DEVELOPMENT

  • Union Budget thrust on 'housing for all' by 2022 15 hours 12 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday called for building six crore 'pucca' houses for poor in the country by 2022, and doled out Rs 22,407 crore for housing and urban development sector for this fiscal year. Listing out many visions to be achieved by the year 2022, which...
  • Utilisation of resources top priority: Rail Minister Yesterday

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday said upgrading the skills of its large workforce and proper utilisation of resources was his top priority for which four centres of excellence were being set up by next year. ...
  • Delhi greenest among metropolitan cities: Javadekar 2 days ago

    New Delhi: In spite of rapid urbanisation, the government on Thursday said that Delhi has the largest forest cover out of three metropolitan cities while the country's green cover is over 23 per cent. As per the masterplan of the city provided by Urban Development Ministry, Delhi has 180 sq kms...
  • Union Budget 2015: Cut loan interest rates for 1st time buyers to 6-7 per cent, says Raheja 4 days ago

    Given the government's big promises of providing housing for all by 2022, sources say Budget 2015 could see a hike in the rebate offered on home loans. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Navin Raheja, chairman and managing director, Raheja Developers says the government would work at giving more disposable income...
  • Robots may even replace techies who program them: Researchers 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Researchers have warned that robots may even replace coders, the very people who program these machines to perform tasks, in the near future. The researchers -- Boston University's Seth Benzell, Laurence Kotlikoff, and Guillermo LaGarda, and Columbia University's Jeffrey Sachs -- have proposed that even software developers could face...
  • Pakistan should explain why I was denied visa: PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar February 19, 2015

    Jammu: After Pakistan denied visa to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson Naeem Akhtar, he has raised questions on the move. Akhtar was slated to attend a track II meet in the neighbouring country. "They must explain why I was denied a visa. I was to attend a Track 2 meet...
  • China assisted Pakistan to build 6 nuclear reactors February 9, 2015

    Beijing: China has assisted Pakistan to build six nuclear reactors with a total installed capacity of 3.4 million kilowatts, a top Chinese official said on Sunday as Beijing plans to build two 1100 mw reactors in Karachi with USD 6.5 billion assistance. Outlining China's nuclear technology exports, Wang Xiaotao, vice...
  • Indian scientists turn coconut oil into biofuel February 7, 2015

    Kochi: Scientists who have been running the four-stroke diesel engine of a light pick-up truck on coconut oil for the past one year have approached the union government to commercialize the biofuel. The scientists are attached to the Kochi-based SCMS Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and Development and the SCMS...
  • Huawei launches research and development centre in Bengaluru February 5, 2015

    Bengaluru: Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei launched a research and development (R&D) campus here with an investment of $170 million. The campus, being the first by any Chinese company, has a capacity to accommodate 5,000 engineers but at present 2,700 people are working here, with 98 per cent being local workers. "The...
  • Reinventing sustainable development - 2015 momentum February 4, 2015

    Sustainable development has occupied a prominent place in global development agenda for well over four decades. The Stockholm Declaration on Human Environment 1972 shaped the framework of environmental governance of national governments across regions and countries. Our Common Future, as the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development...
  • Delhi Metro fares may be hiked after elections, last revised in 2009 February 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi Metro fares may be hiked soon after the Assembly elections as the government has initiated a process to review the rates which were last raised in 2009. The Union Urban Development Ministry has sent a proposal to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet to set up a...
  • DSDS 2015: Message from UNEP Executive Director January 30, 2015

    This year's Delhi Sustainable Development Summit provides an unique opportunity for the world to understand the future directions and priorities for India, says Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. ...
  • What DSDS 2015 should aim to achieve January 29, 2015

    The economic prosperity of a country is intertwined with its natural resources and biodiversity. Therefore, it is imperative that measures to conserve these resources are taken. The Summit should aim to reach an agreement that can ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on technological innovations...
  • Terry Tamminen on what he expects from DSDS 2015 January 29, 2015

    Terry Tamminen, founder, Seventh Generation Advisors, explains why is he upbeat about the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2015. ...
  • 2015 presents opportunity to set the direction for the next 15 years and beyond: Unilever CEO January 29, 2015

    The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit couldn't have come at a better time, says Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever. ...
  • Urban climate resilience - The need of the hour January 27, 2015

