AFFAIRS

  • 82 per cent of tribal rights entitlement cases quashed: RTI Yesterday

    New Delhi: Under the 2006 Forest Rights Act, providing land rights to forest-dwelling communities of the country, only 15 lakh complainants out of the 39,56,262 cases filed; were given the legal recognition to their property. Responding to an RTI query, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs stated that 39,56,262 complaints were...
  • PM Modi to visit France, Germany and Canada from April 9-16 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on an eight-day tour of France, Germany and Canada on April 9 with a focus on attracting investment and enhancing overall cooperation with the three countries. Modi will first travel to France on April 9 and from there he will leave for Germany...
  • VK Singh can't blame government for making him attend Pakistan's event: Congress 5 days ago

    The Congress has hit out at MoS External Affairs VK Singh saying a former army general should not have tweeted on foreign policy. "Don't understand why he kept saying it was a government decision. He is part of it so it is his decision. There is a collective responsibility," former...
  • MoS External Affairs General VK Singh's office rubbishes rumours of his resignation 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh's office on Tuesday night rubbished rumours of his resignation from the post. The former Army chief had on Monday attended Pakistan's National Day celebrations at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi where several Kashmiri separatist leaders were also present. Singh...
  • 'At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss' - Monica Lewinsky talks about her affair with Bill Clinton and public shaming 1 week ago

    Monica Lewinsky was just another employee at the White House. But her fate was not that of any other employee over there. Monica Lewinsky fell in love with her boss. This may not sound like a very big deal, until you realize that her boss was none other than the...
  • Karnataka HC stays tabling of CID interim report on DK Ravi death case in state Assembly 1 week ago

    Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Sunday stayed the tabling of the Crime Investigation Department's interim report on the mysterious death of IAS officer DK Ravi in the state Assembly. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was planning to table the interim report in the Assembly on Monday. The move came after a...
  • Corporate espionage case: CBI widens probe, may quiz Corporate Affairs Ministry officers: Sources March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: Tightening the noose around the Corporate Affairs ministry, the Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to examine the officials of the the department in connection with alleged sale of confidential documents to corporate groups. The investigation revealed that Corporate Affairs Ministry officials were involved in sending documents to...
  • Unskilled workers not to be allowed to take up foreign jobs March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: With a significant number of unskilled Indian workers facing trouble and legal action abroad, government on Friday said it has decided not to allow people without skill certificates to leave the country for overseas employment. Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told the Lok Sabha...
  • Coal bill may clear Rajya Sabha hurdle, mines bill to go back to Lok Sabha March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The crucial bill that provides for auctioning of coal may clear the Rajya Sabha hurdle after a Select Committee endorsed it by majority, though some members dissented, but a bill relating to other minerals will have to go back to Lok Sabha because of an amendment suggested by...
  • India gives 250,000 USD to cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: India has given a cash assistance of USD 250,000 to Vanuatu which has been hit by a massive tropical cyclone leading to loss of lives and widespread destruction of property. "The government is deeply saddened by the tragedy caused by the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu...
  • Dramatic rise in rape cases registered: Government March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The number of rape cases registered has "dramatically" increased since 2013 which is a matter of "deep concern", government told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and exuded confidence that the steps being taken to deal with the issue will take effect. "We have initiated...
  • Yogendra Yadav welcomes PAC's decision to expand AAP nationally, says step in right direction March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Battling infighting, the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday decided to take steps to end the rift in the party by reaching out to senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan besides expanding the party in other states. Yadav welcomed the party's move and he tweeted, "Welcome PAC's statement to...
  • Prashant Bhushan reaches out Kejriwal, seeks meeting to end rift in AAP March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Political Affairs Committee member Prashant Bhushan on Monday reached out to party national convener Arvind Kejriwal. Bhushan has sought a meeting with the Delhi Chief Minister to end the rift in the party. Bhushan said, "I have sent a message to Kejriwal....
  • No proposal under consideration to regulate e-commerce: Ram Vilas Paswan March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said that there is no proposal under consideration to regulate e-commerce business in the country. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, he also said the government has initiated investigation on the basis of formal complaints alleging unfair...
  • No central database of financial assistance to NGOs: Government March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: The government on Friday said there is no central database maintained with respect to financial assistance received by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other charitable entities. NGOs or voluntary organisations (VOs) are registered as societies or charitable trusts or not-for-profit companies under central or state...
  • Won't be a rubber stamp: Prashant Bhushan in 2014 emails to PAC March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Amid the ongoing rumbling within the Aam Aadmi Party, emails sent by Prashant Bhushan to party's Political Affairs Committee in 2014 have surfaced in which he had expressed unhappiness over the process of candidate selection saying he would not be a "rubber stamp" in the party's top decision-making...
  • Ministry of Home Affairs conducting background check of new owner of SpiceJet March 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Security agencies are conducting a background checking of new owner of SpiceJet, Ajay Singh, after he infused a fund of Rs 500 crore in the beleaguered air carrier and announced plans to invest Rs 1,500 crore. The Home Ministry ordered a background check of Singh as part of the...
  • Indian woman stabbed to death in Sydney, MEA to provide assistance to her family March 9, 2015

