GOVERNING

  • Ram Jethmalani vents anger in SC over government 'inaction' on blackmoney January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Expelled BJP member Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday vented his anger in the Supreme Court against the NDA government on the black money issue, expressing displeasure that a draft legislation prepared by him and sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not been acted upon. The veteran lawyer's outburst...
  • Maharashtra: BJP government's swearing-in at Wankhede Stadium costed Rs 98.33 lakh, says RTI January 20, 2015

    Mumbai: The swearing-in ceremony of BJP's first government in Maharashtra at Wankhede Stadium in 2014 costed Rs 98.33 lakh, an RTI query has revealed. At a time when Maharashtra was facing severe drought and also there was claim by BJP of empty state coffers, the party went ahead and spent...
  • Centre to discusses Ordinance issue after President's objection January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: The senior ministers of Central government met in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss how to ensure that the Ordinances issued recently are followed up with legislative action in the upcoming Budget session next month after President Pranab Mukherjee voicing his objection to the 'Ordinance route. The meeting called...
  • President cautions Centre against ordinance route January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: With the Modi government opting for ordinances eight times in as many months, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday cautioned against the "ordinance route" being taken for normal legislations. Ordinances are meant for specific purpose "to meet an extraordinary situation under extraordinary circumstances",...
  • Working with Centre to serve high expectations of the nation: ISRO January 19, 2015

    ISRO Chief AS Kiran Kumar said that they are working with all the 83 departments of Government of India to find out how the space technologies can be used by them. ...
  • Air India to cut costs by 14 billion rupees to reduce losses January 19, 2015

    India's national carrier Air India is to cut its costs by 14 billion rupees ($227 million), or about 6 percent of its total outlays, in the next financial year after the government asked the loss-making airline to improve its finances. ...
  • Government plans to appoint 6-7 Governors in coming weeks: Rajnath Singh January 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The government is planning to appoint new Governors in at least six states in the next 15-20 days, with Bihar, Punjab and Assam likely among these. "We are planning to appoint 6-7 new Governors in the next 15-20 days," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said. There are vacancies in Governors' posts...
  • Modi government preparing long list of initiatives to boost bilateral relations on Obama's visit January 17, 2015

    India is counting down to US President Barack Obama's visit later this month and the Modi government is preparing a long list of initiatives to boost bilateral relations in various sectors. ...
  • If government couldn't appoint members in 7 months, not our fault: Censor Board January 17, 2015

    "I agree with Arun jaitely's statement that the members of censor board were appointed during UPA's regime. The government requested us to stay as board members till new members are appointed," said Pankaj Sharma. ...
  • McDonalds restaurant in Pune throws out street child, says such people not allowed, govt to probe January 17, 2015

    Pune: Maharashtra government will probe the shocking incident where a homeless child was thrown out of the McDonalds restaurant in Pune. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, "I will get back to you after I enquire into the incident. I don't have all the pertinent information with me yet." Describing the incident...
  • Government can put 15,000 CCTVs for Barack Obama but not for Indians, says Delhi HC January 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Friday chided the government for installing 15,000 CCTV cameras within weeks for US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit, but failing to act fast when it comes to meet the needs of the citizens. So "let's get someone from outer space," a bench of justices Badar...
  • Government hikes excise duty on petrol, diesel by Rs 2 per litre January 16, 2015

    New Delhi: India raised factory gate duties on petrol and diesel by 2 rupees a litre each on Friday, two private news channels reported, the fourth since the government lifted diesel price controls in October. The government has raised the duties to cash in on lower world oil prices to bolster...
  • Ordinance row: BJP hits back at Congress, asks were Nehru, Indira 'dictators'? January 14, 2015

    New Delhi: BJP on dug up details of ordinances issued by Congress regimes in the past to hit back at it for its attack on Narendra Modi government and wondered if the party will brand Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi as "dictators". Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, however, added that...
  • Government likely to sell 10 per cent stake in Indian Oil Corporation this fiscal January 14, 2015

    New Delhi: The government is likely to sell 10 per cent of its stake in Indian Oil Corp, the nation's biggest company, this fiscal to raise about Rs 8,150 crore. The Department of Disinvestment (DoD) has circulated a draft note for the consideration of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs...
  • Directed officials to act on issue of human bodies found in Ganga: Uma Bharti January 14, 2015

    Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti said she has directed local officials to act on the issue of over 50 bodies found in the river. She said, "Officials will get back to me on the matter by this evening." The Uttar Pradesh government ordered a probe after over 50 human corpses...
  • Sacked DRDO Avinash Chander continues to attend office, PM unhapphy with delay in projects January 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Sacked unceremoniously as Defence Research and Development Organisation chief, top missile scientist Avinash Chander has refused to comment. Sources say Chander has been sacked as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been unhappy over delay in key defence projects handled by the agency. Government on Tuesday removed Chander, 15 months...
  • UP government orders probe after over 50 human bodies found in Ganga January 14, 2015

    Unnao: The Uttar Pradesh government ordered a probe after over 50 human bodies were found in the river Ganga posing a major environmental hazard. The dead bodies were found in a canal which connects Periyar Ghat to Ganga river in Unnao district. Reports said that dogs and vultures were seen...
  • India on the cusp of a second economic revolution, says Jagdish Bhagwati January 14, 2015

    Mumbai: Renowned economist Jagdish Bhagwati said that India is on the cusp of a second economic revolution. Speaking exclusively to Network18, Bhagwati praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the first steps taken by his government. He expects the Modi government to soften it's stance on FDI in retail sector. He also...
  • Centre for raising age of person buying tobacco products to 21 years January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Brushing aside opposition, the government on Tuesday moved to amend the anti-smoking law and proposed radical changes, including ban on sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age of a person buying tobacco products to 21 years from existing 18. It has also proposed raising of fine to...
  • J&K government formation: NC supports PDP, writes to Governor January 13, 2015

    Srinagar: The logjammed political scene in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a new twist on Tuesday with National Conference writing to Governor NN Vohra to inform about offer of support to PDP and insisting that it should be consulted before any decision on government formation is taken. PDP responded guardedly, saying...
  • SC asks Government to implement steps for NRIs to cast e-votes January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to "do at the earliest" the necessary amendments in the law to enable non-resident Indians (NRIs) to cast postal and e-ballots in polls in India. A Bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said extending voting rights to NRIs was...
  • J&K government formation: NC rules out support to BJP, ready to support PDP January 12, 2015

    Srinagar: With political stalemate continuing in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference's Working President Omar Abdullah on Monday held a meeting with top party leaders where it was decided that it will have no tie-up with BJP but was ready to support PDP in government-formation. The NC's Core Group discussed the...
  • Coal allocations: SC notice to Gujarat government on failure to provide information to CBI January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday sought an explanation from Gujarat Government for its alleged failure to provide requisite information relating to two coal block allocations to the CBI for its probe into coalgate scam. "Despite our order, no response has been received by the CBI and no documents have...
  • Delhi government to upgrade Ghalib academy as exhibition centre January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi government is upgrading the Ghalib academy as a permanent exhibition centre associated with poet Mirza Ghalib. The Project includes improvement of façade, in line with the guidelines approved by National Monument Authority, replacing modern elements with traditional stone elements and internal renovations for creation of major public spaces...
  • BJP MPs stay at lavish hotel on taxpayers' money, bill may run into crores, reveals RTI January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: While the Narendra Modi government has repeatedly passed austerity diktats calling on its ministers to tighten their belts to set an example for the nation, an RTI report showed that many BJP MPs stayed at lavish hotels on taxpayers' money. According to the report till November 15,2014, 92 MPs,...
  • DU agrees to hand over medical college to Delhi government January 11, 2015

    New Delhi: A row is brewing within Delhi University over its acceptance of a central decision for the transfer of University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) to Delhi government with its Executive Council (EC) members slamming the move as being "unilateral" and "undemocratic". "The decision (was) communicated to the ministry on...
  • Sri Lanka government to prosecute LTTE leader wanted in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi January 11, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's new government will prosecute a top LTTE leader who is wanted in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The present government which took office only two days ago has claimed that the decision was taken even before they came to power. Kumaran Pathmanathan, who is better...
  • Five new cases of swine flu in Delhi January 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Five new cases of swine flu were reported on Saturday in the national capital taking the total figure to 40 so far this year. Swine flu has claimed three lives till now. On Friday, a 38-year-old woman from Uttam Nagar succumbed to the H1N1 virus at Ram Manohar...
  • Government unblocks 32 websites as they promise to cooperate January 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Government has ordered unblocking of all the 32 websites that were being used by terrorists after these sites promised to cooperate with the authorities and removed 'jehadi' content. "Order was issued on Thursday to unblock all 32 websites that were blocked following complaint...
  • Ban Ki Moon to inaugurate canal top solar power plant in Gujarat January 10, 2015

    Vadodara: UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will inaugurate Gujarat's first 10 MW solar power plant on Narmada river canal on Sunday, state Energy Minister Saurabh Patel said on Saturday. "The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SNNL), an agency created by the Gujarat government for...