Budget 2018: Govt estimates Rs50 trillion investment for infrastructure

Starting with an allocation of around Rs1.81 trillion in 2014-15, the budget share of infrastructure has reached Rs3.96 trillion in 2017-18, almost double in four years. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint New Delhi: India will need Rs50 trillion in investments in roads, air, rail and inland waterways, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday, terming infrastructure development as […]

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UGC panel suggests changing AMU, BHU names; govt says no such plan

New Delhi/Ahmedabad:A University Grants Commission (UGC) panel has recommended removal of words such as ‘Hindu’ and ‘Muslim’ from the names of Banaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University even as Union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar said the suggestion is beyond the committee’s mandate. He said the government has no intention to change […]

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Chinese e-tailer JD.com started selling the Sharp Aquos S2 on the 14th and less than 24 hours later there are no more units left. There will be another batch available on August 18, but you’ll need to register first. The bezel-less phone is priced at CNY 2,500 locally for a unit with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There is an international version – CNY 3,300 for the 4GB/64GB model and CNY 3,800 for 6GB/128GB. That would translate to $490/€420 and $570/€485 respectively. Shipping is free, but there will probably be additional taxes related to the import. Not that there are international units available, those are sold out as well. Anyway, we’d rather wait for a local store to start selling those (though that may never happen).

THE UNION government will conduct its first country-wide assessment of learning achievements on November 13 in which over 30 lakh school students of Classes III, V and VIII in 35,000 government schools will participate. This will be the world’s largest sample survey of learning outcomes, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a meeting with state […]

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IIMC considers Civil Service rules for staff: No criticism of govt, dissent

The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), the premier Central institution for journalism education, is considering whether to adopt Central Civil Services (CCS) Rules — meant for government employees — for its faculty members for disciplinary cases. The IIMC’s Executive Council (EC) will discuss this in its meeting on Friday, according to an agenda note. […]

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Govt seeks report on NSE trading glitch

The finance ministry today sought a report from Sebi on the technical glitch in the National Stock Exchange’s system that had led to trading disruptions. Sources at the ministry said it was a technical problem that led to trading disruptions and there was no information about hacking. Investors faced problems on the NSE, which had […]

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Govt may frame a new new education policy

Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said over 40 parliamentarians expressed their views while several gave their suggestions in writing also. Photo: PTI New Delhi: Making education up to class 12th free and compulsory, emphasis on skill-based learning and focusing on the needs of rural India were some of the suggestions made at a human resource […]

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