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ED seeks fugitive-tag for Mallya; moves court to confiscate Rs.12,500cr-assets

22 Jun 2018

ED seeks fugitive-tag for Mallya; moves court to confiscate Rs.12,500cr-assets

Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday filed the first case under "Fugitive Economic Offender Ordinance" to declare Vijay Mallya a fugitive offender and to confiscate his assets worth Rs. 12,500cr (including movable and immovable properties).

Govt. likely to set up separate board for ITIs soon

07 Jun 2018

Govt. likely to set up separate board for ITIs soon

A separate board is likely to be established to carry out assessment and certification of around 23 lakh students passing out from Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the country.

Government approves Rs. 11,000cr for ISRO's PSLV, GSLV programmes

07 Jun 2018

Government approves Rs. 11,000cr for ISRO's PSLV, GSLV programmes

In a huge boost to India's space programme, the Union Cabinet, chaired by PM Modi, on Wednesday committed Rs. 10,911cr to ISRO for building and launching 30 PSLV, and 10 GSLV Mk-III rockets between 2019 and 2024.

Government to set up 4,072 towers in Naxal-hit states

23 May 2018

Government to set up 4,072 towers in Naxal-hit states

Around 4,072 mobile towers will be set up by the government in 10 Naxal-affected states to improve the telecom network in such places.

Experts stress for a rehabilitation policy for child rape victims

20 May 2018

Experts stress for a rehabilitation policy for child rape victims

With the accelerating number of brutal child rape cases in Delhi, experts stress for a rehabilitation policy for victims.

Government to set up DNA databanks at national, state level

13 May 2018

Government to set up DNA databanks at national, state level

DNA databanks will be set up at national and state levels to store DNA profiles, and those who leak the information stored in such facilities will be punished with an upto three years' jail term or upto Rs. 1L fine, according to a draft bill on DNA technology being finalized by Law Ministry.

Brinda Karat opposes death-penalty ordinance; demands action against rapist 'rakshaks'

22 Apr 2018

Brinda Karat opposes death-penalty ordinance; demands action against rapist 'rakshaks'

CPI(M) Leader Brinda Karat said her party is in-principle against the death penalty and the actual issue is that those in the government are "defending the rapists".

Govt. can confiscate absconding economic offenders' assets without conviction

21 Apr 2018

Govt. can confiscate absconding economic offenders' assets without conviction

In a bid to put pressure on economic fugitives and confiscate their properties, the Union Cabinet today approved a proposal to promulgate the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018.

Central government to maintain national database of sex offenders

21 Apr 2018

Central government to maintain national database of sex offenders

In a bid to curb growing sex crimes in the country, the Narendra Modi government is planning to maintain a national database of sex offenders, so that data can be easily shared among authorities for tracking, monitoring, and investigation.

Dearness Allowance hiked by 2% for central government employees

07 Mar 2018

Dearness Allowance hiked by 2% for central government employees

The Union Cabinet today increased the Dearness Allowance (DA) for its 11 million employees and pensioners to 7 per cent, from 5 per cent, from January 1, 2018.

Cabinet clears Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill for confiscating fugitives' assets

01 Mar 2018

Cabinet clears Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill for confiscating fugitives' assets

The Union Cabinet has approved a stringent Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill that provides for confiscating assets without conviction in cases where economic offenders flee the country.

Deposit schemes, return-offers from jewelers, realtors may soon be banned

22 Feb 2018

Deposit schemes, return-offers from jewelers, realtors may soon be banned

The Union Cabinet has cleared the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 to be introduced in Parliament; it seeks to ban dubious schemes and punish those running such scams.

Good news! No fees for debit-card-transactions up to Rs. 2000

02 Jan 2018

Good news! No fees for debit-card-transactions up to Rs. 2000

Payments through debit cards, BHIM UPI, and Aadhaar-enabled payment systems (AePS) will now cost lower as customers need not pay any fees for transactions up to Rs. 2,000.

Restaurants charging more post-GST? You can do these 3 things

24 Nov 2017

Restaurants charging more post-GST? You can do these 3 things

The GST Council, in its 23rd meeting in Guwahati, reduced the Goods and Services Tax rate for restaurants to 5% from 18%, which was expected to make eating out cheaper.

How much does President of India earn?

19 Nov 2017

How much does President of India earn?

India's President and Vice-President continue to get lower salaries than service chiefs and top bureaucrats, owing to an anomaly in the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations nearly two years ago.

Congress alleges "huge scam" in $8.7bn Rafale deal

15 Nov 2017

Congress alleges "huge scam" in $8.7bn Rafale deal

The Congress party has alleged that a "huge scam is brewing" in the deal to purchase 36 Dassault Rafale fighters for $8.7 billion.

Japan to provide on-the-job training to three lakh Indian youths

12 Oct 2017

Japan to provide on-the-job training to three lakh Indian youths

India has said it will send three lakh youths to Japan for on-the-job training of three-five years as part of the government's skill development program.

7th Pay Commission: Pay hike announced for 7.5lakh college teachers

11 Oct 2017

7th Pay Commission: Pay hike announced for 7.5lakh college teachers

In a move that would benefit 7.5 lakh teachers of central and state universities, Union Cabinet has given its nod for extending the benefits of the 7th Pay Commission to them.

Modi's Housing for All Scheme needs Rs.1 lakh crore

29 Sep 2017

Modi's Housing for All Scheme needs Rs.1 lakh crore

Sources said the housing ministry would require around Rs. 1 lakh crore over the next two-three years to meet the targets set under the PM Awas Yojana or Housing for All scheme.

