ADVERTISEMENT

Delhi

India, Morocco sign agreements for cooperation in Water Resources, Road and Marine Sectors

ADVERTISEMENT
India and Morocco signed agreements on cooperation in the water resources,  maritime and roads sectors here yesterday.
 
Apart from a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of water resources, they signed agreements on cooperation between Indian Maritime University (IMU) and Higher Institute of Maritime Studies (ISEM) of Morocco; cooperation in training between the National Ports Agency (NPA) of Morocco and the Indian Maritime University (IMU); and cooperation between the Institute of Training in Engines and Road Maintenance of Morocco (IFEER) and Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE).
 
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari and Moroccon Minsiter of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water Abdelkader Amara.
 
The two sides discussed matters relating to India-Morocco bilateral cooperation in road transport, water resources and the marine sector, an official press release said.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gadkari said that he looked forward to utilizing the immense scope for cooperation between the two countries in the road transport, water resources and marine sectors. 
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Suggestions invited from stakeholders on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

ADVERTISEMENT
The newly set up Insolvency Law Committee has invited suggestions and comments from stakeholders about the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and the Rules and Regulations.
 
An official press release said the comments and suggestions, along with brief justification, could be set through the online facility available on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs website up to January 10, 2018. The Ministry has requested that comments/suggestions be provided through this online facility only.
 
The Government had constituted the Insolvency Law Committee through an order dated November 16, 2017, to take stock of the functioning and implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
 
It was tasked with identifying the issues that may impact the efficiency of the Corporate Insolvency Resolution and the Liquidation Framework prescribed under the Code.
 
The Committee was to make suitable recommendations to address such issues, enhance the efficiency of the processes prescribed and the effective implementation of the Code. The first meeting of the Committee under Chairmanship of the Secretary, Corporate Affairs, was held on December 8.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Industry must cooperate with Govt. to set up Energy Banks, says Kovind

ADVERTISEMENT
President Ram Nath Kovind yesterday urged the industrial sector to cooperate with the Government and help it set up Energy Banks to meet the increasing energy demand in the country.
 
The President, as the chief guest at the National Energy Conservation Day celebrations, said the Government was committed towards sustainable growth of the economy, for which, achieving the target of 24x7 Power for All was imperative.
 
Such a tall target can only be achieved only through the cooperation of every individual in the society and not the Government alone. The industry should hold hands with Government to set up Energy Banks to meet the increasing Energy demand in the country in the near future, he added.
 
Mr Kovind gave away National Energy Conservation Awards to industries that have demonstrated measurable reductions in their energy use. A short film on the Energy Efficiency achievements in the Industry Sector was also shown.
 
The President presented the National Painting Competition Prizes and visited an exhibition of the prize-winning paintings. This year, more than 12.2 million children (between 4th and 9th standards) from across India, participated in the National Painting Competition while 322 industrial units and establishments from key sectors participated in the National Energy Conservation Awards 2017.
 
On the occasion, Mr Kovind also unveiled the interactive online portal, ECO-NIWAS (Energy COnservation – New Indian Way for Affordable & Sustainable homes) for increasing awareness to build sustainable and energy efficient homes in the country.
 
The Energy Conservation Day is organized on 14th December each year by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under Ministry of Power, with an aim to demonstrate India’s achievements in energy efficiency and conservation, while working for its ambition of holistic development as part of the nation’s overall effort towards climate change mitigation.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
As part of its awareness outreach, BEE recognizes and encourages endeavours of industries in reducing energy consumption by felicitating them with National Energy Conservation Awards. BEE also awards prizes to the national winners of the annual National Painting Competition on Energy Conservation.
 
Emphasizing the importance of energy in a country’s economic growth, Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy R. K. Singh said no country could progress without an increase in energy consumption, more so for developing countries.
 
India’s per capita annual energy consumption is 1100 units, which is 5 times lower than Europe and 16 times than the US. Nevertheless, the Minister reiterated the country’s commitment to reduce the energy intensity of its economic growth by one-third by 2030 and aim towards achieving a responsible growth profile.
 
India is well on track to surpass its renewable energy (RE) target of 175 GW by 2022 and would comfortably cross 200 GW. India’s RE capacity would be 57% of the total installed capacity by 2030, including hydropower, the Minister said.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

NITI Aayog to launch ATL Community Day tomorrow

ADVERTISEMENT
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission will launch the Atal Tinkering Lab’s Community Day in the national capital tomorrow.
 
The highlight of the day will be a Community Drive Initiative in which 25 young Mentors will engage with more than 200 students who are not enrolled in the formal education system.
 
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant will launch the initiative in which these mentors will visit four locations in New Delhi to conduct brief sessions with children from various NGOs, on how innovations can help resolve the problems in the communities.
 
The Atal Tinkering Lab Community Drive Initiative is aimed at maximizing the impact of the Labs by extending innovation to children in the community who do not have access to formal educational institutions.
 
The purpose of this initiative is to provide these children with the same educational tools as the students in Atal Tinkering Labs to enable them to become problem solvers.
 
The NGOs participating in these interactions include organizations working with disabled children, street and working children, and girls from the weaker sections of society.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Lifting ban on women going for Haj without “Mehram” gets positive results: Naqvi

ADVERTISEMENT
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said the Government’s decision to lift the ban on women going for Haj without “Mehram” (male companion) has generated positive results.
 
Muslim women from across the country are applying in large numbers to go for Haj without “Mehram,” the Minister said while launching a portal for private tour operators (PTOs).
 
“This is another important step towards women empowerment by the Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the Minister said.
 
