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J&K govt launches portal hosting dev works info, calls it ‘path-breaking initiative’

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday claimed to have taken “path-breaking initiatives to promote transparency in the execution of developmental projects” across the Union Territory.

In a handout issued today, the UT’s Public Relations department while referring to the recently launched web portal ‘EMPOWERMENT (Enabling Monitoring and Public Overview of Works Being Executed and Resources for Meaningful Transparency)’ or ‘Janbaghidari’ which “enables citizens to overview works/projects being implemented in their areas and become a partner in the process of development with the features of providing timely feedback and suggestions for improving expenditure outcomes”, termed it “unique in the country which provides latest updates on the projects with geo-tagged photographs and other project-related information”.

The portal, the government said, contains details of all UT and District Capex projects implemented in Jammu and Kashmir from 2020-21. The said website can be viewed on

This web portal also contains links to MGNREGA, PMAY and SBM with real-time information on their implementation in Jammu and Kashmir. Similarly, the progress of PMGSY is available on the website of J&K PWD through the given link on the Ministry’s website, it added.

“Moreover, the details for the projects executed during the past two years is available on various public platforms including the official website of the Finance Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir and can be publically accessed on the URL”

The web portal of the Finance Department is hosting information on projects implemented under Back to Village and JKIDFC. As per the displayed information, under the UT Sector, 9514 projects were completed during the financial year 2020-21 for which the complete information of district-wise projects along with timelines, cost, geo-tagged photographs, and the number of beneficiaries has been compiled as a pictorial compendium and is available for public viewing.

Further, a pictorial compendium of 2177 projects was completed under the Back to Village programme and is hosted on the website.

“In addition, details of 1100 projects which were earlier languishing for several years on account of various hurdles, were revived and completed by the Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC); are also available on the portal”.

Similarly, the website is also hosting information on District Capex with 1676 completed projects along with their timelines, cost, geo-tagged photographs, and the number of beneficiaries, the government said.

The J&K government in the handout said it is “committed to complete the developmental projects within stipulated timelines while maintaining the highest level of transparency and accountability”. “Accordingly, the list of the above mentioned completed projects in addition to several others is readily available for the public along with the district-wise and sector-wise project details”.


Trai mandates telcos to provide pre-paid mobile recharge plans with 30-day validity

On Thursday, regulators Trai said that telecom operators would have to provide recharge plans with a validity of 30 days for pre-paid customers.

The step is expected to reduce the number of recharges done by a customer during a year.

Currently, telecom operators provide recharge plans with a validity of 28 days, leading to thirteen recharges during the year for customers who look for monthly recharge.

“Every telecom service provider shall offer at least one plan voucher, one special tariff voucher and one combo voucher having a validity of thirty days,” Trai said in a notification.

The notification mandates mobile phone service providers to provide one plan voucher, one special tariff voucher and one combo voucher, which shall be renewable on the same day of every month.

Further, telecom companies have been ordered to comply with the order within 60 days from the day of notification of the rules.

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Gold Price Down By 3,500. Check Latest Gold Rates

The gold rate today fell by a whopping Rs 3,500 per kg across the country. In India, the gold rate today was Rs 45,500 per 10 grams of 22-carat gold. In Delhi, the gold rate was Rs 45,150. While the gold rate in Mumbai was Rs 45,150, the same as the gold rate in Delhi, according to goodreturns’ website.

Check Latest Gold Rates In Your City Here On January 29, 2022

The following prices may not match the local prices because these do not include GST, TCS and other taxes. These are the prices per 10 grams of 22-carat of gold in various cities across the country. The rates have been taken from

  • Gold rate in Chennai: ₹45,490
  • Gold rate in Mumbai: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Delhi: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Kolkata: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Bangalore: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Hyderabad: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Kerala: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Pune: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Vadodara: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Ahmedabad: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Jaipur: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Lucknow: ₹46,100
  • Gold rate in Coimbatore: ₹45,490
  • Gold rate in Madurai: ₹45,490
  • Gold rate in Vijayawada: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Patna: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Nagpur: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Chandigarh: ₹46,100
  • Gold rate in Surat: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Bhubaneswar: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Mangalore: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Visakhapatnam: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Nashik: ₹45,150
  • Gold rate in Mysore: ₹45,150
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Google to invest up to $1 billion in a partnership with Airtel

Bharti Airtel and Google, on Friday, January 28, 2022, said that they would partner on a long-term, multi-year agreement to accelerate the growth of India’s digital ecosystem, under which Google intends to invest up to USD 1 billion.

The amount is part of the USD 10 billion ‘Google for India Digitization Fund’, which was announced by the CEO of Google and Alphabet Sundar Pichai in 2020, and will include equity investment as well as a corpus for potential commercial agreements, to be identified and agreed on mutually agreeable terms over the next five years, the companies said in a statement.

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“Together, they will work to bring best-in-class end-to-end products to serve customer needs, provide quality customer experience, and bring their expertise to solve problems of affordability, access, and digital inclusion,” they added.

The deal includes an investment of USD 700 million to acquire 1.28% ownership in Airtel and up to USD 300M toward potential multi-year commercial agreements. The partnership will focus on enabling affordable access to smartphones across price ranges and will continue to explore building on their existing partnerships to potentially co-create India-specific network domain use cases for 5G and other standards and help accelerate the cloud ecosystem for businesses across India.

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