POLICIES

  • Twitter to issue user policies in Hindi, Urdu 6 hours 2 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Twitter is working on making its user policies available in Indian languages like Hindi and Urdu to increase 'informed' usage of the microblogging site across non-English speaking population in the country. The user policies, which are guidelines to the kind of content that can be shared on the website,...
  • RBI directs banks to strictly follow 'Mandatory Leave' policy 2 days ago

    Mumbai: Coming down heavily on banks for not implementing mandatory leave policy effectively, the Reserve Bank on Thursday said that employees posted at sensitive areas are required to compulsorily avail leave of about 10 days in a single spell every year. This comes after 'forensic scrutiny on guidelines for prevention of...
  • SC seeks Centre's response on Indian Army unit's promotion policy 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government to spell out whether it has cleared the Indian Army's promotion policy to have a combat unit commanded by a Colonel at the age of 37 years who will exit after commanding the unit for two and a half years. The...
  • Twitter to now auto-sift abusive tweets, ban users to crackdown on online abuse 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Twitter has taken another step forward in protecting its users from online abuse by announcing changes to its threat policy that will make harder for offensive or threatening posts reach the user. The microblogging site has introduced a filter that will automatically sift out threatening messages from a user's...
  • Supreme Court to decide on Army's promotion policy for the rank of Colonel and above today 4 days ago

    New Delhi: An issue that has split the 1.13 million strong Indian Army down the middle is likely to be resolved on Wednesday when the Supreme Court decides on the promotion policy of the force. The appeal was filed by the Central government against a decision of the Armed Forces...
  • RBI nod for different rates on deposits with early withdrawal April 16, 2015

    Mumbai: The Reserve Bank on Thursday allowed banks to offer differential interest rates on term deposits depending on whether they are with or without premature withdrawal facility. While all term deposits of individuals (held singly or jointly) of Rs 15 lakh and below should "necessarily" have premature withdrawal facility, RBI said...
  • Real issue of equitable access to content shrouded by noise over net neutrality: Experts April 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Even as high pitch demands are being made to protect the Internet and promote net neutrality, experts in the Telecom Ministry are claiming that the real issue is getting lost in the noise. According to sources at Sanchar Bhawan, Internet users in India must focus on ensuring that...
  • NDMC to set up panel to survey street vendors, plan relocation April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is constituting a Town Vending Committee (TVC) to conduct a survey of street vendors in the area within its jurisdiction and come up with a scheme for their relocation. "As per a Delhi High Court order, all the civic bodies in the city were...
  • Educating girls best way to stabilise population: Nitish Kumar April 11, 2015

    Patna: Bihar government is arranging facilities to provide higher secondary education to all girls as "educating girls is the best way to stabilise population", Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said. "We have found that educating girls is the best way to stabilise population. Data reveals that average fertility rate of...
  • RBI may keep interest rate on hold at 7.5% at monetary policy review today April 7, 2015

    Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India is expected to keep its benchmark interest rate on hold at 7.50 per cent at a policy review on Tuesday, while signalling that it could act swiftly to lower rates further if inflation stays within its target. In 2015, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)...
  • Terror and talks cannot go together, BJP on Pakistan April 3, 2015

    Bengaluru: Stressing that terror and talks cannot go together, BJP on Friday said India's engagement with Pakistan would be based on strategic interests and enunciated Modi government's foreign policy pillars or "Panchamrit" of dignity, dialogue, security and shared prosperity and culture. In the first-ever separate resolution on foreign policy brought in...
  • Kerala High Court allows bars in five-star hotels to serve liquor March 31, 2015

    Thiruvanthapuram: Kerala High Court Division Bench on Tuesday upheld the state liquor policy and will only bars in five-star hotels in the state will be allowed to serve liquor in the state. The order also meant that bars in four-star hotels and heritage resorts will be shut down. The court has upheld...
  • Government makes use of open-source software mandatory March 31, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has issued a new policy that mandates the use of Open Source Software (OSS) in government offices across the nation. Currently, the government offices make use of Closed Source Software (CSS) that is licensed under the exclusive legal right of the...
  • Education policy: States raise concern over no-detention till Class 8 March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: Some states have expressed concern over the controversial no-detention policy up to Class-VIII, saying it has led to a sharp fall in academic exercise, at a high-level meeting on the proposed National Education Policy, consultations for which are expected to be over by December. At a meeting of state...
  • India needs to become competitive in infrastructure, tax policy: Arun Jaitley March 21, 2015

