Ministers

  • Meet your ministers: In conversation with Ashok Gajapati Raju 2 days ago

    Civil Aviation Minister in the Narendra Modi government Ashok Gajapati Raju talked about his 100-day agenda. Raju had said that he would construct 200 airports across India. ...
  • Recapitalisation of PSU banks is on high priority: Arun Jaitley 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said recapitalisation to the tune of Rs 2.4 lakh crore in public sector banks to meet Basel III norms is a 'high priority' item for the government. "We suggested proposal for recapitalising of public sector banks over the next four years...the government is...
  • Gujarat government to observe 'Women's Empowerment Fortnight' 4 days ago

    Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel on Friday said the state government will celebrate Women's Empowerment Fortnight from August 1 and August 15. According to an official release, she spoke about the celebrations during her meeting with members of all women safety committees from across Gujarat at Mahatma Mandir. The Gujarat...
  • SC notice on former MPs' unauthorised stay in official houses 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Central government on a petition by former CAG Vinod Rai questioning former ministers and MPs overstaying in official accommodation beyond their authorised period. A bench of Chief Justice RM Lodha, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, while issuing...
  • Government closely monitoring Iraq situation: Arun Jaitley 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The government on Friday said it is closely monitoring the situation in Iraq and will calibrate policy response to cope with it. "The turmoil in Iraq has the potential to have an impact on international prices of oil. The government closely monitors the emerging situation and calibrates appropriate policy...
  • Government takes steps to boost production of tea, coffee, rubber 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Government has taken measures to boost the production and export of plantation crops like tea, coffee, rubber and spices through the Plantation Commodity Boards which provide financial and technical assistance to the growers and the industry. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the help is offered to the growers and...
  • No Indian on board ill-fated Malaysian plane MH17, confirms Aviation Minister 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Friday confirmed that there was no Indian on board the plane in which 298 people lost their lives. Terming the incident as unfortunate, he said that the government has asked all Indian airlines not to overfly Ukraine. "It is unfortunate that this incident...
  • Forest cover increases to 12.86 per cent in Bihar: P K Shahi 5 days ago

    Forest cover in Bihar has increased to 12.86 per cent even as extensive afforestation campaign was on to achieve the target of 15 per cent by 2017, state forest and environment minister P K Shahi said on Thursday. "We are on course to achieve forest cover target of 15 per cent...
  • India's infant mortality rate dips 5 days ago

    New Delhi: India has seen a dip in its infant mortality and fertility rates, official figures released on Thursday showed. The infant mortality rate in India has declined from 47 per 100,000 live births in 2010 to 42 in 2012, according to the National Health Profile, 2013. The National Health Profile,...
  • BJP's Jagdish Mukhi rules out his name as next Delhi CM 6 days ago

    BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi on Wednesday ruled out his name as the next chief minister of Delhi. In an interview, Mukhi said, "We will decide when the time comes. As of now the decision will that be of the Lieutenant Governor. We will decide only after he makes a decision." ...
  • News 360: Centre strongly disapproves of Vaidik's meeting with Hafiz Saeed 1 week ago

    With the increasing pressure from the opposition, the government has been forced to clarify its stand on yoga teacher Ramdev's close aide Ved Pratap Vaidik's meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Lahore. The government has fielded its senior ministers in both the Houses of Parliament as the issue disrupted...
  • Is dress code in clubs a colonial hangover? 1 week ago

    The recent incident of not allowing a Madras High Court judge into Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Club in Chennai has triggered a controversy. It has led to a nationwide debate on the relevance of dress code which is being strictly followed by most of the clubs in India. ...
  • India in talks with a number of countries for new tax treaties 1 week ago

    New Delhi: India on Tuesday said negotiations are going on for signing new Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) with Hong Kong, Iran, Nigeria and three other nations. The three other countries are Azerbaijan, Chile and Venezuela, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley informed Rajya Sabha in in a written reply. Besides, negotiations are also...
  • More tax concessions when economy improves: Finance Minister July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday promised more concessions in income tax when the economy improves. "We do not want a high taxation regime. It was because of the high taxation regime of the previous government that inflation rose." "I think there was never a Union Budget since 1947, which...
  • Gujarat CM appeals to people, NGOs to adopt anganwadis July 12, 2014

    Vadodara: In a bid to augment infrastructure at anganwadis in Gujarat and to provide better amenities to children studying there, the state Chief Minister Anandi Patel on Saturday appealed to people as well as NGOs to "adopt" such centres. "About 45 lakh children belonging to poor families are studying at about...
  • Growing population of urban India is an increasing cause of concern July 12, 2014

