Ministries

  • Inflation in check, growth and investment picking up, assures Arun Jaitley 5 hours 58 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday presented the Finance Ministry's report card for the last hundred days since the NDA government came to power, as well as the recent initiatives taken by the Finance Ministry. Jaitley assured that inflation is in check, growth and investment is steadily picking up...
  • HRD ministry asks DU to respond to teachers' allegations against VC Yesterday

    New Delhi: The Centre has asked Delhi University (DU) to submit a detailed response to allegations of irregularities in its functioning made by the varsity's teachers' body. Taking cognisance of a 'white paper' released by the Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) alleging financial and administrative irregularities in the varsity's functioning, the...
  • Jan Dhan camps by banks on all Saturdays, 1.84 crore accounts opened Yesterday

    New Delhi: Over 1.84 crore bank accounts have been opened under the Jan Dhan scheme and banks will organise camps from 8 am to 8 pm on all Saturdays to reach out to unbanked households, the government said on Friday. "It has been decided that henceforth, the banks will be holding...
  • Defence Ministry scraps Rs 6,000 crore deal to buy 197 Light Utility Helicopters Yesterday

    New Delhi: The Defence Ministry on Friday scrapped a Rs 6,000 crore deal to procure 197 Light Utility Helicopters. The deal got stuck after AgustaWestland, which was one of the participants, came under investigation in the VVIP chopper deal. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council...
  • 25 Indian workers arrested in Kuwait on murder charges Yesterday

    New Delhi: Reportedly, 25 Indians in Kuwait have been arrested on murder charges on Friday. The External Affairs Ministry has reacted to the situation stating that India's Mission has taken up problems with Kuwaiti authorities and will soon provide necessary assistance. The ministry has also said that all Indians in...
  • CBI FIR against ex-disinvestment secy for selling Rs 150 cr hotel for Rs 7 cr 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR against former disinvestment secretary Pradip Baijal for allegedly selling off a hotel in Udaipur worth Rs 150 crore for Rs 7 crore. The case dates back to 2001-2002 when Baijal was the disinvestment secretary during Arun Shourie's tenure...
  • Tatra case: Delhi court to consider CBI's closure report on October 7 3 days ago

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday fixed October 7 for considering the closure report filed by CBI in the case relating to alleged irregularities in supply of all-terrain Tatra vehicles to the Indian Army. Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain posted the matter for October 7 after the agency sought...
  • 6 ex-ministers, 23 former MPs yet to vacate government accommodation 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Continuing its eviction drive against former ministers and MPs, Directorate of Estate has managed to vacate government houses of 241 former ministers and MPs till date. While 11 ex-ministers out of 17 have vacated their bungalows, 230 former MPs out of 258 have also surrendered the houses till now,...
  • Centre says India Ebola-free; 112 passengers who arrived from Liberia declared safe 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The government clarified that none of the 112 passengers who returned from Liberia on Tuesday have Ebola. All of them were screened and found to be healthy- except for one passenger who had fever and sore throat. That passenger has been isolated in the quarantine cum isolation facility...
  • Six passengers quarantined at Delhi airport hospital test negative for Ebola: Government 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The Health Ministry on Tuesday said that the six passengers who were quarantined at the Delhi airport hospital on fears of having been exposed to the Ebola virus have tested negative. The passengers who arrived in Delhi from Liberia on Tuesday have now been shifted to the Ram Manohar...
  • Model rape case: Maharashtra Home Ministry recommends suspension for accused Mumbai DIG 4 days ago

