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  • One Indian fisherman injured in attack by Sri Lankan Navy near Katchatheevu island 3 hours 52 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday attacked Indian fishermen near Katchatheevu, injuring one fisherman and damaging a boat. In November 2014, the Sri Lankan Navy had arrested 14 Indian fishermen for allegedly trespassing into Lankan waters. Ten fishermen were arrested from Pudukkottai and four from Rameswaram. That came just a few...
  • Gadkari set to achieve target of building 25-kms of highways everyday 6 hours 12 minutes ago

    Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has set the ball rolling to achieve the target of building 25-kilometers of highways everyday. Speaking exclusively to Network 18, he proposed a new public private partnership model with government pitching. ...
  • Black money: Luxembourg offers to send financial experts team 15 hours 48 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Luxembourg, one of the biggest routes for investments into India, on Monday offered to send a team of experts in New Delhi to brief the government on measures taken by it to curb illegal financial transactions. The offer was conveyed by Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn to his Indian...
  • Delhi: Manish Sisodia takes stock of price control measures of vegetables 16 hours 47 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Delhi government on Monday discussed the measures to keep the prices of essential vegetables, including onion and potatoes, under control during the upcoming summer months. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia held a review meeting with Gopal Rai, who holds employment, development, labour, transport and general administration portfolios, and Food...
  • Over Rs 4800 crore released as scholarships to minority students says Smriti Irani 21 hours 49 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The government on Monday said it has released Rs 4,860.50 crore funds as sholarships to students belonging to minority community in three years including the current fiscal. During the period, Rs 2,812.02 crore funds were released under the pre-matric, Rs 1,309.91 crore under the post-matric and Rs...
  • After crediting Pakistan for peaceful polls, PDP pricks BJP, calls hanging of Afzal Guru 'travesty of justice' 21 hours 56 minutes ago

    New Delhi: A group of People's Democratic Party (PDP) MLAs on Monday fired another salvo at its coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) calling the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru issue as "a travesty of justice". The issue is sure to embarrass the PDP leadership too and expose chinks in...
  • J&K: CM Mufti side-steps controversy over his remark, Mehbooba calls it teething problems Yesterday

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday sought to side-step controversy over his remark that Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants allowed conducive atmosphere for Assembly elections in the state. However, his daughter and People's Democratic Party (PDP) MP in Lok Sabha Mehbooba Mufti was more upfront...
  • PM Modi eats lunch in Parliament canteen, pays Rs 29 for veg thaali Yesterday

    New Delhi: In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday ate lunch in the Parliament canteen. Sources said the PM was accompanied by two MPs from Gujarat to the canteen, which serves highly subsidised food for the MPs, journalists and Parliament staff. The sources said the PM ordered a veg...
  • J&K: Centre dissociates from CM Sayeed's remarks on peaceful polls, credits EC, security forces, people Yesterday

    New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday dissociated from newly-appointed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's remarks and gave credit for peaceful elections in the state to the Election Commission, Army personnel, paramilitary forces and the local people. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Singh said questions were raised...
  • Son of Maharaja's security aide is new Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Yesterday

    Jammu: Son of a security aide of erstwhile Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu and Kashmir, it has been a long wait for Nirmal Kumar Singh of BJP to come to the centre stage of state politics. After having a heart-burn during the ticket distribution in last Lok Sabha election, Singh was...
  • India wants to maintain cordial ties with neighbours, says Rajnath Singh Yesterday

    Jaunpur: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said India wanted to maintain cordial relations with its neighbours, but if someone attempts to encroach upon its borders, a befitting reply would be given. "We want to maintain cordial relationship with our neighbours, but if anyone tries to encroach upon our borders,...
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi forms 'HAM', alleges Nitish got Bihar Nivas washed with Ganga water 2 days ago

    Patna: After stepping down as the Bihar chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday formed a political front called 'Hindustan Awaam Morcha', acronymed 'HAM'. On the occasion, he also leveled serious allegations against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Making the sensational allegation, Manjhi said Kumar got the Bihar Nivas building in New...
  • Union Budget: Government emphasises on job creation to create millions of jobs 2 days ago

    New Delhi: With the government putting strong emphasis on job creation, experts on Saturday said measures proposed in the Union Budget can help in creating millions of employment opportunities in the coming years. Global management consultancy Hay Group India Managing Director Nitin Razdan said, "Jobs and hiring in India needs to...
  • Ministry of External Affairs gets 19 per-cent hike in allocation 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The foreign ministry has seen a good hike of 19 per-cent in its fund allocations in the Union Budget 2015-16 as the main thrust remained towards various development assistance projects implemented by India in neighbouring countries including Bhutan and Afghanistan. While Rs 12,620 crore was given by Finance Minister...
  • Cochin business chamber unhappy as Budget fails to meet demands 2 days ago

