The State-level committees of 25 States and Union
Territories, meant to monitor the implementation of the Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, had not met even once
in three years — 2016, 2017 and 2018, according to information provided by
the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry to Parliament on Tuesday.
Replying to a question by DMK MP D. Ravikumar, Social Justice
and Empowerment Minister ThawarchandGehlot told the LokSabha that the 1995 rules
formed under the Act mandated the setting up of State- and district-level
vigilance and monitoring committees.
In 2016, there were two meetings of the committee in Haryana and
one each in Karnataka and West Bengal. The next year, in 2017, Chhattisgarh,
Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal and Puducherry held one meeting each,
while Haryana had two.
In 2018, there was one meeting each in Assam, Chhattisgarh,
Haryana, Maharashtra, Chandigarh and Puducherry, and two and three meetings in
West Bengal and Gujarat respectively.
Similarly, the district-level committees mandated by the rules
had held no meetings in three years in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya,
Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu,
Delhi, Lakshwadeep and Puducherry, the data showed.
Competition law for greater regulation of e-commerce
platforms and ensure that presence of etailers has no severe impact on local
Responding to a series of queries on this issue during the
Question Hour, Corporate Affairs Minister NirmalaSitharaman said in RajyaSabha
that the cabinet has already looked into the amendments.
"The Competition Act Regulation Amendments will now bring in
greater regulation. The cabinet has looked into it. Thisis one of the ways we
are trying to regulate (e-commerce platforms)," she said in the Upper House. The
amendments to the law have been proposed as per the recommendation of the
Competition Law Reviewing Committee,under the chairmanship of Corporate Affairs
Ministry, she said.
Prior to setting up of the committee, Sitharaman said anti-trust
watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) had made efforts to promote
self-regulation through advocacy from January this year after looking into a
complaint it had received in April last year.
However, a court order from Karnataka stopped the CCI from
taking further steps on self-regulation, she said. In its report on the
complaint, the CCI had identified several practices which were not true to the
ideals of free and fair market practices, she added.
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), who have been the prime
drivers of every bull run that the Indian capital market has seen till date,
have been record sellers during the current month.
Till date in March, FPIs have sold equity and debt cumulatively
worth ₹67,306 crore, which is the highest ever witnessed in any single month, as
per data from National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL).
In the current calendar year, FPIs are net sellers at ₹57,379
crore as the first two months of 2020 saw some amount of buying by such
“There are many good-quality stocks that are available at their
book value or even below their book value. Also, crude is at a very low level
that benefits India more than many other economies and rupee has performed
relatively better than other Asian currencies,” an expert said.
“So, some of the macros are in favour of FPIs investing in
India,” added Mr. Kumar. In 2019, FPIs were net buyers in the equity and debt
segments at ₹1.01 lakh crore and ₹25,882 crore, respectively.
Chandrayaan-3 will be launched in the first half of 2021,
Union Minister Jitendra Singh said, indicating that there could be a slight
delay in the launch of the third moon mission.
In written response to a question in LokSabha, Minister of State
in the Prime Minister's Office Singh said four biological and two physical
science experiments related to microgravity will be conducted during the
Gaganyaan project, India's manned mission to space.
Singh said the revised configuration takes care of the
robustness in design, capacity enhancement for mission flexibility and at the
same time retained the heritage of Chandrayaan-II to the extent possible.
Elaborating on the progress made on Gaganyaan, Singh said
hardware realisation has commenced for ground test and space flight training of
four astronaut candidates has also commenced.
National collaboration for design, development and delivery of
human centric products such as crew medical kit, crew health monitoring system,
emergency survival kit, dosimeters, earmuffs and fire suppression system has
started, Singh said.
A three-week training programme for flight surgeon was also
completed at ISRO with participation of CNES, the space agency of France, he