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  • Indian Air Force has shortage of 405 pilots: Govt tells Lok Sabha Mar 24, 2021 08:36 PM IST

    Indian Air Force has shortage of 405 pilots: Govt tells Lok Sabha

    To a separate question on whether India can counter China effectively with hypersonic vehicles, the minister declined to answer saying the information sought is highly sensitive and classified.

  • Amended Finance Bill passed in Lok Sabha, gives 10-year tax holiday to new infra bank Mar 23, 2021 08:25 PM IST

    Amended Finance Bill passed in Lok Sabha, gives 10-year tax holiday to new infra bank

    Replying to the Finance Bill debate, Nirmala Sitharaman said that the central government is ready to start discussions on bringing petrol and diesel under Goods and Service Tax if the states are on-board for talks as well.

  • Lok Sabha passes NCT Bill, strengthens Delhi L-G's administrative role Mar 22, 2021 06:23 PM IST

    Lok Sabha passes NCT Bill, strengthens Delhi L-G's administrative role

    The NCT Bill, which was introduced in Lok Sabha on March 15, strengthens the role of the Lieutenant Governor by making it mandatory for the Delhi government to consult the L-G before taking any executive action.

  • Central govt's tax collection on petrol, diesel jumps 300% in six years Mar 22, 2021 05:08 PM IST

    Central govt's tax collection on petrol, diesel jumps 300% in six years

    The central government collected Rs 29,279 crore from excise duty on petrol and Rs 42,881 crore on diesel in 2014-15 -- the first year of office of the Modi government.

  • Govt to hold 100% stake in NBFID at formation, reduce it to 26% later Mar 22, 2021 04:06 PM IST

    Govt to hold 100% stake in NBFID at formation, reduce it to 26% later

    The National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development (NBFID) Bill says the aim of the institution will be to support the development of long-term non-recourse infrastructure financing in India.

  • Govt introduces NaBFID Bill in Lok Sabha Mar 22, 2021 12:42 PM IST

    Govt introduces NaBFID Bill in Lok Sabha

    The Union Cabinet had last week approved a budget proposal of setting up a Development Finance Institution (DFI), which will have tax benefits to enable fund raising from investors.

  • CEC hopeful concept of remote voting will see the light of day by next LS polls Mar 20, 2021 05:26 PM IST

    CEC hopeful concept of remote voting will see the light of day by next LS polls

    Addressing an event, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said, the EC had early this year started a research project for enabling remote voting, in consultation with IIT Madras and eminent technologists from IITs and other leading institutions.

  • Lok Sabha passes bill to amend MMDR Act Mar 19, 2021 04:29 PM IST

    Lok Sabha passes bill to amend MMDR Act

    "The reform in the mining sector would generate 55 lakh direct and indirect employment. To enhance mining activity, we will allow private sector with enhanced technology in mineral exploration," Union minister Pralhad Joshi said.

  • Over Rs 2.46 lakh crore sanctioned under Emergency Credit Line Guarantee scheme: Govt Mar 18, 2021 08:35 PM IST

    Over Rs 2.46 lakh crore sanctioned under Emergency Credit Line Guarantee scheme: Govt

    Gadkari also said the ministry has been running various schemes to provide credit facilities to the MSME sectors such as an interest subvention scheme for incremental credit which offers a 2 per cent interest subsidy, Credit Guarantee Scheme for micro and small enterprises (MSEs) for collateral-free / third-party guarantee-free loans.

  • Lok Sabha passes Appropriation Bill, completing two-thirds of budget exercise Mar 17, 2021 10:39 PM IST

    Lok Sabha passes Appropriation Bill, completing two-thirds of budget exercise

    The Appropriation Bill authorising payment and appropriation of specified sums from the Consolidated Fund of India for 2021-22 was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

  • Indian Railways will never be privatised: Piyush Goyal in Lok Sabha Mar 16, 2021 01:09 PM IST

    Indian Railways will never be privatised: Piyush Goyal in Lok Sabha

    Replying to a discussion on Demands for Grants for Railways, Goyal said there has been no death of any passenger due to a rail accident in two years and the railways has been putting enormous focus on passenger safety.

  • 'No conclusive info' to prove Indian cow milk better, Govt rejects own Cow Exam Syllabus Mar 11, 2021 02:24 PM IST

    'No conclusive info' to prove Indian cow milk better, Govt rejects own Cow Exam Syllabus

    The exam was slated to be held on February 25 was been postponed with no alternate date announced.

  • 425 corruption cases registered by CBI in 2020: Centre Mar 10, 2021 06:39 PM IST

    425 corruption cases registered by CBI in 2020: Centre

    In 2019, the federal probe agency registered 396 cases. In 2018, 460 cases were registered.