The application process for Haj 2018 had started on November 15 and more than 1000 women have applied to perform Haj without "Mehram" till now (December 13). The last date for Haj application has been extended up to December 22, he added.
 
According to the new Haj policy, women above 45 years of age, who wish to perform Haj, but do not have a male companion, are allowed to travel in groups of four or more female members.
 
The portal for PTOs has been launched to ensure that the entire process related to Haj becomes fully transparent. Through this portal, PTOs can apply online with the required documents. The applications will be scrutinized by the Haj Division of the Minority Affairs Ministry.
 
After this, a draw of lots will be done online and the quota will be allocated. This portal also aims at displaying details of the rates, packages and facilities offered by the PTOs across the country.
 
Thus, Haj pilgrims will have the option to choose the PTO of their choice, not only from their region but from anywhere in India. In order to ensure a smooth rollout of the portal and its various modules, it has been decided to invite applications from the PTOs online as well as manually for Haj 2018.
 
While the entire process has been simplified and made transparent for private tour operators, clear instructions have been given to PTOs that any discrepancies in facilities for Haj pilgrims will not be tolerated and the Ministry will take strict measures.
 
Mr Naqvi said more than 263,000 people have applied for Haj, as of now, out of which about 138,000 applications have been made online. It has provided a boost to the Minority Affairs Ministry’s decision to make the entire Haj process digital. Besides, people are also applying for Haj through the mobile app.
 
The distribution of quota between Haj committee of India and private tour operators has been retained like in the previous year. Haj 2018 will be conducted according to the new Haj policy, he added.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IndiGo to add Colombo as its 49th destination from January 20

ADVERTISEMENT
Low-cost carrier IndiGo today said it would add Colombo in Sri Lanka as its eighth international and 49th overall destination with non-stop connections to Chennai and Bengaluru with effect from January 20, 2018.
 
Booking has opened with fares starting at Rs 3599 (ex-Chennai) and Rs 5999 (ex-Bengaluru), a press release from the airline said.
 
IndiGo operates more than a thousand daily flights with a fleet of 149 Airbus 320 three ATR aircraft.
 
Mr. Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo said, “As one of the most sought after destinations in South Asia, Colombo draws visitors from across the globe for its fine blend of tradition and culture. It gives us immense pleasure to add Colombo as our 49th destination and cater to the needs of both business as well as leisure travellers. We aspire to continue providing affordable and hassle-free travel experience to our passengers within and beyond India.”
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Modi calls for consensus on simultaneous elections to Parliament, State Assemblies

ADVERTISEMENT
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged all political parties to form a national consensus on the issue of simultaneous elections to Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies every five years.
 
Addressing floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha at an all-party meeting ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament beginning tomorrow, he requested all parties to rise above political considerations on this issue so that development projects could be implemented across the country in full force rather than being interrupted by frequent elections. 
 
Mr. Modi also said it was important that all parties support the conduct of business in both Houses of Parliament and that constructive discussions take place on issues of national importance.
 
He said policy making in the country would benefit from constructive criticism by politial parties and the Government welcomed deliberations on the floor of both Houses on all issues raised by the leaders at today's meeting.
 
A host of issues were brought up by the leaders of parties during the meeting. There was a consensus across party lines on ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament without disruptions and deadlocks to be resolved through constructive discussions in both the Houses, an official press release said.
 
Briefing newspersons later, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar said all parties were in favour of a productive Winter Session.
 
The Government is always ready to discuss on the floor of the House, any issue as permitted under Rules of Procedure, he added.
 
Mr. Ananth Kumar said the Winter Session of Parliament would continue till January 5, subject to exigencies of Government business. The session will provide a total of 14 sittings spread over a period of 21 days, including four Private Members' days.
 
He said 25 Bills were pending in the Lok Sabha and 39 Bills in the Rajya Sabha.
 
The meeting was attended by Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics & Programme Implementation Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, River development and Ganga Rejuvenation Arjun Ram Meghwal, along with other Ministers.
 
An official press release said 41 Items of Government Business (40 Bills and 1 Financial Item) have been identified for being taken up in both the Houses of Parliament during ensuing Winter Session, 2017. 
 
These are:
 
I-  Bills for Introduction, Consideration and Passing
 
1.      The Central Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Bill, 2017;
2.      The Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017
3.      The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017
4.      The Consumer Protection Bill, 2017
5.      The ‘Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes and Protection of Interest of Depositors’ Interest Bill, 2017
6.      The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2017
7.      The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017
8.      The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017
9.      The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017
10.  The Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2017
11.  The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Condition of Services) Amendment Bill, 2017
12.  The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions Third (Amendment) Bill, 2017
13.  The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill 2017
14.  The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017
 
II-  Bills for Consideration and Passing
 
(A)  Bills pending in Lok Sabha
 
1.      The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017;
2.      The Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2017;
3.      The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
4.      The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
5.      The Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
6.      The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017;
7.      The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017;
8.      The National Sports University Bill, 2017;
9.      The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016;
10.  The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016;
11.  The Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016;
12.  The Major Port   Authorities Bill, 2016;
13.  The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016;
14.  The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017; and
15.  The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Third Amendment) Bill, 2017as returned by Rajya Sabha with amendment.
 
(B)  Bills pending in Rajya Sabha
 
1.      The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013;
2.      The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 as passed by Lok Sabha;
3.      The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
4.      The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha;
5.      The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha;
6.      The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
7.      The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha;
8.      The Indian Institute of Management Bill 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha;
9.      The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017 as passed by LokSabha; and
10.  The National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha
 
III-  Financial Business
 
1.      Second Batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants (including Railways) for 2017-18
 
IV-  Bills for Withdrawal
 
In Lok Sabha
 
1.      The Consumer Protection Bill, 2015
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Voting ends in Gujarat, exit polls give the state and HP to BJP

More than 68.70% of the electors exercised their franchise in the 93 constituencies that went to the polls on Thursday in the final phase of the elections to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly and exit polls gave the State as well as Himachal Pradesh, which voted on November 9, to the BJP.

