Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

DoT releases Rs 700 crore to BSNL for NfS plan

The much delayed Network for Spectrum project (NfS), which has seen time and cost overruns over years and was marred by controversies, is finally being put on track by the department of telecom and BSNL with DoT releasing Rs 700 crore to the state-run firm for payments to vendors of the project.

The project is aimed at laying alternate communication network for defence services to boost their communication capabilities, leading to enhanced national operational preparedness.

Converting anti-corruption movement into political party in 2012 was wrong: Phoolka

Targeting the Aam Aadmi Party, senior advocate H S Phoolka, who resigned from the party Friday, said converting an anti-corruption movement into a political party in 2012 was "wrong", while ruling out contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

Addressing reporters, Phoolka said there is a need to form a movement like the one started by activist Anna Hazare in 2012 and that many who have left the AAP and others, including lawyers and doctors, need to unite to form an organisation parallel to political parties.

No scam in Rafale deal; it will help Modi come back to power: Sitharaman in Lok Sabha

In a fiery "point-by-point" rebuttal to Congress's charges on the Rafale deal, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday accused it of spreading "falsehood" on the issue and said while the Bofors scam brought the party down, Rafale will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi retain power.

Wrapping up a rancorous debate in Lok Sabha, Sitharaman, in her over two-hour speech, also accused the Congress of stalling the contract during its rule because it "didn't get the money", asserting that there was a difference between a defence deal and dealing in defence. 

Sharjah guest country at Delhi book fair

The New Delhi World Book Fair, in its 27th edition, will focus on ‘readers with special needs’, to promote the idea of inclusive learning through a series of exhibitions of audio, silent, tactile and Braille books.

Organised by National Book Trust, in association with ITPO, the annual fair will be open at Pragati Maidan here on January 5 and will be inaugurated by Union minister Prakash Javadekar.

Paswan opposes ordinance on temple

BJP ally and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan Thursday opposed an ordinance on the Ram temple issue and asserted that the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter should be final. “Whatever judgement the Supreme Court gives on the Ram temple issue should be accepted by everyone, be it Hindu, Muslim or any other community. Our stand has been consistent. When the PM said that we will wait for the SC judgement, then all ifs and buts should end,” the Lok Janshakti Party president told.

SC asks Ahmed Patel to face trial over RS election

The Supreme Court Thursday asked veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel to face trial in connection with his election to the Rajya Sabha in 2017 which has been challenged by his rival BJP candidate Balwantsinh Rajput.

SC to hear temple title case today

The Supreme Court is scheduled to take up on Friday a batch of petitions for hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. The matter is listed before a bench comprising chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and justice SK Kaul.

It is likely to constitute a three-judge bench for hearing as many as 14 appeals filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

Govt for J&K vote with LS polls: Rajnath

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that the government is willing to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir along with general elections, which are slated to be held by May. Jammu and Kashmir was last month placed under President’s rule, six months after the BJP pulled out of Mehbooba Mufti- led government and the state was put under Governor’s rule.

CAIT exhorts Prabhu not to revise FDI policy

Traders’ body CAIT on Thursday asked the government not to bring in changes in the FDI policy on e-commerce that could give an upper hand to big players in the sector.

The government last month announced changes to FDI policy for e-commerce sector, which would put an end to the barrage of discounts and cashback offers by online platforms with foreign investment, from February.

Two big players Flipkart and US-based Amazon are expected to be hit the hardest due to the amendments in the policy.