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  • Pending rape cases: High Court chief justices urged to set up fast track courts 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The Centre has urged chief justices of high courts to set up fast track courts to deal with pending rape cases and monitor their progress. Since setting up of fast track courts is the responsibility of the state government, the Centre has also urged the chief ministers to...
  • Central government to decriminalise attempt to commit suicide, gets support of 18 states, 4 UTs 1 week ago

    New Delhi: In a landmark decision by the Central government, the Home Ministry has informed Parliament that attempt to suicide will no longer be treated as a criminal offence. The Home Ministry informed Parliament that the government has decided to delete section 309 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises...
  • Oscar Pistorius appeal ruling delayed December 9, 2014

    Pretoria: A South African judge on Tuesday delayed a ruling on whether to allow the prosecution to appeal against Oscar Pistorius's five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend, saying she needed more time. After listening to arguments from the prosecution and the defence, judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the hearing until tomorrow,...
  • Judge to rule on Oscar Pistorius appeal December 9, 2014

    Johannesburg: A South African judge will rule Tuesday on whether to grant a state appeal that would open the way for para-athlete Oscar Pistorius to serve more time behind bars for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecution lawyers applied for an appeal after Judge Thokozile Masipa in October sentenced the...
  • Need to create institution in spirit of 'cooperative federalism': Modi to CMs December 8, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed up on his Independence Day pledge to dismantle the Planning Commission by holding the first meeting with Chief Ministers on Sunday. The Prime Minister said there's need to create a new institution in the spirit of 'cooperative federalism', a body that will encourage the planning...
  • Most CMs favour restructuring of Planning Commission December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: A meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the future of the Planning Commission on Sunday saw most Chief Ministers favouring restructuring of the Soviet-era body but there was no consensus on disbanding the existing set-up. Modi, who has announced in...
  • Centre financially burdening states, says Akhilesh Yadav December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday hit out at the Centre for financially "burdening" states by executing schemes which come under the State List, saying such programmes were putting the resources of the state governments under undue pressure. He also said the practice of 'one size...
  • Plan panel needed reorientation, not political burial: Congress December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Sunday said dismantling Planning Commission will be "unwarranted, shortsighted and dangerous" as it will have long term adverse effect on Centre-state relations and asserted that the plan panel needed "reorientation" and not "political burial". "The move is shortsighted and dangerous. It will also have long term...
  • Skipping PM Modi's meet on Planning Commission against nation's interest, says Devendra Fadnavis December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday hit out at chief ministers for skipping the Planning Commission meet by saying that it was against the interest of the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting with Chief Ministers on the structure and role of the new...
  • PM Modi to meet CMs on Planning Commission; Mamata, Omar to skip it December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold consultations with Chief Ministers on Sunday on the structure and role of the new body that will replace the Planning Commission. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who has been at loggereheads with the Bharatiya Janata Party over Burdwan blasts and Saradha...
  • 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...
  • TMC ready to support Modi government if it does 'constructive work', says Mamata Banerjee December 6, 2014

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress was ready to provide "full support" to the Narendra Modi government at the Centre if there was "constructive work" for the benefit of all sections of people, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday. "I still feel that if you run the government in a...
  • Users to soon get choice of selecting power discom, says Piyush Goyal December 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Consumers will soon be able to choose their power supply company as the government is making necessary amendments to the Electricity Act to enable this provision which is aimed at encouraging greater competition in the distribution sector. Shifting focus from generation, the government plans to fix electricity distribution...
  • Sushma Swaraj to make a statement on PM Modi's foreign tour December 3, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will make an official statement on Wednesday regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign trips. Modi has recently returned from Nepal after attending two-day SAARC summit. Modi has dedicated almost a month of his tenure till date to international visits and has been targeted by...
  • BJP has achieved what UPA couldn't do over the years: Javadekar December 1, 2014

    Lauding the work of the Central government in the past six months, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has achieved what the previous UPA government could not achieve over the years. ...
  • Railway minister Suresh Prabhu calls for fast tracking pending projects November 30, 2014

