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Prime Minister Naren-dera Modi visited Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on19th of this month to meet cyclone Ockhi affected people and reviewed relief and rehabilitation work. During his day-long visit, Mr Modi chaired a high level meeting at Kavaratti in Lakshadweep. He also took stock of relief measures at Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu and Thiruvanthapuram in Kerala.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the consecutive victory of BJP in the recent elections proves that the country is ready for reform and shows peoples' belief in transformation. Addressing party workers at the BJP Headquarter in New Delhi after poll victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, he said, the results indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development.
Union Cabinet has approved a new Consumer Protection Bill that seeks to establish an author-ity to safeguard consumers' rights, has the provisions for penalty and jail terms in case of adulteration and misleading advertisements by companies. Official sources said, celebrities endorsing misleading advertisements will also be liable for fine and ban up to three years as per the new bill.
The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has said that the Ministry of Textiles is implementing a Knowledge Network Management System (KNMS) to facilitate exchange of knowledge amongst academia, farming community and the industry on the productivity of natural fibres and diversification of their bye-products.
Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha launched DARPAN, The Digital Advance-ment of Rural Post Office for A New India in New Delhi. The IT modernisation project aims at realising financial inclusion of un-banked rural population.
The Government is in favour of bringing petroleum products under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax and is awaiting a consensus among the states over the issue.Replying to supplementaries during the question hour in the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, the Centre has already reduced excise duty on petroleum products.He said it has written to all the states to decrease state duties on these products.