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PM Modi likely to propose Speaker name on June 25 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After new members' oath-taking is completed on the first two days of Lok Sabha session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to propose the name of the new Lok Sabha Speaker on June 25 even as the BJP-led NDA, which has the majority, has still not announced its candidate's name.The first session of the 18th Lok Sabha is scheduled to commence from June 24 to July 3 and is likely to be reconvened in the last week of July for the Budget session.Sources said that BJP is likely to retain the Speaker's post and not offer it to allies as it has far greater numbers than the NDA partners.Since the President has notified June 26 as the date for the Speaker's election, it is expected that the PM will propose the name for a consensus a day in advance, as all Speakers have so far been e...
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Defence | Firepower, made in India

The challenges facing the government in the defence sector require careful strategic planning, followed by decisive action. In its election manifesto, the BJP promised to expand India’s defence footprint across strategic locations and partner with friendly countries to protect its security interests in the Indian Ocean Region. On defence manufacturing, it has promised to continue support for start-ups, so that indigenisation can be accelerated. The other emphasis is to increase exports of Made in India defence equipment. In the 2023–24 financial year, defence exports reached a record high of Rs 21,083 crore (around $2.63 billion). The government has set up a target of Rs 35,000 crore by 2025. Continuing robust vigilance along the tense Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China is an impe...
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Home Affairs | Dousing home fires

With a recent spate of terror attacks in Jammu, radicals gaining ground in Punjab after electoral wins for two of them, India is far from rid of terrorism. The wounds of the violence in Manipur remain raw, and while left-wing extremism may have been pushed further inland, it has been by no means eliminated. Besides, there is the unfinished business of the last term—rollout of the Uniform Civil Code, Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens—though coalition dharma may put these on the back burner. New laws, including the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, replacing the Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Evidence Act, also need implementation. Then there is the national census, a project that is already three years behind schedule, and may now see a de...
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Road Transport & Highways | Greening India’s highways

The Union ministry of road transport and highways has been one of the crowning achievements of the Modi government, with significant progress in the building of new highways and greenfield expressways across India. The legal framework governing the transport sector and road safety underwent a major overhaul with the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act in 2019. But all of this good work is undone by the inability to reduce road deaths and crashes, where India continues to top global lists. The coming years will require the government to address the slowdown of projects and missed deadlines. Improving the financial health of its premier highway-building agency, the National Highways Authority of India, will also be a top priority. The agency is burdened by a colossal debt of over Rs 3.4 lakh cr...
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Railways | Not quite bullet speed yet

One of the largest ministries of the government, Indian Railways has the dual responsibility of bringing in a much-needed technology and capacity upgrade while remaining an affordable mode of travel for the common Indian that it has always been. The first relates to India’s perennial challenges: overcrowded trains, timely availability of confirmed tickets, concerns of safety. The second is a facor of the overall vision of governmental responsibility towards the people. Beyond these, the Indian rail network has to increase its share of freight moved across the country, being faster, more economical and “greener” than road transport. Railways is also under duress owing to a burgeoning pension bill of over Rs 50,000 crore per year, keeping its financial health perpetually in red.Published...
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Electronics & Information Technology | Cyber continuum

Since Ashwini Vaishnaw has retained MeitY, there is bound to be continuity in policies. Expect retention of focus on areas Vaishnaw had concentrated on in his previous stint, such as electronics and semiconductor manufacturing, data privacy, internet regulations, cyber security and artificial intelligence (AI). “We need to focus on self-sufficiency in semiconductors over time,” says Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder, Infosys, and chairman, Axilor Ventures. “It will need domestic manufacturing and policies that encourage use of locally-made products.”Published By: Shyam BalasubramanianPublished On: Jun 17, 2024Tune In Source link
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Information & Broadcasting | Regulation dilemma

