MODERNISATION

  • Financial powers of paramilitary chiefs enhanced October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The financial powers of all para-military chiefs has been increased under various heads including procurement of arms and ammunition which has seen a four-fold increase from existing Rs five core to Rs 20 crore. The decision was taken by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who decided to delegate...
  • Bihar government to provide plots to 25,679 landless Mahadalit families July 12, 2014

    Bihar government would provide threedecimal plots to remaining 25,679 landless Mahadalit families under a scheme launched five years ago, the Bihar Assembly was informed today. Out of 2.46 lakh landless Mahadalit families identified for getting three decimal plots for housing under a scheme launched in 200910, 2.21 lakh families have been...
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh for doubling police modernisation budget June 13, 2014

    New Delhi: In order to better equip police and paramilitary forces in the country, the Union Home Ministry has decided to seek doubling of the budgetary allocation for their modernisation. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday met officials to discuss issues "which need to be addressed on priority"...
  • Transform and modernise 10 to 20 Madrasas: RSS leader May 31, 2014

    RSS leader and convener of Muslim Rastriya Manch, Indresh Kumar on Saturday suggested the Muslims in Rajasthan to transform and modernise 10 to 20 Madrasas which could be presented as a model before the government. Kumar said that Madrasas should be the centre of such education which teaches humanity and spreads...
  • India gets its second Boeing Globemaster transport plane July 23, 2013

    Washington: Indian Air Force (IAF) has taken delivery of its second military transport aircraft C17 Globemaster III, a month after India's first C17 arrived in the country and immediately began supporting IAF operations. The Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, took delivery of the second IAF C17 from...
  • Railway budget should focus on modernisation: Assocham February 23, 2013

    New Delhi: The annual railway budget should focus on safety and modernisation, industry association Assocham said on Friday. Assocham said its team interviewed 7,000 people representing all sections in 20 cities and 60 per cent of them voted in favour of a moratorium on new passenger trains. It said the respondents...
  • CAG reports sting govt: Should PM take responsibility? August 17, 2012

    The CAG says the presumptive loss to government from coal block allocation amounts to Rs 1.86 lakh crore, that's higher than 2G loss figure. ...
  • Rs 179 crore for T'puram's modernisation August 6, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a bid to modernise power sector in the capital city, the Centre has granted Rs 179 crore under the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP). The amount is in addition to the Rs 90 crore that was granted earlier, which means the city will get Rs...
  • Railways cannot be safe without modernisation: Sam Pitroda July 30, 2012

    In an interview to IBN18 EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai, Sam Pitroda stressed on the need of the modernisation of Indian Railways. ...
  • INKEL role: Modernisation plan hits roadblock in T'puram April 10, 2012

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Its hardly time to forget the innovative exercise the City Corporation and INKEL resorted to last September when they put up a ballot box asking the public to choose a design for a new market complex at Palayam. Seven months have passed; if not motheaten, the design must have...
  • Railways' financial woes: hiking fares a solution? March 14, 2012

    New Delhi: It's almost been a decade since passenger fares were increased and railway finances are in the red. The Indian Railways is the country's 24*7 lifeline with 23 million passengers a day and 2.65 million tonnes of freight traffic. With the Railway finances going from bad to worse, a question...
  • Need to consolidate, not expand: Railway Board Chairman March 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal has said that a fare hike will bolster the railway finances to a limited extent and the urgent need was to consolidate rather than expand. When asked if the current model of railways is a financially viable model, he said, "Trains run but we...
  • Trivedi to present Rail Budget, fare 'hike' likely March 14, 2012

    New Delhi: It's the Dday and all eyes will be on Union Minister Dinesh Trivedi who will present the Railway Budget 2012 in Parliament. Sources say that the government is likely to impose a safety cess, although it will not be labelled a fare hike. Sources add that there is...
  • Trivedi awaits report on railway modernisation February 21, 2012

    Palakkad (Kerala): Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Tuesday said he was awaiting a report from Sam Pitroda, adviser to the Prime Minister on public infrastructure, information and innovations, on steps for modernisation of the railways. He said this while laying the foundation stone of a coach factory in Kerala's Palakkad...
  • Indian Army desperately needs modern artillery October 27, 2011

    Since a major power's military capabilities or those of a group of major powers still play a decisive role in the world (as recently demonstrated in Libya), it is important to take stock where India's modernisation plans stand in this regard. India's defence preparedness has always been adversaryspecific. The arming...
  • Defence Ministry to spend full budget quota February 6, 2011

