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An elastic plastic ban

For a ban that arrived with a bang, it seems to be fading away even before it could take effect. The Maharashtra government has backtracted to allow groceries and general stores to continue to use plastic for packaging after shopkeepers associatio

BDL secures export order of $14.33 million

Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has achieved 65 percent of its export target for 2018-19 FY after it bagged an export order worth $14.33 million for export of light weight torpedoes to a friendly country. BDL has a dedicated unit at V

BEML joins hands with L&T to cater to Indian defence market’s needs

Defence PSU, BEML Ltd and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) have signed an agreement to jointly capitalise on the emerging opportunities in the domestic and export markets for defence products and systems. The cooperation between the tw

NTPC signs term loan agreement of Rs 1500 crore with HDFC Bank

NTPC has signed term loan agreement for Rs 1500 crore with HDFC Bank Limited on July 10 to utilise to part finance the capital expenditure of the power corporation. The loan facility is extended at an interest rate linked to three m

Nalco launches Namasya mobile app for MSMEs

Nalco has recently unveiled a mobile app Namasya (NALCO Micro & Small enterprise Yogayog Application) for the micro & small enterprises. The app is designed by Nalco to provide a platform and support to micro and small scale

Pipe conveyor system for coal transportation unveiled

Minister of railways, finance, corporate affairs and coal Piyush Goyal inaugurated Maharashtra State Power Generation Company’s (MAHAGENCO) pipe conveyor system for coal transportation from cluster of mines of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL

Wings internet telephony service launched by BSNL

State-run BSNL has unveiled internet telephony (VOIP) service named Wings on July 4. This service, using mobile numbering scheme, is being provided using IP based access network. To use the service, a customer needs to install a SIP

Civil Aviation Research Organization to come up at Hyderabad airport

Airports Authority of India (AAI) is going to set up a world-class Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) to find out indigenous solutions for meeting challenges thrown by burgeoning air traffic and for enhancing safety, capacity and efficien

NHRC notice over Maharashtra farmer suicides

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the Maharashtra government informing the state assembly that 639 farmers had committed suicide in the state between March and May, 2018 due to crop fa

A badh tapasya for reason

Burari, a locality in north Delhi, has become synonymous with the bizarre after 11 members of a family living there committed ritual suicide. Investigators cite notes written by one member, 45-year-old Lalit Bhatia, to show that he led them into a

25 Years of Panchayati Raj: Mapping the road ahead

The Panchayati Raj institution (PRI) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its inception this year. The institution was formalized through the 73rd amendment to the constitution in 1992 with the purpose of decentralising governance to the local l

What’s wrong with Mumbai?

It seems the financial capital of India, Mumbai, is need of a major help. The city has been witnessing one mishap after another since 2017. Nearly 1,700 rain-related incidents have been reported since June 1 this year, according to data obtained f

HAL to hand over 3,100 sq mt of land to Bengaluru civic body

HAL has decided to hand over 3,100 square metre of land to Bruhut Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for the proposed signal free corridor from Vellara junction to Hope Farm Junction in Bengaluru. A pact has been signed between HAL and BBMP recent

Housing and urban affairs ministry hands over 210 flats to beneficiaries

Minister of state (I/C) housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri handed over 210 flats of type two to allottees for possession under the government pool residential accommodation (GPRA) redevelopment scheme at East Kidwai Nagar in New Delhi.

Does India have an effective family planning strategy?

 “If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity - and will leave a ravaged world.” – Nobel Laureate D. Henry W Kendall. Eve

Why anti-trafficking bill is good

 A recent article in the TOI reports LGBT and women’s groups seeking a review of the anti-trafficking bill that the cabinet has approved. The critiques quoted in the article claim that the bill overrides several crucial legislations inc

Indian Railways to accept Aadhaar, driving licence kept in DigiLocker as ID proof

Indian Railways has decided to accept the Aadhaar cards and driving licence kept in DigitLockers as ID proof from passengers. The decision implies that people will not have to carry original identity cards if they are having an acc

Govt enhances compensation for Air India to operate flights for President, PM

Easing the financial burden of the Air India, the government has decided to enhance the expenditure for special extra section flights (SESF) operations from Rs 336.24 crore to Rs 534.38 crore for 2016-17 to compensate the cost of living index and

Govt renames Agartala airport as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore airport

The union government has given its go ahead to rename Agartala airport in Tripura as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala. The government has taken the decision to fulfill the long pending demand of people of Tripur

People’s rivers

Like other people-related disputes, inter-state river disputes in India are congenital. People live in peace for ages till the hegemonic state etches a border through them, dividing them up and dividing up resources such as water. Every riparian s

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