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  • Centre to send a team to Himachal to assess crop damage in the state 5 hours 54 minutes ago

    Shimla: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan held a review meeting on the extent of crop damage in the state on Tuesday evening. The review meeting was attended by the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, State Cabinet Ministers and the Union Health Minister. During the meeting, the Union Agricultural Minister assured...
  • PM Modi asked us to visit all states to estimate the crop damage: Union Minister Yesterday

    The unseasonal rainfall across India has caused extensive crop damage. Union Ministers are now doing a status check to estimate the extent of the damage. "PM Modi has asked us to aid state governments in assessing damage," said Union Minister. ...
  • India ready to talk with European Union on FTA: Nirmala Sitharaman March 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Negotiations for the proposed free trade agreement with the European Union may resume as India on Monday said that it is "ready to talk" with the EU on the pact. No negotiation was held after both sides failed to bridge substantial gaps on crucial issues including data security status...
  • Uttar Pradesh: National Tourism University proposed at Noida March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Sunday said that a proposal for establishing a National Tourism University at Noida is under process. Addressing an event on the occasion of the second convocation of the Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM) at Noida, Sharma also said that a...
  • Citizenship applications of Sindhis being examined: Home Minister March 21, 2015

    Lucknow: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the cases of those hailing from the Sindhi community, who were still waiting for citizenship, were being examined and a decision would be taken as per the law of land. While addressing a function on the occasion of Cheti Chand Jayanti,...
  • Union Bank in UK will undertake retail and wholesale banking March 20, 2015

    Union Bank, one of India's largest Public sector banks is finally making its foray in the British Market. In a glittering opening ceremony, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called it a wonderful coincidence for him to be able to inaugurate the bank's operations. ...
  • Centre to appoint official to coordinate with Andhra Pradesh and Telangana March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: The Centre has decided to appoint a senior Home Ministry official to coordinate with Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and concerned ministries for speedy implementation of the provisions in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. The decision came following a meeting of a delegation of Andhra Pradesh BJP leaders with Union Home Minister...
  • Auto unions ask Delhi government not to impose GPS, says 'won't stop rape' March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Several auto and taxi unions on Wednesday protested Delhi government's decision to make Global Positioning System (GPS) installation in their vehicles mandatory, saying the device won't serve its intended purpose of stopping "sexual harassment" in the national capital. Transport minister Gopal Rai held a public hearing at Burari transport...
  • Centre gives nod to Maharashtra's cow-shelter village scheme March 17, 2015

    Mumbai: Following the President's assent for Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, which bans slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks, the state government on Tuesday said the Centre had given a go-ahead to its cow shelter villages scheme too. The state will receive Rs 90 crore...
  • Cabinet approves Bill to unearth black money March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: In a bid to unearth black money and illicit assets stashed abroad, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved a Bill with stringent provisions for prosecution of such offences with rigorous imprisonment of up to 10 years. "The Cabinet has approved Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of New Tax)...
  • Jewellers urge Centre to withdraw PAN card application on sales of over Rs 1 lakh March 17, 2015

    Jewellers across India have urged the Union government to withdraw the requirement directing consumers to submit their Permanent Account Number details for any purchase over one lakh rupees. ...
  • European Union-India summit off as Italian marines case rankles March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Plans for the European Union to host a summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have collapsed amid acrimony over delays to the trial of two Italian marines for murder in the 2012 killing of two Indian fishermen. A spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs on Monday confirmed...
  • Rail Budget debate in Rajya Sabha: Members want safety, amenities March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Members from various parties on Monday voiced concern in Rajya Sabha over various aspects concerning the railways, particularly safety and security and lack of facilities and timeliness and asked the government to rectify it. These issues were raised by members while participating in a debate on Rail Budget...
  • Change at top of FIFA is 'important' for football, says Michel Platini March 16, 2015

    Nyon: UEFA President Michel Platini says change at FIFA is "important for football." Platini, a FIFA vice president, says it needs "new ideas, a new program" as longtime leader Sepp Blatter seeks a fifth term on May 29. UEFA supports all three Blatter opponents: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo...
  • No compromise with Russia over Ukraine sanctions: European Union chief March 16, 2015

    London: The European Union must not compromise with Russia over sanctions in response to the Ukraine crisis, the bloc's chief Donald Tusk said in an interview on Monday. Tusk said that a failure to uphold the sanctions until Ukraine regains control of its border with Russia could strain relations with the...
  • Swine flu claims 40 more lives, toll crosses 1600 mark March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Forty more people have succumbed to swine flu as the toll breached the 1600-mark while over 28,000 people have been affected by the H1N1 virus across the country. According to Union Health Ministry data released on Friday, till March 12, 1,627 people have perished while the number of affected...
  • Financial fair play question mark over Roberto Mancini's transfer plans March 10, 2015

    Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini would like to sign Yaya Toure but has admitted that UEFA's financial fair play rules have left a question mark over his plans for next season. Mancini said he had given the squad a new mentality since taking over in November for his second stint at...
  • UCI hid cyclist Lance Armstrong dope test, says new chief Brian Cookson March 9, 2015

    Paris: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong would not have won seven Tour de France titles without receiving favourable treatment from the International Cycling Union (UCI), the current head of the world governing body said on Monday. A report by the Independent Reform Commission published on Monday said previous UCI management were more...
  • Banks in smaller centres gender insensitive: Sitharaman March 8, 2015

    Mumbai: On International Women's Day, Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday chided lenders for being gender insensitive while dealing with female entrepreneurs' loan proposals in small cities and towns. "What I find missing, and that is where I think the government should also look at (is) how can it enhance...
  • All services will not attract Swachh Bharat cess: officials March 8, 2015

    New Delhi: The Swachh Bharat cess will be levied on select services at the rate of up to 2 per cent, depending upon the need for funds to take forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's national cleanliness drive. This was explained to a group of tax experts by Finance Ministry officials during...
  • 30 fresh deaths take swine flu toll to 1,319 in India March 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Thirty more persons, including a noted theatre personality, have died due to swine flu in the country taking the toll over the 1,300 mark even as SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, suspected to be suffering from the disease, was hospitalised. Union Health Ministry data said 1,319 persons have perished...
  • Union Minister YS Chowdary meets Amit Shah over special package for Andhra Pradesh March 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Amid reports of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu sulking over Centre's failure to fulfill promises to his state in the Union Budget, senior TDP leader and Union Minister YS Chowdary on Saturday met BJP president Amit Shah pressing for special package for the bifurcated state. According to...
  • Farmers hold protest in Kurukshetra, block road March 5, 2015

    Kurukshetra: A large number of farmers associated with Bhartiya Kisan Union on Thursday held a protest and blocked the Kurukshetra-Saharanpur road in support of their various demands. The BKU farmers led by Haryana unit president Gurnam Singh, courted arrest at Pipli town, near here in support of their demands, including hike...
  • Union Minister of State for Health Minister advocates for more use of Hindi in official work March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Health Shripad Yesso Naik on Wednesday advocated for more use of Hindi language and said it is part of everybody's "constitutional responsibility" to use it for official as well as day-to-day functions. Health Ministry officials said to improve Hindi skills, the 'Rajbhasha Vibhag' will...
  • RBI Governor Rajan expects banks cutting rate from April March 4, 2015

    Mumbai: After cutting the repo rate by 25 bps in a surprise inter-meeting monetary policy on Wednesday, Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan today said he sees banks passing on the benefit of lower rates regime to customers shortly. In yet another surprise move, the RBI on Wednesday reduced the repo rate...
  • PM Modi asks BJP MPs to make people aware of Union budget March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Stating that the 2015-16 Budget had something in it for every Indian, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked BJP MPs to make people aware of its features. At a parliamentary party meeting of BJP legislators, the party which leads the government also reiterated its resolve about getting various...
  • Watch: 'The Week Hour Wasn't' with Cyrus Broacha March 3, 2015

    In this episode of 'The Hour That Wasn't', Cyrus Broacha takes on the Union Budget 2015, swine flu, Oscar and Cricket World Cup. ...
  • No definite date to bring back black money: Government March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Government on Tuesday said that it was not possible to provide a definite timeline on bringing back the black money stashed abroad. "Sustained efforts made to obtain information about Indians having black money stashed abroad have already resulted in levy of taxes and penalty and launching of prosecution...
  • Tax evasion through foreign assets to be a criminal offence March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The announcement by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley categorising tax evasion in relation to holding of illegal foreign assets as a "predicate offence" under anti-money laundering laws has, for the first time, made concealment of income a criminal offence in India. At present, tax evasion is a civil offence...
  • Cut in education budget due to higher tax devolution to states: Smriti Irani March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The huge cut of 16 per cent in the education sector for 2015-16 has been attributed to the higher tax devolution to the states as has been recommended by the Finance Commission. The Union Budget presented for 2015-16 has proposed Rs 69,074 crore as against Rs 82,771 allocated...