Governance

Parliament passes bill removing cereals, oils, onion & potato as essential commodities

The amendments to the essential commodities law aim to remove fears of private investors of excessive regulatory interference in their business operations.
Opposition leaders stage walk-out from Rajya Sabha, demanding revocation of suspended MPs | Twitter/ANI

8 suspended Rajya Sabha MPs call off protest to join opposition’s boycott of Monsoon Session

Opposition stages walkout from Rajya Sabha after Chairman Venkaiah Naidu refused to revoke the suspension of the 8 MPs.

FCRA Bill not against NGOs, meant to stop misuse of foreign funds, says minister Nityanand Rai

MoS Home Nityanand Rai tells Lok Sabha that FCRA amendment is required for Atmanirbhar Bharat, will ensure foreign funds are spent in the right direction.
NCBC chairperson Bhagwan Lal Sahni

OBC panel writes to PM Modi for parity with SC/ST panels, seeks cabinet rank for head 

A cabinet rank for NCBC chairperson will go a long way in allowing the panel to deliver on its duties, incumbent Bhagwan Lal Sahni has said in the letter. 
Dr Balram Bhargava, director general of the ICMR | Photo: ANI

ICMR denies sero survey hushed up data showing up to 48% Covid reach in hotspots in May

The ICMR clarification came after a report that team behind sero survey was asked to either hold it back or remove data on containment zones.

Many states, UTs have not provided details of farmer suicides, Centre tells Rajya Sabha

Due to limitation of details, national data on the causes of suicide in farming sector was untenable & not published separately, Union Minister of State for Home Reddy said.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Lateral entry experts have ‘become like any IAS officer’ a year into recruitment

Modi govt hasn’t made any civil services recruitment though lateral entry since last year. Stakeholders say ‘domain experts’ hired have been subsumed by the system.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai introduces the FCRA amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha Sunday | Photo: ANI

Modi govt tables FCRA amendments, opposition & NGOs call it fatal blow to civil society work

FCRA amendment bill introduced in Lok Sabha Sunday proposes reduction of foreign funds for admin expenses to 20%, mandates use of Aadhaar as ID.
Ajit Mohan, vice-president and managing director, Facebook India | Facebook

Fresh notice of appearance issued to Facebook India VP Ajit Mohan by Delhi Assembly panel

The committee had taken cognisance of the accusations against Facebook for its alleged 'complicity' in the northeast Delhi riots in February.
TMC MP Derek O'Brien shows the House rule book to Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Sunday | Photo: ANI

Rajya Sabha passes 2 contentious farm bills amid massive uproar, Modi says ‘watershed moment’

There was ruckus in Rajya Sabha over the passage of the farmer bills as at least 13 opposition parties wanted Modi govt to refer the bills to a select committee for scrutiny.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?