MINISTRIES

  • Environment Ministry panel clears Ambedkar memorial plan in Lutyens' Delhi Yesterday

    New Delhi: The Social Justice Ministry's proposal to construct a grand Ambedkar memorial in Lutyens' Delhi has received the nod from a high-powered Environment Ministry panel. Sources said that the Expert Appraisal Committee for Projects related to Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone, Building/Construction and Miscellaneous projects, which met here last...
  • Meerut: Bootlegger poses as Union Minister, UP Police escorts him Yesterday

    Meerut: An alleged bootlegger, who posed himself as a Union minister, was provided escort by local police when he went to attend a function in Meerut. The faux pas came to light when local BJP leaders created a hue and cry on seeing Tanzeem Abbas, a resident of Falawada, saying he...
  • Nepal, India sign historic Power Trade Agreement 2 days ago

    Kathmandu: India and Nepal inked a historic Power Trade Agreement (PTA), allowing exchange of electricity and opening up new vistas of cooperation in the hydropower sector. During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal in August, the two sides had agreed to sign the agreement that would allow...
  • MHA alerts states of communal flare up ahead of festive season 3 days ago

    New Delhi: In view of the upcoming festive season, the Ministry of Home Affairs alerted states to ensure prevention of communal flare up especially in regions like Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The MHA has also issued an advisory to prevent forcible installation of idols at disputed sites, slogan shouting against a...
  • China, US to fight Ebola epidemic together 4 days ago

    Beijing: Setting aside their differences, the US and China agreed to cooperate in stepping up efforts to control the Ebola epidemic in Africa. Visiting Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State John Kerry, who met in Boston, agreed to enhance cooperation on fighting the Ebola epidemic, Chinese...
  • Helpline for people from Northeast to be set up: MHA 5 days ago

    Gurgaon: Helpline for people from Northeast will be set up in major cities starting from Gurgaon in the wake of the recent racist attacks. This was on Saturday announced by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who was to review the law and order situation following an attack...
  • NTPC to build 8,152 toilets under 'Swacch Bharat' campaign 5 days ago

    New Delhi: State-owned power major NTPC has committed to build 8,152 toilets in government schools under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cleanliness drive. "Under 'Swachh Bharat-Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan' NTPC has committed to take up work for 8,152 toilets in government schools from the list available on Ministry of Human Resource and Development...
  • Want to put environment ministry on autopilot: Prakash Javadekar 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that he wanted to put the environment ministry in "autopilot" with transparent, policy-based decision making and acknowledged that the previous UPA government had hampered growth by not clearing key environmental decisions. "I want to put...
  • After Australian couple abandons child, Centre proposes rules to regulate surrogacy in India 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The Health Ministry has proposed new moves in order to regulate the booming business of surrogacy in India. According to the new proposed rules, foreign nationals who account for the maximum number of customers, will be barred from using Indian nationals as surrogate mothers. The rules state that it...
  • Police begins probe into the suicide of lyricist Santosh Anand's son 6 days ago

    Mathura: A team of police officials has left for Delhi to probe into the suicides of Bollywood lyricist Santosh Anand's son Sankalp Anand and daughter-in-law Nandini Anand, police said Friday. The team, including Assistant Superintendent of Police Priti Priyadarshini and officials Atul Kumar Srivastav and Arvind Kumar, will investigate into the...
  • Health officials in India to be trained to handle Ebola cases 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Bracing to deal with Ebola epidemic which has claimed more than 4000 lives globally, the government on Thursday took stock of the measures being undertaken for strengthening the preparedness, surveillance and response system in states. A decision of imparting training to health officials of all states on ways...
  • MHA orders probe into lyricist Santosh Anand's son's suicide after suicide note blames Ministry officials 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Famous Bollywood lyricist Santosh Anand is a broken man. His son Sankalp and daughter-in-law committed suicide on Wednesday by jumping in front of a train at Mathura. The couple's five-year-old daughter was with them, but survived the accident. But what has raised eyebrows is his tell-all suicide note that...
  • PM to address top military commanders on Friday 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the country's top military commanders for the first time on Friday at a conference during which he will outline his strategic vision and get a briefing on the overall security situation. The Combined Commanders' conference of the three Services is expected to...
  • India tightens rules on cigarettes, tobacco branding 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Tobacco companies in India will have to stamp health warnings across 85 per cent of the surface of cigarette packs and other products, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, joining nations such as Thailand and Australia with stringent marketing rules. Up to 9,00,000 Indians die every year of diseases...
  • Cigarette packs to carry warning on 85 per cent of space October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Come April next year, 85 per cent of space on cigaratte packs and other tobacco products in India will have to be mandatorily covered with graphic and text warnings of health hazard, making the country top ranker in terms of display of caution on packages. After implementation of...
  • Finance Ministry restructures indirect taxes formations October 15, 2014

