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President to visit Assam and Meghalaya from October 21 to 22
Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:24 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Assam and Meghalaya from October 21 to 22, 2013.In Meghalaya, the President will address the Members of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on October 21, 2013.
No wrongdoing by PM in Hindalco coal block allocation: PMO
Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:14 PM
Breaking its silence, the Prime Minister's Office today rejected any criminality in the controversial allocation of coal block to Hindalco, saying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had approved it on the basis of "merits" of the case placed before him. While defending the decision, the PMO referred to Singh's statements earlier that the government has nothing to hide and it will fully cooperate with CBI which is probing the case.
India plays a bigger role in Europe: Hungarian PM Dr Viktor Orbanon to President Pranab Mukherjee
Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:32 PM
Dr Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary called on the President Pranab Mukherjee today at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Welcoming Dr Orban, the President said India attaches great importance to its relations with Hungary and our cultural relations far predate diplomatic relations.
Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto trains fares go up from Thursday
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 10:59 PM
Indian passengers will have to shell out more for travelling in Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains from Thursday as Railways has increased catering charges in these premier trains by about two to four per cent. The revision in food tariff, which is included in the total fare in premier trains, also comes with a revised menu.
Coal scam case against Birla; name PM too, says former Coal Secretary PC Parakh
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:55 PM
If there was a conspiracy to help industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla land two coal blocks in Odisha for his firm, then the Prime Minister must be counted among the conspirators, said former Coal Secretary PC Parakh today. "The PM cleared the decision, he is the third conspirator. He is the final decision-maker," Mr Parakh said, pointing out that Dr Manmohan Singh held direct charge of the Coal Ministry when the contentious mining rights were conferred on Mr Birla's firm.
Probationers of Indian Defence Accounts Service call on President
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 1:32 AM
A group of 23 probationers of Indian Defence Accounts Service 2012 batch and 2010 (RL) called on the President Pranab Mukherjee today at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Speaking on the occasion, the President stated that the officers of Indian Defence Accounts Service discharge a very important responsibility.
Supreme Court reiterates Aadhar not mandatory
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:04 PM
In a setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stuck to its stand on the Aadhar card saying it is not mandatory. The Centre had moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of an earlier order which said Aadhar card is not mandatory and no person should be deprived of any government schemes for want it.
Need for inclusive urban planning to meet challenges of rapid Urbanisation: Dr Girija Vyas
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 12:44 AM
Dr Girija Vyas Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has stated that Urban planning and design should focus on how to bring people and places together, by creating right opportunity for work, leisure, education, healthcare, commerce and agro-produce farms in the vicinity, rather than simply increasing the length of urban transport infrastructure, She was speaking at the function orgainsed to celebrate the World Habitat Day 2013 here today.
Air India's Chennai-Delhi Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft develops technical snag before take-off
Monday, October 07, 2013 9:53 PM
An Air India Chennai-Delhi flight scheduled to depart at 10.40am was delayed by several hours after the Dreamliner aircraft developed a technical snag before take-off on Monday.
Railway fares will go up by 2% from next week
Saturday, October 05, 2013 5:19 PM
Rail travel will become costly from Monday with the cash-strapped railways deciding to increase passenger fares in all mail and express trains by 2% and freight tariff by 1.7% across the board.
LeT issues threat to blow up Haridwar railway station
Thursday, October 03, 2013 11:39 PM
A letter purportedly by terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba has threatened to blow up Haridwar railway station and temples which abound in the city on December 29, police said today.
Khadi is the important vehicle for development of rural India: Prez Pranab launches the Khadi Mark
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 6:07 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee said that Khadi has the unique capability to create employment at the dwelling place of artisans with very low capital requirement.
President inaugurates 19th meeting of the Governing Council of the CIRDAP
Monday, September 30, 2013 8:54 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Nineteenth Meeting of the Governing Council of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) today at a function at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
People's victory: Supreme Court gives voters right to reject all candidates
Friday, September 27, 2013 5:34 PM
In a landmark judgement on Friday, the Supreme Court for the first time allowed voters to cast negative vote by pressing a button saying none of the candidates is worthy of his vote.
Puducherry is the place where Sri Aurobindo visualised the future of man: President Pranab
Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:34 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee said broad outlook, unhampered by regionalism, unencumbered by parochialism, unhindered by prejudices alone can make our nation great and ideal enough to lead the world.
PM Manmohan Singh condemns terror attacks in J&K; vows to defeat terrorism
Thursday, September 26, 2013 9:52 PM
Indicating that he will go ahead with the meeting with his Pakistani counterpart in New York on Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the "provocative" terror attacks like the ones in Jammu region will not succeed in derailing the process of dialogue.
Odisha, Bihar, MP least developed states: Raghuram Rajan panel
Thursday, September 26, 2013 9:03 PM
A six member expert committee constituted by the Centre on fixing a new criterion for determining the backwardness of Indian states on Thursday gave its reports, claiming Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh are the least developed states in the country.
Govt announces 7th Pay Commission for central employees
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:24 PM
The government on Wednesday decided to finally announce the Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees. The Commission may submit its report in two years and the recommendations made by it will be implemented by 1 January, 2016.
SC on Aadhar: Purpose in doubt, says it's not mandatory
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 11:16 PM
The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a crippling blow to UPA's showpiece Aadhaar scheme by ruling that it can only be issued to those with proven Indian nationality and cannot be mandatory for accessing public services and subsidies.
Full text of President Pranab Mukherjee's speech at inauguration of the new building of JSS Hospital
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:57 PM
Religious leaders have for long recognized that people's spiritual well-being cannot be entirely separated from their temporal concerns. It is only a few organizations that have put this thinking into practice. The JSS Maha-vidya-peetha and the Suttur Math are notable examples.
There is a need to increase our spending in the health sector, says President Pranab
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:23 AM
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the new hospital building of Jagadguru Sri Shiva-rathreeshwara (JSS) Maha-vidya-peetha today at a function at Mysore, Karnataka.President said there is a need to increase our spending in the health sector. Public expenditure on health in India is 1.2 per cent of GDP. This is much lower than the 4 per cent plus levels in countries like US, UK, Australia, Norway and Brazil.
Sustaining communal harmony is a big challenge: Manomhan Singh at NIC
Monday, September 23, 2013 5:01 PM
While admitting that sustaining communal harmony is a big challenge, Prime Minister Dr Manomhan Singh on Monday reiterated his government's commitment to fight communal forces trying to weaken the country's secular fabric and promised all steps to contain them.
Fly anywhere: 100 airports to connect small cities by 2020, Manmohan Singh says
Saturday, September 21, 2013 10:19 PM
Small destinations in the country will have air connectivity with a network of more than 100 airports planned to meet the expected passenger load capacity of 30 crore by 2020, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said.
Prez describes communal violence as 'insanity', calls for collective efforts to spread peace and harmony
Saturday, September 21, 2013 9:40 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee described inter-religions and communal violence as "insanity” and made an anguished and fervent appeal for collective efforts to spread the message of peace, harmony and non-violence.
Narendra Modi asks Tendulkar, Bachchan, Tharoor, SRK & others to promote voter registration
Friday, September 20, 2013 9:38 PM
Requesting 'prominent voices' on social media to promote voter registration in the country, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday used his Twitter handle, @narendramodi, to send out tweets to many actors, politicians and sportsmen.
President Pranab Mukherjee presents National Communal Harmony Awards
Friday, September 20, 2013 9:22 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Communal Harmony Awards for the year 2011 and 2012 at a function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi today.
DA hike: Cabinet may approve 10% hike on Friday
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:18 PM
The Union Cabinet could approve a proposal to hike the dearness allowance to 90 per cent from the existing 80 per cent, a move that would benefit about 50 lakh central government employees and 30 lakh pensioners.
Tight security ahead of PM, Sonia, Rahul's visit to Muzaffarnagar
Monday, September 16, 2013 4:10 PM
More than a week after communal violence broke out in the region claiming 47 lives, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on Monday visit the state's violence-hit district amidst tight security. The violence has sent thousands fleeing from their homes in fear.
National Integration Council to meet on September 23
Sunday, September 15, 2013 6:51 PM
The sixteenth meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) will be held on September 23, 2013 in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of India.
President Pranab confident about revival of economy
Sunday, September 15, 2013 6:16 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee feels that the fall in Indian economy is a consequence of major international crisis. But at the same time he said that he was confident about revival of Indian economy.