    Rapid climate change is a challenge of the 21st century, displaying increasingly the evidences of highly erratic weather deviations and extreme events all over the world. While climate variability and change is irrespective of locational factors of urban and rural, its impacts on cities and towns are particularly of concern...
  • Centre asks states to form MNREGA labour groups January 27, 2015

    New Delhi: The central government on Tuesday asked the states to form labour groups of MNREGA workers at the village level to improve the quality of works to be undertaken under the programme. An advisory in this regard has been issued to the states, a Rural Development Ministry official said. He...
  • Mumbai to host 'The Future of Fashion Forum' for fashion aspirants January 23, 2015

    Mumbai: 'The Future of Fashion Forum', a platform here, will give an overview of the industry to aspiring creative minds. Organised by Whistling Woods - Neeta Lulla School of Fashion (WWNL), the event will be held in Goregaon here on Saturday. National Award winning designer Neeta Lulla and filmmaker Subhash Ghai...
  • Managing risks for sustainable development January 21, 2015

    It is now more than four decades that the world is deliberating on the dimensions of sustainable development and the means of achieving them. Our Common Future, as the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development is commonly known, had highlighted way back in 1987 the potential risks...
  • IPCC should go prescriptive at lower levels of governance January 20, 2015

    Science is central in understanding precise nature of the risks climate change poses. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the prime body reviewing and synthesising latest scientific knowledge on multiple dimensions of climate change has been pivotal in elevating the status of climate change as the key development and...
  • Urban transport and climate change January 19, 2015

    Climate change is one of the biggest challenges to sustainable development. It is pertinent that policies emphasise on measures that are conducive to mitigating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and to facilitating adaptation to changes that are likely to take place. Transport sector is a key contributor to global GHG emissions....
  • Political will deficit could undermine Sustainable Development Goals January 14, 2015

    A little over ten years ago, a much-publicized report called Up in Smoke? was published about how the impacts of climate change could threaten to undo many of the efforts needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The report noted that climate change is undermining and damaging the food...
  • Inter-linking of rivers to get priority: Venkaiah Naidu January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: The government will take up inter-linking of rivers on a priority basis, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday. Speaking during a function organised to mark the 'India Water Week' in the capital, Naidu said, "Whatever obstacles come, that have to be addressed and they have to...
  • NCP, Congress, Sena asked to vacate offices for construction of Colaba metro line January 13, 2015

    Mumbai: A big buck infrastructure project is likely to displace several politicians in Mumbai. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Congress and Shiv Sena in Mumbai have been asked to vacate their party offices for the construction of Colaba's new metro line. The plot of land on which these offices are constructed is...
  • A village in J&K where electricity has not been restored since 1992 January 11, 2015

    Srinagar: At a time when the Centre is trying to project India as the next super power, Gurbal village in Jammu and Kashmir is without electricity for over two decades because of apathy of administration. A flood in Gurbal in 1992 rendered thousands homeless. While the people returned to the village...
  • Washed utensils in hotel 15 years back, reveals Smriti Irani January 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Stressing the dignity of labour, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday told a conference of state education ministers that she had washed utensils 15 years back at a hotel in Mumbai. She referred to Prime Minister's Narendra Modi's emphasis on giving importance to skills and said no...
  • 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...
  • Nitin Gadkari backs Fadnavis on PM-led panel for Mumbai January 1, 2015

    Mumbai: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday came out in "full" support for Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' proposal to set up a PM-led committee for development of Mumbai, saying such a mechanism will resolve complex issues concerning the city. "I support his suggestion 100 per cent," Gadkari said, adding the...
  • Esther Duflo wins Infosys Prize for Social Sciences for work in development economics December 30, 2014

    Professor Esther Duflo has won the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences for her pioneering work in the field of development economics and her team's contribution in shaping social policies in India. She's the first non-Indian to win the award. ...
  • Modi for changing laws to create jobs, bringing economy back on track December 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Keen on boosting domestic manufacturing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday promised to do away with 'ABCD' of development and adopt 'ROAD' to create jobs and bring the derailed economy back on track. "Government is generally trapped in 'ABCD' culture from top to bottom.... A means Avoid, B-Bypass,...