    Kochi: Cochin Chamber of Commerce and Industry has criticised Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for not giving funds for Kerala's crawling public sector industrial units in the Budget on Saturday. However, the body has hailed proposals like announcement on GST and reduction in corporate tax. "Our long-pending demands like AIIMS, Cancer Hospital,...
  • A good Budget with 3-4 forceful directions 2 days ago

    By Dr Shankar Acharya, Former Chief Economic Adviser to Government of India It is a good Budget. I rate Arun Jaitley's Budget as good. Lot of things he mentioned sounded good. He has also given a forceful direction to 3-4 things. Fiscal consolidation has also been taken into account. I like...
  • Union Budget 2015: It is pro-poor, Opposition has lost it, say NDA ministers 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's Cabinet colleagues have praised him for the Union Budget 2015 calling historical, pro-poor and visionary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted half-a-dozen tweets applauding the Budget. "Union Budget 2015 is a Budget with a clear vision. It is a Budget that is progressive, positive, practical, pragmatic...
  • A pro-corporate, anti-poor, disappointing Budget: Opposition 3 days ago

    New Delhi: On expected lines, Opposition leaders have criticised the Union Budget 2015 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on Saturday, with party president Sonia Gandhi terming it as a "pro-corporate" one. Congress Lok Sabha MP Kamal Nath said this has only been the Budget of commissions, committees and...
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley cuts corporate tax rate, keeps individual tax rates unchanged 3 days ago

    New Delhi: There has been no change in individual tax rates or slabs while corporate tax rate will be cut from 30% to 25% over the next four years. While delivering his first full Budget speech in Parliament on Saturday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said individual tax payer will benefit...
  • Government raises farm credit target to Rs 8.5 lakh crore for 2015-16 3 days ago

    New Delhi: In a bonanza for farmers, the government on Saturday raised agriculture credit target by Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 8.5 lakh crore for 2015-16 fiscal and also announced financial support to enhance irrigation and soil health to achieve higher agriculture productivity. "Farm credit underpins the efforts our hardworking farmers...
  • GDP in 2015-16 to be 8-8.5%; double-digit growth soon, says Arun Jaitley 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said growth in the next financial year will rise to 8-8.5 per cent and clock double-digit level in the subsequent years. "Growth in 2015-16 is expected to be between 8-8.5 per cent. Aiming for a double digit rate seems feasible very soon," he...
  • Home Ministry offers 3 names to Kejriwal for picking new Chief Secretary of Delhi 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry has initiated the process of appointing the next Chief Secretary of Delhi by sending a panel of three senior IAS officers to the city government after finding that the only name given by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was too junior to hold the top position. Official...
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stand on PDP in December 2014 and now 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have criticised Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal for making U-turns on several of his statements. But now Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be criticised for doing the same as far as the BJP's stand on...
  • MNREGA is a monument of UPA government's failures, we won't stop it: PM Modi 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday declared that the NDA government will not stop UPA's flagship programme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and that it is a living example of the monument of the previous government's failures. Replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President's...
  • Economic Survey 2014-15: 'Scope for big bang reforms' as growth pegged at 8 per cent for next year 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Economic Survey 2014-15, tabled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on Friday, pegs a growth rate of over 8 per cent for the next financial year while inflation has declined by over 6 percentage points since late 2013. "There is scope for big bang reforms now," said Jaitley...
  • Mufti Sayeed to become J&K CM on March 1, calls PDP-BJP tie-up a meeting of North Pole & South Pole 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed, who will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of a People's Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir on March 1, said on Friday that the coming together of the two parties is like meeting of North Pole and...
  • Sri Lanka: Minister slams police for tardy progress in graft cases 4 days ago

    Colombo: The new Sri Lankan government on Thursday asked the police department to submit a report within 10 days on the action taken to unravel the large-scale corruption allegations linked to the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Slamming the department, Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga asked the police to expedite investigation...
  • Highways construction delays due to land acquisition: Government 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Delays in construction of some national highways have been mainly due to land acquisition, environment and contractual issues, Parliament was informed on Thursday. "Some National Highway projects under various phases of National Highways Development Projects (NHDP) have been delayed mainly due to land acquisition, poor performance of contractors and...
  • Travellers from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata react to Rail budget 2015 4 days ago

    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu played safe in his maiden Budget refusing to take the populist route of announcing a large number of new trains but also failed to take measures to increase the earnings of the public transporter by not increasing the passenger fare. ...
  • Rail Budget 2015: 'Operation Five Minutes', 'hot-buttons', coin vending machines new features 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that the Railways is introducing 'Operation Five Minutes' to ensure that a passenger travelling unreserved can purchase a ticket within five minutes. Presenting the Railway Budget in Parliament on Thursday the Minister said the government is directing its efforts to make travel on...