Anna Hazare threatens to fast if Lokpal Bill is not passed
Friday, September 13, 2013 5:54 PM
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Hazare said that he would start another hunger strike before the winter session if the Lokpal bill was not passed. Hazare also urged the PM to speak to the President in order to convene a special session of Parliament to pass the bill.
Only god can help our economy, feel policy makers
Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:41 PM
The country can ill-afford at this moment of crisis a government which is paralysed, a Prime Minister who never speaks, a Finance Minister who wrongly blames his immediate predecessor who is unable to defend himself, a supreme leader who does not care about where the money will come from and a bureaucracy which is frozen and unable to act.
Bureaucrats treatment abroad will be totally reimbursed by govt
Monday, September 09, 2013 10:29 PM
The Centre has decided to reimburse the total cost of treatment abroad as well as fund the return airfare for IAS, IPS and IFS officers, changing the 30-year-old rules at a time the government is facing flak for the country's worrisome fiscal health just months ahead of the general elections.
Shape up, or we'll ship out: India Inc warns UPA
Monday, September 09, 2013 9:48 PM
"We don't have enough power, we don't have enough water. So some of these projects where we need water and power, I will do it in Malaysia because that's where it is abundant,” Shaw, who is ranked 92 in India's rich list with a net worth of $625 million, told Reuters in an interview.
PSU's land acquisition responsible for Naxal problem, says Jairam Ramesh
Monday, September 09, 2013 5:34 PM
Ramesh said the idea was to convey the essence of what the government was trying to say and it was Gandhi who was responsible for changing the title of the Bill. He said Gandhi was of the view that the essential thing is right to fair compensation and rehabilitation and resettlement package which needed to be highlighted.
Second phase 'Bharat Nirman' campaign to showcase govt's work
Sunday, September 08, 2013 10:47 PM
The campaign, which highlights government's initiatives in rural infrastructure projects like roads, housing and water supply, is significant for the government in view of general elections scheduled next year. A lot of positive work has been accomplished (by the UPA government) in the last few years and it is important that this work is highlighted, I&B secretary Bimal Julka told PTI.
UPA II's mega scheme: 2.5 crore mobile phones, 90 lakh tablets to be distributed free in villages
Saturday, September 07, 2013 11:50 PM
The mobile phones will come bundled with free connection charges for two years. The user, who will have to pay a one-time charge of Rs 300, will also get 30 minutes of talk time, 30 text messages and 30 Mb of data usage free per month. This scheme will be restricted to the rural population.
Prez Pranab Mukherjee visits "Go Green" sand sculpture at Puri beach
Saturday, September 07, 2013 9:12 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee praised a massive sand sculpture of lord Ganesh made by eminent sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on the Puri beach here. "I am happy and overwhelmed that the President kept his promise to visit our sand art in Puri beach," said eminent sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik,
Deepak Sandhu becomes first woman CIC
Friday, September 06, 2013 12:17 AM
Deepak Sandhu, who has been an information commissioner for the last four years, on Thursday became the first woman Chief Information Commissioner of the country.
Oil profilgate government: Talks austerity, burns crores, you and me pay
Thursday, September 05, 2013 5:47 PM
Petrol flows like water in the government. Not just ministers and officials of the central and state governments, even PSUs and other government agencies don't have a limit on petrol/diesel consumption.
Raghuram Rajan, 23rd Governor of RBI says no magic wand but will deal with the challenge
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 10:33 PM
Raghuram Rajan on Wednesday took over as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Rajan, 50, an economics professor who also served as chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, took charge from D Subbarao.
Envoys of four nations present creditionals to President of India
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 7:33 PM
Envoys of Lesotho, Austria, Singapore and San Marino presented their credentials to the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan today
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates the 11th Asian Pacific Postal Union Congress
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 8:51 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 11th Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) Congress today at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Asian Pacific Postal Union, an inter-governmental organization of 32 countries of the region is actively working to improve cooperation among member nations in the field of postal services. He stated that the changing global scenario calls for postal administrations around the world to think differently.
Prez Pranab inaugurates 8th annual convention of CIC, says informed citizenry is vital for our democracy
Monday, September 02, 2013 8:57 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 8th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission (CIC) today at DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi and called upon the Government to do everything possible to create an informed citizenry which is vital for the functioning of our democracy.
Moily's 'idea' to do away with 24-hr petrol pumps dumped, PM's no, BJP calls it economic emergency
Monday, September 02, 2013 6:04 PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday rejected the idea of to prohibiting petrol pumps from staying open at night as part of the government's plan to check fuel consumption in the country, according to TV reports.
Dearness allowance up by 10%, benefits 80 lakh employees & pensioners
Sunday, September 01, 2013 7:35 PM
Ahead of festival season, central government will this month announce a hike in dearness allowance to 90% from existing 80%, benefiting about 50 lakh central employees and 30 lakh pensioners.
Delhi gangrape case: Public protest over juvenile's 'light' punishment
Sunday, September 01, 2013 6:25 PM
As the news of the judgment spread, some protesters started shouting slogans outside the board and sought death penalty for the juvenile. Shouting "Hang the rapist", the protesters expressed displeasure over the "light punishment" given to the minor.
Media, strong pillar of democracy, acts as guiding light for society, govt: Prez Pranab at KUWJ function
Saturday, August 31, 2013 8:56 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the valedictory function of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) today at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Need to end all acts of violence against women: Sonia Gandhi
Saturday, August 31, 2013 7:30 PM
The Congress president's statement on the issue comes at a time when the number of incidents of crime against women is witnessing a rising trend. Urging the people to launch a "social revolution” for empowering women, the Congress president said, "The most fundamental issue that the mindset and old thoughts of our society have to be changed. Giving women equal status as men is a very big challenge and the wall of discrimination amongst women has to be demolished.”
"I'll be known as the baby-steps Governor!” RBI gov Subbarao says FM may have to walk it alone
Friday, August 30, 2013 5:57 PM
Wrapping up, Subbarao said he had come to Reserve Bank as the 'Great Recession' was setting in and would be finishing now as the 'Great Exit' is taking shape, ”with not a week of respite from the crisis over the five years.”
One of India's most wanted IM lynchpin Yasin Bhatkal and Asaudullah trapped by IB, NIA and Bihar Police
Friday, August 30, 2013 3:53 PM
Indian Mujahideen lynchpin Yasin Bhatkal, one of the country's most wanted men, was trapped in a house in Pokhara in Nepal by local cops and whisked away into the waiting arms of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Bihar Police in the early hours of Thursday.
IM mastermind Yasin Bhatkal arrested from Indo-Nepal border
Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:21 PM
In what is undoubtedly the biggest catch yet in India's war against terror, National Investigation Agency sleuths arrested Indian Mujahideen mastermind Yasin Bhatkal from the Indo-Nepal border near Gorakhpur on Thursday.
Fake Salman Khurshid account tweets on Syria cause flutter
Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:07 PM
Amid reports of an impending Western military strike on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons, a fake Twitter account of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid caused a flutter on Wednesday, saying the attack was to begin soon.
Parliamentry delegation of Papua New Guinea comes calling on President Mukherjee
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:47 PM
A Parliamentary delegation from Papua New Guinea led by the Hon. Theo Zibang Zurenuoc, Speaker of the National Parliament called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (August 27, 2013).
President inaugurates new Advanced Crude Oil Research Centre at CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum
Monday, August 26, 2013 11:55 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the new laboratory and addressed the scientists of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) today at Indian Institute of Petroleum, Mohkampur, Dehradun.
Mobilise all resources to provide succour to U'khand: Pranab Mukherjee
Monday, August 26, 2013 10:06 PM
All possible resources should be mobilised for rebuilding the lives and hopes of the people of Uttarakhand which saw large-scale devastation by heavy rains and floods, President Pranab Mukherjee said here today.
Media needed to be 'the govt's enemy, as watchdog: Sonia at launch of Media Centre
Saturday, August 24, 2013 5:58 PM
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said that well-intentioned criticism of the policies of the government by the media was welcome, for the media played an important watchdog function. Sonia Gandhi said there was need to highlight shortcomings in government policies, and the media needed to be "the government's enemy".
Credibility is media's currency, witch-hunt can't substitute investigative journalism: PM
Saturday, August 24, 2013 5:28 PM
Speaking at the inauguration of the National Media Centre here, the Prime Minister said the exponential growth in India's media sector began during the 1990s, and expressed confidence that the media would not be found wanting in efforts to consolidate India as an inclusive, progressive society.
