- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says, a
resolution is being worked out with the RBI to put enough pressure on borrowers
to settle dues.
- Unique Identification Authority of India
assures citizens that centralised data base of Aadhar card is fully secure.
- Medical services in Delhi and Maharashtra
affected following strike by resident doctors.
- United Nations Human Rights Council grants
Sri Lanka a two-year extension to fulfill obligation relating to reconciliation
and accountability on war crimes.
- Over 250 African migrants feared drowned in
the Mediterranean after two partially submerged rubber dinghies found off the
- And in Football, West Bengal to clash with
Goa for the coveted Santosh Trophy on Sunday.
Promising a solution to the growing Non Performing Assets problem in the
next few days, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said, the resolution, being
worked out with the RBI, will put enough pressure on borrowers to settle dues.
Speaking at a function in New Delhi, he said, the problem of big NPA is
confined essentially to 30-40 companies and accounts of these will have to be
fixed to solve the issue.
"The problem of
big NPAs is confined to essentially 30-40 or at best 50 companies. There is
some policy decision between the RBI and the government which we have taken,
which we will implement, which will certainly have to put adequate pressure on
people to settle. There are enough instruments available for settlement, as far
as the banking system in concerned, the RBI circulars. You have different
legislation where action can be taken."
Referring to the Goods and Services Tax, Mr Jaitley said
supporting legislations for its implementation will be introduced in Parliament
next week. He maintained that the GST is likely to be rolled out from the 1st
of July. Mr. Jaitley said there is a long procedure before the Bills are
introduced in Parliament and the GST Council cleared those four bills only last
cleared those bills only last weekend. The entire exercise of division of work
administratively between the centre and the states has been done. We need to
form nine different regulations, four have already been approved by the
council, some marginal changes may be required, the other five, the drafts are
being prepared and they are going to be circulated to the states. We are
meeting on 31st and hopefully those regulations will be approved on 31st."
The Unique Identification Authority of India, UIDAI, has assured
citizens that the centralised database of Aadhar card is fully secured. In an
interview to the All India Radio yesterday, CEO of UIDAI Dr. Ajay Bhushan
Pandey said that the authority has employed multiple levels of security to
guard against any possible theft or mischief. He said that a very complex process
of encryption and upgraded cyber security norms are used to safeguard the data.
Dr. Pandey said Aadhar has proved to be very useful in plugging leakages
in the government subsidy schemes. It has already saved about 49,000 crores
rupees in the last two years through direct benefit transfer to the
beneficiaries and savings are expected to rise further.
The UIDAI CEO said, the Aadhar card was launched in 2010 and since then
nearly 99 per cent of the adult population in the country has been brought under
Medical services in Delhi and Maharashtra have been affected following
the strike by resident doctors. In Maharashtra, the resident doctors in
government hospitals continue to abstain from duty even after an assurance from
the High Court and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday, on providing
ample security in hospitals. The Four day long strike has affected the state’s
healthcare system. In the absence of adequate medical staff at government
hospitals, families of ailing patients are relying on Private hospitals.
Meanwhile the association of doctors have stated that they will joint work only
after getting a printed copy of High Court’s order. More From our Correspondent:
"The mass bunk of nearly 4,000 resident doctors in Maharashtra
still continues affecting the health care system of the state. The resident
doctors have been striking since Monday, demanding enhanced security in the
wake of a string of attacks on doctors by patients' relatives at government
hospitals across the state. The protests
have been hampering the services of Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) in various
hospitals. Yesterday, the Bombay High court too asked doctors to resolve their
issues amicably with the government. The court
had assured the doctors that it will hear the matter every fortnight and
supervise whether the government fulfill its promise of deploying additional
1100 armed police personnel across all government hospitals by the end of this
month. WITH THE REPORT OF Nivedita FROM
MUMBAI, SWATI RAKHEJA FOR Air
In Delhi, over 20,000 resident doctors
yesterday went on mass casual leave in solidarity with their Maharashtra
counterparts, leading to postponement of over 800 surgeries across Delhi
government and civic body-run hospitals.A report:
"Resident doctors from around 40 government hospitals, including
RML, Lady Hardinge, Safdarjung stayed away from work, while those at AIIMS
continued with their protest against assaults on doctors by wearing helmets at
work for the second day. Though emergency services at hospitals were not
affected due to strike, the functioning of out patient departments and other
services were hit with doctors abstaining from work. A number of private
hospitals, including Sir Ganga Ram hospital said they have decided to extend
support to agitating doctors in Maharashtra and their OPD services will not be
available today. The Indian Medical Association which has around 2.7 lakh
members across the country, has also supported the strike. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR
Union Health Minister J P Nadda has expressed deep concern about security
issues relating to doctors. In a tweet, Mr Nadda requested state Govts to take
proactive measure to ensure their security.
The Government is considering bringing back import duty on wheat to
protect farmers' interest after a bumper harvest in the country. Responding to
concerns expressed by the opposition in the Rajya Sabha on farmers being forced
to sell wheat below the minimum price, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram
Vilas Paswan said, raising import duty is under consideration and the
government will take a decision soon. Mr Paswan said, the crop production this
year has been at a record 96.64 million tonnes and 6.5 million tonnes of wheat
is already in stock.
The Minister said, in 2015, a customs duty of 25 per cent was levied on
wheat which was subsequently cut to 10 per cent and it was totally removed in
December last year.
Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced the
portfolios of the new ministers in his cabinet. He retained key ministries with
himself. More from our Correspondents:
"Chief Minister has kept as many as 40 departments including Home,
Health, general administration and others. Satpal Maharaj gets irrigation,
tourism, flood control and culture, while Prakash Pant gets finance, excise,
commercial and entertainment tax. Harak Singh Rawat has been allotted forest
and wild life. Uttrakhand government has nine ministers, seven of cabinet rank
and two minister of state. The Uttrakhand Assembly session is starting from
today. During the six-day session the newly formed BJP government would table a
vote of account followed by budget for next financial year. SANJEEV
SUNDRIYAL,AIR NEWS, DEHRADUN."
The first session of the newly elected Punjab Vidhan Sabha will begin
this afternoon at Chandigarh. Newly elected MLAs will be sworn in by the
Pro-tem speaker Rana K.P.Singh. On Monday, the remaining members will take
oath, the speaker and deputy speaker will also be elected and the Governor will
address the assembly on Tuesday. The session will conclude on Wednesday with a
vote of thanks on the Governor's address and passing of the vote on account.
For RK Nagar Assembly by poll in Chennai, 127 nominations have been
received on the last day yesterday. In a single day yesterday, 72 people filed
their nominations. The processing of the nomination papers will be held today
and nominations can be withdrawn till Monday. Polling will be held on April 12
and votes will be counted on April 15.
The National Commission for Scheduled
Tribes, NCST has approved the proposal for five additional seats for tribals in
the Sikkim Assembly. In its full meeting held in New Delhi yesterday, the
Commission gave its approval to the proposal of increasing reserve seats for
Scheduled Tribes from 12 to 17 in Sikkim Assembly. At present there are 32
members in the Sikkim assembly and now it would be increased to 40. The Tribal
Affairs Minister in a release said, out of the proposed additional eight seats,
five seats would be reserved for Limbu and Tamang tribes.
President Pranab Mukherjee has called upon
all stakeholders to redouble their efforts for an early achievement of the goal
of TB elimination. In his message on World Tuberculosis Day, Mr Mukherjee said,
TB continues to be one of the major health challenges of India. He said, India
today is better prepared to fight TB than ever before and it is capable of effective
intervention and possesses advanced technologies for diagnosis, treatment and
care of TB. World Tuberculosis Day is observed on 24th March to commemorate the
day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch discovered the TB bacillus.
United Nations Human Rights Council UNHRC, has granted Sri Lanka a
two-year extension to fulfill obligation relating to reconciliation and
accountability on war crimes during the civil war which ended in 2009. The
resolution granting the extension was sponsored by forty countries including
United States and United Kingdom and adopted without a vote last night.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Dr. Harsha de Silva in his
statement said the island nation is committed to the reconciliation agenda
including truth, reparations, justice and non-recurrence with a victim-centered
approach. A Report
"The initial UNHRC resolution was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka in
October 2015 after new government under President Sirisena agreed to probe war
crimes during three decades long LTTE war. The government was supposed to set
up truth and justice mechanism as part of the resolution but the progress has
been very slow since then owing to political opposition led by former President
Malinda Rajapakse. The resolution also called for setting up hybrid courts by
including foreign judges but Sri Lankan leadership has flatly denied such
possibility saying the constitution does not allow for it. SANTOSH KUMAR,AIR
Around 250 African migrants are feared to have drowned in the
Mediterranean sea after a rescue boat found two partially submerged rubber
dinghies off Libya. Laura Lanuza of the Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms
said in Rome that its boat Golfo Azzuro had recovered five floating corpses
close to the dinghies, about 15 miles off the Libyan coast. She told news agency AFP that these dinghies
would have been full of people.
Former champions West Bengal and Goa will
clash in the finals of the coveted Santosh Trophy football tournament on
Sunday. In the Semifinals yesterday West Bengal prevailed over Mizoram 6-5 via
sudden death while hosts Goa beat Kerala 2-1 in the second semi-final. Bengal
and Mizoram failed to break the deadlock in the regulation and extra time and
the match went into penalty shootout, which also locked the teams at 4-4.
- The assault of an Air India official by a Shiv Sena MP
grabs front page headlines in most papers. The Times of India writes "Denied business class seat, Sena MP
beats Air India official with sandal". Highlighting the national carrier's
response, the Asian Age says
"Air India files FIRs against Sena MP for hitting its staffer 25
times". The paper adds that he may be put on a 'no-fly' list.
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's response to the
reported remark by the Supreme Court on pensions to former lawmakers is widely
reported. The Pioneer writes
"Right of Parliament to decide who is entitled to government pension, says
- The impact of the sealing of 36 slaughterhouses and
retail meat shops in Uttar Pradesh is prominently noticed in the press.
"Meat traders shut shop across western UP : Protest follows government's
sealing of slaughter houses, shops" reports
the Hindu on its front page. The Hindustan Times writes "No meat for
animals at Kanpur zoo". The Tribune observes "Meat ban spoils Tunday
- Here's an interesting situation in a political party.
"1 party, 2 factions, 3 symbols" writes the DNA on the AIADMK. The
paper adds "In Tamil Nadu, Sasikala's group to contest as AIADMK Amma
while Paneerselvam camp will call itself AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi)". On
the symbols alloted to them, the Pioneer says "Hat for Sasikala, OPS gets
- The Indian
Express, in its front page lead story on appointments of judges to the
Supreme Court writes "SC puts its foot down, rejects government's plan to
veto postings on national security grounds".
- And finally....some encouraging news regarding the
development of prothetic limbs with a sense of touch. The DNA states
"Scientists use graphene to power 'electronic skin' that can feel".