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Governance

A new research has found that only 7% of rear-seat passengers wear seat belts (Representational image)

Modi govt holds summits, pushes for sops to try get vehicle scrapping policy off ground

Voluntary vehicle scrappage policy was launched in August, but setting up of crucial infrastructure such as scrapping facilities & automatic vehicle fitness centres proving a challenge.
Forest in Kashmir

J&K Chief Secy asks for review of ‘change of land use’ process, new guidelines by 25 December

Chief Secretary A.K. Mehta has tasked revenue department and board of revenue with the comprehensive evaluation of the process, and the formulation of detailed guidelines.
A file photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. | Photo: ANI

CM Gehlot demands special status for Rajasthan, accuses Centre of weakening states financially

Ashok Gehlot said cost of delivery for amenities like water, electricity, education, health and road infrastructure sector is high in Rajasthan.
An aerial view of Delhi covered in thick layer of smog on 5 November 2021 | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Schools shut, WFH for govt employees: Delhi govt announces measures to tackle toxic smog

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, after an emergency meeting, told that his government will also present a proposal for lockdown before the Supreme Court.
PM Narendra Modi speaks at the 18th India-ASEAN Summit, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on 28 October 2021 | ANI photo

PM Modi chairs high-level meeting on cryptocurrency amid concerns over misleading claims

It was strongly felt in the meeting that attempts to mislead the youth through over-promising and non-transparent advertising should be stopped, sources said.
Workers installing CCTV cameras at Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, as part of security arrangements for the Telangana government's Independence Day celebrations, in 2019 | Representational image | ANI

Amnesty flags CCTV surveillance ‘risk’ in Hyderabad but police say 1 camera equals 100 cops

Surveillance has been a focus area for CM K. Chandrashekar Rao since Telangana was created in 2014. There are an estimated 3.7 lakh cameras in Hyderabad, and 8.3 lakh in the state.
Indian Parliament building in New Delhi | PTI File photo

MPs to get development funds again as Modi govt restores scheme

The govt had suspended MPLADS in April last year and said the funds would be used for managing health services and the adverse impact of the Covid pandemic in the country.
Workers load a bundle of sugarcane onto a truck while harvesting the crop in the Jalana district of Maharashtra, India (File photo) | Bloomberg

Cabinet approves ethanol price hike by up to Rs 1.47 per litre for blending in petrol

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs raised the price of ethanol extracted from sugarcane juice to Rs 63.45 per litre from the current Rs 62.65 per litre.
Former West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay | ANI

‘Conduct unbecoming’ of IAS officer: What Modi govt charge sheet says on Mamata aide Alapan

Charge sheet accuses Alapan Bandyopadhyay of failing 'to maintain absolute integrity'. List of witnesses based on which charges were framed has 1 person — ADC to Bengal Governor Dhankar.
File photo of former West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra. | ANI

Mamata Banerjee retains finance portfolio, with former minister Amit Mitra as advisor

For the first time in past 4-5 decades a Bengal CM has held the finance portfolio. Senior Trinamool leader Chandrima Bhattacharya is likely to be appointed MoS for Finance.

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In Pakistan, a state of fear among children—inspectors enter schools to ensure Quran reading

Magistrates accompanied by rifle-bearing policemen are interrogating 12-year-olds. Their teachers are asked to stand silently in the corner.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha during ongoing Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi, on 6 December 2021 | PTI

61 companies raised Rs 52,759 crore via IPOs till October this fiscal, says FM Sitharaman

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Nirmala Sitharaman said that among the 61 IPOs, 35 were below Rs 100 cr, while 4 were in the range of Rs 100 cr & less than Rs 500 crore.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in New Delhi Monday | ANI

Why Rajnath raised China’s Ladakh aggression at 2+2 dialogue with Beijing’s friend Russia

India and Russia’s maiden 2+2 dialogue comes at a time when New Delhi’s ties with Washington are on an upswing while its oldest ally — Moscow — gets closer to Beijing.   

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.
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