    Mumbai: In trouble for DIG Sunil Paraskar accused of raping a model, the Maharashtra Home Department has proposed his suspension. "The proposal to suspend Paraskar has been sent to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan," a Home Ministry official said. A court had recently granted him pre-arrest bail, observing the complainant's behaviour and her...
  • Textiles Ministry, Flipkart join hands for weaver platform 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Textiles Ministry on Monday inked a pact with homegrown e-retailing major Flipkart to provide an online marketing platform to handloom weavers across the country, an initiative to boost the handloom sector, empower the weavers and uplift manufacturing in the country. Responding to queries raised on choosing a particular...
  • Centre allows Finmeccanica, Agusta Westland to do business in India albeit in a limited capacity 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has allowed Finmeccanica and Agusta Westland to do business with India but in a limited capacity. The Defence Ministry has allowed Finmeccanica to remain in contention in single bid deals; meaning where the company is a lone bidder. Finmeccanica will deal in spare parts and...
  • Ebola scare: Health Ministry conducts screening at all airports in India August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as many as 531 passengers are being tracked at airports across India for Ebola. But no positive cases have been detected so far. The Health Ministry is conducting screenings at all airports. Till August 21, there had been 1350 deaths and 2473...
  • 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....
  • Unstamped handbags? No need to go back to security check points, board aircraft after manual checks now August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: In a relief for passengers at the airports, a proposal by the Civil Aviation Ministry states that in case a handbag does not have a security stamp, security officials can manually check bags at the boarding gates and allow the passengers to board the flights. The move aims at...
  • Tobacco ban: Health Ministry to make law more stringent August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Tobacco control seems to have finally taken precedence in India. First the Modi government made cigarettes costlier, then called for nationwide ban on tobacco products and now for the first time in over a decade since the cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COTPA) was formed, the...
  • Controversial film hailing Indira Gandhi's killers not to be released tomorrow: I&B Ministry August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has said that a film on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi will not be released as scheduled on Friday. The film, 'Kaum De Heere', purportedly hails Indira's killers. The Home Ministry had taken a serious view of the film after the Intelligence Bureau warned...
  • Centre sacks AIIMS CVO from his post, move seen as violation of CVC Act August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Without citing a reason for the decision, the Health Ministry has removed the Chief Vigilance officer of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Sanjeev Chaturvedi from his post. However, amidst criticism for the decision Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that Chaturvedi was "not eligible" for...
  • Declare Vadodara, Surat terminals as international airports: Gujarat government August 21, 2014

    Vadodara: Gujarat government wants flight terminals at Vadodara and Surat to be declared as international airports. State Finance and Civil Aviation Minister Saurabhbhai Patel called on Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in Delhi and put forth the demand for declaring Vadodara and Surat flight terminals as international airports, and...
  • 5 arrivals in India found to have contact history with Ebola cases August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Five persons out of a total of 145 passengers who arrived at various airports in India from Ebola virus-affected countries in the last 24 hours were found to have contact history with positive cases of the disease, the health ministry said. The details of the said five passengers have...
  • Blame game between Centre, Gogoi over brutal security crackdown at Assam-Nagaland border August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The blame game has begun on Wednesday between the Narendra Modi government and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi over the brutal security crackdown and deteriorating situation at the Assam-Nagaland border. Nine people from Nagaland have been allegedly killed by armed groups in Assam last week. The Ministry of Home...
  • Centre-Telangana face-off likely on household survey August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: A face-off between the Centre and the Telangana government seems to be imminent as the Home Ministry may intervene in the 'Intensive Household Survey' to ascertain the details of 84 lakh families in the state. A senior Home Ministry official said the Central government is seized of the matter...
  • Procedure to get driving licences to be simplified, Centre likely to curtail RTOs' role: sources August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: In a good news for those wanting to get their driving licences made, the Central government is likely to simplify procedures for getting the licences. The government is planning to bring changes to the Motor Vehicle Act. According to sources, the Transport Ministry is trying to redefine the...
  • Nigerian not tested positive for Ebola: Centre August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The union Health Ministry on Monday denied reports that a Nigerian national admitted to the RML hospital has tested positive for the dreaded Ebola disease. Denying the reports, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said "Our vigilant officials did indeed send a person to RML Hospital. His blood samples were sent...
  • Assam government to submit detailed report on violence to Union Home Ministry August 17, 2014

    Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday said that the state government would submit a detailed report to the Union Home Ministry on the recent violence along the Assam-Nagaland border which claimed nine lives in Golaghat district. "Along with the detailed report, a memorandum will...
  • Female bank staffers may soon get transfers of their choice August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Female employees of public sector banks will soon be entitled to a major benefit of getting transfers of their choice. The Finance Ministry has asked the banks to formulate women-friendly transfer policies so that they can get transfers at places where their husbands are working or parents are living. The...
  • Aircel-Maxis case: CBI planning to question Finance Ministry officials August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI is mulling questioning some officials of the Finance Ministry who were part of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance process given to Aircel-Maxis deal even as it plans to file the first charge sheet in the matter this week. Making it clear that no suspects have been identified...
  • Asleep in the cockpit: Is modern day flying becoming dangerous? August 14, 2014

    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended the two pilots who were not attentive as a Jet Airways flight's altitude dropped last Friday. The Jet Airways aircraft flying from Mumbai to Brussels last Friday suddenly dropped 5,000 feet in the Ankara airspace over Turkey. ...
  • Civil Aviation Ministry issues series of instructions to Air India August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Civil Aviation Ministry has issued a series of instructions to Air India, including redeployment of its "surplus" staff, to tighten its belts to face heightened competition, particularly from the proposed Tata-SIA backed Vistara airline. In order to turn it into a 'lean and mean' airline to face growing...