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New rules for top jobs set to alter army’s hierarchy

Two senior generals will be the first army officers to benefit from a key amendment last month to the force’s rules governing the appointment of army commanders, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

The lieutenant generals will now be eligible to take over the reins of two of the army’s seven commands sometime this year. What has thrust them into the reckoning for these top jobs is a change in the residual service clause for appointment as army commanders.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, identified the two lieutenant generals as Ranbir Singh and Rajeshwar Singh. Until the rules were changed in December-end, only those lieutenant generals who had 24 months of service left could be considered for the post of army commander.

However, the new rules have now reduced the required residual service from 24 months to 18 months — a move that is likely to change the complexion of the army’s top hierarchy in the coming years, the person added.

“The two generals will be the immediate beneficiaries of the change in rules. The army will now have a larger talent pool to pick from while making top appointments,” a senior officer said. If the rules had not been altered, the generals (and other similarly placed officers) would have had to settle for other senior appointments such as principal staff officers to the army chief or heads of arms in the army headquarters, the officer added on condition of anonymity.

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‘New India will be free of casteism, communalism’

In his last address in 2017 as part of his radio show Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country would be “free from the poison of casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption”, as he called upon people to take the path of progress.

Modi called upon the “New India youth” to “take concrete steps in the journey from ‘positive India’ to ‘progressive India’.”

Recalling how Mahatma Gandhi turned the freedom movement into a mass struggle, Modi said that another mass movement was required to make “a magnificent, glorious 21st century India”. “A mass movement of development, a mass movement to build a capable and strong India,” he added.

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Water tariff increased by 20% for residents of Delhi

The Delhi Jal Board on Tuesday hiked water tariff by 20% for residents using more than 20,000 litres a month. The revised tariff will come into effect from February 1 next year.

At present, domestic users consuming between 20,000 and 30,000 litres of water a month pay a service charge of ₹219.62 and a volumetric charge of ₹21.97 for each 1,000 litres. The 20% hike is on the volumetric charge, which will be ₹26.36 from February. Those using more than 30,000 litres a month are paying ₹292.82 as service charge and ₹36.61 per 1,000 litres. This now becomes ₹43.93 for a kilolitre.

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SEBI to finalise new norms for advisers, credit rating agencies

MUMBAI: The board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) will consider and approve on December 28 as many as 17 reforms, including new norms for credit rating companies and investment advisers, according to two people with direct knowledge of the development.

“We are re-looking all regulations and ensuring that all circulars are captured in regulations,” Ajay Tyagi, chairman of Sebi, said at a December 20 event.

The Sebi board will also discuss the issue of disclosure of loan defaults and publish a discussion paper on it.

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Rule change for Haj pilgrims leads to sharp rise in female applicants

A record 1,244 Indian women have applied to go for Haj next year after the NDA government allowed for the first time Muslim women to undertake the annual pilgrimage to Mecca without a male relative.

Till now, Muslim women had to be accompanied by a mehram, usually a husband or a relative to whom marriage is unlawful, for the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Officials in the minority affairs ministry said of the 1,244 applications from single women, 1,016 applications have been accepted so far.

The recommendation to allow women-only groups to apply for Haj was made by the Afzal Amanullah panel constituted to review the earlier Haj policy. The panel’s recommendation was accepted by the Narendra Modi government in October.

“There are many schools of thought on this (women going alone) but the religion per se doesn’t prohibit it. So I decided to make the recommendation,” Amanullah said.

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Hindus not a minority in Jammu & Kashmir : State govt tells SC

Jammu and Kashmir does not acknowledge Hindus as a “minority” in the state as it goes by the Centre’s national list of minorities, according to an affidavit filed by the PDP-BJP coalition government in the Supreme Court last week.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti pours milk into a sacred pond during the annual Hindu festival at the Kheer Bhawani Temple at Tullamulla Ganderbal, some 28 Km northeast of Srinagar, in June 2017.

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The state government told the top court that benefits of Central schemes would only be extended to “meritorious” and “needy” members of those communities that are notified by the Centre, suggesting that members of the Hindu committee would not be eligible.

The J&K affidavit referred to a Central government notification of 1993 that lists Muslims as a minority. The other minority groups, as per the document, are Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Zoroastrians. In 2014, the Jain community was added to this list. Continue reading

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Indian Railway passengers may soon pay less for premium trains tickets

Rail passengers may soon pay less for tickets on premium trains such as the Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto during the off-season or even otherwise when the trains are not fully booked, railway minister Piyush Goyal said in an interview.

Indian Railways moved to a flexi-fare system for these trains in 2016, but this only saw fares moving in one direction — up. For instance, fares would rise 10% after 10% of the seats were sold. The move helped Indian Railways, which made an additional ₹540 crore from it between September 2016 and August 2017, according to media reports. Continue reading

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Restaurants and hotels can sell packed drinking water above MRP : SC

The Supreme Court allowed hotels and restaurants on Tuesday to sell bottled drinking water and packaged food at more than the maximum retail price (MRP) printed on these items.

The court rejected the government’s argument that overcharging for pre-packed or packaged products was an offence under the legal metrology act, which attracts a fine of ₹25,000 or a jail term.

A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Nariman said the provisions of the law will not apply to hotels and restaurants, and these establishments cannot be prosecuted for selling such items above the MRP. “It is not a case of simple sale. Nobody goes to a hotel to buy or take away a bottle of mineral water,” the bench observed, hearing a petition by the Hotels and Restaurant Association of India.

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Chhattisgarh to recruit 35000 transgenders in police force

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh police will hire transgender constables in the next couple of months as part of the recruitment policy and deploy them to combat Maoist extremists whenever required.

The state government has asked police to hire transgender people in accordance with a Supreme Court judgement.

“We are set to recruit them if they pass a mandatory written exam and physical test,” said Pawan Deo, the state’s additional director general of police (recruitment), on Thursday.

In 2014, the SC declared transgender people as “third gender” and ruled they have equal privilege over the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. Continue reading

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Implement the odd-even formula to reduce air pollution in the national capital.

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked the Delhi government on Wednesday to tell it within 24 hours if it would enforce the odd-even car rationing system with or without exemptions should the city’s air quality dip to severe again.

The tribunal’s order follows the government’s assurance to implement the odd-even formula to reduce air pollution in the national capital.

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