INFORMATION

  • Bihar ministers learn to operate tablet computers 3 days ago

    Patna: Catching up with the latest in information technology, Bihar ministers received training in computer and tablet computer operation but only a handful of them turned up at the workshop held for them. Inaugurating the day-long workshop, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi told the ministers that no one could cheat...
  • Internet can't be managed as private property: India tells UN October 15, 2014

    United Nations: Underscoring its commitment to the "free growth" of the Internet, India has told the UN General Assembly that the cyberspace cannot be managed as a "private property" and its management should be "transparent and democratic" in nature. "As a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and democratic society, India is fully committed...
  • The great divide: Bridging the education-employability gap October 8, 2014

    The new academic year is well under way. Every day, students from across all differentiating lines get ready, neat partings and pressed shirts, and set off to receive a quantum of knowledge. Every day, guardians watch their wards, as they tote a bag of ruled books that will document their...
  • Give reasons for seeking information under RTI: Madras High Court September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: In a serious blow to transparency regime in the country, the Madras High Court has said RTI applicants must give reasons for seeking information as it gave relief to its Registry from disclosing file notings on a complaint against a chief metropolitan magistrate. A division bench comprising justices...
  • Dos and don'ts: 5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches September 20, 2014

    New York: Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information. Home Depot said Thursday that malicious software lurking in its checkout terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards that customers swiped...
  • Information and Broadcast Ministry clears 26 new channels September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Pending proposals of 26 new television channels have been cleared by the Information and Broadcast Ministry, taking the total number of channels in the country to above 800. I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said he has cleared 26 pending proposals of new channels in news, current affairs and entertainment and...
  • Tamil Nadu: Police seek information on 900yearold idol of Lord Nataraja abroad September 6, 2014

    Chennai: Alerted about a 900yearold idol of Lord Nataraja, said to have been smuggled abroad and bought by an art gallery for a princely sum, Tamil Nadu police sought information from public as well as officials to help them trace it. Releasing a picture of the idol, police announced a...
  • Ministers have freedom to take decisions under Modi: Javadekar September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: As the Narendra Modi government nears its 100 days in power, each ministry has given a report card on the measures taken till now. Environment and Information Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that he has changed the "negative image" of the Environment Ministry. "The ministry had acquired a negative...
  • Decide complaint against Sonia Gandhi in 6 months: Delhi HC to CIC August 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed the Central Information Commission to decide in six months a complaint against Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the issue of noncompliance of transparency panel's directions that the party was answerable under the RTI Act. Noted RTI activist RK Jain had approached the Commission...
  • Government has no intention to take over BCCI, says Sports Minister August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said taking over the Indian Cricket Board was not a "feasible" option since the BCCI was an autonomous body but it will try to bring the cricket body under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was responding to a...
  • Delhi: Three arrested for posing as CBI informers August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Three men were arrested from West Delhi's Uttam Nagar area for allegedly cheating people by posing as CBI informers, police said on Tuesday. Two of the accused Hari Prakash Sharma (31), a resident of Sonepat in Haryana, and Prahlad Bhagat Sharma (59) were together running the business...
  • IT giant TCS crosses Rs 5 lakh crore market cap; first by an Indian company July 24, 2014

    Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country's largest software services exporter, on Wednesday attained a market valuation of over Rs 5 lakh crore, becoming the first company in Indian markets to achieve this milestone. At the end of of Wednesday's trade, the market capitalisation (mcap) of TCS soared to Rs 5,06,703.34...
  • Akhilesh Yadav gets luxury cars, but cuts budget for women's panel July 15, 2014

    As women's safety continues to be a cause for concern in Uttar Pradesh, here's a shocker: An activist has found that the Akhilesh Yadav government has drastically downsized the budget of the state women's commission but has the money for two sevenseater Mercedes cars and two similar Land Cruisers. A Right...
  • Over 66,000 RTI appeals pending before 6 information centres: survey July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: A survey conducted by Commonwealth Human Rights initiative raises serious questions on the lack of transparency in the functioning of Information Commissions across the country. Report says that more than 66,000 appeals and complaints pending in just 6 information commissions across the country, Maharashtra commission tops the list with...
  • After Prakash Javadekar's punctuality check, I&B to install biometric attendance July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Following a surprise check by Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar which found several employees not reporting on time, the Information and Broadcasting ministry has initiated the process of installation of biometric attendance system. The ministry has invited quotations for the installation of biometric device for attendance system through...
  • Hyderabad will need of two more airports in future: KCR July 7, 2014

