Topic: India [361 items]

7 States fall short of Forest Rights Act implementation

The government has asked seven states- Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand, to effectively implement the Forest Rights Act. The Prime Minister’s office (PMO) has asked these states to implement Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act in campaign mode. The analysis of monthly progress reports of these ..

Nalanda University Chancellor George Yeo quits

Within the days after Amartya Sen got excluded from the newly constituted governing board, the chancellor of the prestigious Nalanda University, George Yeo has quit citing attack on autonomy as the reason. According to him, the move to create a new governing board was a complete surprise to him and the changes were effected without ..

Supreme Court bans firecrackers in Delhi and NCR

In the wake of alarming air pollution, the Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur imposed a ban on sale, stocking as well as possession of crackers in a substantive quantity in the Delhi and NCR region until further notice. The Court has also asked the central government to immediately ..

Government constitutes Amitabh Kant Commitee to convert 100% Govt-Citizen Transactions to digital platform

The Government has constituted a Committee led by NITI Aayog to enable 100% conversion of Government-Citizen Transactions to the digital Platform. Conversion of transactions to the digital platform is expected to weed out black money and corruption from public life. The committee will be headed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and will include Secretary, ..

Birth centennary of Biju Patnayak celebrated

A 35-km long human chain was organised by the Odisha’s Panchayati Raj department as a mark of solidarity to mark the birth centenary celebrations of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik as well as to celebrate the completion of 80 years of formation of Odisha. Year-long celebrations to celebrate Biju Patnaik’s birth centenary began from March 5. ..

Amartya Sen has no place in Nalanda University Board

President Pranab Mukherjee has dissolved the Nalanda Mentors Group (NMG) which was the de-facto governing body of the Nalanda University. Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen was part of the Nalanda Mentors group (NMG) since 2007. NMG was constituted to revive the Nalanda University. Amartya Sen resigned as Chancellor of the University in February 2015 but continued ..

Former ISRO chief MGK Menon passes away

An acclaimed physicist and ex-ISRO chief, MGK Menon passed away at the age of 88 years. He became the director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) at the age of 35 years and the chairman of ISRO in 1972. Menon, a recipient of Padma awards, including the Padma Vibhushan was a minister of state ..

PM launches Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (Rural Housing Scheme)

Prime Minister Modi has launched the government’s flagship housing scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojana (PMAY-G)’ in Agra. PMAY-G is an ambitious housing scheme meant for rural poor. In March 2016, the Union Cabinet had approved to replace the existing Indira Awas Yojana with Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin as a part of ‘Housing for All’ ..