OFFICIAL

  • Delhi government puts ban on purchase of new vehicles for officials November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: As part of an austerity measure, the Delhi government has imposed a ban on purchase of new vehicles for all officials, including those of civic bodies in the city, until the old ones complete their required life cycles. As per the new move, officials are also not supposed to...
  • PM Narendra Modi had an extraordinarily successful visit: US official November 21, 2014

    Washington: Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit as "extraordinarily successful", a top official in the Obama administration has said US-India relationship has come "a remarkable distance". "We've just had the extraordinarily successful visit of Prime Minister Modi here to the United States, and an agenda that is working across...
  • India not bidding for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups November 13, 2014

    New Delhi: India has pulled out of mounting a bid for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups, according to All India Football Federation officials. A decision on the host city of the 2015 and 2016 editions of Club World Cup will be taken in Morocco next month. Morocco has hosted the...
  • Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike: Officials November 10, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi officials said on Sunday that the head of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was wounded in an airstrike in western Anbar province. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such an attack or on the militant leader being injured. Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries both...
  • HC asks police to use social media, mobile in tracing missing persons October 9, 2014

    Madurai: Madras High Court Bench on Thursday suggested police personnel be trained in modern technologies including the use of computers, social media, mobile phones and Global Positioning System (GPS), in tracing missing persons. A bench comprising Justices S Manikumar and VS Ravi, in a common interim order on...
  • India, China serious about climate change, says UN official September 25, 2014

    Washington: A top UN official has played down the absence of the heads of state of India and China from the Climate Summit in New York this week, saying the two countries are very serious about an agreement on global warming. UN Secretary-General Special Envoy on Climate Change Mary Robinson...
  • CVC awaits sanction for prosecution against 59 government officials September 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has for months now been awaiting sanction to prosecute 59 government employees, including IAS officers, for their alleged involvement in corruption. Of a total of 26 cases involving these officials, the highest of five each are pending with the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances...
  • Asian Games flame goes out due to technical reasons September 22, 2014

    Incheon: The Asian Games cauldron, a symbol of the athletic event that is supposed to be kept lit during the 16day run here, temporarily went dark due to technical problems, organising committee officials said Sunday. The torch lost its flame around 11:40 p.m. on Saturday after experiencing malfunctions in the cauldron...
  • No facilitation fee to agents for air travel by government officials September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Finance Ministry has barred PSU travel agents, including IRCTC and Balmer Lawrie, from charging facilitation fees from government officials on their domestic and international air travels. The government had on October 10, 2013, allowed three authorised travel agents IRCTC, Balmer Lawrie and Ashok Travels and Tours ...
  • Two police officials arrested for extortion in New Delhi September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: A woman subinspector and a constable have been arrested for extorting money from a Punjabbased businessman after threatening to trap him in the sex trade, Delhi Police said on Wednesday. Subinspector Vandana and constable Hans Kumar were taken into custody after a complaint was lodged against them two days...
  • Delhi Police officials now to be seen riding bicycles September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi Police personnel will now be seen riding bicycles while patrolling in congested areas of the Walled City and parks of North Delhi with a view to check crimes such as snatching. Eight highperformance geared bicycles have been recently bought by the Delhi Police for beat constables to patrol...
  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends onarrival visa facility for 4 African nations August 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended onarrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries in the wake of Ebola epidemic in Africa, officials said. External Affairs Ministry officials said privilege to obtain visa on arrival has been suspended for visitors from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with immediate effect....
  • Wanted Maoist involved in killing of 7 police officials arrested August 17, 2014

    A Maoist allegedly involved in the killing of seven policemen last year was arrested from Goitha in Bihar's Gaya district on Sunday. Acting on a tip off, a team of CRPF and police raided the village and caught the Maoist identified as Dwarika Yadav, Superintendent of Police (SP), City, Rakesh Kumar...
  • Centre asks ministries to furnish officials' property details online August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: In a bid to ensure transparency, the Narendra Modi government has asked all departments and ministries to put property details of officials on their respective websites. A government circular in this regard was recently received by the Defence Ministry, which says that the new rules for filing property returns...
  • Akhilesh Yadav suspends 10 forest officials July 27, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday suspended 10 forest officials for alleged dereliction of duty. Forest Officer Manoj Kumar Shukla and Regional Forest Officer Pilibhit Rajiv Mishra had been placed under suspension with immediate effect by the CM, an official spokesman said. The two officers are charged with dereliction of...
  • Lokayukta police raids residence of a top MPEB official July 26, 2014