Centre to increase retirement-age of govt. doctors to 65 years

27 Sep 2017

Centre to increase retirement-age of govt. doctors to 65 years

To address the shortage of doctors in India and boost public healthcare services, the Centre has decided to extend the retirement age of central government doctors to 65 years from 60.

Air India stake sale soon, hints Jaitley

01 Sep 2017

Air India stake sale soon, hints Jaitley

Now that two parties have formally expressed interest in buying the national carrier Air India, FinMin Jaitley has hinted that an expeditious decision will soon be taken on its disinvestment.

NITI Aayog backs proposed law for heavy penalties on polluters

30 Aug 2017

NITI Aayog backs proposed law for heavy penalties on polluters

Thousands of polluting industries, including sugar producers, distilleries, pharmaceutical units, mining units, etc. have been issued closure orders by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for violating pollution norms.

PSB Consolidation: Cabinet gives nod to merge state-owned banks

24 Aug 2017

PSB Consolidation: Cabinet gives nod to merge state-owned banks

Taking another step towards consolidation of public sector banks (PSBs), the Union Cabinet approved an "Alternative Mechanism" for constituting an inter-ministerial panel for overseeing the mergers of 21 state-run banks.

AIADMK rumored to join BJP-led NDA in August first week

31 Jul 2017

AIADMK rumored to join BJP-led NDA in August first week

After a dramatic episode of JD (U) returning to the NDA fold, there are strong rumors that Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK would soon join the BJP-led coalition.

Lok Sabha passes IIM Bill seeking to remove Government interference

28 Jul 2017

Lok Sabha passes IIM Bill seeking to remove Government interference

The Lok Sabha has approved the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Bill, 2017 that grants functional autonomy to the institutions and allows them to award degrees.

Air India disinvestment: IndiGo expresses interest, speculation about Tata rife

29 Jun 2017

Air India disinvestment: IndiGo expresses interest, speculation about Tata rife

Domestic and international airlines including IndiGo have informally expressed interest in buying stake in Air India, which is Rs. 52,000cr in debt.

Disinvestment of Air India: Cabinet gives its approval

28 Jun 2017

Disinvestment of Air India: Cabinet gives its approval

FinMin Arun Jaitley said that the Union Cabinet has given in-principle approval for disinvestment of Air India.

Air India privatization: Employees threaten 'massive strike'

18 Jun 2017

Air India privatization: Employees threaten 'massive strike'

Seven employee unions of Air India had earlier written to the government, threatening "massive-protests" if it moves ahead with privatization of the carrier.

50 years fighting Naxalism: How much has the government spent?

25 May 2017

50 years fighting Naxalism: How much has the government spent?

It has been 50 years since the Naxalite movement took shape in Naxalbari in West Bengal. Starting off as an armed peasant's uprising, the movement has morphed into a full-fledged guerrilla army and has been termed India's largest internal threat.

Congress denies Gujarat CM seat to Shankersinh Vaghela

23 May 2017

Congress denies Gujarat CM seat to Shankersinh Vaghela

Citing anti-party activities, the Congress Party has denied the Chief Ministerial seat to senior Congress leader from Gujarat, Shankersinh Vaghela.

Zakir Naik's religious conversion factory

12 May 2017

Zakir Naik's religious conversion factory

Republic TV has exposed how the controversial televangelist Zakir Naik converts poor Hindus, Christians, and Sikhs to Wahabi Islam.

Vijayawada airport gets cabinet nod for getting International status

04 May 2017

Vijayawada airport gets cabinet nod for getting International status

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the granting of the International status to Vijayawada airport.

EVM tampering: Cabinet clears proposal for new VVPAT machines

19 Apr 2017

EVM tampering: Cabinet clears proposal for new VVPAT machines

Amid several allegations of EVM tampering, the Union Cabinet has cleared the Election Commission's proposal to buy Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

EC issues reminder to govt for VVPATs

17 Apr 2017

EC issues reminder to govt for VVPATs

The Election Commission has issued a fresh reminder to the Centre to sanction funds for the procurement of voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) systems in time for the 2019 General Elections.

Motor bill passed by Lok Sabha

11 Apr 2017

Motor bill passed by Lok Sabha

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday; the bill seeks to curtail deaths and injuries caused by crashes and reform the road-transport sector.

Railways: Massive changes imminent as Centre approves regulatory body

06 Apr 2017

Railways: Massive changes imminent as Centre approves regulatory body

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of an independent regulatory body for railways which will oversee fares and recommend necessary changes.

26-weeks paid maternity leave: President gives nod

30 Mar 2017

26-weeks paid maternity leave: President gives nod

President Pranab Mukherjee has approved the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 which provides for 26-weeks paid maternity leave for women employees.

Lok Sabha approves GST: Moves one step closer to implementation

30 Mar 2017

Lok Sabha approves GST: Moves one step closer to implementation

The four GST Bills were approved in the Lok Sabha bringing GST one step closer to a roll out on July 1st. "We seem to be on time... (we are) reasonably optimistic about meeting the deadline", said Arun Jaitley.

Cabinet reshuffle likely after April 12

16 Mar 2017

Cabinet reshuffle likely after April 12

Sources have stated that the Prime Minister may be considering a Cabinet reshuffle after April 12.

Lok Sabha passes Maternity Bill, leave extended to 26 weeks

10 Mar 2017

Lok Sabha passes Maternity Bill, leave extended to 26 weeks

The Lok Sabha passed the bill to raise the maternity leave for women.