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  • SEZs to get fresh fillip under Modi government, says Nirmala Sitharaman 3 days ago

    Visakhapatnam: Special Economic Zones have not performed to their full potential in the past ten years and so the NDA government is planning to tweak policies to make them more productive and viable, said Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday. She said Indian firms active...
  • Chennai at 375: Nirmala Lakshman's book 'Degree coffee by the yard' a biography of Madras 1 week ago

    August 22, 1639 is considered the founding day of Madras city. Madras Day commemorates Madras city's founding by establishing Fort St George by the East India company in 1639. Nirmala Lakshman, author of 'Degree coffee by the yard' talks about the transformation of Madras to Chennai. In an interview to...
  • Women should make sure that there is a toilet before marriage: Nirmala Samant August 18, 2014

    National Commission for Women member Nirmala Samant on Monday praised women who stood for themselves and left their in-law's house due to lack of toilets. She said, "Before marrying every women should make sure that there is toilet in their in-law's house." ...
  • Amendments to Companies Act may not be necessary: Nirmala Sitharaman August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Emphasising that good progress has been made in addressing concerns about new companies law, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said amendments to the Act might not even be necessary if stakeholders feel relieved with changes being made in the rules. Sitharaman, who is the Minister of State for Corporate...
  • Not rupee value, other factors impacting exports: Nirmala Sitharaman August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: It is not the exchange rate of the rupee but 'other factors' that are impacting the country's exports, the government said on Friday. "In India as the exchange rate of the rupee has remained bi-directional in a general depreciating trend and there are other factors affecting exports, there...
  • No change in India's stand on WTO, says Sitharaman July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: As only a few hours are left for WTO members to ratify the trade facilitation pact, India on Thursday asserted that its stand "remains the same". "Our stand remains the same," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters after meeting US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. The World...
  • PM Modi leaves for Brazil to attend the BRICS summit July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Brazil on Sunday to attend the five-nation summit of BRICS nations on July 14 and 15. The summit is expected to finalise the setting up of a development bank and seek reforms of the United Nations and international financial organisations. "I look at...
  • Gold jewellery import dips 80 pc from Thailand in 2013-14 July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid concerns over the certificate of origin issue, import of gold jewellery from Thailand has dipped by 80.7 per cent to Rs 100.46 crore (351 kg) in 2013-14, Parliament was informed on Friday. "Since 2011-12, import of gold jewellery from Thailand has come down," Commerce and Industry Minister...
  • Alphonso mango ban: EU team visiting India in September July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid a temporary import ban on mangoes, a team of experts from European Union will visit India in September to check the measures put in place by the country with regard to fruits and vegetables. "In the light of concerted efforts on India's part, Food and Veterinary office of...
  • Iraq crisis led to rupee depreciation: Government July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The recent Iraq crisis has led to marginal depreciation of the rupee and government is calibrating "appropriate policy responses" to cope with the situation, Parliament was informed on Tuesday. "Since the escalation of the Iraq crisis in the second week of June 2014, the exchange rate of the rupee...
  • Government to sort out compensation issues for early GST roll-out: Arun Jaitley July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the Centre would sort out compensation issues with states to ensure early roll-out of Goods and Service Tax, a new indirect tax regime that will subsume various levies. After meeting state finance ministers, he said there is a broad consensus on...
  • Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman files nomination June 21, 2014

    Hyderabad: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday filed her nomination for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Andhra Pradesh going to polls next month. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, BJP presidents of the state and Telangana K Haribabu and G Kishan Reddy and leaders of TDP and BJP accompanied...
  • BJP nominates Sitharaman for RS from Andhra Pradesh June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will get a Rajya Sabha nomination from Andhra Pradesh after her name was finalised by BJP on Thursday. The party decided to nominate her for the Upper House from Andhra Pradesh where the seat has fallen vacant after the demise of N Janardhana Reddy on...
  • India @ 9 with Anubha Bhonsle June 17, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Anubha Bhonsle on India @ 9. ...
  • Government will present a good not just a populist budget: Sitharaman June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday accused the former UPA government of having exhausted the treasury and the ramifications engendered on the incumbent government on account of that. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Sitharaman said that although the NDA government has a lot...
  • News 360: Centre steps in to control prices, imposes minimum export price on onions June 17, 2014

