Development

  • Venkaiah Naidu pays a surprise visit to his ministry; finds officials missing 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday made a surprise visit to Nirman Bhawan and found that several officials from the Central Public Works Department were not present at the ministry. Naidu has issued a stern warning to all the missing officials. Naidu also noted that personnel at...
  • Lokayukta police conducts raids at government official's houses 5 days ago

    The Lokayukta police conducted raids at two houses of an official of Narmada Valley Development Authority at Barwani and Gwalior, and recovered assets worth over Rs 90 lakh that were disproportionate to his known sources of income. Acting on a tip-off, police conducted searches at the residences of agriculture development and...
  • 7 officials suspended for fault in construction of apartment 1 week ago

    Seven officials, including an IAS officer, has been suspended for alleged faults in the construction of an apartment at Gomtinagar in Lucknow during the previous BSP regime. "On the directives of the Chief Minister, seven officers posted in the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) at the time of the construction of River...
  • Rajasthan youth to get aid to start own ventures July 21, 2014

    Rajasthan youths who want to start their own ventures would be provided financial and technical assistance, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said in Jaipur on Monday. Stating that focus should be on entrepreneurship development along with skill training, Raje asked officials to prepare a work plan. "Skill development programmes should be prepared keeping...
  • Rajasthan launches India's first skill training project July 18, 2014

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday launched the country's first and biggest skill development project aimed at creating employment opportunities for the young people of the state. The union government - which selected Rajasthan as the first state for this project - has proposed Rs.398 crore for it. The Rajasthan government...
  • Mamata wants peace to prevail for unhindered hills development July 17, 2014

    Darjeeling: On a visit to Darjeeling, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday, in an apparent message to Gorkha Janamukti Morcha said that it should allow unhindered development of the hills by maintaining peace. Without making a direct reference to the GJM which wants a separate state, she called for maintaining peace...
  • India Inc hails BRICS pact to set up New Development Bank July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Terming as "historic" the pact on establishment of a New Development Bank at the BRICS Summit, India Inc on Wednesday said that the move was likely to strengthen economic cooperation between the five-nation grouping, help stave off future economic crises and boost infra development. "Agreements on setting up of...
  • Chouhan lauds BRICS bank, calls it a matter of pride for India July 16, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed happiness over India getting the opportunity to become the first president of the proposed BRICS Development Bank. "A moment of pride for India on becoming the first President of The New Development Bank of BRICS," Chouhan said in a tweet. In another tweet, Chouhan...
  • BRICS to set up $100 billion development bank, first President to be from India July 16, 2014

    Fortaleza: In a major victory for India, the agreement on the much anticipated 100 billion dollars BRICS Development Bank has been sealed. The BRICS Summit on Tuesday decided to establish the new development bank with an initial authorised capital of USD 100 billion for which the initial subscribed capital will...
  • India likely to get first presidency of BRICS Development Bank July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: India is likely to get first presidency of BRICS Development Bank. The BRICS summit commenced in Brazil on Tuesday amid an understanding that the five member nations will have equal shareholding in the proposed $50 billion BRICS Development Bank. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted, "BRICS...
  • Rural Ministry suggests industry-friendly changes in Land Act July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Rural Development Ministry has suggested a number of amendments to the Land Acquisition Act which would water down pro-farmer provisions like mandatory consent of at least 70 per cent locals for acquiring land for PPP projects and 80 per cent for acquiring land for private projects. The Land...
  • PM Modi to launch 1st multilateral engagement with BRICS leaders July 14, 2014

    Fortaleza: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch his first multilateral engagement with BRICS leaders, giving top priority for the establishment of the BRICS development bank with equal share holding for all the five members. India is keen on the issue of equal share holding since it doesn't want a repeat of...
  • PM Modi arrives in Berlin en route to Brazil to attend BRICS Summit July 13, 2014

    Berlin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Berlin on Sunday for an overnight stopover on his way to Brazil for a summit meeting of the BRICS nations that will address regional crisis and security threats to restore a climate of peace while advancing global economic stability. Modi was received at...
  • Will this US couple be the first humans to travel to Mars by 2021? July 12, 2014

    If all goes well, a US couple can become the first humans to travel to Mars by as early as 2021. Founders of an Arizona-based private space company called Paragon Space Development Corporation, Taber MacCallum and his wife Jane Poynter are planning a round-trip flyby of the Red planet for...
  • BDO, panchayat samiti chief assaulted by MLA supporters July 12, 2014

    A Block Development Officer (BDO) and a chief of a panchayat samiti were allegedly assaulted by the supporters of an Independent MLA on Friday. Lesligung BDO Angarnath Swarnakar and chief of panchayat samiti Sangita Devi were allegedly assaulted by the supporters of Independent MLA Videsh Singh at the BDO's official chamber. An...
  • Iron pills to be distributed among school children in Uttarakhand July 9, 2014

