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Brexit a big loss, others must step up: EU drug regulator
Sat, Feb 17, 2018

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) is a big loss for the latter’s pharmaceutical regulatory structure and member-countries have been asked to step up their competence and expertise to cope with Britain’s departur

Price control not the best way to achieve affordability: NPPA Chairman Bhupendra Singh
Sat, Feb 17, 2018

On Monday, the price regulator refused to provide separate sub-category and higher ceiling price for latest-generation biodegradable stents, as requested by multinational medical device companies.

National Health Protection Scheme: ‘Universal healthcare has to be co-opted in new pharma policy’
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

The Department of Pharmaceuticals, which comes under Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, released the draft of the new pharmaceutical policy in August 2017.

Coal stock at power plants: Government developing portal for real-time info
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

On January 22, 2018, another meeting, on the same topic was chaired by Singh, wherein he “indicated” in his opening remarks that the coal supply situation “is still critical” as there are “10 power stations with zero coal stock and around 45 power stations with coal stock for 1-6 days”.

Coal Sector: Stricter regulation, lack of tech and cost overruns major challenges
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Paris agreement commitments by India, shrinkage in global coal consumption, tepid response to recent tranches of coal block auctions and emergence of renewable energy, have 'intensified' doubts on the future of coal, says a CIL study.

Rs 5 lakh family cover: Centre to call meeting of state health secys
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

In the Union Budget 2018-19, an initial corpus of Rs 2,000 crore was provided for the NHPS that aims to provide medical cover of Rs 5 lakh to over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families.

Power Minister: New plants only within 500 kms of coal field
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

This decision was taken on January 25, 2018, at a meeting that was called on the topic of "review of coal supply to power stations" and was chaired by R K Singh, Minister of State (Independent charge).

Coal India Study: ‘No need for new coal mines beyond current pipeline’
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

A latest Coal India Limited (CIL) study has stated that there is no need to auction or allocate new coal mines beyond the ones that are in current pipeline because of low demand.

Judgment on illegal mining: Three states concerned over ‘pandemic effects’ of SC order
Wed, Feb 07, 2018

The Supreme Court had on August 2 last year imposed a penalty on 152 iron ore and manganese lessees in Odisha for illegal mining. The states voiced concerns over the effect of the SC ruling on their state’s mining operations.

Helpline for alcoholics, drug dependents witnesses two-fold increase in calls
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

The service was launched by Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment on January 7, 2015.

Union Budget 2018: A comprehensive gold policy to be formulated
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

In 2015, the government launched the GMS with the objective of mobilising the gold held by households and institutions in the country. The scheme allows a bank’s customers to deposit their idle gold holdings for a fixed period in return for interest in the range of 2.25 per cent to 2.50 per cent

TRAI slashes mobile number portability rates by 79 per cent
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

As per Trai’s monthly report on telecom subscription data, the cumulative requests for porting of mobile numbers from one service provider to another grew to 331 million in November 2017 from 18.6 million in August 2011.

Cyber security standards for power utilities: Two BIS groups to issue norms within 6 months
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

The Bureau of Indian Standards has been working on the part two of Indian Standard 16335 for more than 15 months, says a senior government official.

Rural electrification: Arunachal a major hurdle in achieving May 1 deadline
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Roadblocks include litigation, poor performance by contractors, tough terrain.

Ransomware Scare Prompts Power Authority Alert: Threat Is Real
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

The CEA’s warning comes in the backdrop of a December 23, 2015 incident, when hackers successfully attacked information systems of three prominent power distribution companies in Ukraine, disrupting the electricity supply to approximately 250,000 Ukranians

Rae Bareli boiler blast: Death toll is revised up from 32 to 45
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

RTI records show that the majority of those who died — 42 out of 45 — were contract workers, including two linked to Siemens Ltd and 32 from Vijayawada-based Indwell, who were painting the boiler at the time of the accident.

Mining-affected areas of 12 top mineral-rich states: Of total welfare funds collected, only 17 per cent spent till 2017-end
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

According to data provided by the 12 state governments to the Centre, only Rs 2,260 crore of the DMF amount was spent till the end of 2017. As on October 30, 2017, Odisha collected the highest Rs 3,548-crore DMF funds

Disputes involving govt: A case to cut litigation count
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

In meetings held last year, ministries & departments suggested that focused monitoring on pending cases, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and avoiding unnecessary filing of appeals will help reduce court cases involving the government

Govt: Long-term export policy to incentivise investment in sector
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

Centre asks all stakeholders to send their comments to mines ministry by February 9.

