Public Policy

Rajya Sabha clears Bill on airport tariffs

Amendment restricts AAI from fixing tariffs for private airports The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a Bill to amend the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008, whereby the Airports Authority would not determine tariff structures in the case of privatised airports as that was part of the bid …

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Central Universities Bill cleared

The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, for establishing a Central University and Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” assured the House that the universities would be set up in the next four years. The Lok Sabha had cleared the Bill …

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20 million children not vaccinated in 2018: UN

Flags ‘gap’ in efforts to prevent disease Almost 20 million children missed out on potentially life-saving vaccinations last year, the UN said on Monday, as surging measles cases highlighted “dangerous” gaps in efforts to shield children from preventable illness. Last year, 19.4 million children were “not fully vaccinated”, the World …

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Railways may buy readymade trains

However, Mr. Goyal made it clear that the procurement of propulsion equipment or complete trains should be done in accordance with the ‘Make in India’ policy. The move follows a row over India’s first semi-high-speed Train 18 or Vande Bharat Express and the decision to stop production of the train …

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Seed rights: Ministry notice to PepsiCo

Following application to revoke registration of potato variety used for Lays chips Food and beverage giant PepsiCo India has been slapped with a notice from a Central agency under the Agriculture Ministry regarding an application to revoke the registration of its potato variety used to make its trademark Lays chips. …

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Central Universities Bill passed by LS

Central university and tribal university proposed in Andhra Pradesh Central Universities Bill passed by Lok Sabha The Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, with Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, who introduced the Bill, stating that preparations were on for filling vacancies in the next …

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Govt committed to disinvestment of Air India

Centre committed to privatise Air India The government is committed to disinvestment of Air India but wants the national carrier to remain in Indian hands, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed the Lok Sabha on Thursday. He also said though Air India is doing “extremely well”, the debt burden …

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Ban plastic wrappers, HC tells T.N.

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the State government to ban multi-layered plastic wrappers in which consumables such as milk, oil, biscuits, snacks, chocolates and medicines are sold. It also ordered effective implementation of the ban already imposed by the State on products such as plastic bags. Source : …

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