    The Lokayukta Special Police Establishment on Saturday raided the residence of Additional General Manager of Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Limited of Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board Pradeep Choudhary and found details of property worth crores of rupees. The Superintendent of Police (Lokayukta), Siddharth Choudhary told reporters in Bhopal that the raid...
  • Tax official sacked for corruption in Punjab July 15, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday ordered the sacking of a taxation officer and the compulsory retirement of four others, including a woman, on corruption charges. The dismissed Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) Baljinder Singh was recruited in 2012 and was still under probation. His services...
  • Officials going abroad will have lot of explaining to do now July 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Procedures for official foreign visits of bureaucrats have been made stringent as they will have to explain a host of things, including "benefits" of the trip and why the objectives cannot be achieved by the Indian missions, a junior person or through video conferencing. The Finance Ministry has prepared...
  • Cinema hall, medical store gutted in fire; no casualties reported July 4, 2014

    Fire broke out at a cinema hall and a pharmacy shop in the city in separate incidents, police said.No one was reported hurt in the two mishaps, they said. The blaze erupted at the pharmacy shop near a temple on Nasiya road in the wee hours today, Superintendent of Police (Fire),...
  • Monsoon likely to hit Rajasthan by July 6, says MeT official July 2, 2014

    Southwest monsoon is most likely to hit Rajasthan by July 6 as the weather conditions were getting here favourable, a MeT official said on Tuesday. "The monsoon is moving over Bay of Bengal right now and it would push the current to northern states including Rajasthan by July 6 or 7,...
  • Heavy rain lashes Lucknow July 1, 2014

    Residents of Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow woke up to heavy rains on Tuesday that brought down the temperature, giving much relief to the people from the hot and humid weather. It started raining a little before 7 a.m. and continued for more than an hour. The city like other regions has...
  • Two officials held for accepting bribe June 28, 2014

    Hyderabad: Two government officials were arrested for allegedly taking bribe of Rs 80,000 in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, AntiCorruption Bureau (ACB) officials said. A Subba Reddy, assistant geologist and K Murahali, Royalty Inspector at the office of Assistant Director (Mines and Geology) in Nellore were caught redhanded by ACB...
  • Sales Tax official arrested on attempt to rape charges on minor maid June 26, 2014

    A Sales Tax department official was booked for his alleged attempt to rape his minor maid in Sri Ji Dham Colony on Thursday. The teenage girl had herself lodged a complaint in this regard at Highway police station on Wednesday evening. According to the FIR, Sales Tax department official Dhuredra Chaturvedi...
  • Officials: Sanctions on Russia could be delayed June 25, 2014

    Washington: Sanctions aimed at key economic sectors in Russia because of its threatening moves in Ukraine might be delayed because of positive signals from Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Obama administration officials. The United States and its European allies were finalising a package of sanctions with the goal of...
  • Campa Cola residents form human chains to hold back BMC officials June 20, 2014

    The deadline for the residents to vacate the 102 illegal flats in the Campa Cola society ended on Friday. BMC officials reached the compound at 11:30am to disconnect water, power and gas supply but the residents did not allow them by conducting a havan at one gate and forming a...
  • Three revenue officials booked for submitting fake certificates June 20, 2014

    An FIR was on Friday registered against three revenue departmentofficials for allegedly submitting fake educational certificates while applying for their jobs. The report was registered after a complaint was received by District Magistrate M K Swami B alleging that the three 'Lekhpals'Nandji Ram, Sitaram Verma and Ramshankar Singh, who were working...
  • Full text: The Official Languages Act, 1963 June 20, 2014

    THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT, 1963 (AS AMENDED, 1967) (Act No. 19 of 1963) An Act to provide for the languages which may be used for the official purposes of the Union, for transaction of business in Parliament, for Central and State, Acts and for certain purposes in High Courts. Be it enacted...
  • JSEB official assault case: After 17 days in jail, Yashwant Sinha, others released June 19, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and 61 party workers on Thursday were released from jail, a day after a local court granted them bail in a case of alleged assault of a government official. Sinha, who spent a fortnight in jail, was released from jail after furnishing two surety bonds of...
  • Focus on India's development rather than 'promoting' Hindi: DMK to PM June 19, 2014

    Chennai: Linguistic chauvinism seems to be rearing its ugly head in India once again. DMK chief Karunanidhi has lambasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government at the Centre for giving Hindi priority over other languages for official use. The veteran leader has criticised the directives from Ministry of Home Affairs...
  • Akhilesh Yadav directs officials to make his office paperless June 14, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday directed officials to make his office paperless, saying it will help in bringing transparency in the working and decision making faster. "With a view to make disposal of letters to his offices quicker, the Chief Minister has directed officials to make his office...