    With India's wholesale price inflation rising to a five-month high in May, the government on Tuesday held a high level meeting chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss inflation. The Centre has advised the state governments to take appropriate steps to crack down on hoarding. ...
  • FDI in Multi brand retail not welcome: Nirmala Sitharaman June 14, 2014

    Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that FDI in Multi brand retail is not welcome. "We have initially made a very clear commitment that in multi-brand retail, opposition is very clear. FDI in Multi brand retail is not welcome at the moment." She had called on Prime Minister Narendra...
  • Nirmala Sitharaman likely to take Rajya Sabha route from Andhra June 14, 2014

    Hyderabad: Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is expected to be elected to Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh in the by-election slated for July 3. The ruling Telugu Desam Party has decided to allot the lone seat to its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party. The by-election was caused due to the death of...
  • Nirmala Sitharaman briefed on trade issues with China June 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was briefed by a top diplomat on trade issues between the countries. "Briefed by Indian Ambassador to China Mr Ashok K Kantha on issues and possibilities in mutual trade between India and...
  • Commerce Minister approves proposal to hike FDI in Defence to 100 pc May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Commerce & Industries Minister (Independent charge), Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the Cabinet note proposing hike in FDI cap in Defence to 100 per cent, say sources. Currently, the FDI cap in Defence is 26 per cent. AK Antony, who was the Defence Minister during the UPA...
  • UP: Policeman, 3 others arrested for rape of 2 girls found hanging May 29, 2014

    Badaun: In a shameful incident in Uttar Pradesh, two teenage dalit sisters were allegedly gangraped and murdered with their bodies found hanging from a tree in Katra village. Police have arrested four people including a constable, who has been suspended. A case has been registered and an inquiry is underway....
  • Nirmala Sitharaman briefed on challenges facing industry, exporters May 28, 2014

    Challenges such as curbs on gold imports, imposition of MAT on special economic zones, the drop in manufacturing output and problems related to labour laws and land acquisition figured in presentations made to new Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday. In separate presentations, the Commerce and Department Of Industrial...
  • FTP: Will more women in Cabinet lead to greater women's empowerment? May 27, 2014

    Seven MPs represent the female brigade of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 45-member Council of Ministers. Six out of the seven enjoy Cabinet rank. CNN-IBN Deputy Sagarika Ghose asks the panel of experts if more women in Cabinet would lead to greater women's empowerment. ...
  • Nirmala Sitharaman says no to FDI in multi-brand retail May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Reaffirming BJP's stand on FDI in multi-brand retail, new Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday indicated that foreign players will not be allowed to open mega stores in the country as it may adversely impact the small traders and farmers. "At this stage the party...
  • Meet the women in PM Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Seven MPs represent the female brigade of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 45-member Council of Ministers. Six out of the seven enjoy Cabinet rank. Barring Nirmala Sitharaman, who has been made Minister of State with Independent Charge, rest including Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti and Najma Heptulla, the lone Muslim face,...
  • Don't oppose bail plea in 36 cases, recommends Buch committee May 7, 2014

    A high-powered standing committee constituted for reviewing the cases of undertrials languishing in Chhattisgarh jails on Wednesday recommended the state government not to oppose the bail plea of prisoners in 36 cases. The eighth meeting on Wednesday of the committee, formed by the Chhattisgarh government, deliberated upon 57 sub-judice pending cases and...
  • Should a politician's private life become a public issue? May 1, 2014

    Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh has tweeted that he is in a relationship with a journalist Amrita Rai. In a tweet he said, "I have no hesitation in accepting my relationship with Amrita Rai. She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case." ...
  • Is politics being played out over Chennai terror blasts? May 1, 2014

    One passenger was killed and 14 others injured in twin explosions in the Bangalore-Guwahati Express at platform number 9 of the Chennai Central Railway Station on Thursday morning. The blasts reportedly took place in the sleeper coaches of the train as it was coming to an halt at the station,...
  • Congress doesn't understand Indian culture: BJP on FM's remark May 1, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP on Thursday took on Finance Minister P Chidamabaram for saying he was not sure if Priyanka Gandhi would accept Narendra Modi as "father figure", saying he belongs to a party whose DNA does not allow appreciation of a gesture coming out of Indian culture. "It is part of...
  • BJP slams St. Xavier's College's Principal, says his action wrong April 23, 2014

    A day before Mumbai votes, Principal of the city's prestigious Xavier's College Dr Frazer Mascarenhas has sparked off a controversy by writing an e-mail to his students. However, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said that if a teacher is comparing different states in order to influence the minds of students, it...