 
More than 68.70 percent of the electors exercised their franchise in the 93 constituencies that went to the polls today in the second and final phase of the elections to the 182-member Gujarat Legislative Assembly and exit polls gave the State as well as Himachal Pradesh, which voted on November 9, to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
An average of the results of the exit polls telecast by various television channels soon after polling ended today gave 111 seats to the ruling BJP, which has been ruling the state for 22 years, and 70 to the Congress.
 
In Himachal Pradesh, where the Congress and the BJP have alternated in office every five years for a long time now, the polls gave 48 seats to the BJP in the 68-member House and 19 to the ruling Congress.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in both states on December 18 and all the results are expected to be out by that evening, when people will know if the exit polls are correct. Some exit polls had turned out to be wide off the mark in the past.
 
A voter turnout of 66.75% had been recorded in the first phase of voting in 89 constituencies in Gujarat on December 9, adding up to a polling percentage of about 67.75% for the state as a whole. 
 
Polling, which  began at 8 am today and ended at 5 pm, was by and large peaceful, with no major untoward incidents reported from any of the 93 constituencies spread over Central and North Gujarat, including  the  key urban centres of Ahmedabad and Vadodara.
 
The Election Commission of India (ECI) and the state authorities had made elaborate arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
The 93 constituencies have a total electorate of 2.22 crore, including 1.15 crore men and 1.07 crore women. The total electorate in the state is 4.34 crore.
 
As many as 37.37 lakh of the voters in the 93 constituencies were in the 18-25 years age group, 80.91 lakh in the 26-40 years age group, 74.15 lakh in the 41-60 years age group and 30.51 lakh in the above 60 years age group.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The Election Commission had set up 22,558 polling stations in the 93 constituencies and deployed 28,114 electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
There were a total of 851 candidates, including 69 women, in the fray for the 93 seats. Mehsana had the largest number of candidates at 34, while Jhalod (ST) witnessed a straight contest between two candidates.
 
The ruling BJP had fielded candidates in all 93 constituencies while the Congress put up its nominees for 91 seats, leaving the remaining for its allies.
 
Among other parties, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) contested 75 seats, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 28, the Shiv Sena 17, the Janata Dal (United) 14, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 8, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) 3 and the Communist Party of India 1. There were also 350 independent candidates in the contest.
 
Campaigning in these 93 constituencies had ended on Tuesday evening, bringing the curtains down on more than three months of often bitter electioneering in the elections, whose results are certain to have a huge bearing on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
The elections are being seen as a crucial test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity and the policies and programmes of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre and in Gujarat.
 
The elections are also the first major challenge for Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, who is all set to take over as the new president of the party on December 16.
 
Mr. Modi and Mr. Gandhi led a galaxy of leaders from their respective parties in the often-bitter campaign, addressing scores of meetings.
 
While the BJP made every effort to retain power in Gujarat, the Congress, which has been in the political wilderness in the state for more than two decades, made a determined bid to win this time, with Mr. Gandhi leading from the front.
 
The Congress was buoyed in its efforts by the support received from three popular youth leaders -- Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel, Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani and OBC leader Alpesh Thakore. While Mr. Thakore formally joined the party during the campaign and contested the election, Mr. Mewani was also in the fray as an independent candidate.
 
While the BJP has repeatedly said it would win at least 150 seats, a confident Mr. Gandhi asserted at a press conference in Ahmedabad on Tuesday that his party would score a big victory. 
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Congress accuses Modi of violating Model Code with 'road show' in Ahmedabad after voting

ADVERTISEMENT
The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of negating all norms of the Constitution and the Model Code of Conduct by holding a road show with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flags after casting his vote in Ahmedabad on the second and final day of polling in the elections to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly.
 
Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot, who is the party's in-charge for Gujarat, and its spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala demanded that the Election Commission of India (ECI) take notice of the alleged violations of the code by Mr. Modi and other BJP leaders and file first information reports (FIRs) against them.
 
After exercising his franchise at the Nishan High School polling station in the Ranip locality in the Sabarmati constituency in Ahmedabad, Mr. Modi showed his inked finger to photographers and hundreds of people gathered outside. 
 
He then walked some distance to greet people who had lined both sides of the road leading to the polling station, displaying his inked finger all the while. Later, he stood on the footboard of his car and continued to wave to people as the vehicle moved slowly for some time.
 
"Having tried every trick in the book to divert and distract the Gujarat election in view of impending defeat, a desperate Prime Minister today negated all norms of Constitution and Code of Conduct by holding a road show with BJP flags," Mr. Gehlot and Mr. Surjewala said.
 
"Election Commission of India and its entire machinery shamelessly abdicated its Constitutional responsibility. Election Commission’s conspiratorial silence and absolute inaction reflects as to how one more independent institution in our polity has become a puppet at the whims and fancy of Bhartiya Janata Party," they said.
 
Mr. Gehlot and Mr. Surjewala said the "double standard" of the Election Commission could be gauged by the fact that while it had registered FIRs against television news channels and newspapers for carrying interviews with Congress President Rahul Gandhi yesterday in New Delhi, it gave a "free licence" to the BJP and Mr. Modi to "violate the law, the Constitution and Code of Conduct as it meekly surrenders itself and prostrates before the Prime Minister and the ruling party".
 
