Karnataka assembly passed 200 bills in 167 business days over 5 years: Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri
With elections due later this year, the curtains came down on Karnataka’s 15th legislative assembly on Friday, with speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri revealing that the assembly had passed 200 bills in 167 days of sittings over five years from May 2018. This takes the number of bills passed to more than one per day on average, although most were passed amid a din or without a debate. Yet, Kageri said Karnataka fared among the best in the country in terms of transitioning house business and passing legislations.
The lower house passed 61 bills in 2020 and 48 bills in 2021, the highest in these two years by any legislature in the country. “The performance of the Karnataka legislative assembly is regarded as the best in the country,” Kageri said in his farewell address. “This was possible because of the cooperation from members on both sides.” However, while quantity has been substantive, quality remains debatable. For instance, 15 bills were passed in the 11-day budget session — the last of this legislature — even though attendance was extremely low. Even opposition leader Siddaramaiah attended the session for only three days. Among the bills passed were the Kannada Language Comprehensive Development Bill, 2022 that envages job reservation for Kannadigas even in the private sector besides money bills. In all, the house received 1,382 questions, of which 135 were answered in the house and 134 by the government. Of the 1,240 unstarred questions, 979 were answered.
Japan, U.S., South Korea, Taiwan launch ‘Chip 4’ talks for supply chain
Japan, the United States, South Korea and Taiwan have held the first meeting of senior officials under a new U.S.-led framework to help ensure a stable supply of semiconductors, Japan’s industry ministry said. Officials from industry organizations in the four economies took part in the virtual conference of the “Chip 4” alliance on Feb. 16 to discuss ways to maintain supply chain resilience in times of natural disasters and other contingencies.
Meanwhile, China is ramping up its own domestic chip capacity. It is reportedly planning on a massive $140 billion package to bolster self-sufficiency and counter U.S. moves.
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Centre directs States to expedite energy efficiency activities in mission mode
The Centre and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) have directed state governments to expedite energy efficiency activities on a mission mode.
In accordance with the Government of India’s policy to increase energy efficiency and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by achieving the country’s climate change targets (Panchamrit), the Union Ministry of Power-led BEE has emphasized the need for all state designated agencies to engage deeply in the energy efficiency movement on a mission mode.
DGCA nod for HAL’s new plane Hindustan 228-201
In a boost to aviation sector, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA) has approved a new variant of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s aircraft ‘Hindustan 228-201 LW.’
Giving details of the nod, the public sector aerospace conglomerate said on Monday, this variant has maximum take-off weight of 5,695 kg with 19 passenger capability. With this modification, the aircraft would fall in the Sub 5,700 kg aircraft category, the HAL said.
‘E-Sanjeevani app’s 10 cr reach reflects power of India’s digital revolution’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday highlighted the contribution made by E-Sanjeevani app towards “treating 10 crore patients” by way of tele and video consultations as he spoke on various issues including ‘Swachh Bharat’ Mission, ‘Tribeni Kumbh Mahotsav’, and ‘Ustad Bismillah Khan Youth Award’.
The Prime Minister said the country has seen that in the time of Corona, E-Sanjeevani played a pivotal role in giving contact less treatment to the virus affected patients.
No permission needed to develop infra on forest areas: Green Min to Rlys
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has clarified that the railways does not need to seek permission to develop infrastructure on its land in forest areas, after its contradictory orders on the issue created confusion in many states.
This paves the way for the national transporter to execute infrastructure projects even in sensitive forest areas without seeking permission from the Centre.
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