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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water Resources Secretary Shashi Shekhar has been given a month’s time to conclude the committee’s report so as to apprise the Supreme Court of the government’s final decision at the next hearing on January 20.