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Government sets up Strategic Policy Group to assist National Security Council

Oct 9, 2018
The Members of the SPG will include Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Chiefs of the three defence services, RBI Governor, Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary, Finance Secretary, and Defence Secretary.

Government constitutes Competition Law Review Committee to review Competition Act

Oct 1, 2018
The Committee will review the Competition Act and its rules and regulations to change business environment and bring necessary changes, if required. It will look into international best practices in the competition fields, especially anti-trust laws, merger guidelines and handling cross border competition issues

Government constitutes Lokpal Search Committee headed by Justice Ranjana Desai

Sep 28, 2018
The members of the Search Committee are Justice Sakha Ram Singh Yadav, Ranjit Kumar, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Lalit K Panwar, Shabbirhusein S Khandwawala, A Surya Prakash and AS Kiran Kumar.

President clears ordinance to set up a board of eminent personalities to run MCI

Sep 27, 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to promulgate an ordinance that seeks to establish a committee to run the Medical Council of India until Parliament passes legislation to replace the body with a new commission.

Supreme Court constitutes committee to look into jail reforms

Sep 25, 2018
The Supreme Court on August 27 had reserved its order on the issue of constituting a committee to deal with issues pertaining to jails and suggest reforms for prisons across the country. The bench was hearing a matter relating to inhuman conditions in 1,382 prisons across India.

Government sets up panel of secretaries to look into e-Commerce issues

Sep 11, 2018
The booming online shopping space has largely been functioning without government regulations until a task force led by then Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia had put together the draft policy. However, the policy faced criticism over its suggestions dealing with data localisation, curbing deep discounting and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms.

Government constitutes new science and technology council to advise PM

Aug 29, 2018
The Union Government has constituted a 21-member science and technology council to advice Prime Minister Narendra Modi on matters related to science, technology and innovations. It will be headed by K Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific adviser to the Union Government.

SEBI should seek power to tap phone calls: TK Viswanathan Committee

Aug 10, 2018
The committee says, “Currently there are several methods of electronic communication apart from telephone calls which are fairly widely used…, interception of electronic communication should also be covered in the powers being sought”.

Government sets up GoM headed by Suresh Prabhu to decide on RCEP talks

Aug 7, 2018
The objective of RCEP negotiations is to achieve a modern, comprehensive, high-quality, and mutually beneficial economic partnership agreement among the ASEAN Member States and ASEAN’s FTA partners.

In Detail: Government sets up High Level Committee chaired by Union Home Secretary to check mob lynching

Jul 24, 2018
Government has condemned incidents of mob lynching and made its stand clear in the Parliament that, as per the Constitutional scheme, 'Police' and 'Public Order' are State subjects. State Governments are responsible for controlling crime, maintaining law and order, and protecting the life and property of the citizens.

Union Government constitutes task force to suggest ways on reducing import dependence

Jul 13, 2018
On an average, India's imports stand at around USD 450 billion per year. In financial year 2017-18, the inbound shipments grew about 20 percent to USD 460 billion. Oil imports during the same fiscal rose by 25.47 percent to USD 109.11 billion.

GST Panel recommends no extra tax incentives for digital transactions

Jul 9, 2018
Another ministerial panel chaired by Sushil Kumar Modi on Reverse Charge Mechanism (RCM) recommended replacing the present Section 9(4) with a new Section 9(4) which will permit the government to notify specific class of registered persons who would be covered under RCM provision.

Ravindra H Dholakia committee constituted to upgrade norms for computation of economic data

Jul 2, 2018
The Ministry has decided to change the base year to 2017-18 for the calculation of GDP and IIP numbers from the current 2011-12 with an aim to capture changes in the economy.

Chief Ministers Subgroup constituted to coordinate policy approaches for agriculture and MGNREGS

Jun 20, 2018
The Sub-Group will submit its report within three months from its date of constitution. The first meeting of the Sub-Group is expected to be held in July 2018, based on the convenience of the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.

IRDAI sets up Suresh Mathur Committee to review norms for insurance marketing firms

Jun 19, 2018
Considering that the review of the regulations is essential to enable the distribution channel to evolve and to fulfil the objective of spreading insurance coverage to all layers of the society, the IRDAI constituted the 10-member committee.

SEBI constitutes Group to facilitate the stock market listing of startups

Jun 13, 2018
The Group will look into the existing Institutional Trading Platform (ITP) framework and suggest measures to facilitate listing of startups.

SEBI constitutes Expert Committee to frame rules for direct listing of Indian firms abroad

Jun 13, 2018
The committee will examine the economic case for permitting direct listing of Indian companies overseas and listing of Indian companies on foreign bourses in India.

15th Finance Commission constitutes High Level Group for balanced expansion of Health Sector

May 25, 2018
It will examine strength and weaknesses of the health sector for enabling a balanced yet faster expansion of the health sector, keeping in view the India’s demographic profile.

15th Finance Commission constitutes an Advisory Council

May 9, 2018
The 15th Finance Commission has constituted an Advisory Council to advise the commission on any issue or subject related to its Terms of Reference (ToR) and to assist it in the preparation of any paper or research study that would enhance the commission’s understanding on certain issues.

HRD Ministry constitutes Committee to reduce the fear of maths amongst students

Apr 12, 2018
The Human Resource Development Ministry also constituted another committee under the chairmanship of Kadiyam Srihari, Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, to suggest and strengthen the teacher’s in-service training.

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