"We want to say that no amount of such desperate measures and flagrant disregard of the Constitution and the law by the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi and BJP will endear him to the 6.5 crore Gujaratis. Gujarat election is not about gimmicks, photo ops and road shows but it is about development and a new vision for a Gujarat yearning for change. People of Gujarat will fail this sinister partnership of PM, Mr. Narendra Modi and his captive Election Commission to ensure that truth shall win," they added.
 
Later, a large number of members of the Youth Congress and the Mahila Congress, including Lok Sabha member Sushmita Dev, the president of the Mahila Congress, and actress Nagma, staged a protest outside the Election Commission.
 
Late last night, senior leaders of the Congress had met Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti and the two other Election Commissioners here  and expressed their deep shock and anguish over the ECI's decision to order the filing of FIRs against television channels which aired interviews with Mr. Gandhi on the eve of the final day of polling in the Gujarat elections.
 
The Commission had yesterday also issued a notice to Mr. Gandhi asking him to show cause by December 18 as to why action should not be taken against him for violation of the Model Code of Conduct for political parties and candidates.
 
A delegation consisting of Mr. Ahmed Patel, Mr. Anand Sharma, Mr. Gehlot, Mr. Surjewala and others submitted a memorandum to the Commission calling for a fair and equal treatment in implementation of the Model Code of Conduct.
 
They said the Commission should first order the filing of FIRs against several BJP leaders who had also allegedly violated the code.
 
The Congress said that, in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, then BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had given TV interviews a day before polling in more than one phases of voting but no notices were issued by the Commission to him or his party.
 
It said Mr. Modi had entered the polling booth during the 2014 elections to cast his vote and openly showed the BJP symbol, but no action was taken against him.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The Congress said that, during the current Gujarat elections, a day after campaigning had ended and on the eve of the first phase of polling, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and State BJP President Jitubhai Vaghani had held a press conference in the afternoon of December 8 and released the party's election manifesto, but the Commission had not taken any action in the matter.
 
On the first day of polling, December 9, Mr. Modi had held four public meetings, all of which were televised by the same television channels, but there was no action against them.
 
The memorandum said BJP President Amit Shah had given extensive interviews to television channels at Ahmedabad yesterday and also issued a statement criticising former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh. Union Minister Piyush Goyal held two press conferences today on Gujarat, which were also telecast by the channels.
 
The Congress urged the Commission to immediately withdraw the order directing registration of an FIR against news channels for telecasting the interview of Mr. Gandhi. It also urged the Commission to file an FIR against the BJP for casting aspersions on the conduct and fairness of the EC before a decision was taken in this matter.
 
The memorandum said that, if the yardsticks of violation of Model Code of Conduct were to be applied by the EC, it should also order registration of FIRs against Mr. Modi, Mr. Shah, Mr. Jaitley, Mr. Goyal, Mr. Vaghani and other BJP leaders.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

India's wholesale inflation rate rises to eight-month high of 3.93% in November, 2017

ADVERTISEMENT
India's headline annual rate of inflation, based on the revised monthly wholesale price index (WPI), with base 2011-12=100, rose to an eight-month high of 3.93 percent for November, 2017 as compared to 3.59 percent for the previous month and 1.82 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
 
An official statement, quoting provisional data, said here today that the official WPI for ‘All Commodities’ (Base: 2011-12=100) for the month of November, 2017 rose by 0.7 percent to 116.3 from 115.5 for the previous month.
 
According to it,  the build-up inflation rate in the financial year so far was 2.74% compared to a build-up rate of 3.90% in the corresponding period of the previous year.
 
The statement said the rate of inflation based on WPI Food Index consisting of ‘Food Articles’ from Primary Articles group and ‘Food Product’ from Manufactured Products group increased from 3.23% in October, 2017 to 4.10% in November, 2017.
 
The rate of inflation for Fuel and Power, which has a weight of 13.15 in the index, declined to 8.82% in November, 2017 from 10.52% in October.
 
The statement said that, for September, 2017, the final WPI for All Commodities stood at 114.9 as compared to 114.3 provisionally reported on October 16. Accordingly, the annual rate of inflation based on final index stood revised to 3.14% as compared to 2.60% provisionally reported on that date, it added.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Goh Chok Tong, Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore calls on Modi

ADVERTISEMENT
Mr. Goh Chok Tong, Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here yesterday.
 
Mr. Modi warmly recalled their long association, and congratulated Mr. Goh Chok Tong on assuming charge as the Chairman of the Governing Board of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy earlier this year. 
 
He welcomed the momentum imparted by the exchange of several high-level visits between India and Singapore in recent years, and appreciated the strengthening of the bilateral relationship in all sectors, including Trade & Investment, Connectivity, and Defence & Security. 
 
The Prime Minister said that Singapore has a special place in India’s Act East Policy, built on the foundation of strong India-ASEAN relationship. He credited Mr. Goh Chok Tong as an early and strong votary of ASEAN’s engagement with India. 
 
The two leaders also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest, an official press release added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Congress urges ECI to file FIRs against BJP leaders for alleged Model Code violations

ADVERTISEMENT
Senior leaders of the Congress met Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti and the two other Election Commissioners here late tonight and expressed their deep shock and anguish over the Election Commission of India's (ECI) decision to order the filing of FIRs against television channels which aired interviews with Congress President Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day today on the eve of the final day of polling in the Gujarat elections.
 
The Commission today also issued a notice to Mr. Gandhi asking him to show cause by December 18 as to why action should not be taken against him for violation of the Model Code of Conduct for political parties and candidates.
 
