12 junior officers removed from PMO, 16 new to join
The government on Monday ordered shifting of 12 assistant section officers from Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to various ministries.
 
It also ordered appointment of 16 senior secretariat assistants from different ministries to the home ministry for their further posting in PMO.
 
The removed junior officers have been sent to defence, agriculture and cooperation, information and broadcasting, commerce, food and public distribution, higher education, petroleum and natural gas and road, transport and highways ministries, said an order issued by department of personnel and training (DoPT).
 
The 16 officers posted in the home ministry are from different ministries.
 
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WhatsApp to cease annual subscription fee, will be free
Global instant messaging behemoth WhatsApp on Monday said it will waive its annual subscription fee over the next several weeks as it has not worked well.
 
"For many years, we have asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we have grown, we have found that this approach hasn't worked well," said WhatsApp in a blog post.
 
Despite not being able to charge its hundreds of millions of users the annual fee, WhatsApp said it would not subject its users to advertisements.
 
"Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today's announcement means we are introducing third-party advertisements. The answer is no," said the WhatsApp blog post.
 
Where then will WhatsApp's revenue come from? 
 
Without clearly defining the revenue model, WhatsApp said it would test tools starting from 2016 which could replace text messages and phone calls mode of communication between people and businesses and organisations.
 
"We will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organisations that you want to hear from."
 
Promising zero third-party advertisement and spam, WhatsApp said, "That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today - through text messages and phone calls."
 
Reaching out to many WhatsApp users without a debit or credit card across countries is also an objective of the move.
 
"Many WhatsApp users don't have a debit or credit card number and they worried they would lose access to their friends and family after their first year," said the blogpost.
 
Founded by Ukrainian immigrants to America Jan Koum and Brian Acton in 2009, WhatsApp got acquired by social media giant Facebook for $19 billion in 2014.
 
Both Koum and Acton were former employees of technology company Yahoo.
 
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Give data on welfare schemes in 12 drought-hit states: SC
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to furnish data on the implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), mid-day meal and rainfall data in 12 drought-hit states.
 
Seeking to know the criteria for declaring an area drought hit and rainfall data, the bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice R.K. Agrawal sought information on the availability of one kg of dal, one kg of edible oil, egg and milk for people in drought affected areas in the 12 states.
 
The court asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to furnish the details by the next date of hearing on January 22.
 
The court asked the states to furnish the data to the union agriculture and farmers welfare ministry.
 
The court's direction came on a public interest suit by NGO Swaraj Abhiyan on the 12 states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand and Haryana.
 
Informing the court on the steps taken by the Centre for ameliorating the plight of drought-affected people, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar said financial assistance has been provided from the National Disaster Relief Fund and State Disaster Relief Fund to Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhatisgarh to the tune of Rs.1,500 crore, Rs.2,032 crore, Rs.3,044 crore and Rs.1,276 crore, respectively.
 
Appearing for NGO Swaraj Abhiyan, counsel Prashant Bhushan told the court to direct the government that relief measures should be made available to all without making any distinction in people living below poverty line, above poverty line and others.
 
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