S Jaishankar is India’s new Foreign Secretary. S Jaishankar, before his key Washington posting, was India’s longest serving ambassador to China.
The Centre has sought comments from people on simplifying pension procedures and taking various measures related to the welfare of pensioners.
Even six years after its commencement, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries’ much-touted mega food parks scheme, is yet to take off. This despite incentives, subsidies and sops on offer. Only three mega food parks are operational in the country right now. MoFPI, in 2008, came up with a huge plan of setting up 40 mega food parks in 23 States to provide remunerative prices to farmers, reduce wastage of agricultural produce, build capacity of producers and processors and create efficient supply chain from farm to market. But the scheme failed to deliver what it promised.
The Supreme Court of India directed the Central Government ensuring protection for good Samaritans helping accident victims. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in consultation with Law Ministry will issue necessary directions with regard to the protection of good Samaritans until appropriate legislation is made by the legislature, says Apex Court.
The Bihar Government has shot off a strongly-worded letter to the NDRF seeking to know why Patna Medical College Hospital did not turn up on time to help the victims of the stampede on Dussehra. The National Disaster Response Force is caught in a political crossfire between the BJP-led Central Government and the Janata Dal (United) which rules Bihar. Thirty-three people died on Friday evening in a stampede at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan.
Results so far are positive, if not dramatic. The GDP is inching up, other economic parameters are improving, the Railways have been rescued from the brink, the functioning of the PSU banks is being overhauled even as the UPA scam liabilities and NPAs are threatening to overwhelm their net worth, the SAARC region regional diplomacy is stirring afresh, foreign investment limits are being raised in multiple sectors, labour laws are being modernised.
The centre is being cornered on all fronts over the UPSC row as Opposition demands an all-party meeting The Government has asked for more time saying the issue requires “application of mind and in-depth study” of the matter. Aspirants on the other hand are demanding quick action as their futurehangs […]