Policies

  • John Kerry to deliver major foreign policy speech on India 5 days ago

    Washington:Laying out a roadmap of long-term strategic partnership between the largest and oldest democratic countries, US Secretary of States John Kerry will deliver a major foreign policy speech on India. Kerry, will underscore the shared prosperity, democratic values, and security that a strong US-India partnership brings to Asia and to the...
  • Government bid to rope in young interns for policy formulation July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has decided to engage young interns to help it in improving policy formulation. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sought nominations from Indian nationals who are graduate, post-graduate or research students enrolled in reputed universities or institutions in India or abroad and preferably having specialisation...
  • Making schools safe: Need to frame clear policies to curb violence against children July 21, 2014

    The arrest of a school skating instructor for the rape of a 6-year-old child in a Bangalore school has sparked a nationwide debate on the need to re-ascertain and frame the right policies to safeguard the security of children in school, and to curb the incidences of violence against students....
  • West Bengal without forest policy and eco-tourism strategy: CAG July 15, 2014

    Kolkata: West Bengal does not have a forest policy or an eco-tourism strategy to meet the objectives set in the National Forest Policy, the Comptroller and Auditor General has pointed out in its latest report. In 2006, the National Forest Commission had recommended that each state should have its own forest...
  • PM Modi nuances foreign policy approach ahead of BRICS summit July 13, 2014

    Berlin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday nuanced his government's foreign policy approach seeking an aggressive Indian engagement on global issues to address regional crisis and security threats for restoring global peace and stability while advancing economic stability. Modi, who arrived here amidst light drizzle for an overnight halt en route...
  • Tracking Monsoon: Need to increase the seed production, says Food Policy Analyst July 12, 2014

    Food Policy Analyst Devendra Sharma said "the government says that they have several contingency plans that they are to incorporate, but to my knowledge these plans already exist in states like Punjab." ...
  • Government, RBI to devise modern monetary policy framework July 10, 2014

    New Delhi/Chennai: With prices staying at stubbornly high level, the government and the RBI on Thursday agreed to devise a modern monetary policy framework with clear inflation targeting. The tone for inflation targeting was set by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech when he stressed on a modern monetary...
  • Germany to tighten asylum policy July 4, 2014

    Berlin: German parliament on Thursday voted to tighten Germany's asylum law to contain the flow of asylum seekers from Balkan countries, media reports said. The new law declares Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina "safer countries of origin", where no political persecution is to be feared, Xinhua quoted German television ARD as saying...
  • Afghanistan hails India for easing visa policy July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Afghanistan has welcomed easing of visa regime by India for Afghan travellers and thanked the Narendra Modi government for acting upon its repeated requests to further facilitate people-to-people contacts between the two countries under the key provisions of the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in 2011. "We are delighted...
  • 'Iran may return to former nuclear policies if talks fail' June 23, 2014

    Tehran: Iran may return to its nuclear policies before the interim deal last November if nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers fail to end in "proper results," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said here ON Sunday. "It is very likely that the talks will bear results, if the other...
  • Pursuing 'inclusive agenda' critical to Iraq's success: US June 21, 2014

    Washington: The US has said pursuing an "inclusive political agenda" is critical to Iraq's success, as it prepared to send the first batch of an advisory mission to Baghdad to help the Iraqi security forces against advancing Islamist militants. "Pursuing an inclusive political agenda is critical to the success of that...
  • Government working on national marketing policy: Ram Vilas Paswan June 21, 2014

    Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday hinted at introducing a national marketing policy to contain price rise. Talking to reporters in Jaipur during his two-day visit to the state, Paswan said, "To contain price rise there is need for a national marketing police...
  • Kerala HC criticises government on Abkari policy June 18, 2014

    Kochi: Kerela High court on Wednesday came down on the state government for deviating from the Abkari policy (Excise policy) in the matter of granting new licenses. Criticising the government, a division bench comprising Justice Harun-Al Rashid and Justice Anil K Narendran orally observed that if the policy of government...
  • Modi follows neo-liberal policies, don't expect economic changes: CPI June 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Senior CPI leader D Raja on Sunday said that he does not foresee any big change in the economy as the Narendra Modi government also follows the neo-liberal policies that the previous government followed. The remarks came in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the...
  • China's Taiwan policy chief to make first visit to island June 12, 2014

    Beijing: The head of China's Taiwan affairs office is to make his first-ever visit to the island, Taiwanese officials announced on Thursday, in a further sign of warming ties between the mainland and its former bitter rival. Zhang Zhijun, director of China's State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, will visit Taiwan...
  • Consumer Unity and Trust Society suggets reforms to contain inflation June 5, 2014

