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‘India’s urban local bodies among weakest globally’: RBI decries reliance on state, central grants

Municipal corporations need innovative alternative sources of financing to cater to increased infrastructural demands, says report by RBI.

Women empowerment, farming — now, news channels must show 30-min ‘public interest’ content daily

The Union Cabinet approved the amended policy guidelines for satellite TV news channels Wednesday. This is the first time that changes have been made to the rules since 2011.

Pier by pier, girder by girder, how bullet train project’s 348-km Gujarat leg is gathering speed

After years of delay, Gujarat stretch of India’s 1st high-speed bullet train project is on track, with workers and engineers working 24x7 at casting yards and construction sites.

‘Crucial’ to TN’s $1 tn dream, why airport project has had villagers protesting for 100 days

Tamil Nadu govt views 4,791-acre ‘greenfield’ airport project as ‘crucial infra’, but villagers who may be displaced won’t hear of it and ecologists warn of flooding risk.

Rohtak PGIMS students back on stir, as meeting with Khattar on bond policy yields no result 

Haryana CM's proposal to take back upfront Rs 10 lakh payment not enough, say MBBS students. PGIMS spokesperson asserts it has no say as institute is only implementing order.

Four in five families in Delhi-NCR facing pollution-related health issues, finds survey

Eighteen per cent of respondents have already visited doctors in last few weeks, LocalCircles report adds, warns situation is likely to get worse over coming week.

An ‘electrifying’ future for public transport? Delhi govt plans 8,000 e-buses in next 3 yrs

Plan is to solely procure e-buses instead of CNG/diesel variants & let 80% of existing bus fleet be phased out by 2025. Currently, national city has 250 e-buses.

At investor summit, Bommai seeks political capital with pitch for his ‘very, very serious govt’

Many see it as last-ditch effort to package himself as efficient & transparent leader ahead of 2023 Karnataka polls. Infighting in BJP has dogged Bommai ever since he became CM.

Days after bribery allegation by conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar, Delhi prisons chief transferred

The order issued from the Delhi Government’s home department states that the 1989 AGMUT cadre officer, Sandeep Goel will report to ‘police headquarters for further orders’.

The big picture: Maharashtra ahead in FDI, but stability & Delhi hand helping Gujarat catch up

Industry insiders from both states cite complacency on the part of Maharashtra & political instability in the state following 2019 election as reasons for Gujarat's improving prospects.

On Camera

YourTurn

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after casting vote in MCD polls Sunday | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Gujarat makes AAP a national party, but Arvind Kejriwal is no...

BJP's Delhi team needs a total revamp and some heads must roll if the party wants to retain all seven seats in Lok Sabha in 2024.
Representative image of cargo containers | Pixabay

Modi govt just expanded scheme to give exporters tax refunds. Why...

RoDTEP gives refunds to exporters on embedded taxes & duties. But, Indian Steel Association says govt's move doesn't cover sector, which remains weighed down by 4-12% of levies.

Defence

Border Security Force (BSF) troops at the Attari border | Image by special arrangement

No more mad rush, book online now to watch BSF-Pak Rangers’...

Online registration begins from 1 January, 2023 to ‘smoothen the process’ for visitors; the decision is part of Centre’s digital push, says BSF.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Gujarat election is anything but dull. BJP’s political neurosis about AAP...

Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.