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Itanagar becomes the 2nd state capital amongst the capitals in NE India to be put on Rail Map of India

Itanagar (Capital of Arunachal Pradesh) became the 2nd state capital after the Capital of Assam: Dispur (whose nearest Railway Station is Guwahati, distance: 5-7 km only), amongst the capitals in NE India to be put on Rail Map of India. The first passenger train which started from Dekargaon (Assam) at 7 am and covering a distance of 181 km arrived at Itanagar Railway Station 12:30 pm.

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Mr. Rishang Keishing: India’s oldest Parliamentarian retired after serving seven decades

Screenshot_1India’s oldest parliamentarian, Mr. Rishang Keishing (94) decided to retire after serving the nation for seven decades. His term at Rajya Sabha (the Upper House of Parliament) ends on April 9, 2014.

Mr. Keishing started his political career as a socialist and became the member of the first Lok Sabha in 1952 after being elected from Socialist Party; he joined the Congress in 1962. He had served as Chief Minister of Manipur four times.

Note: After Mr. Keishing’s retirement, Mr. Ram Sundar Das of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) will be the oldest MP in the Lok Sabha.

After Delhi, Rajasthan became 2nd state to withdraw approval for FDI in multi-brand retail

Rajasthan scrapped the approval given by the previous Congress government for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retailing. After Delhi, Rajasthan became the second state, to withdraw approval for FDI in multi-brand retail following a change of government after the assembly elections held in November-December.

Recently, the Aam Admi Party Government in Delhi had repealed the decision to allow FDI in retail and told the Centre that it would not allow foreign supermarkets in the Capital as they would destroy the local markets and close down neighbourhood shops and kirana stores.

Note: The states that allow global retailers to open supermarket chains (mostly Congress-led) viz. Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan, Manipur, Karnataka, etc.

Delhi becomes first state to withdraw FDI in Multibrand Retail

The Aam Aadmi Party-led government has withdrawn the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail in Delhi.  The government formally wrote to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to disapprove the setting up of FDI-funded multi-brand retail stores in the State. With this withdrawal, the national capital territory has become the first State Government to withdraw permission for FDI-funded retail stores.

The decision is bound to impact the overall FDI scenario not just in Delhi but also in associated states viz. Haryana, Rajasthan , Punjab, etc, because Delhi is the hub for northern states.

Why such a decision by Delhi Govt.?

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is of the view that though the FDI provides a wide range of choice to consumers but it also creates unemployment as was seen in many countries.  That’s why, the foreign participation into the supermarkets sector would worsen the city’s unemployment problem and therefore the government is opposed to it. The manifesto of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) party too opposed the policy of FDI in multi-brand retail.

Note: The previous Delhi Government led by the Congress had approved FDI in multi-brand retail. The states that allow FDI funded stores (mostly Congress-led) viz. Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan, Manipur, Karnataka, etc.

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