Amitav Ranjan

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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.

Coming soon: India Business Cards for big foreign investors
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

The idea is that a cardholder be permitted to start a new venture or acquire existing business, be self-employed in own business and bring family members during the stay but after a separate application.

PMO turns down fertiliserMin’s proposal to control SPV
Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Principal secretary Nripendra Mishra turned down the ministry’s proposal of majority equity holding by Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation (HFC) and Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCI) — owners of these sick units — in Hindustan Urvarak.

Independence Day this year to follow Republic Day model, govt plans ‘fortnight-long’celebration
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

The government is aiming to include states in the festivities with a ‘Showcasing of States’ as is done during Republic Day — but without the parade and flypasts.

LPG dealers: Discretion is back in name of ‘merit’
Thu, May 26, 2016

The discretionary quota regime was stopped in 1996 after The Indian Express exposed irregularities in allotment of pumps and agencies by former Congress ministers B Shankaranand and Satish Sharma for alleged abuse of their discretionary quotas between 1993 and 1996.

Soon, submit income tax return copy to get LPG subsidy
Mon, May 09, 2016

The IT Act forbids the income tax department from sharing income details of an assessee unless the Central government specifies an officer, authority or body to receive the data to perform his or its functions under a law.

State road ministers: Fix 8 years as life of all commercial vehicles
Fri, May 06, 2016

The bench has now posted the matter for May 9 to examine the plea for modification of its order whereby all diesel-run taxis had been ordered to go off the roads after April 30.

Eye on medical tourism, Govt clears e-visas for patients
Wed, May 04, 2016

Applicants from nearly 150 countries eligible for e-tourist visas will be able to send online applications for medical visas with scanned copies of medical prescriptions from a government-accredited hospital of his/ her country.

Zara Muskura Do to mark ‘do saal’ of NDA’s rule
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will launch an eight-hour talk show ‘Zara Muskura Do’ — the “do” pun in the title to mark two years of the NDA government — on May 26 to showcase the government’s success stories.

Maneka Gandhi wanted two reporters on blacklist, Govt said no such rule
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Reuters ran the ministry’s denial on October 20 while maintaining that it stood by the “fairness and accuracy of its story”.

Private firm’s stalled refinery project may get PSU funds
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The PMO last month called the top officers of IOC, HP, Bharat Petroleum, SBI and IDBI to consider infusing Rs 5,404 crore as equity for setting up a six-million-tonne refinery in Cuddalore.

New SPV, funded by profitable PSUs, to revive 3 shut urea units
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

The decision now is to provide “assured market and additional concessions” to the SPV for these plants so that they do not face any viability issues and the PSUs’ investments are fully protected.

Govt plan: Tell healthy PSUs to heal sick ones
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

The idea now is to provide “assured market and additional concessions” for these plants so that the “PSUs do not face any viability issues and their investments are fully protected.”

Smriti Irani picks new NCRI chief, ignores Dattatreya’s candidate
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Dattatreya’s candidate K Sudhakar had made the shortlist of three.

Profit-share to revenue-share, multiple windows to single: HELP for explorers
Wed, Mar 16, 2016

The Cabinet last week approved a new regime for oil and gas exploration, seeking to revive investor interest in the country’s energy sector.

Cabinet Secretariat says no to I&B’s candidate for IIMC top post
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Suresh, currently a Senior Consulting Editor with Doordarshan News, served in an honorary capacity as Senior Fellow with New Delhi-based think tank Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF).

Monsanto threatens to exit India over govt’s show cause notice
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

Over 90% of cotton grown in India is based on MMBL’s technology which is used by nearly 80 lakh cotton farmers.

Now, govt cyber cell to counter ‘negative’ news
Tue, Feb 23, 2016

Every time a negative narrative surfaces, a possible counter would be initiated — through press releases, briefings or press conferences, depending on the intensity or standing of the post,” said sources.

Innovative Budgeting: For smoother finance, a Budget during winter
Fri, Feb 19, 2016

A Budget in December would reduce delays on the ground.

Post merger with MOIA: MEA to handle all NRI affairs, except investment
Mon, Feb 08, 2016

The decision followed Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s reiteration that emigrant related issues would be “best looked after by a single organisation”.

Want to sell refurbished iPhones, Apple tells Government
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Apple plans to set up a facility in the country to renovate used mobiles shipped from China

Speed-up assistance or lose Chabahar, hints Iran
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

On Chabahar port, the Shipping Ministry moved a Cabinet note for providing $150 million as line of credit but that got held up as India wanted that the draft contract retain a reference to India content.

Sanctions against Iran lifted: India can pay a high price for lost opportunities
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

The only advantage to India would be the freedom to buy "as much crude oil that Iran is willing to sell to us".

Mutual recognition of foreign educational degrees on table
Wed, Jan 13, 2016

This principle of reciprocity on equating foreign learning systems suggests that India enter into agreement with countries that have “a rigorous, robust and credible” system.

After Minister says (Aamir) ad deal over, PMO dials, calls for a report
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

The move had sparked speculation that it was in response to the actor’s remarks on “growing intolerance” during the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards function last November.

Amitabh Kant remains frontrunner in race for CCI chairman post
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

Kant is credited with ‘Make in India’ mission that captured last year’s headlines and made Prime Minister Narendra Modi a sought-after leader overseas.

Iran, India to settle outstanding crude oil dues in rupees
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

The payment agreement needs amendment as tax exemption is contingent on the pact notified by the Centre in January 2012 which allows only 45 percent of oil payments in rupees.

PM Narendra Modi pushed for release of more funds for Afghan Parliament
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

The project, inaugurated by the Prime Minister on Friday, began in 2009 and had missed several deadlines.

Chabahar port: India in a hurry to clear $150-mn Iran credit line
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

Centre also fast-tracking bilateral negotiations to seal further business alliance.

Phishing attacks: Verify identity of caller before sharing information: Govt to staff
Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Phishing, often used for bank and credit card frauds, is now being used by bogus callers masquerading as officials to acquire sensitive information.