AICTE approves cap on private institutes fees

Moving a step closer towards fee regulation at the national level, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has accepted the report of the government-appointed committee, which had recommended a ceiling on the tuition fee charged by all private institutes for technical courses including engineering and MBA.

About the committee:

  • A 10-member panel headed by former Supreme Court Judge

USAID, ADB ink USD-854m pact for Indian solar parks, renewables transmission

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) teamed up for USD 854m scheme for solar power generation and renewable energy transmission projects in India.

Key Features:

  • The Government of India's target for renewable energy is 175 giga-watts of installed capacity by 2022. In support of this, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) launched a sola

Union Government notifies Aadhaar Act, 2016

The Centre has notified the new Aadhaar Act which gives the numbers assigned by it a statutory backing for transfer of subsidies and benefits to people eligible for them. The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016 will provide for ?efficient, transparent, and targeted delivery of subsidies, benefits and services, the expenditure for which is incurred from the Consolidated Fund of India, to individuals residing

Telecom Commission approves 112 as the single emergency number

The Telecom Commission has approved the number 112 as the single emergency number for India, similar to 911 of United States (US) and 999 of United Kingdom (UK). Henceforth Indian citizens in distress will be able to get all emergency services such as police, fire department and ambulance by just dialling this single-number. It will direct the call to concerned departments immediately for help.


President rule in Uttarakhand: All you need to know about

With reports of Uttarakhand assembly Speaker Govind Kunjwal disqualifying nine rebel Congress MLAs emerged, President Pranab Mukherjee dismissed the Congress government headed by Harish Rawat and placed the assembly under suspended animation on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet.

Theimposition of President's rule in the statehas brought the focus back on Article 356 of the Constitution - used and misused f

UNSC extended mandate of UN Assistance Mission in Somalia until March 2017

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 24 March 2016 extended the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) till 31 March 2017.

A resolution in this regard was unanimously approved by all the 15 members of the Council in order to support an inclusive, free, fair and transparent electoral process in 2016 and universal elections by 2020.

About the Mission


Union Government releases self-regulation Code of ethical business conduct for industry

The Union Consumer Affairs Ministry has released a self-regulation Code of ethical business conduct to be adopted by the Industry on providing best products and services. In order to protect the rights of consumers against misleading advertisements, fake and counterfeit products, and for effective redressal of consumer complaints, the Department of Consumer Affairs has entered into partnership with the Industry Association In this regard, Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) was inked be

Revised RBI rules for rehab of MSME's to reduce Bad loans

The biggest problem faced by the Indian banking sector in the recent days is the piling up of Bad loans. The RBI has been taking various measures to reform the banking sector and bring down the NPA's. The Reserve Bank of India recently revised rules pertaining to revival of advances to small businesses and asked lenders to form district-level committees to resolve stressed loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).


Ladakh to get world's largest telescope?

India may be home to the world's largest telescope project - the $1.47-billion Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) International Observatory. Hanle in Ladakh has been short-listed as a prospective site by the TMT board following major hurdles in Mauna Kea, Hawaii - the first choice for the project. An international team is expected to visit Ladakh in a couple of months.

The Hawaii Supreme Court had in December 2015 cancelled the permi

J P Nadda launches Rota virus vaccine

The Centre today launched the rotavirus vaccine as part of its Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) to prevent diarrhoeal death among children due to the virus which claims lives of nearly one lakh children every year.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda said strengthening routine immunisation is an essential investment in India's children and will ensure a healthy future of the country.

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