Monday, 19 April, 2021


A view of a Railways saloon coach operated by the IRCTC. | Photo: Twitter/@RailMinIndia

Railways drafts new rules for use of luxury saloon coaches by IRCTC for tourism

The new Railways guidelines allow the IRCTC to decide the tariff structure to be charged from tourists for the saloons.
Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press briefing on Cabinet decisions in New Delhi on 16 December | PTI Photo

Govt limits buying telecom goods from list of ‘trusted sources’ to ensure national security

Cabinet clears proposal to designate 'trusted source' for purchase of telecom equipment, possibly adding fresh curbs on Chinese goods.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint File Photo

Rahul walks out of his first House panel on defence meet after ‘spat’ on military structures

According to sources, a debate over whether there should be some uniformity across all armed services, as is the case in the US, triggered an argument in the meeting. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began is 14 April address to the nation with his face covered | Photo: ANI

Neither central govt nor any state has control over functioning of PM CARES Fund

According to the trust deed made public on the PMO website, PM CARES Fund is a public charitable trust headed by a board chaired by the Prime Minister.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaks during a campaign rally in Swarupnagar, West Bengal (Representational image) | Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Modi govt could send notices to 3 IPS officers and Bengal govt over deputation tug-of-war

West Bengal had Sunday told the Centre it can't 'spare' the 3 IPS officers. The officers were in charge of BJP chief J.P. Nadda's convoy when it was attacked in Bengal.
Representational image | Bloomberg

Govt’s OTT move aims to clearly define jurisdiction over content & platforms — I&B secy

I&B secretary Amit Khare said the decision to bring OTT platforms such as Hotstar & Netflix under the ministry was to ensure online and offline content is not treated differently.
Lateral entrant Arun Goel (second from left) on an official assignment as joint secretary in the commerce ministry | Photo: Twitter | @STPIHyderabad

Arun Goel, lateral entrant joint secretary in commerce ministry, resigns after a year

Arun Goel, former vice-president of ShopClues, had joined the govt last year, but DoPT officials say he left due to ‘bureaucratic tangles’.
Representational image of rural India

Govt looks at ‘urban planning’ for rural India, Rurban Mission set for digital boost

For the revamped mission, the rural development ministry is planning to seek an allocation of Rs 30,000-40,000 crore — a drastic leap from the Rs 600 crore it was allotted in FY21.
A general view of the Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session of Parliament | Photo: ANI

No Winter Session of Parliament due to Covid, Budget Session in January, says govt

The winter session of Parliament normally starts from last week of November or first week of December.

Karnataka council session adjourned sine die as Congress MLCs heckle deputy chairman

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council S R Patil alleged that the deputy chairman occupied the chair against the rules and procedures and it was against the Constitution.

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