A delegation consisting of Mr. Ahmed Patel, Mr. Anand Sharma, Mr. Ashok Gehlot and Mr. Randeep Singh Surjewala submitted a memorandum to the Commission calling for a fair and equal treatment in implementation of the Model Code of Conduct.
 
They said the Commission should first order the filing of FIRs against several BJP leaders who had also violated the code.
 
The Congress said that, in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, then BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had given TV interviews a day before polling in more than one phases of voting but no notices were issued by the Commission to him or his party.
 
It said Mr. Modi had entered the polling booth during the 2014 elections to cast his vote and openly showed the BJP symbol, but no action was taken against him.
 
The Congress said that, during the current Gujarat elections, a day after campaigning had ended and on the eve of the first phase of polling, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and State BJP President Jitubhai Vaghani had held a press conference in the afternoon of December 8 and released the party's election manifesto, but the Commission had not taken any action in the matter.
 
On the day of polling, December 9, Mr. Modi had held four public meetings, all of which were televised by the same television channels, but there was no action against them.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The memorandum said BJP President Amit Shah had given extensive interviews to television channels at Ahmedabad today and also issued a statement criticising former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh. Union Minister Piyush Goyal held two press conferences today on Gujarat, which were also telecast by the channels.
 
The Congress said advertisements were issued in today's newsapers and may be issued again tomrrow. It said Mr. Modi's visit to Gujarat to cast his vote was also likely to be telecast by TV channels.
 
"Election Commission is duty bound to be fair and impartial. We have to regrettably state that aforesaid apparent discrimination and an apparent advantage being given to the ruling party militates against this notion.
 
The Congress urged the Commission to immediately withdraw the order directing registration of an FIR against news channels for telecasting the interview of Mr. Gandhi. It also urged the Commission to file an FIR against the BJP for casting aspersions on the conduct and fairness of the EC before a decision was taken in this matter.
 
The memorandum said that, if the yardsticks of violation of Model Code of Conduct were to be applied by the EC, it should also order registration of FIRs against Mr. Modi, Mr. Shah, Mr. Jaitley, Mr. Goyal, Mr. Vaghani and other BJP leaders.
 
It also urged the EC to direct all print and electronic media organisations not to carry any news reports with regard to elections or live telecast any pictures of casting of votes of any political leader.
 
NNN
 

Related Stories

ADVERTISEMENT
 

Air pollution in Delhi-NCR will be tackled in holistic manner: Harsh Vardhan

ADVERTISEMENT
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan has expressed confidence that air pollution in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) region will be tackled in a holistic manner next year. 
 
Chairing a meeting on the issue of tackling air pollution here yesterday, Dr Harsh Vardhan reiterated that the practice of holding regular meetings with the Ministers of National Capital Region (NCR), to ensure that all the activities on the ground are monitored closely, would be continued.
 
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that all sources that had been identified would be tackled to ensure that mitigation of air pollution is done effectively in Delhi. He added that the Government of Delhi would work closely with all agencies in tackling pollution.
 
The meeting noted that the air quality in 2017 was better than the air quality in 2016. The number of good, moderate and satisfactory days in 2017 was 151, whereas the same was 109 days in 2016. Similarly, the number of very poor, poor and severe days in 2017 are 181, as compared to 214 days in 2016.
 
Some of the decisions taken at the meeting include strict measures to be taken for controlling dust pollution. Dust from major construction sites will be monitored closely and any violation will be dealt with strictly.
 
Mechanized sweeping will be taken up on a large scale. All possible assistance will be provided to the MCDs by the Central Government for increasing the scope of mechanized sweeping.
 
Fire from municipal solid waste dump sites will be tackled in an urgent manner.  Innovative approaches, in consultation with Department of Science and Technology, will be adopted at the earliest to ensure that the issue of pollution is tackled.
 
It was noted that the Task Force Committee headed by Principal Secretary to Prime Minister is examining the issue of stubble burning. It was further noted that an action plan to address this issue will be ready in the next one month.
 
It was decided that the decision regarding a ban on petcoke and furnace oil will be strictly enforced in all the NCR states.
 
Delhi Police will be requested to tackle the issue of traffic congestion and parking in Delhi. All steps will be taken to increase the availability of public transport in the medium term.
 
The Pollution Control Boards will work in a proactive manner to ensure that violators are dealt with strictly.  They will also ensure that awareness is created among the people. It was also decided that IEC activities to increase awareness and seeking cooperation from the general public will be taken up in a big way.
 
A special “Anti Pollution Drive” will be launched in January 2018 for 15 days, wherein there will be concerted action to tackle the issue of air pollution by all the agencies. 
 
Close interaction will be maintained with Science and Technology institutions to use innovative technologies available to tackle air pollution.
 
The meeting was also attended by ministers and officials from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Two crucial bridges dedicated to nation in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh

ADVERTISEMENT
Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre has dedicated to the nation two crucial bridges in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh.
 
The minister, who arrived at Mohanbari Airforce Station in Dibrugarh, Assam yesterday on a two-day visit to the region, was received by Maj Gen Gajendra Singh, GOC Dao Division and Gp Capt V Ahluwalia, Station Commander, Air Force Station Mohanbari.
 
The minister then flew to Rowing in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh where he inaugurated the two bridges. The first one, the 140-metre-long Injupani Bridge is on Roing-Koronu-Paya road, which is a part of Trans Arunachal Highway.
 
The bridge will provide an uninterrupted access between Roing and Tezu, both important district HQs in Arunachal Pradesh.
 
The second one, the Deopani/Eze Bridge, is a 300-metre long pre-stressed concrete balanced cantilever bridge over the Eze river at Roing in Arunachal Pradesh.
 
