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Centre denies Bihar's 'special category' status; no new designation allowed

The Centre said that no new states are being awarded 'special category' status at present, as the Indian Constitution does not accommodate such classification

Centre denies Bihar's 'special category' status; no new designation allowed
Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 4:44 PM IST

Plea in SC seeks direction to Centre, states to eradicate superstition

A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre and states for taking appropriate steps to eradicate the menace of superstition, sorcery and other similar practices. The plea says a strict anti-superstition and sorcery law is urgently needed to do away with the unscientific acts prevalent in the society that adversely impact the community and also to prevent fake seers from exploiting innocent people. The petition, filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, has also sought directions to the Centre and states for taking steps to develop a scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform among the citizens in the spirit of Article 51A of the Constitution, which deals with fundamental duties. "Petitioner is filing this writ petition as PIL under Article 32 seeking appropriate writ, order or direction to Centre and states to take appropriate steps to control superstition and sorcery in order to secure the fundamental rights guaranteed under ...

Plea in SC seeks direction to Centre, states to eradicate superstition
Updated On : 20 Jul 2024 | 1:08 PM IST

Centre fails to form policy on online sale of drugs ahead of HC deadline

The Delhi HC had in March this year, given the government a final opportunity to frame a policy within four months, failing which, the court had stated it would hear the matter on merits

Centre fails to form policy on online sale of drugs ahead of HC deadline
Updated On : 09 Jul 2024 | 7:54 AM IST

Congress slams govt over 'private investment plans slumping to 20-year low'

Expressing concern over new private investment plans reportedly slumping to a 20-year low in the first quarter of this fiscal, the Congress on Monday alleged India has suffered due to "random policy changes" and an atmosphere of "fear and intimidation". Congress general secretary, in-charge communications, Jairam Ramesh, in a statement alleged that everyday in the "Modi-Made Anyay Kaal" is a new record of economic failure. "We have already seen a 45-year high unemployment rate, a 50-year low household savings rate, and the first-ever decrease in real rural consumption. Now, we have another disturbing fact to reckon with. The Hindu reports that in the April-June quarter of this 2023/24 fiscal year, fresh investments announced by corporates is just Rs. 44,000 crore. This is a 20-year low," Ramesh said in a post on X. "Compare the decade of Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister with that of the non-biological PM. Investment as percentage of GDP (average over time) was 33.4% during the UPA a

Congress slams govt over 'private investment plans slumping to 20-year low'
Updated On : 08 Jul 2024 | 6:13 PM IST

Scrapping NEET-UG not rational: Centre asks SC not to jeopardise med exam

NEET row: The central government told the Supreme Court that no widespread irregularities were found in the medical entrance exam

Scrapping NEET-UG not rational: Centre asks SC not to jeopardise med exam
Updated On : 05 Jul 2024 | 4:58 PM IST

Govt to meet PSBs to review financial inclusion schemes: Check details

Ahead of Budget 2024, the Finance Ministry will meet state-owned banks and financial institutions on Tuesday to assess advancements in key financial inclusion schemes. Three key schemes explained

Govt to meet PSBs to review financial inclusion schemes: Check details
Updated On : 25 Jun 2024 | 2:54 PM IST

'Reach office by 9:15 am or lose half-day leave': Centre warns employees

The Centre has issued a circular instructing employees nationwide to record their attendance using the Aadhaar-enabled biometric system

'Reach office by 9:15 am or lose half-day leave': Centre warns employees
Updated On : 22 Jun 2024 | 2:37 PM IST

Vijayan urges Centre to address NTA's 'incompetence' in conducting exams

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday urged the Centre to take immediate steps to resolve the crisis in the National Testing Agency (NTA), saying its "repeated incompetence" in conducting exams such as NEET and the UGC-NET cannot be accepted. A day after the Union Education Ministry ordered the cancellation of the UGC-NET following inputs that the exam's integrity may have been compromised, and handed over the matter to the CBI for investigation, Vijayan, also citing the controversy over the NEET exam, said such a situation leaves students in limbo and wastes public money. "The controversy over NEET has barely subsided, and now the Ministry of Education has announced the cancellation of UGC-NET, citing compromised exam integrity. This repeated incompetence is unacceptable, leaving students in limbo and wasting public money," the chief minister said in a post on 'X'. "The Central Government must take immediate steps to resolve this crisis at NTA and ensure a fair, ...

