Advisory Council

  • 7 new pending Bills You Should be Aware Of in 2014 23-01-2014 12:51 PM

    1. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013 The real estate sector is largely unregulated. There is lack of standardisation, transparency and consumer protection. Introduced in August 2013, this Bill deals with residential real estate, and looks into the transactional (buying and selling) aspect of the sector; it aims...
  • Kolkata: Special HC bench to take up Netaji case 16-01-2014 05:27 PM

    The Calcutta High Court on Thursday ordered constitution of a special bench to take up a petition demanding declassification of secret documents on the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Hearing the PIL filed by Kolkata-based NGO India's Smile, Chief Justice Arun Mishra said the special division...
  • Rao lashes out at politicians, says they have done little for research 17-11-2013 11:29 PM

    Venting out the dissatisfaction in the scientific community over "inadequate" funding, Bharat Ratna awardee and eminent scientist CNR Rao on Sunday had an angry outburst as he called politicians 'idiots' for giving them 'so little'. ...
  • Politicians are 'idiots', says Bharat Ratna awardee CNR Rao 17-11-2013 07:26 PM

    Venting out the dissatisfaction in the scientific community over "inadequate" funding, Bharat Ratna awardee and eminent scientist CNR Rao on Sunday had an angry outburst as he called politicians 'idiots' for giving them 'so little'. Addressing a press conference a day after the award was announced, Rao, who is the...
  • Current Account Deficit to be much lower than initial forecast, says FM 03-10-2013 12:14 AM

    New Delhi: Buoyed by better-than-expected Q1 current account deficit (CAD) numbers, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said he is confident of closing the fiscal with a better set of numbers than initially projected. The minister also said economic growth closer to 5.5 per cent should be considered very satisfactory and that...
  • I don't mind giving in to pressure if it is legitimate: Ramesh on Land Bill amendments 16-09-2013 12:36 PM

    New Delhi: Asserting that the government went out of its way to accommodate the concerns of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said, "I don't mind giving in to pressure, if the pressure is legitimate". In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Rupashree...
  • Rahul Gandhi deserves all the credit for the Land Bill: Jairam Ramesh 16-09-2013 11:37 AM

    New Delhi: Claiming that the Congress Vice President deserved all the credit for the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said Rahul Gandhi made three crucial suggestions - there should be one law for land acquisition and rehabilitation, livelihood losers should also be compensated and also the change in the...
  • Will Vadra's land dealings cast a shadow on Cong's hard sell Land Bill? 15-09-2013 09:45 AM

    New Delhi: Asserting that the Congress Vice President deserved all the credit for the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said Rahul Gandhi made three crucial suggestions - there should be one law for land acquisition and rehabilitation, livelihood losers should also be compensated and also the change in the...
  • There is no case for India's rating dowgrade, says PM's economic advisor 13-09-2013 02:57 PM

    Government has already taken a host of reform measures and there is no case for any downgrade of India's sovereign rating by global agencies, Prime Minister's key economic advisor C Rangarajan said on Friday. "The rating agencies have been talking about the reforms having been put on the back burner....
  • Congress prepares to hard sell the land law and along with it, Rahul 08-09-2013 05:45 PM

    The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Re-settlement is UPA's 6th milestone in a series of laws that follow a rights based approach towards governance after the Right to Information (2005), the MNREGA (2005), the Forests Rights Act (2006), the Right to Education (2009), the...
  • Aruna Roy denies remarks about differences between PM, Sonia 02-06-2013 09:45 PM

    Patna: Social activist and former National Advisory Council (NAC) member Aruna Roy on Sunday denied having spoken anything about the differences between the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and blamed a section of media for twisting her remarks. "I had not spoken anything like that...
  • Social policy has become less important under UPA II: Aruna Roy 30-05-2013 11:36 PM

    Aruna Roy - one of the most prominent and forceful voices within the NAC - has decided to opt out of Sonia's advisory council in its last crucial year. In NAC I, Roy played a critical role in framing and pushing through key legislations like the MNREGA and the RTI....
  • How effective will NAC's voice remain in the critical election year? 30-05-2013 11:31 PM

    Social activist Aruna Roy has quit the National Advisory Council, accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of overruling Sonia Gandhi on issues like paying minimum wages under the NREGA. ...
  • Govt focussing on growth at the cost of people: Aruna Roy 30-05-2013 05:10 PM