    The Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), an NGO, on Thursday suggested Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley there was a need to introduce competition and transparency reforms to contain inflation and achieve high growth. The new government at Centre has obtained clear and sustainable majority in Lok Sabha,...
  • Narendra Modi meets secretaries to outline his policy priorities June 14, 2014

    In another first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met the secretaries of all government departments to outline his agenda of governance and his expectations from them. The meeting, which was originally scheduled on Tuesday and postponed by a day because of the sudden demise of Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde,...
  • News 360: Union Minister Gopinath Munde dies in road accident in Delhi June 3, 2014

    In a tragic turn of events on Tuesday morning, Union Minister for Rural Development Gopinath Munde died of multiple internal injuries after his car was hit by another vehicle in Delhi. The 64-year-old Munde, who is survived by his wife and three daughters, was going to the Delhi airport to...
  • RBI keeps key policy rates unchanged; slashes SLR by 0.5 per cent June 3, 2014

    There have been no changes in key policy rates by the Reserve Bank of India. While announcing the second bi-monthly monetary policy, 2014-15, in Mumbai on Tuesday, RBI Governor Raghuram G Rajan said that the apex bank has kept the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) unchanged...
  • Nifty ends above 7400 for 1st time; BSE Metal surges 5 pc June 3, 2014

    Mumbai: Equity benchmarks ended at record closing highs on Tuesday after the RBI credit policy review indicated huge amount of liquidity coming into the system and positive Chinese manufacturing data. The 50-share NSE Nifty closed above 7400-mark for the first time ever, up 53.35 points to 7415.85 while the 30-share...
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls for fiscal discipline to bring economy back on track June 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday called for fiscal discipline to bring economy back on track. In his first blog after assuming office as the Finance Minister, Jaitley wrote in his blog titled 'From Celebration to Challenge', "We must move towards an era of fiscal discipline where...
  • Bruce Willis' daughter's topless tweets spark Instagram debate May 30, 2014

    Reuters: Scout Willis, the daughter of Hollywood actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, said on Thursday she wanted to empower women with her topless social media protest against popular photo-sharing site Instagram's no-nudity policy. Willis, 22, sparked a debate on social media about Internet standards after posting photos of herself topless...
  • Nirmala Sitharaman briefed on challenges facing industry, exporters May 28, 2014

    Challenges such as curbs on gold imports, imposition of MAT on special economic zones, the drop in manufacturing output and problems related to labour laws and land acquisition figured in presentations made to new Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday. In separate presentations, the Commerce and Department Of Industrial...
  • New mining policy to be in place by next month: Manohar Parrikar May 25, 2014

    Goa Government has said it will adopt a transparent mechanism to award mining leases in future and was studying the Supreme Court order lifting ban on iron ore extraction before taking a decision on vacating current mine operators whose fate hangs in balance. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told PTI the lease...
  • Omar hopes foreign policy issue dictated by national interest May 22, 2014

    With the clout of regional parties reduced due to BJP's massive win in the Lok Sabha polls, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday hoped that issues like foreign policy and water sharing agreements between states would now be dictated by national interest. "Hopefully foreign policy, water sharing agreements...
  • MP approves policy for legal sanctity to e-mail correspondence May 21, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday approved its 'e-mail policy 2014' to give legal sanctity to such correspondences within departments and with the people. MP has become the first state in the country to approve such a policy, an official statement said in Bhopal. The 'e-mail policy 2014' was approved by the...
  • Modi can revive 'rudderless' US-India relationship: US experts May 16, 2014

    Two US foreign policy experts have suggested that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi can "revive India's sputtering economy and give new élan to a disillusioned and rudderless US-India relationship." Noting that since 1991, India-US "bilateral relationship has gone through many stop-and-go cycles," James C. Clad and Brent Scowcroft wrote...
  • April retail inflation rises to 3-month high of 8.59 pc May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Costlier vegetables, fruits and milk pushed up retail inflation to three-month high of 8.59 per cent in April, squeezing the space for the Reserve Bank to ease interest rates in the monetary policy review in June. The retail inflation, measured on consumer price index (CPI), was 8.31 per cent...
  • I decide monetary policy, govt can fire me if it wanted: Raghuram Rajan May 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Asserting independence of the central bank, Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday said that it is he who determines the monetary policy and the government can fire him if it wanted. "I determine the monetary policy. I say what it is. The government can fire me, but the...
  • India's ratings to depend on next governement economy, fiscal policies: S~~amp;amp;P April 17, 2014

    Standard and Poor's may upgrade India's outlook if the government that is elected next month addresses some of the country's fiscal and economic challenges through steps such as passing a goods and services tax. "If in the future they implement policies that effectively addresses some of the credit weaknesses that I...