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  • Currently, vehicle owners need to give details of the vehicle, including its registration proof, and also relevant documents for individual identity and address to acquire FASTags.

    The budget for 2020-21 to be presented on February 1 is keenly awaited for the expected second wave of structural reforms for pulling out the economy from its over six-year low growth. In addition to expenditure secretary, the position of joint secretary, one of the key officials in the entire Budget-making process, is also vacant for almost three months.

    The commission, on Thursday, submitted its report for financial year 2020-21 to the President for further necessary action. The recommendations will be effective from next financial year.

    The decision to reduce the Kalia assistance was taken after the Odisha government merged the Kalia scheme with the Centres Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), launched in February 2019, officials said.

    Kashmir’s Agriculture department has also approached University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology in Srinagar, asking them to submit a report on types of sweet corn varieties that could be grown in Kashmir. For now, the department imports sweet corn seed variety from Holland.

    The 23rd edition of WASME Excellence Awards aims to enable SMEs to be more competitive, environment friendly, socially responsive, culturally sensitive and ethical in their business practices by integrating SME development agendas with the Sustainable Development Agenda propounded by the United Nations, added WASME.

    New Bill gives employees option to reduce their PF contribution, resulting in higher take-home pay.

    The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has launched a single window clearance system that connects upstream companies to different arms of the government, allows electronic filing of most applications.

    India, the world’s second most populous nation, has already been grappling with the impact of climate change. This year’s monsoon, which typically waters more than half of the country’s total farmland, caused floods and poor rains at the same time.

    Nirmala Sitharaman recently asked states to scrap APMCs and join eNAM to help farmers get better price realisation of their produce. APMC is a marketing board meant to moderate prices and prevent big traders from exploiting farmers. Officials said business transactions are growing and more than 150 commodities are being traded on the electronic platform.

    In a number of states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, MBBS students are charged Rs 25 lakh annually.

    "A meeting was chaired by the ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) secretary. A committee has been formed to formulate a new scheme" for a long-term permanent solution to stubble buring by farmers, he said. The MoS said that the new committee will come out with a new scheme within one or two months.

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