Dedicating both the bridges to the nation, the Minister praised the commendable work being done by Project Udayak of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in this region.
 
He appreciated the timely completion of these crucial bridges, which would provide round the year connectivity to the strategic Dibang valley bordering China.
 
Lt Gen SK Shrivastava, Director General Border Roads brought out the hurdles faced by the BRO in the forms of turbulent flash floods and difficulty in the sinking of the foundation of the well in the boulder-strewn river bed.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Naidu for promoting lasting peace between people during Christmas season

ADVERTISEMENT
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has called for promoting lasting peace between people of different religions and cultures during the Christmas season.
 
Attending a Christmas celebration event organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) here yesterday, Mr Naidu said, “Christmas reminds us all to live up to the ideals and values preached and practised by Jesus Christ.
 
“Christmas is the festival of love, joy and sharing. It is a time to renew our commitment to love and serve our families, communities and society; to be just and transparent in our dealings; to promote social and economic inclusion of all; to promote lasting peace between people of different religions and cultures and to promote sustainable development,” he added.
 
The Vice-President said every individual must revere his/her mother, mother tongue, birthplace and motherland. “It is the duty of every Indian to preserve and protect our culture. Let me once again clarify that religion is personal, while culture is a way of life,” he added.
 
Lauding the Catholic community as one that has been working with every Government, both at the Centre and in the States, to promote people’s welfare, he said the Catholic Church in India has been effectively contributing to the nation-building process in a number of ways.
 
“As you all are aware, education is the most important tool for transformation of the society through enlightenment and empowerment. It is meant to bring out all the good qualities of head and heart in an individual by instilling the values of compassion, morality and ethics.
 
“It must help in building character, enhancing capacity, promoting good conduct and patriotism,” Mr Naidu said.
 
Applauding the social and welfare activities of the Church, he noted that it runs hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the remote areas of the country and serves millions of poor patients through its healthcare programmes.
 
The Catholic communities in India along with the Christian community as a whole have been assiduously engaged in contributing their share to the building of a New India, which is united and strong, he added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Prabhu meets Argentina President, other leaders during WTO Ministerial Conference

ADVERTISEMENT
Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu held a number of bilateral meetings during the ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires.
 
Mr Prabhu called on Argentina President Mauricio Macri here yesterday. The two leaders held discussions on a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, an official release said.
 
The Minister also met the Minister of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland Johann N Schneider-Amman. They discussed issues related to bilateral relations and ongoing negotiations on the India-EFTA.
 
Mr Prabhu also met the Argentinian Minister for Foreign Affairs Jorge Faurie. The talks covered bilateral matters encompassing political, economic, scientific and technological cooperation.
 
Participating in the Business Forum: Plenary Session on Trade and Agriculture: ‘Promoting Food Security,’ he emphasised the issue of food and nutrition security for India’s population.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

ECI issues notice to Rahul Gandhi on TV interviews ahead of Gujarat polling

File photo of Rahul Gandhi
File photo of Rahul Gandhi
The Election Commission of India (ECI) today issued notice to  Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi to show cause why action should not be taken against him for giving interviews to television channels which aired them today on the eve of the second and final phase of polling in the elections to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly.
 
Mr. Gandhi has been given time till 5 pm of December 18 to respond to the notice.
 
The Commission pointed out that under sub-para (4) of Para 1 of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which, inter-alia, states that all parties and candidatesshall avoid scrupulously all activities which are "offences" under the election law.
 
It also said that Section 126 (1) (b) of the Representation of the People (RP) Act, 1951 prohibits display to the public of any "election matter", inter-alia, on TV, during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll.
 
The notice also said that the Chief Electoral Officer, Gujarat had brought to the notice of all registered national level political parties that no matter related to election can be shown or displayed in theatres, TV channels or electronic media during the said period of 48 hours.
 
The Commission said it had received reports and complaints that Mr. Gandhi's interviews had been aired on some TV channels, in which he talked about the Gujarat elections.
 
It said that such display of his interview fell within the definition of the "election matter" and amunted to violation of the prohibition contained in Section 126 (1) of the RP Act. 
 
Separately, the Commission also wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer, Gujarat about the telecast of the interviews and directed him to initiate necessary action for violation of the RP Act by filing a first information report (FIR) against those who had violated the provisions immediately in the areas which are going to the poll tomorrow.
 
In addition, it asked the CEO, Gujarat to direct all TV channels in Phase-II districts to forthwith stop the display of such matter.
 
NNN
 

Related Stories

ADVERTISEMENT
 

India expresses disappointment over US stand at WTO Ministerial Conference

ADVERTISEMENT
India has expressed surprise and disappointment at the United States stand in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference on the matter of stockpiling food.
 
Responding to the US statement that a few countries cannot seek differential treatment under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, India said it has been participating in the Ministerial Conference (MC11) in good faith and in a spirit of constructive engagement.
 
“We have tried our best to engage with members in all formats. We have been proponents in several areas of work in the WTO, including public stockholding for food security purposes, agricultural Special Safeguard Mechanism, agricultural domestic support and E-commerce.
 
“We are committed to preserving and promoting the WTO and the multilateral trading system with a view to taking the agreed agenda of the WTO forward,” India said in a statement.
 
“Leading up to the Ministerial and at the Ministerial itself, India’s coalition partners have remained steadfast in their support not only for a permanent solution on public stockholding but also on other issues of interest to developing countries,” the statement added.
 
India was supported by over 100 WTO member countries on all agriculture issues including its proposal to set the direction of agriculture reforms by first eliminating the most trade-distorting form of subsidies used mainly by the rich developed countries, it said.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
“The 53-member African Group, as well as a large number of developing countries, have rallied around and firmly supported us in opposing rules on E-commerce and bringing in new issues such as Investment Facilitation and MSMEs into the WTO’s agenda,” it said.
 
