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Govt hails IPCC climate crisis report, says India stand on developed nations’ role ‘vindicated’

Amid pressure from the West to cut emissions to net zero, India has maintained over the years that bulk of responsibility for climate action lies with global north.
A view of Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on 9 August 2021 | PTI Photo/RSTV

Rajya Sabha approves bill to end retrospective taxation amid walkout by Opposition

Describing retrospective taxation as a 'ghost', Nirmala Sitharaman said she sought the support of the House to make India look very clear, transparent and fair taxation land.

Proposal to grant classical language status to Marathi under consideration, Centre tells LS

Replying to a supplementary question by BJP MP Gopal Shetty in the Lok Sabha, MoS for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal said an 8-member committee is deliberating on the subject.
File photo Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba | Twitter/@ANI

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba gets one-year extension

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension in service to Gauba who was appointed to the country's top bureaucratic post for two years in 2019.

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai allocates cabinet portfolios, retains finance & intelligence

CM Bommai also kept Bengaluru development, cabinet affairs & all unallotted portfolios. First-time minister Araga Jnanendra was assigned home ministry, excluding intelligence.
File photo | A crowd of migrant workers gather around the UPSRTC buses near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Database for unorganised workers expected to take off this month, after several missed deadlines

On 29 June, the Supreme Court had fixed 31 July as the deadline for the Centre to make the portal operational. The database’s dry run and security audit is underway now.

Cabinet passes Bill restoring power of states/UTs to make their own OBC lists

A five-judge Constitution bench on 5 May had set aside Maharashtra law granting quota to Marathas and had refused to refer the matter to a larger bench.

Cabinet approves continuation of 1,023 fast track special courts till March 2023

Responding to a question during a Cabinet briefing, Union minister Anurag Thakur said that out of 31 states/UTs, 28 have commenced the scheme launched in 2019.

New CM Bommai expands Karnataka cabinet, Yediyurappa’s son and detractors left out

Cabinet expansion under new Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai takes place Wednesday, 29 ministers appointed but no deputy CMs. Former CM Yediyurappa had 3 deputies.

Bill to amend Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Act gets Parliament nod amid protest

The Bill was moved on the floor of the Upper House by Civil Aviation Minster Jyotiraditya Scindia who said it would democratise air travel. It was passed in Lok Sabha on 29 July.

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The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
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RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.

Defence

‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.
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