Southern Railway will spend an estimated Rs. 286.35 crore to eliminate
149 unmanned level crossings in Tamil Nadu by September this year.
After being pulled up by the Railway Board for not meeting the March
2018 deadline, the zone has embarked on a fast-track mission to close all
unmanned level crossings prone to accidents.
The Railways had already speeded up trains in Chennai-Madurai sector
after the completion of the double line with electrification project along
the 497-km route.
More Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) rakes manufactured by Integral Coach
Factory would also be introduced soon replacing the old ICF design coaches
for better quality ride and comfort.
Government brings policy to secure government data
The Home Ministry is upgrading policy to secure government data and
control access to it.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who recently presided over a meeting to
review the evolving cyberthreats, directed that the National Information
Security Policy and Guidelines (NISPG) be upgraded and updated for the
In 2013, cybersecurity, which was the sole preserve of the Home
Ministry, was moved to the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS)
under the Prime Minister’s Office.
The critical infrastructure was moved to the National Technical Research
Organisation and the non-critical part to the Ministry of Electronics and
Nirbhaya case culprits to get death sentence
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petitions filed by the 2012
Delhi gang rape convicts to review the death penalty awarded to them.
A Special Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) DipakMisra and Justices
R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the condemned convicts' plea for a
relook into their case on the ground that they were not properly represented
by lawyers during the trial and vital pieces of evidence in their favour was
not brought before the court.
Now, the convicts are left only with the rare remedy of filing a
curative petition. They have to show there was judicial bias against them.
The curative would be heard by the three seniormost judges of the apex court
and the judges on the Bench. In this case, the CJI has led the review Bench.
India and South Korea today signed five MoUs in the field of Science &
Technology. Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan and
his South Korean counterpart,Mr. You Young Min signed three MoUs for (i)
Programme of Cooperation 2018-21; (ii) Establishment of Future Strategy
Group; (iii) Cooperation in Biotechnology &Bioeconomy. The MoU on
Establishment of Future Strategy Group was signed by Indian Science &
Technology and Commerce Ministers, while on the Korean side, it was signed
by Science and ICT and Trade Ministers.
Two other MoUs were signed between Council of Scientific & Industrial
Research (CSIR), and South Korean National Research Council for Science &
Technology and IIT Mumbai and Korea Institute of Science &Technology,to
further accelerate future-oriented cooperation in their respective sectors.
On his part, Mr You Young Min appreciated India’s self-reliance in
science and technology, especially in the R&D sector and said that both the
countries could bring synergy between Korea’s strong manufacturing base and
India’s pre-eminence in basic sciences and software sector.
India says reports about Myanmar border shifting; baseless
India has not shifted pillars demarcating the international border with
Myanmar, the External Affairs Ministry said here on Sunday.
The ministry claimed that have come across media reports stating that
certain boundary pillars in the Manipur sector of the India-Myanmar
international boundary have been allegedly shifted and the reports are
completely baseless and unsubstantiated. “That sector of the international
boundary is settled and there is no confusion as to its alignment,” the
official spokesperson of the Ministry said.
The spokesperson explained that bilateral border surveys were conducted
in keeping with the India-Myanmar Boundary Agreement of 1967.
Recently, routine survey work has been carried out jointly by the Indian
and Myanmar survey departments during which work on construction of
subsidiary pillars in between already settled main boundary pillars 81 and
82 along zero line, that is, agreed and settled international boundary, has
also been undertaken.
Telecom operators in clash with TRAI’s public wi-fi model
Telecom operators have opposed public Wi-Fi model recommended by the
sector regulator TRAI, saying it will adversely impact debt ridden industry
and compromise national security.
Based on existing rules for cyber cafes, the Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India (Trai) had recommended that a new set of players to be
called Pubic Data Office Aggregator (PDOA) should be allowed to resell
Internet services through yesteryear PCO type of set-up that will be called
Public Data Offices.
Based on a repor, proliferation of public Wi-Fi can provide $3 billion
potential revenue opportunity for telecom operators between 2017-2019, as it
will help adding new customers and increasing data consumption by existing
RBI asks banks to monitor digital transactions too
In a move aimed at widening the crackdown on black money and following
the money trail flowing in and out of thousands of shell companies, the
Centre is planning to set up an information technology (IT)-based mechanism
to keep a tab on all non-cash financial transactions in the country.
Currently, the idea is to make the RBI the sole repository of such
information, which will not be made available to other agencies such as the
income tax department and the enforcement directorate as a default. Such
agencies may be required to make specific requests to the central bank if
they want information on a particular set of entities.
Under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, banks and financial
institutions are already required to alert the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU),
under the Finance Ministry, to any suspicious transactions, cash or
Cash transactions of more than Rs. 10 lakh (including a series of
transactions integrally connected to each other and exceeding Rs. 10 lakh in
a month), need to be reported to the FIU.
In FY17, the FIU had received more than 15.9 million Cash Transaction
Reports and 4.73 lakh Suspicious Transaction Reports.
Sebastian vetteltriumps in British grand prix
Sebastian Vettel opened up a clear lead at the top of the drivers’ World
Championship on Sunday when he wrecked Lewis Hamilton’s home race party and
claimed an impressive victory for Ferrari in a thrilling British Grand Prix.
It was Ferrari’s first win in Britain since 2011.
The four-time champion seized the lead at the start and fought back
after losing the initiative during two safety car periods to register his
second win at Silverstone and the 51st of his career.
His team-mate ValtteriBottas, on older tyres, led the closing laps, but
was unable to resist Vettel or his Ferrari teammate KimiRaikkonen, who
finished third. Bottas was fourth.