Governance

GOVERNOR-CM RIFT IN T.N.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly witnessed unprecedented scenes on January 9 when Governor R. N. Ravi, while delivering his customary address to the House, omitted certain paragraphs from the text prepared by the State government. Chief Minister M.K. Stalin later moved a motion to take on record only the transcript distributed …

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BHOPAL GAS CASE

The Union of India calls the Bhopal gas leak tragedy the world’s largest industrial disaster. On the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984, methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas escaped from the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, leading to hundreds of deaths. Thirty-nine years after the incident, …

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CABINET APPROVES NATIONAL GREEN HYDROGEN MISSION

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved National Green Hydrogen Mission. The initial outlay for the Mission will be  Rs.19,744 crore, including an outlay of Rs.17,490 crore for the SIGHT  programme, Rs.1,466 crore for pilot projects, Rs.400 crore for R&D, and Rs. 388 …

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HIGH-POWER LADAKH COMMITTEE

On January 2, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) constituted a high-powered committee chaired by Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai for the Union Territory of Ladakh. The committee will discuss measures to protect the region’s unique culture and language taking into consideration its geographical location and strategic importance; …

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DIGITAL OFFICES OF UNION GOVERNMENT

As most Union government offices are expected to go fully digital by the end of February 2023, several security measures have been put in place to avoid any cybersecurity incidents such as the recent cyber and ransomware attack on the servers of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) …

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RTI RESPONSIVENESS AMONG STATES

The State Information Commission of Tamil Nadu has been the worst performing in responsiveness under the Right to Information Act, furnishing only 14% of the information sought. Maharashtra was the second worst, sharing 23% of the information asked for, according to a report card on the performance of Information Commissions …

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DELHI HC VERDICT ON ‘ROOH AFZA’ TRADEMARK

On December 21, the Delhi High Court, in the case of Hamdard National Foundation (India) vs Sadar Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., restrained Sadar Laboratories from manufacturing and selling beverages under the impugned trademark ‘DilAfza’. The court observed that the trademark ‘RoohAfza’ is prima facie a strong mark requiring a high degree of protection …

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GOOD GOVERNANCE IN INDIA

Churchill’s definition of (bad) governance is applicable even 100 years after he spoke so sagaciously. One of the big achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is that while administrative reforms are, usually, all about motherhood and apple pie proclamations such as “wash your hand before you eat”, he has turned …

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Centre to issue ‘negative’ list to streaming sites

I&B ministry also nudging OTP platforms like Netflix, Hotstar to form regulatory body The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is likely to issue a “negative” list of don’ts for video streaming services or Over-The-Top platforms like Netflix and Hotstar by the end of this year. The Ministry is also nudging the …

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Govt. officials violate RTI Act with impunity, says CIC

He says courts curtailed powers of information panels Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava has accused government officials of violating the Right to Information Act with impunity, taking advantage of court orders that they cannot be penalised except in cases of mala fide intent. He was speaking at a public meeting …

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