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Monday, March 20, 2017

CVC denies reports that portal crash wiped out data
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) today termed as "misleading and incorrect" reports that data about corrupt officials was lost after its portal crashed. The probity watchdog said it was in the process of switching over from an old portal to one utilising a cloud-based server and the migration of data was taking time. "Media reports stating that the data stored online about corrupt officials was lost or deleted are totally misleading and incorrect.

Air passenger traffic rises 16 pc in Feb
Domestic air passenger traffic surged nearly 16 per cent to 86.55 lakh in February in the same period a year ago, according to the DGCA data. Indian carriers together flew a total of 86.55 lakh passengers in February 2017 as compared to 74.76 lakh fliers in the same month of 2016, registering a growth of 15.77 per cent, it said. Significantly, in January, air passenger traffic had surged 25.13 per cent to 95.79 lakh.

Railways to buy recycled water from private players
The Railways aims to cut down its water bill and save up to Rs 400 crore annually with a roadmap for buying recycled water from private players. With the dual aim of conserving the precious resource and reducing its consumption, the Railways will unveil its water policy, a first for the national transporter, for extensive use of treated water from water treatment plants for non-drinking purposes. The Indian Railways Water Policy, expected to be rolled out on March 22 (World Water Day), will spell out the way forward for all the railway zones including colonies, hospitals, factories, workshops and training centres to achieve the goal of reduced consumption and increased use of recycled water.

Money spent on Tilak movie that was never made, file missing: CIC
Files related to the grant of Rs 2.5 crore for a film on Bal Gangadhar Tilak that was never made, have gone missing from government's records. The evelation surfaced during a hearing before the Central Information Commission which was adjudicating a matter related to the Union Culture Ministry. "The Commission finds that key records of sanction and payment of Rs 2.5 crores to Vinay Dhumale for production of a movie on Bal Gangadhar Tilak is missing and except for some oral statements by the CPIO and Deputy Secretary, there is no record present of who held the files," Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu noted.

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