The primary objective of the I&B ministry is to disseminate information about government policies, schemes and programmes through various mass communication mediums. However, in recent years, the ministry itself has been in the news over its attempts to “control” information. The next big worry is over the proposed Broadcasting Services Regulation (BSR) Bill, 2023, which, once it becomes law, will replace the current Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995. It consolidates the legal framework for the broadcasting sector and extends it to OTT content, digital news and current affairs. Experts fear this will be a powerful tool for the government to censor news. The ministry must address this concern.Published By: Shyam BalasubramanianPublished On: Jun 17, 2024Tune In Sour...
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Civil Aviation | Tackling turbulence

Aviation has been the sunrise sector post the pandemic, with the number of air passengers rising every year, making it viable for Indian carriers to go into an expansion mode. Riding this boom, the government has envisioned creating multiple international hubs in India, akin to those in Dubai, Doha and Turkey. Service deficiencies by airlines and user discontent are common in the sector, which make the ministry’s role as a watchdog crucial, especially with more and more airlines and flights entering Indian skies. Ensuring hassle-free and affordable air travel for the common man has been one of the Modi government’s promises since 2014, a commitment that the civil aviation ministry has been tasked to oversee.'Published By: Shyam BalasubramanianPublished On: Jun 17, 2024Tune In Sourc...
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Ports, Shipping & Waterways | Expanding the ocean of opportunities

The ports, shipping and waterways ministry plays a crucial role in strengthening the country’s domestic and external trade and commerce. Nearly 95 per cent of India’s overseas trade by volume is carried out via its ports. Yet, the country accounts for just over 10 per cent of the global deadweight tonnage. The government has been trying to make amends through the flagship Sagar Mala programme, harnessing India’s 7,500 km coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key international maritime trade routes. The results are showing—India’s rank in international shipment category has jumped from 44 in 2014 to 22 now. The importance of the ministry can be gauged from the fact that on May 13, in the middle of the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls, minister Sarb...
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MSMEs | In need for a big push

India’s 63 million Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) contribute a significant 29 per cent to its GDP and 44 per cent to exports and thus are integral to the country’s journey towards becoming a ‘Viksit Bharat’. However, these businesses have faced successive disruptions, beginning from demonetisation in 2016. The Covid-19 pandemic and then geopolitical disturbances like the Russia-Ukraine war, Israel-Hamas conflict and Red Sea crisis have led to business closures, supply chain disruptions, logistics cost spikes and volatile input costs. Consequently, many MSMEs faced losses due to damaged inventory and forgone sales. “In today’s globalised environment,” notes Anil Bhardwaj, secretary-general, Federation of Indian MSMEs, “institutional responses must consider the impact of geo...
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Textiles | Boosting fabric fortunes

India’s textile industry weaves a vital thread into the nation’s economic tapestry, contributing 2.3 per cent to the GDP, 13 per cent to industrial production and 12 per cent to exports. The textiles and apparel sector—the country’s second-largest employer, directly engaging 45 million workers and indirectly supporting 100 million more in allied industries—is especially significant as India grapples with an unemployment crisis. Source link
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Heavy Industries; Steel | Some heavy lifting

The heavy industries ministry plays a critical role in fostering domestic manufacturing and industrial growth. One of its biggest components is the automotive industry. Exports in the sector fell 5.5 per cent in FY24, due to the slowdown in several advanced markets. The industry has already been asked to make a comprehensive plan for the first 100 days of Modi 3.0. Source link
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Labour & Employment | Jobs with benefits

The share of contractual employees in nine major non-farm sectors of the economy more than doubled to nearly 18 per cent in the first half of FY23 from nearly 8.5 per cent in the second half of FY22. These are the findings of the latest Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) released by the Labour Bureau, which covered manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, education, health, accommodation & restaurants, information technology/business process outsourcing and financial services. Source link
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Youth Affairs & Sports | Channelling youth power

