Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

AMU’s 1,200 Kashmiri students threaten to leave for home

Kashmiri students studying at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have threatened to leave for their homes on October 17, if the sedition charges against three of them are not dropped.

In a letter to AMU vice-chancellor, AMU students union former vice-president Sajjad Rathar said, “If this vilification does not stop, more than 1,200 Kashmiri students will leave for their homes in the Kashmir Valley on October 17 as a last option.”

Parrikar out of AIIMS; reaches Goa

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in his home state on Sunday afternoon from New Delhi, where he was undergoing treatment at the AIIMS for pancreatic ailment. Parrikar, 62, was flown in a special flight and later taken to his private residence at Dona Paula near here, in an ambulance.

According to AIIMS sources, he was in the morning shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a while after his condition deteriorated. But later, the administration decided to discharge him.

Zika cases rise in Jaipur as tourist season nears

Six new cases of Zika virus were detected in Jaipur on Sunday, taking the total number of infected people to 61, a Rajasthan health department official said.

The figures were issued after a review meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) medical and health, Veenu Gupta. Of the infected people, 11 are pregnant women, a source in the Union  Health Ministry said. The Centre will review the outbreak of Zika in the capital city of Rajasthan on Monday, the source said. 

MJ Akbar brazens it out, says charges false; links them to polls

Minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar on Sunday refused to step down from his post and denied allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by several women journalists. Hours after returning to New Delhi on Sunday morning from an official visit to Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, he termed these as “viral fever”. saying that they were “false and fabricated, spiced up by innuendo and malice”, adding that he would be “taking appropriate legal action”. He further said: “Lies do not have legs, but they do contain poison, which can be whipped into a frenzy.”

Govt to give priority to power producers for coal supply; private plants in lurch

The government has asked Coal India and its subsidiaries to prioritise coal supply to state power producers like NTPC, leaving private electricity plants in a lurch, multiple sources said.

The coal ministry has directed CIL to prioritise the coal supply to select central and state government-owned power houses under the pretext of building coal stocks at these plants. Following this, all subsidiaries of Coal India like South Eastern Coalfields (SECL) have been directed to supply coal to state power generators such as NTPC.

Bank credit up 12.51%, deposits 8.07%

Bank credit rose by 12.51 per cent to Rs 89.82 lakh crore in the fortnight ended September 28, while the deposits grew by 8.07 per cent to Rs 117.99 lakh crore, according the RBI data.

In the year-ago fortnight, advances stood at Rs 79.83 lakh crore, while the deposits at Rs 109.17 lakh crore. In the fortnight ended September 14, bank credit had risen by 13.46 per cent to Rs 87.98 lakh crore, while the deposits grew by 8.58 per cent to Rs 115.70 lakh crore.

Scottish coach, Kashmiri team, Hindi abuses

Raising of eyebrows were natural when ex-Rangers player David Robertson (in pic) decided to take in the reins of a rookie club in Kashmir, but now over a year down the line he knows the risk he took paid off mighty well — “four ready job offers” to be precise.

PM Modi to brainstorm oil scenario with global CEOs

To continue buying of crude oil from Iran sidestepping the looming US sanctions on the Persian country, ministries of finance, petroleum and commerce and RBI have been tasked with working out a solution. They will this week take up various modes, including barter trade, rupee payment and mix of both, of payment for Iranain oil.

The US sanctions are set to come into effect on November 4.

A series of meetings has been planned to prepare and present a workable solution to the prime minister’s office (PMO) for further discussion and approval.

ATR planes may not get slots in busy airports

The private operators of Delhi and Mumbai airports want “slow-moving” turboprops or ATR aircraft to shift to smaller airports nearby for making space for bigger jets.

Delhi International Airport (DIAL), the joint venture that manages the IGI airport in the capital, has claimed that the move would free up 38 slots per day at the country’s busiest airport.

The Mumbai airport operator MIAL has argued that replacing turboprops or ATR with bigger jet planes like B737 and A320 would improve efficiency, optimally utilise scarce resources and serve higher number of passengers.