Deepak Patel


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

Firms’ failure to respond may put hydro project clearances at risk
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

In a meeting held last month on hydropower projects, power minister R K Singh stated that ‘partial clearances’ given to companies will be ‘rescinded’ if they do not respond to the Central Electricity Authority’s comments on detailed project reports in 2-3 months.

SO2 emission limits: ‘Flexible’ norms likely for some non-compliant coal-fired power plants
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

With new norms set to kick in from December, power ministry hassaid that immediate phasing out of ‘not interested’ plants or those with ‘space constraint’ will lead to debt & equity erosion of over Rs 20,000 crore.

Latest-generation stents: ‘No evidence’ of futuristic innovation
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

An expert panel, which was asked by PMO to examine possibility of excluding such stents from price control as ‘cheaper’ Chinese devices are entering Indian market, has said it has found no data to back the move.

Toxic sulphur dioxide norms: 90% coal power plants not compliant
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

On June 30, 2017, the then power secretary P K Pujari sent Environment Secretary A N Jha a letter along with a report “outlining the plan of action for implementation of the new norms”.

Hydro power generation: High tariff, green clearances trouble sector
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

In a presentation, the new power minister was informed about issues that are holding back progress in the hydropower sector.

CSR norms: From hospital to missionary group, 32 major entities in ‘violation’
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Through multiple queries, The Indian Express has received responses from some of the firms that were served show cause notices for allegedly not complying with the CSR norms under the Companies Act.

CIL-NTPC quality issue: Crushing the inferior coal
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Due to joint test of coal samples and Coal Controller’s Organisation’s regular actions, the quantity of stones and boulders in coal supply has fallen over the past few years; however, NTPC expects CIL to take more steps to improve the quality further

To Boost Mineral Search: Post exploration, firms need be given ‘right of first refusal’, Niti Aayog tells Mines Ministry
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

As per the data shared by the mines ministry, of a total land area of 32.8 lakh square km, the country has 5,70,000 square km of obvious geological potential (OGP). As of 2012, as per the ministry, only 5,046 sq km was under mineral lease, less than 1 per cent of the OGP.

PMO sought report in March: Amid fall in pharmaceutical exports, a commerce dept report ‘under preparation’
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

The sector’s outbound shipments dipped 0.01% in 2016-17, compared with an increase of 10% in 2015-16

Niti Aayog’s Three Year Action Agenda: ‘Land law tweak, higher floor space index to lift development’
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Amending rules related to acquisition, utilising surplus land of sick PSUs for affordable housing and relaxing FSI are some of the suggestions made by the govt think-tank to push development across the country

To open coal mining sector, govt set to auction 10 mines
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

While coal mines such as Chendipada and Machhakata have fairly high estimated extractable reserves of 1244.37 million tonnes (MT) and 474.34 MT respectively, mines such as Shankarpur Bhatgaon II Extension and Mednirai have estimated extractable reserves of 80.14 MT and 80.832 MT respectively.

Stent price down, but angioplasty cost still same: Insurance firms
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

A scrutiny of bills showed the cutback in stent costs had been offset by an increase in the cost of other components needed for the procedure, including balloons and catheters.

Draft amendments to Mineral Auction Rules, 2015: Govt proposes easier rules to increase participation, curb delays
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

From lowering net worth cap for firms to permitting states to proceed with auction even if qualified bidders are less than three, Centre’s draft amendments to Mineral Auction Rules, 2015, hopes to attract a larger set of bidders

Goyal’s tenure: Reforms in coal auctions to UDAY, green energy push
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

On May 26, 2014, when Piyush Goyal took the oath along with the Prime Minister, approximately two-thirds of the major power plants across the country had critical coal stock of fewer than seven days.

Expenditure on food security: When Nirmala Sitharaman fought for a peace clause
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Countries like Canada, Mauritius, Israel and the European Union have been expecting India to take the lead and conclude the negotiations for their respective Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as soon as possible.

Fuel shortage: Private power plants being supplied coal in proportion to payment, says coal ministry
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

The coal ministry, however, has told The Indian Express that only 5 private power plants — of the aforementioned 18 — are linked to the CCL and “coal dispatches to these plants” is in proportion “to the payments made by the plants to the coal company”.

USFDA observations: To improve report cards, comprehensive reforms must for domestic drugmakers
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

While Sun Pharma and Glenmark Pharma submitted detailed responses that includes revising standard operating procedures and re-training employees to the USFDA to deal with its adverse observations, others have begun course-correction

Apprenticeship Rules: DIPP requests MSDE to extend self-certification duration for start-ups
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Firms hiring apprentices just submit self-declaration with regards to Apprenticeship Rules for first year; DIPP has requested the ministry to raise it to 5 years

Start-ups complain to Centre: ‘PSUs not following public procurement guidelines’
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Centre made it mandatory for its ministries, CPSUs to procure minimum 20% of their products & services from micro and small enterprises from April 1, 2015

NPPA note on unethical practices in orthopaedic implant trade: ‘Involvement of hospitals, doctors biggest reason of price distortion’
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

To decide the knee implant price cap, the NPPA had consultations with various stakeholders such as domestic and foreign orthopaedic device manufacturers; orthopaedic industry associations; orthopaedic surgeons and civil society groups.

Regarding 6 Laws: PMO directs LabourMin to ensure self-certification system for start-ups
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

The MoLE in its advisory in January 2016 suggested states not to inspect start-ups during first 3 years of their existence under six specific labour laws.

Renewable energy: Govt to hold second edition of RE-Invest in Dec this year
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

The first Global RE-Invest was held in New Delhi from February 15 to17 in 2015. The Centre had then decided that this would be an annual event. However, due to lack of sponsors, the second edition was postponed indefinitely.

Net import duty on gold down post GST: Govt weighing various ‘options’ to curb import from South Korea
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

India has a free trade agreement with South Korea and therefore, there is no basic customs duty on gold imports from there.

Older Solar Projects: Extend deadline if delay is on your part, says Centre to state govts
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

The current low tariffs in solar projects are pushing the state governments to rethink the status of all older solar projects. For example, in December 2015, Uttar Pradesh signed various solar projects of total 215 MW capacity with the tariffs ranging between 7.02 per KWH and Rs 8.60 per KWH, while in May this year, a 200 MW solar park was auctioned in Rajasthan at a price of 2.44 KWH.

Drug regulator to Centre: Put heart valves, lenses on essential medicines list
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Once a drug or medical device is included in NLEM, its price can be capped by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), which comes under Department of Pharmaceuticals (DOP).

Niti panel’s recommendations to UP: ‘Identify homeless, build houses and provide skill training’
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Providing loans to 25,410 persons by March 2020 under the self-employment programme, ensuring 110 shelters under NULM are also among the suggestions made by the Aayog to the state govt

GTB Hospital incident: NHRC sends reminder to Delhi govt, seeks report submission by August 5
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

In Delhi, on April 2, 2017, around 20 eye patients had to be rushed to AIIMS from the GTB Hospital as they complained of breathlessness, blurred vision, redness, etc after being injected with allegedly Avastin.

Absorb BVS, Absorb GT1 BVS stents: Abbott submits plan for phase-4 trials to central drug regulator
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Studies showed increased risk of ‘adverse cardiac events’ in patients receiving BVS