Prime Minister NarendraModi has said that One country, One
tax and One ration card will be a reality soon. Addressing an election rally
in Delhi today, Mr.Modi said, the Government is committed towards
introducing one ration card system in the national capital as well which
will benefit lakhs of migrants who have relocated to Delhi in search of
better jobs and opportunities.
Speaking in the rally, Prime Minister Modi said that a
government in Delhi should be such that it can support the Central Government's
strong decisions in matters of national security. He said that criticism of
landmark and crucial decisions on matters of national security only strengthens
the divisive forces and undermines national image.
He also said that since the enactment of CAA, people in the
country have been witnessing the falsehood which is being propagated by a few
people. He also accused the current Delhi government of indulging in the use of
abusive language against the police personnel.
Mr.Modi said that where on one hand the nation is witnessing
such behaviour of disrespect, on the other the BJP Government has dedicated
National Police Memorial and National War Memorial in Delhi marking respect for
the heroes safeguarding the country.
Raising a concern about non-implementation of core central
government schemes in Delhi like Ayushman Bharat, PM-Awas and PM-KisanSamman,
Prime Minister Modi said that the people in other states are already utilizing
benefits of such social schemes.
For every 100 anganwadi beneficiaries in the country, only
seven are in urban areas, according to the government’s response to a Right
to Information (RTI) query from The Hindu.
This is primarily because of a severe lack of anganwadis in
cities, leading to poor coverage of the government’s flagship programme in early
Anganwadis or day-care centres are set up under the Integrated
Child Development Services (ICDS) by the Women and Child Development Ministry to
provide a package of six services.
The services include supplementary nutrition; pre-school
non-formal education; immunisation, nutrition and health education; as well as
referral services. The aim of the scheme is to reduce infant mortality and child
malnutrition. Beneficiaries include children in the age group of six months to
six years, and pregnant women and lactating mothers.
This is primarily because of an acute paucity of anganwadi
centres in urban areas. There are as many as 13.79 lakh anganwadis operational
across the country, out of which 9.31 lakh centres are linked to the
government’s web-enabled data entry system called Rapid Reporting System.
As per Census 2011, 32% of India’s 1.2 billion population live
in cities, though experts have said that if the definition of an urban
settlement was broadened, the share of urban population will be much higher.
With these facts before it, the NITI Aayog has prepared a draft
working paper to strengthen the ICDS programme in urban areas, keeping in mind
challenges such as migration and population density.
Insurance cover on bank deposits has been increased to five
lakh rupees from one lakh rupees. The decision came into effect from
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a statement that the
cover is provided by the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC),
a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RBI. This, the RBI said, has been done with a
view to providing a greater measure of protection to depositors.
Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman on Saturday had made the
announcement regarding increasing insurance cover to five lakh rupees in her
The move will help boost confidence of people in the banking
system.As the insurance cover stands increased, the banks will pay a premium of
12 paise against 10 paise per 100 rupees deposited.
The deposit insurance scheme covers all banks operating in
India, including private sector, cooperative and even branches of foreign banks.
There are some exemptions such as deposits of foreign governments, deposits of
Central and State Governments, and inter-bank deposits. Deposit insurance was
static at one lakh rupees since 1993.
The demand for raising the deposit insurance limit gained
momentum after a run on a large-sized multi-state cooperative bank, the Punjab
and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMCB) after it came under an RBI Administrator
for financial irregularities pertaining to loans to real estate firm HDIL.
Insurance regulator IRDAI has constituted a committee to
develop a concept paper on standalone micro-insurance companies.Micro-insurance
products offer coverage to low-income groups who have little savings and is
tailored specifically for lower valued assets.
In doing so, the 10-member panel is required to assess the
desirability and feasibility of formation of standalone micro-insurance
companies; review the legal and regulatory framework to enable such an entity;
and recommend the maximum sum insured per person that may be accepted by the
Considering the aspect of ease of doing business, the panel has
also been tasked to suggest the applicability and/or relaxation of existing
provisions for micro-insurance companies.
Stating this, an order constituting the committee of the
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India said capital and
solvency; underwriting, product and claims; finance and accounting; investments;
operations; and corporate governance are the indicative regulatory aspects to be
On reasons behind its decision to form the panel, the regulator
said India is seen as a pioneer in the micro-insurance sector globally and has
set an example with its micro-insurance regulations.
“IRDAI has received suggestions on allowing standalone insurers
for transaction of exclusive micro-insurance business, as it may boost the
micro-insurance penetration in India with geographical spread,” the order said.
The European Union yesterday rejected United States
President Donald Trump's proposal for securing peace in the Middle East. EU
also expressed concern about Israel's plans to annex more Palestinian land.
Mr Trump's plan, which was unveiled last week, would foresee the
eventual creation of a Palestinian state, but it falls far short of minimal
Palestinian demands and would leave sizable chunks of the occupied West Bank in
In a statement, EU Foreign Policy Chief JosepBorrell underlined
the bloc's commitment to a two-state solution, based along the 1967 lines. He
said, to build a just and lasting peace, the unresolved final status issues must
be decided through direct negotiations between both parties.
Gulf Arab states also rejected the White House plan calling it
While Israeli officials were present for its unveiling, no Palestinian
representatives attended. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he
wants to move forward with plans to annex West Bank territory.
Navdeep Singh Suri, who was until very recently India’s
Ambassador to the UAE, has assumed the responsibility of India’s Co-Chair of
the Expo-2020 Dubai Committee. Mr Suri was also a recipient of the UAE's
Order of Zayed II honour.
FICCI is the industry partner of the Indian Government for its
participation in Expo-2020 Dubai.
India is one of the few countries which have been awarded to
create a permanent structure at the Expo-2020 and proposes to showcase the
country’s strengths in innovation and start-ups in the hi-tech sector.
After retiring from the Indian Foreign Service in September last
year, Mr Suri became a Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Centre for New
Economic Diplomacy at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi.
Expo-2020 is a World Expo to be hosted by Dubai. It is scheduled
to open on 20th October this year.The Bureau International des Expositions
General Assembly in Paris awarded Dubai as the host on 27th November, 2013.
Through its theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and
its three sub-themes - Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability - Expo-2020 aims
to unlock the potential of each visitor while encouraging collaboration and
presenting opportunities for all to make a difference towards the future
development of humanity.
Medical details of over 120 million Indian patients have
been leaked and made freely available on the Internet, according to a recent
report published by Greenbone Sustainable Resilience, a German cybersecurity
What is even more worrying is that the number of data troves
containing this sensitive data went up by a significant number in the Indian
context a month after Greenbone’s initial report was published. The updated
report also places Maharashtra at the top of the States affected by the leak.
The report says that in 60 days after the first report was put
out, the number of data troves bearing the patients’ information went up from
6,27,000 to 1.01 million, and that the images of patients’ details rose from 105
million to 121 million.
Medico-legal expert LalitKapoor said any communication between a
doctor and a patient was privileged one. “A doctor or a hospital is thus
ethically, legally and morally bound to maintain confidentiality,” he said.
Greenbone’s original report says the leak was facilitated by the
fact that the Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) servers, where
these details are stored, are not secure and linked to the public Internet
without any protection, making them easily accessible to malicious elements.