Evening digest: Railways invites ideas from public on budget of 2016

GN Bureau | December 16, 2015



For the first time, Railways has invited suggestions and innovative ideas from the public to include them in its forthcoming budget to improve its operations and amenities to a satisfactory level.Suggestions can be given under 15 heads.The suggestions on crime prevention, safe running of trains, disaster management, computerisation, electrification, station development, road over-bridge can be given online on the website of Ministry of Railways. The last date of submission of ideas and suggestions is January 15, 2016.

Will follow supreme court order on air-pollution: NGT
The National Green Tribunal today said it would first go through the order passed by the supreme court and then decide on the plea of car dealers seeking modification of order banning registration of new diesel vehicles."The supreme court has passed certain directions. We would like to go through the direction and then decide accordingly. We would like to be governed by SC order," a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said while posting the matter for next hearing on December 18.Earlier in the day, the supreme court banned registration of diesel-run SUVs and cars having engine capacity beyond 2000 cc in Delhi and National Capital Region till March 31, next year as it unveiled a slew of measures to curb the alarming rise in pollution levels in the city.

Committee to look into RIL, ONGC dispute
A one-man committee has been constituted to look into acts of omission and commission and recommend compensation to ONGCBSE 3.99 % whose natural gas from Bay of Bengal block had flowed to adjoining fields of Reliance IndustriesBSE 0.22 %.The Justice (Retd) A P Shah panel has been constituted two weeks after US-based consultant D&M, in its final report, stated that as much as 11.122 billion cubic meters of natural gas, worth over Rs 11,000 crore, had migrated from idling Krishna Godavari fields of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) to adjoining KG-D6 block of RIL.

Over 250 government departments availing national cloud services
As many as 250 government departments and entities are availing the national cloud services which are being run by National Informatics Centre (NIC), Parliament was informed today.Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government has already embarked upon the cloud computing initiative known by the name of GI Cloud (MeghRaj), which can be utilised for delivering good governance.

File chargesheet in molestation cases within 24 hrs: Maharashtra DGP
In its bid to improve conviction rate in cases related to crime against women, Maharashtra Director General of Police Pravin Dixit today issued directives thatchargesheet in molestation cases be filed in courts within 24 hours."This will hopefully lead to improving conviction rate in cases related to crime against women," he said.

Two corporates donate Rs 16 crore for Tamil Nadu relief
A sum of Rs 130.33 crore has so far been received for relief and rehabilitation work, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday said. Contributions for the government's rain relief and rehabilitation work continued to pour in with two corporates donating over Rs 16 crore today. Chairman of Infosys Limited, R Seshasayee donated Rs 10 crore while Chief Operating Officer of Cognizant Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd. gave Rs 6.50 crore to chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

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