Important Government News and Updates From January 12, 2024 To Know

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COVID-19 Situation

India has reported 514 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of recoveries has reached 4.44 crore with a recovery rate of 98.81%. Additionally, 819 cases of the JN.1 sub-variant of COVID-19 have been reported from various states, indicating a slight rise in cases.

Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) – Atal Setu

The Maharashtra government has cleared a proposal for a one-way toll of Rs 250 for cars on the MTHL, also known as Atal Setu. This 21.8 km long bridge, set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is expected to significantly improve connectivity in the region.

Government’s Fiscal Performance

The Indian government has achieved about 81% of its budget target for the financial year, with a 19.4% year-on-year growth in net direct tax collection. This positive trend in tax collection is a significant fiscal development.

Diplomatic and Social Security Negotiations with the UK

India is negotiating with the UK as part of a proposed Free Trade Agreement to avoid double contributions to social security funds by Indian professionals working temporarily in Britain.

Prime Minister Modi’s Upcoming Visit to Maharashtra

PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Maharashtra on January 12th, where he will inaugurate the 27th National Youth Festival, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewari – Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, and launch multiple development projects worth more than Rs. 12,700 crore.

Governmental Administrative Reshuffles

The Bhajan Lal Sharma government in Rajasthan is undergoing a more measured reshuffle of IAS officers, focusing on stability and inclusion of sidelined officers, aligning with PM Modi’s recent emphasis against large-scale transfers.

Mahua Moitra’s Legal Troubles

TMC leader Mahua Moitra has been issued a second notice by the Urban Development Ministry to vacate her government residence following her expulsion from the Lok Sabha. She has until January 16 to respond to this notice.

These updates cover a range of topics, from health to infrastructure, fiscal matters, and political developments, reflecting the dynamic and multifaceted nature of governance in India.

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