Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

EC asks Facebook to block advt 48-hour before polling

The Election Commission (EC) has asked Facebook to examine blocking of political advertisements during last 48-hours before elections in the country, a request the social media giant hasn’t responded to as yet, but is examining. At a June 4 meeting of the committee constituted by the Election Commission of India to study provisions of Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, a Facebook representative agreed to examine providing a window or button on the Facebook page for flagging complaints about violation of election laws.

India preparing for cut in oil imports from Iran

India’s oil ministry has asked refiners to prepare for a ‘drastic reduction or zero’ imports of Iranian oil from November, two industry sources said, the first sign that New Delhi is responding to a push by the US to cut trade ties with Iran.

India has said it does not recognise unilateral restrictions imposed by the US, and instead follows UN sanctions. But the industry sources said India, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil after China, will be forced to take action to protect its exposure to the US financial system.

Niti’s outreach on farm MSP fails to fructify

As part of the process to build a consensus on the move of providing 1.5 times the production cost of all crops as the minimum support price (MSP), announced in the Union Budget for 2018-19 with an aim to doubling the farm income, the Niti Aayog held a meeting with farmers’ organisations and leaders here on Thursday. At the meeting with the government think-tank, farmer leaders and organisations, it is learnt, indicated that the concept would take some time to fructify.

Amarnath Yatra begins under largest-ever security cover

Vehicles tagged with electromagnetic chips, bike and bullet-proof SUV police convoys and scores of bullet-proof bunkers have been deployed as part of the “biggest-ever” security blanket thrown to secure pilgrims undertaking the Amarnath Yatra that begins in Jammu and Kashmir from Thursday. Over two lakh pilgrims have registered for the annual pilgrimage to the 3,880 metre high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir.

Pak terrorist among 3 suspects identified by J&K police

Three persons involved in the killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari have been identified by the Jammu and Kashmir Police and one of them is escaped Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist Naveed Jatt, a Pakistani national, police officials said here.

Two locals were also identified by the police and are believed to be from one of the villages in south Kashmir. Police were trying to corroborate the evidence from the ground, they said.

ED man Singh hits out at Adhia, agency backs him

The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday said the call from Dubai received by its Joint Director Rajeshwar Singh for which an intelligence agency generated a report was pertaining to an ongoing investigation. The “secret report” was submitted in the Supreme Court by the Centre today regarding Singh, who is investigating the Aircel Maxis and 2G spectrum cases. After the Supreme Court diluted immunity to Singh from any investigation against him, the Enforcement Directorate and BJP MP Subramanian Swamy came out in strong defence of the officer.

Social security cover extended to 50 cr people: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said social security cover has now been extended to around 50 crore subscribers, an increase of about 10-times since 2014.

Modi interacted with the beneficiaries of various schemes through video conferencing, the eighth of its kind interactions.

Rs 2,000 cr GST evasion unearthed in 2 months

The GST investigation wing has detected tax evasion of over Rs 2,000 crore in two months, and data analysis reveals that only 1 per cent of over 1.11 crore registered businesses pay 80 per cent of the taxes, a senior official said on Wednesday.

CBIC member John Joseph said alike small businesses, which are making mistakes while filing GST returns, multinationals and big corporates too have slip-ups.