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  • Bill to amend Electricity Act tabled in Lok Sabha Yesterday

    New Delhi: Within days of cabinet approval, the government on Friday tabled in the Lok Sabha amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003, designed to bring in the much needed second phase of reforms in the power sector. The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014 will promote competition, efficiency, and improvement in the supply...
  • Cabinet approves changes to Electricity Act, 2003 December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the various amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003 as per the power ministry's proposed amendment bill. "The amendments will usher in much-needed further reforms in the power sector, promote competition, efficiency in operations and improvement in quality of supply of electricity in the...
  • Six, including a woman, held in Gurgaon for prostitution December 9, 2014

    Gurgaon: Six people, including a 22-year-old woman, were arrested on Tuesday for their involvement in a prostitution racket, police said. Sumit, Amit and Gaurav from Hisar, Navneet from Jind and Abhishek from Gurgaon were arrested from a room in South City-2 area. All six are between the age group of 20-25...
  • Delhi rape: Nitin Gadkari opposes ban on cabs, says need to fix the system December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday opposed the ban on some taxi services saying there was a need to fix the system instead. Gadkari's remarks came in the backdrop of a Uber cab driver raping a 25-year-old MNC employee on December 5. Gadkari said, "Train main hua to...
  • Government wants to make Northeast a trade & business hub of South East Asia: Kiren Rijiju December 6, 2014

    Agartala: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that the Narendra Modi government has changed the 'Look-East Policy' to 'Act East Policy' to make the North-Eastern region a trade and business hub of South East Asia. "The North Eastern region has 98 per cent of its...
  • Users to soon get choice of selecting power discom, says Piyush Goyal December 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Consumers will soon be able to choose their power supply company as the government is making necessary amendments to the Electricity Act to enable this provision which is aimed at encouraging greater competition in the distribution sector. Shifting focus from generation, the government plans to fix electricity distribution...
  • PM Modi an answer to Pakistan sponsored terror acts: Shahnawaz Hussain December 6, 2014

    Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shahnawaz Hussain said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was answer to Pakistan sponsored terror acts. Twenty one people lost their lives in terror attacks in four town of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Hussain said, "PM Modi knows how to answer every act carried out by Pakistan." ...
  • Delay in Land Acquisition Bill likely, Centre drops plans to table amendments in Parliament December 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Land Acquisition Bill, which was to be tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament, could face further delay. Sources on Wednesday suggested the governmnet had dropped plans to table amendments in the Land Acquisition Bill in Parliament as it needs more time to get the opposition parties on...
  • Thane: Youth arrested for raping a disabled girl November 29, 2014

    Thane: A 22 years old youth was arrested by the police on the charge of raping a disabled girl at Ambarnath in the district. The incident took place on November 27, said inspector Balkrishna Wagh of Ambarnath police station. The accused Sinu Sriram Avadh Rathod entered the girl's house at around...
  • MCOCA invoked against Ravi Pujari gang members for plot to attack Mahesh Bhatt November 28, 2014

    Mumbai: Mumbai Police on Thursday invoked stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against 11 alleged members of fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari, who were held in connection with a plot to attack veteran film producer-brothers Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt. The eleven accused are among the 14 Pujari gangmen,...
  • Irretrievable breakdown of marriage 'debatable' ground for divorce: SC November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: With the government set to reintroduce the marriage laws amendment bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Hindu Marriage Act and the Special Marriage Act to make irretrievable breakdown of marriage a ground for divorce, the Supreme Court has urged a rethink if it was an expedient...
  • Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarhi asks to end slavery, calls for Anti-Child Labour Act November 22, 2014

    Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi has sought the immediate enforcement of Anti-Child Labour Act to end slavery in the country. ...
  • After SC relieving Ranjit Sinha in 2G probe, demand for the controversial CBI chief's removal grows November 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Ranjit Sinha who is the most controversial chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in recent times is retiring on December 3. However, amid growing criticism, the demand for his removal is growing louder. Removal of the CBI director though, is not an easy task. After the...
  • Government to propose amendments to Land Act, in talks with Congress to push through changes: sources November 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of the Winter session of Parliament, the Narendra Modi government is reaching out to the Opposition to push through amendments to the the Land Act. Keen to avoid any negative political fallout over changes to the Act, the government is holding talks with the Congress. However, the...
  • Disclose details of prisoners to be released on SC order: CIC November 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The details of prisoners who are set to be released on a recent Supreme Court order should be put in public domain, the Central Information Commission said in a directive to Tihar Jail. Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu directed Tihar authorities to place details of all such undertrials and...
  • Delhi: Man gets 11 years jail for possessing smack November 16, 2014

