View: India’s new bank for infra financing is clearly mandated to have a ‘developmental role’

And it finally gets an institutional structure that can be a receptacle to monetise global goodwill into friendly funding from all over the world. Synopsis As Nirmala Sitharaman let us know on Tuesday, it is to start with an equity base of Rs 20,000 crore — the largest-ever institutional startup — plus a one-time Rs […]

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Par panel for use of ‘officials of the Union of India’ in place of central government officials

A parliamentary committee has suggested the use of the term “officials of the Union of India” in place of “central government officials” for those serving in all the three organs of governance – the executive, the legislative and the judiciary. In its report, the panel observed that the executive, the legislature and the judiciary have […]

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

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Appropriation Bill 2021-22, authorising the government to draw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India for its working as well as implementation of its programmes and schemes. This completes two-thirds of the exercise for approval of the Budget for 2021-22. The Appropriation Bill authorising payment and appropriation of […]

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Inputs for criminal law reforms sought, panel set up: Govt

The government has sought inputs from various quarters for criminal law reforms including sedition and has set up a committee for it, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy also stressed that the government has not lodged false cases against anyone despite remarks made against […]

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Congress, govt engage in war of words in Lok Sabha over sedition cases

A war of words erupted between the Congress and the government in Lok Sabha on Tuesday over registration of sedition cases with the opposition party alleging that the stringent law is being misused, drawing a sharp retort from Union Minister G Kishan Reddy who asked it not to lecture others on democracy. During the Question […]

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Parliament passes bill to raise upper limit for abortions to 24 weeks in special cases

Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill to raise the upper limit for permitting abortions from the present 20 weeks to 24 weeks for “special categories of women” including rape survivors, victims of incest, minors and the differently-abled. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 […]

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Parliamentary panel asks Highways Ministry to complete 888 delayed projects before announcing new ones

Unhappy over delayed highway projects which amount to Rs 3.15 lakh crore, a parliamentary panel has asked Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to prioritise their completion instead of announcing new projects. The delayed 888 projects pertain to construction of 27,665 km of national highways. The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, […]

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G-23’s Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Manish Tewari not on star campaigners list

(This story originally appeared in on Mar 13, 2021) Leading dissidents Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Manish Tewari do not figure in the list of “star campaigners” finalised by Congress for the initial phases of West Bengal and Assam polls, a decision that may intensify the ongoing organisational churn and heartburn in the opposition […]

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No proposal at present to revisit coverage of people under NFSA: Food Secy

Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey on Friday said the government has no proposal at present to revisit the coverage of people benefiting from the National Food Security Act (NFSA) saying it cannot be done “arbitrarily”. Currently, NFSA provides coverage for about 81 crore people, comprising 67 per cent of the country’s total population. Under the Act, […]

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