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  • Centre defers gas price hike till after elections 25-03-2014 12:26 PM

    New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday deferred the hike in gas price till after elections following the Election Commission's directives on Monday. The Oil Ministry was set to double the price of natural gas from April 1. Taking note of an Aam Aadmi Party complaint that the move to hike...
  • 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off Nicobar Islands 21-03-2014 07:47 PM

    A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Nicobar Islands on Friday, the US Geological Service reported. The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) about 68 miles (110 km) southeast of Mishap, Nicobar Islands, in the Indian Ocean, the agency said. An official at the provincial disaster...
  • CJ Show: Making organic colours for Holi 17-03-2014 11:08 AM

    CJ Madumipta Puri runs a workshop called 'Trash to cash' a unique opportunity for differently-abled people to make a living by producing organic colours from waste flowers picked up from temples and other places. ...
  • In mother's absence, father is child's natural guardian: Bombay HC 02-03-2014 03:25 PM

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has granted custody of a minor boy to his father, who was accused of murdering his wife, after observing that in the absence of a mother, a child's natural guardian is the father. A division bench of Justices PV Hardas and AS Gadkari was hearing...
  • Scientists discover exotic new particle called 'dropleton' that behaves a bit like a liquid droplet 27-02-2014 12:44 PM

    In the field of quantum physics, you could call this a droplet in the bucket. Physicists in Germany and the United States said on Wednesday they have discovered an exotic new type of particle that they call a quantum droplet, or dropleton. Writing in the journal Nature, they said it...
  • Harish Rawat praises Vijay Bahuguna, vows to carry forward his good work 01-02-2014 10:32 PM

    Shortly after being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat on saturday showered praises on his predecessor Vijay Bahuguna, saying he salutes him for doing an exemplary job during the mid-June natural calamity that shook the whole nation. "I salute Bahuguna for doing a splendid job during...
  • Watch: London museum offers chance to sleep with dinosaurs 30-12-2013 11:36 PM

    London's Natural History museum is offering adults a chance to enjoy their very own night at the museum. Guests can enjoy a dinner, stand up comedy, horror movies and also a chance to sleep amidst dinosaurs. ...
  • Russia says Yasser Arafat died of natural causes: Reports 26-12-2013 05:57 PM

    Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, the head of a Russian state forensics agency that tested samples taken from his body said on Thursday, according to the Interfax news agency. The Russian finding was in line with an assessment by French scientists who said...
  • No reversal on gas price hikes; notification soon, says Veerappa Moily 26-11-2013 05:26 PM

    Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily on Tuesday ruled out reversal of the decision to double natural gas prices from April 1 next year and said that the notification on this will be issued shortly. "Absolutely, there is no question of reversing the decision to hike natural gas prices, as proposed...
  • PM stresses for improvement of disaster management capabilities 28-10-2013 07:03 PM

    Citing the recent natural disasters in Uttarakhand, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday pressed for urgent steps to strengthen early warning systems and improve disaster management capabilities to save lives. Addressing the 5th meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority chaired by him, he said extreme...
  • Earthquake kills over 40, damages houses in southwest Pakistan 24-09-2013 11:16 PM

    New Delhi: Tremors were felt in parts of northern India this evening after an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale rocked Pakistan's Balochistan area. The tremors were felt around 5 PM in the national capital, border areas in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer and Barmer, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. There were no...
  • Petrol price may come down by up to Rs 1.50/litre 12-09-2013 03:55 PM

    New Delhi: Petrol prices may be cut by as much as Rs 1-1.50 per litre next week on falling international oil rates and appreciating rupee but a one-time hike in diesel and possibly LPG rates is still on the cards. Oil Secretary Vivek Rae said the issue of a one-time...
  • Diesel price hike the only option to reduce oil pool deficit: ONGC 03-09-2013 12:14 PM

    New Delhi: The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) said that a hike in diesel price is the only option to reduce the oil pool deficit as the cost of production has increased significantly. ONGC also expressed its fear that the risk of subsidy burden in Fiscal Year 2014 is...
  • Civil society members move SC on price rise of natural gas 14-08-2013 09:09 PM

    Civil society members including former Cabinet Secretary T S R Subramanian and ex-Naval chief Admiral L Ramdas on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court challenging the Centre's decision to raise the price of natural gas. Alleging "collusion between Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and the political establishment", the petitioners also sought an...
  • Reddy asks scientists to find reasons for Uttarakhand floods 06-08-2013 04:02 AM

    The natural disaster which had struck Uttarakhand recently could repeat itself in whole of Himalayan range and it is imperative that scientists find out what really triggered the massive floods and landslides, Science and Technology Minister Jaipal Reddy said on Monday. "We have a silly habit of politicising issues. What...
  • 85% fall in tourist traffic in Uttarakhand due to floods: ASSOCHAM 31-07-2013 02:13 PM

