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  • Sale of bottled water on same rate Post GST

    On account of implementation of GST there may be instances where the retail sale price of a pre-packaged commodity is required to be changed. Department of Consumer Affairs has therefore issued an advisory on the matter. 

  • India to have 600 million broadband connections by 2020.

    The Minister for Communications Shri Manoj Sinha said that as per information provided by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), there were 422.19 million broadband subscribers and the internet penetration (internet subscriber per 100 populations) was 32.86% in the country as on 31st March 2017. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, he said that the National Telecom Policy-2012 envisages 600 million broadband connections by the year 2020. 

  • Consumer Grievance Redressal System in the Country

    Under the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, there is a three–tier quasi-judicial mechanism in place for redressal of consumer grievances. These are District Fora at the districts, State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in States and the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission at the Centre. 

    The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission holds circuit bench sitting from time to time at different state capitals to expedite the process of adjudication. 

  • Rs. 7 Lakh crores investment needed for the highways sector in next 5 years

    The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has estimated a fund requirement of about Rs. 6.92 lakh crore for the development of National Highways in the country during the next five years. This requirement will be met from the Gross Budgetary Support of the Ministry, the Central Road Fund, Toll remittance, Monetization of National Highways through Toll-Operate-Transfer (TOT) model, external borrowings by National Highway Authority of India and private sector investment.

  • Promotion of Electric Vehicles

    With a view to provide impetus to domestic manufacturing of hybrid & electric vehicles (collectively termed as XEVs), the Government of India approved the National Mission on Electric Mobility in 2011 and subsequently National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 was unveiled in 2013. This Mission Plan has been designed mainly considering the Fuel Security and Environmental Pollution in the country.

  • Pull-out of BHEL from Joint Venture with EML

    On 21st October 2016, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) had made the offer to transfer 51% equity shares held by it to the Govt. of Kerala (GoK) i.e. the other partner in the Joint Venture Company (JVC) named “BHEL Electrical Machines Ltd.” (BHEL-EML) - which is a separate Schedule “C” CPSE having manufacturing facilities/plant in Kasaragod (Kerala).

  • Web application for free legal services to prisoners

    As per information provided by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Department of Justice, the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has developed and launched a web application in New Delhi on 29.6.2017 for legal services to under trial prisoners/convicts. The web application facilitates to know the unrepresented under trial prisoners, and the Legal Services Institutions can provide them free legal services. The under trial prisoners or their relatives can also send their request to the Legal Services Institutions for getting free legal aid. 

  • Visit of the Commerce and Industry Minister to Geneva for discussions on WTO related issues

                The Commerce and Industry Minister, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, visited Geneva on 18-19 July 2017 to,inter-alia, hold consultations with representatives of key WTO member countries, Director General WTO and Secretary General, UNCTAD.

     

  • Disinvestment of Air India

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in its meeting held on 28.06.2017 has given in-principle approval for considering strategic disinvestment of Air India and its five subsidiaries and constitution of Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism.;

  • 97 complaints relating to online trolling/harassment received by WCD Ministry

    As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, a total number of 1203 cases in 2013, 758 cases in 2014 and 816 cases in 2015 were registered under publishing/ transmitting of obscene/sexually explicit content (Section 67- 67 C of Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000) in electronic form which shows a mixed trend. This includes a total number of 599 and 606 cases of insult to the modesty of women during 2014 and 2015 respectively. Apart from the above, the Government has set up a Cell with a dedicated email id i.e.

  • Appointments under Central Staffing Scheme

    The Central Staffing Scheme (CSS), which is in operation for decades, provides a systematic arrangement for selection and appointment of eligible officers from the participating services at the level of Deputy Secretary, Director, Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary and Secretary in the Central Government. The appointment of officers from the participating services at the Centre is an ongoing process, which includes shift/elevation of officers from one Ministry/Department to another, due to empanelment, on administrative grounds, etc.

  • Visit of the Commerce and Industry Minister to Geneva for discussions on WTO related issues

                The Commerce and Industry Minister, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, visited Geneva on 18-19 July 2017 to,inter-alia, hold consultations with representatives of key WTO member countries, Director General WTO and Secretary General, UNCTAD.

     

  • Efforts of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region

    The measures taken by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region to reach out to the States of North Eastern Region in a more proactive manner, inter alia, include:-

     

  • Review Session to Promote Connectivity through Digital Trade

    The sixth Aid for Trade Global Review was heldat the WTO on 11-13 July 2017. The Aid for Trade initiative was launched in 2005 with the aim of addressing the supply side and trade-related infrastructure constraints that often hamper developing countries’ participation in global trade.

  • Discussions with Stakeholders on GST

    Ministry of Commerce & Industry in Government of India has set up a facilitation cell each in both Department of Commerce and Department of Industry to reply to the queries of the stakeholders on GST. In addition to this, a series of meetings and workshops have been organized to review the preparedness for implementation of GST, create awareness about it and to discuss the operational issues pertaining to GST with the stakeholders.