    Iron folic acid tablets will be distributed among over eight lakh children of Uttarakhand every week to help them fight the problem of anemia. Citing the findings of National Health Survey which has found the problem of anemia rampant among children in Uttarakhand, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar said 8,49,000 identified children...
  • India needs to unleash labour reforms to create jobs July 9, 2014

    New Delhi: India needs to unleash second generation labour reforms and capitalise on demographic advantage for creating new firms and jobs, a government document said on Wednesday. "It is imperative to use India's unique demographic moment wisely and unleash the second generation reforms," the Economic Survey for 2013-14 stated. The suggestion assumes...
  • NGOs form 'agitation committee' against JDA, Raje government July 7, 2014

    As many as 13 NGOs came together and announced the formation of an "agitation committee" to protest the Jaipur Development Authority's (JDA) decision to seal the Rajasthan Samagra Seva Sangh premises. The committee would fight to get the land belonging to Rajasthan Samagra Seva Sangh (RSSS) back, social and political activist...
  • BlackBerry sells its German-based R&D assets July 6, 2014

    Waterloo: BlackBerry is selling its research and development department in Germany to Volkswagen Infotainment, a subsidiary of the automaker that makes interactive technology for vehicle dashboards. The companies said Thursday that the deal will shift about 200 BlackBerry employees in Bochum, Germany, to Volkswagen. The terms of the deal were not...
  • Government considers proposal to give power to arrest to NCW July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Government is mulling giving punitive powers to arrest, search and seize to National Commission for Women (NCW) in matters of domestic violence, police apathy and sexual harassment at work place and plans to extend NCW's jurisdiction to Jammu and Kashmir. The Ministry of Women and Child Development...
  • France proposes 1 billion euro credit line for India projects July 1, 2014

    France has proposed giving India a 1 billion euro ($1.4 billion) credit line to fund sustainable development projects, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday. Fabius, who is visiting New Delhi, told reporters the credit line would be available over a three-year period. ...
  • Google I/O 2014: Android 5.0, smart home gadgets, wearable devices expected to be announced at the event June 25, 2014

    San Francisco: An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco. In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year Google's Android...
  • Bihar mulls introducing e-shakti cards for PDS June 24, 2014

    Laying stress on application of Information Technology for transparency in subsidised foodgrain distribution, Bihar is planning to make available grains to beneficiaries through PDS outlets on the basis of e-shakti smart cards. State food minister Shyam Rajak on Tuesday directed the state food corporation and Beltron (Bihar State Electronics Development Corporation...
  • Budget 2014: Akhilesh talks development; says focus on road, power, water & health June 20, 2014

    The populist schemes of providing free laptops to students and allowance to unemployed youths appeared to have been put on the back burner by the Akhilesh Yadav government as no allocation was made for them in the state budget on Friday. No provision has also been made for the Kanya Vidyadhan...
  • Managing Rural Development Ministry a difficult task, admits Nitin Gadkari June 19, 2014

    In an exclusive interview to CNBC TV18, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that unlike Ministry of Transport, handling the Ministry of Rural Development is a difficult task for him. Gadkari also said, "The motor vehicle Act is an outdated act and I have already taken a decision. We...
  • NDA to bring broad changes in MNREGA June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The NDA government has decided to bring broad changes in the rural job guarantee scheme launched by UPA by proposing at least Rs 25,000 crore of investment into agriculture alone. The Rural Development Ministry has proposed to bring amendment to the Schedule I of the MNREGA Act "to clearly...
  • Heavy constructions aggravated Uttarakhand devastation June 16, 2014

    The devastation on June 16-17 last year in Uttarakhand was aggravated manifold due to heavy constructions and infrastructure-led development in the hill state, says a new report. Titled 'Uttarakhand: Development and Ecological Sustainability' by environmentalist Ravi Chopra, the report calls for long-term measures to create a development model that is environmentally...
  • GDA to install 200 CCTV cameras to check crime in Indirapuram June 15, 2014

    The Ghaziabad Development Authority has decided to install 200 CCTV cameras in malls, markets and residential societies of Indirapuram area to boost security system and check criminal activities. "The installation of 200 CCTV cameras will be carried out by a private-telecom company, which is erecting 4G network towers in Indirapuram area....
  • Government launches Rs 1,603 cr World Bank-backed clean water project in 10 districts June 14, 2014

    The government of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday launched a Rs 1,603 crore World Bank-backed project aimed at providing clean water to over 25 lakh people. The World Bank is supporting the project with an International Development Association (IDA) credit of Rs 801.5 crore. IDA is the World Bank's concessionary lending arm,...
  • Take Pandits into confidence: Rajnath to Home Min officials June 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked his ministry to take Kashmiri migrants into confidence for their return to the Valley. Singh also asked the officials to take enhanced steps to check infiltration from across the border, during a meeting where Singh and Minister of State for Home...