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18 November 2017
Rules, Prudence and Public Value You are a Public Information Officer (PIO) in a government department. You are aware that the RTI Act 2005 envisages transparency and accountability in administration. The act has functioned as a check on the supposedly arbitrarily administrative behavior and actions. However, as a PIO you have observed that there are citizens who filed RTI applications not for themselves but on behalf of such stakeholders who purportedly want to have access to information to further their own interests. At the same time, there are these RTI activists who routinely file RTI applications and attempt to extort…
18 November 2017
Project Saksham Indian Railways is constantly getting bad publicity on account of derailments, accidents, poor services and inefficiency of its employees. The mass skilling exercise aims for image makeover of Indian Railways by increasing the productivity and efficiency of its employees. This project comprises training courses and specially designed skill-upgrade modules. Every employee of Indian Railways, from the rank of a peon to the Railway Board Members, will have to undergo training under ‘Project Saksham’. Nature of training will depend on the work profile of the employee. This may range from a refresher course to gain information about global best…
17 November 2017
CABINET CLEARS ANTI-PROFITEERING AUTHORITY THE NEWS The Union Cabinet chaired has given its approval for the creation of the National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under GST, following up the sharp reduction in the GST rates of a large number of items of mass consumption. NATIONAL ANTI-PROFITEERING AUTHORITY (NAA) COMPOSITION The institutional framework comprises the NAA, a Standing Committee, Screening Committees in every State and the Directorate General of Safeguards in the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC). The authority will be headed by a senior official of the level of secretary to the central government with four technical members from…
16 November 2017
REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY SCHEME PHASE -II THE NEWS The government has chosen 24 airports and helipads for the second phase of Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) in order to improve connectivity in remote and strategic locations in the North-East and Jammu & Kashmir. The selected areas are:- STATE Number Of Airports Arunachal Pradesh 9 Manipur 5 Assam 5 Jammu & Kashmir 2 Meghalaya 1 Tripura 1 Sikkim 1 TOTAL- 24 The window for air operators to bid for the routes under the second phase of RCS started on August 24, four days before the Indian and Chinese troops disengaged at Doklam to…
15 November 2017
SC DISMISSES PETITION INTO JUDGES BRIBERY CASE THE NEWS The SC dismissed the petition filed by senior lawyer Kamini Jaiswal seeking a SIT probe in the medical college bribery case as an effort to “ create ripples” with the apex court by throwing serious allegations at CJI of India. After the petition was mentioned before a two-judge bench, The CJI set up a constitutional bench to commence an urgent hearing about who had the authority to direct the setting up of a bench of specific judges to hear a matter. PETITION BEHIND THE CONTROVERSY A petition filed by senior lawyer…
14 November 2017
Air Pollution Challenges The peculiarity of environmental menace lies in its implications that cut across the state boundaries and rural-urban divide. The recent problem of smog cover in the north India due to stubble burning in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi has highlighted the choked responses to such emergencies. While the states are deliberating on the friendly farm practices such as the introduction of the super straw management system and alternate use of residue for composting there is a lack of comprehensive policy design. To address this problem all stakeholders must be brought to the table. In this…
14 November 2017
INDIA, PHILIPPINES SIGNED FOUR DEALS THE NEWS PM Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with President Rodrigo Duterte, covering the entire gamut of the bilateral relationship. The two countries have signed four deal agreements which covered areas of:- Defence Agriculture. Small and Medium Enterprises. Cooperation between Indian Council of World Affairs and Philippines Foreign Services Institute. PM Modi is in Manila to attend the 15th Indian-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and the 12th East Asia summit. ASEAN SUMMIT Apart from extending the bilateral cooperation with the world leaders, PM Modi also spoke at ASEAN summit in Manila. He said…
13 November 2017
INDIA’S FIRST QUDRILATERAL MEETING THE NEWS Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 15th ASEAN-INDIA Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Manila, Philippines. The summits will be attended by Heads of State or Government of the 10 ASEAN and 18 EAS participating Countries, respectively. QUADRILATERAL MEETING The quadrilateral meeting was held a day before the ASEAN summit, with US , Australia and Japan- described as the “ Quadrilateral”, in the Philippines . They discussed the common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region. In the meeting, India , US ,Japan and Australia gave a thumbs…
11 November 2017
After a year of intense training at LBSNAA, Anil has come to Mukherjee Nagar to meet his close friend Parul who is preparing for civil services. Anil is wearing a squeaky clean white shirt and a costly pant and shoes. Instead of going to a posh hotel, out of nostalgia Anil visits a roadside tea shop to have a cup of tea with his friend who is comfortable with it. A 10-year- old boy, who was cleaning dishes until their arrival, brings both of them two glasses of tea on his master's order. Anil who is on a phone call,…
11 November 2017
Kerala’s communist government launched ‘She Pad’, a first-of-its-kind scheme in India to provide sanitary napkins for free in about 300 government schools. Which will also provide napkin storage spaces and incinerators in schools, benefitting thousands of female teachers and students? The 'She Pad' scheme will benefit the girls of classes 6 to 12 in the state. The move comes after running such arrangements in certain government schools for about two years as a pilot, both by the current and the previous governments. The plan is to expand the project to all government schools across the state by next year. “Menstrual…