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IANS 23 January 2024
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a meeting to launch the Pradhanmantri Suryodaya Yojana with the target of installing rooftop solar power panels on 1 crore houses in the country.   The meeting at his residence at Lok Kalyan Marg was held immediately after his visit to...

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It took over 60 years from conception to delivery, but Atal Setu, or the Mumbai trans-harbour link (MTHL), could be a game-changer for Maharashtra, exactly like the Mumbai-Pune Expressway (MPE), constructed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in 2002. Some may argue...

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Dr Gopal Krishna 19 January 2024
“The forthcoming census could be the first digital census in the history of India. For this monumental and milestone-marking task, I have allocated Rs3,768 crore in the year 2021-22.” - Nirmala Sitharaman, Union finance minister, 1 February 2021, Lok Sabha    “Census 2021 and the...

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Dr Gopal Krishna 19 January 2024
“The forthcoming census could be the first digital census in the history of India. For this monumental and milestone-marking task, I have allocated Rs3,768 crore in the year 2021-22.” - Nirmala Sitharaman, Union finance minister, 1 February 2021, Lok Sabha    “Census 2021 and the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 January 2024
In yet another clarification, the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has asked all those concerned to delete the use of Aadhaar as proof of date of birth (DoB) from the list of acceptable documents. UIDAI says it observed that authentication user agencies (AUAs) and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 January 2024
In yet another clarification, the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has asked all those concerned to delete the use of Aadhaar as proof of date of birth (DoB) from the list of acceptable documents. UIDAI says it observed that authentication user agencies (AUAs) and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 January 2024
Due to a vulnerability or security bug, the website of the Union ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) leaked the personal data of Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani, Virat Kohli, Shah Rukh Khan and lakhs of other directors of companies, alleges a security expert. Sai Krishna Kothapalli,...

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In order to appease voters of housing societies, members of legislative assembly (MLAs) and members of legislative council (MLCs) of various political parties divert their local area development scheme (LADS) funds, given by the state government to carry out civic and beautification works in...

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In order to appease voters of housing societies, members of legislative assembly (MLAs) and members of legislative council (MLCs) of various political parties divert their local area development scheme (LADS) funds, given by the state government to carry out civic and beautification works in...

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The picturesque Venna lake (that doubles up as a dam and is the main source of drinking water) greets you as you enter Mahabaleshwar, the most popular tourist destination of western Maharashtra; be sure that its shimmering surface hides life-threatening viruses and bacteria, causing a serious...

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Subhash Chandra Agrawal 12 January 2024
The Right to Information (RTI) Act, implemented on 12 October 2005, did wonders in the initial years of its implementation not only by exposing scams and scandals, but also resulted in systematic reforms. However, RTI rules (and not the RTI Act) need important modifications mainly to prevent...

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That the drinking water contamination in Mahabaleshwar is due to horse excreta entering Venna lake has been established by the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE) in its health risk assessment research report which mentions seven contagious diseases caused by animal waste; all...

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While it would seem a bit too exaggerated that any government authority would promptly act on a research study report, in the case of the Mahabaleshwar drinking water contamination issue, the project was proposed by the Mahabaleshwar municipal council to the Gokhale Institute of Politics and...

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Can you believe that the excreta of a mere 170 horses in Mahabaleshwar is severely threatening the health of 700K (thousand) to 800K tourists who patronise this popular hill station annually? But the good news is that it is possible to eradicate this health menace, primarily by banning horse...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 January 2024
A response to a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed that only Rs228.77 crore has been paid out against claims of Rs82,695.51 crore made by depositors of Sahara group’s four cooperative societies, through the central registrar of cooperative societies (CRCS) online portal to...

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While much ink has flowed on public information officers (PIOs) not paying the penalty directed by information commissioners, not much has been revealed about PIOs using legal experts of the same public authority to fight cases in the courts against the penalty imposed on them which is...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 January 2024
Although the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) says that Rs2,000 notes continue to be a legal tender and currency and can still be exchanged, it has placed a nightmarish process to exchange notes after September. RBI announced the withdrawal of Rs2,000 notes in May circulation as part of its 'Clean...

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IANS 04 January 2024
The much-anticipated showpiece Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) will be opened this month and the toll for cars has been fixed at Rs250, officials said here on Thursday.   The state Cabinet presided by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and attended by Deputy CMs Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit...

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While the multi-crore Antrix-Devas controversy about the S-band spectrum deal between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s Antrix firm and Devas (backed by American investors), leading to international legal disputes, may have faded from public memory, there is interest in getting...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 December 2023
On Wednesday, 1993 stocks advanced, 1815 declined and 106 remained unchanged, with an advance decline ratio of 0.20 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), indicating deeply negative closing of stocks in broader markets. The trend of the major indices on Wednesday’s trading is given in the table...

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