Gujars and four other castes by creating a new category - most backward classes (MBC) has been provisioned in the said bill. This will take the total reservation in the state to 50%, which is the limit for quotas permitted by the Supreme Court. The government in December last announced the creation of MBCs through a notification and included Gurjars, Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Rebari and Gadaria in it.  The sources informed that as per the notification these communities were identified as the most backward by the OBC Commission and on the basis of the Commission’s report, they were given 1 per cent additional reservation under the MBC category.  The Raje government had came up with notification to allure Gurjars and rest castes which up to ...
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SC sees another clash of judges, this time over land acquisition case 23.2.2018 DNA: Popular News
Two Supreme Court benches of three judges each arrived at conflicting conclusions in a land acquisition case, leading the matter to be referred to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra for constituting an "appropriate bench" to deal with the "piquant" situation. The differences between the two benches points at fresh trouble in the top court in the backdrop of allegations of judicial indiscipline and breach of propriety. The matter pertains to an order passed on February 8 by a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, AK Goel and MM Shantanagouder. In a 2:1 majority, the bench held as invalid a 2014 judgment involving land acquisition delivered by Justices RM Lodha, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph. In 2014, the apex court had ruled that landowners would receive higher compensation if the requisite amount, acquired under the land Acquisition Act of 1894, was retained in the treasury and not disbursed to the landowner or deposited with a competent court. Usually, only a larger bench can overrule a judgment passed ...
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Electoral Bearer Bond Scheme 2018 22.2.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Government of India has notified the Electoral Bond Scheme 2018 vide Gazette Notification S.O. No.29 (E) dated 02nd January 2018. As per provisions of the Scheme, Electoral Bonds may be purchased by a person, who is a citizen of India or incorporated or established in India.
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DNA Analysis | Will Kalyan Singh Chouhan’s death thrust another poll on BJP? 22.2.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Is poll stung ruling BJP set to face another bypoll test just ahead of Rajasthan assembly election? The question arose in political circles after demise of Kalyan Singh Chouhan, BJP MLA from Nathdwara assembly constituency.  The final call over bypoll just before state assembly election will be taken by the Election Commission of India. According to the rules, no election is necessary in the seat which gets vacated due to the death of a member in less than a year period from the date of general election. “As per the procedure followed, no election is held when period is less than one year to general election. However, the assembly speaker will issue a notification of the death of the member telling vacancy of the seat which we will forward to the ECI for take a final call,” says Ashwini Bhagat, Rajasthan’s chief electoral officer (CEO).  The top official said that probably it is first time that a legislative member has passed away with the assembly election around the corner. “With death of three elected ...
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EPFO cuts interest rate on EPF from 8.65% to 8.55 % for 2017-18 21.2.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Retirement fund body EPFO on Wednesday lowered the rate of interest on employees provident fund to 8.55% for its over 6-crore subscribers for 2017-18, from 8.65% in the previous fiscal. "It is difficult to evaluate about future in view of present economic scenario. We paid 8.65% last fiscal, which left a surplus of Rs 695 crore. This year, we have decided to recommend 8.55% for 2017-18, which will leave a surplus of Rs 586 crore," Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar told reporter after the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) trustees meet. Gangwar, who also heads EPFO's apex decision making body Central Board of Trustees (CBT), said he expects the finance ministry to give concurrence to the 8.55% rate of interest decided today at the CBT meeting. After the CBT's decision on interest rate, the proposal is vetted by the finance ministry. Once approved by the finance ministry, the rate of interest is credited into subscribers' account. Gangwar expressed hope that the trade unions will agree to the ...
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Rameshwar Dudi in the dock, heaves sigh of relife 21.2.2018 DNA: Top News
The leader of Opposition (LoP) Rameshwar Dudi on Tuesday moved a breach of privilege motion against parliamentary ministers Rajendra Rathore and deputy chief Madan Rathore, accusing them for making baseless allegations based on a video in which he was seen betting. Speaker Kailash Meghwal accepted the motion and forwarded it to the Privilege committee to examine it and report. During the zero hour assembly witnessed noisy scenes and uproar as ruling and opposition party benches clashed over a video purportedly featuring Dudi that has gone viral. Dudi, speaking on the same, tabled a breach of privilege motion against Rajendra Rathore and Madan who on January 16 without any prior notice or referring the video alleged him in betting of Rs 3 crores for by election held recently. “I have no connection with betting. The video referred was made during a press conference on January 20, 2018 in Nokha. The video has been tampered. In my life, I have been never involved in betting,” said Dudi while tabling the ...
