DEVELOPMENT

  • Facebook sheds more light on its virtual reality, artificial intelligence plans 2 days ago

    San Francisco: Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones will enable Facebook to create a more lifelike and useful social network, the company said in its clearest explanation so far for technology projects that have puzzled some investors and analysts. Facebook executives made the case on Thursday, at its annual developer conference...
  • WhatsApp and Messenger: Facebook explains how the two apps could coexist 3 days ago

    New Delhi: One of the biggest announcements made at the ongoing F8 - Facebook Developer Conference is the opening up of the company's Messenger app to outside developers. Facebook had spent $22 billion last year to buy WhatsApp, a competing mobile messaging service with more than 700 million users. Ever...
  • Facebook likely to add third-party app support to its Messenger service 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Facebook's Messenger is reportedly set to get third-party app support and thus have added features. The social networking giant is expected to announce the news at its F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco in the coming week. Sources have indicated that Facebook will be announcing about 20 third-party services...
  • Rajasthan Lakes Authority bill passed in Assembly 1 week ago

    Jaipur: Rajasthan Legislative Assembly on Saturday passed the Rajasthan Lakes (Protection and Development) Authority Bill, 2015 for the protection and conservation of lakes in the state. Urban Development and Housing Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat moved the bill which was passed by voice vote. He said that aim of the government was...
  • India needs to become competitive in infrastructure, tax policy: Arun Jaitley March 21, 2015

    Gurgaon: Advocating easing of entry barriers for global corporations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that India needs to become globally competitive from infrastructure to taxation. In his convocation address at the Management Development Institute (MDI) here he underlined the need for relaxing norms for...
  • Om Puri: Abusive language has become a fashion in movies March 21, 2015

    Mumbai: Veteran actor Om Puri, a former chairman of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), says he's against the use of abuses in Indian movies. The actor, who will be seen in a political comedy film "Jai Ho Democracy", was asked if the Central Board of Film Certification is becoming too...
  • Supreme Court declines to hear PIL on developing new capital city of Andhra Pradesh March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday declined to entertain a PIL questioning the decision to develop new capital city of Andhra Pradesh on the southern side of river Krishna near Vijayawada without adequate environment clearances. "Only at the time of construction activities, environment clearances are required and not before that,"...
  • 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...
  • US working on projects to empower women in India March 19, 2015

    Washington: The US is working on a number of projects, including basic education, in India to empower women, a senior Obama administration official has said. "We have a number of programs aimed at empowering women starting with basic education, creating an environment where women have the opportunity," Alfonso E Lenhardt,...
  • PM Modi reviews progress in Smart City project March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reviewed progress on various urban development programmes including addressing of gaps in core physical infrastructure across 500 cities and steps to operationalize the Smart Cities initiative. Noting that towns and cities are emerging as key drivers of economic growth, the Prime Minister emphasized...
  • Smart Cities project likely to be rolled out in April March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: The much awaited Smart Cities project is likely to be rolled out next month as the extensive consultation process with all stakeholders has concluded. "We are close to launching the much awaited Smart Cities initiative on ground. Prolonged and extensive consultations on this new concept and initiative have...
  • After Maharashtra, beef sale banned in Haryana March 14, 2015

    Chandigarh: The Haryana Government has imposed a complete ban on the sale of beef in any form and proposed to provide for 10 years rigorous imprisonment for cow slaughter, but ruled out equating it with murder. "The ban also covers canned beef which was legal during the tenure of previous government,"...
  • Hope that we manage to pass the Land Bill in Rajya Sabha: Birendra Singh March 11, 2015

    "I hope that we manage to pass the Land Bill in Rajya Sabha. The Opposition had no option other than walking out," said Rural Development Minister Birendra Singh after the Land Bill was passed by the lower house. ...
  • Telangana government to spend Rs 6 lakh crore in 5 years: CM Chandrasekhar Rao March 10, 2015

    Hyderabad: Telangana government plans to spend over Rs 6 lakh crore towards plan and non-plan expenditure in the next five years, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Tuesday. Replying to a 'Motion of Thanks' on the Governor's address in the Telangana Assembly, Rao said that his government is...
  • Opposition trying to derail development process, says MA Naqvi March 10, 2015

    Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the opposition has no argument on the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill. Naqvi said, "They are trying to derail development process. The Opposition will pay a price for trying to derail development." ...
  • ISL to introduce salary cap and player auction for clubs March 9, 2015