“Today in the agriculture negotiations in Buenos Aires, a major country stated categorically that they cannot agree to any permanent solution on the public stockholding issue at MC11. This has posed a severe threat to a successful conclusion of the Conference as there was a Ministerial mandate for a permanent solution by MC11.
 
“India is surprised and deeply disappointed that despite an overwhelming majority of Members reiterating it, a major member country has reneged on a commitment made two years ago to deliver a solution of critical importance for addressing hunger in some of the poorest countries of the world.
 
“This has the potential to irreversibly damage the credibility of the WTO as a Ministerial Decision of all countries present in Nairobi has not been honoured,” it said.
 
“India continues to participate in the efforts to draft a credible Ministerial Declaration. We are firm that any Ministerial Declaration must reaffirm the principles of the multilateral trading system, the completion of the Doha Development Agenda, the centrality of development and the availability of special and differential treatment and other concerns of developing countries,” it added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Leaders pay homage to martyrs on 16th anniversary of terror attack on Parliament

 
Modi, other leaders pay tributes to 2001 Parliament attack martyrs
Parliamentarians led by Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan led the nation today in paying tributes to the security personnel who lost their lives during the terrorist attack on Parliament on this day 16 years ago.
 
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; Union Minister Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ananth Kumar and Piyush Goyal; Congress President Sonia Gandhi and President-elect Rahul Gandhi; Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad; Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P. J. Kurien; and former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani were among those present on the occasion.
 
Several Members and former Members of Parliament and the Secretaries-General of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Ms. Snehlata Shrivastava and Mr. Desh Deepak Verma and other dignitaries were also present.
 
A blood donation camp was organized at Parliament House on the occasion by the Indian Red Cross Society.
 
It was on this day in the year 2001 that Jagdish Prasad Yadav and Matbar Singh Negi, both Security Assistants of Rajya Sabha Secretariat; Ms. Kamlesh Kumari, Constable, CRPF; Nanak Chand and Rampal, Assistant Sub-Inspectors, Delhi Police; Om Prakash, Bijender Singh and Ghanshyam, Head Constables, Delhi Police; and Deshraj, Gardener, CPWD, had sacrificed their lives while defending Parliament against a terrorist attack.
 
In recognition of their selfless sacrifices, Jagdish Prasad Yadav, Matbar Singh Negi and Kamlesh Kumari were posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra. Nanak Chand, Rampal, Om Prakash, Bijender Singh and Ghanshyam were posthumously awarded the Kirti Chakra.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

More than 100 educational institutions apply for World Class University tag

ADVERTISEMENT
More than 100 educational institutions have put in their applications for getting the world Class University tag, an official press release has said.
 
Earlier, the government had approved the enabling regulatory architecture for setting up or upgrading of 10 public and 10 private Institutions of Eminence so as to enable them to figure among the top 100 of world institutions ranking.
 
Accordingly, applications were invited, for which the last date was December 12. Overall, 100 applications have been received. Under Public Sector, 10 Central Universities, 25 State Universities, 6 Deemed to be Universities, 20 Institutions of National Importance and 6 Standalone Institutions have applied.
 
Under the private sector, 9 Private Universities and 16 Deemed to be Universities have applied in brownfield category and 8 Institutions have applied in greenfield category.
 
“The overwhelming response to the idea of Institutions of Eminence, which will become World Class Universities, is a validation of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for improving the quality of Higher Education in India,” Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
“All lovers of education will welcome this development. This is how World Class Universities were built in various countries. The same thing will happen in India,” he added.
 
“The selection of Institutions of Eminence will not only improve the quality of education but also propel competition in the entire education sector,” Mr Javadekar said.
 
The selection would be made through challenge method mode by the Empowered Expert Committee constituted for the purpose. The selected 20 institutions will be named as “Institutions of Eminence” with the freedom to choose their own path to become world-class institutions.
 
These institutions will be provided with greater autonomy. They would be able  to admit foreign students up to 30% of admitted students; recruit foreign faculty up to 25% of faculty strength and offer online courses for up to 20% of the programmes;
 
They would also be able to enter into academic collaboration with top 500 in the world ranking Institutions without permission of UGC; be free to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction; have the flexibility of course structure in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree, in fixing of curriculum and syllabus, and so on.
 
The scheme will enable Indian students to get a world-class education and research facilities within the country, the release added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

World Bank to provide $ 250 million IBRD loan for Skills Acquisition Project

ADVERTISEMENT
The Government signed a financing agreement with the World Bank for IBRD loan of $ 250 million (equivalent) for the Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) Project here today.
 
 The agreement was signed in by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, on behalf of Government of India and Mr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank. 
 
An official press release said the project is aimed  at enhancing institutional mechanisms for skills development and increase access to quality and market-relevant training for the work force. 
 
The key result areas for the project include Institutional Strengthening at the National and State Levels for Planning, Delivering, and Monitoring High-Quality Market-Relevant Training; Improved Quality and Market Relevance of Skills Development Programs; Improved access to and completion of skills training for female trainees and other disadvantaged groups; and Expanding skills training through private-public partnerships (PPPs). 
 
The closing date for the project is 31st March, 2023, the release added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Modi denies rumours about FRDI, says Govt. will protect interests of bank account holders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the inaugural session of the 90th Annual General Meeting of FICCI, in New Delhi on December 13, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the inaugural session of the 90th Annual General Meeting of FICCI, in New Delhi on December 13, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the rumours being spread about the Financial Regulation and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill were the exact opposite of the efforts being made by the Government to protect the interests of bank account holders.
 
