Vice President Venkaiah Nadu expressed concern on the
growing crimes against women in the country. He was speaking at the 94th
Foundation Course for AIS and CCS officers in Dr Merry Chenna Reddy HRD
Institute in Hyderabad today.
Mr Naidu opined that there was no need for a new bill to curb
the crimes against women, but there is a need for change in mindset of the
He stressed on the effective action by the enforcing agencies
like registration of cases, effective investigation, immediate prosecution and
speedy trail leading to justice to victims. Mr Naidu felt that fear of Law has
diluted among the minds of people thus leading to such crimes and technology
also is making people perverted.
The Vice President wanted moral values be included in curriculum
so that they can learn the good old values and culture of the country. He called
upon the trainee officers to be effective in delivering needs of people, with
effective outreach and communication to ensure effective redressal of
Earlier, Vice President gave awards to best performers in
various categories in competitions held during the training period. The
all-round performance award was given to Shreyas Gupta, IPS. About 140 officers
underwent training for 15 weeks.
Water pollution situation is grim in the country, the
National Green Tribunal said Friday and directed 100 per cent treatment of
sewage entering the rivers across the country by March 31 next year.
The NGT warned that if this is not done, the local bodies and
concerned departments of the states and Union Territories (UTs) will be liable
to pay compensation of Rs 5 lakh a month per drain in the case of river Ganga
and Rs 5 lakh for default in commencement of setting up of sewage treatment
While directing that an institutional mechanism be evolved for
ensuring compliance of its directions, the NGT asked the chief secretaries of
all the states and UTs to monitor the progress of the work, and at national
level by the Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti with the assistance of National
Mission for Clean Ganga and Central Pollution Control Board.
The NGT observed that world's major civilizations developed
along rivers and without water there would be no human civilization.
The NGT said it is the duty of the state to ensure access to
clean drinking water which was part of right to life and added that pollution of
water in any form was required to be prevented.
The tribunal had said that there has been deterioration in
quality of water in rivers in spite of the Water Act which was enacted way back
in 1974 which was intended to bring about improvement.
The government has decided to rework the findings of the
Household Consumer Expenditure survey and check for inconsistencies,
especially over spending on health and education in rural areas that has
likely fallen due to the impact of social security schemes. It is likely to
come out with a revised report on the survey early next year.
The decision to rework the survey was taken at a meeting on data
quality issues between the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI)
and the National Statistical Commission (NSC).
The meeting took place in the wake of a leaked draft of the
Household Consumer Expenditure survey report showing a decline in consumer
spending in rural India in 2017-18. MoSPI, which had junked the survey, said it
would not use it for official purposes but was examining its repercussions and
impact on all base revision of various economic indicators.
The ministry will also look at surveys of last three years to
develop protocols for introducing checks at various stages of the survey
process, right from data collection.
The ministry said that over the years, government spending on
social security benefits including cheaper or free food, education and health
had increased through the Aadhaar-linked Public Distribution System, Right to
Education and the National Health Mission, which made people spend less on
“When respondents are asked questions on how much they spend on
these, they say zero. In the analysis, when we found that we have used the same
instrument, it depresses the consumption,” said another official.
At least eight states have asked the central government to
expeditiously release the compensation promised to them for any revenue loss
due to switchover to goods and services tax.
The states have not yet received compensation for August and
September. Moreover, compensation for October and November is due on December
Finance ministers of Delhi, Punjab, Puducherry and Madhya
Pradesh, and representatives of Kerala, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal
met Union finance minister NirmalaSitharaman on Wednesday and said the delay in
GST compensation transfer has put them in an acute financial position.
With compensation for the next period (October-November) due
soon, the “government is under obligation to pay”, Punjab finance minister
Manpreet Singh Badal said.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia alleged that the
Centre has delayed payment despite adequate money in the compensation fund.
Around Rs 50,000 crore is there through cess collection, he said.
Madhya Pradesh commercial tax minister Brajendra Singh Rathore
said the Centre owes nearly Rs 3,000 crore to the state for August-November.
India and Mauritius have agreed to work closely to build
upon the close multi-faceted bilateral relations and to explore new avenues
of engagement, based on mutual interest and priorities.
Prime Minister NarendraModi on Friday met his Mauritian
counterpart PravindJugnauth in New Delhi. The Mauritius Prime Minister
accompanied by his spouse, KobitaJugnauth is on a private visit to India.
Mr Modi said that the government and people of Mauritius can
count on India’s wholehearted support and continued solidarity in their
aspirations to build a more secure, stable and prosperous Mauritius.
Mr Jugnauth expressed deep appreciation for India’s support in
many development cooperation projects being implemented in Mauritius, such as
the Metro Express Project, ENT Hospital, Social Housing Project, which have
brought real benefits to the people.
He conveyed that accelerating the pace of all round development
of Mauritius and deepening the scope of cooperation with India will be his
priorities in the new term. He expected India to play an important role in this
OPEC group of oil-producing countries and their allies,
including Russia, have decided to cut oil production by 500,000 barrels per
day. In a meeting in Vienna, they agreed to reduce production to stem
pressure on prices from abundant reserves and weak global economic growth.
According to a statement, Ministers gathered at OPEC
headquarters decided for an additional adjustment of five lakh barrels per day,
effective from 1st January 2020. This would bring production 1.7 million barrels
per day below October 2018 levels.
The group, however, said, in addition, several countries, mainly
Saudi Arabia, will continue their additional voluntary contributions. It will
lead to an overall production cut to 2.1 million barrels per day.
The statement said OPEC and its partners would convene a special
meeting on 6th March next year to review oil production.
Oil prices surged following the announcement, with US benchmark
WTI and its European counterpart Brent crude by about two per cent higher.
India plans to explore connectivity corridor between
resource rich Arctic Region and International North South Transport Corridor
(INSTC), suggested Indian envoy to Russia BalaVenkateshVerma.
INSTC seeks to connect Mumbai with St Petersburg via Iran that
could lead to a new connectivity corridor in Eurasia.
Verma said India is currently discussing with Russia cooperation
in connectivity via the Northern Sea Route and joint energy projects in Arctic
The envoy said India is interested in development of
infrastructure, shipping route and harnessing of minerals in Arctic region in a
sustainable manner. The use of Northern Sea Route by India had figured at the
last annual summit.
The Arctic contains a wealth of petroleum and mineral resources.
Currently, the region produces about one tenth of the world's oil and a quarter
of its natural gas.
The Russian Arctic is the source for about 80 percent of this
oil and virtually all of the natural gas. The most developed sector of the
region, the Russian Arctic also holds abundant deposits of nickel, copper, coal,
gold, uranium, tungsten, and diamonds.
The Northern Sea Route - is the main sea route in the Russian
Arctic. The Russian ministry of transport forecasts cargo turnover along the
Northern Sea Route by 2020 will grow tenfold to 65 million tonnes a year.