LTC scam spreads further from govt, PSU's, Shipping Corporation officials in loop
Friday, August 23, 2013 7:06 PM
Sources reveal that the shipping ministry is expected to ask the CBI to investigate more than 100 such claims from Shipping Corporation of India officials. Among those who would be investigated are a former chairman and a former director.
India world's third largest internet population at 73.9 million, overtakes Japan
Friday, August 23, 2013 12:05 AM
Riding on a 31% year-on-year increase, India's online population grew to 73.9 million. With an extended online universe in excess of 145 million the market is at a tipping point for online businesses.
No proposal to raise retirement age of Central Govt employees: Narayanasamy
Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:27 PM
Putting to rest any speculation that the Centre might raise the retirement age of its staff, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy said on Thursday that there was no such proposal on the anvil.
V Narayansamy launches RTI Online Web Portal
Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:19 AM
Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy has said that rtionline web portal is another milestone in the regime of RTI that will further promote participation of our citizens in the process of governance and policy making decisions of the Government.
Sonia's poll song: Starts food security programme in Delhi, says 'No poor in India will remain hungry'
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 6:07 PM
Delhi is among the first states to launch the programme that is expected to provide cheap staple food to two-thirds of the nation's population.The legal right to food security is "unparalleled" in the world and will ensure that no poor in India remains hungry, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said here Tuesday while launching the ambitious food security programme in Delhi.
President Pranab inaugurates BGRI Technical Workshop 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 11:18 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the fifth technical workshop, 2013 of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. The workshop is organized by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) in collaboration with BGRI.
RTI Act dilutes Whistleblowers Bill to protect 'national security' and Cabinet papers
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 6:07 PM
Readers will remember that the Lok Sabha passed this Bill without much discussion during the heated debate around the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill in December 2011. The WBP BIll is pending in the Rajya Sabha.
Ad campaign of Rs 180 crores for highlighting UPAs achievements released
Monday, August 19, 2013 11:44 PM
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which has been battling a series of corruptions allegations, is seeking to define its nine years in power through the publicity campaign ahead of general elections due next year.
Media has become a business, journalists should have licence: I&B Minister Manish Tewari
Monday, August 19, 2013 10:36 PM
Addressing a symposium on News Media Education in India organised by CMS Academy at the India International Centre here, Tewari said there was a need to reflect on a "question germane to the media" - whether it is a business as defined under the Indian constitution or any other activity.
Prez Pranab Mukherjee greets people on the occasion of Rakha Bandhan
Monday, August 19, 2013 9:41 PM
The festival of Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the sacred bond of love, trust and commitment between sisters and brothers. It is an occasion for us to dedicate ourselves to the well-being of women and in particular, the girl child. Women should be provided a safe,
Anna Hazare, Vidya Balan leads America's largest India Day parade in Manhattan
Monday, August 19, 2013 3:52 PM
Indian social activist Anna Hazare and Bollywood star Vidya Balan led America's largest India Day parade in Manhattan as Indian New Yorkers waving the country's tricolour flags celebrated India's independence.
Chidambaram rues attempt to divide nation on religious lines
Sunday, August 18, 2013 6:53 PM
Chidambaram said that one cannot deny the fact about the presence of poverty in India. At the same time no one can deny that India has also witnessed massive growth, he noted.
Case against Anna Hazare for showing 'disrespect' to National Flag
Sunday, August 18, 2013 4:03 PM
A local court on Saturday directed the police to register a case against social activist Anna Hazare for allegedly showing disrespect to the National Flag during his visit here on July 29.Chief Judicial Magistrate Narendra Bahadur Prasad directed the Line Bazar police to register the case and probe the matter.
No talks without Pak ceasefire violations being addressed first: Salman Khurshid
Saturday, August 17, 2013 11:08 PM
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said recurring ceasefire violations by Pakistan needed to be addressed first before New Delhi could consider the possibility of holding talks with Islamabad.
LeT terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda held by Delhi Police
Saturday, August 17, 2013 4:43 PM
One of India's most wanted terrorist, Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda, accused of masterminding over 40 bombings in the country, has been arrested by Delhi Police from the Indo-Nepal border after he was apparently deported from one of the Gulf countries.
Children with special needs as good as any other: Pranab Mukherjee
Friday, August 16, 2013 4:48 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said differently-abled children are as efficient in handling challenges of life as other kids provided they are given support and opportunities. Mukherjee, who was interacting with some differently-abled children on the occasion of the 67th Independence Day,
President pranab mukherjee's address to the nation on India's 67th Independence day
Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:56 AM
My thoughts turn first towards the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who shaped our liberation struggle and the martyrs who made supreme sacrifice for the freedom of our country and great patriots whose relentless struggle liberated our motherland
Augusta Westland deal manipulated, CAG report raises questions on VVIP chopper acquisition
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 7:05 PM
In its preface, the report says that the entire process of acquisition "poses serious questions on accountability and lack of transparency which need to be addressed". The report is likely to provide further ammunition to the opposition to target the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government which is already battling allegations concerning allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrum.
President Pranab Mukherjee to address the nation on the eve of 67th Independence Day
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 10:54 PM
President Shri Pranab Mukherjee will address the nation tomorrow on the eve of the 67th Independence Day.
Incidentally our 'Jai Hind' is feeble
Saturday, August 10, 2013 7:55 PM
We all ought to know that Swaraj will not at once or, I think, even for a long time to come, be better government or greater happiness for the people. Elections and their corruptions, injustice, and the power and tyranny of wealth, and inefficiency of administration, will make a hell of life as soon as freedom is given to us.
Govt may amend rules to save IAS officers from vested interests
Friday, August 09, 2013 10:31 PM
In the backdrop of controversial suspension of Durga Sakthi Nagpal, the Centre is considering amending rules to ensure an IAS officer is not suspended or transferred due to vested interest.
Year 2013 marks a significant milestone in our agricultural and social history: Prez Pranab
Thursday, August 08, 2013 4:34 PM
President Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of MS Swaminathan Research Foundation at Chennai. Speaking on the occasion, the President said the year 2013 marks a significant milestone in Indian agricultural and social history. The National Food Security Ordinance was promulgated and the Bill in this regard has been introduced in the Lok Sabha.
Martyrs receive guard of honour, state funeral but Prime Minister for dialogue with Pakistan
Thursday, August 08, 2013 4:23 PM
Four soldiers who were killed at the LoC were awarded a state funeral and a guard of honour by the Bihar government. Funeral services were held at Chhapra and Damapur districts of Bihar early Thursday morning. The bodies of the five soldiers landed in Delhi yesterday.
NRIs active, initiate Call-A-Thon: Join campaign to keep political parties under RTI
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 5:29 PM
Trust India's honourable Members of Parliament to save their skin when confronted with uncomfortable questions on the proposed amendments to the Right To Information (RTI) Act.This was the experience of scores of NRIs settled in the US who last week initiated a unique Call-A-Thon to Indian MPs, requesting them to save the RTI Act - which is sought to be diluted by the new amendments to keep political parties out of the ambit of its questioning - and urge them to ensure that, in public interest, political parties be covered by the RTI Act.
Costly medical facilities behind poverty: Rahul Gandhi
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 10:40 PM
Perhaps speaking his heart out for the first time on the issue of poverty plaguing the country, Congress vice president and Amethi MP, Rahul Gandhi said, "biggest cause of poverty in India is costly medical facilities which eat into a common man's savings leaving him penniless."
Probationers of Indian Forest Service call on the president Pranab
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 7:02 PM
A group of 79 probationers of Indian Forest Service of 2012 batch called on the President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Speaking on the occasion, the President emphasized that urgent attention needs to be paid to problems such as environmental degradation, global warming, ecological imbalances etc.
Will India become a hindu nation?
Saturday, August 03, 2013 7:16 PM
It is very clear that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is in an elated mood. Never before in the history of free India, has the RSS chief so openly and adamantly dictated terms to the leadership of the Jan Sangh/ Bharatiya Janata Party, as he has in recent months.
Rashtrapati Bhawan documentry on 15th August at 9pm on Discovery Channel
Saturday, August 03, 2013 4:36 PM
A pre screening of documentry on Rashtrapti Bhawan was held at the former Viceroys house, the official residence of the President of India, which will be shown on Discovery Channel on August 15.
