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Shops and Businesses in Gujarat can now remain Open 24X7

‘Gujarat Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2019’ came into force from May 1. It allows that shops, commercial establishments and businesses running in state can now remain open round the clock (24X7). The act was passed by state Assembly in February 2019, but was notified on occasion of Gujarat’s Read More…

Iran to continue enriching Uranium despite US move

Iran announced it will continue with its low-level uranium enrichment in line with its nuclear deal with world powers. This move comes when on 3 May 2019, US forced Iran to stop producing low-enriched uranium and halt expanding its only nuclear power plant, thus intensifying campaign aimed at stopping Tehran’s ballistic missile programme and curbing Read More…

RBI imposes fines on PPIs for violating Regulatory Guidelines

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a monetary penalty on five Pre-Paid Payment Instrument (PPI) issuers which include Vodafone’s m-pesa and Phonepe, for violating its regulatory guidelines under provisions of Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007. Other facing Penalty includes, Western Union Financial Services Inc., MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc, (both are US firms) for for compounding Read More…

Missile destroyer INS Ranjit to be decommissioned

The Indian Navy’s frontline missile destroyer INS Ranjit will be decommissioned after 36 years of service. It was commisioned on September 15, 1983, with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat in command. The decommission ceremony will be held at Visakhapatnam’s naval dockyard on 6 May 2019. About INS Ranjit It was third of five Kashin-class destroyers (a series Read More…

CFTRI to send food to Cyclone Fani hit areas

Mysore based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), has prepared nearly one lakh meals for distribution in cyclone Fani hit areas of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. The severe cyclonic storm named Cyclone Fani had recently made a landfall impact on May 3, 2019 in Puri on Odisha coast. About CFTRI It is a Read More…

Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian appointed as Advisory Council Member in 15th Finance Commission

The Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to Central government, Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian is appointed as twelfth (12) member of Advisory Council of Fifteenth (15th) Finance Commission (FCc). Advisory Council It now has 12 members, which include noted economists Surjit Bhalla, Arvind Virmani, Indira Rajaraman and M Govinda Rao among others. Role and Function: To is to Read More…

Nileena M. S authored Article ‘Coalgate 2.0’ wins Asian College of Journalism’s Award for Investigative Journalism, 2018

Article titled ‘Coalgate 2.0’, authored by Nileena M. S. and published in March 2018 issue of ‘The Caravan’ magazine, won Asian College of Journalism’s Award for Investigative Journalism, 2018. ‘Coalgate 2.0’ The article investigates allotment of ‘captive coal blocks’ in Parba East and Kanta Basan regions of Chhattisgarh. It explores deforestation, re locations of people, Read More…

Defence Ministry approves Indian Navy’s proposal to acquire 10  ‘Kamov Ka-31’ helicopters from Russia

Ministry of Defence has approved Indian Navy’s proposal to acquire 10 Kamov-31 helicopters from Russia. The deal worth Rs.3,600 crore, is a move to strengthen Indian Navies  capability against aerial threats to its aircraft carriers and large warships. Key Highlights The Kamov-31 helicopters would be deployed on Indian Navy’s aircraft carriers and warships including INS Read More…