    One of the main takeaway from the Narendra Modi government's budget was the plan to create 100 smart cities to reduce the burden of migrant population on the ever growing urban India. The question is how will the government make this work. ...
  • Government faces embarrassment in Lok Sabha in absence of ministers July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Friday faced embarrassment in Lok Sabha due to absence of Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda or his deputy when the railway budget was taken up for discussion. Realising that the two ministers were absent, the Opposition was quick to make it an issue with Congress...
  • Congress should revisit their own procedures on TRAI, says Uma Bharati July 11, 2014

    The amended Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The TRAI Bill has to be amended to allow the appointment of former TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Defending the government, Uma Bharati said, "Tell the Congress to revisit...
  • Three Maharashtra farmers ended lives on budget day July 11, 2014

    Nagpur: Three debt-ridden farmers committed suicide even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his well-received budget Thursday, a farm NGO said on Friday. The extreme step by the farmers was prompted by the failed monsoon in large parts of eastern Maharashtra, which has compelled many of them to go in for...
  • Snooping row: US promises to deal with it professionally July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The US on Thursday promised to deal "professionally" with India's "concerns" over reported snooping of BJP by American spy agency NSA. "We understand the concerns which has been raised, we will deal with them professionally," US Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns told reporters after meeting Finance Minister...
  • Replace sex education with format to make people aware about child pregnancy July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Days after courting controversy over his remarks on imparting sex education in schools, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said it should be replaced by a format which makes people aware about child pregnancy and associated evils. "I have spoken out against so-called sex education without pedagogy on this...
  • Arun Jaitley raises exemption limit, introduces Kisan Vikas Patra to boost savings July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Encouraging household savings, the government today raised tax exemption limit on investments in financial instruments to Rs 1.5 lakh, re-introduced Kisan Vikas Patra and hiked the PPF investment ceiling. In his maiden Budget 2014-15, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also proposed higher exemption limit for re-payment of interest on loans...
  • Branded petrol price cut by over Rs 5 per litre July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Price of branded or premium petrol on Thursday was cut by over Rs 5 per litre after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slashed excise duty on the fuel. Central Excise duty on Branded Petrol was cut from Rs 7.50 per litre to Rs 2.35 per litre. Branded petrol, which contains...
  • India Inc welcomes Modi's Budget, says it sets tone for higher growth trajectory July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: India Inc on Thursday welcomed the Narendra Modi government's maiden budget, saying it sets the tone for attaining higher growth trajectory, job creation and attracting much-needed investments for an economy grappling with multiple challenges. "I think the approach of creating a stable business environment to attract investment and boost...
  • Union Budget: Rs 500 crore for creation of five tourist circuits July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: With an aim of boosting tourism, government on Thursday announced allocation of Rs 500 crore for creation of five tourist circuits with specific themes in the country. In his maiden Budget speech in Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India's rich cultural, historical, and natural heritage provides a huge...
  • Budget doesn't reflect common man's aspirations: Opposition July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Opposition parties on Thursday criticised the union budget, saying it did not reflect the aspirations of the common man. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his maiden budget on Thursday. "The budget does not reflect the aspiration of the common man. Most of the announcements are ministry programmes, which the finance...
  • Budget 2014: New airports in smaller cities, towns July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: New airports will be developed in smaller cities and towns to encourage air travel in the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on Thursday. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) will build the airports through public private partnership (PPP) process, the minister told the Lok Sabha while presenting the...
  • Arun Jaitley allocates Rs 1,000 crore for renewable sector schemes July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Calling it a 'high priority' area, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday allocated Rs.1,000 crore for the solar power sector, a move that will boost energy generation from renewable sources. The government aims to construct Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects or high capacity plants in the radiation rich...
  • Power producers rise on tax holiday proposal in budget July 10, 2014

    Shares of power producers gain sharply after the finance minister proposed a 10-year tax holiday for power generation companies. Tata Power Co Ltd rises 4.5 per cent, NTPC Ltd is up 2.9 per cent, Adani Power Ltd gains 6.9 per cent and JSW Energy Ltd is 7.8 per cent higher. Arun Jaitley...
  • IT rates unchanged; sops to small, marginal assesses in Budget July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The Budget for 2014-15 on Thursday left income tax rates unchanged but provided sops to small and marginal assesses by raising the threshold exemption limit from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh and investments under 80C by Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh while promising not to...