Sujatha Singh takes charge as Foreign Secretary
Thursday, August 01, 2013 10:12 PM
Sujatha Singh took charge as India's foreign secretary on Thursday. The 1976 batch Indian Foreign Service officer will have a fixed tenure of two years. Sujatha Singh, 59, an officer of the 1976 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, succeeds Rajan Mathai who superannuated from the service yesterday. Mathai is expected to go to London as India's High Commissioner.
PM's remarks at the release of book: An Agenda for India's Growth: Essays in Honour of P Chidambaram
Thursday, August 01, 2013 9:00 PM
Following is the text of Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh's remarks at the Release of Book: An Agenda for India's Growth: Essays in Honour of P Chidambaram in New Delhi.
Probationers of Indian Trade Service call on the President Pranab Mukherjee
Thursday, August 01, 2013 7:20 PM
A group of 20 Probationers of Indian Trade Service of 2010 and 2011 batches called on the President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan. These probationers are presently undergoing nine months professional training at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
MEA launches smartphone apps, passport seva on mobile
Monday, July 29, 2013 10:24 PM
Now you can get help with your passport, visa, and if abroad, get consular assistance, or even ask questions to the external affairs minister - all on your smartphone with the 'MEAIndia' app.The 'MEAIndia' application, being launched Monday evening by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, will help users find out the nearest Indian mission or post for emergency consular assistance,
Council Members of Indian Statistical Institute call on the Prez Pranab Mukherjee
Saturday, July 27, 2013 9:25 PM
Council Members of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata called on the President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Modi, Rahul 'unacceptable' as PM, both are 'not fit' for dignified post: Anna Hazare
Saturday, July 27, 2013 5:03 PM
Social activist Anna Hazare on Friday said that both Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi are "unacceptable" as prime minister as both are "not fit" to acquire the dignified post.Hazare on Friday questioned the integrity of the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and said he was not acceptable to him as Prime minister.
Rs 27,Rs 12,Rs 5 and now Re 1: UPA leaders mock on poor, Farooq says fill your stomach at Re 1
Friday, July 26, 2013 8:16 PM
After Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar and Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood's claim of 'super cheap' food available on the streets of India, another minister is of the view that one can have a filling meal for just Re 1.
Flight carrying Rahul Gandhi, Shinde diverted to Lucknow
Friday, July 26, 2013 1:18 AM
A flight carrying Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi from Raebareli to New Delhi was diverted to Lucknow following inclement weather in the national capital.
Rashtrapati Bhawan should instill a sense of pride in citizens, says President
Friday, July 26, 2013 12:36 AM
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on July 25, 2013 launched a series of Digital Initiatives to mark the first anniversary of his assumption of office.
New glory to Rashtrapati Bhawan as President Pranab Mukherjee completes a year
Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:38 PM
In the 'Assumption of Office' speech delivered by President Mukherjee on July 25, 2012, he spelt out clearly that the focus of his efforts would be to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of India.
Can have hearty meal for Rs 12 in Mumbai, Rs 5 in Delhi: Congress leaders
Thursday, July 25, 2013 7:16 PM
In attempts to defend the claim that poverty has declined by 22 per cent since the government came to power, Congress spokespersons are barreling new controversies.
Vice President of USA Joseph R Biden calls on the President Pranab
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9:18 PM
Joseph R Biden Jr, Vice President of the United States of America called on the President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Welcoming Mr Biden, the President said India appreciates his strong voice of support for India-related issues in the Senate, including the bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. India accords the highest priority to its relationship with the United States.
Kanchi Shankaracharya bats for Modi for top job, rakes up foreign origin issue
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 5:53 PM
Rahul Gandhi may not be the right person to lead the country, Kanchi Kamakoti Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi has said while backing BJP's Narendra Modi for the top job, raking up controversy over the foreign origin of ongress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Earning Rs 28 a day, not poor: Planning Commission's new figures
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 5:25 PM
As it preps for general elections, the Congress-led UPA government has got some brownie points from a planning commission report that said poverty, both in rural and urban India, had declined in the last eight years. But the panel continues to use controversial poverty benchmarks, in this report capped at Rs. 28 a day for rural India.
US Vice President Joe Biden meets Hamid Ansari
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:41 PM
Biden, who arrived here on Monday on a four-day visit to India, will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders to discuss the India-US engagement on a broad array of issues.
Can't say if Narendra Modi is communal or not: Anna Hazare
Friday, July 19, 2013 11:49 PM
Social activist Anna Hazare on Friday said he had never said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was not communal. "Modi represents what BJP stands for. From their statements, it appears to be communal. I don't want to talk about an individual person, because it is a matter of his political party. BJP has nominated Narendra Modi as Chairman of its Campaign Committee," he said.
2G trial: Reliance ADA group's Anil Ambani, wife Tina Ambani to appear as witnesses
Friday, July 19, 2013 11:04 PM
Reliance ADA group chairman Anil Ambani, his wife Tina and 11 others were on Friday summoned as prosecution witnesses in the 2G spectrum allocation case by a Delhi court. "I find that examination of these witnesses is necessary for just decision of the case...," special CBI judge O P Saini said, adding "the application is allowed in total and all 13 are summoned."
CVC denies info on implementation of the Whistleblowers Act
Friday, July 19, 2013 7:00 PM
In 2004 the Central Government, stung by allegations of hardly lifting a finger to protect its whistleblowing employees- the Late Mr. Manjunath and the Late Mr. Satyendra Dubey who got murdered, issued a Government resolution creating a system for employees to blow the whistle on cases of wrong doing they come to know of in their department/organisation.
Envoys of 4 nations present credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 7:35 PM
Envoys of Zambia, Myanmar, Kenya and Lebanon presented their credentials to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Govt opens gates for big-bang FDI reforms; defence as well
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 5:47 PM
Faced with a harsh economic environment, the government on Tuesday opened the doors to greater foreign investment in almost a dozen sectors, including telecom and the tightly-policed defence, for "state-of-the-art" technology.
Full text of President's speech at 85th Foundation Day Lecture of the ICAR
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 10:05 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee delivered the 85th Foundation Day Lecture of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) today at National Agriculture Science Centre Complex, Pusa, New Delhi. Full text of President's speech is below
Prez Pranab delivers 85th Foundation Day Lecture of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:42 PM
President said that we have to achieve higher productivity levels to attain the agricultural growth target for the Twelfth Plan period. We must place greater emphasis on productivity-driving measures such as diversification of crops, improvement in seed replacement rate, adoption of high yielding hybrid seeds, and improvement in water management practices.
Telegram service in India will not be available from Monday
Sunday, July 14, 2013 6:45 PM
The 160-year old telegram service in the country will operate for the last time on Sunday."Tomorrow is the last day for telegram services. The service will start at 8 am and close by 9 pm," BSNL CMD RK Upadhyay told PTI. "The service will not be available from Monday."State-run telecom firm BSNL has decided to discontinue telegrams following a huge shortfall in revenue. The service generated about Rs75 lakh annually, compared with the cost of over Rs100 crore to run and manage it.
Bofors scam buried as Quattrocchi dies of heart attack in Italy
Sunday, July 14, 2013 4:21 PM
Controversial Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi - a key figure in the Bofors case, India's first highly-publicised corruption scam - died at the age of 74 in Milan following a stroke on Thursday night.
Bodh Gaya terror bombing to 'settle scores'?
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 6:29 PM
The Bodh Gaya terror attack could have been aimed to "settle scores" for the targeting of Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and the involvement of Lashkar-e-Taiba and other radical Islamist groups cannot be ruled out in "brainwashing" impressionable minds to carry out the bombing, say experts.
President condemns Bodh Gaya blasts as senseless terror act
Sunday, July 07, 2013 9:01 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday condemned the serial blasts at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya as a senseless act of violence to target innocent pilgrims.Expressing deep anguish over the blasts, he said it was a "senseless act of violence targeting innocent pilgrims and monks who had gathered to worship at this temple dedicated to the great apostle of peace - Gautam Buddha".
Ishrat Jahan, a suicide bomber: FBI told Indian government in 2009
Saturday, July 06, 2013 5:04 PM
There seems to be no end to the controversy surrounding the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, which has posed questions over the role of the Intelligence Bureau. In a fresh development, a letter by the IB to the Home Ministry in June in connection with the case has alleged that the US' FBI had mentioned in 2009 that Ishrat Jahan could be a suicide bomber.
