Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

In-building infra sharing made must to lower call drops

Indoor call drops and slow data services, which have been major irritants for consumers and a big head­a­c­he for the government, may soon be a thing of past as the telecom department (DoT) has approved a Trai recomm­endation that makes man­datory the sharing of in-bu­ilding infrastructure by telcos and tower companies.

Modi faces stimulus dilemma

India’s festive season should be a time of celebration for textiles businessman Habib Ansari, who usually spends October counting a boom in profits from supplying retailers ahead of a month of peak shopping.

Cong steps up offensive over Jay Shah’s assets

The Congress has stepped up its offensive on Amit Shah asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove him as BJP president and demanded a probe into claims in a media report that a firm owned by Shah’s son saw a huge rise in turnover after the party came to power in 2014.

Diwali up in smoke: SC bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till Oct 31

The Supreme Court on Monday said its order of last November banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) will continue till October 31.

A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said the apex court’s September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers would be effective from November 1.

Diwali is on October 19 and the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.

Focus on natural pesticides as farmers die of insecticide use

As 19 farmers have died in Maharashtra due to pesticide poisoning and over 700 remain affected, the Centre is seriously considering promoting bio-pesticides to reduce the domestic use of agro chemicals.

The plan comes even as states have been found lacking the will to prosecute the companies making fake products.

While 50 per cent of the agro chemicals produced are used in the country, the remaining are exported. So, the Centre will focus on lowering the pesticides use in the country without affecting the yield, sources said.

BMS slams Harvard educated govt advisers

Criticism about the BJP government’s economic policies is now coming from unexpected quarters.

 RSS-linked Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has slammed "Harvard University-educated" economic advisers on various government bodies, saying they have had no connection to the ground realities in India. The BMS said the BJP-led Union government should stop disinvestment in the public sector.

Consensus must for simultaneous polls

Favouring simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls, the Election Commission on Sunday said all political parties need to be brought on board before such an exercise is carried out.

“The Election Commission has always been of the view that simultaneous elections will give enough time for incumbent government to formulate policies and implement programmes continuously for a longer time without interruptions caused by imposition of model code of conduct,” Election Commissioner OP Rawat said.

FMCG firms look forward as GST completes 100 days

As the goods and services tax (GST) regime completed 100 days on Sunday, major FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) companies, including Dabur and Godrej Consumer, expect full recovery from the pangs of implementation of the new tax by the end of the third quarter with clear signs of demand picking up in the horizon.

Most FMCG companies were hit by de-stocking by channel partners ahead of the implementation of GST on July 1 due to uncertainties of transition to the new system.

New limit for reporting gold dealings soon

A new threshold for reporting to authorities about transactions in gold and other precious metals and stones, will be notified soon said a top government official. The government on Friday reversed the August 23 order by which gems and jewellery dealers were bro­ught under the purview of the reporting requirement of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), as part of the policy to curb parking of black money in bullion.