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Dec 14, 2019, 01.32 PM IST



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The government made over a dozen changes at the secretary and additional secretary levels, with the Union Budget two months away. This is the second major bureaucratic reshuffle since the BJP government came back to power in May. The secretaries of 12 departments were rejigged in July.

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  • The govt is considering moving to the chain base method of calculating the gross domestic product.

    The students plan to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday and also boycott exams. The issue has been taken up in Parliament and has also been discussed in detail by the Human Resource Development ministry with both Home Minister Amit Shah and the Prime Minister’s Office.

    A lion’s share of GST goes to states. Actual transfers of the Centre’s gross tax collections are about 36%.

    mjunction has bagged contracts for e-auction of telecom spectrum for the Department of Telecommunications, e-bidding of oil and gas blocks and more recently, contracts to deploy its e-procurement system at Ordnance Factory Board under the Ministry of Defence and also for all departments of the Government of Bihar – all through open bidding.

    The Indian Railways recorded its worst operating ratio in 10 years in 2017-18 at 98.44 per cent, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in a report tabled in Parliament on Monday.

    AePS facilitates cashless transactions through biometric authentication. According to NPCI, which runs the platform, biometric-based transactions grew by 10% to 208 million transactions in October 2019 from 189 million in April. October usually sees high transactions because of the festive season and higher remittance from urban to rural areas.

    “India is on the march! It became a 3.0 trillion economy this year (IMF World Economic Outlook, Oct 2019). It took us nearly 60 years after independence to reach the 1 trillion mark, only 12 years since then to take it to 3.0 trillion and only 5 years, from 2014-2019, to take it from 2.0 trillion to 3.0 trillion.

    SGoS are also likely to recommend creation of an All India Judicial Service, a new modern and technology backed legislation on emigration, pre-departure orientation training for more than 500,000 Indian emigrant workers, a Bharat Drive on the lines of the Google Drive and dedicated central prabharis or in-charges for the Northeast.

    ICAO had recently asked India to make DGCA licensing authority for ATC officers. Earlier, Airports Authority of India (AAI), which is also ATC service provider, had been licensing ATCOs. DGCA will license all 2500 current ATCOs by December, according to a senior DGCA official.

    The Finance Minister sought Parliament nod for additional spending of Rs 21,246.16 crore, including over Rs 8,820 crore for the newly formed union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, in the first batch of supplementary demands. Of this, the net cash outgo will be Rs 18,995.51 crore, she said in the statement tabled in the Lok Sabha here.

    Wang, just 27 years old, claimed to have had a hand in the kidnappings of the Causeway Bay booksellers in Hong Kong, infiltrating Hong Kong student organizations, and conducting information operations in Taiwan. These were impressive scalps for one of such a tender age in the intelligence community. Indeed, he asserted he was the "boss" of a cyber army in Taiwan.

    Angadi, who is the minister of state for Railways, said that “some people” were trying to malign the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arguing that the slowdown is cyclical, comes every three years and that the economy will pick up soon. The Indian economy grew 5% in the first quarter of FY 19-20, a 29 quarter low.

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