National Food Security Bill: Facts at a glance in FAQS
Friday, July 05, 2013 11:25 PM
Following are some frequently asked questions and their anwers on the Food Security Bill. Find facts at a glance
Highlights of the National Food Security Bill
Friday, July 05, 2013 10:49 PM
The National Food Security Bill is a historic initiative for ensuring food and nutritional security to the people. It gives right to the people to receive adequate quantity of foodgrains at affordable prices.
Great potential for US investments in Indian power Sector: Jyotiraditya Scindia
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:19 PM
Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Power, Government of India visited Washington on July 2, 2013 with the objective of further enhancing India –US partnership in the Power sector. Delivering a talk on "Indian Energy Security in the context of the Power Sector”. Scindia emphasized that there is great potential for US investments and co-operation in the Indian power sector.
President Pranab Mukherjee to confer National Youth Awards 2011-12
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 10:14 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the National Youth Awards for the year 2011-12 tomorrow (July 4, 2013) at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
On CBI autonomy, govt reaches SC with old manual, in new words
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 9:34 PM
The appointment of the CBI director by a collegium that includes the Prime Minister is among the steps the government intends to take to insulate the agency from political interference, the Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday.
National Cyber Security Policy 2013 to deal with cyber attack
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 6:24 PM
With an aim to protect information and build capabilities to prevent cyber attacks, the government released the National Cyber Security Policy 2013 to safeguard both physical and business assets of the country."...policy is a framework document and it gives you a broad outline of what our vision is...the real task or the challenge is the operationalisation of this policy," Minister of Communications and IT Kapil Sibal said while releasing the policy in New Delhi.
Sujatha Singh to be India's next Foreign Secretary
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 10:07 PM
Sujatha Singh (59), currently envoy to Germany, will be India's next Foreign Secretary following an approval of her appointment by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.Ms Singh, a 1976 batch IFS officer, was a close contender for the top job along with India's Ambassador to China, S Jaishankar, who is a batch junior to her.
PM reviews National e-Governance Plan
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 8:53 PM
The second meeting of the Prime Minister's Committee on the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) was held on 1st July 2013 to review the progress of implementation of NeGP.
'Bharat Nirman' campaign goes hi-tech, now GPS-based system to track hoardings
Sunday, June 30, 2013 9:38 PM
To keep a track of hoardings put up to highlight the UPA government's achievements, the I&B ministry has decided to use a GPS-based system in the next phase of 'Bharat Nirman' campaign which is expected to take off in the first half of August. The department of audio visual publicity is shortlisting firms that can provide state-of-the-art technology to set up the GPS-based system for outdoor publicity, officials said.
Petrol price hiked by Rs 1.82 per litre, 3rd time in a month
Saturday, June 29, 2013 3:37 PM
State-run fuel retailers on Friday decided to raise petrol price by Rs 1.82 a litre, excluding state taxes, to pass on the impact of the falling rupee and the fuel's rising price in international trading hubs. This is the third hike this month and the new prices would be affective intervening from Friday midnight. The actual increase at petrol pumps would be higher due to incremental increase in state levies.
Govt has given more powers to CBI: Narayanasamy
Friday, June 28, 2013 5:34 PM
The government on Friday said it has given more powers to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) following Supreme Court's observation to give investigational autonomy to agency.
Be ready for more Inflation: Cabinet approves doubling domestic gas price from 2014
Friday, June 28, 2013 5:04 PM
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) Thursday approved doubling the price of domestically produced natural gas - to $8.42 per million British thermal units (MBTU) from April 2014 against the current $4.2 MBTU - under a complex formula recommended by the C. Rangarajan Committee, an official source said here.
Cabinet to decide on how to make the CBI autonomous
Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:52 PM
The Union Cabinet is all set to take up the issue of autonomy to the CBI on Thursday. The Cabinet will take up recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) that was set up to examine the issue.
Rashratpati Bhawan to preserve and protect its glorious heritage through conservation
Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:13 PM
A Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) for the Presidents Estate was submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee on June 26, 2013 by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Prez presents National Awards for OS in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:32 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Awards for Outstanding Services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse today on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at a function at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
In the name of banning porn govt trying to capture Internet, makes ISPs ban 39 websites
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:19 PM
The government has decided to put a blanket ban on several websites that allow users to share pornographic content. Most of them are web forums, where internet users share images and URLs to download pornographic files.
'Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World' most appropriate theme for India: Prez Pranab
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 9:25 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 16th Indian Cooperative Congress at a function at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi today.
Middle-class Indians hard hit by rupee's fall: Survey
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:21 PM
As the Indian rupee slumps to new lows, the country's middle class has been forced to cut back on eating out, buying branded products or new cars, studying abroad etc. as their monthly expenditure has risen by 20 percent, a study by Assocham revealed Thursday. The Indian rupee slumped to another record low of 59.93 against the dollar Thursday, after the US Federal Reserve signalled an end to its monetary stimulus that would help in further strengthening of the greenback.
Prez Pranab to visit Tripura from June 20 to 21
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 8:21 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee will undertake a two-day visit to Tripura (Agartala, Palatana and Suryamaninagar) from June 20 to 21, 2013.
Only Hindutva can transform the country, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:52 PM
"We have changed leaders and agendas, nothing has worked. Politics is not the way to make India a superpower, it is only Hindutva that can do it," the RSS chief said while speaking at a Sangh's programme. Backing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's elevation in the BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat today said that Hindutva was the only way to bring about change in the country.
Lobbying should be done in public, not behind doors: Sachin Pilot
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:20 AM
Stressing the need to clearly define what constitutes the legal lobbying activities by business groups in India, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot on Monday said lobbyists should present their views to policymakers in public and not behind the closed doors.
One Nation-Free Roaming: TRAI cuts roaming charges for calls, SMSes from July 1
Monday, June 17, 2013 10:10 PM
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has reduced national roaming calls and SMS tariff ceilings from next month and said it would allow telecom service providers to offer national mobile roaming to subscribers for a fixed fee from the same date.The ceiling tariffs prescribed by TRAI in 2007 were Rs.1.40 per minute for outgoing calls and Rs.2.40 per minute for outgoing STD calls while on national roaming.
We have every reason to be proud on Indian media: Vice Prez at biennial session of NUJ
Saturday, June 15, 2013 11:40 PM
Vice President of India Mr M Hamid Ansari has said that we have every reason to be proud of the strength and diversity of Indian media.However, and from time to time, there have been media-related developments that are disconcerting. They raise questions about the media's objectivity and credibility.
lobbies derailing India's oil exploration says Moily, opposition seeks more info
Saturday, June 15, 2013 5:33 PM
Petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday claimed that India's energy exploration activities are being derailed by "threats" to ministers from the import lobbies, which want the country to remain dependent on oil and gas imports, and "bureaucratic obstructions".
Chidambaram promises more reform measures to boost economic growth
Thursday, June 13, 2013 4:57 PM
In an attempt to woo investors to invest in the Indian markets and economy, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said, "A number of measures have to be taken to revise growth in economy, fiscal consolidation tops list, followed by moderating inflation."
From July, just SMS to book train tickets
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:22 PM
Train passengers will be able to use their mobile phones to book tickets through a simple text-messaging-based facility or a menu-based dialling service from July 1. The two non-internet systems developed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) can be used with even simple feature phones.
Enhance India's prestige and honour abroad, Prez Pranab says to IFS probationers
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:20 PM
A group of 34 Probationers of Indian Foreign Service (2011 batch) called on the President Pranab Mukherjee today at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Addressing the probationers, the President said the world is undergoing major change. Global economy is still fragile and yet to recover from the financial crisis.
Coal scam: CBI registers FIR against Naveen Jindal, ex-Minister of State
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:10 PM
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday registered fresh cases in the coal blocks allocation scam. The premier investigation agency named as accused former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and MP Naveen Jindal.
Poor Indian must think, your PM's air travel expenditure stands at Rs 642 crore
Sunday, June 09, 2013 4:47 PM
A sum of over Rs 642 crore has been incurred on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's air travels abroad in the last nine years.The information reveals that Singh undertook 67 travels since 2004 when he took over as PM, of which bills of five have not been received. The bills received from the rest 62 visits show that Rs 642.45 crore was spent on air travel.
