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  • The government is working on opening 'Jan Aushadhi' (generic medicines) stores at petrol pumps belonging to state-run fuel retailers across the country with a view to make cheap drugs accessible to masses, Union oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on16Aug.
  • "Oil marketing companies are bringing an ecosystem of non-fuel retail business at petrol pumps through tieups.
  • The Jan Aushadhi stores under the department of pharmaceuticals in the chemicals & fertilizers ministry will also be opened at the outlets in the future," Pradhan said after the fuel retailers inked MoU with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd for selling energy-efficient appliances and LED bulbs from petrol pumps.
  • But shortage of qualified pharmacists have emerged as a problem. Under law, drug stores need to have qualified pharmacists.
  • While most of the private drug stores list such pharmacists, they are seldom present. "As government entity, we can't do that," a person familiar with inter-government discussions , But the officials were hopeful of finding a way and said it will also open job opportunities.
  • EESL is a company promoted by state-run power utilities. It is spearheading the government's flagship 'Ujala' scheme to replace all incandescent and CFL bulbs in the country with LED lamps by 2019.
  • Pradhan said the IT ministry's 'Common Service Centre' concept is also being explored to offer government services such as issuing PAN and E-Aadhaar cards, utility bill payments, banking solutions and agriservices at the pumps.

  • Checking in more than 15 kg on domestic flights could now blow a big hole in your pocket.
  • The Delhi high court on16 Aug set aside a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) order that capped excess baggage charge at Rs 100 per kg for each extra kilo between 15 kg and 20 kg.
  • While airlines were earlier free to charge any amount as excess baggage charge beyond 20 kg, they can now go back to their old fee of up to Rs 350 per kg beyond 15 kg itself. For flyers, it could mean shelling out up to Rs 250 more per kg in the 15-20 kg band.
  • About two years back, all Indian carriers except Air India had reduced free check-in baggage allowance for economy class domestic flyers from 20 kg to 15 kg. They then started charging anywhere uptoRs 350 per kg for each kilo beyond 15 kg.
  • After getting complaints from passengers, the DGCA last summer directed airlines not to charge more than Rs 100 per kg for extra baggage between 15 and 20 kg. Beyond 20 kg, they were free to charge any amount per kg as excess baggage charge.
  • On16 Aug, the Delhi High Court set aside the aviation regulator's order capping excess baggage charge at Rs 100 per kg in the 15-20 kg band. The court said DGCA had no power to fix such tariff for excess checked-in baggage. The Federation of Indian Airlines, which has carriers like IndiGo, Jet, GoAir and SpiceJet as members, challenged this order.

  • The government plans to wrap up the disinvestment in state-run carrier Air India before end of the year and the preference is veering towards a "domestic buyer" for the debt-laden airline.
  • The Union Cabinet gave an in-principle approval for strategic disinvestment in Air India in June and a panel of ministers headed by finance minister ArunJaitley is now devising the strategy for executing the sale.
  • "We will complete the process before the year-end. There is no choice but to privatise it," a government source told .While no final decision has been taken, the source said the preference so far is for a "domestic buyer." Some foreign companies including airlines have informally expressed interest in buying Air India.
  • Disinvestment of Air India gathered pace after the government's think tank NITI Aayog recommended up to 100% stake sale, along with writing off its debt. Experts say it would be a difficult task to undertake a stake sale in the airline in the run up to 2019 general elections.
  • The source said the panel is discussing several options to deal with the large debt of the airline as no buyer is expected to come forward to take over such a liability. He said options being discussed include a partial write-off of the debt.

  • You need the right mentor to become successful in any field. And this 28-year-old young turk found his early in life.
  • Delhi-based JatinKhemani developed a penchant for the stock market by reading some of the illustrious books such as Peter Lynch’s One up on Wall Street , William Thorndike’s The Outsiders, Philip Fisher’s Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Saurabh Mukherjea’s The Unusual Billionaires.
  • Jatin claims to have bought his first stocks at the age of 21 in 2010. Some of these eventually proved multibaggers; some generated up to 900 per cent returns in last four years.
  • A commerce graduate from Delhi University with an MBA in finance from Christ University, Bangalore, Jatin says good guidance and the right mindset are what can take you places in a challenging profession like investing.
  • Jatin introduces himself as a value investor and is very bullish on India’s growth outlook. He projects the Sensex to touch the 1,00,000 mark by 2027.
  • All you need to do is make a few right decisions in your lifetime to be a successful investor, says he.
  • Jatin doesn’t believe in sectoral or market-cap biases. Instead, he looks for options in smaller businesses that are easy to understand and mostly operated by owners.
  • “I prefer companies that have a favourable base, are lesser known and have minimum institutional holdings,” he says.

