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The Union Council of Ministers exercises executive authority in the Republic of India. It consists of senior ministers, called 'cabinet ministers', junior ministers, called 'ministers of state' and, rarely, deputy ministers. The council is led by the Prime Minister of India.

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Cabinet approves Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debts for stressed MSMEs [Video]

Cabinet approves Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debts for stressed MSMEs

Union Cabinet on June 01 approved Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debts for stressed Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). "This will benefit 2 lakh stressed MSMEs," said Union Minister..

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AMPHAN: Odisha requests Centre to cancel Shramik Special trains in coastal areas [Video]

AMPHAN: Odisha requests Centre to cancel Shramik Special trains in coastal areas

While speaking to ANI in Bhubaneswar, the Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha, Pradeep Kumar Jena spoke on cyclonic storm 'AMPHAN'. He said, "Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Ganjam may be affected due..

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Cabinet decisions will bring positive changes in lives of farmers, labourers, workers: PM

The decisions taken by the Union Cabinet on Monday will bring about positive changes in the lives of farmers, labourers and workers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said as his government enters..
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Govt finalising draft bill to set up all-India judicial service

Before the draft is taken to the Union Cabinet, the broad features of the proposed all-India service will be shared with the higher judiciary to seek its views, sources in the government said.
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Cabinet decisions will help several citizens: PM Modi

The decisions taken by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday were focused on welfare of migrant workers, senior citizens, easier availability of credit and harnessing opportunities in the fisheries sector,..
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Govt extends 'Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana' by 3 years till March 2023

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday extended the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY), a social security scheme for senior citizens, for three years till March, 2023. PMVVY scheme, implemented through..
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68th anniversary of first sitting of Parliament: Vice President, Lok Sabha Speaker, Union ministers visit Central Hall, Parliament Chambers

On the occasion of the 68th year of the first sittings of Parliament of India, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and several Union Ministers visited the historic Central Hall..
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Coronavirus: Ordinance to punish those attacking healthcare workers gets President's nod

Earlier on Wednesday, the Union Cabinet held a meeting and approved promulgation of an ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
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'Will ensure their safety': PM on ordinance to prevent violence against health workers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the ordinance on healthcare personnel passed by the Union Cabinet will "ensure safety of our professionals" and that there can be "no compromise" on..
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Covid-19: Cabinet nod to ordinance to protect healthcare personnel from attacks

Against the backdrop of attacks on healthcare personnel fighting coronavirus, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance making acts of violence against them as cognizable and non-bailable..
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Union Cabinet meeting to be held today

The Prime Minister, in his address to the nation, announced on Tuesday that the country will remain under lockdown till May 3 to contain COVID-19 cases.
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Union Ministers, senior government officials resume their duties in respective offices amid COVID-19 lockdown

Following necessary safety protocols, all the ministers and their officials who resumed their duties today were screened with temperature guns before being allowed entry into their respective offices.
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi with five suggestions to deal with fund crunch

The Congress president also conveyed her support for the decision taken by the Union Cabinet to reduce salaries for Members of Parliament by 30%.
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COVID-19: Rajnath Singh chairs meeting of Group of Ministers

Home Minister Amit Shah, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development Smriti Z Irani, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public..
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30% pay cut for MPs; MPLADS suspended

The Union Cabinet on Monday approved an ordinance to cut salaries of the Prime Minister, all ministers and sitting MPs by 30% for one year in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis and decided to suspend the..
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President, PM, MPs to take a pay cut to fund govt's efforts to fight Covid-19

The Union Cabinet on Monday approved an ordinance to reduce the salaries, allowances and pensions of Members of Parliament by 30% for one year and the amount will be utilised in the fight against..
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'Social distancing' at Union Cabinet meeting

The large oval table was gone and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministerial colleagues sat in chairs kept at a distance from each other as they practised "social distancing" to combat..
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Coronavirus: Union Cabinet meeting underway, social distancing seen

The Cabinet ministers were seen seated maintaining a distance from each other in the Cabinet meeting which is underway at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in the national capital.
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Govt to give Election Commission legal power to link Aadhaar and voter ID

The law ministry is working on a note to be put up before the Union Cabinet for the decision which, apart from sanitising the electoral roll, will save migrants from what amounts to..
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Incorrect to link Ram temple trust decision to Delhi polls: Prakash Javadekar

Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said it would be incorrect to link the decision of the Union Cabinet to form an independent trust to oversee the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya..
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'People will decide if they want 'Jinnah wali Azaadi' or 'Bharat Maata Ki Jai'': Prakash Javadekar hits out at AAP over Shaheen Bagh protests

"People need to decide what they want," the Union Minister stressed
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Army chief General Bipin Rawat named as India's first CDS

The Union Cabinet last week approved setting up of Department of Military Affairs within the Ministry of Defence to be headed by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) having the rank of a 4-Star General.
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Government approves update of national population register, says no link to NRC

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared a scheme for updating the National Population Register (NPR) . The exercise will involve gathering information for the first time regarding date and place of birth..
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Union Cabinet approves Rs 6,000 crore outlay for Atal Bhujal Yojana: Here is all you need to know about new scheme

The scheme with a total outlay of Rs 6000 crore will be implemented over a period of 5 years between 2020-21 to 2024-25.
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Union Cabinet approves fund for updating National Population Register