    Gurgaon: Advocating easing of entry barriers for global corporations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that India needs to become globally competitive from infrastructure to taxation. In his convocation address at the Management Development Institute (MDI) here he underlined the need for relaxing norms for...
  • PM Modi to meet BJP MPs on April 19, ahead of second part of Budget session March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet all Bharatiya Janata Party MPs on April 19, a day before the second part of the Budget session begins. The Prime Minister has already asked BJP MPs to visit their constituency and take the feedback on various government policies. The MPs will be directed...
  • Government faces potential clashes with RBI over who decides rates March 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Having agreed this week to formally adopt inflation targeting as a guiding star for monetary policy, the government and central bank remain at odds over how crucial decisions are made. Both sides support the setting up of a Monetary Policy Committee, as first officially proposed in 2014 when a...
  • Twitter boosts efforts to to crack down on impersonation, data leaks February 27, 2015

    San Francisco: Twitter said Thursday it was ramping up efforts to crack down on impersonation on the messaging platform as well as the leaking of personal, private data. The announcement came as an update to Twitter's online safety push announced in December. "We streamlined the process of reporting harassment on Twitter recently;...
  • PM Modi's decisive leadership to bring India, US closer: America February 27, 2015

    Washington: Praising the decisive leadership style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts, a top American spy official told lawmakers here that India under Modi would work more closely with the US on security, terrorism and economic issues, despite maintaining an independent foreign policy. "Prime...
  • Raghuram Rajan went by majority opinion of advisors on RBI policy rate February 25, 2015

    Mumbai: RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan went by the majority suggestion of the central bank's external advisors to wait for signals from the Union Budget before reducing key interest rate, although three of the seven members were for a cut of 25-75 basis point. In the 6th...
  • Rail Budget 2015: Have single window clearance for infra cos, says BMR February 25, 2015

    Revival of investor confidence is key to put economy back on a growth trajectory. The National Manufacturing Policy ("NMP") and the 'Make in India' campaign (along with the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme) is expected to position India as the 'business partner' for creating a 'world class manufacturing hub'. While manufacturing...
  • Inflation still a concern, says Raghuram Rajan February 4, 2015

    Mumbai: A day after keeping interest rates unchanged, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on said inflation is still a concern for the central bank and the monetary policy continues being "conventional". "We still have concerns over inflation. So, given the deflationary environment elsewhere, it is actually easier for us because we...
  • India expected to keep interest rates steady until after budget February 3, 2015

    Mumbai: Having cut its policy interest rate just three weeks ago, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is expected to hold rates steady at a policy review on Tuesday, leaving its next move until after the government presents its annual budget at the end of this month. The timing of the...
  • Why 2015 will be defining year for India January 16, 2015

    New Delhi: If there were an annual prize for the "World's Most Hopeful Economy," it would likely go to India. After years of disappointing returns, the world's largest democracy rediscovered vigor in 2014. Stocks rose by a third; foreign investment grew by a quarter; the economy at one stage expanded...
  • RBI cuts repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.75% with immediate effect January 15, 2015

    Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday surprised the market by cutting repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.75 per cent from 8 per cent, with immediate effect, ahead of its policy review on February 3. "Households' inflation expectations have adapted, and both near-term and longer-term inflation expectations...
  • Government may set up centres to make LGBT youth 'normal', says Goa Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar January 12, 2015

    Panaji: Goa Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar on Monday sparked a row by saying that government is contemplating to set up centres to make LGBT youth 'normal'. Tawadkar said that the LGBT youth will be trained and administered medicine in order to make them 'normal'. The minister was speaking on the sidelines of...
  • PM Modi woos investors at Vibrant Gujarat summit, says India offers demand, democracy, demography January 11, 2015

    Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wooed investors from across the world by presenting his government as business-friendly and portraying India as the idle place for an investment. He said, "India offers you 3Ds - democracy, demography and demand and it will not be found anywhere else in the...
  • Government allows BEML to supply spare parts for Tatra trucks, assures changes in Defence Procurement Policy December 31, 2014

    New Delhi: In a big bang announcement just before the end of the year, the government gave conditional approval for defence deals with banned firms and also assured changes in the Defence Procurement Policy to legalise representatives from foreign defence firms by mid February. and partially lifted the ban...
  • Esther Duflo wins Infosys Prize for Social Sciences for work in development economics December 30, 2014

    Professor Esther Duflo has won the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences for her pioneering work in the field of development economics and her team's contribution in shaping social policies in India. She's the first non-Indian to win the award. ...
  • Government wants to make Northeast a trade & business hub of South East Asia: Kiren Rijiju December 6, 2014

    Agartala: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that the Narendra Modi government has changed the 'Look-East Policy' to 'Act East Policy' to make the North-Eastern region a trade and business hub of South East Asia. "The North Eastern region has 98 per cent of its...