15 AUGUST 2016

Govt services to be available through mobile app in Maharashtra: CM Fadnavis

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     .      Maharashtra Chief Minister DevendraFadnavis announced that all government services will be made available through mobile app in the state and said that the people will get the feeling of his secretariat in their mobile.

     He was addressing the main Independence Day function after unfurling the national flag at Mantralaya in Mumbai.

        He greeted the people of Maharashtra and saluted the martyrs of the freedom struggle. He said, today is the day of resolution and presented the brief picture of the achievements of his government during last 22 months.

       He said, his government has provided assistance of 9000 crore rupees to the farmers during last two years to face drought related crisis.

      He added that the government managed to make 4000 villages drought-free with the help of JalayuktaShivarAbhiyan. 

     He expressed confidence to make 2000 more villages drought free during this year.

Sikkim govt commitment to total literacy by 2019: CM Chamling

           In Sikkim, the people celebrated 70th Independence Day in grand manner. The Medals and state Meritorious Service Awards have also been conferred during a state level function in Gangtok today.

           The Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling has unfurled the National tricolour at Palzor Stadium and took salute of jawans from Sikkim police and other paramilitary forces on the occasion.

            He also reiterated his government commitment to declare Sikkim a total literate state by the year 2019.

           Mr. Chamling in his speech termed Sikkim as an exemplary state for promoting secularism in true sense and claimed that every religion, faith and belief is protected here.

PM announces 20% hike in freedom fighters' pension

            Addressing the nation on the occasion of India's 70th Independence Day, Prime Minister NarendraModi announced a 20% increase in the pension of freedom fighters.

            He also announced that the Government of India will bear medical expenses of 1 lakh for poor families. Modi said the government has also delivered on the promise of One Rank One Pension (OROP). 

Obama declares emergency for flooded Louisiana
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        US President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for flood-devastated Louisiana. White House said, emergency workers have rescued more than 7,000 residents stranded in homes and cars.

          Officials said, the action makes emergency federal funding available to support rescue crews working nonstop as deadly flooding ravages the state, disastrous weather that has left at least three dead and one missing.

           The flooding submerged large parts of the region on Sunday, three days after water-swelled streams and rivers began rising. Local, state and national agencies have been working together to rescue residents.

14 AUGUST 2016

Rail Budget's 92-year-old journey set to end

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Putting an end to a 92-year-old tradition of the colonial era, the railway Budget will be merged with the general Budget from 2017-18 onwards. 

    The move will come as a relief to the national transporter, which, until now, has been reeling under an additional burden of Rs 40,000 crore from higher salaries, following implementation of the 7th Pay Commission.

It also has to bear close to RsRs 35,000 crore of subsidy burden. If the merger goes through, the Railways will get rid of the annual dividend it has to pay for gross budgetary support from the government.

Five electronic manufacturing clusters to be set up in Andhra Pradesh: Ravi Shankar Prasad

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      Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Union government will set up five electronic manufacturing clusters in Andhra Pradesh including Tirupati and Sri in Chittoor district and Anantapur where it is in final stage.

·         The Union Minister held a high-level official meeting with the authorities of NIC, UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), C.DOT and STPI (Software Technology Parks of India) in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in Tirupati on Saturday.

·         Speaking to media on the occasion, Mr Prasad said that in Tirupati cluster, where 30 electronic companies are operating, in total made a business of 80 crore rupees, while at national level 41,000 crore rupees was exported.

·         Stating that the State of Andhra Pradesh is doing well with regard to IT and ITES, he said that NarendraModi government has also taken up application of technology to espouse the cause of poor by bringing in transparency. 

Chinese FM Wang Yi meets PM Modi amid strained ties over NSG bid

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           Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today called on Prime Minister NarendraModi and held talks with his counterpart SushmaSwaraj during which India's bid for membership of the NSG is understood to have figured among other regional and bilateral issues.

·         Wang and Swaraj also discussed issues relating to annual BRICS summit which will be hosted by India in Goa in           October.
           Wang had arrived in Goa yesterday on a three-day visit to India. He had met Goa Chief Minister LaxmikantParsekar and discussed about preparations for the BRICS summit.

Banks to start ITR e-verification without netbanking

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      After Punjab National Bank and the United Bank of India, more banks are likely to start a facility wherein an account holder can electronically verify his income tax returns (ITR) without having a netbanking account, the Central Board of Direct Taxes has said. This e-verification facility was used by over 75.3 lakh taxpayers till August 5, latest data revealed. 

Govt approves Rs 1,911-crore highway projects in six states

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      Government has approved Rs 1,911-crore highway projects for six states, including Karnataka and Maharashtra.

·         The standing finance committee (SFC) has approved six road projects in Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh to be built at a cost of an estimated Rs 1,910.87 crore.

·         The official said SFC approved the NH 61 stretch in Nagaland for an estimated Rs 343 crore, besides         upgradation of Rayachoti-Kadapa stretch on NH 18 for an estimated Rs 350 crore in Andhra Pradesh.