Mines and Geology Minister C.C. Patil has said that illegal sand extraction will be prevented by implementing a new sand policy soon. He added that he will also form a special team of officials to curb such activities in Raichur district. He was talking with reporters here on Saturday. Mr. Patil, who was here to attend a private function, said that the State government had planned to make arrangements to provide sand through the department. He also said that a team of officials will be sent to Telangana to study the steps taken to curb illegal extraction. To a question, he said that party senior leaders will take appropriate steps regarding the post of the Deputy Chief Minister. … [Read more...] about New sand policy to prevent illegal extraction: C.C. Patil
The story so far: After years of blistering growth driven by an ever-growing share of the online ad market and big data, the giants of Silicon Valley, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, are facing an unprecedented challenge — calls by lawmakers to curb their market monopoly power. There are two sources of tension relating to these four tech firms that have caused alarm across the United States, Europe and elsewhere: first, that they may have engaged in anti-competitive behaviour over many years thus undercutting smaller potential rivals and holding onto an outsized market share; and second, that as a result of this metastatic growth, they now have a vast influence on politics, policy and personal reputations across the spectrum, making cost of data privacy breaches by these firms catastrophic. Thus, in July 2019 the United States Justice Department and the House Judiciary Committee separately announced major antitrust investigations into Google, Facebook, Amazon and … [Read more...] about Why are Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple facing antitrust issues?
Five men pretending to be CBI officers went to the apartment of Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s brother Tongbram Lukhoi Singh here and kidnapped him, police said on December 14.However, the police rescued him within hours and arrested the five accused, two of whom were from Manipur.The incident happened on December 13 when the accused carrying toy guns entered Mr. Singh’s rented accommodation in New Town area here and kidnapped him and one of his associates, the police said, adding that they later called up Mr. Singh’s wife and demanded ₹15 lakh.Following a complaint lodged by Mr. Singh’s wife, the police swung into action and rescued the two on the evening of December 13 and arrested the five accused from Beniapukur area in central Kolkata, a senior police officer said.Of the five accused, two were from Manipur, two from the city and one from Punjab.The police seized two vehicles and three toy guns allegedly used by the accused, besides ₹2 … [Read more...] about Manipur CM’s brother kidnapped, rescued in Kolkata; five held
HONG KONG – Senior officials of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region government will hold live sessions on social media platforms to explain policies of their departments as part of efforts to connect with the public. The government is also planning to hold a second community dialogue session to allow the public to express their opinions before government officials. Announcing the steps in a social media post on Saturday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor welcomed the public to actively express their opinions. Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah will be the first official to launch a live chat at 8 pm next Tuesday, according to the CEDB Facebook page. Yau will focus on the government's policies of supporting enterprises and protecting employment during the period of technical recession in Hong Kong. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong is also scheduled to give a live broadcast in the coming two weeks. It’s not the … [Read more...] about HK govt officials to go live online to connect with the public
Onion price rise leaves residents teary-eyedThe hike in onion prices has badly affected consumers, with the vegetable in wholesale markets costing as much as ~120-130 per kg. Agriculture experts believe the rates are expected to stay high till February, 2020. Farmers claim that the price is not benefiting them and residents are having a tough time managing kitchen supplies. Is this merely a case of demand and supply gone awry? Should onions be declared an essential commodity? What steps should authorities take to ensure nobody in the ‘farm to fork’ supply chain suffers, not least the end consumer? Have you stopped eating onions?The authorities have failed to control the prices of onion. Their outlook towards the staple is wrong. The government, mainly the ministry of finance and consumer affairs, is taking steps in the wrong direction. They should have made plans in advance and taken steps to ensure adequate supply hits the markets as onion is planted during rabi and kharif … [Read more...] about Onion price rise leaves residents teary-eyed