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Cabinet approves amendments to whistleblowers act

New Delhi : The union cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the Whistlebowers Protection Act, 2011 aimed at strengthening safeguards against disclosures which may affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

An official release said the amendments would address concerns relating to national security and the amendment bill will be moved during the budget session of parliament.


Cabinet gives approval to pension, insurance schemes

New Delhi : The union cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to operationalising three social sector schemes - Atal Pension Yojna (APY), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY).

The decisions, aimed at "creating a universal social security system for all Indians", were taken at meeting of the cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Cabinet approves MoU with Seychelles on renewable energy

New Delhi : The union cabinet on Wednesday approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) inked with Seychelles on renewable energy cooperation during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Seychelles.

"The objective of the MoU is to strengthen, promote and develop renewable energy cooperation between the two countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit," a statement said.

The MoU, inked in March, will help to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the field of renewable energy.


Cabinet okays new communication satellite

New Delhi : The union cabinet on Wednesday approved building of a new communication satellite - GSAT-18.

The structure of the satellite, weighing about 3425 Kg, will be similar to the GSAT-10 satellite, a statement issued here said.

"The GSAT-18 spacecraft will provide replacement capacity supporting the existing television, telecommunication, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and VSAT services in the country," it said.


Centre modifies infra development guidelines for food parks

New Delhi : The cabinet committee on economic affairs on Wednesday approved the modifications in the Mega Food Park Scheme guidelines for infrastructure development for food processing to streamline the implementation of the scheme.

"These modifications are expected to trigger further investment in the food processing sector and ensure smooth implementation of the Mega Food Parks scheme, particularly projects at initial phases of the scheme's implementation," the union government said in a statement.


11 Indian firms in Forbes Global 2000 list

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Eleven Indian companies figure in Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's biggest companies, with China landing five of the top 10 spots for the second year in a row.

State Bank of India (world ranking 152) tops the Indian companies in the 13th Annual Global 2000 list with assets worth $400.6 billion, followed by Indian Oil (349) in the second and Coal India (490) in the third place.


Pranab Mukherjee to visit Russia

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee will embark on a five-day state visit to Russia on May 7, the external affairs ministry said on Wednesday.

On his first official visit as president, Mukherjee will participate in the celebrations of Russian Victory Day, that marks the country's victory in the Second World War, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told media persons here.


25 arrested as anti-graft helpline gets 1.25 lakh calls

New Delhi : The Delhi government's anti-corruption helpline has received over 1.25 lakh calls within a month of its launch and 25 erring officials have been arrested, the government said on Wednesday.

"The 1031 anti-corruption helpline has got an overwhelming response with 1,25,065 calls received in the first 30 days," a government statement said.

As per data, 252 complaints were marked to the Delhi Police Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) for investigation, while 238 were not found fit to be referred to the ACB.


Government didn't enforce checks and balances on judges' appointments: SC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Wednesday told the government that it did not press the "checks and balances" available to it to redflag names for the appointment of judges recommended by the apex court collegium about whom it had reservations.


Special train for entrance examinations in Karnataka

Kolkata : The South Eastern Railway will run a special train between Howrah and Yeshwantpur to help candidates appearing in entrance examinations for admission to engineering, medical and dental colleges in Karnataka, a statement said on Wednesday.

The examinations will be held on May 9 and 10.

The "Examination Special" will leave Howrah on May 7 at 7.45 p.m. reaching Yeshwantpur at 4.20 a.m. on May 9. In the return direction, the train will depart Yeshwantpur at 1.00 p.m. on May 11 and reach Howrah at 9.10 a.m. on May 13.