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved funds to the tune of over Rs 3,941.35 crore for updating the National Population Register, officials have said. The NPR exercise is to commence from April next..
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FM introduces bill in Lok Sabha to amend insolvency law

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 was..
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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill set to be introduced in Parliament despite opposition in northeast

The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which has created strong resentment in the northeastern states, is set to be tabled in Parliament with the Union Cabinet on Wednesday giving its clearance..
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From awareness to identification, Centre takes several measures to curb road accidents

The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, stated the measures in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
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Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule should join Union Cabinet: Ramdas Athawale

Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Saturday said Nationalist Congress party president Sharad Pawar and his daughter and Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule should join the Union Cabinet of Prime mInister Narendra..
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PM unhappy that ministers not present during question hour in Parliament

Prime Minster Narendra Modi is learnt to have expressed displeasure over the absence of some Cabinet ministers during Question Hour, sources in the government said on Thursday. The prime minister..
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'Anything can happen in cricket and politics': Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

However, the Union Minister clarified that he was not aware of the detailed politics in Maharashtra as he had just arrived from Delhi.
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President's rule imposed in Maharashtra amid political impasse

President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra on Tuesday evening amid a stalemate over government formation after the assembly polls last month. The Union Cabinet had earlier in the day recommended..
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As parties hold talks, Union Cabinet recommends President's rule in Maharashtra

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday recommended President's rule in Maharashtra even as top leaders from the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena held a flurry of consultations in a bid to tot up the numbers and..
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BREAKING: Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant resigns from Union Minister post

Earlier, the NCP had told the Shiv Sena that they had to completely sever its ties with the BJP if they wanted to form a government in Maharashtra with the NCP.
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Ravi Shankar Prasad asks BSNL/MTNL to start dialogue with staff on VRS

The Union Cabinet had last month approved a revival package for BSNL and MTNL which includes a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for their staff. The aim is to reduce the employee cost of the two..
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Increase in MSP, merger of MTNL with BSNL among major decisions of cabinet

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday took five major decisions including ownership rights to 40 lakh people living in unauthorised colonies in Delhi, reform in petroleum sector, cadre review of ITBP..
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'But Pakistan is Pakistan': Ravi Shankar Prasad slams Islamabad for stopping postal service

The Union Minister said that Pakistan took the decision to halt postal service from India without providing any prior notice.
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BJP will break all previous records in Maharashtra by winning more than 222 seats: Prakash Javadekar

Speaking to ANI, Javadekar said, "Not just 220, we will cross 222 seats this time in Maharashtra. The Congress had won 222 seats once but we are going to break this record and form an even stronger..
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'Hypocritical, heartless machines': Salman Khurshid answers critics who panned him for 'Rahul Gandhi walked away' remark

"I have been taught to be a Congress soldier, not to be a coward," the former Union Minister said.
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'When necessary, BJP will fight elections alone in Bihar': Giriraj Singh

Speaking to reporters, the Union Minister said that he is not a candidate for chief minister's post in the state and now the time has come for him to retire from politics.
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Work on J&K projects, PM Modi tells ministers

It was the first meeting of the Council of Ministers after the government's decision to repeal Article 370 in the state and reorganise the state into two Union Territories.
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Govt to launch campaign against single-use plastic

Sharing the details with the Union Cabinet in the council of ministers' meeting, secretary drinking water and Sanitation Parameswaran Iyer informed that the campaign will be held in three phases. In..
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Union Cabinet approves 75 new medical colleges, to add 15,700 MBBS seats by 2022

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday announced that the cabinet has approved 75 new medical colleges to be established in the country by the year 2022, which will create an additional 15,700..
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Cabinet eases FDI rules for single brand retail; OKs 100% foreign investment in contract manufacturing,coal mining

Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI)..
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'My constituency Wayanad among worst flood-affected': Rahul pens open letter to Union Ministers, seeks help

Rahul went on to share that during his recent visit to Wayanad, he "received representations regarding setting up medical relief camps staffed by health specialists in Nilambur."
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Reduce dependence on foreign manufacturers: Rajnath Singh tells IAF

While speaking at the seminar on 'Modernization and Indigenization Plans of Indian Air Force' in New Delhi, the Union Minister said, "There is a sizeable dependency on foreign equipment manufacturers..
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Chad declares state of emergency in 3 regions due to security problems

Chad's Council of Ministers on Monday declared a state of emergency in three provinces amid fighting between rival ethnic groups, a government spokesman said in a statement.
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Union Cabinet pays tribute to Sushma Swaraj, says she was a distinguished leader, outstanding parliamentarian

The Union Cabinet met on Tuesday and paid tributes to former union minister Sushma Swaraj saying the country has lost a distinguished leader and an outstanding parliamentarian.
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Union Cabinet meets at PM Modi's residence

The Cabinet normally meets on every Wednesday and the reasons for convening a meeting on Monday has not been disclosed by the government yet. J&K has been on the edge following deployment of additional..
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Union Cabinet to meet on Monday morning

The Union Cabinet is scheduled to meet on Monday morning at the official residence of Prime Minister in the national capital. The meeting will take place at 9.30 am at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. Sources also..
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