  • 3.17 lakhs cyber crimes in India in just 18 months, says govt Mar 09, 2021 04:17 PM IST

    3.17 lakhs cyber crimes in India in just 18 months, says govt

    Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the Ministry of Home Affairs operationalised the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal on August 30, 2019 to provide a centralised mechanism to the citizens for online reporting of all types of cyber crime incidents, with a special focus on cyber crimes against women and children.

  • Parliament returns to pre-COVID timings from March 9, both Houses to convene at 11 am Mar 08, 2021 05:57 PM IST

    Parliament returns to pre-COVID timings from March 9, both Houses to convene at 11 am

    Since the Monsoon session of Parliament, convened in September 2020, the timings were curtailed in view of the COVID-19-related restrictions.

  • AIADMK seals poll pact with BJP, gives Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat; 20 assembly segments Mar 06, 2021 09:53 AM IST

    AIADMK seals poll pact with BJP, gives Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat; 20 assembly segments

    Following up with the release of its first list of six candidates for the polls on Friday, the AIADMK firmed up the electoral agreement with the Saffron party late Friday night.

  • J&K will be given statehood at an appropriate time: Amit Shah tells Lok Sabha Feb 13, 2021 03:41 PM IST

    J&K will be given statehood at an appropriate time: Amit Shah tells Lok Sabha

    On the repeal of Article 370, Home Ministe Amit Shah said the decision taken on August 5, 2019, would not be undone. The people of Jammu and Kashmir have welcomed the abrogation of the law.

  • Creation of health ID under NDHM not mandatory for citizens: Ashwini Choubey Feb 12, 2021 09:25 PM IST

    Creation of health ID under NDHM not mandatory for citizens: Ashwini Choubey

    Upon opting to create a health ID, only basic demographic and geographic information of the beneficiary like name, year of birth, gender, mobile number and address are collected.

  • Govt received over 100 crores by sharing vehicle data with private entities: Nitin Gadkari Feb 12, 2021 10:50 AM IST

    Govt received over 100 crores by sharing vehicle data with private entities: Nitin Gadkari

    Nitin Gadkari said there's no proposal under consideration for the government would direct the companies to delete the data accessed by private entities.

  • Don't read 41% share for states from divisible tax pool as 'reduction': FM Sitharaman Feb 11, 2021 10:51 PM IST

    Don't read 41% share for states from divisible tax pool as 'reduction': FM Sitharaman

    It is because that portion has to be added to Union territories to which the Centre distributes, she added Jammu & Kashmir has been converted into Union territories of J&K and Ladakh.

  • Govt seeks Parliament nod for additional gross expenditure of Rs 6.28 lakh crore Feb 11, 2021 09:12 PM IST

    Govt seeks Parliament nod for additional gross expenditure of Rs 6.28 lakh crore

    The approval of Parliament is sought to authorise gross additional expenditure of Rs 6,28,379.99 crore, according to the document placed in Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

  • Role of private sector vital, wealth creators create jobs, says PM Narendra Modi defending farm laws Feb 10, 2021 06:34 PM IST

    Role of private sector vital, wealth creators create jobs, says PM Narendra Modi defending farm laws

    Narendra Modi’s remarks are one of the most forceful endorsements by a senior policymaker of the role that businesses can play to distribute wealth and create jobs. Prime Minister also criticises India’s statist bureaucracy for being a drag on growth.

  • Farm laws not religious scriptures that changes cannot be made: Farooq Abdullah Feb 09, 2021 11:06 PM IST

    Farm laws not religious scriptures that changes cannot be made: Farooq Abdullah

    Abdullah also asserted that Lord Ram belongs to the whole world. "Ram belongs to all of us. The way Muslims have held on to the Quran, the Quran is not just ours," he said.

  • 965 earthquakes with magnitude 3 & above in 2020: Govt Feb 05, 2021 10:13 PM IST

    965 earthquakes with magnitude 3 & above in 2020: Govt

    Vardhan said the National Center for Seismology (NCS), under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, maintained a nationwide seismological network, comprising 115 seismic stations, to monitor the earthquake activity in and around the country.

  • Aadhaar not mandatory for registration on Co-Win portal: Union MoS Health Choubey Feb 05, 2021 10:03 PM IST

    Aadhaar not mandatory for registration on Co-Win portal: Union MoS Health Choubey

    On whether Aadhaar is mandatory for registering on the Co-WIN application, Choubey, in a written reply, said, 'No, Aadhaar is not mandatory for registration on Co-WIN portal.'

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