MP, Maharashtra worst at managing H1N1 in India

Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have the dubious distinction of being the worst states for H1N1 patients in India. Not only do they have relatively high number of patients, but your chances of making it alive as an H1N1 patient are also the lowest in India in these states. Other states — Gujarat, Rajasthan and […]

Govt says cut time to start a company to 1-2 days from 22-30 days last year

Government of India claimed on Tuesday that it has cut the time required to start a company to just 1 to 2 days from 22 to 30 last year with the introduction of a new system. The ministry of corporate affairs had, in April last year, introduced a new system called SPICe or Simplified Proforma for […]

Center consults UPSC on ‘lateral entry’ for private citizens

The central government has consulted the Union Public Service Commission on the plan to recruit private citizens into the higher judiciary. The UPSC is tasked with recruiting officer-level employees of the Union. The center seems to be trying to clarify whether there is a legal requirement to involve the UPSC the latest move. “Advice of […]

Smriti Irani says no salary till Prasar Bharati agrees to performance targets

Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani today said her ministry has not released funds for the payment of salaries to the employees of India’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati because the ministry and the organization have not been able to agree on a set of performance parameters for the broadcaster to achieve. Irani said the memorandum […]

India could ban junk food and cola ads on children’s TV

The government  of India is exploring ways to ban the advertising of junk foods and soft drinks on television channels targeted at children, junior minister for information and technology Rajyavardhan Rathore told the parliament today. Rathore said intimations in this regard will be sent to television channels soon, and the idea was to discourage children […]

Govt to give subsidy of Rs 2.5 lakh per flat; free land to builders

Central Government will give up to Rs 2.5 lakh as interest subsidy for people who take home loans to purchase their house under the Pradhan Manthri Awas Yojana, said Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri. He also revealed plans to hand over government land to private builders as part of the scheme. […]

Supreme Court dismisses Center’s reasons for not appointing Lokpal

The Supreme Court has dismissed the government of India’s stand that it cannot appoint the Lokpal as there was no leader of the opposition. The court’s decision came on a bunch of petitions seeking the appointment of a Lokpal is likely to lead to the first ever appointment of an anti-corruption ombudsman in the country. […]

Govt likely to intensify efforts to create All India Judicial Service

Despite setbacks and opposition from both state governments and the judiciary, the central government is not ready to give up the proposal to set up an all India service for recruitment of judges modeled on the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service. The idea was officially endorsed five years ago when a committee […]

Govt to strengthen official email service to lure employees from pvt providers

Government of India is overhauling its email system in an effort to encourage government officials to use only their official email accounts for official purposes, the IT department said. At present, many government officials use private email services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail, even for official and semi-official communications, putting government data at risk. […]

Trademark registration up three fold in India

The number of trademarks awarded by the India’s Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks has jumped threefold this financial year, according to data obtained from the Patent Office. A total of 2.11 lakh trademarks were registered in India in the first eleven months of the year beginning April 2016, compared to just 65,045 in […]

Govt to bring 532 welfare schemes under Aadhaar-based direct benefit transfer

The finance ministry has conducted an examination of the existing welfare and subsidy schemes of the central governments and identified 532 of them as being suitable to be migrated to the ‘direct benefit transfer’ or DBT model of disbursing of funds. Under the DBT scheme, the scheme benefit is converted into an equivalent monetary value, which […]

39 government websites hacked in India in 2 months

An increasing number of government department websites get hacked every year, according to data obtained from the Department of Information Technology. A total of 39 websites belonging to central government ministries and state governments were hacked in the first two months of this year. The number does not include data for government-linked sites, such as […]

Minister refuses to answer Parliament on amendment to anti-corruption bill

The ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions has refused to provide an answer to the Parliament on whether the proposed amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act will make investigation of corruption charges against officials difficult. The ministry — which oversees all administrative matters relating to central government employees — has reportedly formulated an […]