January 15, 2022
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Good morning! The Budget Session of Parliament will commence on Jan 31 with the address of the President to both the Houses. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced that the Defence Ministry has set up an online portal to resolve pension-related grievances of ex-servicemen (ESM) and their dependents and more...
Carmakers told to provide 6 airbags in 8-seaters
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Illustration: Neeharika Balaji

One-liner: The Centre will make it mandatory for carmakers to provide a minimum of six airbags in motor vehicles that can carry up to 8 passengers for enhanced safety of occupants, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday.

Need to know: The Road Transport and Highways Minister said his ministry had already mandated the implementation of fitment of the driver airbag with effect from July 1, 2019, and front co-passenger airbag with effect from Jan 1, 2022.

Looking forward: He further said that to minimise the impact of frontal and lateral collisions on the occupants seated in both front and rear compartments, it has been decided that 4 additional airbags be mandated in the M1 vehicle category.

Par Budget session from Jan 31 to Apr 8: Sources
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Source: Twitter

One-liner: The Budget Session of Parliament will commence on Jan 31 with the address of the President to both the Houses.

Driving the news: It will conclude on April 8, sources said on Friday citing the recommendation of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.

Union Budget on Feb 1: The Union Budget will be presented on Feb 1. The first part of the session will end on Feb 11.

  • After a month-long recess, part two of the session will begin from Mar14 and conclude on Apr 8, the sources said 

Source: PTI

Online portal to resolve ex-servicemen pension issues
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One-liner: The Defence Ministry has set up an online portal to resolve pension-related grievances of ex-servicemen (ESM) and their dependents, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced on Friday.

Crux of the matter: The portal will allow them to lodge grievances directly with the Dept of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW), he stated on the occasion of Armed Forces Veterans Day.

  • The minister also said that the DESW has allotted Rs 320 crore to Armed Forces Flag Day Fund to clear all backlog of  applications for welfare schemes, especially education and marriage grants for widows or dependent children of ESM

Job letters issued: The minister further said that the Directorate General of Resettlement has issued 22,278 job letters, including 7,898 job letters to freshly retired/first-time entrants.