  • The government has issued a notice to smartphone makers, including Chinese companies such as Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi and Gionee, over hacking fears.
  • The government fears hacking at the hands of mobile phone makers, mostly Chinese, as they are believed to be stealing personal information of users such as contact lists and messages.
  • Other non-Chinese companies such as Apple, Samsung and Indian makers like Micromax are also among the 21 companies that have been sent a notice by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • "The companies have been given time till August 28 to file compliance with the security norms. We may also conduct an audit to ensure that they are in compliance," official sources "In case they are found violating, penalty will be levied on them," the source said.
  • Earlier the government has started a review of the massive import of electronics and information technology products from China due to concerns over security and data leakages.

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Council of Ministers

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space; All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister
  • CABINET MINISTERS

    1. Rajnath Singh: Home Affairs
    2. Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
    3. Manohar Parrikar: Defence
    4. Suresh Prabhu: Railways
    5. Arun Jaitley: Finance, Corporate Affairs, Information & Broadcasting
    6. M. Venkaiah Naidu: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
    7. Nitin Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways, Shipping
    8. D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Law & Justice
    9. Uma Bharati: Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
    10. Dr. Najma A. Heptulla: Minority Affairs
    11. Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Science and Technology, Earth Sciences
    12. Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
    13. Kalraj Mishra: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    14. Maneka Gandhi: Women and Child Development
    15. Ananthkumar: Chemicals and Fertilizers
    16. Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and Information Technology
    17. Jagat Prakash Nadda: Health & Family Welfare
    18. Chaudhary Birender Singh: Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation
    19. Ashok Gajapathi Raju: Civil Aviation
    20. Anant Geete: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
    21. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries
    22. Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines, Steel
    23. Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs
    24. Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture
    25. Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment
    26. Smriti Irani: Human Resource Development

    MINISTERS OF STATE

    1. General V.K. Singh: Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
    2. Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (Independent Charge), Defence
    3. Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Textiles (Independent Charge)
    4. Shripad Yesso Naik:AAYUSH (Independent Charge), Health & Family Welfare
    5. Bandaru Dattatreya: Labour and Employment (Independent Charge)
    6. Rajiv Pratap Rudy:Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs
    7. Dharmendra Pradhan:Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge))
    8. Sarbananda Sonowal:Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
    9. Prakash Javadekar:Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
    10. Piyush Goyal:Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge), New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
    11. Dr.Jitendra Singh:Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space)
    12. Nirmala Sitharaman: Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)
    13. Dr. Mahesh Sharma: Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation
    14. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs
    15. Ram Kripal Yadav: Drinking Water & Sanitation
    16. Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary:Home Affairs
    17. Sanwar Lal Jat: Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
    18. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya:Agriculture
    19. Giriraj Singh:Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
    20. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir:Chemicals & Fertilizers
    21. G.M. Siddeshwara: Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
    22. Manoj Sinha: Railways
    23. Nihalchand: Panchayati Raj
    24. Upendra Kushwaha:Human Resource Development
    25. Radhakrishnan P.: Road Transport & Highways, Shipping
    26. Kiren Rijiju:Home Affairs
    27. Krishan Pal:Social Justice & Empowerment
    28. Vijay Sampla:Social Justice & Empowerment
    29. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan:Agriculture
    30. Manuskhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava:Tribal Affairs
    31. Vishnu Deo Sai:Mines, Steel
    32. Sudarshan Bhagat: Rural Development
    33. Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria: Human Resource Development
    34. Y.S. Chowdary: Science and Technology, Earth Science
    35. Jayant Sinha: Finance
    36. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore:Information & Broadcasting
    37. Babul Supriyo: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
    38. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti:Food Processing Industries

    केंद्रित मंत्रीमंडळ

  • पंतप्रधान नरेंद्र मोदी: कार्मिक,जनतक्रार निवारण आणि पेन्शन,अणुउर्जा,अंतराळ विभाग,सर्व महत्त्वपूर्ण धोरणात्मक व्यवहार,आणि इतर कोणत्याही मंत्र्यांना विवक्षितपणे नेमून न दिलेले विभाग किंवा विषय
  • कॅबिनेट मंत्री

