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  • Dutch government agrees to assist in comprehensive plan for Yamuna July 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre plans to create mega reservoirs by dredging the bed of the Yamuna for which the Dutch government has agreed to facilitate an action plan. "To rejuvenate the river and meet the water requirements, a scheme has been worked out involving creation of mega reservoirs by dredging the...
  • No plans for exporting LCA, missiles for now July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: There is no proposal at present to export the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) or BrahMos missile, parliament was told on Friday. "There are no proposals at present to export the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and BrahMos supersonic cruise missile," Jaitley told the Lok Sabha in a written...
  • Planning Commission to be revamped soon, may act as a think-tank: Sources July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to announce a new look of the Planning Commission soon. Sources in the government say that the Commission is likely to hold an advisory role in the government. It is likely to have a think-tank type of a role for providing inputs for...
  • Need to streamline role of Planning Commission: Rao Inderjit Singh July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh on Tuesday underlined the need for streamlining the role of the Planning Commission, the country's apex policy making body which is yet to be reconstituted by the new government. "As far as the role of the Planning Commission is concerned, it needs to...
  • Emergency action plan to deal with drought-like situation in Chhattisgarh June 26, 2014

    The weak monsoon in Chhattisgarh is worrying the state government, with Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday issuing directives for preparing an emergency action plan to deal with any drought-like situation. Singh directed the agriculture, revenue and disaster management departments to start preparing for the action plan. Besides, he assured farmers of...
  • Planning Commission should not be scrapped: Azad June 24, 2014

    Srinagar: Congress on Tuesday said the Planning Commission of India should not be scrapped as the plan body has its own advantages. "I don't think anybody can think of scrapping the planning commission. It has its own advantages," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters. He was replying...
  • NCC planning academy in Arunachal Pradesh June 22, 2014

    Itanagar: The National Cadets Corps (NCC) is planning to open an academy in Arunachal Pradesh and raise a new battalion in the Tawang district of the state bordering China. NCC Tezur-based Group Commander Brigadier N K Dabas announced this during a meeting on Friday with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while briefing...
  • PM Modi chairs high level meet to review safety of Indians in Iraq June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: In view of the crisis in Iraq, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a high level review meeting on safety of Indian nationals in Iraq. The government has maintained that the situation in Iraq is a priority for the Union government. The Ministry of External Affairs asserted that...
  • 16 Indians evacuated from Iraq June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Sixteen Indians have been evacuated from Iraq, the government said on Friday. Eight Indians were pulled out of Baiji and eight more from Anbar province in the violence-hit country, the external affairs ministry said. "Of the 120 Indians in affected areas, 16 have left (for India) so far," ministry spokesman...
  • Modi may recast the role of Planning Commission, FM to deal with states now June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: After scrapping the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOMs) and Group of Minsters (GOMs), the Narendra Modi government may now be targeting the Planning Commission for an overhaul. According to sources, the Union government is likely to revamp the role of the Planning Commission. As per the new plan, the...
  • India prepares evacuation plan to rescue Indians from Iraq June 19, 2014

    Around 18,000 Indians have been stranded in different parts of Iraq. Areas like Mosul and Tikrit are under attack by terrorists while Karbala and Najaf are the areas on target by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadist group. India has prepared an evacuation plan to rescue Indians and...
  • How can Modi government contain rising prices? June 17, 2014

    The Narendra Modi government is under pressure as inflation figures have touched a 5-month high. While Finance Minister Arun Jaitley blames hoarding for the food inflation, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh has said that there is no instant remedy even as the government is working to control it. CNN-IBN takes...
  • Rising inflation, Iraq crisis may spoil Narendra Modi's Budget plans June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who came to power by promising 'Achche din (better days)' is facing a huge challenge. The inflation is increasing and the government does not know how to rein in. The worsening situation in Iraq has also multiplied the problem. The crisis in Iraq is...
  • Nationwide plantation drive on Tuesday to remember Uttarakhand June 16, 2014

    A nationwide plantation drive would be organised on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the Uttarakhand tragedy, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Monday announced. She told reporters in New Delhi that the drive will be held in Gangotri, Haridwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Nabadwip and Ganga Sagar (both in...
  • Action plan for beautification of Delhi launched June 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Aiming to change the face of Delhi in six months time, government on Monday launched an action plan promising enhancement of civic services and greenery in the capital city through coordinated efforts of all agencies including NDMC, MCD, CPWD and DDA. Construction of bio-digester public toilets, conversion of...
  • BSNL launches unlimited data plans for post-paid users June 11, 2014

