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  • J&K: BJP, PDP talks in final stage, government formation likely after Delhi polls Yesterday

    Srinagar: It seems that a deal has finally been struck between the Peoples Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party - the two biggest parties in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly - for government formation in the state. Sources say BJP has no objection to PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed becoming Chief...
  • Centre must come clear on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act: CPM Yesterday

    Vijaywada: CPI (M) politburo member BV Raghavulu on Wednesday said that both the State and the Centre should clarify their stand on promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act and demanded that Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu mount pressure on the Union Government over extending a special package to the...
  • Minority shareholders voting on Gujarat plant in 6 months: Maruti 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India expects to obtain minority shareholders approval on its plans to let parent Suzuki Motor Corporation own and invest in its upcoming plant in Gujarat in the next six months. The company, which had delayed seeking the approval for the same, is awaiting the amendments to...
  • Manipur: Activist Irom Sharmila released from jail 1 week ago

    Imphal: Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila who is on indefinite fast since November 2000 was released from judicial custody on Thursday night. The activist has been demanding end to Armed Force Special Protection Act (AFSPA) in Manipur and have been in judicial custody since November 2000. The police have booked Irom under...
  • Food Security Act: BJP wanted to oppose but feared backlash 1 week ago

    New Delhi: When the UPA government brought Food Security Bill, BJP had felt that the coverage of 67 per cent population under it was too high but did not oppose then because of the fear of being branded "anti-poor", a senior party leader said on Thursday. BJP then decided to...
  • Public interest should be far more important than public ownership, says Suresh Prabhu January 18, 2015

    Speaking at the Act for Growth Meet celebrating 10 years of CNBC Awaaz, Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said that the public ownership is for public interest so, if the public interest can be served without having public ownership, public interest should be far more important. ...
  • CSR mushrooming the minds of Indian youngsters January 16, 2015

    Corporate Social Responsibility in India is now a robust and thriving sector and has definitely touched a new high, in the wake of the recent law implemented for Indian corporates as well as foreign investors. The roots of CSR lie in philanthropic activities, which encompass a long list of activities...
  • Two held for stealing, killing pet dog January 16, 2015

    Mumbai: Two persons were arrested for allegedly stealing and killing a pet dog of their neighbor in Mumbai, police said on Thursday. Lalorani Imduin and Mishag Chinautram, hailing from Manipur, were apprehended on Wednesday night in suburban Santacruz. after police acted on a complaint filed by one Santosh Shetty whose four-year-old...
  • Ordinance to amend Citizenship Act promulgated January 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Ahead of the three-day meet of Indian diaspora in Gujarat, government on Tuesday promulgated an ordinance that seeks to merge Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) schemes, by which PIOs will also get life-long Indian visa. The President has signed the Citizenship Ordinance,...
  • Sale of loose tobacco items banned in Punjab January 6, 2015

    Chandigarh: Punjab government on Tuesday said that it has completely banned the sale of loose cigarettes and other tobacco items as they do not bear the statutory pictorial health warning message. An official spokesperson of the government said all the deputy commissioners have been directed to ensure strict implementation of...
  • SC declines urgent hearing of plea for quashing National Judicial Appointments Commission Act January 6, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined urgent hearing of a plea seeking quashing of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act which ends the two-decade-old collegium system of judges themselves selecting and appointing judges for higher judiciary. "There is no urgency. This will come in the usual course,"...
  • Bill for disposition of property by Hindus in Pakistan deferred January 6, 2015

    Peshawar: The tabling of a bill to remove "certain existing disabilities" in disposition of property by Hindus in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in the assembly was deferred on Monday. Provincial Law Minister Imtiaz Shahid informed the House the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Hindu Disposition of Property Bill, 2014 would be presented in...
  • Jairam Ramesh criticises Modi government over land act amendments January 5, 2015

    Greater Noida: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday criticised the Centre over the ordinance making amendments to the land acquisition act. Addressing a Mahapachayat at Gharbara village, Ramesh said the erstwhile UPA government had formulated pro-farmer land policy after consultations with all political parties including...
  • Centre may not immediately notify law to scrap collegium system January 4, 2015

    New Delhi: A new law to replace the much-criticised collegium system is likely to be brought into force only after two eminent persons who would be part of the proposed high-level commission are nominated. Besides nominating these two persons, the government has to put in place rules governing the National...
  • To transform Delhi into a 'world-class' city government set to amend DDA Act January 3, 2015

