Page-13 of Current Affairs - June, 2014

Railway Ministry raised passenger fare by 14.2%, freights by 6.5%

The Railway Ministry has effected a sharp hike of 14.2% in train passenger fares in all classes and a 6.5% surge in freight rates to earn Rs 8000 crore a year for the cash-deficient Indian railways. The increased charges will come into effect from June 25, 2014 (midnight of June 24). The decision is expected to ..

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GMR wins Maldives airport legal battle, demands compensation

The outcome of an 18-month long legal tussle between GMR Infra and the Maldives government on the issue of government cancellation of the company’s contract to develop and operate the country’s main airport is in favor of the GMR. A Maldives’ tribunal hearing the case has adjudged the government’s cancellation of the contract “wrongful”. It has ..

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Rajeev Topno appointed Private Secretary to PM Narendra Modi

Senior IAS officer Rajeev Topno has been appointed Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Topno, a 1996 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, was already working as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

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World Food Prize 2014 to India-born scientist Sanjaya Rajaram

Sanjaya Rajaram, an India-born plant scientist, has been chosen for the World Food Prize 2014 for scientific research that led to a stupendous increase in world wheat production. However, farm activists in the country criticised the prize as mere a public relations stunt by big agri-food companies who fund it. Sanjaya Rajaram, a citizen of ..

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BCIC recommendations on tax reforms accepted by Shome Committee

The Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC) headed by Parthasarathy Shome has accepted the suggestions of the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) pertaining to realignment of the administration of CBDT and CBEC which will help move towards a more “unified management structure”. The Committee suggested abolition of the post of Revenue Secretary, merger of Central ..

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