Tele-Law' In its effort to make legal aid easily accessible to the marginalized communities and citizens living in rural areas, the Government of India has launched the Tele-Law". The Ministry of Law and Justice partnered with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), which anchors the Digital India programme, to provide legal aid services through its Common Service Centres (CSC) at the panchayat level, spread across the country In the first phase, the Tele-Law' scheme will be tested as a pilot across 500 Common service Centres (CSC) in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to understand the challenges and make necessary corrections to the scheme before it is scaled up and rolled out across the country in a phased manner.
Mission Retro-fitment Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said, " Mission Retro- Fitment is an ambitious program to upgrade the level of furnishing & amenities in the coaches of Indian Railways. This is one of the largest retro fitment project in the world as Indian Railways' 40,000 coaches will be refurbished and retrofitted in the next five years.."
The Startup India Virtual Hub Startup India Virtual Hub is an effort to create a marketplace where all the stakeholders can interact, exchange knowledge, and enable each other to grow. It will streamline the lifecycle of existing and potential startups, helping them access the right resources at the right time. The portal will host startups, investors, funds, mentors, academia, incubators, accelerators, corporates, Government bodies and more The Hub attempts to solve the problem of information asymmetry and lack of access to knowledge, tools, &experts, especially in the nascent ecosystems across Tier Il and IlI towns. The Minister also announced a new initiative, wherein a Startup exchange program amongst the SAARC nations would be organized
'Counter-Magnet Areas' The NCR Planning Board Act, 1985 empowers the Board to select any area outside the NCR having regard to its location, population and potential for growth as a Counter Magnet Area, in consultation with the State Government concerned. At present the NCR Planning Board has identified the following nine counter magnet areas to NCR: Hissar and Ambala in Haryana Bareilly and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh Kota and Jaipur in Rajasthan Patiala in Punjab - Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh Dehradun in Uttarakhand The Board also decided that these Counter-Magnet Areas shall be an area of about 120 kms radius around above identified towns as zone of influence for migration. The concerned State Governments shall notify their respective Counter Magnet Areas proposed to be developed in & around these towns and prepare Development Plan and Plan of Action for its implementation.
The latest amendments in the Legal Metrolo Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 The legal metrology rules were framed to regulate prepackaged commodities. Under these rules, manufacturers are required to comply with certain labelling requirements -with the recent amendments, the government has forbidden companies from selling the same product at different 'maximum retail prices' (unless allowed under any law), bringing relief to customers who have complained against a higher MRP being charged at airports, malls and cinemas (but not restaurants). The consumer affairs department has also ordered that medical devices such as stents, valves, orthopaedic implants, syringes and tools for operations will have to display MRP. So far, it was not mandatory for all medical devices declared as drugs to make mandatory declarations under the legal metrology rules. Even after capping of MRPs, many companies were not displaying (the MRP). -The amendments will ensure that hospitals and chemists do not have a blank cheque to charge patients indiscriminately because the products did not carry an MRP on their label earlier
National Data Repository (NDR) The recently unveiled Open Acreage Licensing Policy and the National Data Repository together are a significant and welcome step towards opening up the hydrocarbon exploration and production industry in India." Additional Information: Regulatory agencies all over the world have the shared problem of receiving, storing and releasing huge quantities of data initially seismic and log data. This problem increases every year as the technology of the oil industry suppliers delivers more and more data. To overcome these problems, National Data Repositories (NDRs) began to emerge. As NDRs emerged about 20 years ago, some of the early adopters in the UK and Norway started an embryonic movement to get Regulators to cooperate in developing these repositories. This was very informal until 2008 when Energistics created the NDR Work Group (there are Indian entities that are members of this group). The NDR Work Group focuses on promoting collaboration amongst regulatory agencies on oil and natural gas data management standards, with a particular focus on national data repositories.