Amitav Ranjan

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The government halted toll collection when its decision to accept the withdrawn Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at toll plazas led to chaos in the absence of adequate change, causing massive traffic snarls.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

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”.