RBI report on returned currency The Reserve Bank of India’s annual report for 2017-18 said more than 99% of the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes withdrawn from circulation in November 2016 had been returned to the central bank. According to the report, after verification and reconciliation, the total value of the Rs. 500 and … Continued
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India will host the inaugural round of the two-plus-two dialogue with the United States on September 6. What is the purpose of the 2+2 dialogue next week? The India-U.S. “2+2” dialogue will see the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James … Continued
Civil aviation regulator DGCA this week published final guidelines for operating drones or remotely piloted aircraft systems by ordinary citizens. The guidelines come into effect on December 1, the date when the civilian use of drones becomes legal in India, subject to various requirements and clearances. Drone types DGCA has identified multiple categories of drones, … Continued
Pune Police have said that five prominent human rights activists are being investigated for offences under The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967, a tough anti-terror law that was last amended in 2012 to give sweeping powers to law-enforcement agencies. Here is how India’s central laws against terrorism have evolved over the years. TADA The … Continued
An expert committee set up by the Health Ministry has indicted Johnson & Johnson for “suppressing” key facts on the harmful effects of the company’s “faulty” hip replacement systems, withdrawn globally after complications required many patients to undergo revision surgery. A look at the concerns raised in India and elsewhere: How is hip replacement done? … Continued
Trade deal between US and Mexico Amid rising global trade tensions, there are some signs to hope that all is not lost. The United States and Mexico reached a breakthrough bilateral trade agreement replacing the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after Mexico agreed to concessions demanded by the Donald Trump administration. What are … Continued
The summoning of the Indian High Commissioner to Maldives, Akhilesh Mishra, by Maldives’ topmost diplomat, Foreign Secretary Ahmed Sareer, is the latest sign of a lack of trust that has developed between New Delhi and Malé over the last few years. The provocation for Sunday’s summoning was a tweet by BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian … Continued
A Delhi court Monday acquitted Tajinderpal Singh and Satnam Singh — two of the five men from the radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa who hijacked the Delhi-Srinagar Indian Airlines flight IC423, with 117 on board, to Lahore on September 29, 1981. The trial was initiated under unusual circumstances, which the court described as “unique”. Satnam’s … Continued
At an all-party meeting called by the Election Commission Monday, all major parties except the BJP pushed for a cap on election expenditure by parties. Argument for a cap Limits on campaign expenditure are meant to provide a level-playing field for everyone contesting elections. It ensures that a candidate can’t win only because she is … Continued
Drones are a technology platform which has wide-ranging applications from photography to agriculture, from infrastructure asset maintenance to insurance. Drones range in size from very small and those that can carry multiple kilograms of payload. Regulations have taken years The Ministry of Civil Aviation has been working for several years to establish a world leading … Continued