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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stand on PDP in December 2014 and now 2 hours 18 minutes 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 2 hours 54 minutes 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 hours 31 minutes 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 6 hours 30 minutes 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 21 hours 51 minutes 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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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...
  • Mobile phone charging facilities in General Class, on-board entertainment on some Shatabdis Yesterday

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that mobile phone charging facilities would be provided in general class coaches and the number of charging facilities would also be increased in Sleeper Class coaches. At present there are only two charging points in the Sleeper Class coaches of some trains. The...
  • Rail Budget 2015: Nine major thrust areas, Indian Railways to be prime mover of economy Yesterday

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, while presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament on Thursday, has said that there are nine thrust areas in this Budget. The first thrust area is that the Indian Railways will become prime mover of economy once again. Resource mobilisation for higher Investments is another...
  • Railway Budget 2015 live: No new trains, no fare hike, focus on cleanliness, tech and passenger amenities Yesterday

    Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu unveiled his first Budget on Thursday, did not increase passenger fare and put a lot of emphasis on cleanliness....
  • Tourism minister Mahesh Sharma pays surprise visit to Taj Mahal 2 days ago

    Agra: Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma paid a surprise visit to the Taj Mahal on Tuesday evening, to look into the issues ailing the structure, following a directive from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was accompanied by union minister of state for human resource development Ram Shankar Katheria and local tourism...
  • Haryana: 'Pension to be credited to bank accounts of beneficiaries' 3 days ago

    Chandigarh: Haryana government on Tuesday said that pension will be credited directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. Haryana Justice and Empowerment Minister Kavita Jain said a pensioner will not be required to open a new bank account if he already has one under the 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan...
  • Land Bill tabled in Lok Sabha amidst protests by Opposition, BJP allies; Congress walks out 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Amidst boycott by the Congress, the NDA government on Tuesday introduced the Land Acquisition Bill in the Lok Sabha. Not only the entire Opposition but also BJP's alles like the Shiv Sena and Swabhimani Paksha opposed the controversial Bill. Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena said on protest against...
  • Budget Session: PM Modi appeals to MPs for a constructive debate 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appealed to the members of Parliament for a constructive debate during the Budget Session. Talking to mediapersons just ahead of the session, Modi said, "Today the Budget Session begins. There should be constructive debate on every issue in this complete session." He said the...
  • AIADMK demands continuation of free rice scheme in Puducherry 5 days ago

    Puducherry: Opposition AIADMK on Sunday lambasted the AINRC government for causing 'chaos and confusion' in the working of the free rice scheme, envisaging supply of 10 kg rice to every family in Puducherry and Karaikal regions. AIADMK legislator A Anbalagan told in Puducherry the scheme was one of the poll promises...
  • HSBC sees Budget focusing on public investment-led growth 5 days ago

    Mumbai: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to earmark higher funds for public investments in the Budget to be presented this weekend, taking advantage from the savings he could mop-up from the steep fall in oil import bill in the past few months, says a report. "We expect the main theme...
  • Autistic students allowed to use calculator in 12th exam 5 days ago

    Mumbai: Autistic students appearing for class XII examinations in Maharashtra have been allowed to use a basic calculator. These students can use a basic calculator for maths, physics, chemistry, book-keeping and accountancy papers, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said oN Saturday. The decision has been taken on humanitarian grounds and it fulfils a...
  • Arun Jaitley asks bank employee unions to withdraw strike call 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday appealed to bank employee unions to call off their proposed four-day nationwide strike from February 25 as talks are on for a revision of wages of employees. The Minister said banks are already in negotiations with their unions and associations for wage...
  • PMO asks intelligence agencies to strictly probe officers in Oil Ministry document leak case 6 days ago

    New Delhi: After Delhi Police arrested 12 officials over the leak of documents from the Oil Ministry, the Intelligence agencies on Saturday were warned by the Prime Minister's Office to strictly probe officers involved. The list with the names of almost 15 joint secretary level officials is with PMO and...
  • Swine flu scare: Over 700 people dead, 11,071 cases reported; don't panic, says government 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Swine flu scare became worse on Thursday with over 700 people having died and 11,071 cases getting reported so far in the country in 2015. Speaking on the spread of swine flu, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth said the government is providing all help to all the states. "We are...
  • Prime Minister Modi greets everyone on the 'Chinese New Year' in several languages February 19, 2015

    On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, our Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi tweeted out greetings to nations around the world. From Korea to Mongolia to Vietnam, everyone has been wished a very happy new year! ...
  • Delhi elections: To preempt Smriti Irani, BJP declared Kiran Bedi as CM candidate February 18, 2015

    New Delhi: In order to preempt Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was projected in a huff as the Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate for the February 7 Delhi Assembly elections. According to sources in the RSS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in favour of making...
  • Bihar political crisis: HC lifts ban, but with rider, on CM Manjhi's policy decisions February 18, 2015

    Patna: In a partial relief to Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Patna High Court on Wednesday lifted ban on his taking Cabinet decisions but with the rider that he can only implement them only if he wins vote of trust. The trust vote will take place on February 20. Hearing the...
  • Bhopal: Police release water canon on Congress workers protesting Vyapam scam February 18, 2015

    Bhopal: Opposition Congress protested against Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh over the Vyapam scam with the police releasing water canon on the protestors. Earlier in the day, the state Assembly also witnessed ruckus. The Congress leaders walked out while Governor Ram Naresh Yadav was delivering his speech on the...
  • Bihar political crisis: BJP walks out from all-party meeting called by state Speaker February 18, 2015

    Patna: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday boycotted an all-party meeting called by the state Speaker Uday Narain Choudhary ahead of the Assembly session. The Bihar Assembly is scheduled to meet on February 20 for Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to prove his majority. Meanwhile, the Patna High Court will on...
  • Swine flu kills 39 in 24 hours, Health Minister holds high level meeting February 18, 2015

    Widening the swine flu scare, thirty nine people suffering from the disease have been killed in the country over the last 24 hours. While chemists says they are short of flu medication Tamiflu, the govt has claimed that there is ample stock available. ...
  • Bengaluru: Modi flags off South Asia's biggest Aero show, emphasises on need for strong defence industry February 18, 2015

    Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off South Asia's biggest air show in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The 10th Aero India show reflecting India's air prowess, is based on the theme 'Make in India'. Speaking at the event, Modi said a nation with a strong defence will be secure and will have...
  • PM Modi to launch scheme for analysing soil of farms February 17, 2015

    Jaipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a nationwide scheme to analyse the soil of farms in the country scientifically, on February 19 from Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan. The 'Soil Health Card' scheme will be launched in a rally from Suratgarh town of Sriganganagar under which farmers of the country will...
  • BJP calls legislature party meet to discuss Manjhi issue February 17, 2015

    Patna: Refusing to show its cards, BJP on Tuesday said it would decide on survival of the Jitan Ram Manjhi government during the trust vote on February 20. "Two days are left, the party will decide its stand on Manjhi trust vote on February 20 on the floor of the Assembly,"...