MINISTRY

  • Finance Ministry launches e-book to improve governance Yesterday

    New Delhi: Finance Ministry on Thursday issued an e-book containing important decisions and initiatives with a view to improving governance and bringing government closer to the public. "MoF (Ministry of Finance) hopes this will be useful to the citizens and an important step in bringing...
  • Government may cap economy air fares at Rs 20,000 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Government is considering to cap economy air fares at Rs 20,000 to check airlines from charging "exorbitant" fares or unleashing predatory pricing, affecting their own financial health. The proposal comes in the backdrop of SpiceJet episode, which had come out with a series of low-fare offers throughout the...
  • Government plans to bring acid attacks under heinous crimes category 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Faced with the growing number of acid attacks on women, government is planning to categorise such cases as heinous crimes and fix a time-frame for investigation and trial for speedy justice. All such cases where maximum punishment of life imprisonment or death sentence is possible will be categorised...
  • India slashes health budget, already one of the world's lowest 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The government has ordered a cut of nearly 20 per cent in its 2014-15 healthcare budget due to fiscal strains, putting at risk key disease control initiatives in a country whose public spending on health is already among the lowest in the world. Two health ministry officials said that...
  • SpiceJet presents revival plan to government 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Struggling budget carrier SpiceJet has presented a revival plan to the government, which will be discussed with oil companies and banks before taking a final decision regarding the airline, official sources said on Monday. The airline's original investor Ajay Singh is in discussion with two US-based private equity...
  • Review finance rejig plan for power discoms: Parliamentary panel to Centre 4 days ago

    New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has suggested that the government review the financial restructuring package for state electricity power distribution firms as not many states have shown interest in the scheme. The suggestion has been made by the Standing Committee on Energy, which submitted its...
  • SpiceJet's dues grew to Rs 1,230 crore in 18 days till December 10: Government 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Troubled budget carrier SpiceJet's dues to foreign and Indian vendors, airport operators and oil companies grew swiftly from Rs 990 crore to Rs 1,230 crore in a matter of 18 days till December 10, Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. The airline's dues to foreign vendors, including lessors of...
  • External Affairs Ministry strips Devyani Khobragade off her duties over vigilance case against her 1 week ago

    New Delhi: In yet another trouble for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the External Affairs Ministry has stripped her of her duties as Director in the Development Partnership Division of the MEA. She has been placed under a compulsory wait. Sources in the MEA said that the action taken against Khobragade...
  • Goods and Services Tax Bill introduced in Lok Sabha after nod by states, TMC sounds caution 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Aimed at creating a single tax for goods and services across the country, the Centre on Friday introduced the long-pending Constitution Amendment Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Lok Sabha for rollout of the new regime from April 2016 subsuming various levies like entry tax and...
  • Home Ministry drafts new SOPs for schools to fight terror attacks 1 week ago

    New Delhi: In wake of the Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan's Peshawar, the Home Ministry has drafted new SOPs for schools to fight terror attacks. The aim of this SOP is to lay down guidelines and procedure for preventing and dealing with any terror attack on schools. The guidelines...
  • Hindutva ideologue opposes HRD Minister, says there shouldn't be politics on Xmas 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Hindutva ideologue and author Dinanath Batra has come out in the open to oppose HRD Ministry's decision to celebrate Good Governance day on December 25. "It should not have happened. The order as wrong so it has been withdrawn. I am not one with the government on this...
  • Defence ministry clears proposals worth Rs 4,500 crore December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The defence ministry on Wednesday cleared procurement proposals worth around Rs.4,500 crore, ministry sources said. The proposals were cleared by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar-headed Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the apex decision-making body in the ministry. The proposals include one for acquiring four survey vessels for the navy worth Rs.2,324 crore. The...
  • Opposition parties target Modi government over HRD circular on school to stay open on Christmas December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The united opposition targeted the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday over an Human Resource Development Ministry circular that reportedly said that schools should stay open on Christmas in order to observe Good Governance day. The Congress, TMC, NCP, Left parties staged a walk out from Lok Sabha accusing...
  • Oil Ministry asks SpiceJet to submit 10-day plan for revival, airline to start operation by 4 PM December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The cash-strapped SpiceJet has been asked by the Oil Ministry to submit a 10-day plan for revival of the airline, said sources on Wednesday. In a meeting held on Tuesday, the ministry had agreed to grant interim relief to SpiceJet and said that they can pay some money...
  • SpiceJet flights will resume operations by 4 PM, says COO Sanjiv Kapoor December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Facing passenger's anger after several of its flights were cancelled over non-payment of fuel dues, SpiceJet Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor has said that the flights will resume operations by Wednesday evening. "Flights scheduled to depart on or after 4 PM today will operate. We apologise again for the...
  • Will supply fuel only on immediate payment: Oil companies to Spicejet December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: With troubled Spicejet having grounded its flights, oil companies have made it clear the budget carrier will get fuel only on immediate payments, as the airline is on 'cash and carry' mode. The carrier had till Tuesday bought some jet fuel but it has...
  • More trouble for SpiceJet, airline remains grounded for 2nd day as oil companies stop fuel supply: Sources December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: In more trouble for the cash-strapped airline SpiceJet, the operations remain grounded for the second day on Wednesday as oil companies have stopped fuel supply, the sources said. "Not even a single flight has taken off till this morning due to fuel supply issue with the oil companies," sources...
  • Breather for Spicejet, government may ask banks to lend upto Rs 600 crore to the airlines December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Coming to the rescue of the crisis-ridden budget airline SpiceJet, the Civil Aviation Ministry said it may request Indian banks/financial institutions to extend loans of upto Rs 600 crore to the airline as part of measures to keep the carrier functional. The Civil Aviation Ministry has said that it...
  • Mehdi Biswas activities confined to putting posts of IS on Twitter, says Rajnath Singh December 15, 2014

