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Modi government makes OCI cards application process easier for NRIs

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The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju revealed that Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card scheme has been withdrawn in order to avoid prevailing confusion and to give more benefits to the applicants.  He also notified that all existing PIO cards are deemed to be Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards in  reply to a question by Mullappally Ramachandran and Ram Charitra Nishad  in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

A total number of 2,34,418 Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards were issued in 2012, the year 2013 saw a sharp increase of  19,214. In the year 2014,  only 2,20, 434 OCI cards were issued by the ministry of Home Affairs.

Process of streamlining and simplification with respect to issue of OCI cards is a continuous process.  The promulgation of Citizenship (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 in the first week of January was a big step towards this.  Simultaneously, a mechanism has been activated for replacing PIO cards with OCI cards free of cost.  The applicants can apply for OCI card through MHA’s website: https://passport.gov.in/oci

 

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BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi wants to know if Research being done on Goodness of Cow Urine

New Delhi MP Lekhi had a starred question to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the Lok Sabha related to the quality of milk products of Delhi Milk Scheme; however, she went on a different track altogether

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  • BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned in the Lok Sabha a case about an official who got cured of a “serious” illness after consuming cow urine as medicine
  • He also asked if the government was encouraging any research on the medicinal properties that can be derived from cattle
  • Lekhi discussed the goodness of bovine by-products including cow urine and lamented how the “ancient science” had disappeared

New Delhi, August 2, 2017: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned in the Lok Sabha a case about an official who got cured of a “serious” illness after consuming cow urine as medicine, and asked if the government was encouraging any research on the medicinal properties that can be derived from cattle.

New Delhi MP Lekhi had a starred question to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday related to the quality of milk products of Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS). However, she went on a different track altogether, and discussed the goodness of bovine by-products including cow urine and lamented how the “ancient science” had disappeared.

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BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Wikimedia

Lekhi mentioned a case where a person who was a “former ASD” was taken seriously ill, and was cured after he consumed cow urine as medicine.

She said the “ancient science” of the country has disappeared and asked if the government is planning to commission research on the medicinal science related to cattle.

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Minister Radha Mohan Singh in reply said under the “Rashtriya gomang Utpadak Mission”, a centre was being established in Karnal, Haryana.

Lekhi then said that the humus content in soil is coming down due to which it converts into dust which is a threat to health. The MP said cow dung can be used as fertiliser and also suggested using cow waste for methane production.

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She also asked if the government has any plans of using cow dung for increasing humus content of soil.

Singh said the government is concerned about the environment, but added that the main question was focused on quality of milk products of DMS.

This prompted Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to say on a lighter note that it was the minister’s skill that he could answer unrelated questions.

Mahajan however added that MPs are not reading the question.

“I am sad that MPs are not reading the questions, even those who ask the question do not read it,” she said. (IANS)

 

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Tamil Nadu ministers discuss issue of having talks with rival faction led by former CM O. Pannneerselvam

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Chennai, April 18, 2017: In a late night meeting on Monday, senior Tamil Nadu ministers discussed the issue of having talks with the rival faction led by former Chief Minister O.Pannneerselvam, said Finance Minister D.Jayakumar.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Jayakumar welcomed Panneerselvam’s remark that he is open for talks if somebody comes with the plan to merge the two factions in AIADMK.

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He said that Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai also welcomed Panneerselvam’s remark and the stand of the ministers is also the same.

The ministers belong to the faction led by AIADMK General Secretary V.K.Sasikala. (IANS)

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President Pranab Mukherjee gives his assent to the Finance Bill 2017, Tax proposals in Union Budget will now get status of Law

The Finance Bill 2017 was passed by Parliament on Thursday, with the Lok Sabha rejecting the amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi, April 1, 2017: President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Finance Bill, 2017.

With his assent, the tax proposals in the union budget get the status of law.

The Finance Bill 2017 was passed by Parliament on Thursday, with the Lok Sabha rejecting the amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha.

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The Finance Act provides for a Rs 2 lakh cap on cash transactions to check tax evasion and makes it mandatory to quote the Aadhaar number for filing income tax returns from July 1.

It also provides for doing away with some tribunals by assigning their work to the existing ones. (IANS)