    New Delhi: Social activist Aruna Roy, who has decided to dissociate herself from Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council, on Thursday hit out at government saying it was focussing on economic reforms and growth at the cost of poor people. Roy, who has attacked the Prime Minister for rejecting a proposal...
  • It's weird that PMO appealed against minimum wages: Aruna Roy 30-05-2013 12:51 PM

    Activist Aruna Roy has opted out of the Sonia Gandhi-headed National Advisory Council and she has blamed the Prime Minister for blocking minimum wages under the MNREGA. ...
  • Activist Aruna Roy opts out of NAC 30-05-2013 12:26 PM

    New Delhi: Social activist Aruna Roy has opted out of the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi-led NAC after her term expired on Friday. She has blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for blocking minimum wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). "I do believe that it is extremely...
  • Aruna Roy opts out of Sonia Gandhi-led NAC 28-05-2013 09:26 PM

    New Delhi: The notification issued by the Prime Minister's Office on May 27 to extend the terms of members of Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council has one prominent name missing from the list - that of Aruna Roy. The terms of the ten other members has been extended for a...
  • President confident of 7-8 pc growth rate in 2-3 years 23-04-2013 08:07 PM

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed confidence that the economy will return to higher growth path of 7-8 per cent in next two to three years and pitched for revitalising investments in the country. "We are confident that we will return to 7-8 per cent growth bracket in...
  • 'GDP growth in 2013/14 seen at 6.4 per cent' 23-04-2013 11:41 AM

    New Delhi: Improvement in performance of agriculture and manufacturing sectors is expected to push the economic growth rate to 6.4 per cent in 2013-14 from 5 per cent in the previous fiscal, PM's economic advisory panel said on Tuesday . "Economy will grow at higher rate from now. We projected...
  • Catholics hail Mumbai cardinal Gracias as Pope's advisor 15-04-2013 05:27 AM

    Mumbai: The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) on Sunday hailed the appointment of Mumbai's Cardinal Oswald Gracias by Pope Francis as one of his advisors in the Vatican. Cardinal Gracias, 68, was among the eight high-ranking advisors appointed on Saturday by the new Pope to an advisory council to look into...
  • Indian among Pope Francis' advisory council 13-04-2013 06:34 PM

    Vatican City: India's Oswald Gracias was among eight high-ranking cardinals from around the world who were on Saturday appointed by Pope Francis in an advisory council to look into ways of reforming the Vatican bureaucracy. The council will help the Pope revise the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia Pastor...
  • Obama appoints Indo-American to key admin post 08-12-2011 10:16 AM

    Washington: Indian American lawyer Preeta Bansal, who was an adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign before serving in the administration, has been appointed to a key administration post. Preeta Bansal has been appointed Member of the Advisory Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, the White House said...
  • The silent power of Sonia Gandhi 29-11-2011 02:38 PM

    Yet again, in 2011, Sonia Gandhi features in the top 20 of the Forbes Power list. How did a girl, born in a small town in northern Italy, rise to the position of being one of the most influential people in the world - and stay there, year after year?...
  • NAC member defends fuel price hike, experts differ 06-11-2011 03:11 PM

    New Delhi: National Advisory Council (NAC) Member NC Saxena has defended the petrol price hike by saying it will not have any major impact on inflation. However, some experts are of the opinion that it was unwarranted. "The impact of hike in petrol prices on inflation will be marginal. Our...
  • NAC to meet for first time since Sonia's recovery 21-10-2011 07:27 AM

    New Delhi: The National Advisory Council, led by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, is set to meet on Friday to discuss the pre-legislative process for making law on a proposed program for urban poor. The meet is also likely to discuss some issues concerning child labour and the denotification of tribals....
  • 'Draft of new bill on land acquisition ready' 24-07-2011 06:13 PM

    New Delhi: Amid a raging controversy over land acquisition norms, Government has firmed up the draft of a new bill which makes consent of 80 per cent of land owners mandatory before purchase of land. The new draft Acquisition Bill, which is expected to be unveiled in the next few...
  • I am happy with Sonia's reply: Anna Hazare 21-04-2011 12:56 PM

    New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday said he was happy and satisfied with United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi's letter, assuring him that she does not support or encourage the politics of smear campaign. "Sonia Gandhi has written to me. I was happy to read her letter...
  • Hazare's fasts that brought down politicians 06-04-2011 03:31 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may not be aware of Anna Hazare's power to get his demands met through his "indefinite fasts". He should probably ask his cabinet colleagues Vilasrao Deshmukh or Sushil Kumar Shinde or even Shiv Sena MP Manohar Joshi. All of them, as chief ministers of...