DGS for 70% safeguard duty on solar equipment imports
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

The domestic industry had a market share of 14 per cent in 2014-15 which fell to 10 per cent during 2017-18.

‘Rationalised’ coal freight rate policy: ShippingMin for review
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

According to Abhaya Agarwal, Partner and PPP Leader at EY India, the coal haulage rates between 200 km - 700 km have been raised in the range of 7 per cent to 13 per cent as per August 24 circular of the Railway Board.

Special economic zones — Major challenges: Multiple models, unutilised land and additional taxes
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Issues such as under-utilisation of existing capacity, disadvantage on domestic sales due to application of full customs duty and imposition of taxes including income tax for new SEZs were highlighted in a presentation by officials before the commerce minister.

Aurobindo’s antibiotic API substandard: Maharashtra FDA
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Aurobindo Pharma stated: “We found that there was a pilferage / theft / damage of subject material of your query during its transit/storage and on identification of such act, consignee has filed a police complaint which is currently under investigation.”

From Madhya Pradesh to Bihar: Centre receives requests for mobile connectivity
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Out of an estimated 6,00,000 villages in India, as on January 31, 2017, BSNL’s cellular mobile services were available in 4,34,220 villages, according to information provided by the Ministry of Communications to a question in the Lok Sabha.

National Mineral Policy: GreenMin wants district bodies’ role clearly defined
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

District level authorities are now involved in granting environment clearance.

Mastercards’ digital ordering platform: Andhra Pradesh farmers may get digital system to connect with wholesalers
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Kionect is currently being piloted with over 1,000 micro-businesses in three of Nairobi’s informal settlements — Kibera, Kawangware and Kariobangi — in partnership with Kaskazi, a for-profit wholesaler and distributor.

Suggestions for National Mineral Policy, 2008: Widen exploration area to address import dependence
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

During the interaction between various stakeholders and the mines ministry panel, India’s low level of exploration compared to other countries surfaced as a major area which requires policy attention.

National Mineral Policy: GreenMin wants ‘polluter pays’ principle included
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Move to help miners become cautious and undertake mining responsibly’

Adverse observations on domestic facilities: Tackling the USFDA regulatory heat
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Following observations by American drug controller, Strides Shasun & Cadila Healthcare for their Bengaluru and Matoda facilities, respectively, sent detailed responses which included admitting to faults and revising SOPs & hold-time study approach, among others.

Finance Ministry may hike monetary limit for filing tax appeals
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

6,357 cases pending in SC, about 38,500 cases in high courts & 94K cases in ITAT.

New National Mineral Policy: Steel Ministry pins transport infrastructure, high royalty as focus points
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Among suggestions before mines ministry, the steel ministry’s inputs on ensuring iron ore availability for steel firms and developing Special Mining Zones may help the latter achieve its iron ore targets.

Medical Devices: For reliability, indigenous certification on the table
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

To push Make in India initiative by bringing quality assurance in the domestically produced medical devices, PMO has asked health ministry to chalk out a plan to make certification of medical and advance diagnostic devices mandatory for companies.

NTPC toll up to 32: Barring three, all were contract staff working near boiler
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh told reporters: “Around 80 people were affected due to this accident... 32 succumbed to injuries and 48 are under treatment.”

Suggestions for New National Mineral Policy: For a ‘lucrative’ sector, ease taxes, use tech to curb corruption
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The Niti Aayog has suggested steps to the mines ministry such as involving mining consultants during the auction process, defining an ‘ideal’ taxation system and avoiding putting conditions while granting green clearances, to make the new National Mineral Policy attractive.

Hydro sector firms: Pending matters with states, absence of merchant bankers create divestment hurdles
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

While the government has set the divestment target of Rs 72, 500 crore for fiscal 2017-18, it has been able to earn only Rs 19,759 crore through proceeds by October 4.

Mineral Mining: Environment Min suggests mines ministry to place limits on production of limestone
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

The Supreme Court passed a judgment on August 2, 2017, wherein it directed the Central government to revisit the National Mineral Policy, 2008, and announce a “fresh and more effective, meaningful and implementable policy” before the end of this year