Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

RK Nagar: TTV gets thumping majority, AIADMK humbled

In a jolt to the ruling AIADMK, sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday won the prestigious RK Nagar Assembly bypoll by a thumping margin of over 40,000 votes.

Dhinakaran, nephew of jailed leader VK Sasikala, defeated his nearest rival E Madhusudhanan of the AIADMK by 40,707 votes. Polling for the seat was held on December 21.

The bypoll in the Assembly constituency was necessitated following the death of J Jayalalithaa in December last. The late Tamil Nadu chief minister was elected from the RK Nagar seat in north Chennai.

Bullish on growth outlook

While Nomura sees India's GDP growing at 7.5% in 2018, Assocham says economic expansion may touch 7%

Govt mulls DBT pilot in power sector next fiscal

In a major reform initiative, the Centre has now put in motion a plan to extend the scope of direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme to the power sector that would limit benefits to electricity consumers by making the subsidy structure more targeted to the needs of poorer sections of the society. Once implemented, the proposal would not only reduce the power subsidy burden of state governments, but also help making electricity tariff more economical through sharp reductions in cross subsidy surcharges.

DoT unlikely to tinker with licence fee, spectrum charge

The New Telecom Policy 2018 will most likely leave out spectrum fee and licence charge revision as the Department of Telecom (DoT) feels technological advancements centering around 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data would ensure enough revenue generation.

‘Opp trying to spin verdict’

A decade ago, as a rookie he had drawn then PM Manmohan Singh’s attention to the alleged rot around spectrum allocation in the telecom sector. Post the court verdict on Thursday, Rajya Sabha MP, Rajeev Chandrasekhar spoke with Mini Tejaswi.

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Presumptive loss was cooked up

After the national auditor unearthed the “2G spectrum scam” and indicted the then Telecom minister A Raja making him villain of the scandal-ridden UPA-II government, the DMK leader on Thursday turned hero with a special court acquitting him in the case besides 16 other accused.

Raja was present in the court when the judgement was delivered by the special CBI judge OP Saini. Speaking to media later in the day, the lawyer-turned-politician minced no words in blaming the CAG for “cooking up” the presumptive loss story. 

Jewellers oppose proposed UID number to each piece of ornament

Jewellers have opposed the proposed introduction of unique identification number to each piece of jewellery once mandatory hallmarking comes into force. They also don’t want retailers or manufacturers to be held responsible for faulty hallmarking. However, the governm­ent wants to make each piece of jewellery tracea­ble by giving it a UID number.

GPS-enabled biometric scheme for primary teachers on anvil

Finance minister Arun Jaitley is likely to announce a Rs 4,000 crore scheme, aimed at ensuring the presence of teachers through the use of GPS-enabled hand-held biometric devices.

The move comes after teacher absenteeism in government-run schools has been identified as one of the biggest problems in the country’s primary education. The Centre will bear 60 per cent of the costs while states will have to share the remaining 40 per cent, sources said.

2G: a scam with no scamsters

The clock ticked 10.55 am at the jam-packed small courtroom of CBI special judge OP Saini. Emotions ran high. Tension was writ large.