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Finance Minister launches National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal

1 day ago
The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley has launched the National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal to enable greater transparency in corporate governance and promote accountability to the public at large.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurate 'iCreate'

2 days ago
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have inaugurated the iCREATE facility at Deo Dholera Village in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that innovation has a key role to play in bringing the people of India and Israel closer to each other.

Health ministry simplifies referral system under CGHS

3 days ago
The Union health ministry has simplified the referral system under Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), permitting all beneficiaries to seek OPD consultations from specialists at empanelled private hospitals after due referral. The medicines prescribed by specialists at empanelled private hospitals will be supplied by CGHS according to available generic names at the CGHS wellness centres. The validity of the advice of the central/state government specialist/CGHS medical officer shall be valid for 3-months for listed treatment.

Union Government ends Haj subsidy to empower minorities without appeasement

Jan 16, 2018
The Union Government has decided to end Haj subsidy from this year, as a part of its policy to 'empower minorities without appeasement'. The Haj subsidy, besides including cheaper airfare, also included central assistance to the pilgrims to reach the specially-designed Haj departure terminals at airports.

Interference by khap panchayat in inter-caste marriage absolutely illegal, says SC

Jan 16, 2018
The Supreme Court has termed the attack and interference by Khap panchayat or similar associations against an adult man and woman opting for marriage, especially inter-caste marriage as ‘absolutely illegal’.

UIDAI to introduce face recognition for Aadhaar authentication

Jan 15, 2018
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDA) has introduced face authentication as an additional means of Aadhaar authentication along with fingerprint and iris scan. The move will enable easy authentication for those individuals who face difficulties in other biometric authentication such as fingerprint and iris scan.

Railway Ministry launches SFOORTI Application

Jan 12, 2018
A Geographic Information System (GIS) based monitoring and management tool has been designed and developed in CRIS which provides layered views of freight trains on Indian Railways network to plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations.

UIDAI introduces Virtual ID, limited KYC to address privacy concerns

Jan 11, 2018
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), in order to address privacy concerns, introduced a new concept of Virtual ID which Aadhaar-card holder can generate from its website and give for various purposes, wherever Aadhaar number is necessary to provide. The UIDAI has also introduced the concept of limited KYC under which it will only provide need-based or limited details of a user to an authorised agency that is providing a particular service.

Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Canada for cooperation in Science & Technology

Jan 11, 2018
• India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) programme will be supported to promote India-Canada multidisciplinary research partnerships.• The R&D projects will be aimed at accelerating social transformation by providing solutions through application of science and technology.

FDI policy liberalized: 100% FDI in Single-Brand Retail without Govt Approval, Up To 49% In Air India

Jan 10, 2018
The Union Cabinet led by the Prime Minister has given its approval to a number of amendments to the FDI Policy. These are decided to simplify and liberalise the FDI policy in India to provide ease of doing business in the country. The government decided to liberalized in Single Brand Retail Trading, Construction Development, Civil Aviation, Power sector.

Government restricts use of national flag made of plastic

Jan 10, 2018
The central government has advised the nation not to use a national flag made of plastic and asked all the states and union territories (UTs) to ensure strict compliance of the Flag Code in view of the Republic Day celebration ahead. An advisory said that the "Indian national flag stands for the aspirations and hopes of the people of the country and therefore should occupy a position of honour".

Playing national anthem in cinema halls not mandatory: Supreme Court

Jan 10, 2018
A bench headed by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra accepted the Union Government's affidavit that said a 12-member inter-ministerial committee had been set up to suggest changes in the 1971 Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act.

BharatNet Phase 1: One lakh gram panchayats become internet-service ready

Jan 10, 2018
The government of India has achieved a major milestone by connecting over one lakh Gram Panchayats (GP) across the country with high-speed optical fiber network under the BharatNet Phase-1 project as per the declared deadline of 31 Dec 2017.

SC stays Karnataka HC verdict on 85% pictorial warning on tobacco products

Jan 9, 2018
The Supreme Court of India has stayed the Karnataka High Court order, which overturned the 2014 government regulation that packets of tobacco products must carry pictorial warning covering 85 per cent of the packaging space.