Wind Energy: The fastest growing renewable energy technology
Sunday, June 09, 2013 12:43 AM
Worldwide, wind energy is accepted as one of the most developed, cost-effective and proven renewable energy technologies to meet increasing electricity demands in a sustainable manner.While, onshore wind energy technologies have reached to a stage of mass deployment and have become competitive with fossil fuel based electricity generation with supportive policy regimes across the world, exploitation of offshore wind energy is yet to reach a comparable scale.
National Ambulance Code approved for Indian roads
Friday, June 07, 2013 10:04 PM
In a major step towards improving the quality and safety of ambulances on Indian roads, National Ambulance Code AIS:125 (Automotive Industry Standard) recommended by Central Motor Vehicles Rules-Technical Standing Committee (CMVR-TSC) has been approved by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
Govt sets-up the National Skill Development Agency
Friday, June 07, 2013 9:57 PM
Pursuant to the Union Cabinet approval, the Government has constituted the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) by subsuming the Prime Minister's National Council on Skill Development (PMNCSD), the National Skill Development Coordination Board (NSDCB) and the Office of the Adviser to the PM on Skill Development.
Jayalalithaa's letter to PM Manmohan on internal security
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 11:01 PM
The Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security is, no doubt, a very important event since it concerns the primary function of the State viz maintenance of Public Order.
Caveat blocks stay on CIC order on political parties appeal
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 10:46 PM
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Tuesday filed a caveat before the Delhi High Court, a move to pre-empt a unilateral stay on a likely appeal by political parties against an order to bring them under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI).
Air India crew member smuggle cigarettes, detained in London, bailed out after AI pay 5k pounds
Monday, June 03, 2013 8:59 PM
An Air India cabin crew was detained by the London police for allegedly smuggling 50 cigarette crates. After a four-hour-long questioning, it was confirmed that the bag containing the cigarettes belonged to Shah, sources said.Though some members of the crew were released later Bhavik Shah, who admitted to his crime, was detained for eight hours.
Anna Hazare threatens to sit on indefinite fast again
Saturday, June 01, 2013 11:28 PM
Activist Anna Hazare today threatened to sit on an indefinite fast again in Delhi from October demanding passage of 'Janlokpal Bill'. Hazare announced his decision in a letter shot off to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing his disappointment over the government failure to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill as promised in 2011.
Maoist violence and state ineptitude
Saturday, June 01, 2013 10:52 PM
The latest act of depredation by the Maoists has shown that they remain as much of a danger for the established order as when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in 2010 that they posed the greatest internal security threat.
Probationers of Indian Ordnance Factories Service call on the President
Friday, May 31, 2013 10:09 PM
A group of 30 probationers of Indian Ordnance Factories Service -2012 (i) batch from National Academy of Defence Production, Nagpur called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
PM hints at Cabinet reshuffle, Pakistan invitation, says Opposition obstructionist
Friday, May 31, 2013 9:43 PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today indicated that a Cabinet reshuffle could be on the cards to fill up the vacancies. "There are some vacancies. The issue of filling them up is being considered," Singh told reporters on his way back from Japan and Thailand.
Sushilkumar Shinde reaches Chhattisgarh six days after attack
Friday, May 31, 2013 6:32 PM
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde who arrived in India on Wednesday has reached Chhattisgarh, six days after the attack that wiped out most of the Congress state leadership.
Aruna Roy opts out of Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:18 PM
Social activist Aruna Roy has decided not to continue in the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi- led National Advisory Council (NAC) after her term expires on Friday. Roy has written to Ms. Gandhi requesting that she should not be considered for another term of NAC. The UPA Chairperson has accepted the request.
Embrace education for progress, Vice President tells Muslims
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9:59 PM
Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari on Wednesday urged the Muslim community to embrace modern education to stay in tune with the changing times and overcome its social and economic backwardness.
Chhattisgarh attack: Centre to rework anti-Maoist strategy
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 5:31 PM
After the grieving, a re-look at strategy. The Centre is holding a series of internal meetings to rework its plan on battling Maoist activity in the heart of the country, termed for the first time by a senior minister as "terrorism".
Railway Probationers call on President Pranab Mukherjee
Monday, May 27, 2013 11:42 PM
A group of 56 Probationers of Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS), Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) and Indian Railways Service of Stores called on the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee today at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Prime Minister's statement prior to his departure to Japan and Thailand
Monday, May 27, 2013 6:51 PM
Following is the text of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh's departure statement prior to his visit to Japan and Thailand today:
UIDAI launches Aadhaar based Iris Authentication, eKYC, One time PIN new services and PE Centres
Friday, May 24, 2013 11:46 PM
Developing on its vision of "Empowering residents of India with a unique identity and a digital platform to authenticate anytime, anywhere”, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) today unveiled three new Aadhaar-Enabled Services and announced the establishment of first set of permanent enrolment centres (Aadhaar Kendras).
Shashi Kant Sharma sworn in as CAG
Friday, May 24, 2013 12:16 AM
Shashi Kant Sharma was on Thursday sworn in as CAG by President Pranab Mukherjee in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. "Shashi Kant Sharma will have a tenure up to September 24, 2017," an official statement said.
UPA II releases 'Report to the People': Full text of PM's speech
Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:45 PM
"This Report to the People which we are going to release in a few moments is last before the next general elections. Next year, we will report to our people directly, seeking a renewed mandate. It is only appropriate that this year we take a longer term perspective and report to our people on what we have been able to achieve in these past nine years.
Shashi Kant Sharma becomes new CAG
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:05 PM
The President of India has appointed Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, IAS, as the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, in terms of Article 148 (1) of the Constitution of India. Shri Sharma is presently holding the post of Defence Secretary in the Ministry of Defence,
CAG Vinod Rai retires after redefining statutory body's role as watchdog
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 4:29 PM
Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai, who demits office Wednesday, will be remembered for turning the statutory body into a pugnacious watchdog of good governance and administrative integrity at a time when India is experiencing the need for greater transparency and a rebalancing of power that has tilted over the years towards the executive.
Anti-Terrorism Day observed throughout the country
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 9:59 PM
Anti Terrorism Day is being observed throughout the country today. Employees in Govt. offices, Public Sector Undertakings and other public institutions in the country took a pledge to oppose all forms of terrorism & violence. RPN Singh, Minister of State in the Home Affairs administered the oath to the officers and staff of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions in North Block this morning.
Rashtrapati Bhawan tours will charge visitors for services
Monday, May 20, 2013 11:53 PM
Nominal registration charges of Rs. 25/- will be levied upon visitors to Rashtrapati Bhavan and Mughal Gardens from August 1, 2013. These charges are meant to enable Rashtrapati Bhavan maintain and improve services to public.
No LPG to houses with multiple-connections from Jun 1
Friday, May 17, 2013 12:59 AM
Cooking gas or LPG supplies to households having unverified multiple connections will stop from June 1, state-owned oil firms announced today.
President Pranab Mukherjee asked to solve vexed Naga issue
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:49 PM
"We would greatly appreciate and expect your kind intervention to bring about an honourable and peaceful solution to the IndoNaga conflict," said a memorandum submitted by the Naga Hoho to the President at Raj Bhavan here last evening. The President arrived here on a two-day visit to the state yesterday.
Govt forms GoM to insulate CBI from external influence
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:02 PM
In the wake of the Supreme Court's scathing observations on CBI, the government today formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) to draft a law to insulate the investigating agency from external influence.
Prez Pranab presents National Florence Nightingale Awards on International Nurses Day
Sunday, May 12, 2013 6:44 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee said the National Florence Nightingale Awards are a befitting recognition of the extraordinary services rendered by nurses who have served the sick and the ailing, with compassion, patience and courage.
Diesel price hiked by a rupee and two paisa
Saturday, May 11, 2013 11:25 PM
Diesel prices have been hiked by one rupee two paisa per litre. This came into a effect from Friday night. This is the fourth increase in rates this year. State-owned oil firms, which had been mandated in January to raise prices by up to 50 paisa per litre every month till entire losses on the fuel are wiped out, skipped raising rates in April.
Full text of President's speech at National Technology Day Function
Saturday, May 11, 2013 9:58 PM
Full text of President Pranab Mukherjee's speech at National Technology Day Function on May 11, 2013.
