Amitav Ranjan


Sports Ministry lays ground for making online betting legal
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

The Sports Ministry has begun the groundwork to frame a legislation to legalise online sports betting in India. According to a ministry official, informal consultations have already been held with various stakeholders in the government. However, it may take at least two years for the ministry to prepare a draft.

DoPT asked to prepare proposal on lateral entry into civil services
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Sources said instructions have come from the Prime Minister’s Office to prepare a broad outline of modalities for selecting private individuals for appointment in the ranks of deputy secretary, director and joint secretary.

Government aims high in bid to make India a sporting nation
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

From grooming 1,000 athletes for the 2028 Olympics to making sports compulsory at schools and hosting major international events, these are some of the key points that feature in an action taken report on the recommendations of a group of secretaries recently

Govt for January 1 rollout of fertiliser DBT despite ministry raising red flag
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Sources said this deadline was conveyed by the Cabinet Secretariat last month and could be aimed at dovetailing the subsidy payout with the government’s plan to align the financial continued on year with the calendar year

After private players criticise, Coal Ministry plans reverse auction
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

The government plans to bid out 30 million tonnes of reserves in the first phase to augment coal production beyond the target of one billion in 2020 set by Coal India plus the enhanced production expected from the coal blocks allotted or auctioned for captive end use.

PMO had sought attendance of secretarys
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The PMO instruction, conveyed verbally, asked for biometric attendance record for the months of April and May — including hours spent, if any, at work on weekends and holidays. The report had to be sent in sealed cover, sources said.

For Sardar Patel statue, oil PSUs are ‘directed’ to pay Rs 200 crore
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

The agenda paper shows that 14 state-run Gujarat companies had extended Rs 104.88 crore as financial support for the project.

Pump Chip ‘Scam’: Petroleum Ministry directs OMCs to conduct surprise raids
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Last month, a Special Task Force in Uttar Pradesh unearthed a scam in which several petrol pumps were found using remote control-linked electronic chips in their fuel dispensing machines

Oil ministry to its PSUs: Give details of perks, foreign trips of officials
Mon, May 08, 2017

Pradhan’s move follows complaints received from the Central Vigilance Commission and the Cabinet Secretariat.

Centre plans to parachute 9 IAS officers to Yogi office
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

Sources said that of the nine, two had expressed their inability to move back to the state due to personal reasons.

No court appearance without paying 20% of disputed amount
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Presently, there is no mandatory deposit by a defaulter while contesting the charges in any trial court or raising an appeal before the appellate court.

Centre to stop campus hiring by PSUs, banks; says selection process violated Constitution
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

The recruitments were stopped after the High Court stayed the process following a petition in 2014 seeking a ban on PSUs opting for campus placement at premium or private colleges, thereby excluding students from government institutes.

Conviction for cheque bounce: Govt plans making 50 per cent fine deposit mandatory for appeals
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

The appellate court could waive the pre-deposit “in an appropriate case” but would have to provide reasons for the exemption in writing

Motor Vehicles Act made more stringent: Five-fold increase in drunk driving fine, jail up to 10 years for causing death
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

In case of death, ministry wants driver booked for culpable homicide

Rising Iran-US tensions: Govt asks Indian firms to go slow on Chabahar projects
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

The MEA has told the Department of Fertilisers that it “must wait for some time before taking any further decision”.

Govt plans to ease coastal rules, allow land reclamation for commercial use
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

The new order, to be called Marine and Coastal Regulation Zone (MCRZ) notification, is likely to be issued soon

Investment via NIIF fails to start on Law Ministry concern
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

The fear is that too much concentration of investing power with legal exemptions to the investment manager may lead to favouritism and fraudulence

‘Illegal’ conversion of `500, `1,000 notes: I-T dept starts countrywide raids against petrol pump owners, LPG distributors
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

According to officials, “surveys” -- not raids -- have been conducted throughout the country at petrol and LPG pumps since March 6

Oil Ministry orders detailed review of ONGC board of directors
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

While examining the status of oil and gas production last January, Petroleum Secretary KD Tripathi noted lapses in the development of discovered oilfield Ratna and R-Series

Selection for vacant top posts in CPSEs to resume
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

The selection process was halted after the government amended a nearly three-decade-old resolution last June.

Underperforming petrol pumps will be handed over to new dealers
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Their performance would be reviewed after the stipulated six months and if sales continue to be sluggish, a fresh set of guidance with a new detailed action plan would be provided for a turnaround in next three months.

For ‘sitting’ on projects, Government shunts out its scientists
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

On February 10, Dave re-jigged the work allocation of 16 non-official expert members of the Ministry’s appraisal committees in Environment and Climate Change departments.

Petrol Pumps: Govt cuts ex-servicemen’s entitlement to one-fourth
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

However, a CAG report of January last year said that between 2010 and 2014, the DGR had sponsored names of 2,105 ex-servicemen as against total requirement of 739 projected by the OMCs.

Apple Effect: Duty-free regime for smartphone kits to continue
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Apple reportedly said at the meeting that it was concerned over clarity in CVD exemption as its component-makers were unwilling to immediately set up manufacturing in India as they did not see the market here for new products.

Action points for Budget 2017-18: Group of Secretaries want PM Modi to shift focus to renewables
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Under the current tax regime, small hydro projects up to 25 MW are treated as renewable energy whereby they are exempted from excise duty and pay value added tax of 0-5 per cent and a central sales tax of 2 per cent.

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.