CEC sees model code of conduct as biggest achievement of Indian
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
PM assures investment led growth in next 5 years
Prime Minister NarendraModi has said, vision of the NDA
government for the next five years is to have investment led growth
targeting 100 lakh crore rupees worth of investment.
In an exclusive interview to an English daily Mr.Modi said, the
government is working on policies to promote inflows from domestic as well
foreign sources to achieve this vision.
Prime Minister asserted that the government will leave no stone
unturned to make India a better business destination. Mr.Modisaid, the private
sector must continue to believe in the India story and assured that he will do
his best to make India a better place to do business.
He said, the Centre is working towards long term growth and not
the kind which happened between 2008 and 2014.
Automobile manufacturers demand immediate cut in GST rates
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.
Govt.to launch app for the aid of farmers
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.
Indian external affairs minister visits Beijing,discuss Kashmir
Indian external affairs minister S. Jaishankar arrived in
Beijing on Sunday amid efforts by Pakistan to internationalize the Kashmir
issue that has made it a tightrope walk for both India and China as they
seek to consolidate ties after a summit meeting between Indian and Chinese
leaders last year.
Jaishankar’s visit to Beijing is to prepare the ground for a
visit to India in October by Chinese president Xi Jinping to carry forward the
dialogue begun in Wuhan last year when the two sides stabilized their
relationship after a 73-day military standoff in Bhutan’s Doklam region.
Jaishankar will co-chair the second meeting of the India-China
High Level Mechanism (HLM) on cultural and people-to-people exchanges on Monday
with Chinese foreign minister and state councillor Wang Yi.
With Pakistan stating that it will move a motion at the UN
Security Council to condemn India for its decision to strip the Kashmir region
of special status, with China’s support, one of Jaishankar’s aims will be to set
the record straight on the Indian moves.
India as part of its efforts to keep all five of the permanent
members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) up to date with the events. In
Beijing, Jaishankar is expected to discuss the matter further with Wang.
South Korea – Japan relation worsens further
South Korea has decided to remove Japan from a list of
nations receiving preferential treatment in trade in what was seen as a
retaliatory move to Tokyo’s recent decision to downgrade Seoul’s trade
South Korean Trade Minister Sung Yun-mo said on August 12 that
the government was removing Japan from the country’s 29-country “white list”
because it has failed to uphold international principles while managing its
export controls on sensitive materials.
South Korean officials did not specify what they saw as Japan’s
problems in export controls. They said they would work to minimize negative
impact on South Korean exporters and bilateral trade.Mr. Sung said the changes
are expected to enter effect sometime in September.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Researchers map soil worms across the globe
Grab a pinch of soil and you can find over a hundred soil
worms or nematodes, says the first global analysis of nematodes. Nematodes
are roundworms and their size can vary from a tiny 0.2 millimetre to a few
A team of over 50 researchers collected over 6,500 soil samples
from all seven continents of the world and found that there are about 57 billion
nematodes for every human being on Earth.
The study was done only on the top 15 cm of soil. Their total
biomass comes to around 300 million tonnes which is about 80% of the combined
weight of Earth’s humans.
The most interesting finding of the study is this — at 38% of
the total, sub-Arctic regions have the highest abundance of nematodes. The
temperate region has the next highest abundance followed by the tropical
Soils from Western and Eastern Ghats of India and the Himalayas
were used for the study. “These nematodes play a crucial role in the environment
as they are responsible for production of about 19% of ammonia of the soil. They
are also important bioindicators of soil ecosystem health,” says Prof. Ahmad.
Sourabhverma wins Hyderabad open title
In Badminton, reigning national champion, SourabhVerma
clinched the Men's Singles title in the Hyderabad Open today. He beat
Singapore's Loh Kean Yew 21-13, 14-21, 21-16 in a 52-minute final clash.
The 26-year-old Sourabh from Madhya Pradesh had won the
Slovenian International in May this year. He had also won two Super 100 titles
at the Dutch Open and Russian Open last year