Rural

  • Stuck with rural roots Chinese men losing out to urbane women Yesterday

    Beijing: Bad dress sense, crude demeanour, poor hygiene coupled with their inability to shake off their rural roots, the Chinese young and middle-aged men are turning out to be no match for their stylish, urbane and highly demanding female counterparts. China's increasingly assertive social media is abuzz over a teasing...
  • Rural votes, old traumas drive India's WTO brinkmanship 3 days ago

    New Delhi: With grain silos spilling over, exports on the rise and an avowed market champion for prime minister, India's threat to trash a global trade deal in the name of food security appears puzzling. But government officials say Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prepared to brazen out global outrage to...
  • 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...
  • Government allocates Rs 500 crore for Internet connectivity in villages July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday said it will allocate Rs 500 crore for its 'Digital India' initiative to set up broadband network in villages and promote local manufacturing of hardware and Indian software products. Under the Digital India initiative, National Rural Internet and Technology Mission, the government will focus on...
  • Managing Rural Development Ministry a difficult task, admits Nitin Gadkari June 19, 2014

    In an exclusive interview to CNBC TV18, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that unlike Ministry of Transport, handling the Ministry of Rural Development is a difficult task for him. Gadkari also said, "The motor vehicle Act is an outdated act and I have already taken a decision. We...
  • NDA to bring broad changes in MNREGA June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The NDA government has decided to bring broad changes in the rural job guarantee scheme launched by UPA by proposing at least Rs 25,000 crore of investment into agriculture alone. The Rural Development Ministry has proposed to bring amendment to the Schedule I of the MNREGA Act "to clearly...
  • If I were FM: Campaign ahead of the budget next month June 18, 2014

    "If I were FM" is an ongoing campaign ahead of the budget next month. People have been asked to voice their expectations. People have demanded development in all parts of India and banking advantages to be prevalent in rural areas. ...
  • Gadkari gets additional charge of Gopinath Munde's ministries June 4, 2014

    New Delhi After the sudden death of the Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a tragic road accident on Tuesday, the President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping shall be given additional charge...
  • Union Minister Gopinath Munde cremated at his native village June 4, 2014

    Beed: Union Minister Gopinath Munde who died in a road accident was cremated at his native village Parli, Maharashtra on Wednesday amidst chanting by hundreds of his supporters. The mortal remains of Munde were consigned to flames by his eldest daughter and BJP MLA Pankaja. A sea of humanity converged at his...
  • Number 3 ominous for Munde-Mahajan family? June 3, 2014

    By a tragic coincidence, the number 3 appears ominous for the Munde-Mahajan family. With the untimely demise of Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a car accident in New Delhi on Tuesday, three of the family members and one close aide of the two BJP leaders have met tragic...
  • RIP Gopinath Munde (1949-2014): Some photos from his life as a beloved mass leader and popular politician June 3, 2014

    Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde died on Tuesday after a head-on road collision in New Delhi, depriving Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a senior ally just eight days after he took office. Munde was injured while driving to the capital's airport and died later in hospital.Munde, 64, was deputy chief...
  • Barmer to get purified drinking water for 10 paise per litre June 1, 2014

    Rajsthan government will provide purified drinking water in 160 villages of Barmer district for 10 paise per litre from next year. Under the National Rural Drinking Water Mission, about 160 RO (reverse osmosis) plants would start providing purified water in 160 villages by March 2015, additional Executive Engineer BL Jatol...
  • Uttarakhand government signs agreement of loan with World Bank worth $310.2 mn May 30, 2014

    The government on Friday signed agreements with the World Bank for loans worth USD 310.2 million for funding development programmes in Uttarakhand and Maharashtra. These programmes include watershed development, rural water supply and sanitation in these two states. The agreements include loan of USD 165 million for Maharashtra rural water supply and...
  • Jairam Ramesh hails Gopinath Munde's decision to give priority to sanitation May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday welcomed his successor and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde's statement that he would give priority to providing proper sanitation to every household and developing backward districts. The Congress leader, who passionately pushed the issue of sanitation during his stint in the...
  • US university honours IIT graduate for his work in rural development May 6, 2014

    Bangalore: Anil Rajvanshi, a renewable energy pioneer of India, on Saturday was honoured by the University of Florida, one of the leading universities in the US, for his "groundbreaking" work in rural development. Rajvanshi is the first Indian to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honour the University of Florida...
  • Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid 'casual labourers' in Goa govt records April 27, 2014

