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  • In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court expressed faith in the discretion of Prime Minister or Chief Minister in appointing people having criminal background as ministers in Central and state governments respectively. The apex court’s judgement dismissed Manoj Narula’s petition seeking direction against criminalisation of politics. Though the 5-member bench was unanimous in passing the verdict, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Madan B Lokur insisted strongly that if persons having dubious integrity can be barred from civil services, politicians having criminal background should also not be allowed in ministries.
  • Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has declared that there are no suspected Ebola cases in India. He also asserted that the officials are keeping a close watch on the passengers who are coming to India from the countries most affected by Ebola.
  • After implementation of Lokpal Law, the Central government has now asked government employees, around 23 lakhs, to submit asset details by September 15. In the coming years, they have to furnish details by July.
  • Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has visited Mazgaon Docks Ltd, based in Mumbai, for reviewing production progress of Scorpene Submarine. This is believed to push forward the ‘Made in India’ brand in the defence sector.
  • The Narendra Modi government is well known for its social media savvy approach. Information and Broadcasting ministry has recently brought out a list of Union ministers and their official Twitter account followers. While Prime Minister leads the chart (having 8.18 million followers), he is followed by Sushma Swaraj (having 1.44m followers), external affairs minister, and Smriti Z Irani (having 6, 52,000 followers), HRD Minister.
  • Macquarie Research has given 8.5 out of 10 to the Modi government in its latest report based on multiple factors including productivity of Parliament, state relations, economics, politics, and foreign policy. Regarding the key focuses such as ‘ease of doing business’ and improving economic growth, the government got 8 out of 10.
  • British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is on a three-day trade mission to India. He has hinted that his government is planning to make huge investments in India on two main sectors – defence and infrastructure.
  • It is learnt that Italian defence firm, Finmeccanica group, has been banned by Narendra Modi government from bidding in any future contract. It is probably the fallout of the scrapped 560-million-euro contract of Finmeccanica’s 12 top-end AgustaWestland helicopters on corruption charges. However, the defence ministry order specifically states that Finmeccanica contracts that are already underway will not be stopped.
  • The Modi government has decided to showcase its successes by holding a series of ministerial press briefings, starting today. Today’s Finance ministry briefing will be followed by press briefings on infrastructure and social sectors.
  • The government has indicated its keenness in implementing National Litigation Policy for reducing burdens of court, enabling them to deliver justice in a better manner. Currently, the government is consulting with Law Ministry for formalising the policy at the earliest. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is expected to get final approval of the cabinet on the issue.
  • On August 30, Indian PM will perhaps be accompanied by the strongest business delegation to participate in India-Japan CEO forum. This business delegation will include business behemoths such as Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani, controversial Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani, Kumar Mangalam Birla of Aditya Vikram Birla Group, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Sunil Mittal of Bharti Enterprise and Pawan Munjal of Hero Motocorp, etc.
  • PM Narendra Modi is expected to discuss about bullet train project (a part of the ambitious multi-million dollar Diamond quadrangle project) along with other issues during his Japan visit next week. China and Japan are currently at loggerheads to get the contract of building India’s high speed train network.
  • Experts, members of Planning Commission, and former ministers met on Tuesday to discuss how a new body can be formed to replace the 64-year old Planning Commission. The meeting was chaired by Yashwant Sinha, former Finance Minister. All the suggestions made by the experts were noted and sent to Narendra Modi for review and consequent action.
  • Reports indicate that the identity, function, and structure of the new body replacing Planning Commission may be based on the five suggestions given by Planning Secretary Sindhushree Khullar. It needs special mention that the new body’s function will be limited to mining, infrastructure, and implementation of flagship schemes of the government.
  • A nationwide sub-programme under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan called ‘Padhe Bharat, Badhe Bharat’ (PBBB) has been launched on Tuesday. The main thrust of this programme is on improvement of language, on one hand, and increasing positive and natural interest among primary students in mathematics, on the other.



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Last Updated on August 28, 2014, 7:12 pm