The genesis of the building up of faster strategic infrastructure can be traced back to 2014, when the Modi government gave it a big push. One of the first decision of the government was to issue a general approval in July 2014 for the creation of road network by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) within 100 km of aerial distance from LAC. This general approval ensured that requirement of prior central government and other bureaucratic process were done away with. … [Read more...] about India keeps focus on building border infrastructure, Rajnath Singh chairs crucial meet to review projects
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By T RadhakrishnaState-run e-governance services, which had resumed operations amid health protocols at green or non-containment zones in the Southern States after unlock 1.0, are registering steady growth in transactions.The business of e-governance services, including Government-to-Citizen (G2C) and Business-to-Citizen (B2C), has been on the rise drastically in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana state while in Andhra Pradesh, the services are on a major expansion with a possible new business model.According to official sources, there are around 30,000-35,000 authorized service centres titled unique names in each state for offering e-governance services in these states respectively. Karnataka has around 200+ centres. There are 2,650 Akshaya centres in Kerala, 10,558 e-Sevai centres in Tamil Nadu, 4,512 meeSeva centres in Telangana and 11,105 meeSeva centres in Andhra Pradesh.Resumption of ServicesThese centres resumed operations in the Southern States on May 1, 2020, the day … [Read more...] about e-Gov services on a growth path in South India; Andhra Pradesh, CSC India to expand G2C network
National Directives for COVID-19 management: National Directives for COVID-19 management shall continue to be followed throughout the country, with a view to ensure social distancing. Shops will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. MHA will monitor the effective implementation of National Directives. … [Read more...] about Unlock 2 in India: MHA’s new guidelines allow more activities outside Containment Zones
By Prof. Yogesh PaiThe introduction of the draft Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2020, will possibly go down in history as one of the boldest economic law reforms proposed by the Modi 2.0 administration. There are at least two factors mirroring the need for reform. One is the now decade-old experience of enforcing the Competition Act, 2002. The ability of India’s market watchdog, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), to deal with some astounding challenges stemming from constantly evolving digital markets. The impending fourth industrial revolution is another.Market economy thrives on robust healthy competition — the driver of not only better prices but also quality products and services for consumers, as well as overall efficiency. In markets that otherwise compete only in terms of pricing and output, intellectual property (IP) laws provide limited exclusivity, which spurs innovation, creativity and technology dynamism (i.e. dynamic competition). Industry 4.0 will be … [Read more...] about IP safe harbour to competition law: Out of abundant caution?
Pan Jianfeng, dean of the Law School of Peking University, stressed adherence to the basic principle of the rule of law in implementing the law while upholding the basic principle of respecting and protecting human rights enshrined in China's Constitution. … [Read more...] about Chinese law experts stress full implementation of HKSAR national security law