Projects

  • Water ATMs in Rajasthan: A Rs 5 card swipe gives 20 litres of drinking water 2 days ago

    Barmer: A Scottish energy major and modern technology have combined to bring about a revolution in two districts of Rajasthan that were infamous due to the scarcity of potable water. Thanks to water ATMs, many otherwise arid villages here have 24x7 access to the commodity at the swipe of a...
  • Centre will clear prosposed water projects in Thane: Gadkari 2 days ago

    Thane: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has told a delegation from Thane that the Centre would sanction the proposed water transport projects in Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to be undertaken by the Maharashtra Maritime Board and the Bombay Port Trust. According to a release issued by Thane unit...
  • Project Wing: Google tests a fleet of package-delivering drones 3 days ago

    San Francisco: Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com, which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise...
  • This 'theft-proof' bicycle has a detachable seat that turns into a lock 6 days ago

    Washington: You may never have to worry about your bike being stolen! Researchers in Chile have developed a theft-proof bike that doubles as its own lock. Three engineering students Juan Jose Monsalve, Andres Roi and Cristobal Cabello have built the first working prototype of the bike, code-named the Yerka Project. The bike's...
  • BJP slams Chavan's decision to skip Modi's event, Congress backs him August 21, 2014

    Nagpur: The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in Maharashtra slammed the Congress over Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's decision to skip Prime Minister Narendra Modi's programme in Nagpur on Thursday. The BJP said that Congress was staying away as they felt "mocked". Modi is scheduled to perform 'bhumi-pujan' of a Metro...
  • Modi Cabinet approves Rs 1 lakh crore Digital India project August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Cabinet has approved the Digital India project, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious e-governance initiative. The project, which has a total overlay of Rs 1 lakh crore, aims to ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically and help people gain benefits from the...
  • State gets country's first skill development centre August 18, 2014

    With an aim to provide job-oriented training programmes to the state's unemployed youth, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the country's first skill development centre in Udaipur. Speaking after inaugurating the centre, which has been set up under the 'Livelihood Skill Project', Raje urged the people of the state to fight...
  • 'Ram Sethu' will not be broken for Sethusamudram project: Centre August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Central government will not "break" the 'Ram Sethu' for the proposed Sethusamudram shipping canal project and will make efforts to see that the navigation system is put in place without damaging it, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari informed Lok Sabha on Thursday. Gadkari said during Question Hour that...
  • Centre brings ministries together to speed up infrastructure projects August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: In an attempt to make the process for construction of railways over bridges simpler and to fast-track highway projects, the Narendra Modi government has taken a new step by bringing together Railways and Surface Transport Ministries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed that key infrastructure ministries must meet once...
  • Patriotism of people of Kargil inspires people of India, says PM Narendra Modi August 12, 2014

    Kargil: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached Kargil and inaugurated the Chutak hydro electric project. While addressing the hydro power project launch event Modi said, "The patriotism of the people of Kargil inspires the people of India. I bow to this land and to the people." Power Minister Piyush Goyal...
  • It was exciting to work with Vin Diesel in 'Fast and The Furious 7': Ali Fazal August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: "Bobby Jasoos" actor Ali Fazal could've been the Indian face in American TV series "Homeland", but Bollywood projects took away the chance. Nevertheless, he is content with the films in his kitty and is happy for Nimrat Kaur who has bagged a role in the series. He is busy...
  • Veer: Project 'Kadam' a step towards empowering people with disabilities August 21, 2014

    The recently concluded VEER campaign on CNN-IBN that sought to empower and train at least 1,000 people with disabilities seems to have inspired the youth to follow in its footsteps take up the cause of enabling the disabled. Delhi's St Stephens College's project 'Kadam' is the latest to follow in...
  • SJVN thermal power project cost escalates due to new land law August 7, 2014

    Project cost of the 1,320 MW thermal power project at Buxar in Bihar constructed by Satluz Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) has gone up by about Rs 3,591 crore mainly due to payment for land in accordance with the new Land Acquisition Act, SJVN officials on Thursday said. Due to the cost...
  • CM directs power department to complete under-construction projects at the earliest August 7, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday directed the power department to get all under-construction projects completed at the earliest so that they can start supplying power from next year. "During a review meeting, the CM directed Principal Secretary (Energy) to inspect under construction power projects, especially Lalitpur, Bara and...
  • Road projects over 26,550 crore stuck in disputes: Centre July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Road projects worth more than Rs 26,550 crore are stuck in disputes between developers and highways regulator NHAI, the government said on Thursday. "Total amount pending in disputes between NHAI and developers/concessionaires was Rs 26,556.40 crore," Minister of Road Transport and Highways Krishanpal Gurjar...
  • Australia approves Adani's $16 billion Carmichael coal project July 28, 2014

