The MHA also cautioned the state government about adopting transparency while recruiting to avoid a situation like previous years when there were complaints of rampant corruption and nepotism during recruitment of SPOs in Kashmir.
The Ayushman Bharat scheme promises to provide health cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year. The scheme will subsume the on-going centrally sponsored schemes - Rashtriya Swasthya BimaYojana (RSBY) and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS).
An inter-ministerial committee, set up to look into the issue, is expected to submit its report in six months. Till the report is submitted, the ministry’s earlier order making it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem is suspended, said an official.
“The Committee strongly disapproves of this lack of seriousness in strengthening the safety and security of women in the country,” the panel said. In 2013, the Union Government allocated Rs 1000 crore as ‘Nirbhaya fund’ in its annual budget following the December 2012 gangrape and murder in New Delhi
In Delhi, the “emerging trend of AI” in analysing data to fight crime and terrorism was taken up during a two-day conference attended by police chiefs from Asia Pacific, who discussed “policing challenges in 2020”.
“The panel fails to understand the reasons for this poor capital expenditure and wonders as to how the ministry would be able to spend more than 38 per cent of the allocation with just 40 days remaining in the current financial year.”
It expressed displeasure over infiltration and cross border terrorism and said, “The committee is not happy with the progress of the investigation. NIA should complete the investigation in the remaining cases at the earliest.”
BJP sources said both Narendra Modi and BJP chief Shah were “furious” over the developments, given that these incidents took place after the Prime Minister had hailed the BJP’s victory in the Left bastion of Tripura as a win over the “politics of violence”.
The Union Home Ministry asked the Tripura Governor and DGP to ensure peace till a new government is installed. PM Narendra Modi is expected to visit Agartala on March 9, when Tripura BJP chief Biplab Deb will be sworn in as Chief Minister.
Union government has embarked on a policy initiative for rapid transformation of 115 districts lagging in development parameters like nutrition, education, basic infrastructure, agriculture, water resources, financial inclusion and skill development.
The properties, estimated to be over Rs 1 lakh crore, were left behind by people who took citizenship of Pakistan and China. These were abandoned when wars broke out between India and China in 1962, and India and Pakistan in 1965 and 1971.
Over the next four months, Islamabad is expected to comply with certain conditions failing which they will find mention in FATF’s formal statement, as per officials who were present at the FATF plenary which ended on February 23.
Justin Trudeau in India: Jaspal Atwal, a former member of the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), was convicted of attempted murder after then Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu was shot on Vancouver Island in 1986.