    The June flood disaster in Uttarakhand has badly hit the tourism, the largest employment providing sector in the hill state, causing a steep fall of 85 per cent in tourist traffic. While the 'char dhams' may take years to recover from the damages caused by the natural calamity, even places...
  • Jayalalithaa protests Cabinet nod to raise natural gas price 01-07-2013 03:10 PM

    Chennai: Strongly protesting the cabinet approval of natual gas price increase, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday said the move will benefit only a particular company and argued against the "artificial pricing" mechanism for domestic gas production. "Natural resources like gas are not the private property of anybody...
  • Hiking gas price was necessary, says Chidambaram 28-06-2013 03:02 PM

    In a press conference held a short while ago, the Union Finance Minister has said that hiking gas prices was necessary. He also said Cabinet has approved the draft affadavit proposed by the GoM for greater autonomy of the CBI. ...
  • Cabinet approves setting up of Coal Regulatory Authority 28-06-2013 11:20 AM

    New Delhi: Cabinet on Friday said coal price will be decided by the producers but the principles and guidelines for deciding the pricing will be laid by the newly approved Coal Regulatory Authority. Coal Regulatory Bill will now be introduced in Parliament and pending passage of the Bill, coal regulator...
  • Govt approves near doubling of natural gas price from April 2014 27-06-2013 09:08 PM

    New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved gas price hike from April 2014, a move which will result in rise in power tariff, urea cost and CNG prices. The CCEA which approved Rangarajan formula for gas pricing will be valid for five years. Gas prices...
  • India's flood-prone areas to be mapped - but only by 2022: Official 24-06-2013 06:48 PM

    New Delhi: India will soon begin inundation mapping of its flood-prone areas - the existence of such a protocol could have mitigated the extent of the Uttarakhand disaster - but the exercise will be complete only by 2022, a senior official has said. Secretary (Water Resources) SK Sarkar said the...
  • Cabinet to consider natural gas price hike on Friday 20-06-2013 08:30 PM

    New Delhi: A proposal for across-the-board hike in natural gas prices will go before the Cabinet tomorrow after key ministries of finance and fertiliser have endorsed the plan to raise the rates by 60 per cent. While the Oil Ministry on Wednesday moved a note for raising gas prices to...
  • Centre yet to appoint NDRF chief while Uttarakhand reels under floods 19-06-2013 03:55 PM

    New Delhi: Even as nature's fury is causing multitude of disasters in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, the Centre is yet to appoint head of the specialised 10,000-personnel strong NDRF, the mainstay for disaster mitigation and rescue operations in the country. The post of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General...
  • Moily hits out at oil lobbies, says they threaten petroleum ministers 14-06-2013 02:50 PM

    New Delhi: Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily spoke against those opposing the government's move to put in place a new pricing regime for natural gas produced from domestic fields. Moily hit out at oil import lobbies saying they threaten all oil ministers. "Every minister who occupies this position is threatened by...
  • No respite from heat wave, North India continues to simmer 29-05-2013 07:59 AM

    New Delhi: As the mercury touched 43 degrees Celsius in the national capital, there is no respite from the heat yet. Rajasthan continued to remain in the grip of the heat wave with Churu recording a maximum of 45.2 degrees Celsius. Temperatures across North India on Tuesday hovered over 43...
  • Iran offers oilfield to India on lucrative terms 28-05-2013 10:58 AM

    New Delhi: Rattled by India's sharp cut in purchase of its oil, Iran has offered oilfields on lucrative terms, routing gas pipeline through sea to avoid Pakistan and insurance to refiners provided New Delhi raised oil imports. Iran mounted a high-level delegation led by its Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi to...
  • Moily refutes charges of favouring RIL on gas price 25-05-2013 05:56 AM

    New Delhi: Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday refuted allegations of government favouring Reliance Industries (RIL) as "malicious" and said the proposed revision in natural gas price would apply to all companies. The allegations of favouring RIL were made in Delhi at a press conference on Thursday by CPI...
  • Cyclonic storm Mahasen kills 14 in Bangladesh 16-05-2013 11:39 PM

    Dhaka: At least 14 people were killed today as cyclonic storm Mahasen battered Bangladesh's southwestern coastlines, damaging thousands of thatched houses and forcing evacuation of over one million people from low-lying areas. "All the deaths were reported from the southwestern coastlines where the cyclone hit with its maximum strength before...
  • ONGC reclaims most-valued company spot 16-05-2013 04:53 PM

    Mumbai: State-owned energy major Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on Thursday reclaimed the spot as the country's most-valued company, pushing IT giant TCS to the second slot. At the end of trade, ONGC commanded a market value of Rs 2,89,047 crore. This is about Rs 4,428 crore more than...