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CURRENT AFFAIRS - NATIONAL Yogi Adityanath and Rajnath Singh flagged-off Lucknow Metro | 06-Sep-2017 15:22

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singhflaged off the first run of the Lucknow Metro from the Transport Nagar Metro Station in Lucknow.

Lucknow-metroAbout the Ceremony:

  1. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik was the chief guest of the ceremony.
  2. Yogi Adityanathdedicated the Lucknow Metro Train Service to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister of India.
  3. Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav skipped the event. This created a controversy since the plan for Lucknow Metro was formulated during his tenure.

Services of the Lucknow Metro:

  1. The Lucknow Metro Train will beavailable for people’s use from 6th September 2017.
  2. The 8.5-km-long ‘Priority Corridor’ from Transport Nagar to Charbagh, which is part of the Phase-1 of the project, will be operational for the public from 6 am to 10 pm everyday.

About Uttar Pradesh
1.Capital – Lucknow
2.Chief Minister – Mr.Yogi Adityanath
3.Governor – Mr.Ram Naik

Subsidise rail losses: PMO | 08-Aug-2017 17:53

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          The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has directed the Ministry of Finance to fund the losses incurred by the Indian Railways in operating non-profitable trains on strategic lines and backward areas.

          The directive ends a tussle that began following the merger of the Railway and Union Budgets, as the Ministry of Finance had discontinued the practice of providing an annual subsidy to the Railways.

Background:

          Every year, the Ministry of Finance reimburses the Indian Railways operational losses incurred on six strategic lines and railway lines in hilly, coastal and backward areas.   

          However, after the budget merger, the Finance Ministry argued that since the ‘capital-at-charge’ of the railways, which represents the total investment made by the Union government in the railways, would be wiped-off, the subsidy payment in the form of reimbursement of losses on the strategic lines and other concessions will be discontinued.

 

15th Vice-President of India | 08-Aug-2017 16:56

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In news:         

          Former Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been elected as the 15th Vice-President of India. Naidu will be administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Election of the Vice President:

          The election for the Vice President is conducted through a secret ballot where the members of Electoral College consisting of Members of the both Houses of Parliament including, the nominated members of Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha vote.

          The ballot paper contains the names of the candidates only.

          A candidate needs 20 electors as proposers and at least another 20 electors as seconders for his nomination. The candidate also has to make a security deposit of Rs. 15,000.

          The Vice President is the ‘ex-officio’ Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.

          The terms of Vice President is five years.

          Vice President can be re-elected as the Vice President for any number of times.

Qualification of Vice-President:

          Should be a citizen of India.

          Should complete the age of 35 years.

          Should be qualified to elect as a member of the Council of States (Article 66).

          Should not holds any office of profit under the Government of India or the Government of any State or under any Local or other Authority subject to the control of any of said Governments.

Removal:

          The Vice President can be terminated before the completion of fixed five-year term, either by resignation or by removal by the President.

          The removal proceeding can be initiated when members of the Rajya Sabha vote against the Vice President in an effective majority and members of Lok Sabha agree to this decision in a simple majority.

          A 14 days advance notice must be given prior to the initiation of the removal proceedings of the Vice President. In such cases, when a temporary vacancy in the office of the Vice President is created, the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha takes over the role of the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.