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  • Speakers must see that political differences do not hit development, says Sumitra Mahajan 9 hours 13 minutes ago

    Lucknow: With different political parties holding reins of power at the Centre and in states, presiding officers of legislative bodies have to see that this differences in opinion do not affect development, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Saturday. "It is my view that no party is against development and...
  • Sujata Singh sacked: Does PM Modi want to run the country with his handpicked team of bureaucrats? 2 days ago

    Even as Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Thursday took charge as the new Foreign Secretary of India after the Central Government sacked his predecessor Sujatha Singh, the move is likely to lead to discontent among several senior Indian Foreign Service officers. ...
  • Coal India divestment on Friday; Government eyes Rs 22,600 crore 2 days ago

    New Delhi/Kolkata: In the biggest ever share sale, government will offer Coal India shares at a floor price of Rs 358 apiece on Friday for divestment of up to 10 per cent stake in the state-run behemoth for an estimated Rs 22,600 crore, even as trade unions warned of strike...
  • CPI asks non-BJP parties to unite for minimum democratic programme 2 days ago

    New Delhi: CPI, which has been advocating unity of all Left parties, has called on non-BJP parties and groups to unite for a minimum democratic programme to fight "communalism" and "anti-people" economic policies of the NDA government. During the party's national council meeting held recently in Nagpur it has been proposed...
  • Anna Hazare to launch new agitation against Centre to bring back black money stashed abroad 2 days ago

    Mumbai: Out in the open yet again, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare is preparing to launch a new agitation against the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not implementing the Lokpal Act. "The government is not serious on the issue of corruption. The Lokpal Act has not been...
  • Vodafone tax case: Centre not to appeal in SC against Bombay HC order 3 days ago

    New Delhi: In a significant development, the the government on Wednesday decided not to appeal against a Bombay High Court ruling that Vodafone was not liable to pay tax demand of Rs 3,200 crore in a transfer pricing case. "The government will not appeal the judgement of Bombay High Court...
  • The India-US dialogues: Modi government working with Americans, says C Raja Mohan 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), C Raja Mohan praised the Narendra Modi government for working closely with the Americans. Speaking at the Observer Research Foundation and Network18 initiative 'The India-US Dialogue', Raja Mohan said, "Previous government hesitated to be seen working with Americans but the...
  • Human DNA Profiling Bill likely in Budget session: Centre to SC January 21, 2015

    New Delhi: Government intends to introduce the Human DNA Profiling Bill, to enable identification of bodies and missing persons and create a DNA database, in the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament. In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the Department of Biotechnology said that in accordance with the apex court...
  • Two crore units to be built under 'Housing for All' programme January 21, 2015

    New Delhi: Pursuing the goal of 'Housing for All' by 2022, the government proposes to build more than two crore houses across the country, including for slum-dwellers, under a massive programme to which final shape was given at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Under the...
  • Omar Abdullah hits out at Centre over delay in giving special package to J&K January 21, 2015

    Srinagar: National Conference working president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday criticised the Centre over the "delay" in granting a special package to the flood-affected people of J&K, alleging why the proposal submitted by the state government "remains an object of contemptuous neglect". "Now when the state is under the direct control...
  • 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...