UP-Mumbai freight corridor open from August

The first phase of India’s longest freight corridor connecting Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai is set to be inaugurated on August 15, 2018. This was disclosed by the chairman of the Railway Board Ashwani Lohani, who inspected the 190km-long Ateli-Phulera section of the dedicated railway freight corridor between Dadri in UP and Mumbai. It is part of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor.

Deliberations on Punchhi commission report

Standing committee of the Inter-State Council has completed deliberations on Punchhi Commission’s recommendations. Punchhi Commission deals with the responsibility and jurisdiction of the Centre during major outbreaks of communal and caste violence. Government had constituted this Commission on Centre-State Relations under the Chairmanship of former CJI Madan Mohan Punchhi on April 27, 2007.

Sushil Chandra gets another one-year extension

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairman Sushil Chandra has got a one-year extension up to May 31, 2019. He took over as chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in 2016. This is the second extension that he has got. CBDT has six members, apart from the chairman, and is responsible for framing policy related to direct taxes and the Income Tax Department.

Chandramauli appointed as Chairman of PCI

Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, who was the former Supreme Court Judge has been appointed as the Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI) for the second time. The decision was taken by a committee of three members, headed by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Justice Prasad had taken over from Justice Markanday Katju in November, 2014.

India to achieve 9% growth rate by 2022

NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar has said that Indian economy will achieve 9% growth rate on sustained basis by 2022. Reforms like GST, Demonetisation and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code will help in achieving this ambitious target of 9%. He said that the Indian economy grew by 6.6% in 2017-18 and expected to grow at 7.5% this fiscal.

NABARD sanctions Solar street lighting system

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has sanctioned LED Solar Street Lighting system for Arunachal Pradesh under its Rural Infrastructure Development Fund with a grant of Rs 87.83 lakh. It would be implemented in 4 districts of the state Tirap, Longding, Namsai & Tawang. The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Pema Khandu in presence of NABARD Chairman Harsh Kumar Bhanwala.

Artificial Intelligence in defence forces

India has decided to include Artificial Intelligence in its defence forces with an aim to enhance the operational preparedness of the armed forces. A task force has been set up under the chairmanship of N. Chandrasekaran to finalise the specifics & framework of the project. Major countries like Russia, US & China are taking steps to ensure that their defence systems are fully empowered by AI

Pawan Singh named RTS Jury chief

India’s former shooter & national coach Pawan Singh has been appointed as the Chairman of Result Timing Score Jury by the International Shooting Sports Federation for the ISSF World Cup in Munich. With this appointment, Singh became the first Indian to chair the RTS Jury at a senior World Cup. He would be responsible to resolve any score related issue and provide an accurate result on time.

Anil Kumar Jha appointed CMD of Coal India Ltd

Anil Kumar Jha has been appointed as the Chairman-Cum-Managing director (CMD) of Coal India Limited. Anil Kumar is at present the CMD of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. Anil Kumar will replace acting chairman Suresh Kumar, an IAS officer, who has been holding the post of additional secretary at the ministry of coal. CIL is a state-owned coal mining company headquartered in Kolkata.

Lalit Kala Akademi gets new Chairman

Artist and sculptor Uttam Pacharne has been appointed as the chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi. Currently, he is a member of the advisory committee, Kala Academy, Goa. He is the recipient of National Lalit Kala Award and Maharashtra Gaurav Puraska from Government of Maharashtra. The Lalit Kala Akademi or National Academy of Art is India’s national academy of fine arts.