Govt warns Ed-tech companies against unfair trade practices: on failure of self-regulation it will formulate stringent guidelines (01/07/2022)

The Central government has warned the Ed-tech companies against unfair trade practices. The Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Shri Rohit Kumar Singh held a meeting with self-regulatory body India Edtech Consortium (IEC), which runs under the aegis of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), in New Delhi today.

Gandhi on Road to Betrayal of the Indian Masses – 1944

The road of Gandhian compromise is thus not only a road to surrender but also a road to a two-fold betrayal of the Indian masses. It is the road to continued colonial slavery and participation in imperialist butchery. What a startling come-down for the author of the “Quit India” slogan and apostle of peace and non-violence!

RBI Payments Vision-2025

Payments Vision 2025 has been prepared after considering the inputs from various stakeholders and guidance from the Board for Regulation and Supervision of Payment and Settlement Systems of the RBI. The activities to be taken up during the period up to 2025 as part of Vision 2025 are captured across five anchor goalposts of Integrity, Inclusion, Innovation, Institutionalisation and Internationalisation. They cover 47 specific initiatives and 10 expected outcomes. Payments Vision 2025 builds on the initiatives of Payments Vision 2019-21.

Text of Indian PM’s address at Inaugural session of International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure-04/05/2022

I am delighted to join you at the fourth edition of the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. At the outset, we must remind ourselves that the solemn promise of the Sustainable Development Goals is to leave no one behind. That is why, we remain committed to meeting the needs of the poorest and the most vulnerable, by building the next generation infrastructure to realize their aspirations. And, infrastructure is not just about creating capital assets and generating long-term return on investment. It is not about the numbers. It is not about the money.

Texts of PM’s address at Joint Conference of CMs and Chief Justices of High Courts-30/04/2022

न्यायिक सुधार केवल एक नीतिगत विषय या policy matter ही नहीं है। देश में लंबित करोड़ों केसेस के लिए policy से लेकर technology तक, हर संभव प्रयास देश में हो रहे हैं और हमने बार-बार इसकी चर्चा भी की है। इस conference में भी आप सब experts इस विषय पर विस्तार से बात करेंगे ही ये मुझे पूरा विश्वास है और मैं शायद बहुत लंबे अर्से से तक इस मीटिंग में बैठा हुआ हूं।

TRAI Consultation Paper on “Issues Relating to Media Ownership”

Media pluralism is the founding stone on which the fourth pillar of democracy rests. The idea of media pluralism acts as a bulwark of a strong and healthy democracy in a country. Media pluralism is antithetical to the phenomenon of concentration of media ownership. The concentration of media ownership may restrict the ‘Freedom of Speech and Expression’ as enshrined in Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. The core idea is the active citizenry, which is the foundation of democracy, and therefore requires presence of diverse voices and perspectives in public debates. The concentration of media ownership impacts the independence of the fourth estate.

Forest cover in India under the National Forest Policy 1988

The National Forest Policy 1988 envisages to have a minimum of one-third of the total land area of the country under forest or tree cover. Continuous efforts are being made to achieve the goals as envisaged in the National Forest Policy and over the years the Forest and Tree cover of the country has been showing a positive trend. This increase may be attributed to plantation/ afforestation activities, better conservation and protection measures, natural regeneration and enhancement of existing forests.

Foreign universities and institutions will be allowed to offer courses in India

During the Budget speech 2022-23, it has been announced that the World class foreign universities and institutions will be allowed in the GIFT City(1) to offer courses in Financial Management, FinTech, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics free from domestic regulations, except those by IFSCA to facilitate availability of high-end human resources for financial services and technology.