Vijayan urges Centre to address NTA's 'incompetence' in conducting exams
Updated On : 20 Jun 2024 | 2:05 PM IST

Mizoram govt yet to initiate biometric enrollment for Myanmar refugees

The Mizoram government is waiting for instruction from the Centre to initiate biometric enrollment for over 33,000 Myanmar refugees in the northeastern state, a home department official said. The official said that a new biometric enrollment portal has already been prepared. "We are waiting for an instruction from the Centre. We will start the process of collecting biometric data of Myanmar nationals once we receive the instruction," the official told PTI. Earlier, Mizoram Chief Minister Lalduhoma had said that biometric enrollment portal has been in place for collection of the data and it will be utilised in near future. In April last year, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had directed Mizoram and Manipur, which share borders with Myanmar, to capture the biometric and biographic details of "illegal immigrants" in their states. In June last year, it directed the states that the campaign be completed by the end of September and directed both to prepare a plan and initiate the ...

Mizoram govt yet to initiate biometric enrollment for Myanmar refugees
Updated On : 19 Jun 2024 | 11:57 AM IST

Centre asks Telangana govt to auction at least six mineral blocks by Jun 30

The mines ministry has flagged that the Telangana government failed to auction any mineral blocks in past nine years and asked the state to put at least six mines on sale by the end of this month. According to sources, geological reports of eleven blocks have been handed over to the government of Telangana for auction. These blocks consist of five iron ore mines, five limestone blocks and one manganese block. Till date not even a single block has been put up for auction by Telangana even though the mines ministry has sent repeated reminders to the state government. The process of allocating mineral blocks through auctions began in 2015. In a recent letter to the Telangana government, the mines ministry asked the state to notify a minimum of six blocks from the 11 for auction by June 30, sources said. The ministry warned that failure to do so will force the Centre to begin the auction process. As per the amendment in mining rules made in 2021, the Centre has the power to put on sa

Centre asks Telangana govt to auction at least six mineral blocks by Jun 30
Updated On : 16 Jun 2024 | 1:19 PM IST

Is the Centre planning to decriminalise minor I-T offences in 100 days?

The industry has long suggested that minor Income Tax offences incur penalties rather than criminal prosecution. This would garner more trust and boost ease of doing business

Is the Centre planning to decriminalise minor I-T offences in 100 days?
Updated On : 11 Jun 2024 | 6:00 PM IST

Centre planning to procure 1 million tonne of chana dal at market price

Due to insufficient rainfall and an extended dry period last year, chana prices shot up in anticipation of lower production this year

Centre planning to procure 1 million tonne of chana dal at market price
Updated On : 06 Jun 2024 | 5:26 PM IST

2,600 cooks, water carriers promoted for first time in CRPF's 85-yr history

A total of 2,600 cooks and water carriers, the lowest rung of constabulary that constitutes an essential backbone of the CRPF, have been promoted for the first time in the 85-year history of the country's largest paramilitary force. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has a total authorisation of 12,250 personnel for the two specialised cadres that handle the extensive network of kitchens, canteens and similar administrative works for the about 3.25 lakh men and women strength force raised in 1939. On Wednesday through an order, 1,700 cooks and 900 water carrier personnel have been promoted from their constable designation to the next rank of head constable. This has happened for the first time in the 85-year history of the CRPF, a senior officer told PTI. These personnel have been part of the force since its raising in 1939 in the British era. They were given specific cadre name of cook and water carrier in 2016 when the 7th pay commission recommendations were implemented by th

