National News-Daily Digest: 3 Key Updates

1. Maharashtra for direct election of sarpanchs

Despite growing protest from rival political parties against its move to the facilitate direct election of a sarpanch, the government has decided to issue an ordinance to amend the Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Act, 1958.
The Maharashtra government forwarded the proposal to issue an ordinance to the Governor, citing urgency in view of the upcoming elections to 7,000 Gram Sabhas in the State.

2. Ease of business: Odisha to develop single portal for investor interface

In a first, the Odisha government would come up with a single portal that will cater to the whole gamut of approvals needed by investors to set up shop in the state. This portal will replace the existing E-Biz portal and is designed to track the entire stage of an investment – from proposal to production and also post allotment issues. The new portal is scheduled for roll out by September this year. Under this portal, 50 services would go online- they include key approvals for land, water and electricity. Once the portal goes live, it promises to overcome existing hassles and make life easy for investors and catapult Odisha at the next ratings on ‘Ease of Doing Business’.


3. UN agency sets up support centre in Punjab

World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialised agency of the United Nations, has decided to set up its first Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) in India at the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST). The TISC will give access to international standard intellectual property facilities to the innovators of the region.
The setting up of TISC would facilitate access to international standard intellectual property facilities to the innovators of the region in terms of database access, training, case studies, best practices of other countries, experience sharing platform, IP commercialization and technology transfer and hence strengthening the innovation ecosystem in this part of the country.

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