Local Body

  • Bihar government pioneered 'toilets first' slogan: Nitish November 20, 2013

    Patna: In an apparent reference to Narendra Modi's 'toilets first, temples later' remark, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the Bihar government had pioneered the slogan in 2007. "Officials popularised the concept among the people, but some people are now talking about toilet first and temple later," he said...
  • Modi as PM candidate fails to have effect as BJP suffers in Odisha urban polls September 21, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha unit of the BJP which banked heavily on the party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, emerged as the worst sufferer among the major political parties in the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections, results of which were announced on Friday. The saffron party which had formed councils in 11...
  • Maharashtra: Small scale traders to go on a strike against LBT for two days July 15, 2013

    Mumbai: Small scale traders to go on strike against the Local Body Tax (LBT) for two days from Monday. In view of the upcoming Monsoon Session of the state Legislature, the issue of LBT has come to the fore once again. The Federation of Association of Maharashtra alleged that the...
  • Congress to organise meet to gear up for local body polls May 22, 2013

    Hyderabad: The ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh plans to organise a convention of party leaders from the block level to gear up the party machinery for local body polls. The meeting would also discuss ways to spead numerous welfare schemes being implemented by the Centre and state governments, state Congress...
  • Traders agree to call off LBT stir after meeting with CM May 21, 2013

    Mumbai: Section of traders in Maharashtra on Monday night agreed to call off their prolonged agitation protest against the Local Body Tax (LBT) after a meeting with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan here. Chavan held lengthy discussions with traders, which ended late on Monday evening, after which some of the participants...
  • J&K Deputy CM in the dock over illegal appointments May 14, 2013

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir State Accountability Commission (SAC) has ordered a regular enquiry into the alleged role of Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand in the illegal appointments in urban local bodies. A Division bench of the Commission, comprising chairman Justice (retd) YP Nargotra and Justice (retd) Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain, on...
  • LBT strike: Raj Thackeray asks traders to open shops May 12, 2013

    Mumbai: Amid ongoing standoff between traders and state government over proposed imposition of Local Body Tax (LBT), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday asked traders to not hold common people to ransom and open their shops. In a press statement issued in Mumbai, Raj said that LBT, to be...
  • Chavan asks Cong leaders to clear misconceptions over LBT May 12, 2013

    Mumbai: Perturbed by strident opposition to imposition of Local Body Tax (LBT) in Mumbai and some municipal corporations from October 1, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday asked Congress leaders to "clear misconceptions" pertaining to the levy. "The chief minister asked state Congress leaders, including MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre and...
  • Maharashtra: Wholesalers to continue strike against LBT May 12, 2013

    Mumbai: Wholesalers in the city would continue to observe bandh against the local body tax (LBT) even as associations representing retailers called off their strike on Saturday. "Despite a section of the retailers calling off the strike, wholesalers' strike against LBT will continue," Federation of Associations of Maharashtra President Mohan Gurnani...
  • Mumbai: Traders call off strike against LBT May 11, 2013

    Mumbai: In a good news for people of Mumbai, retailers called off their strike against the Local Body Tax on late Saturday and said they were ready to talk to the government. The announcement came even as the city struggled with shortage of supplies due to the threeweek long strike. Supporting...
  • Maharashtra traders to continue indefinite bandh against LBT May 10, 2013

    Mumbai: Federation of Associations of Maharashtra (FAM) representing 750 trade associations in the state on Thursday said, it would continue with its call for indefinite trade bandh till the LBT (Local Body Tax) is removed, even as the agitation entered 18th day. The decision on indefinite strike was taken at...
  • Traders' strike: Oppn, allies ask Maharashtra govt to reconsider LBT May 9, 2013

    Mumbai: Mumbai's bustling markets on Thursday wore an empty, deserted look. Since Monday, over one lakh traders in the city have shut shop to protest against the Local Body Tax (LBT) that the Maharashtra government has introduced to replace octroi. Traders say that the protest has caused a loss of...
  • Mumbai: Traders' agitation against LBT leads to loss of Rs 75,000 cr May 9, 2013

    Mumbai: Markets in Mumbai have been shut for days now as traders fight against the controversial Local Body Tax. It has been estimated that the strike has incurred a loss of almost Rs 75,000 crore and it still counting. From grocery stores to restaurants to apparel stores, the bandh was near...
  • Karnataka urban local bodies polls today March 7, 2013

    Bangalore: In what is being seen as a "semi-final" before Assembly elections due in May, polls to urban local bodies in BJP-ruled Karnataka will be held on Thursday. About 85 lakh people are eligible to cast their ballot in 208 urban local bodies, seven city corporations, 43 city municipal corporations, 65...
  • Local body polls in Karnataka on March 7 February 14, 2013

    Bangalore: Elections for 208 urban local bodies in Karnataka will be held on March 7. This was announced by State Election Commissioner CR Chikkamath after the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the State Chief Secretary to comply with the directions issued by SEC on holding elections. Chikkamath said that elections...
  • UP official creates website to fight petty corruption November 8, 2012

    New Delhi: If you're living in smalltown UP (or for that matter, smalltown anywhere in India), what is your experience of getting any government document from the local body? Let's say, a birth/death certificate, or applying for oldage pension? In a typical case, you may have to stand in a...
  • BJP upbeat as Cong loses tribal bastions in MP July 13, 2012

    Bhopal: The ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh is in an upbeat mood after emerging victorious at majority of the seats in the recent local bodies elections in tribal areas by virtually decimating the main Opposition Congress even in its strongholds. To add to the woes of Congress, the BJP also wrested...
  • 500 mn Indians need new homes: FICCI February 5, 2012

    New Delhi: As many as half a billion Indians would need new homes in the country's various cities over the next decade, a requirement equivalent to all of China, North America and Western Europe put together, a report on Sunday said. The report 'Urban Infrastructure in India' prepared by...
  • Jaya hands out laptops, cattle to voters September 16, 2011

    Tiruvallur: With the local body polls in early October, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has gone all out to reach out to rural voters with the freebies she promised during the assembly polls. Violet, a Class XII Student from Tiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, is a proud owner of a brand new...
  • Mulayam flays Cong, BJP and BSP November 4, 2006

    Jhansi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh on Saturday lashed out at opposition parties saying that they have been spreading such propaganda to divert people's attention from loss of ground in the state. "The directionless Congress, BJP and BSP have lost ground in the state and are levelling false charges to...
  • SC sets rules for local body elections October 19, 2006

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday laid down general guidelines for holding timely elections to panchayats and municipalities. A five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal, said that the Election Commision (EC) should try to complete the elections before the expiry of five-year term and only in...