2,600 cooks, water carriers promoted for first time in CRPF's 85-yr history
Updated On : 06 Jun 2024 | 9:55 AM IST

Centre issues advisory after 4 states report outbreaks of bird flu

The affected states are Andhra Pradesh (Nellore district), Maharashtra (Nagpur district), Jharkhand (Ranchi district) and Kerala (Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts)

Centre issues advisory after 4 states report outbreaks of bird flu
Updated On : 01 Jun 2024 | 9:30 AM IST

Investors bought Rs 27,000 cr of sovereign gold bonds in FY24: RBI report

Sovereign gold bonds have caught the fancy of investors who bought Rs 27,031 crore worth of the bonds last fiscal, an amount more than four times invested in 2022-23 on the prospects of higher returns and tax benefits. The bonds bought by investors represented a whopping 44.34 tonne of gold during 2023-24. In 2022-23, Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGBs) representing 12.26 tonne of gold were purchased for Rs 6,551 crore. "The aggregate sum raised during 2023-24 amounted to Rs 27,031 crore (44.34 tonne)," said the annual report of Reserve Bank, which issues the bonds on behalf of the central government. During the fiscal ended March 2024, the bonds were issued through four tranches. Since the inception of SGB scheme in November 2015, a total of Rs 72,274 crore (146.96 tonne) has been raised through 67 tranches. The price of 24 karat per 10 gram of gold has gone up from about Rs 62,300 to Rs 73,200 in one year. SGBs are government securities denominated in grams of gold. They are substitute

Investors bought Rs 27,000 cr of sovereign gold bonds in FY24: RBI report
Updated On : 30 May 2024 | 7:19 PM IST

Reserve Bank board approves transfer of Rs 2.11 trillion surplus to govt

The expert committee had suggested maintaining the risk provisioning within a range of 5.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent of the RBI's balance sheet under the Contingent Risk Buffer

Reserve Bank board approves transfer of Rs 2.11 trillion surplus to govt
Updated On : 22 May 2024 | 4:47 PM IST

SC criticises state authority for inaction in Patanjali misleading ads case

'When you want to do something, you do it with lightning speed, but if you don't, then for years nothing moves,' the Supreme Court bench told the Uttarakhand State Licensing Authority

SC criticises state authority for inaction in Patanjali misleading ads case
Updated On : 07 May 2024 | 2:55 PM IST

CBI not controlled by Union of India, Centre tells SC on Bengal govt's suit

The CBI is not under the "control" of the Union, the Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court while raising preliminary objections on a lawsuit filed by the West Bengal government on the agency going ahead with its probe in several cases without the prerequisite nod from the state. The West Bengal government has filed an original suit in the apex court against the Centre under Article 131 of the Constitution, alleging that the CBI has been filing FIRs and proceeding with its investigation, despite the state having withdrawn the general consent to the federal agency to probe cases within its territorial jurisdiction. Article 131 deals with the Supreme Court's original jurisdiction in a dispute between the Centre and one or more states. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told a bench of Justices B R Gavai and Sandeep Mehta that Article 131 of the Constitution is "one of the most sacred" jurisdiction conferred upon the apex court and this provision can't be ...

CBI not controlled by Union of India, Centre tells SC on Bengal govt's suit
Updated On : 02 May 2024 | 7:37 PM IST

Govt introduces draft Explosives Bill 2024 to replace Explosives Act, 1884

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has proposed raising fines for violation of regulations and enhancing the efficiency of licencing procedures

Govt introduces draft Explosives Bill 2024 to replace Explosives Act, 1884
Updated On : 01 May 2024 | 10:24 AM IST

Govt cuts windfall tax on petroleum crude to Rs 8,400 per MT from May 1

(Reuters) - India has cut its windfall tax on petroleum crude to 8,400 Indian rupees ($100.66) a metric ton from 9,600 rupees with effect from May 1, the government said on Tuesday

Govt cuts windfall tax on petroleum crude to Rs 8,400 per MT from May 1
Updated On : 30 Apr 2024 | 11:51 PM IST