Tamil Nadu gets full-time Governor in Purohit; 4 other states get new governors
Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit was today shifted to Tamil Nadu, which has been witnessing a political crisis and did not have a full-time governor for over a year. Purohit was among five governors appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind today, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement. While Purohit was moved to Tamil Nadu, Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Jagdish Mukhi was appointed in his place in Assam. Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Satyapal Malik was made the new governor of Bihar. Former member of Bihar Legislative Council Ganga Prasad was appointed as the Governor of Meghalaya. Brigadier (Retd) B D Mishra, who earlier served with the elite National Security Guards (NSG) and spearheaded a successful anti-hijacking operation in 1993, was made the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Former Chief of Navy Staff Admiral (retd) Devendra Kumar Joshi was appointed as the new Lt Governor of Union Territory Andaman and Nicobar Islands, succeeding Mukhi.
Bullet train project will be demonetisation-like move, says P Chidambaram
Congress leader P Chidambaram today criticised the bullet train project, saying it will be a demonetisation-like move “which will kill everything else”, and suggested that the money should instead be spent on improving rail safety. The former finance minister’s comments come a day after a stampede on a footbridge connecting Mumbai’s suburban railway stations of Parel and Elphinstone claimed 22 lives. The bullet train project, linking Mumbai and Ahmedabad, is not for ordinary people but an “ego trip for the high and mighty”, he alleged. Chidambaram also suggested that Railway Minister Piyush Goyal should instead use the Rs one lakh crore meant for the project for ensuring railway safety in the country.
Day after Mumbai stampede, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announces passenger safety measures
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today announced a slew of measures for safety of commuters with a focus on foot-over bridges (FOBs) in the country, a day after 23 people died in a stampede at a crowded station in Mumbai. He said the FOBs would now be “mandatory” at all stations. Previously, only the first FOB at a railway station was considered essential and the subsequent a passenger amenity. Goyal announced through his verified Twitter account that FOBs would now be deemed “mandatory” and not a passenger amenity. He chaired a nine-hour meeting with top railway officials in Mumbai to review passenger safety measures in response to the deadly accident yesterday, when a massive crowd of morning commuters stampeded on the stairwell of a narrow footbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations.
With unemployment rise, number of young people looking for job is on the decline; Here is why
India’s rate of employment has declined and job creation, too, has not kept pace with the growing working-age population. In the Economic Survey of India 2017 report released by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an inter-governmental economic organisation with 35 member countries, over 30% of youth aged 15-29 years in India are NEETs (not in education, employment or training). This is more than double the OECD global average of 14% and almost three times that of China (9%). There are a couple of factors that might explain the missing workforce. Lack of well-paying jobs, the desire to start their own venture, affluence and skill gap are some key factors.
Hike necessary to meet input costs, remain world class, says DMRC
Amid a stiff opposition from the Delhi government over the proposed fare increase, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today said the “hike is necessary” to meet input costs and to keep providing a world- class service. Delhi Metro, which has been operational in the capital since 2002, is at present carrying around 27 lakh passengers everyday, and has become the lifeline of the city with a punctuality of over 99.7 per cent. “To continue to provide a world-class service, it is essential to operate as a healthy organisation. Keeping this in view, the provision has been made for the periodic revision of fares through a Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) in the Delhi Metro Operations & Maintenance Act, 2002,” it said.
Rural electrification: With power coming to 84 pct of unelectrified villages in 2015, companies find a new market
On an overdrive with its Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDGJY), the government’s power shower could be dubbed as Saubhagya (good fortune) for a host of consumer durables and electronics makers. In April 2015, the Centre’s rural electrification drive, DDGJY, identified 18,452 unelectrified villages countrywide, which is down by a whopping 83.4% today, at 3,046 villages — making targeted penetration to village households with power easier for consumer durable companies. Besides, the newly-minted Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (Saubhagya) scheme, which promises electricity to every household by 2018, will shed more light on profitability of consumer appliances makers down the line.