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  • Centre to take ordinance route to effect changes in Land Acquisition Act Yesterday

    New Delhi: After yet another winter session of Parliament was washed out, wherein the Narendra Modi government failed to pass crucial economic reforms, it is now planning the ordinance route to make changes to the Land Acquisition Act. The government plans to exclude 13 central laws to clear several infrastructure and...
  • Cabinet approves ordinances for coal auction, insurance reforms 4 days ago

    New Delhi: After failing to pass the Insurance Bill as a result of repeated disruptions in the Winter session of Parliament, the government has cleared an ordinance to raise the cap of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Insurance sector. The Union Cabinet has also cleared the ordinance for implementation...
  • Political obstruction makes PM Modi's road to reform a rocky one 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Parliamentary obstruction scuppered Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic agenda in a month-long session that ended on Tuesday, and the prospect of further deadlock means he will find it hard to deliver quickly on promises of reform. Lawmakers left without voting on a long-delayed Bill to raise the cap on...
  • Common man to benefit from GST; states to gain from Day 1, says Arun Jaitley 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) will benefit most of the states from Day 1 and industries and common man also stand to gain, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday. Speaking at the meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to...
  • Opposition parties harming people's interests by blocking Bills: Naidu 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Hitting out at opposition parties, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said they were raising the conversion issue to derail the Narendra Modi government's agenda of development and good governance and accused them of "blocking" important Bills in Parliament. After the opposition parties stalled proceedings in Parliament, Naidu...
  • Will stage protest if Congress opposes e-rickshaw Bill in Rajya Sabha: BJP December 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday threatened to stage protest outside the residences of Congress leaders if they oppose 'e-rickshaw bill' in Rajya Sabha. A bill to regularise e-rickshaws and provide for driving licences for battery-operated vehicles was introduced in Lok Sabha recently, paving the way for such vehicles...
  • Two days left in winter session, fate of Insurance, Coal Bills hang in balance December 20, 2014

    New Delhi: With only two working days left in the winter session of Parliament, the fate of the government's economic reform agenda, particularly the Insurance Bill and the Coal Bill, hangs in balance in view of strong opposition by some parties. The Insurance Bill, which provides for raising FDI cap from...
  • Government to compensate states for revenue losses from new GST December 20, 2014

    New Delhi: India will compensate its state governments for revenue losses due to the new nationwide Goods and Service Tax (GST), which is targeted to be implemented on April 1, 2016, the Finance Minister said on Friday. Arun Jaitley told reporters that petroleum products would be part of the new GST. Earlier,...
  • Will not allow political obstructionism to stop Insurance Bill: Arun Jaitley December 20, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after introducing the long-pending GST Bill in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the government is "extremely determined" to push insurance sector reforms and will not allow political obstructionism to stop it. "The government is extremely determined to go ahead with this (insurance...
  • India @ 9 with Palki S Upadhyay December 19, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Palki S Upadhyay on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: Pakistan extends custody of 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi for three months December 19, 2014

    Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a key planner of the 2008 Mumbai attack, on Friday was detained by Pakistani authorities for three more months, a day after he was granted bail by a court that caused an outrage in India. Lakhvi, 54, was detained for three months under Maintenance of Public Order...
  • Goods and Services Tax Bill introduced in Lok Sabha after nod by states, TMC sounds caution December 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Aimed at creating a single tax for goods and services across the country, the Centre on Friday introduced the long-pending Constitution Amendment Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Lok Sabha for rollout of the new regime from April 2016 subsuming various levies like entry tax and...
  • Making Indian roads safer by keeping untrained drivers off the road December 19, 2014

    The new draft of the Road Safety and Transport Bill suggests a unified driving licensing system and automated driving tests. There are nearly 950 RTO's in the country. Modernizing, operating and maintaining them will cost approximately 1000 crores per year. Seems like a high price but not as high as...
  • Barack Obama to sign Russia sanctions bill, says White House December 19, 2014

    Washington: The White House on Thursday said US President Barack Obama will sign the Russia sanctions bill as it again appealed to Moscow to "end its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea and cease support for separatists in eastern Ukraine". "The President does intend to sign HR 5859 (Russia sanctions bill)...
  • Parliament Winter Session marred by disruptions, fate of crucial bills hangs in limbo December 19, 2014