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Trai distorted competitive landscape for one operator: COAI 21.2.2018 DNA: India
Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Tuesday lashed out at Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) saying its latest tariff order amendment strengthens the ambitions of one particular operator with deep pockets and monopolistic designs. Without naming the new telecom player Reliance Jio, COAI in a statement said, "Over the past 12-18 months, regulation after regulation put out by Trai have ended up in distorting the competitive landscape in favour of one operator while putting all other operators at a serious disadvantage." "An environment of regulation and policy that is not based on an equal footing will further aggravate the deep financial stress and kill future investments and innovation in an industry that has put India on the global map," Rajan Mathews, director general, COAI, said. "This has destroyed the financials of an industry which was the poster child of India's reforms with tens of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars of investment at stake," he said. Research ...
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Cabinet decision ends Coal India monopoly 21.2.2018 DNA: India
The Union Cabinet on Tuesday ended the monopoly of the state-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) by approving a new methodology for the auction of coal mines and blocks for the sale of coal. Briefing the media, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said that the opening up of commercial coal mining for the private sector is the most ambitious reform in the coal sector since the nationalisation of this sector since 1973. "This reform is expected to bring efficiency into the coal sector by moving from an era of monopoly to competition. The higher investment will create direct and indirect employment in coal bearing areas especially in mining sector and will have an impact on economic development of these regions," he said. According to a Cabinet note this reform will ensure an assured coal supply, accountable allocation of coal and affordable coal leading to affordable power prices for consumers.In another major policy initiative to protect the savings of the investors, the Union Cabinet approved introduction of two bills ...
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Relief for Uber India after Bombay HC stays I-T notice demanding amount of Rs 109 crore 20.2.2018 DNA: Money
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday temporarily stayed the order involving notices issued by the Income Tax (I-T) department to Uber India Systems Private Limited, demanding a sum of Rs 109 crore for dialing to deduct tax at source for payments made to its driver-partners. A division bench comprising Justice M S Sanklecha and Justice Riyaz Chagla have stayed the notice until March 1, and sought a reply from the department. The stay order came after Uber challenged the I-T department’s demand that was passed on February 7, claiming that the notice issued was ‘bad in law’. The I-T department had made the demand under Section 201 (1) (1A) of the Income Tax Act for the assessment years, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. “Calling for submission of payment details made to drivers within a short period of time is bad in law. The entire proceedings conducted by the Income Tax Department have been done in a high handed and unfair manner,” Uber said. The court after going through the records held that passing of the order ...
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Regional support a must to pass the Naga Accord: Kiren Rijiju tells WION 20.2.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
MoS Kiren Rijiju spoke to WION on various issues ranging from the Naga Accord to providing separate time zones for Northeast Here are excerpts Q: How important is North East for BJP? A: Any election is important but NE is important because PM has set the agenda of Act East policy which can only be implemented by an honest government. Many governments in this region in past have indulged in corruption. This time BJP has gone full steam to wrest the power from the Congress. We are not giving a token fight. We have made an arrangement with newly formed NDDP. We have a seat sharing arrangement with them. I’m overseeing the entire election and response has been tremendous. Q: Earlier there was an impression that BJP was primarily focused on Tripura? The national media brought Tripura in focus because it has been ruled by the Left party for decades and BJP unexpectedly took CPM head on. When BJP picked up, it became big news. In Nagaland, the talks are also going on and it is a 70 year-old political problem. ...
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Bombay HC will examine the validity of plastic ban proposed in Maharashtra 20.2.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The Bombay High Court announced that it will examine the validity of the Maharashtra government’s directive to different authorities to ban the manufacture, distribution, store or sale of plastic/thermocol items. A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice P N Deshmukh asked the government to file an affidavit stating its final decision taken, following the public notice issued on January 2. Advocate R A Salunke, appearing for the government placed on record a draft notification, informing about the ban and said that within a month after the cabinet approval, and after calling for suggestion and objections from the public, the final notification will be issued. The notice has been challenged by Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association, claiming that its members are in the business of manufacturing, storage, distribution and sale of plastic materials and plastic items. They carry out their business by obtaining necessary licenses from the local authorities. The state does not have any authority ...
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Cabinet approves New Bill to ban Unregulated Deposit Schemes and Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2018 20.2.2018 Govt of india: PIB
In a major policy initiative to protect the savings of the investors, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to introduce the following bills in the Parliament:-   (a) Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 in parliament & (b) Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2018   The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018   The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given approval to introduce the banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 in Parliament.
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Bureaucratic misadventure 'gags' the reputation of govt 20.2.2018 DNA: Opinion
It was misadventure of a few bureaucrats that had grilled Raje government over the gag ordinance that created furore across the country. The controversial ordinance has seriously damaged the goodwill and reputation of Raje and her government.  According to informed sources, the original draft ordinance didn't have the clause that put restrictions on media. But sources say that C S Rajan, vice chairman of  Chief Minister Advisory Council, with the help of law secretray and principal home secrtary Deepak Upreti, got the clause inserted without taking the cabinet and Chief minister in particular into confidence. The CMO was also reportedly not taken into loop while moving the ordinance file.  The state government then sen the file to the union home ministry for the final approval. It was done in a record time as C S Rajan used his 'moral influence' in clearing the file without any amendment. After that the ordinance was introduced in the assembly attracting countrywide protest particularly over the clause ...