    Delhi: The Finance Ministry on Wednesday restructure indirect taxes formations with a view to provide better tax payer services and deepen the tax base. "The restructuring of formations is aimed creating larger number of compact commissionerates, by reorganising the existing commissionerates. This shall provide better tax payer services and deepen the...
  • Jan Dhan phase II: LIC, general insurers asked to finalise products October 15, 2014

    Mumbai: Government has asked all state-owned general insurers and country's largest life insurer LIC to finalise the micro-insurance products to be sold to account holders in the second phase of the Jan Dhan scheme to be rolled out from January 26. Ministry of Finance, Joint Secretary - insurance, Anoop Wadhwa had...
  • Petrol prices cut by Re 1 per litre with effect from tonight October 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Petrol price was on Tuesday cut by Re 1 a litre, but the first reduction in diesel rates in over five years will have to wait till completion of Assembly polls. State-owned oil firms, which cut petrol price by 54 paisa on October 1, reduced rates by another Re...
  • Government clears 25 FDI proposals worth Rs 1,546 crore October 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Finance Ministry has approved 25 FDI proposals, including six of single-brand retail trade, envisaging a total investment of Rs 1,546.12 crore, and referred a Rs 1,800-crore pharma proposal to the Cabinet for consideration. The proposals have been cleared by the Finance Ministry...
  • Peace at Indo-Pak border after 10 days of heavy firing October 11, 2014

    It has been two nights of peace on the border after 10 days of heavy firing and shelling. A parliamentary standing committee on Friday discussed the matter and lauded the BSF for retaliating. According to the sources, the Home Ministry has said that any decision to resume talks will only...
  • Kerala: Activists allege illegal transfer of elephants October 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Animal rights activists have voiced concern over illegal transfer of ownership of captive elephants in the state. Heritage Animal Task Force, a Kerala-based animal rights group has alleged that the ownership of elephants was transferred in violation of the directives of the National Wildlife Crime Control Bureau by private...
  • SC stay on hydro projects to continue till UoI complies order October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Ticking off the Environment ministry for sleeping like 'Kumbhakarna', the Supreme Court on Thursday made it clear that it is not going to lift the stay for setting up of new hydroelectric power projects on Alaknanda and Bhagirath river basins in Uttarakhand unless the Centre comes out with...
  • Netizens join Swachh Bharat Mission as it goes online October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Seeking to convert 'Swachh Bharat Mission' into a 'Jan Andolan', Urban Development Ministry has facilitated an online platform to enable the citizens network with each other to collectively take up cleanliness activities. In this regard, the Ministry is taking the help of...
  • Home Ministry raises concern over use of Aadhaar as address proof October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry has raised multiple concerns over using UIDAI number as an address proof in the DoT's proposed online verification system, saying the supporting data in Aadhaar may not be authentic or genuine. The Home Ministry said that 'Aadhaar' is strong on ensuring unique identity, "however, uniqueness...
  • 'Need to move away from aggressive tax planning & assessment' October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: There is a need to move away from aggressive tax planning and such tax assessment undertaken in certain situations and find a resolution to this issue, Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das said on Thursday. "I think, we should move away from this whole business of...
  • JICA gives Rs 467 crore for Delhi Metro Phase III projects October 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has given Rs 467.12 crore to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for construction work of Phase III projects. The loan amount sanctioned by JICA was conveyed to DMRC by the Ministry of Urban Development. "The amount has been released to DMRC for...
  • Finance Ministry, RBI to decide on monetary policy framework by December end October 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Finance Ministry and the RBI will finalise a new monetary policy framework by December end under which the central bank will pursue the retail inflation target to be decided by the government. According to official sources, the internal work for the new...
  • Government seeks AG's opinion on need for Ordinance on coal blocks October 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The Coal Ministry has sought the opinion of Attorney General on whether the government needs to bring out an Ordinance to deal with the issues arising from the Supreme Court decision to deallocate coal mines. The issues that need to be resolved by...
  • Government looking at merging FMC with Sebi October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The government is considering a proposal to merge the Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with capital market regulator Sebi to ensure better monitoring of the commodity futures market. "One of the options being considered by the government is merging FMC with Sebi," said a...
  • Coal Ministry sets up IMG to study rail freight tariff October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The Coal Ministry has formed an inter-ministerial group to study the trend in the rail freight tariffs over the last two-three years and its impact on the price of coal. The six-member group, under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary, Coal, has representatives from...