Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has described the
Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which comes into effect after the announcement
of the election schedule, as the biggest achievement of Indian political
Addressing the annual business conclave of IIM-Calcutta
yesterday, Mr Arora said, it was a voluntary code agreed upon by the political
parties and Election Commission (EC) over the years.
Model code spells out the do's and don'ts during elections.
Political parties, candidates and polling agents are expected to abide by the
norms immediately after the announcement of election dates till the conclusion
of the entire poll process to ensure free and fair polls.
To a question by one of the students on the power of social
media in influencing poll matters, he said it has a vital role to play in the
The Chief Election Commissioner also stated that the new cVIGIL
app of the EC has empowered citizens in a big way. He said, senior EC officials
have told him that 22 countries have recently evinced interest in the cVIGIL
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on
Friday said that all vehicle makers were unanimous in their demand for
immediate reduction in GST on the sector to 18% from the current 28%.
“This was also reiterated at a recent meeting with the Finance
Minister, where all OEMs representing passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles
and two wheelers had actively participated,” SIAM president RajanWadhera said in
The statement follows reports that Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj
Auto, had called for reduction in GST on automobiles closer to the roll-out of
BS-VI norms in April 2020. He had reasoned that the move would help bring down
vehicle prices, which would become costlier with BS-VI.
This is in contrast to the industry demand for an ‘immediate
reduction’ to kick-start sales ahead of the festive season. SIAM added that
PawanMunjal, chairman, Hero MotoCorp, had emphasised on immediate GST reduction
at the meeting with the Minister. “Any other differing view on this are purely
personal views,” it said.
A laser-guided land leveller harnesses technology to
accurately flatten a field in a fraction of the time used by a traditional
The result? Farmers save precious groundwater and increase
productivity by 10 to 15%. The hitch? Such hi-tech levellers cost at least Rs. 3
lakh, way beyond the reach of the average small farmer. But a new app, that’s
being described as “Uber for tractors” offers a solution.
The CHC app is already open for registrations by the farmers,
societies and entrepreneurs who run these centres. So far, almost 26,800 CHCs
have registered to offer more than one lakh pieces of equipment for hire.
Feedback from both the CHC and the farmers contributes to a
rating system, allowing customers to make informed decisions.
The Ministry's app will also create an invaluable database for
policymakers, who can track the use and cost of equipment.“We have already done
very successful demo runs in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and
Punjab,” said the official.