    New Delhi: A man has been sentenced to 11 years rigorous imprisonment by a Delhi court for possessing 300 grams of smack in 2012. Special judge Shail Jain awarded the jail term to Delhi native Avinash Rathi and also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on him after holding...
  • Kozhikode: Two 18-year-old students arrested for molesting LKG kid November 15, 2014

    Kozhikode: Two students at a private school were arrested on Saturday for allegedly molesting a four-and-a-half-year-old girl studying in LKG class in the same institution at Parakkadavu near Nadapuram in the district. The accused, both 18-year-old boys, are pursuing 'religious education' in the same campus run by a minority educational...
  • Ahead of President's visit, Vrindavan authorities grapple to deal with monkey menace November 14, 2014

    Mathura: To keep monkeys at bay during President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Banke Behari temple in Vrindavan on November 16, the district administration had decided to deploy langurs but it had to abort the plan following outcry from wildlife activists. "We have decided to withdraw services of langurs as it...
  • The story of India's missing children November 12, 2014

    In a country where 3000 children are born every hour, the fact that 15 children go missing every hour seems to matter very little. A poorly implemented law, a largely apathetic police force and an overburdened child helpline seem to be falling grossly short of controlling these steadily rising...
  • Being a sex worker doesn't confer right to violate her: Delhi Court November 12, 2014

    New Delhi: A Delhi court has sentenced four youths to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for abducting and gangraping a Rwandan refugee, saying merely because she was working as a sex worker does not confer the right upon anyone to violate her dignity. Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja convicted all the...
  • Committed to go ahead with more labour reforms: Bandaru Dattatrey November 11, 2014

    Mumbai: Government is committed to go ahead with further labour law reforms, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatrey said even as trade unions are opposing such measures. "The government is totally committed to reform the labour sector. We need to bring in changes in the labour laws in a manner that they...
  • Birender Singh takes charge as Rural Development Minister November 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Rural Development Minister Birender Singh on Tuesday assumed office and indicated that the rural employment guarantee act would continue in the entire country and not just in some districts. A former Congressman, Birender Singh said there was no doubt that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act...
  • Naseeruddin Shah might write a handbook for training young actors November 9, 2014

    Bengaluru: Naseeruddin Shah, one of India's finest actors, says he might write a handbook for training young actors. The 'Finding Fanny' star, who was here to attend an event organised to celebrate the success of his book 'And Then One Day - A Memoir', said training given to amateur actors in...
  • Centre to push through amendments to land purchase Act: Jaitley November 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The government will go ahead with amendments to the Land Acquisition Act even if the opposition does not support it, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday. "Some changes may be necessary (to the land laws). We will first try to reach a consensus and if that is not...
  • Mamata Banerjee seeks chamber's help in setting finances right November 7, 2014

    Kolkata: After futile efforts to wrest a financial package from the Centre during the past UPA-II and present NDA regime, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday turned to an industry body to plead for the state's case. "After coming to power three-and-half...
  • Telangana government to set up 24-hour helpline for women's safety November 6, 2014

    Hyderabad: Setting up a 24-hour helpline, enhancing policing and effective implementation of IT Act are among measures being proposed by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for women's safety. The helpline should have the toll free number '181', he suggested during a review meeting on women's safety, as per a release...
  • HC seeks Delhi government reply on plea challenging reimbursement rule under RTE Act October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought a response of the city government on a plea by an association of private schools which has challenged the provision under the Right to Education Act pertaining to their reimbursement for expenditure incurred on providing education to poor children. A bench...
  • Child has right to education despite parents' dispute: Court October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: A child is entitled to complete education and ancillary expenses irrespective of dispute of parents, a Delhi court has said while directing the father of a girl to ensure her re-admission in school as she could not attend classes due to her mother's incapability to pay fees. The...
  • Tamil Nadu opposes new Road Bill, says it encroaches upon state powers October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Tamil Nadu on Tuesday vociferously opposed the proposed new Motor Vehicles Bill, saying it encroaches upon the financial, legislative and administrative powers of state governments. "The Bill erodes and encroaches upon the powers of the state government... A major change in the existing set-up has been proposed. "The...
  • Make payment exceeding Rs 20,000 through cheque: MHA to NGOs October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Tightening the noose around erring foreign-funded NGOs, the government has ordered that all voluntary organisations henceforth will have to make payments exceeding Rs 20,000 through account payee cheques or drafts. The order came weeks after the Home Ministry found that over 10,000 NGOs receiving foreign funds have failed...