    New Delhi: Carrying out a massive modernisation programme, the Defence Ministry for the first time after the 1971 war is likely to spend its full quota of Rs 60,000 crore for capital acquisitions in the current fiscal. The big ticket deals such as the USmade C130J transport planes, the preliminary design...
  • Navy gets $1.5 bn to boost air fleet, counter China January 21, 2010

    New Delhi: The Indian Navy has started a $1.5 billion overhaul of its ageing Sovietera fleet of aircraft, seeking to boost its air power in an Indian Ocean region where a growing China is threatening its traditional dominance. The investment is one of the biggest the Indian Navy has made in...
  • India, rising global military power: US military experts November 5, 2009

    Washington: Moving itself from an era of "nonaligned" to "polyalignment" India has emerged as a regional military power and is inching towards becoming a global one, a US military thinktank has said. The paper India's Strategic Defense Transformation: Expanding Global Relationship by Brian Hedrick of Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of US...
  • TN wants Centre to help in police modernisation August 17, 2009

    New Delhi: Tamil Nadu on Monday made a strong case for Centre meeting the full expenditure towards manpower for internal security management and extending police modernisation scheme for another 10 years beyond 200910. Manpower cost towards maintaining Quick Reaction Teams in districts and cities for internal security management as also their...
  • 30 Minutes: Army struggles to stay fighting fit July 26, 2009

    Young soldiers trekked up the heights of Kargil 10 years ago and won a war for India. It was a miracle those soldiers were ill equipped and it was their guts and grit that won the war. Five years after the Kargil war was won the Indian Army was battling with...
  • End redtapism for an effective Army: Antony February 4, 2009

    New Delhi: In a stunning admission, Defence Minister A K Antony has said that redtapism is hindering India's military preparedness. "Modernisation of the Indian Army is long overdue. Even though the Government is earmarking huge budgets, it is not being fully reflected in our modernisation efforts. Allocation of funds for...
  • Kolkata, Chennai airports modernisation to begin soon August 11, 2008

    New Delhi: The modernisation work of Chennai and Kolkata airports, to be carried out by the Airports Authority of India, will start next month, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said here Monday. Speaking to the members of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Civil Aviation, Patel said the modernisation work would...
  • UPA's gift to DMK: A modern Chennai airport July 29, 2008

    New Delhi: The Rs 2,700 crore modernisation project of the Chennai airport has got a nod from the Centre, courtesy the country's new political equations. Upgradation plans for both Chennai and Kolkata airports started at the same time. While Chennai was held up by land acquisition problems, Kolkata sailed through...
  • Govt wants Madarsas modernised April 22, 2007

    New Delhi: The country's Madarsas might go in for an overhaul with the government panel recommending setting up a Madarsas board to regulate their education standards on the lines of the Central Board of Secondary Education. It was in a seminar last December that the idea to have a board to...
  • Govt to cut Navy's foreign dependence January 5, 2007

    New Delhi: The Government will reduce the Navy's dependence on foreign suppliers as far as possible by modernising the country's staterun shipyards, Defence Minister A K Antony said on Friday on board INS Viraat. To prepare the force for the challenges of modern maritime warfare, Navy's ships, submarines, aircraft and onshore...
  • Islam not against modernisation: Mush December 28, 2006

    New Delhi: Addressing to a gathering of scholars and intellectuals from the Muslim world in Islamabad on Wednesday, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said extremist elements were trying to impose their rigid views on the vast majority and Muslim nations needed to work for reconciliation with the world. Expressing his concern...
  • SC rejects Reliance plea on airports November 7, 2006

    New Delhi: With the fog of uncertainty gone work can go on at full throttle at the Mumbai and Delhi airports. The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea by Reliance Airport Developers, challenging the award of the contracts for airport modernisation. GVK Counsel Ankur Chawla says, It has gone to...
  • IGI Airport all set for a facelift October 25, 2006

    New Delhi: The Delhi International Airport is all set to get a facelift with GMR unveiling the master plan. Kerala massages and herbal spas those were just some of the demands made by aviation experts at a conference aptly called 'Airports of Tomorrow'. While tomorrow may never come, private players...
  • GMR plans aerotropolis around IGIA August 27, 2006

    New Delhi: GMRled joint venture company, Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) plans to develop an aerotropolis around the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the Capital, which could provide facilities like convention centres, malls and golf course. "DIAL proposes to build a world class Aerotropolis by developing 250 acres of land around...
  • GMR makes quiet debut on bourses August 21, 2006

    New Delhi: GMR, the infrastructure company that is modernising the Delhi airport, made a quiet debut on the bourses. The company is saying that inspite of infrastructure being in a tough sector, it has a plan. GMR's founding chairman, GM Rao, rang the bell to a rather lacklustre debut for...