    Melbourne: The Australian government on Monday approved Indian firm Adani Mining Pty Ltd's controversial A$16.5 billion ($15.5 billion) Carmichael coal and rail project in Queensland, subject to strict conditions to protect groundwater. The Carmichael mine, which could become Australia's largest coal mine at 60 million tonnes a year, has sparked protests...
  • IIT-Delhi students Braille project wins top innovation prize July 27, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: A student project from IIT Delhi on increasing Braille display for the visually impaired has won the top award in a national innovation contest. The project 'Affordable refreshable Braille Display', designed by Mechanical Engineering students of IIT Delhi has been adjudged the best project at the National Innovation Contest -...
  • Poland cancels cultural project with Russia July 25, 2014

    Warsaw: The Poland government on Thursday announced that it had cancelled plans for celebrating Poland year in Russia and Russia year in Poland, a cultural project planned for 2015. "The decision was taken by the government but both Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and Culture Minister Malgorzata Omilanowska agreed that in the...
  • Tor, Tails privacy-protecting flaws show that no anonymity system is fail-safe July 24, 2014

    San Francisco: Researchers have found a flaw that could expose the identities of people using a privacy-oriented operating system touted by Edward Snowden, just two days after widely used anonymity service Tor acknowledged a similar problem. The most recent finding concerns a complex, heavily encrypted networking program called the Invisible Internet...
  • Gujarat: Police detain Shiv Sena activists for protesting against Pak delegation July 21, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Police on Monday detained about a dozen Shiv Sena activists for protesting against the visit of a Pakistani delegation in India to study the Sabarmati River project. The delegation, headed by Lahore Commissioner Rashid Mehmood Langrial, also comprises LDA Director-General Ahad Khan Cheema, LDA's strategic policy unit chief Moazzam...
  • CAG pulls up IAF for MiG-27 upgrade project July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The CAG on Friday pulled up the Indian Air Force for an "unfruitful" expenditure of Rs 155 crore for developing an Electronic Warfare system aimed at enhancing capability of the Russian-origin MiG-27 fighter aircraft. The government auditor, in its report tabled in Parliament, said the India-Israel joint venture project...
  • Rajasthan launches India's first skill training project July 18, 2014

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday launched the country's first and biggest skill development project aimed at creating employment opportunities for the young people of the state. The union government - which selected Rajasthan as the first state for this project - has proposed Rs.398 crore for it. The Rajasthan government...
  • States seek easier land sales in reform challenge for Modi July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: States eager to kick-start major infrastructure projects have proposed radical changes to land acquisition laws that are blamed for stalling billions of dollars' worth of roads, railways, ports and power installations. According to a confidential government paper seen by Reuters, several states want to do away with obtaining landowners'...
  • PM Modi meets Putin, favours broadening of strategic partnership July 16, 2014

    Fortaleza: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has favoured broadening of the special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia in nuclear, defence and energy sectors and invited President Vladimir Putin to visit Kudankulam atomic power project during his trip in December. The two leaders met for 40 minutes on the sidelines of...
  • Rural Ministry suggests industry-friendly changes in Land Act July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Rural Development Ministry has suggested a number of amendments to the Land Acquisition Act which would water down pro-farmer provisions like mandatory consent of at least 70 per cent locals for acquiring land for PPP projects and 80 per cent for acquiring land for private projects. The Land...
  • Congress seeks to take credit for Polavaram bill July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Monday sought to take credit for the controversial bill on Polavaram project to be set up in Andhra Pradesh and appreciated the current government for taking it forward as it is, saying it reflects the democratic politics. Congress member and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said the...
  • Electric bus pilot project to be launched in Gujarat July 14, 2014

    Gandhinagar: As part of efforts to ensure a cleaner and greener environment, the Gujarat government will soon introduce a pilot project to run 'electric-buses' for public transport between state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. Moving ahead, the state-run Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) has invited expression of interest from the potential companies...
  • Polavaram project: BJP asks Congress, TRS not to fan sentiments July 13, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh unit BJP president K Hari Babu on Sunday asked leaders of TRS and Congress to refrain from making provocative statements over the passage of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha. The passage of the bill in the Lower House recently has paved the way to...
  • Assam: Subansiri project to help northeast, says VK Singh July 12, 2014

    Guwahati: Protests against the 2,000 MW lower Subansiri hydroelectric power project were "unjustified" as the project will help Assam and the northeastern states tide over the power crisis, DoNER Minister Gen (retd) VK Singh said that on Saturday. "Power is a priority sector. However, there are issues with some power projects...
  • Allow us to clear projects of Rs 1,000 crore investment: Gadkari to PM July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: For faster implementation of highway projects, Road Transport Ministry has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to empower the ministry to be able to award projects of Rs 1,000 crore investment on its own. "We have asked the Prime Minister to allow to clear projects of over Rs 1,000 crore....