DAILY SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS OF THE HINDU 24th June,2017 Presented by Amit Baghel
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Centre announces 30 more Smart Cities Govt. to assess quality of life in 116 cities Thirty more cities from across the country have been added to the Centre's Smart Cities Mission, with a proposed investment of Rs.57.393 crore in various projects under the scheme. new cities added to the scheme in the third round, taking the total number of cities to 90 The Union Urban Development Ministry on Friday launched the City Liveability Index, an initiative to rank 116 cities across the country in terms of the quality of life they offer residents Tamil Nadu emerged as the State with the highest number of cities selected in this round, with Tirupur, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Tiruchi making it to the Mission Thiruvananthapuram Tops with core city plan- Heritage Locations including the Tree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, are covered under the scheme The cities to be ranked would include the ones selected for the Smart Cities Mission State capitals, and those with Under the Smart city mission, the center provides Rs 500 crore to each city over a period of five years for implementing various projects. ulation of over 10 lakh Indian cities had started improving infrastructure in the past two years under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), the Smart Cities Mission, and the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). Less than 3% of projects under mission completed Nearly two years after the Smart Cities Mission was launched, less than 3% of the projects proposed under the Mission have been completed, as per information shared by the Union Urban Development Ministry. The remaining projects are in various stages of implementation Launched on June 25, 2015, the Smart Cities Mission covered 60 cities in the first two rounds. But of these, only 57 projects had been completed as of June 16, 2017. The time has now come to measure the quality of life in cities and rank them accordingly
Govt. claim on Aadhaar card coverage 'puffery': petitioners The The government statistics in the Supreme Court that 95.1% of the population is covered by uffe Petitioners argument Aadhaar enrolment has been Enrolment has been done on the back of Enrolment without adequate verification as to fraud within the svstem ving concerns It quoted an RTI response of December 28, 2016, wherein the in The government claim that in Methodology unrevealed Savings "incorrectly" alleged by the government with respect to the PAHAL scheme amounting to Rs. 26,408 crore which forms more than half of its total estimated savings of Rs. 49,560 crore an audit of the savings claim for the PAHAL scheme by
Panel to oversee progress in UN's SDG Brexit is an opportunity for Netherlands-India ties Chief Statistician of India to oversee the country's progress towards UN's Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending poverty. fighting inequalities and tackling climate change Netherlands is aspiring to emerge as India's biggest partner in Europe following the Brexit-related changes taking place in Europe. >Ambassador of the Netherlands Alphonsus Stoelinga said Dashboard is also being developed with technical support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to "strengthen the mechanism" for monitoring progress on these global goals, that during the working visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 27, both countries water l relations and firm Data collected by private agencies may be considered for monitoring the SDGs, particularly since a number of the goals are not directly linked to the Centre's provision of public services. 20% of India's $ 45 billion trade with the EU passes through the Netherlands. After Brexit, there is a good possibility the Netherlands can possibly emerge as an alternative hub of Indian exports and capital in Europe National indicators Mr Stoelinga also indicated that his country's support to India's attempts for export control regimes will continue The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has already developed a list of draft These draft indicators have been put out in public domain. Based on the inputs received, national level indicators will be finalised. It would help formulate policies for specific
an's purview ion norm fo flights abroad to stay same Taxation norm for flights abroad to stay same with GST M-banking now under ombudsman's purview The Reserve Bank of India has widened the scope of Banking Om customer to lodge a complaint against the bank for non-adherance to instructions related to mobile banking and electronic banking services In a major relief to airlines, the Centre made clear that the principles applied to tax international air travel would remain unchanged under the Goods and Pecuniary jurisdiction The clarification comes in the wake of concerns raised by domestic carriers, and flagged by the Civil Aviation Ministry, that non-stop flights were likely to become more expensive than flights with stopovers given to GST The pecuniary jurisdiction of the Banking Ombudsman to pass an award has been increased from the akh Compensation not exceeding Rs. 100,000 (Rs. 1 lakh) can also be awarded by the Bankin the complainant for loss of time, expenses incurred as also harassment and mental anguish suffered by the complainant. to Airlines feared that passengers planning to travel say Delhi-New York non-stop could opt to fly with Gulf carriers if they found the post-tax fares for a Delhi- account of GST being levied only on the first leg of the overseas flight. Banking Ombudsman Scheme It is a quasi judicial authority functioning under India's Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006 The authority was created pursuant to a decision made by the Government of India to enable resolution services rendered by the banks.
Apps to help discoms with Power Supply planning China stops Kailash pilgrim:s Weather Portal MERIT Portal Minister of power, coal, new & renewable energy and mines Piyush Goyal on Friday launched a weather portal for the power sector developed by Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSCO)and India Meteorological Department (IMD) at a meeting of the forum of regulators. Launched another portal MERIT (Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency). This has been developed by Ministry of Power in association with POSOCO and Central Electricity Authority. China has declined permission for the first group of 50 pilgrims to proceed to the holy Mount Kailash through the Nathu La pass. Significance Significance The MERIT Web portal displays extensive array of information regarding the merit order of Electricity procured by State(s) such as daily state-wise marginal variable costs of all generators daily source-wise power purchases of respective states/UTs with source-wise fixed and variable costs Tibet Autonomous Region, China Day to day weather variations impact factors such as load demand energy production transport distribution management and eneray prices. Mt. Kailash lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River Sutlej River Brahmaputra River and Karnali River (a tributary of the Extreme events such as heat waves or cold waves, wind storms or floods can of course have dramatic consequences on the production means or the electrical arid ofa country including physical damage to the infrastructure er energy volumes and purchase prices The web-portal also give information regarding reasons for deviation from merit order such as must run conditions It is considered a sacred place in four religions: B n, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism transmission constraints etc
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