    Panaji: Sachin Tendulkar may have won the Bharat Ratna, but according to the Goa government's records, he is a "casual labourer" and a beneficiary of the MGNREGS. And so are his wife and two children, says an NGO. Non-governmental organisation Goa Parivartan Manch Saturday claimed to have exposed a scam...
  • West Bengal number one in expenditure under 100-day scheme: Mamata April 24, 2014

    Kolkata: Quoting the Union Rural Development Ministry, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that West Bengal had emerged number one in terms of expenditure on employment generation under the 100-days work scheme. "West Bengal is now number one state in the country in terms of expenditure on employment generation under...
  • Voting for the first time, I'm confident, not nervous: Rathore April 17, 2014

    Shooter turned politician Rajyavardhan Rathore is contesting elections from Jaipur Rural on a BJP ticket. ...
  • Open Mike: Is the entry of sportsmen into elections a healthy sign? April 14, 2014

    The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Olympian Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore from Jaipur (Rural) Lok Sabha constituency. In the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose visits Jaipur (Rural), Rajasthan as part of 'Open Mike' series. She interviews Rathore and finds out the views of...
  • Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore confident of bagging Jaipur Rural seat April 14, 2014

    Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore who is contesting on a BJP ticket from Jaipur (Rural) is confident that he would be able to garner public support and emerge victorious. ...
  • Go on a date with Ranbir Kapoor, spend the day with Priyanka Chopra and fly with SRK April 5, 2014

    New Delhi: A starry fundraising auction will offer a chance to fly with superstar Shah Rukh Khan on his private jet, win a dinner date with heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor and spend an entire day with Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra. Swades Foundation, founded by former UTV boss Ronnie and wife Zarina Screwvala,...
  • BJP has become a one-man-centric party: Jairam Ramesh April 5, 2014

    Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday accused the BJP of becoming a one-man-centric party and claimed that the Congress alone could do justice to all sections of society. Ramesh also noted while addressing a poll meeting that the BJP was yet to announce its manifesto, which is a “matter...
  • Government accountant suspended for campaigning for the BJP April 3, 2014

    An accountant posted with the Rural Engineering Services (RES) department was suspended by District Returning Officer in Indore on Thursday for allegedly campaigning in favour of the ruling BJP, official sources said. RES department accountant Vinod Jai has openly campaigned for the BJP after which District Returning Officer and Indore Collector Akash...
  • ACB books 16 medical department officials for fraud in Bundi March 29, 2014

    The ACB has booked 16 officials of Bundi district's Medical and Health department for embezzlement of over Rs 22 lakhs from National Rural Health Mission and Pulse Polio Control Programme funds. The 16 officials, including Chief Medical and Health Officer of the medical department, were booked on Friday following the verification...
  • Karnataka: Dosa in the shape of EC slogan alphabets to attract voters March 28, 2014

    Ramanagara (Bangalore rural): The Ramanagara district administration has come out with an innovative idea to create awareness among the voters about their rights. It is distributing free dosa to people at the local KSRTC bus stand. These dosas are made in the shape of Kannada letters and sentences like 'Nanna...
  • Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore kick starts election campaign in Jaipur March 22, 2014

    Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore who is BJP's candidate from Jaipur (Rural) started his election campaign on Saturday in his constituency. ...
  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust inks 10-year pact with Uttarakhand government March 7, 2014

    Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) has inked a 10-year pact with the Uttarakhand government to commence the second phase of Himmotthan project, which aims to empower the residents of the state. In 2004, SRTT had signed a 10-year agreement with the Uttarakhand government for the first phase of the project. Citing the example of Himachal Pradesh,...
  • Rajasthan gets Rs 796 crore from Centre for new roads February 25, 2014

    Union Rural Development Ministry has sanctioned a grant of Rs 796 cr under PMGSY to build 864 new roads in 16 districts in Rajasthan. The state government would build 864 roads covering 2,617 km, an official release said in Jaipur on Tuesday. Altogether 874 villages and Dhani (hutment) having population of 250...
  • Social audits of rural job scheme 'largely ineffective': Jairam Ramesh February 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The mandatory social audits prescribed under the MGNREGA Act have been "largely ineffective" in bringing to light any irregularities in the implementation of the Centre's ambitious rural job scheme, government on Monday said. Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, however, said in Rajya Sabha that social audits had been effectively...
  • CBI court defers hearing in five NRHM cases till February 21 February 8, 2014

    Hearing in five cases related to the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission scam could not be taken up in CBI court on Friday. The court deferred hearing in all five cases as no judge was appointed to hear the cases. Hearing in four cases will be held on February 24, while the...