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  • Ram Jethmalani vents anger in SC over government 'inaction' on blackmoney January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Expelled BJP member Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday vented his anger in the Supreme Court against the NDA government on the black money issue, expressing displeasure that a draft legislation prepared by him and sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not been acted upon. The veteran lawyer's outburst...
  • Sacked after 2011 dope scandal, Yuri may return as coach January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Ukrainian track and field coach Yuri Ogrodonik, who was sacked by the government after the doping scandal in 2011, is likely to return to the country to prepare Indian athletes for 2016 Rio Olympics after his name was cleared "in principle" by the sports ministry recently. Ogrodonik's contract was...
  • President cautions Centre against ordinance route January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: With the Modi government opting for ordinances eight times in as many months, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday cautioned against the "ordinance route" being taken for normal legislations. Ordinances are meant for specific purpose "to meet an extraordinary situation under extraordinary circumstances",...
  • Government plans to appoint 6-7 Governors in coming weeks: Rajnath Singh January 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The government is planning to appoint new Governors in at least six states in the next 15-20 days, with Bihar, Punjab and Assam likely among these. "We are planning to appoint 6-7 new Governors in the next 15-20 days," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said. There are vacancies in Governors' posts...
  • Ordinance row: BJP hits back at Congress, asks were Nehru, Indira 'dictators'? January 14, 2015

    New Delhi: BJP on dug up details of ordinances issued by Congress regimes in the past to hit back at it for its attack on Narendra Modi government and wondered if the party will brand Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi as "dictators". Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, however, added that...
  • Centre for raising age of person buying tobacco products to 21 years January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Brushing aside opposition, the government on Tuesday moved to amend the anti-smoking law and proposed radical changes, including ban on sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age of a person buying tobacco products to 21 years from existing 18. It has also proposed raising of fine to...
  • SC asks Government to implement steps for NRIs to cast e-votes January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to "do at the earliest" the necessary amendments in the law to enable non-resident Indians (NRIs) to cast postal and e-ballots in polls in India. A Bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said extending voting rights to NRIs was...
  • Government unblocks 32 websites as they promise to cooperate January 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Government has ordered unblocking of all the 32 websites that were being used by terrorists after these sites promised to cooperate with the authorities and removed 'jehadi' content. "Order was issued on Thursday to unblock all 32 websites that were blocked following complaint...
  • NC urges Modi government to engage Pakistan to end ceasefire violations January 9, 2015

    Jammu: Urging the Centre to engage Pakistan in a meaningful dialogue for ending ceasefire violations on International Border, National Conference on Friday sought for a viable package to ensure safe shelters for border dwellers. In a resolution adopted by the party's provincial committee at a high-level meeting here, NC also...
  • Effective steps being taken to control drugs smuggling: Government January 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Even as BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal staged dharnas against drug menace in Punjab, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Wednesday said the Centre was taking effective steps to control smuggling of drugs to the country. "We are taking effective steps in this...
  • Minority rights: SC asks Centre to decide Jain Mahasabha's plea January 7, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to consider and decide the representation seeking various reliefs including adequate representation of members of the Jain community in national and state minority panels. The bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justice AK Sikri said it was not going...
  • Jairam Ramesh criticises Modi government over land act amendments January 5, 2015

    Greater Noida: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday criticised the Centre over the ordinance making amendments to the land acquisition act. Addressing a Mahapachayat at Gharbara village, Ramesh said the erstwhile UPA government had formulated pro-farmer land policy after consultations with all political parties including...
  • In Modi era, petrol costs more than aviation fuel: Congress January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Petrol for common man costs more than the Aviation Turbine Fuel used in planes, Congress said on Monday while seeking to paint the Narendra Modi government as anti-poor and questioning it for the "grave injustice". What is "more painful" today is the fact that the price of petrol...
  • Centre launches sale of subsidised 5-kg LPG cylinders for BPL January 5, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday launched the sale of subsidised 5-kg LPG cylinders for BPL families and others. He also announced Centre's plan to introduce smaller cooking gas cylinders weighing even one and two kgs. "LPG being a cleaner fuel, helps in creating better and smoke less...
  • Pakistan targets border villages: Rao Inderjit Singh says our forces are alert January 4, 2015