Globalization has rewritten rules of business: Prez Pranab on National Technology Day
Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:51 PM
Our priorities for innovation should be conditioned by our socio-economic realities, says President. Mr Pranab Mukherjee attended the National Technology Day Function and presented National Technological Awards today at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
Coalgate case: CVC seeks report from CBI on govt interference in probe
Thursday, May 09, 2013 10:50 PM
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has sought a detailed report from the CBI over the Centre's interference in its investigation into the coal blocks allocation scam.The CBI has also been asked to submit its latest status report on the case to the commission, official sources said on Thursday, adding the CVC has taken cognizance of reports citing interference in CBI's probe in the coal blocks allocation case.
Emperor has no clothes, says a child
Thursday, May 09, 2013 6:51 PM
From this point, the world and sadly enough India have become grimmer. Humour, whenever it is there, is encapsuled. Language itself has become functional, each profession developing its own jargon.
CBI chief Ranjit Sinha says Supreme Court remarks are correct
Thursday, May 09, 2013 6:12 PM
CBI chief Ranjit Sinha on Thursday accepted the Supreme Court's observation that the country's premier investigating agency was a "caged parrot" that "speaks in its master's voice". Asked by reporters about his views on the apex court's caged parrot remark, Sinha said, "Whatever Supreme Court said is correct."
Reforming for a Qualitative Democracy
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 5:57 PM
India is experiencing evils of democratic form of governance which presently is just quantitative based on vote-bank politics for selfish interest of many in politics taking politics as profession. It should be reformed to a qualitative democracy to eliminate many evils.
Cobrapost effect: Finance Ministry instructs immediate action against PSU bank staff
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 7:31 PM
Within hours of online portal Cobrapost alleged money laundering by financial institutions, the Finance Ministry asked PSU banks and LIC to take immediate action against employees "appears to be advising" customers on ways of violating KYC and other regulatory norms.
Govt yes for CSC in rural areas, but no to Employment Information Centres in village
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 5:37 PM
Ministry of Labour & Employment have not issued instructions to the State Governments to set up Employment Information Centres in each village. However, Common Service Centers have been set up in the rural areas by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (earlier named as Department of Information Technology) which may be used as outreach centres for Employment Exchanges for online registration by job seekers.
Amartya Sen backs food Bill, slams opposition for stalling it
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 5:35 PM
With Nobel laureate Amartya Sen extending his full support to the National Food Security Bill that was tabled in Lok Sabha yesterday, the UPA government is expected to take all possible steps to ensure the smooth passage of the crucial legislation on Tuesday.
Congress core group meet on Bansal fails, minister denies post vacancy
Sunday, May 05, 2013 5:24 PM
The Congress core group Saturday discussed the political ramifications of the arrest of Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew for allegedly taking a bribe to promote a railway official but did not take a final view in the matter, sources said.
Expert committee on leveraging Panchayat Raj institutions call on President
Saturday, May 04, 2013 11:28 PM
The Expert Committee on Leveraging Panchayat Raj Institutions for the more efficient delivery of public good and services called on the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee today at Rashtrapati Bhavan and made a presentation on the contents of its 20th anniversary Report.
President Pranab to visit home state west Bengal from May 5 to 7
Saturday, May 04, 2013 10:50 PM
President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee will undertake a three-day visit to West Bengal (Kolkata and Midnapore) from May 5 to 7, 2013.
Judiciary the only hope for cleansing our system
Saturday, May 04, 2013 10:47 PM
Ever since the Manmohan Singh government became embroiled in scams, it has been mainly the Supreme Court that has pushed for accountability.
Govt taking steps to spur investment: Manmohan Singh
Saturday, May 04, 2013 7:08 PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government is taking steps to make India a more attractive investment destination with a view to achieve over 8 per cent economic growth in the 12th Five Year Plan."We are initiating measures to spur investment and to make India more attractive to investors both at home and abroad. We have taken steps to fast track major infrastructure projects," he said while inaugurating the 46 Annual General Meeting of the Asian Development Bank here.
New summer timing for 'Ceremonial Changing of Guard' at Rashtrapati Bhawan
Saturday, May 04, 2013 12:12 AM
The new summer timings for the "Ceremonial Changing of Guard” at Rashtrapati Bhavan will be 0800 hrs to 0840 hrs till the end of August.
Full text of President speech at AGM of the Indian Red Cross Society and St John Ambulance, India
Saturday, May 04, 2013 12:07 AM
I am indeed happy to participate in the ceremonial session of the Annual General Meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society and the St. John Ambulance (India). I extend a warm welcome to all the volunteers of these organizations, many of whom have come from far to attend this important event.
President Pranab Mukherjee asks Indian youth to donate blood
Friday, May 03, 2013 10:36 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee Friday called upon young men and women of the country to donate blood in a big way to ensure that not a single person in need of blood is left wanting. Despite the notable efforts of our country's blood banks, our country remains short of two million units of blood.
Sarabjit Singh cremated with state honours, many politicians pay final respect
Friday, May 03, 2013 9:03 PM
The mortal remains of Sarabjit Singh, which were brought to his village here 23 years after he inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan, were consigned to flames on Friday afternoon with state honours.
'It was a cold blooded murder', says BJP; Special aircraft to bring back Sarabjit's body
Thursday, May 02, 2013 5:13 PM
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Thursday told the family of Sarabjit Singh who died in a Lahore hospital that his body would be flown back to India in a special aircraft. "It is a cold blooded murder. This is not the way civilized nations behave. #Sarabjit Singh," tweeted Sushma Swaraj.
Officer trainees of Indian Economic Service 2012 batch meets President Pranab
Thursday, May 02, 2013 1:35 AM
A group of 29 Officer Trainees of Indian Economic Service 2012 Batch called on the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee today at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Meghalaya's Speaker, newly elected Assembly members call on the President
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 9:51 PM
Speaker and Members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly called on the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee today at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated the newly elected 28 young members of the Meghalaya State Legislative Assembly.
CBI part of the govt, not an independent organisation, says CBI Chief Ranjeet Sinha
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 5:25 PM
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday said the probe agency is part of the government system and needs to consult and take opinions" on certain occasions".
CBI, Government and the Law Officers
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 4:13 PM
The CBI was an agency constituted under the Delhi Special Police (Establishment) Act, 1946 as an investigative arm of the Central Government. Its primary job was to investigate cases of corruption against officials of the Central Government and other state instrumentalities.
Mega Projects should contribute to welfare of local people: Prez Pranab Mukherjee at Jharkhand
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 7:30 PM
President Pranab Mukherjee said Industrial projects like power plants would act as a catalyst for greater regional development. At the same time, the people of the region should also benefit from these development projects.He said the local people should have access to power. He further pointed out that the idea of a textile cluster was developed when he was Finance Minister to provide village handloom weavers and artisans with modern technology and marketing techniques.
Tax payer should be seen as an important partner in generating revenue: Prez Pranab
Monday, April 29, 2013 9:11 PM
The tax payer should be seen as an important partner in generating revenue for all our national endeavours. It is the tax they provide which funds welfare schemes, helps maintain law and order, protect our borders etc. The President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee attended the Valedictory Ceremony of the 65th Batch of Indian Revenue Services at Nagpur.
President appoints Narinder Nath Vohra as Governor of Jammu and Kashmir for a fresh term
Saturday, April 27, 2013 9:47 PM
The President of India has been pleased to appoint Mr Narinder Nath Vohra to be the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir for a fresh term on the expiry of his present term.
Anil Goswami becomes new home secretary of India
Saturday, April 27, 2013 6:40 PM
Senior IAS officer Anil Goswami, a seasoned hand on Jammu and Kashmir affairs, was on Friday appointed as the new Home Secretary and will have a two-year tenure from June end. 58-year-old Goswami, a 1978 batch IAS officer, is the first bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir cadre to be appointed to the top post.
President Pranab Mukherjee to visit Maharashtra and Jharkhand from April 28 to 30
Saturday, April 27, 2013 5:39 PM
The President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee will undertake a 3-day visit to Maharashtra and Jharkhand from April 28 to 30, 2013. On April 29, 2013, the President will attend the Valedictory Ceremony of the 65th Batch of Indian Revenue Services at Nagpur.
Passport services of Indian embassy outsourced to new company
Saturday, April 27, 2013 5:09 PM
The Indian Embassy in the US today announced to outsource its passport related services to a new company for all its diplomatic missions in the country.BLS International will replace the existing VFS global Ltd and start receiving applications for Indian passport related services from May 7, according to a public announcement by the Indian Embassy here.
