JCOs are gazetted officers, says Defence Ministry

Directs Servicesto issue suitable identity cards Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) in the Indian military are gazetted officers, the Defence Ministry has clarified in an order issued on August 1. The clarification follows a long standing controversy over the issue. The Ministry has instructed the three services to issue suitable identity …

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Blue stickers for petrol, CNG; orange for diesel

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to a proposal of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to have hologram-based coloured stickers on vehicles to indicate the nature of the fuel used in them. September 30 deadline The MoRTH told a Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur that …

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Call to explore Khadi’s marketing possibilities

Extract: Minister opens Khadi Board’s Onam-Bakrid fair Minister for Excise and Labour T.P. Ramakrishnan has called upon the Kerala Khadi and Village Industries Board to explore the product marketing possibilities at all possible levels in the State rather than limiting it to just rebate sales during festival seasons. Opening the …

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‘Bid to spoil image of Aadhaar’

The UIDAI on Sunday said vested interests misused Google’s “inadvertent” act around its old helpline number to create fear and tarnish the image of Aadhaar while emphasising that a number stored in contact list cannot steal data from a mobile phone. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said rumour-mongers …

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When Indians are called infiltrators

Many from the northern parts of the country are excluded from the draft NRC The north Indians excluded from the updated draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam resent being called ghuspethiye , meaning infiltrator. Though NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela has said that the 40 lakh persons left …

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‘Amendments will dilute RTI Act’

Srikrishna panel did not consult CIC: Acharyulu Corrupt government officials will be able to escape public scrutiny if the Right to Information Act, 2005 is amended according to the recommendations of the Justice Srikrishna committee on data protection, Central Information Commissioner M. Sridhar Acharyulu has warned. In a letter to …

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Help pass OBC Bill, Shah dares Cong.

BJP president says the Opposition party should make it clear if it supports backward communities BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday dared the Congress to clarify its stand on the amended OBC Bill in the Rajya Sabha, saying it would show whether or not the party supported the backward communities. …

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