    Hyderabad: Hyderabad will require at least two more airports in the near future as the city's population is expected to touch three crore with the development of the Information Technology Investment Region, according to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. "Hyderabad's population in 2014 is 94 lakh. We are soon to...
  • Indian government's initiative 'Mobile Seva' wins UN award June 24, 2014

    United Nations: An initiative conceptualised by Indian government's Department of Electronics and Information Technology to enable delivery of public services electronically through the mobile platform has been awarded a United Nations public service award. 'Mobile Seva', a nationwide initiative conceptualized, funded and implemented by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology...
  • Depiction of rash driving should come with warnings: I&B June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Following concerns expressed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Information and Broadcasting ministry has advised media organisations that appropriate warnings should accompany any depiction of rash and negligent driving. The advisory comes days after senior BJP leader and Cabinet minister Gopinath Munde lost his life following...
  • No curbs on press freedom, assures Javadekar June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The government will not do anything to curb the freedom of the press in any form but the media should develop a mechanism to decide its responsibilities, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday. "Sacrifices of many leaders during freedom struggle and Emergency contributed immensely to the...
  • Need to focus on conservation of forest lands through GSI: Vasundhara Raje June 16, 2014

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday laid stress on protection of wildlife and said there was a need to strike a balance between conservation of forest lands and development through Geographic Information System (GIS) technique. All state government departments should go the extra mile and cooperate with each other keeping...
  • China no threat to Indian IT: Infosys June 16, 2014

    Beijing: China's burgeoning IT industry is not a threat to the Indian software industry yet, but it is well entrenched in the domestic market to make the Indian majors sweat to gain entry, says a top Indian IT official. "Our $ 100 billion software industry is under no threat from...
  • Prakash Javadekar elected as Rajya Sabha member from MP June 12, 2014

    Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar was declared on Thursday elected as the Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh. The result was declared by the State Assembly's Principal Secretary and Returning Officer for the Rajya Sabha bypoll, Bhagwandev Israni. Israni handed over the certificate of election to...
  • Major fire erupts in sector 17 building; 2 firefighters die June 9, 2014

    Bodies of two fireman were retrieved from the debris of a collapsed fourstorey building in the wee hours, even as firefighting continued on Monday after a major fire broke out in it on Sunday night, in the Sector 17 area of the city, officials said. Bodies of firemen Amandeep Singh and...
  • Thane: Husband held for posting his wife's video on a porn site June 6, 2014

    Thane: A 28yearold man who allegedly filmed his wife and posted the video on a pornographic site was arrested on Friday. Senior police inspector Ajay Kurandkar of Navghar police station said that the man's wife had complained to the police that he did it to earn money since he is...
  • Three villagers killed by Maoists on suspicion of being police informers June 4, 2014

    Three villagers were shot dead allegedly by Maoists, who suspected that the trio was working against the banned outfit at Jojo in Khunti district, police said. The deceased identified as Dubraj Manki, Nagi Manki and Surya Hansda were gunned down by the rebels suspecting them of being involved in antiMaoist activities...
  • 'SMS alert' service to start soon in all Thane courts May 17, 2014

    Thane: Lawyers of the petitioners and respondents in all courts of the district may soon get SMS alerts regarding status of the pleas filed, on their mobile phones through new service called Case Information System (CIS). In a circular, Thane District Courts Bar Association recently asked its members to submit their...
  • India, others sign pact for automatic sharing of tax info: Chidambaram May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: India and scores of other countries, including Switzerland, have adopted a global declaration for automatic exchange of tax information, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Monday. The adoption of the Declaration on Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters last week comes in the backdrop of India stepping up...
  • DD's Modi interview: Prasar again writes to I&B Ministry May 11, 2014

    Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has again sought an assurance from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry that its reccommendations would not be ignored if an inquiry is held into the controversial editing of Doordarshan's Narendra Modi interview. Sources said that Prasar Bharati's Principal Advisor V A M Hussain has written a letter...
  • Murlidhar Tiwari appointed new VC of Barkatullah University April 26, 2014

    Noted academician Murlidhar Tiwari has taken over as the new ViceChancellor (VC) of city based Barkatullah University. Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav, in his capacity as Chancellor of State Universities, on Friday named Tiwari to the top post of one of India's prestigious varsities, official sources said. A known name in...
  • Cyber space, a new domain of war: Antony April 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Against the backdrop of rising incidents of hacking of military networks, Defence Minister AK Antony on Monday said cyber space was the new domain of war and asked top Army brass to ensure security of critical information infrastructure of the force. He said rapid...