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Telcos ask finance ministry to clarify on import duty for routers
Increasing basic customs duties on tech products such as routers listed under (the rechristened) ITA-1, he said, would hit expansion of 4G networks, prevent cost-effective deployment of the upcoming 5G ecosystem and make mobile broadband services unaffordable to users.
Labour Ministry mulls 'Santusht' portal in Jan for speedy resolution of grievances
Initially, Santusht (Hindi for satisfied) would monitor al...
How IPC, CrPC changes will speed up India's criminal justice system
From diluting the right to file appeal and seek legal remedies in heinous...
Triple talaq law, increasing number of SC judges high points of law ministry in 2019
The ban on the practice of instant triple talaq, making it a penal offence and the increase in the strength of Supreme Court judges were two of the major achievements of the law ministry in 2019.
Next Ease of Biz ranking of states likely in March
The exercise is aimed at triggering competition among states to improve business climate in order to attract domestic and global investors.
Union home ministry budget for Citizenship, Foreigners Acts declining
In this financial year, for instance, just Rs 9 crore was earmarked for payments to states for administration of central laws out of a total budget of Rs 882.36 cr under the major head of grant in aid to states and UTs. This was even lower than Rs 13 cr transferred to states in 2018-19 out of a total grant of Rs 804.31 cr under the revised budget.
Ordinance to amend coal mining laws likely today
Currently, companies other than steel and power, and coal washing services firms are barred from bidding for coal blocks. Through the amendment, the Centre proposes to open up coal mining to all firms with offices registered in India. The clause in present form can impede the government’s endeavour to open up the coal sector through commercial mining, the official said.
Two schemes floated to revive stranded gas-based power units
The schemes include procuring 2,000 MW from gas-based plants through auction and bundling it with an equal capacity of solar power. Another 2,000 MW will be procured through online reverse auction, on a model similar to previous such schemes.
Reducing tourism-related emissions key to check climate change impacts on tourism
As representatives of governments work to develop an international policy to tackle climate change at the ongoing UN climate talks in Madrid, there’s an effort to identify sectors and actions that help meet the goal. Tourism figures prominently in this list. For experts, tourism’s contribution to climate change presents a conundrum.
Delhi Police commissioner must be held accountable for attacks on JNU students: Cong
Congress leader P Chidambaram said Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik should be held accountable for the JNU violence that took place on Sunday night by a masked mob. The former home minister described the JNU violence as descent into fascism and said he is sure there were intelligence inputs on Sunday's attacks.
Centre asks states to enforce amended MV Act citing attorney general's opinion
The road transport and highways ministry had notified the law on September 1 and later notified over 60 sections including 24 offences. This made the transport ministry seek legal opinion whether states could set penalties below the prescribed range.
After Russia protests, MoD to take call on $2.5 bn deal
The high-powered Defence Acquisition Committee (DAC) is expected to look into the matter this month and decide on a way ahead for the critical purchase of self-propelled air defence gun missile system (SPAD-GMS), people aware of the development said.
Labour Ministry moots social security fund linked to CSR norms
The ministry has proposed constituting a social security fund or funds for provision of social security to unorganised workers, platform workers or gig workers or any class of such workers to be administered by the central government in the social security code.
Quantum leap: India's vital role in new space age
The success of Gaganyaan will enormously elevate India’s credentials for human spaceflights.
India condemns 'targeted killing' of Sikh community member in Pakistan's Peshawar
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Pakistan should stop "prevaricating" and take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the crime.
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