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Ram Nath Kovind: The New President of India

Ramnath Kovind was sworn in as the newest President of India at a ceremony that was organized at the Central Hall of the parliament at around 12.15 pm. He was accompanied by Pranab Mukherjee, his immediate predecessor, in what could be described as a ceremonial procession. Before this, as per rules, he met Mukherjee at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan and was escorted by the military at that time, as per the norms for such [...]

mAdhaar app

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has come out with a new mobile app named mAadhaar. By installing this in smartphones people would no longer need to take their Aadhaar cards with them in their wallets. People who install this app on their phone would have every necessary demographic detail that is there in their Aadhaar cards in their smartphone itself. This would include information such as name, gender, date of birth, and address along [...]

Presidential Election 2017 Result

Ram Nath Kovind, who has earlier served as the Governor of Bihar, is set to be elected to the post of India’s President. The election was held on July 17 and counting of votes started at 11 am today (July 20). The results of the election will be out by 5 pm today itself. Pranab Mukherjee, the incumbent, would leave office on July 25. Even though a formal announcement is yet to be made in [...]

fee waiver scheme by delhi govt

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also Education Minister of Delhi, on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017, announced a merit-cum-scholarship scheme for students getting admission in any of the State Universities of Delhi, including Ambedkar University, starting from the academic session 2017-18. The AAP Government has decided to waive off 100% fees for students who come from families belonging to the BPL ( Below Poverty Line), and 25-50% waiver for students coming from families [...]

Ujjwala Scheme Update

The Union Oil Ministry has said that 2.5 crore women have already been benefited by Ujjwala scheme that provides liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections. The best thing about this programme is that they do not need to pay any charges upfront for that. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was introduced around 14 months back. As per a statement by the oil ministry, a function was held on July 15 at Jangipur, West Bengal, where President Pranab [...]

vice presidential election 2017

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has opted to elect Venkaiah Naidu, a former union minister, as its candidate for the post of Vice President of India. This happened after the meeting on presidential elections was completed successfully on July 17. Going up against him would be Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Incidentally, Gandhi has previously served as the Governor of West Bengal. He has been nominated by the opposition. Amit Shah, the [...]

mahagathbandhan crisis in bihar

Mahagathbandhan was a historic coalition which took place in Bihar in the 2015 legislative elections, in which three political parties: Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal, and Congress joined hands, won the majority, and formed the government in the state. However, according to the latest news report, this Mahagathbandhan or the Grand Alliance in Bihar may soon see its end in the coming few days because of Nitish Kumar’s silence over CBI raids on Lalu [...]

train-ticket-subsidy

After the success of the “Give-It-Up” campaign on LPG subsidy, the government of India is planning to implement a “Give-It-Up” campaign for railway fares. This will allow passengers to give up the subsidy on railway tickets voluntarily just like the way customers could give back the cooking gas subsidy. Though the exact date of implementation has not yet been announced officially, news reports have indicated that most likely the “Give-It-Up” scheme will be launched by July [...]

Digital Education Initiatives

Ever since the NDA government came to power in 2014, there has been a great deal of emphasis on digital initiatives. From increasing the ease of doing business through online clearances to launching a complaints and suggestions application, we’re finding ourselves increasingly hooked to digital devices. Why then should the vast expanse of our nation remain deprived of quality education when we have the technology to reach out to the masses? In an attempt to [...]

E-way bill system in GST

With the rolling of Goods and Service Tax (GST) on 1 July 2017, the Government of India is now planning to launch the e-way bill system in GST. This will be implemented by October 2017, when the tax officials will be ready with all the registration and verification process through hand-held devices. There is a delay in the launch of the e-way bill system as the rules and forms are not yet ready. In the [...]