    Reacting to the ceasefire violation by Pakistan, Minister of State at Defence Ministry, Rao Inderjit Singh on Sunday said that this is the problematic situation but our forces are completely alert. ...
  • People in no-toilet villages indirectly consuming excreta: Government January 4, 2015

    New Delhi: In a village of 1,200 people not having toilets, each inhabitant has to indirectly consume through contaminated food about three grams of each other's faecal matter every day, says a government report. The 'Elementary Book on Sanitation in Gram Panchayats' brought out by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj...
  • Centre may not immediately notify law to scrap collegium system January 4, 2015

    New Delhi: A new law to replace the much-criticised collegium system is likely to be brought into force only after two eminent persons who would be part of the proposed high-level commission are nominated. Besides nominating these two persons, the government has to put in place rules governing the National...
  • PM Modi to meet entire council of ministers on Monday, will share idea, vision January 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his entire council of ministers on Monday where he will share his idea and vision. He will also assess the performance of ministers and listen to their problems. Modi will enjoy high tea with his council of ministers at 5 PM. The Prime Minister...
  • Watch: Centre must recall EGoM, amend GST Bill, says Amit Mitra January 3, 2015

    West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra lashed out at the Centre over the goods and services tax bill. Speaking exclusively to Network 18, Mitra said that the Centre bypassed the empowered group of ministers and got the GST Bill approved hastily. ...
  • Government hopeful of aviation sector doing better in 2015 December 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Tuesday voiced concern over burgeoning losses of Indian airlines in spite of the high growth in air traffic but hoped that more carriers would take to the sky in 2015. Addressing a meeting of Chief Ministers and state Civil Aviation Ministers, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi...
  • Centre to take ordinance route to effect changes in Land Acquisition Act December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: After yet another winter session of Parliament was washed out, wherein the Narendra Modi government failed to pass crucial economic reforms, it is now planning the ordinance route to make changes to the Land Acquisition Act. The government plans to exclude 13 central laws to clear several infrastructure and...
  • Acid attack survivors demand fast-track courts and rehabilitation programmes December 26, 2014

    Acid attack survivor, Laxmi demands the setting up of fast-track courts and rehabilitation programmes for the acid attack survivors. They demand the implementation of the Supreme Court orders to curtail the counter sale of acids. ...
  • Yearender: Swimming, athletics endure dope tainted year 2014 December 25, 2014

    Beijing: The fight against doping went into its climax in the second half of the year when top names from track and field, swimming and badminton fell from grace. The anti-doping in the first half of 2014, however, had got its fair share in the limelight when six offenders were exposed...
  • Bihar far behind in paddy purchase, says Ram Vilas Paswan December 25, 2014

    Patna: Union Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday claimed that Bihar was lagging far behind in the purchase of paddy in comparison to other states. "Paddy purchase is going on extensively in the country. Punjab has purchased 116 lakh tonnes of paddy till December...
  • Government launches auction process for 24 coal mines December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday kickstarted the auction process for cancelled coal mines with the launch of a portal for electronic bidding for 24 coal blocks in the first tranche. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved re-promulgation of the coal ordinance and necessary guidelines...
  • Government plans to bring acid attacks under heinous crimes category December 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Faced with the growing number of acid attacks on women, government is planning to categorise such cases as heinous crimes and fix a time-frame for investigation and trial for speedy justice. All such cases where maximum punishment of life imprisonment or death sentence is possible will be categorised...
  • Indian trade policies delayed American export to India: USITC December 23, 2014

    Washington: Restrictive Indian trade policies have delayed American export and investment to India, a USITC report has said with the US lawmakers asking the Narendra Modi government to address these significant areas of concern as both countries work to strengthen economic relations. "US exports to and investment in India would...
  • Common man to benefit from GST; states to gain from Day 1, says Arun Jaitley December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) will benefit most of the states from Day 1 and industries and common man also stand to gain, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday. Speaking at the meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to...
  • Review finance rejig plan for power discoms: Parliamentary panel to Centre December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has suggested that the government review the financial restructuring package for state electricity power distribution firms as not many states have shown interest in the scheme. The suggestion has been made by the Standing Committee on Energy, which submitted its...
  • Modi has taken up with Brtain at highest level students visa norms: Smriti Irani December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Monday said that it has taken up with Britain at the highest level the issue of dwindling students outflow to that country due to British government's new policies. Apparently referring to the issue of stringent visa norms for students, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said in Rajya...