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I-B Ministry extends deadline for suggestions on draft bill for registration of print, publishing industry
The draft Registration of Press and Periodicals (RPP) Bill, 2019, which is set to replace the archaic Press and Registration of Books (PRB) Act, 1867, proposes to do away with the earlier provision of prosecution of publishers.
TV Somanathan new expenditure secretary in finance ministry
The government made over a dozen changes at the secretary and additional secretar...
Tourism ministry planning to revamp Swadesh Darshan scheme, have moved cabinet for the same: Prahlad Patel
"A social audit has been conducted...
Vikas Swarup appointed Secretary (West) in foreign ministry
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Swarup, a 1986 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, to the post, it said.
Fiscal prudence is important but growth will take precedence: Sources, Ministry of Finance
Fiscal prudence is important but growth will take precedence, will look to use fiscal room provided in FRBM Act in upcoming budget: Ministry...
Offer standard health policies with maximum sum insured Rs 5 lakh: Irdai to insurers
Irdai has issued guidelines on standard individual health insurance, asking insurers to cover basic health needs.
Govt extends last date for Sabka Vishwas scheme till Jan 15
"Keeping in view the response of the taxpayers to the Scheme, the Central Government extended it for a period of fifteen days, till January 15, 2020. This is one-time and final extension in view of taxpayers' response," an official statement said. Those taxpayers who availed the Scheme have committed to paying tax dues of Rs 30,627 crore.
Eco-travel, solo trips, bleisure are some travel trends that will rule 2020
Interesting concepts amongst the global travellers make 2020 a very exciting year for travel.
Centre appoints Rohan Shah as Governor on ERIA Board
The appointment is for a period of three years. The Board of ERIA meets once in every six months in Jakarta and then in Japan. ERIA, formed by the Governments of the ASEAN countries, is engaged in research and guidance on policy formulation related to economic integration, cross border trade issues and narrowing development gaps in the ASEAN region.
Banks not keen to lend big to small businesses
Credit flow to MSMEs shrinks as lenders turn cautious owing to economic slump. The contraction in gross credit flow to the sector could be on the back of risk-averse lending by top banks as slowing consumption and stalling manufacturing growth. Between November 2018 and 2019, gross loans to micro and small industries fell 0.1%.
Import duty exemption on routers to continue
“A finance ministry notification, dated December 30, has assigned a new harmonised system (HS) code (No: 8517 62 90) for routers to continue their zero customs duty status,” said a senior executive with direct knowledge of the matter. ET has seen a copy of the notification issued by the revenue department.
Coal mining may be opened up to all sectors before next auction
The Centre proposes to open up bidding for coal blocks to all firms with offices registered in India. As per section 11A of the MMDR Act, the Centre can auction coal and lignite mining licences to companies engaged in iron and steel, power and coal washing sectors.
Power Ministry cancels auction of 2.5GW after tepid response from state utilities
According to sources, lack of interest from state power utilities due to a higher tariff of Rs 4.41 per unit discovered through the reverse auction process led to the cancellation of the auction. The power ministry now has advised nodal agency Power Finance Corporation-arm PFC Consultancy Ltd (PFCCL) to call the bids again.
Finance Ministry declines to share Swiss bank accounts details of Indians citing confidentiality
"Information exchanged under such tax agreements is covered under confidentiality provisions of respective agreements. Thus, disclosure of tax related information and information sought/obtained from foreign governments is exempted under section 8 (1) (a) and 8 (1) (f) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act," FinMin said in response to an RTI application.
Pune: House repairs get easier in cantonments as ministry of defence eases rules
Around 10,000 civilians living in dilapidated houses in Pune, Khadki and Dehu Road cantonment limits can now improve the condition of their buildings as the ministry of defence (MoD) has relaxed the norms to carry out repair works.
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