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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Anisha Dutta


In rare move, Election Commission pushes Punjab polls to Feb 20
Tue, Jan 18, 2022

On Sunday, nearly a month before Punjab votes to elect its new government, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi urged the EC to postpone the February 14 Assembly polls by six days in view of Guru Ravidas Jayanti.

EC sends notice to Samajwadi Party for ‘violating’ poll code, seeks response within 24 hours
Sun, Jan 16, 2022

On Friday, around 2,500 unidentified SP workers were booked for allegedly violating the poll code and Covid-19 protocols.

Slew of measures, restrictions as poll panel announces election schedule for 5 states
Sun, Jan 09, 2022

🔴 The poll panel banned all road shows and rallies till January 15 amid rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country and a massive spread of the Omicron variant.

Redeveloped Central Vista Avenue will be ready for Republic Day: Architect
Wed, Dec 29, 2021

🔴 Earlier this month, the minister of state for housing and urban affairs, Kaushal Kishore, informed Parliament that the physical progress of the Central Vista Avenue was only 60% complete with Rs 190.76 crore spent out of the total budget of Rs 608 crore.

Phishing attacks on central ministry officials get sharper, targeted
Mon, Dec 27, 2021

Phishing attempts directed at employees of various central ministries have recently been mounted through compromised government domain email IDs, even as MeitY and NIC take measures to tackle such breaches

Explained: Why there is objection to linking voter rolls to Aadhaar
Thu, Dec 23, 2021

The newly passed Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 enables this linkage, which the government says will help check multiple registrations of the same voter. What are Opposition parties objecting to this?

Railways’ 98% operating ratio not a reflection of its true financial performance: CAG
Wed, Dec 22, 2021

The CAG also noted that the national carrier needs to revisit the passenger and other coaching tariffs so as to recover the cost of operations in a phased manner and reduce losses in its core activities.

Linking electoral roll to Aadhaar: Opposition objects, govt pushes bill through
Tue, Dec 21, 2021

The Bill was passed via voice vote while several Opposition members stood in the Well of the House, raising slogans.

Delimitation Commission proposes six additional seats for Jammu, one for Kashmir valley
Tue, Dec 21, 2021

NC, PDP, JKAP express disappointment, term the proposal "unacceptable".

FM pulls up infra ministries for ‘sluggish’ capex, says public spending key to recovery
Sat, Dec 18, 2021

🔴 Sitharaman asks departments to hold reviews, spend 75 per cent by December, 100 per cent by mid-March

Promote healthy competition between cities for cleanliness: PM Modi at mayors’ conference
Fri, Dec 17, 2021

"Most of the cities in our country are traditional cities, developed in a traditional way. In this era of modernization, the antiquity of these cities is equally important..." PM Modi said.

Government identifying areas to get in sector experts
Sun, Dec 12, 2021

🔴 The Department of Personnel and Training has instructed each division in Central ministries to develop induction material in which officers are likely to be posted along with background of policy of flagship government programmes, it is learnt.

Rajnath Singh announces tri-service enquiry into IAF chopper crash that killed CDS Bipin Rawat
Fri, Dec 10, 2021

🔴Following Rajnath Singh's statement, the Lok Sabha paid tributes to Gen Bipin Rawat and the other soldiers who died in the crash.

Explained: How MPs’ questions are allowed, disallowed
Sat, Dec 04, 2021

🔴 A question by Rajya Sabha MP Venugopal, listed for a reply, has been removed. What are the rules for raising, admitting and answering questions in either House?

LS debate on Covid-19: Opposition says govt mishandled second wave, seeks vaccine roadmap
Fri, Dec 03, 2021

🔴 Quite a few MPs also raised the issue of PM Modi's picture on vaccine certificates, arguing that all states had equally contributed in fighting the pandemic and in vaccination.

Govt extends Smart Cities Mission timeline to 2023
Thu, Dec 02, 2021

🔴 The Union government had announced the project for developing 100 cities as “smart” ones on June 25, 2015. Cities were chosen through four rounds of selection from January 2016 to June 2018.

Over 1,200 crore spent on Central Vista project so far, new Parliament building 35% complete: Govt
Fri, Dec 03, 2021

🔴 Estimated to cost a total of Rs 20,000 crore, currently only four projects are under construction — The new Parliament building, redevelopment of the Central Vista Avenue, construction of the three Common Central Secretariat Buildings and construction of the Vice President Residence.

11 countries placed in ‘at-risk’ category, govt tells Lok Sabha
Fri, Dec 03, 2021

Briefing the Lok Sabha on the Covid situation in the wake of the emergence of the new Covid variant Omicron, Scindia said there will be RT-PCR tests for flyers from 'at-risk' nations.

‘It’s hilarious, if not tragic’: Parliament question on Chinese incursion disallowed citing national interest, says Subramanian Swamy
Thu, Dec 02, 2021

This comes a day after The Indian Express reported about a Rajya Sabha Unstarred Question asked by Congress MP KC Venugopal to the Minister of External Affairs was removed from the final list of questions for the day.

Question Govt dropped: Were NRIs asked to stop aiding farmers?
Tue, Nov 30, 2021

🔴 The questions were to be answered by the MEA on Monday, the day the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, was tabled and passed by both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha without a debate.

Govt forms ‘Central Vista Oversight Committee’ to expedite pace of project
Sat, Nov 27, 2021

The committee will ensure a multi-agency, multi-stakeholder coordination for seamless integration of different project works.

Smart Cities initiative: Government begins finalising proposals on PM’s action plan
Sat, Nov 27, 2021

🔴 The Smart Cities project, which aims at developing 100 citizen-friendly and self-sustainable urban settlements, includes setting up Integrated Command and Control Centres for each city as a vital step.

Ensure ‘purity’ of electoral rolls, hold interactions with parties, Sushil Chandra tells CEOs
Mon, Nov 22, 2021

The EC will also hold a separate review meeting on Tuesday with all the poll-bound states to discuss various matters related to election management ahead of the Assembly elections.

Cryptocurrency must not end up in wrong hands: PM Modi
Fri, Nov 19, 2021

Speaking about India’s own digital revolution, PM Modi explained that it is rooted in “democracy, demography and the scale of its economy”. “It's powered by enterprise and innovation of our youth,” he added.

ADR report: Over 55% donations to regional parties from ‘unknown’ sources, most via electoral bonds
Fri, Nov 12, 2021

While the total donations received by 25 regional parties in FY 2019-20 added up to Rs 803.24 crore, Rs 445.7 crore was attributed to “unknown” sources, the report said.