Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

Delhi govt cancels appointment of nine advisors

The Delhi government today cancelled the appointment of nine advisors, including the one to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisoida, after the Union Home Ministry said that these posts were "not sanctioned".

According to an order issued by General Administration Department of the Delhi government, the MHA had written in its letter that these posts on which the appointees are officiating are not in the list of posts approved for the ministers and the chief minister.

Govt raises FY19 highway project award target to 20,000 km: Gadkari

The government has fixed the national highways project award target at 20,000 km for the current fiscal, up 25 per cent over the previous year, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

However, the highway construction target for 2018-19 has been pegged at 16,420 km, and per day construction target has been fixed at 45 km for the current fiscal as against last year's about 27 km per day.

Germany backs India’s inclusion in NSG

Strongly pitching for India’s inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Germany on Monday said the global export control system would benefit a lot from New Delhi’s participation in all its four regimes.

Mecca Masjid blast: Aseemanand, 4 others acquitted

A special anti-terror court on Monday acquitted Hindutva preacher Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, holding that the prosecution failed to prove “even a single allegation” against them. However, hours after pronouncing the judgement, in a dramatic development, K Ravinder Reddy, the special judge for NIA cases, tendered his resignation, citing “personal” reasons.

Experts take a dim view of RSS chief’s comment on AI sale

At a time when the Modi government is wooing global investors to buy majority stake in state-run Air India, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat (in pic) has said the airline should be sold only to an Indian company. “If it’s not being run well, give it to those who will run it well. That must be an Indian, because control of our skies by those from another country should not be acceptable,” Bhagwat said.

WPI inflation eases to 2.47% in March on cheaper food items

Continuing with th­e do­w­nward trend, inflation ba­s­ed on wholesale prices decl­i­n­ed marginally to 2.47 per ce­nt in March on falling pri­ces of food items, especially vegetables and pulses. Acco­r­d­ing to government data, WPI inflation in March was more than double at 5.11 per cent.

India to get normal monsoon rains in 2018: IMD

The southwest monsoon rains, which irrigate over 70 per cent of farm land with no irrigation facilities, is likely to be normal, the India Meteorological Department forecast on Monday. The good news has brought relief to millions of farmers, policy makers and political parties of all hues, especially to the BJP government as it faces general polls in 2019.

Trai unveils beta site for comparison of telcos’ tariffs

Telecom regulator Trai has unveiled the beta version of a website that will bring on one platform information about mobile ta­r­iffs of all operators for all service areas with a view to boosting transparency and allowing users to compare plans.

In the first stage, the telecom regulatory authority of India (Trai) has made the ta­r­iff data available for the De­lhi circle, and sought feedback from users about new site over the next fortnight.