    Australian police have released the CCTV footage which shows Prabha Arun walking from a train station just before the incident. They have also appealed for information from the public in the case. Her husband has reached Sydney where the Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that the consulate is providing...
  • Indian woman Prabha Arun stabbed to death in Sydney, MEA to provide assistance to her family March 9, 2015

    Sydney: After a 41-year-old Indian woman was brutally stabbed to death in Australia, the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) has told CNN-IBN that the consulate in Sydney is in touch with the employers and providing all necessary assistance. "There are a lot of Indian living in Australia and there have been stray...
  • President Mukherjee accepts Raosaheb Dadarao Danve resignation March 6, 2015

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday accepted the resignation of Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution, Raosaheb Dadarao Danve, from the Union Council of Ministers. President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accepted the resignation of Danve with immediate effect, Rashtrapati Bhavan said in...
  • Prime Minister's Office among top 'rejectors' of RTI applications during 2013-14: CIC March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office is among the top public authorities to have rejected the maximum number of RTI applications received by them during 2013-14, according to an annual CIC report released on Wednesday. The top slot in the list is taken by Ministry of Corporate Affairs which has rejected...
  • Ali Fazal replaces Arjun Rampal in Soni Razdan's 'Love Affair' March 2, 2015

    Mumbai: Actor Ali Fazal has been roped in to replace Arjun Kapoor in Soni Razdan's directorial venture 'Love Affair'. The film also stars Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah and Monica Dogra. Confirming the news Ali said, "Yes I have been approached for the part in what I call the wee hours of...
  • Rift in AAP reaches breaking point; failure of the third alternative? March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The expected has happened. The virtual split of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is now in the public domain. Two founding members of the AAP and the top advisors of its chief Arvind Kejriwal have expressed their resentment over what is happening within the party which is still...
  • Yogendra Yadav, Bhushan pitch for 'new blood' in AAP Political Affairs Committee March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: A strong pitch to reconstitute the party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC) bringing in "new blood" and more "transparency" was made by senior AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav when a three-member panel met the two to defuse the simmering crisis in the party. Bhushan is also said...
  • Nagpur: Man cancels marriage on receiving SMSes about bride's affair February 28, 2015

    Nagpur: A police complaint has been filed against a man for calling off his wedding at the last minute in Nagpur after receiving SMSes about his fiancee's past love affair, police said on Friday. Embarrassed by the sudden turn of events, the woman's family, which hails from Nagpur, filed a complaint...
  • All-party meeting sees moments of bonhomie before Budget session February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Despite differences between the government and the Opposition on a number of issues, the all-party meeting called on Sunday by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu ahead of the Budget session beginning on Monday had its own share of lighter moments and bonhomie. When leaders from all parties gathered for...
  • Indian sets Guinness Yoga record in Hong Kong February 15, 2015

    Hong Kong: A 29-year-old Indian yoga teacher in Hong Kong on Sunday set a Guinness World Record for performing Yoga continuously for 40 hours non-stop, demonstrating more than 1,500 'asanas'. Yogaraj CP, a yoga instructor based here, broke the record for the 'Longest Yoga Marathon (Male)' by performing continuously for three...
  • Centre appoints new Home Secretary after sacking Goswami for interfering in Saradha scam probe February 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Centre on Wednesday night appointed 1979 batch Kerala cadre IAS officer LC Goyal as new Union Home Secretary after sacking his predecessor Anil Goswami for his alleged interference in Saradha scam probe. The 60-year-old Goyal is presently serving as Secretary in the Union Ministry of Rural Development and has...
  • Saradha scam: Centre sacks Home Secretary Anil Goswami for stalling Congress leader's arrest February 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami has been sacked for trying to interfere in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam probe and stopping the arrest of a senior Congress leader. He was sacked by the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday night. Goswami has been named by the Central Bureau of...
  • Indian Ambassador to US S Jaishankar is new Foreign Secretary, replaces Sujatha Singh January 28, 2015

    New Delhi: In a major shakeup in the External Affairs Ministry, the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday appointed India's Ambassador to the US, S Jaishankar, as the new Foreign secretary. He replaces Sujatha Singh. The major change comes just a day after US President Barack Obama left the country after a...