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh said investigations in Bengaluru-based engineer Mehdi Masroor Biswas for running a pro-Islamic State Twitter account are on. He said, "Interrogation of Mehdi Biswas has shown that his activities were confined to putting posts of IS and in their support. He has denied any involvement in recruitment....
  • Pending rape cases: High Court chief justices urged to set up fast track courts December 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre has urged chief justices of high courts to set up fast track courts to deal with pending rape cases and monitor their progress. Since setting up of fast track courts is the responsibility of the state government, the Centre has also urged the chief ministers to...
  • Do away with British-era drills for bosses: Government to police December 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Government has issued a directive to the heads of central police organisations and departments to shun British-era "decorative" practices like a battery of junior staff "escorting" their bosses during their visits to government departments and events. Following the orders of the Union Home Ministry, central police organisations, departments...
  • SC dismisses Defence Ministry appeals against disabled soldiers: Political executive loses opportunity to earn goodwill December 13, 2014

    The writer is former Indian Army Major Navdeep Singh. It is well known that the current political regime is proactive and deeply concerned about the welfare of men and women in uniform. It is also well documented that both the Prime Minister as well as the Defence Minister are sensitive...
  • Home Ministry seeks report from UP government on alleged forced conversions in Agra December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Thursday sought report from the Uttar Pradesh government over alleged forced conversion in Agra. At least 100 persons from 37 families were reportedly re-converted to Hinduism at a ceremony organised by an offshoot of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the cantonment area. The state government has...
  • Bengaluru: Struck in traffic for hours, techies demand local train service to be extended December 11, 2014

    Bengaluru: Fatigued by the city's infamous traffic, the IT corridor of Bengaluru is demanding the local train service to be extended instead of the metro. Residents have also urged to the authorities to introduce more suburban trains. IT professional Bhavin Gandhi said, "Bengaluru is the only city which does not...
  • Central government to decriminalise attempt to commit suicide, gets support of 18 states, 4 UTs December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: In a landmark decision by the Central government, the Home Ministry has informed Parliament that attempt to suicide will no longer be treated as a criminal offence. The Home Ministry informed Parliament that the government has decided to delete section 309 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises...
  • Committed to total ban on child labour in India, says labour minister December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: A total ban on child labour in India may soon become a reality with Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Tuesday asserting that he was committed to passing a legislation to this effect. Speaking at a national consultation on child domestic work and trafficking, Dattatreya said his ministry was...
  • SpiceJet cancels flights, stops advance booking after DGCA warning December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: SpiceJet has cancelled hundreds of tickets and stopped advance bookings after being given a stern warning by the aviation regulator. Infact, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given SpiceJet time till December 15 to pay off all the dues. Anjum Khan was supposed to be at...
  • Sale of 5 per cent SAIL share gets government over Rs 1700 crore December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union government has garnered Rs 1,715 crore from sale of its 5 per cent stake in steel giant SAIL. The government's 5 per cent share has been sold at a floor price of Rs 83 per share. The sale of 5 peer cent stake in SAIL is only...
  • MHA forms SOPs committee to check Naxal operations December 4, 2014

    Raipur: Following the killing of 14 CRPF jawans in Chhattisgrah, the Home Ministry on Thursday formed a committee on Standard Operating Procedure for Naxal related activities. The seven-member committee will be headed by former DG CRPF K Vijay Kumar. The members will include officers from CRPF, IB, Home Ministry and State...
  • Finance Minister for more global cooperation to check tax evasion, smuggling December 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Calling upon revenue intelligence agencies to enhance cooperation with their global counterparts to check tax evasion and smuggling, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said free trade should also mean fair trade. Although the fiscal incentives for financial malpractices have come down over the years, the Minister said revenue...