Current Events

India plans Visa-less 15-nation Travel

October 5, 2015

Government of India is planning to propose a system that allows the business travellers to do short business trips to 15 other countries within the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free-trade agreement as part of efforts to boost regional commercial ties. The visa documentation is proposed to be...

General Elections in Singapore 2015

October 5, 2015

On 11 September, General Elections were held on Singapore for election of members of parliament (Parlimen Singapura). This was first time when all seats in Singapore were contested. The People’s Action Party (PAP) emerged winner with a win over 82 seats. It is interesting to note that...

India’s Second Largest Mobile Hub to Come in Tirupati

October 5, 2015

India’s three domestically bred mobile handset makers viz. Micromax, Karbonn and Celkon have signed up agreements with the Andhra Pradesh government to set up their units in an industrial park coming up near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. These three companies will invest Rs. 750 Crore there. Prior...

Government to Establish NHAI International

October 5, 2015

The Government has decided to set up a separate body NHAI International to venture into the road building business outside India. NHAI-International will have offices in several countries and will work as contractor mostly in the neighbour countries such as Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal as well as...

New DOPT rules for Group A and B Officials above 50

October 5, 2015

The NDA Government has strengthened the review process to compulsorily retire senior group A and B officials on account of “being no longer useful to the general administration” or “doubtful integrity and reputation”. According to PM led DoPT guidelines: The Performance of Group A and B officials...

Proposed Special Railway Safety Fund (SRSF) and Zero Accident Mission of Indian Railways

October 5, 2015

In the wake of the several mishaps, the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu decides to approach the finance ministry for Rs. 1 Lakh Crore to set up a Special Railway Safety Fund (SRSF) and to launch a Zero Accident Mission. We note here that Indian Railways is currently cash stripped...

Government to shut old power plants to replace them with new ones

October 5, 2015

Union Government is planning to shut down 100 old power plants with capacities ranging from 60 to 220 MW and replace them with 30 critical units ranging between 660MW to 800MW. The old units are more than 25 years old. This will require an estimated expense of...

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