    New Delhi: State-run BSNL launched two unlimited data plans for its post-paid users of North zone, targeted towards the youth and students. The unlimited plans will be offered across the country subsequently, the company said in a statement. Currently the packs will be available in Haryana, Punjab, UP(West), UP(East), Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh,...
  • Spitting in Ganga could land you in jail for three days or fine of Rs 10,000 June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is working on the Ganga clean-up plan. According to sources, anybody found spitting in the Ganga or dumping waste into it will be punished. Sources say the Central government is looking at up to 3 years in jail or a fine of Rs 10,000 for...
  • Chhattisgarh seeks special status at pre-budget meet June 10, 2014

    Chhattisgarh on Monday reiterated its demand for a 'special category' status for the state at a pre-budget meeting of state finance ministers with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi. Chhattisgarh Commerce and Tax minister Amar Agrawal, who read the state finance minister's speech, said the Planning Commission in its...
  • Government unlikely to substantially hike plan outlay in 2014-15 June 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The new government is unlikely to substantially enhance the Plan expenditure for 2014-15 in the Budget to be unveiled next month because it needs to keep fiscal deficit in check. The plan expenditure, or GBS (gross budgetary support), is the government spending on social sector schemes such as Bharat...
  • Facebook acquires mobile data plan firm Pryte June 4, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook is acquiring Pryte, a Finnish company that aims to make it easier for mobile phone users in under-developed parts of the world to use wireless Internet apps. Facebook did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which spokeswoman Vanessa Chan said is expected to close later this month. Pryte's...
  • SpiceJet launches another low-fare plan, targets Tier 2 cities June 3, 2014

    Budget carrier SpiceJet, which triggered a low-fare war in the market early this year, came out with another promotional all-inclusive ticket offer on Tuesday starting from Rs 2,999 for a one-way journey on domestic routes, primarily from Tier-II cities. The three-day offer, for which bookings started on Tuesday, is valid for...
  • Sunil Kumar appointed as Deputy Chairman of Chhattisgarh Planning Commission May 31, 2014

    Chhattisgarh government has appointed former state Chief Secretary Sunil Kumar as the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission, official sources said on Saturday. Kumar had retired in February this year. Former IAS officer Shivraj Singh has been appointed as the advisor to Chief Minister Raman Singh. He will be accorded a...
  • Jung visits home for mentally challenged May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: In a step towards improving the conditions of rehab homes across the city, Delhi's Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today visited Asha Kiran Home for mentally challenged in Rohini. After the visit, Jung said he was tremendously moved at the fate of the mentally handicapped and that Delhi government...
  • India needs to invest $834 bn for lower emissions by 2030 May 19, 2014

    New Delhi: India will have to invest $834 billion in the two decades ending 2030 to reduce its emission intensity to gross domestic product by 42 per cent over 2007 levels, according to a Planning Commission expert group. According to the final report of the expert group on low carbon strategies...
  • Arun Maira says his book is on reforms needed for stronger economy May 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Planning Commission Member Arun Maira on Tuesday said that his new book focuses on reforms that can ensure a stronger economy and is "very different" from what others have written recently. Maira's book titled 'Redesigning the Aeroplane While Flying - Reforming Institutions' comes on the heels of books written...
  • Future growth prospects depend on new government's policies: Montek Ahluwalia April 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Growth prospects of the Indian economy will depend on the policies of the new government to be formed next month, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Wednesday. "The economy can move up, depending upon the policies you follow. In the current (financial) year 2014-15 everybody...
  • India story a work in progress: Manmohan Singh April 30, 2014

    New Delhi: In his farewell speech to the Planning Commission, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said India's growth story is "work in progress" and there is still a long way to go. "India's development story is a work in progress. But there is a lot of distance that is still...
  • Fight is against perception that big companies do deals with government: Montek April 20, 2014

    The biggest challenge on policy front is the fight against the perception that a small number of big corporations do cozy deals with the government, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahulwalia has said. He also said the new government after elections will get a considerable time during which whatever initiatives it wants to take will not...
  • Uma Bharti promises separate Bundelkhand to voters in Jhansi April 10, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti has promised voters here a separate Bundelkhand state within three years, if her party is voted to power at the Centre. "I am always in favour of separate Bundelkhand state. If my party is voted to power, I will ensure that Bundelkhand is made separate state...
  • Brad Pitt's production company acquires hacker story April 3, 2014

    Los Angeles: After their Oscar win for '12 Years a Slave', actor Brad Pitt's production company Plan Bhas acquired another true story about a hacker who was jailed for exposing two rapists. 'Anonymous vs Steubenville', a Rolling Stone article, tells the story of Deric Lostutter, a member of the hacker group...