ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • 7 new pending Bills You Should be Aware Of in 2014 January 23, 2014

    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...
  • Kolkata: Special HC bench to take up Netaji case January 16, 2014

    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 Kolkatabased NGO India's Smile, Chief Justice Arun Mishra said the special division bench...
  • Rao lashes out at politicians, says they have done little for research November 17, 2013

    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 November 17, 2013

    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 Chairman...
  • Current Account Deficit to be much lower than initial forecast, says FM October 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Buoyed by betterthanexpected 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 there...
  • I don't mind giving in to pressure if it is legitimate: Ramesh on Land Bill amendments September 16, 2013

    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 Nanda,...
  • Rahul Gandhi deserves all the credit for the Land Bill: Jairam Ramesh September 16, 2013

    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? September 15, 2013

    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 September 13, 2013

    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. But...
  • Congress prepares to hard sell the land law and along with it, Rahul September 8, 2013

    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 June 2, 2013

    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 (differences...
  • Social policy has become less important under UPA II: Aruna Roy May 30, 2013

    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. These...
  • How effective will NAC's voice remain in the critical election year? May 30, 2013

    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 May 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Social activist Aruna Roy, who has decided to dissociate herself from Sonia Gandhiled 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...
  • It's weird that PMO appealed against minimum wages: Aruna Roy May 30, 2013

    Activist Aruna Roy has opted out of the Sonia Gandhiheaded National Advisory Council and she has blamed the Prime Minister for blocking minimum wages under the MNREGA. ...
  • Activist Aruna Roy opts out of NAC May 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Social activist Aruna Roy has opted out of the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhiled 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 unfortunate...
  • Aruna Roy opts out of Sonia Gandhiled NAC May 28, 2013

    New Delhi: The notification issued by the Prime Minister's Office on May 27 to extend the terms of members of Sonia Gandhiled 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 78 pc growth rate in 23 years April 23, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed confidence that the economy will return to higher growth path of 78 per cent in next two to three years and pitched for revitalising investments in the country. "We are confident that we will return to 78 per cent growth bracket in...
  • 'GDP growth in 2013/14 seen at 6.4 per cent' April 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Improvement in performance of agriculture and manufacturing sectors is expected to push the economic growth rate to 6.4 per cent in 201314 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 April 15, 2013

    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 highranking advisors appointed on Saturday by the new Pope to an advisory council to look into ways...
  • Indian among Pope Francis' advisory council April 13, 2013

    Vatican City: India's Oswald Gracias was among eight highranking 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...
  • Budget measures will help in 6.5 pc economic growth: Rangarajan February 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) Chairman C Rangarajan on Thursday said all the measures proposed in the Budget for 2013-14 taken together will help the country register a growth of 6.5 per cent in the next fiscal year. "I welcome the budget...I believe that all of this measures...
  • Congress antirape law draft proposes chemical castration December 30, 2012

    New Delhi: As outrage continues against the death of the Delhi braveheart, the victim of a brutal sexual assault, the Congress has decided to propose a tougher law to check crimes against women which could include a provision like chemical castration of perpetrators of rape in rare cases. The final draft...
  • Former CII member quits forest advisory panel August 24, 2012

    New Delhi: After CNNIBN reported how his appointment violated a Supreme Court order, Forest Advisory Committee member KP Nyati on Friday resigned from his post. Nyati is a former CII member. The Supreme Court order says persons from mining or industrial interests cannot serve on Forest Committee. The Forest Advisory Council...
  • Diesel price hike likely in 2 months: Rangarajan August 21, 2012

    New Delhi: To add to the woes of the common man who is already reeling under rising prices and blinding inflation, the government has pitched in with a diesel price hike that is likely to come into effect in two months. Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan has said...
  • SC order violated, green panel gets industry men August 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The Forest Advisory Council in the Ministry of Environment and Forests that looks at key issues related to chopping of forests for road, mining and development projects has new members. But the appointment of two of the three members has stirred a controversy. The Forest Advisory Council, a statutory...
  • India will grow at 6.7 pc in FY13: PM economic panel August 17, 2012

    New Delhi: The Indian economy is likely to grow at 6.7 per cent in the current fiscal year, C Rangarajan, chairman of the PM's economic advisory council (PMEAC) told reporters during the midyear economic outlook on Friday. The PMEAC has also pegged the inflation between 6.5 and 7 per cent. In...
  • 'Government determined to contain fiscal deficit' June 29, 2012

    Kolkata: The Centre is determined to contain fiscal deficit to spur economic growth and will take action in this regard, the chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, C Rangarajan, on Friday said. "There is a debate between austerity and growth and we have made up our mind to contain...
  • Government reconstitutes National Advisory Council June 29, 2012

    New Delhi: The government has reconstituted the National Advisory Council(NAC) chaired by Sonia Gandhi by dropping three members and inducting two new faces. Mihir Shah, Member, Planning Commission, and Ashis Mondal, founder of the Bhopalbased NGO, Action for Social Advancement, have been inducted in the advisory panel for a period of...
  • IIP figures are very disappointing: C Rangarajan May 11, 2012

    India's industrial output unexpectedly contracted 3.5 per cent in March from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday. ...