Union Government notifies Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017

Jan 9, 2018
The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 allows companies to issue shares at discount to its creditors when its debt is converted into shares in pursuance of any statutory resolution plan such as resolution plan under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

18th All India Whips’ Conference: Union Government proposes rolling out e-Sansad and e-Vidhan

Jan 8, 2018
During this two-day conference, Kumar will consider rolling out e-Sansad in Parliament and e-Vidhan in State Legislatures with an aim to digitize and make their functioning paperless. The Whips’ Conference also aims to deliberate recommendations for smooth and efficient working of Parliament and the State Legislatures in the light of the experience gained by the Whips.

Indian Railways to deploy “Drone” cameras to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations

Jan 8, 2018
The Indian Railways has decided to deploy “Drone” cameras (UAV/NETRA) for various railway activities especially maintenance of tracks, project monitoring and other railway infrastructure. All the zonal Railways have been directed to procure such cameras. This is in-line with Railways’ desire to use technology to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations.

HRD Minister releases All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) for 2016-17

Jan 8, 2018
Prakash Javadekar, The Union Minister of Human Resource Development , released the 8th All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) for the year 2016-17. He also launched the Survey for the year 2017-18. As per survey, India witnessed significant achievement in Gross Enrolment Ratio, Gender Parity Index, College density.

Aadhaar misuse traceable, system is secure: UIDAI

Jan 6, 2018
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) dismissed reports of misuse of Aadhaar data, asserting that Aadhaar system is secure and any misuse can be traced as it maintains complete log of various functions. It was recently revealed that Aadhaar details are being made available on payment of Rs 500 by anonymous sellers on WhatsApp. On this, UIDAI stated that there has not been any Aadhaar data breach.

NMCG approves Namami Gange projects worth Rs 295 crore

Jan 5, 2018
Out of 5, three projects pertain to sewage management in West Bengal at an estimated cost of Rs 278.6 crore, one relates to sewage management in Uttarakhand at an estimated cost of Rs 4.68 crore and one project worth Rs 11.73 crore is related to ghat improvement works in Varanasi.

Child's rights sacred, cannot be bartered by orphanage in-charges: Supreme Court

Jan 5, 2018
The court noted that human rights also encompasses the dignity of an individual and same extends to the children as well. Section 30 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 provides for setting up of the Human Rights Courts and to appoint special public prosecutors.

Union Health Ministry, Tata Memorial Centre jointly launch first digital Online Oncology Tutorial

Jan 5, 2018
Online Oncology Tutorial course is intended for physicians, gynecologists, dentists and other healthcare professionals who are not oncologists, but can play a very crucial role in early detection and diagnosis of cancers.

Three Ministries sign MoU for a Technology Mission for Indian Railways

Jan 5, 2018
Three Ministries of the Union Government, the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Department of Science & Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi for joint funding of Technology Mission for Indian Railways.

CCEA approves Jal Marg Vikas Project for enhanced navigation on National Waterway-1

Jan 4, 2018
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1).

Union Cabinet approves Agreement between India, Myanmar on Land Border Crossing

Jan 4, 2018
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an agreement between India and Myanmar to allow free movement of people across the land border of the two nations. It is expected to provide connectivity and enhance interaction of the people of the North Eastern States of India with the people of Myanmar.

Union Cabinet approves revised Model Concession Agreement for building ports

Jan 4, 2018
Concessionaire will now be required to pay Royalty on 'per MT of cargo/TEU handled basis' which will be indexed to the variations in the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) annually. This will replace the present procedure of charging royalty which is equal to the percentage of Gross revenue, calculated as per Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP).

Union Cabinet approves setting up of AIIMS in Bilaspur

Jan 4, 2018
Under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), AIIMS have already been established in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna, while work of AIIMS Rae Bareli is in progress. Three AIIMS in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) were also sanctioned in 2015.

India, Sri Lanka to sign MoU on Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy

Jan 3, 2018
The Union Government is planning to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka for cooperation in areas of traditional systems of medicine and homoeopathy. The funding required to conduct the activities under the MoU will be done from the existing allocated budget under AYUSH Ministry’s Central Sector Scheme for the promotion of International Cooperation in AYUSH.

Rajya Sabha passes NABARD (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Jan 3, 2018
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has been passed by the Parliament’s upper house, Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill by voice vote during its Monsoon Session in August 2017.

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launches online portal ‘NARI’ for women empowerment

Jan 2, 2018
NARI stands for 'National Repository of Information for Women'. The portal contains information about schemes being run by both Central as well as the States Governments. It will provide easy access to information on government schemes and initiatives for women to women citizens.

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