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Cabinet panel to fast-track mega projects
Seeking to remove investment bottlenecks and promote growth, the central government has decided to setup a Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) to accord single-window approval to mega projects of overRs 1,000 crore. CCI will be headed by the Prime Minister. There are over 100 projects, each involvinginvestment of Rs 1,000 crore or more, which are held up. The high-powered panel for according speedyclearance to infrastructure projects was initially mooted by Finance Minister P Chidambaram. He hadsuggested that the body be called National Investment Board (NIB). The Cabinet, however, renamed theproposed body as Cabinet Committee on Investment. The panel will have ministers in charge ofinfrastructure sectors as its members.
Nationwide number portability by February
Mobile number portability is expected to be rolled out nationwide by February, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibalsaid. This will allow users to retain their numbers even if they move from one State to another. Currently, auser is allowed to switch to a different operator within his/her circle, while retaining his/her phone number.
Non-communicable diseases cause maximum deaths
Non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease killed two out of three people in 2010 alarger share than in 1990, when they were responsible for every second death in the world. Of the 52.8million people who died worldwide in 2010, ischaemic heart disease and stroke accounted for 12.9 million, or24 per cent. Two decades ago, in 1990, IHD killed 9.9 million people, which was around a fifth of all deathsthat year. Eight million people died of cancer in 2010, which was almost 38 per cent more than the 5.8 millionwho died of the disease in 1990. Results of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2010, published inThe Lancet, show heart disease and stroke continue to be the top two killers worldwide. This the firstsystematic and comprehensive assessment of global data on disease, injuries and risk since the first GBDstudy was commissioned by the World Bank in 1990.
Amendments to judicial standards Bill approved
The Union government has decided to retain a clause in a Bill on judicial standards which debars judgesfrom making verbal comments against any constitutional authority in open courts. Union Cabinet, chaired byPrime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved amendments to the Judicial Standards and Accountability Billwhich had already been passed in the Lok Sabha and was pending in the Rajya Sabha. While deciding toretain the controversial clause, it made some changes to ensure it “stands the test of Article 14 which dealswith equality before law,”. The amended clause debars judges from making unwarranted comments againstconduct of any “constitutional body and other persons.” The clause is part of restatement of values for judges.
Arvind Kejriwal top news maker: Yahoo!
Arvind Kejriwal topped the list of newsmakers, while adult film star Sunny Leone was the most searchedcelebrity online in 2012 in India. According to Yahoo! India;s Year in Review 2012 (YIR), Arvind Kejriwal wasthe most searched newsmaker, knocking off mentor Anna Hazare from the position. Gujarat Chief MinisterNarendra Modi was next in line, followed by Malala Yousafzai (an education activist from Pakistan), UttarPradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Robert Vadra. "YIR combines search trends with the editorialselection of what users read, recommended and shared most on the Yahoo! network in India during 2012. Itoffers a glimpse into the social trends, compelling newsmakers and top stories of 2012," Yahoo! said. Othersin the list included Poonam Pandey, 'Saifeena' (Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor) and Sherlyn Chopra.
Wife can ask maintenance if hubby gets another wife at home
A wife cannot be faulted for not living with husband when he brings another woman in the house and she candemand maintenance on this ground, the Bombay High Court has ruled in a divorce case. "Whether or nothe (husband) may be entitled under the Personal Law to bring her (second wife), it has no bearing upon thehurt that the wife would feel upon having another wife in the house. In such cases emotional and mentalviolence is not only apparent, but proved. That itself would entitle any wife to have just cause in not livingwith her husband and demanding maintenance," ruled Justice Roshan Dalvi. Irfan got married to Nilofar onJune 3, 2007. They separated on June 17, 2009. The application for maintenance was filed in November2009. Irfan married again in December 2009. A criminal complaint under Section 498A IPC was filed by thewife on December 24, 2009.