    1. राजनाथसिंह: गृह
    2. श्रीमती सुषमा स्वराज: परराष्ट्र व्यवहार,प्रवासी भारतीय मंत्रालय
    3. मनोहर पर्रीकर: संरक्षण
    4. सुरेश प्रभू: रेल्वे
    5. अरुण जेटली: वित्त,कंपनी व्यवसाय,माहिती व प्रसारण
    6. एम.वेंकैय्या नायडू: नगर विकास,गृहनिर्माण व शहरी दारिद्र्य निर्मुलन,संसदीय कामकाज
    7. नितीन गडकरी: रस्ते वाहतूक व महामार्ग,जलवाहतूक
    8. डी.व्ही.सदानंद गौडा: कायदा व न्याय
    9. श्रीमती उमा भारती: जलसंसाधन,नदी विकास व गंगा संरक्षण
    10. श्रीमती नतमा हेपतुल्ला: अल्पसंख्यांक विकास
    11. डॉ.हर्षवर्धन: विज्ञान व तंत्रज्ञान,भूविज्ञान
    12. रामविलास पासवान: ग्राहक आणि अन्न व सार्वजनिक वितरण
    13. कलराज मिश्र: सूक्ष्म,लघु व मध्यम उद्योग
    14. श्रीमती मेनका गांधी: महिला व बाल विकास
    15. अनंतकुमार: रसायन व खते
    16. रविशंकर प्रसाद: दळणवळण व माहिती तंत्रज्ञान
    17. जगत प्रकाश नड्डा : आरोग्य व कुटुंब कल्याण
    18. चौधरी वीरेंद्र सिंह: ग्रामीण विकास,पंचायत राज,पेयजल व स्वच्छता
    19. अशोक गजपती राजु: नागरी उड्डाण
    20. अनंत गिते: अवजड उद्योग व सार्वजनिक उपक्रम
    21. श्रीमती हरसिमरन कौर बादल: अन्न प्रक्रिया उद्योग
    22. नरेंद्र सिंग तोमर : खान व पोलाद
    23. ज्युएल ओराम: आदिवासी विकास
    24. राधामोहन सिंह: कृषी
    25. थावरचंद गेहलोत: सामाजिक न्याय व संक्षमीकरण
    26. श्रीमती स्मृती ईराणी: मनुष्यबळ विकास

    राज्यमंत्री

    1. जनरल व्ही.के.सिंग: सांख्यिकी आणि कार्यक्रम अंमलबजावणी (स्वतंत्र प्रभार),परराष्ट्र व्यवहार,प्रवासी भारतीय मंत्रालय
    2. इंद्रजितसिंग राव: नियोजन (स्वतंत्र प्रभार), संरक्षण
    3. संतोष गंगवार: वस्त्रोद्योग (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    4. श्रीपाद नाईक:आयुष (स्वतंत्र प्रभार),आरोग्य व कुटुंब कल्याण
    5. बंडारु दत्तात्रेय: कामगार व रोजगार (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    6. राजीव प्रताप रुडी:कौशल्य विकास व उद्यमशीलता(स्वतंत्र प्रभार),संसदीय व्यवहार
    7. धर्मेंद्र प्रधान:पेट्रोलियम व नैसर्गिक वायू (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    8. सर्बानंदा सोनवाल:क्रीडा व युवा कल्याण (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    9. प्रकाश जावडेकर:पर्यावरण,वने आणि हवामान बदल (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    10. पियुष गोयल:ऊर्जा,कोळसा,नवीन आणि नवीकरणीय ऊर्जा (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    11. डॉ.जितेंद्र सिंग:पूर्वोत्तर विभाग विकास (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    12. श्रीमती निर्मला सीतारमण: वाणिज्य व उद्योग (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    13. डॉ.महेश शर्मा: संस्कृती (स्वतंत्र प्रभाव),पर्यटन (स्वतंत्र प्रभार),नागरी उड्डाण
    14. मुख्तार अब्बास नक्वी: अल्पसंख्यांक,संसदीय कामकाज
    15. रामकृपाल यादव: पेयजल व स्वच्छता
    16. हरिभाई चौधरी:गृह
    17. सांवरलाल जाट: जलसंसाधन,नदी विकास व गंगा संरक्षण
    18. मोहनभाई कुंदरिया:कृषी
    19. गिरीराज सिंह:सुक्ष्म,लघु व मध्यम उद्योग
    20. हंसराज अहीर:रसायने व खते
    21. जी.एम.सिद्धेश्वरा: अवजड उद्योग व सार्वजनिक उपक्रम
    22. मनोज सिन्हा: रेल्वे
    23. निहालचंद: पंचायत राज
    24. उपेंद्र कुशवाहा:मानव संसाधन विकास
    25. राधाकृष्ण पी.: रस्ते वाहतूक व महामार्ग,जलवाहतूक
    26. किरण रिजिजू:गृह
    27. कृष्णपाल:सामाजिक न्याय व सक्षमीकरण
    28. विजय सांपला:सामाजिक न्याय व सक्षमीकरण
    29. डॉ.संजीवकुमार बालयान:कृषी
    30. मनसुखभाई वसावा:आदिवासी विकास
    31. विष्णुदेव साई:खाण व पोलाद
    32. सुदर्शन भगत: ग्रामीण विकास
    33. डॉ.रामकृष्ण कथेरिया: मानव संसाधन विकास
    34. वाय.एम.चौधरी: विज्ञान-तंत्रज्ञान, भूविज्ञान
    35. जयंत सिन्हा: वित्त
    36. कर्नल राजवर्धनसिंह राठोड:माहिती व प्रसारण
    37. बाबुल सुप्रियो बराल: नागरी विकास,गृहनिर्माण व शहरी दारिद्र्य निर्मुलन
    38. साध्वी निरंजन ज्योती:अन्न प्रक्रिया उद्योग