The laws being used to suspend Internet, and what SC laid down

On Friday, the Supreme Court declared that the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression and the right to carry on trade or business using the Internet are constitutionally protected. This came in the backdrop of the five-month-long Internet shutdown in Kashmir. While India’s longest Internet suspension continues, the verdict has laid down a

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State Energy Efficiency Index 2019

Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy and Honourable Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurshiptoday released here today the ‘State Energy Efficiency Index 2019’, which tracks the progress of Energy Efficiency (EE) initiatives in 36 states and union territories based on 97 significant indicators.

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Cabinet easing mining laws

The Centre’s decision to liberalise norms for entry into coal mining and relax regulations on mining and selling coal in the country is significant in many respects. What is the amendment? Amendments to two legacy Acts through the Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 cleared by the Cabinet on Wednesday will free the sector from restrictions

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Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C)

Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah, inaugurated the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C).  This state-of-the-art Centre is located in New Delhi. About Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre The scheme to setup Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre was approved in October 2018 at an estimated cost of Rs. 415.86 crore, to deal with

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Voting at the GST Council

Breaking the tradition of consensus-based decisions in its 37 earlier meetings, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council voted for the first time in its 38th meeting held on December 18. The proposal to have a higher single rate for lotteries went through by a majority, with 21 votes in favour. The GST Council is

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Where and how big was Iran’s counter attack?

Early on Wednesday, Iran launched a barrage of missiles at two American military bases in Iraq. The attacks began at 1.20 am, the same time that Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani was killed by a US missile in Baghdad on Friday, Iranian officials said — and hours after the remains of the general reached his hometown

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Indian cobra genome decoded: how this knowledge can help fight snakebite

This week, an international team of researchers reported that they have sequenced the genome of the Indian cobra, in the process identifying the genes that define its venom. This, they hope, can provide a blueprint for developing more effective antivenom. Are existing antivenoms not effective enough? Their efficacy varies, besides producing side effects. In India,

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What is next in Iran-U.S. conflict?

Five days after Major General Qassem Soleimani, the Quds Force chief, was killed in a U.S. air strike outside Baghdad airport, Iran on Wednesday launched ballistic missile attacks at American troops in two military bases in Iraq. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has said that the attacks on the Erbil and Al-Asad bases were retaliation

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CCI Releases ‘Market Study on E-commerce in India: Key Findings and Observations’

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) released a Report titled ‘Market Study on E-commerce in India: Key Findings and Observations’ today. The Market Study on E-commerce in India (‘the study’) was initiated by the CCI in April 2019 with a view to better understand the functioning of e-commerce in India and its implications for markets

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Falling GDP trends

On Tuesday, the National Statistical Office (NSO) released the first advance estimates of the national income that projected growth in India’s GDP at market prices for 2019-20 at 4.98% in “real” terms, the lowest since the 3.89% in the global financial crisis year of 2008-09. But even more significant was the estimated growth of 7.53%

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