Centre to establish exclusive body for river linking projects
The Central government is working on the establishment of an exclusive
body to implement projects for linking rivers.
To be called the National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA), the
proposed body is expected to take up both inter-State and intra-State
projects. It will also make arrangements for generating funds, internally
The proposal for an apex body on river linking has been under discussion
for the past 18 months. However, the official said that as of now, no
specific timeline has been determined for the constitution of the Authority.
Also, the earlier idea of framing a Bill, envisaging the creation of the
NIRA, is not being pursued now.
The subject of establishment of the Authority was discussed at the last
meeting of the Special Committee on Inter-Linking of Rivers (ILR) last week
in New Delhi. Headed by Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh
Shekhawat, the panel includes Irrigation or Water Resources Ministers and
Secretaries of States. Since its formation, the Committee has held 17
It is being assisted by a Task Force for ILR, which is a committee of
experts essentially drawn from the Jal Shakti Ministry, Central Water
Commission and the NWDA.
A Tamil Nadu government official said the Centre has not yet shared with
States details regarding the new body though it has conveyed to them that it
is planning to have an implementation agency for ILR projects.
Centre brings in restriction on drug exports
India restricted the export of common medicines such as paracetamol and
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ATM’s in rural areas recalibrated to replace rs.2000 notes
Automated teller machines (ATMs), mostly in rural areas, are being
recalibrated to replace the cassettes for Rs.2,000 bank notes with either
those for Rs.500 or Rs.200.
This is because in such areas the demand for Rs.2,000 bank note is not
high while lower denomination notes are more sought after.There are a total
2.1 lakh bank-deployed ATMs in the country apart from about 30,000 white
According to Mr. Dastur, in the urban and metro locations, ATMs
typically carry Rs.2,000 notes. Bank branches in the urban areas also prefer
putting Rs.2,000 notes in their ATMs.
The Rs.2,000 notes came into calculation after the demonetisation
exercise of 2016 when Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 currency notes were withdrawn from
According to RBI data, 3,291 million pieces of Rs.2,000 notes were in
circulation as at March 2019, which was roughly the same figure for the
previous two years.A recent report by RBI has showed that the country
continues to have a strong bias for cash payments.
Cash withdrawals from ATMs have increased over the past five years and
India is next only to China in terms of cash withdrawals from ATMs. However,
the percentage of cash withdrawals to GDP has been constant in India at
Parliamentary panel suggests cut in allocation to hurt tourism industry
The Finance Ministry’s move to cut down the budgetary allocation for the
Tourism Ministry in the upcoming financial year will ‘seriously jeopardise’
the targeted tourism outcomes during 2020-21, a Parliamentary panel has said
in its report.
In the Union Budget 2020-21, the Tourism Ministry has witnessed a
In an unprecedented and rare move, the Geneva-based Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has announced that it plans to file an
application in the Supreme Court, asking to be impleaded in petitions
challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
Responding to the announcement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
said the United Nations body had no right to file a petition that will ask
the court to appoint the Commissioner for Human Rights as an assistant or
amicus curiae in the case.
The OHCHR plan has been criticised by diplomatic and legal experts here,
including one of the 22 petitioners in the case, as an “overreach”.
Last week, Ms. Bachelet informed the Human Rights Council that the UN
body had “great concerns over the CAA”. She had also met with MEA Secretary
(West) Vikas Swarup, who had travelled to Geneva to represent India at the
43rd session of the Human Rights Council last Thursday.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Tuesday, “The Citizenship
(Amendment) Act is an internal matter of India and concerns the sovereign
right of the Indian Parliament to make laws. We strongly believe that no
foreign party has any locus standi on issues pertaining to India’s
“We are confident that our sound and legally sustainable position would
be vindicated by the Honourable Supreme Court,” he added.
World bank announces aid package to combat corona virus outbreak
World Bank has unveiled a 12 billion dollar aid package that will
provide fast-track funds to help countries combat the coronavirus outbreak.
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Study finds high levels of black carbon in Himalayan glaciers
Black carbon concentrations near the Gangotri glacier rose 400 times in
summer due to forest fires and stubble burning from agricultural waste, and
triggered glacial melt, says a study by scientists at the Wadia Institute of
Himalayan Geology (WIHG).
The team of scientists from WIHG, led by P.S. Negi, measured
Indian shuttlers wins medal at Yonex Dutch Junior International
Young Indian shuttlers Tasnim Mir and Mansi Singh won a bronze medal
each in the girls' singles Badminton event at the Yonex Dutch Junior
International 2020 in Haarlem, Netherlands. It was the first time India