Amitav Ranjan


Make English must in all schools, one English-medium school per block: Panel
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Education, being a subject in the Concurrent List of the Constitution, is guided by the Three Language Formula as laid down in the National Policy on Education (Parliamentary Resolution) of 1968.

Apple seeks 15-year Customs duty holiday before setting up India unit
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Last week, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government was yet to take a view on Apple’s demands.

Saradha, Rose Valley effect: Change in chit fund law to shield investors
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

In a chit fund scheme, individuals come together for a predetermined time period and contribute to a common pool at regular intervals.

Curbs on black money abroad: Govt revising tax treaties to share data with ED, CBI
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

Sources said this amendment will allow speedy prosecution and imprisonment of account holders as enumerated in the Panama Papers, Liechtenstein and HSBC Geneva lists.

Law Ministry rejects Finance move to link small savings to Aadhaar
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Law Ministry turned down DEA’s proposal on October 4 saying such schemes cannot be notified as “service within the meaning of Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act”.

Law Ministry rejects Finance move to link small savings to Aadhaar
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Ahead of launching the demonetisation drive, the Finance Ministry had sought Law Ministry’s opinion whether Aadhaar submission could be made compulsory for small savings scheme.

Scrapping 15-yr-old vehicles: Plan is to exempt cars, phase out buses, trucks
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

The ministry cites a study by AT Kearney which shows that there are 11.2 lakh MHCVs which are more than 15 years old and contribute to 34 per cent of the pollution.

Sports roadmap: States identify disciplines, to scout for top 50
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

Each state chose at least one sport in which it possesses special talent or a rich tradition.

Sports roadmap: States identify disciplines, to scout for top 50
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Vijay Goel argued that putting sports in the Concurrent List would provide 'a uniform direction through a National Sports Policy and Sports Code'.

Rs 5 to Rs 100 coupons as new currency at toll plazas: Road Ministry
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

The government halted toll collection when its decision to accept the withdrawn Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at toll plazas led to chaos in the absence of adequate change, causing massive traffic snarls.

Strategic crude oil reserves: Despite Niti Aayog’s advice, OilMin evasive on private investment
Wed, Nov 30, 2016

Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan acknowledged the need for private investments in strategic storage but left their participation extent and timeframe vague.

50% domestic procurement plan: Petroleum ministry purchase policy runs into rough weather
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

Commerce department says proposed purchase preference policy violated the WTO guidelines

Govt to India Inc: Suggest extra measures to facilitate industry
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

On Monday, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a similar discussion with the exporters and said that their requests would be sent as a report to the finance ministry.

Demonetisation: 680 pumps start giving cash, e-wallets on govt radar
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

The government on Thursday allowed swiping of debit cards at select petrol pumps where point of sale machines of SBI would be kept for drawing up to Rs 2,000 per day per card.

Let farmers buy seeds with old notes, says Agriculture Minister; Finance says no
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

Department of Economic Affairs cited the surge of deposits in Jan Dhan accounts to counter Agriculture’s request for allowing demonetised currencies for seed purchase.

Demonetisation: Government expects deposits to hit Rs 10 lakh crore by November 24
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 announced the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in an attempt to curb black money.

Long queues, 40 per cent ATMs working: Government, RBI meet today to ease transition
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

According to RBI, the new Rs 500 notes have currently been introduced only in Delhi and Mumbai with plans to gradually distribute them across the country over the next fortnight.

Complete formalities before ceremonies, PM Modi tells officials
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

The PM said such cornerstone ceremonies had no meaning if the projects were to run into delays.

Rs 500 and 1000 currency demonetised: Plan conceived 6 months ago to weed out black money
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

And only a handful of people were kept in the loop since its implementation started two months ago, sources said.

States may have to offer bids, compete now to get projects, events
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Different weightage would be assigned to each parameter, to arrive at a cumulative score. The state with the highest score would be the winner for a particular project, institution or event.

Niti Aayog rejects OilMin’s Rs 10K cr demand to build new reserves
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Proposal strays from agreed plan, says think-tank.

To get say in Paris treaty, to be ratified on Oct 2, government scurries for Cabinet approval
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Sources said the countdown for India began on September 21 when 60 countries accounting for 47.62 percent of the global emission ratified the treaty, leaving only 7.5 percent to be covered by the remaining members.

Govt’s gold bonds yet to catch buyers’ fancy
Tue, Sep 27, 2016

The number of applications in the latest tranche is 2 lakh, just up from 1.99 lakh in the previous tranche, when the issue price was Rs 3,119 per kg.

Centre showcause to Amazon India for selling used and refurbished smartphones
Tue, Sep 27, 2016

An Amazon spokesperson said the company is compliant and will always remain compliant with local laws

Forty three Acts passed by Parliament but stuck outside
Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Whistleblowers to Companies Act, depts haven’t worked out rules

Oil marketing companies to raise petrol, diesel prices to offset DDA land rental fees
Fri, Sep 16, 2016

Their prescription is that instead of raising prices only in Delhi, the “burden of higher rental” be passed on countrywide with 75 per cent of the burden on all-India basis and balance 25 per cent on Delhi market.

Coal Ministry debars lenders from transferring mining lease to other entities
Tue, Sep 06, 2016

Firm had used blocks as security for Rs 14.5K-cr loan.

To get all approvals before April 1, PM Modi clears early Budget
Thu, Sep 01, 2016

Arun Jaitley had said that advancing the Budget would help improve public spending through a more balanced expenditure across the year and help implement tax proposals from the very start of the fiscal.

Commerce Ministry for ‘political non-executive’ chairmen as heads of commodity boards
Wed, Aug 31, 2016

The proposal does not include Spices Board which is also under the commerce ministry.

Apparel Export Promotion Council: Smriti Irani in favour of appointing govt administrator for AEPC
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Council faces allegations of large-scale fraud of government grants.

Government eases rules to set up medical colleges
Wed, Aug 03, 2016

Reduction in campus area from 10 acres to 60,000 sq m among changes.

Plan to monetise National Highways to fund road construction projects on Cabinet table today
Wed, Aug 03, 2016

In a proposal to be taken up by the Cabinet on Wednesday, it has suggested that toll collection from 75 operational national highways be put on auction for bidding by private firms.

PM Modi rejects Smriti Irani’s choice of CBSE chief, HRD to have no say
Wed, Jul 13, 2016

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), of which the Prime Minister is the deciding authority, rejected the name of Dr Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh as the next CBSE chief.

Reliance Power’s Rs 14,500-cr loan: It’s Goyal vs Goyal on mortgage of coal blocks as collateral
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

With Coal and Power sticking to their positions, Goyal widened the debate to consider if all captive power projects, not just Reliance, could be allowed to use coal mines as collateral.

Modi Cabinet reshuffle: PMO to take final call on what junior ministers will work on
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

The Prime Minister wants the junior ministers to be more involved in implementation of schemes.

Railways wants to charge licence fee from IRCTC, travel agents
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

The idea, a brainchild of junior Rail Minister Manoj Sinha, suggests that the charge be 1 per cent of the annual turnover clocked by IRCTC and travel agents.