Facilities

  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends on-arrival visa facility for 4 African nations August 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended on-arrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries in the wake of Ebola epidemic in Africa, officials said. External Affairs Ministry officials said privilege to obtain visa on arrival has been suspended for visitors from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with immediate effect....
  • TCS pledges Rs 100 crore for PM's 'Clean India' initiative August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Country's largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Monday said that it has pledged Rs 100 crore toward financing hygienic sanitation facilities for girl students across 10,000 schools. TCS will earmark a budget of Rs 100 crore to be spent on this initiative, which will help children,...
  • Railways' fourth packaged water facility to be launched today August 13, 2014

    Mumbai: Indian Railways' fourth state-of-the-art packaged drinking water facility, set up at Ambernath in Thane district, will get operational from Wednesday. Railways manufactures and supplies packaged drinking water to its passengers under the brand name 'Rail Neer' through its subsidiary Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda...
  • Cabinet approves changes to Juvenile Justice Act to try minors as adults in rape, murder cases August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act which will give Juvenile Justice Board the power to decide if minors between the ages of 16 and 18 should be tried as adults for heinous crimes like rape and murder. The amendment will give the magistrate...
  • Travel facility for Bihar legislators enhanced, now they can take 4 aides on tour August 6, 2014

    The Bihar government on Tuesday enhanced the travel facility for legislators as part of which now they could travel in trains or by air with four aides in place of three earlier. The decision to allow a legislator to take four aides with him during travel by train or air within the country...
  • Maharashtra: 39,697 people availed of emergency ambulance service June 24, 2014

    Mumbai: Nearly 40,000 people have availed of the services of Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services, five months after it was launched. "39,697 people availed of the emergency ambulance service in Maharashtra since its launch in January. Of the 937 ambulances sanctioned, 786 are operational," a spokesperson for Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan...
  • RAW wants background check of telcos setting up ILD facility May 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Security agency Research and Analysis Wing has asked the Department of Telecom to make background verification of telecom companies mandatory even before granting them provisional permission for starting international long distance communication services. "R&AW has requested that security clearances from the national security agencies viz, R&AW and IB for...
  • Rahul Gandhi promises sports facilities in Manipur March 19, 2014

    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday promised sports facilities in Manipur if the party came to power. Speaking at a public meeting at Wangjing village in interior Thoubal district, Rahul Gandhi said if his party came to power after the coming Lok Sabha polls, facilities for the improvement for sports...
  • Mobile diagnostic lab for cattle launched in Rajasthan February 24, 2014

    Rajasthan on Monday launched mobile Diagnostic Laboratories for cattle for each division of the state. Flagging off a mobile lab in Jaipur, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Lal Saini said these mobile units/vans would be deployed in Jaipur, Bharatpur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Kota, and Udaipur's regional health care facilities. The...
  • India, Pakistan exchange nuclear facilities list January 1, 2014

    Pakistan and India on Wednesday exchanged the list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral agreement that bars them from attacking each other's atomic facilities. Pakistan handed over list of its nuclear installation to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. Similarly External Affair Ministry handed over its list to Pakistan High...
  • Widow honoured for donating her land for construction of toilets in Bahraich November 30, 2013

    Sulabh International on Friday announced a Rs 2 lakh cash prize and Rs 10,000 every month dole to an Uttar Pradesh widow who donated her land for constructing a public toilet complex in a Bahraich village. An official of the NGO said the example set by Manorani Yadav of Bhabhanipur village,...
  • RBI's move to cut MSF will curtail volatility, lower banks' borrowing costs: Assocham October 8, 2013

    Welcoming the RBI's move to cut the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate, industry body Assocham on Tuesday said the step will curb volatility in the interest rates and lower cost of borrowing for banks. "I firmly believe that the cut in MSF rate will help reduce volatility in the interest rate...
  • Lindsay Lohan wants to open her own rehab facility? October 8, 2013

    Los Angeles: 'Mean Girls' star Lindsay Lohan is reportedly planning to open her own rehab centre to help others deal with their addictions. The 27-year-old actress, who is infamous for her history with rehabs as she has sought the facility's help several times for her alcohol and drug addiction, also...
  • RBI trims short-term rate as rupee pressure eases October 8, 2013

    The Reserve Bank of India on Monday cut a key overnight interest rate, further dialling back an emergency measure it had imposed in mid-July in order to defend the embattled rupee that had tightened market liquidity and pushed up borrowing costs. The move to cut the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate...
  • India may extend visa on arrival facility for 40 more countries October 7, 2013

    India intends to extend visa on arrival facility to tourists from 40 more countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, a move which will make the country a more tourist friendly destination and promote foreign exchange earnings. The Planning Commission has called a high-level...
  • RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan may raise policy rates yet again September 23, 2013

    Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan may raise policy rates again after shocking markets by increasing them in only his first meeting, signalling he is willing to risk prolonging what is already the lowest economic growth in years in order to quash persistent inflation. Raising the repo rate by 25...
  • RBI opens spl 2-day MSF window to meet advance tax demand September 14, 2013

    The Reserve Bank opened a special two-day funding window for banks through the marginal standing facility (MSF) today to help them meet liquidity needs as there would be higher demand for funds on account of advance tax payment. "Given the market conditions, we have decided to offer two-day funds to banks...
  • Samsung invests $500 million in new China facility: Report September 14, 2013

    Beijing: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will invest $500 million to build a packaging and testing facility in northwestern China, the official China Daily reported on Saturday, as South Korea's biggest company expands operations in China. Samsung's new plant investment comes on the heels of last year's $7 billion chip complex, also...
  • Visa-on-arrival boost for Kerala tourism, says Chandy August 29, 2013

    The introduction of tourist visa-on-arrival (T-VoA) facility at Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi airports will help attract more foreign visitors to the state, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Wednesday. T-VoA is currently available for citizens of 11 countries -- Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Luxembourg, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. T-VoA...
  • Fort Hood shooter sentenced to death for 2009 killings August 29, 2013

    A military jury on Wednesday sentenced a US Army psychiatrist to death for the 2009 mass murder of 13 people, mostly unarmed soldiers, at Fort Hood, Texas, which the convicted gunman said he committed in retaliation for US wars in the Muslim world. Major Nidal Hasan, who shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God...
  • Jury begins deliberating life or death for Fort Hood shooter August 29, 2013

    Prosecutors in the trial of US Army Major Nidal Hasan on Wednesday asked the jury to sentence him to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, saying the convicted gunman is a criminal and "never will be a martyr." ~~amp;nbsp; The military jury of 13 officers who convicted Hasan...
  • Fort Hood shooter convicted of massacre, could get death penalty August 24, 2013

    A military jury convicted US Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan of all 13 charges of premeditated murder and all 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder on Friday for the November 2009 shooting spree against unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas. The convictions mean Hasan could face the death penalty by lethal...
  • Colorado company tests spacecraft in California desert August 24, 2013

    A company developing a spaceship to take astronauts to the International Space Station has run the craft through a series of tests at a NASA facility in California. The two-hour test of Dream Chaser spacecraft occurred on Thursday at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. A...
  • Fort Hood shooter selected 'personal kill zone', says prosecutor August 23, 2013

    The US Army psychiatrist who has admitted shooting dead 13 fellow soldiers in 2009 chose one station at a Fort Hood medical facility as his "personal kill zone" because he knew it would be packed with soldiers, a prosecutor said on Thursday in closing arguments of a court-martial. Major Nidal Hasan,...
  • Women, children can travel for free in Haryana Roadways buses this Rakshabandhan August 17, 2013

    The Haryana government has decided to allow free travel facility to women and their minor children in state roadways buses on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on August 20. In an announcement made on Saturday, the official spokesperson of the government said, "In view of the festival, free travelling facility to...
  • Hyderabad, Bangalore among 4 airports to have Visa-on-Arrival facility August 8, 2013

    Visa-on-Arrival facility for tourists will now be available at four more international airports across the country, besides the four existing metro cities. "The Home Ministry has issued orders extending Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility to four more airports at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Hyderabad and Bangalore with effect from August 15," said...
  • Umashankar Gupta writes to Railway Board seeking better rail facilities August 5, 2013

    Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Umashankar Gupta has written a letter to Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar asking to provide proper railway facilities to people of Bhopal. In view of problems of citizens, the Home Minister has urged the railway board, in a letter issued on Sunday, to introduce a weekly train...
  • Rehab center rejects Paris Jackson's admission July 3, 2013

    Los Angeles: A rehab facility has reportedly turned down Paris Jackson's admission because the authorities are afraid that paparazzi will disturb other patients who are being treated at the facility. Paris, who is currently being treated at the UCLA Medical Center, was advised by doctors to not go home and instead...
  • Watch: Amarnath pilgrims complain about poor facilities June 28, 2013

    There are complaints about facilities and services as pilgrims head to Srinagar for the Amarnath Yatra that begins on Friday. 12,000 people are officially registered to trek to the icy cave shrine. ...
  • Inadequate storage facilities lead to wastage of grains June 21, 2013

    New Delhi: There seems to be no end to the government's apathy to grains wastage. Around 7,000 quintals of wheat were left to rot in the rain in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh. The scarcity of godowns have led to the wastage of grains. As reported earlier, the grain wastage in...