Addressing the inaugural session of the 90th Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here, he said organisations like FICCI had a responsibility to generate awareness about such issues.
 
He also said that, similarly, FICCI had a role to play in making the Goods and Service Tax (GST) more effective. He said the Government's effort is to ensure that maximum businesses register for GST. 
 
Mr. Modi said the more formal the system becomes, the more it will benefit the poor. It will enable easier availability of credit from the banks, and reduce cost of logistics, thereby enhancing competitiveness of businesses. 
 
"I hope FICCI has some plan to generate large-scale awareness among small traders," he said.
 
He said that FICCI must also voice concerns, when necessary, on issues such as builders exploiting the common man. 
 
Mr. Modi said the Union Government is working to strengthen the banking system. He said the issue of non-performing assets (NPAs) is a legacy inherited by the current Government.
 
He recalled that around the time of FICCI's founding in 1927, Indian industry had united against the Simon Commission that was constituted by the then British Government. He said that Indian Industry had joined all other sections of Indian society, in national interest, at that time. 
 
The Prime Minister said that a similar atmosphere exists today when people of the country are coming forward to fulfill their responsibilities towards the nation. He said the hopes and aspirations of people are to rid the country from internal problems like corruption, and black money. He said political parties and chambers of industry should keep in mind the country's requirements and the feelings of the people, and work accordingly. 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The Prime Minister said that a lot has been achieved since independence, but several challenges have arisen as well. He said the poor seemed to be struggling against the system that came to be established, for things such as bank accounts, gas connections, scholarships, pensions, and so on.
 
He said the Union Government is working to end this struggle, and to create a system that is transparent and sensitive. He said the Jan Dhan Yojana is one example of this, and increasing "ease of living" has been the focus of the Union Government. He also mentioned the Ujjwala Yojana, construction of toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission, and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. He said that he has come through poverty, and understands the need to work for the requirements of the poor and the nation. He also mentioned the Mudra Yojana, for collateral-free loans to entrepreneurs. 
 
Mr. Modi listed policy decisions taken by the Government in sectors such as urea, textile, civil aviation, and health, and the benefits achieved from them. He also mentioned reforms in sectors such as defence, construction and food-processing.
 
He said that as a result of these measures, India's rank has risen from 142 to 100, in the World Bank "Ease of Doing Business" rankings. He also mentioned other indicators which point to the robust health of the economy. He said that the steps taken by the Government are also playing a key role in job creation. 
 
The Prime Minister said FICCI has a key role to play in sectors such as food processing, start-ups, artificial intelligence, solar power and healthcare. He urged FICCI to play the role of a think-tank for the MSME sector. 
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Bye-election to AP Legislative Council from Kurnool Local Authorities' Constituency

ADVERTISEMENT
The Election Commission has said that it would hold a bye-election on January 12, 2018 to fill a casual vacancy in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from Kurnool Local Authorities' Constituency. 
 
The vacancy has arisen due to the resignation of Mr. Silpa Chakrapani Reddy on August 14. Mr. Reddy's term would have normally ended on May 1, 2023.
 
An official press release said the notification for the bye-election would be issued on December 19 and the last date for making nominations is December 26. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is December 29.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on January 16, 2018, the release added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Govt. extends deadline for linking Aadhaar numbers to bank accounts to March 31, 2018

ADVERTISEMENT
The Government today notified March 31, 2018 as the new deadline for linking Aadhaar numbers to existing bank accounts.
 
In the case of new accounts, the Aadhaar number will have to be linked within six months of commencement of the account based relationship by the client.
 
"After considering various representations received and inputs received from Banks, it has been decided to notify 31st March, 2018 or six months from the date of commencement of account based relationship by the client, whichever is later, as the date of submission of the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by the clients to the reporting entity. Necessary notification in this regard has been issued," an official press release said.
 
The Government had earlier set December 31, 2017 as the deadline for bank account holders to link their Aadhaar numbers to their bank accounts under the provisions of the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017 published in the Extraordinary Gazette of India vide G.S.R. 538 (E) dated 01.06.2017.
 
The rules had said that in case the client, eligible to be enrolled for Aadhaar and obtain a Permanent Account Number does not submit the Aadhaar number or the Permanent Account Number at the time of commencement of an account based relationship with a reporting entity, the client shall submit the same within a period of six months from the date of the commencement of the account based relationship. 
 
It had also provided that the clients, eligible to be enrolled for Aadhaar and obtain the Permanent Account Number, already having an account based relationship with reporting entities prior to date of the notification, the client shall submit the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number by 31st December, 2017.
 
The rules had provided that in case the client fails to submit the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number within the six months period or before the deadline, as applicable to them, the said account shall cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number is submitted by the client.  
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Modi to dedicate naval submarine INS Kalvari to the nation tomorrow

ADVERTISEMENT
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the naval submarine INS Kalvari at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai tomorrow.
 
INS Kalvari is a diesel-electric attack submarine that has been built for the Indian Navy by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. It is the first of six such submarines that will be inducted into the Indian Navy, and represents a significant success for the "Make in India" initiative. The project has been undertaken with French collaboration. 
 
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, dignitaries of the Maharashtra Governmnt an  senior Naval officers will be  present on the occasion. Apart from addressing the gathering, Mr. Modi will also undertake a visit of the submarine, an official press release added.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 
Syndicate content
© Copyright 2012 NetIndian. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of NetIndian content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of NetIndian Media Corporation. Write to info[AT]netindian[DOT]in for permission to use content. Read detailed Terms of Use.