PPP

  • Did not receive any letter on PPP audit from Vinod Rai, says Chidambaram Yesterday

    New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said that he did not receive any communication from ex-CAG Vinod Rai on the audit of PPP projects. "I do not recall any address to me by the CAG on the subject. I have since confirmed that no letter was addressed...
  • Pakistan: Government agrees to PTI demands; denies Sharif's resignation September 9, 2014

    Islamabad Pakistan's embattled government on Tuesday said it has reached an agreement with cricketer-turned- politician Imran Khan's party, which is seeking the ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on most of the issues, except one which is "non-negotiable". "One of their demands is non-negotiable for us," Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who...
  • Government notifies FDI liberalisation in Railways August 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday notified the liberalised Foreign Direct Investment norms for the Railways, permitting 100 per cent FDI through automatic route in several areas, including high speed trains. Other segments of the Railways in which FDI will be allowed include suburban corridor projects through Public Private Partnership (PPP),...
  • Pakistan: Imran's look-alike big draw at 'Azadi March' August 20, 2014

    Islamabad: Opposition leader Imran Khan is the man of the hour for thousands of his supporters but those unable to access him can get themselves clicked with his look-alike who has been a big draw at the protest. Jamal Shah, a lecturer of English at a private college in Nowshera in...
  • Imran Khan, cleric Qadri reach Pak Parliament, defiant Sharif says he will not resign as PM August 20, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan protesters led by opposition leader and Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri reached the Islamabad Parliament building in the early hours of Wednesday in their bid to force the prime minister to resign, but did not go inside. The protesters were seen on their way to Parliament wearing...
  • Railways get proposals worth Rs 15,000 crore in PPP mode: Sadananda Gowda July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian Railways have received proposals totalling Rs 15,000 crore for development of various projects under the PPP mode, Railway Minister Sadanada Gowda said on Tuesday. Gowda also defended the recent 14.2 per cent passenger fare hike and 6.5 per cent freight hike saying it was the need of...
  • Rural Ministry suggests industry-friendly changes in Land Act July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Rural Development Ministry has suggested a number of amendments to the Land Acquisition Act which would water down pro-farmer provisions like mandatory consent of at least 70 per cent locals for acquiring land for PPP projects and 80 per cent for acquiring land for private projects. The Land...
  • Musharraf resigned under deal to give him safe passage: Gilani July 12, 2014

    Islamabad: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday claimed that the current government was violating a deal under which Pervez Musharraf tendered his resignation from the president's office in exchange for a safe passage. Gilani claimed that former military ruler Musharraf was to be given a safe passage under...
  • Rail budget disappointing, very generic: Nitish Kumar July 8, 2014

    Former railways minister Nitish Kumar said that the rail budget was disappointing. The government has no clear future plan or roadmap. "It is a very generic budget. FDI and PPP in Railways are not prudent initiatives," he said. On the other side, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "We have...
  • Railway Budget 2014-15: Special steps to be taken for safety of women in trains July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Special steps are being taken and instructions issued to ensure safety of women travelling alone in all classes of trains, Railways Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said on Tuesday. Introducing the Railway Budget 2014-15, Gowda said that in order to ensure security of ladies travelling alone, special instructions are being...
  • Thrust on PPP, FDI to improve rail infrastructure, create jobs: Industry July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Terming the rail budget as growth- oriented, India Inc on Tuesday said the emphasis on forging public-private-partnerships and attracting FDI will give a boost to infrastructure development and generate jobs. "We welcome the proposal for financing bulk of future projects through public-private-partnership (PPP) route that will help overcome the...
  • PM favours PPP model in power sector July 4, 2014

    Uri: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday favoured Public Private Partnership model in power sector and described renewable sources of energy as the answer to the country's growing power needs. Inaugurating the 240-Megawatt Uri-II Hydro Electric Project (HEP) located near the Line of Control in Baramulla district of Kashmir, he said...
  • Governor asks Centre to withdraw 'toll tax' from Delhi-Jaipur national highway June 24, 2014

    Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva on Tuesday asked the Centre to withdraw its toll tax on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway till road works on it are completed. "This is for the new minister in the public interest to do a first thing is to withdraw the toll tax till roads are completed...
  • Anti-Modi resolution blocked in Pakistan's Punjab province Assembly June 14, 2014

    A resolution against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his "allegations of terrorism against Pakistan" was on Wednesday blocked in the Assembly of Punjab province. The opposition comprising Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, PPP, PML-Q and Jamaat-e-Islami wanted to bring the "anti-Modi" resolution in the 372-member house but Speaker Rana Iqbal did not allow it. Opposition...
  • India pips Japan, becomes world's third largest economy in terms of PPP April 30, 2014