    New Delhi: With the Opposition giving the government a hard time in Parliament over the alleged forced conversion row, the fate of several crucial bills hangs in a limbo. The government had planned to get key bills like Insurance Bill and GST Bill passed in the ongoing Winter Session. But with...
  • Bill to legalize e-rickshaws passed in Lok Sabha December 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a bill to legalize e-rickshaws by bringing them under the ambit of the Motor Vehicles Act. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2014 also provides for the central government to make rules on the specifications for e-carts and e-rickshaws and the manner and conditions...
  • Cleared by Cabinet, GST Bill to be taken up in Parliament during Winter Session December 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST) is likely to be taken up in the ongoing session of Parliament with the Union Cabinet giving its nod to bring about long-pending indirect tax reforms. The Bill was approved by the Cabinet late on Wednesday evening and it...
  • District attorney rejects report of sexual abuse against Bill Cosby December 17, 2014

    Los Angeles: The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has decided not to charge Bill Cosby after a woman accused the comedian of sexually abusing her when she was 15 years old, according to the TMZ celebrity gossip news site. The alleged victim, Judy Huth, 55, took the matter to court...
  • Anti-Hijacking Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha amidst uproar December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday introduced Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill 2010 in Rajya Sabha amidst uproar by opposition parties. The MPs have been demanding a statement by the Prime Minister on conversion row and did not let the House function. The Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill, 2010 was introduced in Rajya...
  • Live: Lok Sabha passes Companies Amendment Bill December 17, 2014

    A crucial day for the Narendra Modi government in Parliament on Wednesday as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present Insurance Amendment Bill for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha. The Bill aims to hike the foreign direct investment from 26 per cent to 49 per cent. ...
  • Arun Jaitley to present Insurance Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha today December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: A crucial day for the Narendra Modi government in Parliament on Wednesday as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present Insurance Amendment Bill for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha. The Bill aims to hike the foreign direct investment from 26 per cent to 49 per cent. The passing of...
  • Bill Cosby's wife Camille defends him from sexual assault December 16, 2014

    Los Angeles: Bill Cosby's wife Camille has broken her silence and slammed sexual assault accusations made against her husband. Camille in a statement compared the scandal surrounding her husband to an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, reported Ace Showbiz. "I met my husband, Bill Cosby, in 1963, and we...
  • Live: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day over religious conversion issue December 16, 2014

    The opposition parties in Parliament take up the issue of alleged forced conversion and demand a statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The NDA government will table the Insurance Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha, the major reform by the Modi government. ...
  • Crucial day for Modi government in Parliament as it will table Insurance Amendment Bill today December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: A crucial day for the Narendra Modi government in Parliament on Tuesday as it will push for the big reform measure by tabling Insurance Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha. The Bill aims to hike the foreign direct investment from 26 per cent to 49 per cent. The passing of...
  • Bill to regularise e-rickshaw introduced in Lok Sabha December 15, 2014

    New Delhi: A bill to regularise e-rickshaws and provide for driving licences for battery-operated vehicles was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday, paving the way for such vehicles to ply in the national capital and other places. The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, 2014, was introduced in the...
  • Today I have come a full circle: Designer Ritu Beri on completing 25 years in fashion December 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Ritu Beri, often called India's 'Fashion Queen', has completed 25 years in the fashion industry. The designer says her life has been a 'fairytale' and beyond her dreams and now she is keen to write "inspirational books". The designer, who was among the first Indians to storm the catwalks...
  • Parliament live: BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj apologises for comments on Godse December 12, 2014

    New Delhi: In Friday's Parliament Session, the Lok Sabha is scheduled to take up Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014, Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014 and Private Members' Bills. The Private Members' Bills will also be taken up in the Rajya Sabha. ...
  • States oppose Centre's revised Goods and Service Tax draft December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: In a huge blow to Centre's plans to build a consensus on the Goods and Services Tax, states have opposed the Centre's revised GST draft. The government was hoping to get the legislation passed in the winter session of Parliament. The government was maintaining that broad agreement had...
  • 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...
  • Cabinet approves Insurance Bill, Rajya Sabha may take up next week December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday night approved the insurance amendment bill with a composite foreign investment cap of 49 per cent for presenting it in Parliament, incorporating the changes suggested by a House panel. The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved incorporation of amendments suggested by a Parliamentary...