    Kolkata: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu advised Metro Railway and Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRC) authorities to resolve the hurdles and accelerate the progress of their pending projects. "All pending projects need to be expedited to prevent further escalation of project costs," Prabhu said after reviewing various project works in...
  • Modi government likely to replace Planning Commission in December November 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Work has moved into top gear for finalising the name and structure for the new institution that will replace the 64-year old Planning Commission and the same may be unveiled this December. "The Prime Minister has convened a meeting of the Chief Ministers on December 7 to seek their...
  • Modi government has plans to privatise coal sector, says Sonia Gandhi November 29, 2014

    Patamda: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has plans to privatise the coal sector to benefit a few industrialists at the cost of the people. "The Congress nationalised the coal sector to give benefits to the people of the state while the BJP government...
  • Sushma Swaraj not a dummy External Affairs Minister, says Prakash Javadekar November 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Lauding the work of the Central government in the past six months, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has achieved what the previous UPA government could not achieve over the years. "What we have achieved in months was not achieved by UPA in years...
  • Hits and misses: Modi government's report card on completing 6 months at the Centre November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: In its six months in power, the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre has taken a series of administrative measures including opening up Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Railways, deregulating fuel and announcing mega missions like 'Make in India'. But perhaps the most talked about achievement is on...
  • Government launches e-visa facility for 43 countries November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: In a move which will give a major boost to the tourism sector, the Government on Thursday launched the much-awaited electronic visa facility for visitors from 43 countries including US, Germany and Israel. "We want to promote tourism in the country in a big way. The contribution of...
  • Maharashtra to seek Rs 4,000-crore drought relief package November 27, 2014

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has decided to seek a Rs 4,000-crore drought relief package from the Centre and approved several relief measures for villages reeling under a severe drought. The decision was taken at a meeting of the state Cabinet on Thursday. The meting was chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister...
  • No dilution of MNREGA scheme: Government November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday allayed apprehensions over continuance or dilution of MNREGA scheme launched during the previous UPA rule and said all necessary funds have been released. "There is no ambiguity about the government's intention. The scheme will continue in all the 6,500 blocks," Rural Development Minister Birender...
  • Never talked about bringing black money in 100 days: Centre November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Thursday insisted in Lok Sabha that it had never claimed that all the black money stashed abroad would be brought back within 100 days even as opposition continued to target it over the issue. Contesting the opposition charge in this regard,...
  • Government to raise coal producing capability of Coal India Limited November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Government will enhance the coal producing capability of Coal India Limited (CIL) by infusing latest technology, the Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday. Coal Minister Piyush Goyal also said that the e-auction of the coal blocks cancelled by the Supreme Court would be completed by March 31 next....
  • Government raises account opening target to 10 crore under 'Jan Dhan Yojana' November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Enthused by initial response, the government has revised upwards target for opening of accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) from 7.5 crore to 10 crore by January 26. "This will amount to opening of one account for each household in the country," an official statement said....
  • Black money discussion likely to continue in Parliament on Thursday November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The discussion on black money which began on Wednesday is expected to continue in Lok Sabha on the forth day of the winter session in Parliament on Thursday. After replying in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to reply in Lok Sabha on Thursday....
  • Centre has stopped funding West Bengal development projects, says CM Mamata Banerjee November 25, 2014

    Digha: The Centre has stopped funding development projects in West Bengal and is taking away a major chunk of the state's earnings for debt servicing of more than Rs 2 lakh crore, putting in jeopardy people's "welfare projects", Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday alleged. "Development of Bengal cannot be...
  • Centre rejects Lalu's plea for further stay on eviction notice November 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Government has rejected former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's request for further extension of his stay at the official bungalow at Tughlaq Road in Lutyen's zone. "Lalu has been already served eviction notice after his extended stay in the Type VIII Tughlaq Road bungalow expired on October 31," said...
  • 'No blank cheque' for support to government on GST, Insurance Bills: Congress November 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Keeping the government on tenterhooks on key reform measures like the Insurance Bill and GST, Congress on Tuesday said that there is "no blank cheque" on its support on these in Parliament as the "devil lies in the details". Although he described the proposed Goods and Services Tax...