India has an estimated 254 million of its population aged 15-24 years, the highest globally. The ministry of sports and youth affairs, thus, plays a crucial role in harnessing this demographic’s potential for nation-building and economic growth through various schemes, events and organisations. These include the National Service Scheme and the Mera Yuva Bharat (MY Bharat) programme, which aim to train youth in leadership skills and the spirit of volunteering. While Indian sportspersons have achieved global glory in recent years, supported by initiatives like TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme) and Khelo India, some sports federations have been embroiled in controversies over malpractices and political influences. It is crucial to take a holistic approach and involve all stakeholders to...
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The agenda for Team Modi 3.0

When Narendra Modi entered the hallowed precincts of South Block on June 10, officials who had worked with him in the Prime Minister’s Office lined the corridor and greeted him with applause. Modi walked straight to his spartan corner office and the first document he signed was an order authorising the release of the 17th instalment of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi to distribute Rs 2,000 each to the 93 million farmers in the country, an expense of Rs 20,000 crore for the exchequer. For Modi, this was all familiar territory—he has been here, done this for the past 10 years, over two terms. But there is a clear difference this time. Unlike the previous stints, he is heading a coalition government in his third term, Election 2024 having thrown up a verdict that saw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP...
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‘Modi, Shah Will Break TDP, JD(U), LJP If…’: Sanjay Raut’s Big Claim Over Speaker Post

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday made a big claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will break its alliance partners if an NDA candidate would not get the post of Lok Sabha Speaker. He also said that the INDIA bloc will support the TDP candidate for Lok Sabha Speaker position in case the NDA does not support Chandrababu Naidu's party. "This fight of Lok Sabha Speaker is important. This time, the situation is not similar to 2014 and 2019. The government is not stable... We have heard that Chandrababu Naidu has asked for the Lok Sabha Speaker post...," said the Rajya Sabha MP speaking to reporters in Mumbai. "If a candidate of NDA will not get the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, then PM Modi and Union Home Minister ...
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Video | Lok Sabha के पहले सत्र की तैयारी, हो सकती है हंगामेदार शुरुआत

Lok Sabha चुनाव के बाद पहले सत्र की तैयारी शुरु हो गई है. इस बार विपक्ष में सांसदों की संख्या बढ़ है. ऐसे में विपक्ष सदन में कई मुद्दे उठा सकता है. देश में चल रहे बड़ मुद्दों को लेकर विपक्षी सांसद सरकार पर निशाना साधने की कोशिस सकते हैं. ऐसे में 18वीं लोकसभा का पहला सत्र ही काफी हंगामेदार रहने के आसार हैं. Source link ...
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Is Bhujbal Upset Over Rajya Sabha Snub With Ticket To Sunetra Pawar? NCP Leader Responds

Maharashtra Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal revealed on Friday his desire to become a Member of Parliament, expressing his intent to contest the recent Lok Sabha elections from Nashik. Bhujbal also showed interest in a Rajya Sabha nomination, amidst speculation of his dissatisfaction over recent party decisions. Responding to queries about his purported discontent following the nomination of Sunetra Pawar, wife of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP President Ajit Pawar, for the Rajya Sabha, Bhujbal did not directly address if he felt wronged by the decision. Instead, he suggested that the question of perceived injustice should be directed to "them", news agency PTI reported “It is my desire (to become an MP). T...
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Will Rahul relinquish Wayanad seat? KPCC chief Sudhakaran drops hint | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief K Sudhakaran on Wednesday hinted that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi might relinquish the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat. Gandhi won both the Rae Bareli and Wayanad seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls. At a public event organised in Wayanad for Gandhi to thank his supporters, Sudhakaran hinted that the Wayanad MP would give up his seat here, saying, "We should not be saddened as Rahul Gandhi who is supposed to lead the nation cannot be expected to remain in Wayanad." "Therefore, we should not be sad.Everyone should understand that and give all their wishes and support to him," he added.The statement comes a day after Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra travelled to Rae Bareli to thank party workers.The 'Aabhar Sabha' was orgainse...