    New Delhi: With an aim to develop Delhi into a "world-class" city, government has planned to amend Delhi Development Authority Act (DDA Act), to bring in new urban policies in tune with the new aspirations of people residing in the national capital. "To make Delhi a world-class city, lot of changes...
  • Jairam Ramesh slams Modi government over Ordinance on land acquisition, says Congress to oppose it in Parliament December 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Rural Development Minister and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh, who piloted the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, has slammed the Narendra Modi government for bringing in an Ordinance that dilutes key provisions of the Act. Ramesh says, "What...
  • Financial institutions asked to register for FATCA by Wednesday December 30, 2014

    New Delhi All Indian financial institutions with exposure to the US will have to register by Wednesday with the American tax authorities to avoid a hefty penalty tax of up to 30 per cent under the new Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). While it has extended the deadline for signing...
  • West Bengal will not implement land act amendments, says CM Mamata Banerjee December 30, 2014

    Kharagpur: Claiming that the situation under Narendra Modi government "is worse than Emergency", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that her government will not implement the proposed amendments under the Land Acquisition Act. Terming the land ordinance as "black ordinance" and "unjust", Banerjee said, "They will snatch...
  • Cabinet approves Ordinances on land acquisition, regularisation of illegal colonies in Delhi December 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Monday approved two ordinances - one on Land Acquisition and another on National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions). The Bills could not be passed in the winter session of Parliament because of the ruckus on conversion issue. Informing about the ordinances, Information and Broadcasting...
  • India invites Korean companies to make 'bold' investments December 29, 2014

    Seoul: Calling South Korea an important partner for India's economic growth, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday invited Korean companies to make "bold investments" and benefit from the 'Make in India' initiative of the government. In her address at the 8th India-South Korea Joint Commission Meeting, Swaraj said Korea...
  • Cabinet to discuss changes in Land acquisition Act through ordinance today December 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Cabinet in its meeting on Monday evening is likely to approve ordinances for the Land Acquisition Act and Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act. President Pranab Mukherjee had last week, signed ordinances on raising the cap of Foreign Direct Investment in Insurance as well as...
  • Digvijay Singh pitches for 'Freedom of religion Act' December 28, 2014

    Bhopal: Amid voices advocating for a stringent anti-conversion law in the country, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday said instead of anti- conversion law, India needs a 'Freedom of Religion act'. "Instead of anti-conversion law we need 'freedom of religion act'," Singh told reporters in an informal chat. His statement comes...
  • Bodo militant attack in Assam an act of terror: Rajnath Singh December 25, 2014

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the Bodo militant attack in Assam and said, "What happened in Assam was an act of terror. Will not adopt a zero tolerance approach towards militancy." The death toll in the attack has risen to 70. ...
  • Government plans to bring acid attacks under heinous crimes category December 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Faced with the growing number of acid attacks on women, government is planning to categorise such cases as heinous crimes and fix a time-frame for investigation and trial for speedy justice. All such cases where maximum punishment of life imprisonment or death sentence is possible will be categorised...
  • Bill to amend Electricity Act tabled in Lok Sabha December 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Within days of cabinet approval, the government on Friday tabled in the Lok Sabha amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003, designed to bring in the much needed second phase of reforms in the power sector. The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014 will promote competition, efficiency, and improvement in the supply...
  • Cabinet approves changes to Electricity Act, 2003 December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the various amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003 as per the power ministry's proposed amendment bill. "The amendments will usher in much-needed further reforms in the power sector, promote competition, efficiency in operations and improvement in quality of supply of electricity in the...
  • Six, including a woman, held in Gurgaon for prostitution December 9, 2014

    Gurgaon: Six people, including a 22-year-old woman, were arrested on Tuesday for their involvement in a prostitution racket, police said. Sumit, Amit and Gaurav from Hisar, Navneet from Jind and Abhishek from Gurgaon were arrested from a room in South City-2 area. All six are between the age group of 20-25...
  • Delhi rape: Nitin Gadkari opposes ban on cabs, says need to fix the system December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday opposed the ban on some taxi services saying there was a need to fix the system instead. Gadkari's remarks came in the backdrop of a Uber cab driver raping a 25-year-old MNC employee on December 5. Gadkari said, "Train main hua to...
  • Government wants to make Northeast a trade & business hub of South East Asia: Kiren Rijiju December 6, 2014

    Agartala: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that the Narendra Modi government has changed the 'Look-East Policy' to 'Act East Policy' to make the North-Eastern region a trade and business hub of South East Asia. "The North Eastern region has 98 per cent of its...
  • Users to soon get choice of selecting power discom, says Piyush Goyal December 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Consumers will soon be able to choose their power supply company as the government is making necessary amendments to the Electricity Act to enable this provision which is aimed at encouraging greater competition in the distribution sector. Shifting focus from generation, the government plans to fix electricity distribution...