    Washington: China is set to overtake the US as the world's number one economy, while India has jumped into third place ahead of Japan, according to a new study from the world's leading statistical agencies. The 2011 International Comparison Program (ICP), which involves the World Bank, assesses economies based...
  • Do away with toll plazas; devise new revenue model: Assocham February 13, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after Maharashtra witnessed agitations against toll plazas, industry body Assocham on Thursday suggested the government do away with toll collection in this format and devise a new model on the lines of the one operational at airports across the country. "The model of user charges of the...
  • AAP to contest all Lok Sabha seats in Punjab February 8, 2014

    Ludhiana: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday said it will contest on all Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, and is hunting for suitable candidates. However, AAP ruled out alliance with Manpreet Badal-led People's Party of Punjab (PPP) for the upcoming elections. "We are contesting on all (13) Lok Sabha seats in...
  • Bilawal may contest from Bhutto family stronghold in Sindh October 18, 2013

    Karachi: Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari may contest from a national assembly seat which has traditionally been the stronghold of the Bhutto family in hometown Larkana in Sindh province. Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday addressed a public rally in Naudero as part of Eid celebrations in...
  • Government open to 100 per cent private equity in six airports August 30, 2013

    The government is willing to allow 100 per cent equity by private companies to manage six government-owned airports. Under PPP model, management and operations of Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and Guwahati airports will be awarded to private players for a concession period of 30 years from the Airports Authority of...
  • Pakistan: Massive irregularities in issuance of arms licences by PPP govt August 26, 2013

    Despite a freeze on fresh weapons licences, Pakistan's previous PPP government issued a staggering 1,87,189 permits for prohibited and non-prohibited bore weapons during its five-year tenure in power, a media report said on Monday. Former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had imposed the ban as part of the measures taken to...
  • Five new IIITs start functioning from this academic session under PPP mode August 23, 2013

    Five new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) have started functioning from the current academic session. The institutes at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh, Kota in Rajasthan, Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, Guwahati and Vadodara have been set up under the PPP mode, said a HRD Ministry statement. This is part of a...
  • India is ahead of the world in prison reforms: Kiran Bedi July 31, 2013

    Kolkata: India leads the world in prison reforms even though the jails here are not as secure as those in the West, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has said. "India is ahead in prison reforms. I am making a confirmed statement as I visited more than 40 prisons around the...
  • Pakistan People's Party boycotts presidential election July 26, 2013

    The main opposition Pakistan People's Party on Friday decided to boycott next week's presidential election, saying it was left with no other option after the Supreme Court ordered the advancing of the poll. Senior PPP leader and presidential candidate Raza Rabbani said the rescheduling of the election from August 6 to...
  • Pakistan: Zardari's close aide killed in suicide attack July 10, 2013

    Islamabad: One of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's most trusted aides was killed in a suspected suicide bombing in the volatile port city of Karachi on Wednesday as he stopped his armoured vehicle to buy some fruit, police said. Pakistan has suffered a spate of bombings since Prime Minister Nawaz...
  • Pak: Imran Khan's party to field Hashmi as a PM nominee May 27, 2013

    Lahore: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif's dream of being elected as premier unopposed has been shattered with Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf announcing that it will field veteran politician Javed Hashmi as a prime ministerial nominee. Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf said it will field Hashmi against 63-year-old Sharif for the formal election of the Prime...
  • I should have quit presidency to lead PPP in polls: Zardari May 20, 2013

    Islamabad: President Asif Zardari has said that he should have quit his position and led the Pakistan People's Party's campaign in order to ensure a better performance in the just concluded general election. Zardari made the remarks while interacting with a delegation of the South Asian Free Media Association at his...
  • Sharif's party gets majority in Pak Parliament May 20, 2013

    Lahore: Nawaz Sharif's PML-N has attained a majority in Pakistan's National Assembly after 18 independent candidates joined the party, placing it in a position to form government at the centre without striking an alliance with any other party. Several independent candidates belonging to influential political families of Punjab and Sindh...
  • World View: Pakistan elections 2013 May 18, 2013

    Nawaz Sharif's PML-N bagged 125 of the 272 directly elected seats in Pakistan's National Assembly but fell short of a majority and is poised to form a government with support of independents and smaller parties. ...
  • Pakistan: Gilani resigns from PPP's vice-chairman post May 13, 2013

    Lahore: Former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday resigned from the post of vice-chairman of the Pakistan People's Party, accepting responsibility for its resounding defeat in the general election. "I am tendering the resignation on the basis of the election results," Gilani told a news conference in his hometown of...
  • Pak polls: Sharif set to form govt, Imran alleges vote rigging May 13, 2013

    Islamabad/Lahore: Party-wise National Assembly results: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) - 125 (Unofficial, Geo News) Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) - 31 (Unofficial, Geo News) Independent - 31 (Unofficial, Geo News) Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) - 32 (Unofficial, Geo News) Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI) - 10 (Unofficial, Geo News) Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) - 3 Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) -...