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Vasundhara Raje gags the gag order 20.2.2018 DNA: Opinion
The state government has taken back the disputed gag ordinance from the select committee ruling out any possibility of passing any law which could inetrefer with the 'freedom' of media.  The controversial ordinance that was aimed at giving immunity to judges, magistrates an public servants against 'frivolous' cases had created an uproar not only across the state but also in the assembly.  Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced the 'expiry of any further action on ordinance ' in the house while giving her reply on the budget discussions on Monday. Raje also made more announcements, particularly for the benefit of farmers, young entrepreneurs, police and home guards, while also dealing with rapists with an iron hand.   Making her statement on the Code of Criminal Procedure (Rajasthan Amendment Bill)- 2017 - being promulgated as a gag order by the opposition - Raje observed that since the ordinance has already ended with time, there is no bill to take back.  “We allowed the ordinance to lapse, and did not ...
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House passes Gujarat Road Safety Authority Bill 20.2.2018 DNA: Opinion
The state assembly on Monday passed the Gujarat Road Safety Authority Bill, paving the way for the formation of a Road Safety Authority for implementation of road safety programmes in the state and to act as the lead agency for road safety. As the state assembly was not in session at the time, the state government had promulgated the Road Safety Authority Ordinance in October 2017 to form the Authority in line with Supreme Court guidelines for road safety. The bill replaces the ordinance. Tabling the bill in the assembly, transport minister RC Faldu said that the government is targeting 50% reduction in road accidents by the year 2020. “More than 4.80 lakh accidents take place in India every year, which claim 1.50 lakh lives. In Gujarat, the number of accidents declined from 21,859 in 2016, to 19,081 in 2017 due to growing awareness. The Bill will bring this further down,” he said. The Road Safety Authority would ensure implementation of directions on road safety, notify annual targets for the reduction ...
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Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal to Chair Regional Conference of Southern States on Water Resources at Hyderabad tomorrow 20.2.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is organising a “Regional Conference of Southern States on Water Resources” at Hyderabad tomorrow. The conference will be chaired by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, MoS, WR, RD & GR and Parliamentary Affairs.
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Ministry of Railways extends the relaxation in Upper Age Limit for all categories. 20.2.2018 Govt of india: PIB
For the ongoing recruitment of Group C Level I & II posts, Ministry of Railways have decided to extend the relaxation in upper age limit as under:   CEN 01/2018 – Asst. Loco Pilot (ALP) & Technician (age in years) Community Notified Revised UR 28 30 OBC 31 33 SC 33 35 ST 33 35 CEN 02/2018 – Level-1 (erstwhile Group D) (Age in years) Community Notified Revised UR 31 33 OBC 34 36 SC 36 38 ST 36 38         Formal corrigendum is being issued on official websites of RRBs shortly.
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This swachhta ‘STINKS’ 19.2.2018 DNA: Opinion
Even as the civic body is going all out to make Jaipur top the Swachh Survekshan Survey rankings, it has forgotten one basic need: To introduce sewer jetting machines for risky jobs or give adequate safety gear to workers who do the dirty job of cleaning the city’s sewerage pipes. This apathetic attitude has already taken a toll when two private company workers died on Saturday while cleaning the sewage chamber at Kukarkheda Anaaj Mandi. They were forced to enter the chamber without proper equipment as their private contractor didn’t set aside funds to ensure the safety of its workers. This incident is a lesson for the state capital. If any step to provide adequate safety equipment is not taken, we could witness more such casualties in the near future. There is no rule regarding the safety provision for private labourers who undertake a risky job like cleaning of sewer line. These workers have no option but to undertake these jobs in order to make a livelihood. The civic body does the maintenance work of ...
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Burn, acid attack and accident victims to get free treatment 18.2.2018 DNA: Mumbai
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government issued guidelines for free treatment of accident, acid burns and fire victims in the national capital on Saturday. The AAP government said that the free treatment is "mandatory". This covers all kinds of medical facilities, including private establishments and nursing homes. "There will be cashless treatment of medico-legal victims of road accidents, acid attacks and thermal burn injuries, in case of incidents that have occurred within city limits. The treatment will be held in registered nursing homes or private hospitals in the city," the guidelines stated. Also, more importantly, victims will not be required to carry any documents for the purpose of verification/eligibility, except that the incident has occurred in the jurisdiction of Delhi Police. The medical facilities treating the victims will be reimbursed through 'Delhi Arogya Kosh', the guidelines said. The guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare includes the eligibility criteria of ...
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