    Mumbai: The Indian Super League (ISL) will be introducing a player salary cap of Rs 20 crore for clubs for the upcoming second season of the franchise-based football tournament. Football Sports Development Ltd (FSDL), the controlling body of ISL formed through a joint venture between IMG-Reliance and Star India, held its...
  • Bihar Government to declare 'Women empowerment policy' March 8, 2015

    Patna: The Bihar government will declare the state policy for women empowerment on March 22 to ensure that women participate in mainstream development. Announcing the measure in a speech at a function in the state capital on the occasion of International Women's Day, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, "The state policy...
  • Agriculture Minister to attend BRICS farm meet in Brazil next week March 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh will participate in the meeting of the BRICS' agriculture ministers to be held on March 11-13 in Brazil. The 4th meeting of the 'BRICS Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development' will be held in Brasilia in Brazil, said a statement issued by the Agriculture...
  • Government cuts spending on education, health of children: NGO March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The Union Budget for 2015-16 has cut spending on child education, development, health and protection as compared to last year, child rights organization CRY has said. Criticising the Union Budget for 2015-16, NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) has said "in absolute terms" child budget has decreased from...
  • Union Budget thrust on 'housing for all' by 2022 February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday called for building six crore 'pucca' houses for poor in the country by 2022, and doled out Rs 22,407 crore for housing and urban development sector for this fiscal year. Listing out many visions to be achieved by the year 2022, which...
  • Utilisation of resources top priority: Rail Minister February 27, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday said upgrading the skills of its large workforce and proper utilisation of resources was his top priority for which four centres of excellence were being set up by next year. ...
  • Delhi greenest among metropolitan cities: Javadekar February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: In spite of rapid urbanisation, the government on Thursday said that Delhi has the largest forest cover out of three metropolitan cities while the country's green cover is over 23 per cent. As per the masterplan of the city provided by Urban Development Ministry, Delhi has 180 sq kms...
  • Union Budget 2015: Cut loan interest rates for 1st time buyers to 6-7 per cent, says Raheja February 24, 2015

    Given the government's big promises of providing housing for all by 2022, sources say Budget 2015 could see a hike in the rebate offered on home loans. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Navin Raheja, chairman and managing director, Raheja Developers says the government would work at giving more disposable income...
  • Robots may even replace techies who program them: Researchers February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Researchers have warned that robots may even replace coders, the very people who program these machines to perform tasks, in the near future. The researchers -- Boston University's Seth Benzell, Laurence Kotlikoff, and Guillermo LaGarda, and Columbia University's Jeffrey Sachs -- have proposed that even software developers could face...
  • Pakistan should explain why I was denied visa: PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar February 19, 2015

    Jammu: After Pakistan denied visa to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson Naeem Akhtar, he has raised questions on the move. Akhtar was slated to attend a track II meet in the neighbouring country. "They must explain why I was denied a visa. I was to attend a Track 2 meet...
  • China assisted Pakistan to build 6 nuclear reactors February 9, 2015

    Beijing: China has assisted Pakistan to build six nuclear reactors with a total installed capacity of 3.4 million kilowatts, a top Chinese official said on Sunday as Beijing plans to build two 1100 mw reactors in Karachi with USD 6.5 billion assistance. Outlining China's nuclear technology exports, Wang Xiaotao, vice...
  • Indian scientists turn coconut oil into biofuel February 7, 2015

    Kochi: Scientists who have been running the four-stroke diesel engine of a light pick-up truck on coconut oil for the past one year have approached the union government to commercialize the biofuel. The scientists are attached to the Kochi-based SCMS Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and Development and the SCMS...
  • Huawei launches research and development centre in Bengaluru February 5, 2015

    Bengaluru: Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei launched a research and development (R&D) campus here with an investment of $170 million. The campus, being the first by any Chinese company, has a capacity to accommodate 5,000 engineers but at present 2,700 people are working here, with 98 per cent being local workers. "The...
  • Reinventing sustainable development - 2015 momentum February 4, 2015

    Sustainable development has occupied a prominent place in global development agenda for well over four decades. The Stockholm Declaration on Human Environment 1972 shaped the framework of environmental governance of national governments across regions and countries. Our Common Future, as the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development...
  • Delhi Metro fares may be hiked after elections, last revised in 2009 February 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi Metro fares may be hiked soon after the Assembly elections as the government has initiated a process to review the rates which were last raised in 2009. The Union Urban Development Ministry has sent a proposal to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet to set up a...