Centre proposes to hike pensions for the poor

“The proposal is being scrutinised for the possibility of inclusion in the Budget speech,” said a senior official of the Rural Development Ministry, which administers the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP). If the proposal is announced, the Ministry will then move the Cabinet to approve the increase in pensions, said …

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Affidavit in SC on CIC appointment

RTI activists filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday alleging that the appointment of former Law Secretary Suresh Chandra as a member of the Central Information Commission was done “in complete violation of the prescribed process”, as he had not applied for the post. As The Hindu reported …

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Rescue work at mine not abandoned: Centre

The Centre on Monday dismissed the charge made in the Supreme Court that it had “abandoned” the operations to rescue the miners trapped in a flooded Meghalaya rat-hole mine since December 13, even as the State said the “bodies of the remaining miners are behind the body detected on January …

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Centre proposes to hike pensions

Ahead of the 2019 election, the Rural Development Ministry has proposed that the monthly pensions of the elderly poor, disabled and widows be increased from the current Rs. 200 to Rs. 800. For those above the age of 80, the proposal is to increase the pension from Rs. 500 to …

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PAC may not call A-G or CAG

A-G or CAG

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) may not summon the Attorney-General and the Comptroller and Auditor-General over the public auditor’s report on the Rafale deal, as a majority of the members, even those from the Opposition parties, do not favour the proposal by its Chairman, Mallikarjun Kharge. Congress president Rahul Gandhi …

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Do not play with orders of court, SC tells officials

orders of court

The Supreme Court on Monday rebuked two officials of the Uttarakhand government for “playing with orders of the court” and violating its direction on demolishing “unauthorised” buildings without giving notice to the encroachers. The apex court said it was not inclined to accept the apology or the defence of the …

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Now, get your registered documents back in minutes

New software eliminates the role of middlemen, saves time Gone are the days when people submitting documents for registration at the Sub-Registrar offices in Tamil Nadu had to wait for days to get the registered papers back. In a first, the Tamil Nadu Registration Department has introduced a system where …

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Helpline soon to receive sand-related complaints

The Dakshina Kannada district administration will shortly open a helpline to file complaints, if any, on non-availability of sand and on illegal sand extraction, according to Minister for Urban Development and Housing and in-charge of the district U.T. Khader. Talking to reporters here on Sunday, he said that the helpline …

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Debt relief certificates given to Sedam farmers

The crop loan waiver scheme introduced by the State government brought the smiles back on the faces of debt-ridden farmers in Sedam taluk in Kalaburagi district on Saturday. Sedam taluk has been selected on a pilot basis for the scheme. As many as 353 farmers who had borrowed crop loans …

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Why strip Verma of powers suddenly: SC

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday asked the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), represented by Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, to explain the exigency that had prompted it to take an “overnight” decision to divest Alok Verma of his powers as CBI Director. “The situation which prompted the CVC to take …

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