Governance

Railways approves officials’ request to fly for trips

‘Airfares are cheaper than AC-1, AC-2 train fares’ Contending that airfares to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata from their centres are “cheaper” than AC-1 and AC-2 train fares, the Hubballi -headquartered South Western Railway (SWR) has approved its officials’ request to fly to these destinations instead. The General Manager, South Western …

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Expert panels to the aid of LSGIs

To address safety threats posed to old and small structures Technical committees comprising experts of prominent engineering colleges would come to the aid of local self-government institutions (LSGIs) for addressing complaints on safety threats posed to old and small structures due to reckless digging and piling. Local Self-Government Department sources …

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Deaths on rail network fall by 13% in 2019

GRP registers 16 accidental deaths on July 18; majority of deaths due to trespassing On July 18, the Government Railway Police (GRP) registered 16 accidental deaths, among the highest in recent years. However, overall accidental deaths on the suburban railway network in the city have seen a dip of around …

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Army HQ restructuring to begin by month-end

The four studies ordered by Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat are restructuring of the AHQ; the Army restructuring which includes creation of Integrated Battle Groups; the cadre review of officers; and review of the terms and conditions of Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks. The aim is a holistic integration …

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Health Ministry Bill proposes to axe NEET-PG

be enough for admission to MD/MS programmes In a relief to medical students aspiring to pursue postgraduate courses, the Union Health Ministry has proposed to do away with NEET-PG and use the final MBBS examination for admission to MD and MS programmes. The amendment has been incorporated in the revised …

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Defence Ministry spent Rs. 7.85 cr. on legal fee

Earns SC’s ire for excessive litigation While the debate continues over taxing disability pension for military personnel and assurances by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to look into the matter, information provided under the Right to Information (RTI) Act shows that between 2013 and July 2018, the Defence Ministry paid about …

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NCRB’s annual reports to be out soon

The annual crime report compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2017 will be published soon as requisite data from all States has been received, a senior official said. The publication of “Crime in India” for 2018 will have to wait a little longer as the NCRB plans …

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Denial of consent can’t stall ongoing probes

The high drama over the CBI’s move to question Kolkata Police Commissioner on Sunday in the chit fund scam cases raises questions about the agency’s jurisdiction in a State which has already withdrawn “general consent” for its investigations . The CBI has been investigating the Saradha scam after the Supreme …

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‘Bihar will implement 10% EWS quota’

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the 10% reservation for the economically weaker sections will be implemented in the State even as he called for enhanced quota for the Other Backward Classes. He demanded that the census in 2021 should be caste-based to enable proportional representation of various …

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