Intruders should be chased away, no talks with 'betrayer' China, says Mulayam
Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:40 AM
Alleging that the Centre was showing "weakness" in dealing with the issue of Chinese incursion in Ladakh, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday said instead of holding talks with "betrayer" China, the "intruders should be chased away".
IAS 2012 batch probationers meet Prez Pranab
Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:40 AM
A group of 171 Officers Trainees attending the IAS Professional course Phase –I for the 2012 Batch at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie called on the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Refer Land Acquisition Bill to select committee: Brinda
Saturday, April 20, 2013 9:11 PM
Maintaining that the Land Acquisition Bill dilutes the rights of tribals in scheduled areas, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat on Saturday demanded that the UPA government refer the proposed legislation to a Select Committee of Parliament for further discussion.
Not under any pressure from any quarter: CBI
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:26 PM
Facing criticism for alleged toning down of its report filed before the Supreme Court on coal scam probe under political influence, the CBI today said it is not under "any pressure from any quarter". In a statement, the CBI today said it is yet to file an affidavit, as directed by the Supreme Court,on behalf of Director Ranjit Sinha and would strictly abide by the directions of the apex court.
Google doodle celebrates 160th anniversary of India's first passenger train journey
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 3:26 PM
On April 16, 1853, that is exactly 160 years ago, India's first passenger train chugged out of Bori Bunder, in Bombay (now Mumbai), for its destination 34 kilometres away, Thane. Google is commemorating that momentous event with a celebratory doodle on its India home page.
After Sunjay Dutt PCI chief Katju seeks pardon for Bhullar
Sunday, April 14, 2013 5:14 PM
Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju Saturday wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealing for pardon or commuting the death sentence of Khalistanti terrorist Devender Pal Singh Bhullar.
BJP demands SIT probe in coal blocks allocation
Saturday, April 13, 2013 7:35 PM
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks, saying the UPA would not allow the CBI to function independently. Reacting to a report in a national daily that claimed that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government
Delhi High Court seeks govt's response on 'Aadhaar' quashing
Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:49 PM
Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi government to respond to a plea seeking quashing of its executive orders that made Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) or 'Aadhaar' compulsory for availing various public services here.Justice Rajiv Shakdher on Wednesday issued the notice to the Delhi government on a plea of Ashutosh Chandola that Aadhaar card, which was made optional by the Planning Commission, has now been made mandatory.
White paper on Black money notwithstanding, not a single paisa has yet been recovered
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:12 PM
In May 2012, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, then Finance Minister presented to Parliament a White Paper on Black Money. In this White Paper, the UPA Government promised to curb generation of Black Money in the country, its illicit transfer to tax havens overseas and to take effective measures to secure the repatriation of all this illicit wealth of ours to India.
Dignity of women is a step towards nation building: Narendra Modi at FICCI women's meet
Monday, April 08, 2013 6:53 PM
Dignity of women is a step towards nation building, said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at a FICCI event. "Women have excelled whenever given an opportunity," Modi said.Jasuben ke Pizza's capture a big market in Gujarat, Modi said. An educated individual in Gujarat will also prefer 'Jasuben ke Pizza over Pizza Hut," he added. 'Lijjat Papad' is a creation of a group of uneducated women. This is a model of entrepreneurship, he said.
Media demonising Muslim community: Markandey Katju
Sunday, April 07, 2013 10:20 PM
"Discrimination" against Muslims is giving rise to a feeling of injustice among them, Press Council Chairman Markanedya Katju today claimed and rebuked the media for what he described as "demonising" Muslim community through "irresponsible" journalism.
Get Aadhaar to obtain PAN card now
Sunday, April 07, 2013 5:57 PM
The Unique Identification (UID) Aadhaar number will soon be a "valid" proof of identity and address to obtain a PAN card. A proposal for inclusion of Aadhaar in the existing list of valid proof of identification and proof of address for allotment of PAN was sent to the Finance Ministry by the Unique Identification Authority of India sometime back.
Government should run like an army unit: V K Singh
Saturday, April 06, 2013 11:47 PM
Former Army chief Gen V K Singh has said the country needed a system where the government was run like a military unit, for which the nation is above any caste or religion. "Poverty and corruption are rampant in the country and no effective steps had been taken to eradicate them..
Arvind Kejriwal ends his 14-day long fast
Saturday, April 06, 2013 10:47 PM
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday broke his fast. He was on fast for the last 14 days against inflated power and water bills due to corruption.
Quit if you can't abide by constitution, Katju to TN CM Jayalalithaa
Saturday, April 06, 2013 1:32 AM
Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markanday Katju Friday asked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa to suspend 30 policemen involved in the illegal arrest of an editor of a daily nearly three years ago or resign.
Quiet diplomacy worked with Italy; PM might still visit Pakistan: Salman Khurshid
Friday, April 05, 2013 12:17 AM
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said the Indian government's "quiet diplomacy" stood vindicated in the row with Italy and worked in taking a balanced line on Sri Lanka despite pressure to take a far tougher stance. He also maintained that Prime Manmohan Singh might still go to Pakistan if he had a "sense of comfort" that such a visit will result in a "substantive engagement" and "delivery".
Digitisation deadline will not be extended, says Manish Tiwari
Thursday, April 04, 2013 5:38 PM
The government will not extend the deadline for the second phase of digitisation of TV set-top boxes, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Wednesday.
President Pranab Mukherjee rejects five mercy petitions
Thursday, April 04, 2013 4:03 PM
Expediting the pending mercy petitions, President Pranab Mukherjee upheld execution in five cases and commuted death sentence to life term in two others. Details of President's decision were not available immediately.Seven cases of multiple murders, including one in which a convict, who was out on bail on rape charge, killed five members of the girl's family, were sent to the President for final decision in February.
Govt all powerful, can use CBI, put one in jail, says Mulayam
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 10:33 PM
Raking up the issue of misuse of CBI, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said fighting with the government is not easy as it can use CBI and put one in jail. "Sarkar se ladna asan nahi hai. Sarkar ke hazaron haath hote hain. CBI ka upyog kar sakti hai...Jail me dal sakti hai" (It's not easy to fight with the government.
Prez Pranab Mukherjee gives assent to anti-rape bill
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 8:43 PM
President Pranab Mukhejee on Wednesday gave his assent to the anti-rape bill which provides life term or even death for repeat offenders of rape. The bill was brought before the President after it was cleared by the Parliament.
Economist blacks out India map
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 12:45 AM
An Indian map showing borders that New Delhi contests has been blacked out in the latest issue of the London-based The Economist.
PMO denies RTI reply, says info sought not useful to applicant
Monday, April 01, 2013 11:42 PM
In an apparent violation of the RTI Act, the Public Information Officer at the Prime Minister's office has refused to provide information to an applicant saying he failed to show how it was "useful" to him "either personally, socially or nationally".
Anna to hold peoples parliament at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi
Monday, April 01, 2013 6:12 PM
"Parties should realise that common man can pull down any government”. Launching his Jantantra Yatra from the historic Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday announced that a Jan Sansad (People's Parliament) would be held on the Ramlila grounds in New Delhi in about five months. It would mark the beginning of the "people's struggle against the misrule of the present government at the Centre.”
Train ticket gets costlier, charges on facilities increased
Monday, April 01, 2013 5:14 PM
Travelling in trains will become costlier from Monday as the hike in reservation, tatkal, cancellation fees and some other charges announced in the rail budget will come into effect.
Target 2014: Anna begins 'Janatantra Yatra' from Amritsar against UPA govt
Sunday, March 31, 2013 9:30 PM
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Sunday began his 'Janatantra Yatra' (walk for democracy) here to rally support against the Congress-led UPA Government in the run up to the next General Elections. Accompanied by a small group of supporters, the 75-year-old activist paid obeisance at Durgiana Mandir and Golden Temple besides paying tribute to the martyrs at Jallianwala Bagh. Being a Sunday, the Golden Temple complex was teeming with visitors.
People of India vote like sheep and cattle: Markandey Katju
Sunday, March 31, 2013 6:07 PM
India is not a full-fledged democracy as 90 percent of its people vote like sheep and cattle, Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju said here Saturday.
BJP opposes NIA chief SC Sinha's appointment as NHRC member
Sunday, March 31, 2013 4:39 PM
BJP has objected to government's suggestion of appointing NIA Chief SC Sinha as a member of the NHRC on the grounds that "pliant" bureaucrats should not be given such post-retirement jobs and insisted that those from the marginalised sections and civil society be chosen.

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