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International Right to Know Day: India ranks 4th on list of countries with strongest RTI laws

September 28 is observed as the International Right to Know Day. This year, it marks five years since the launch of the RTI Rating, a comparative assessment of national legal frameworks for the right to information (RTI) which was develope

Changing scenario in UP

Asserting that Uttar Pradesh is emerging as one of the fastest developing states, chief advisor to the UP chief minister, Alok Ranjan, said that the state government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure seamless development. Ranjan was speaking

Making smart cities financially smart

India is witnessing rapid pace of urbanisation. The need for measures to make our cities more liveable has been felt badly in the past decade. The investment required to improve urban infrastructure and service delivery in India in the coming year

Reliance Jio: Major telecom firms` chiefs to meet TRAI chairman

 The CEOs of major telecom companies would meet TRAI chairman RS Sharma on Friday to discuss a possible violation by Reliance Jio in offering free services for over three months, a permissible duration for promotions. The informatio

Medical admissions: How Haryana govt is favouring pvt colleges

The Haryana government is clearly giving preference to private medical colleges by scheduling the date for the last counselling session a day before the counselling date scheduled for government colleges. The general the practice i

Pak must abandon dreaming about Kashmir: Sushma at UNGA

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today said terrorism was the biggest threat to human rights and asked the global community to isolate nations that don’t cooperate in fighting terrorism. Taking a dig at Pakistan, Swaraj

Childhood restored

As the sky starts to turn dark, noises of children from the playground of the Bisoi government nodal upper primary school, in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, slowly fade away. The students line up to go to their hostel, within the school premises,

RailTel, Google unveil free wi-fi service at CST Mumbai

Indian Railways’ plan of providing free wi-fi internet service at 100 stations by the end of this year got a boost on Friday after RailTel, in collaboration with Google, unveiled the service at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway stat

SC stays order making Aadhaar mandatory for scholarship

The supreme court (SC) has ruled that the national scholarship portal cannot mandate students to submit Aadhaar number for registration. It has reiterated its position, stating that the Aadhaar card scheme is purely voluntary. The court pronounced

10 things you must know about Indus Water Treaty

  1.    It was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 for sharing of waters of six river originating in India and flowing to Pakistan and is, till today, considered to be the most successful bilateral treaty on resource sharing b

Maharashtra Information Commission: Quick turnaround

Anyone else would have thrown up their hands in despair on seeing over seven lakh right to information (RTI) applications at Maharashtra’s exceedingly busy information commission, but not the panel’s chief Ratnakar Gaikwad who

Make in India not possible without makers in India: Rudy

Entrusted with the task to create a resource pool of 500 million skilled workers by 2022, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, minister of state (independent charge) for skill development and entrepreneurship, said that while everyone is talking about &lsqu

UN general assembly acts on antimicrobial resistance

For the first time at the 71st session of the UN general assembly, world leaders laid thrust on the need to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. So far, only three specific health issues - HIV, non-communi

Delhi most unsafe for working women, Sikkim best

The national capital Delhi has the worst working conditions for women, whereas Sikkim offers the best work environment, according to a report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), an American think-tank, and Nathan Associat

Railway budget is history. Here’s the rationale behind ‘budget reforms’

Doing away with yet another long-standing tradition, the cabinet has decided to do away with the railway budget – a tradition

Not taking responsibility for mercury-bearing waste criticised

Many international lighting companies have refused to accept any responsibility for the management of mercury-bearing waste mandated under the new E-waste Rules, 2016. However, the same companies for long have been fulfilling their commitments und

Why winding up MCI with the NMC bill makes sense

India faces an unenviable challenge of tackling the dual burden of diseases and lack of qualified health personnel. The number of surgeons, anaesthetists and obstetricians per hundred thousand people in India is 6.4 – compared to 59.2 in Bra

All you wanted to know about Income Declaration Scheme*

Black money, since the colonial times, has been the elephant in the room: it is everywhere and yet rarely talked about. In recent years, however, the middle class has become more strident in demanding action and it has led to a couple of l

Modi celebrates b’day with specially abled children

Vivek and Ritesh, both six-years-old, from Amerli district were clueless when they sensed sound for the first time in their life. A sense of amusement, mixed with fear, was visible on their faces minutes after they were given hearing ai

Draft bill prepared to promote port infrastructure

The shipping ministry has prepared a draft bill “Major Port Authorities Act, 2016” to replace the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963, with a view to promote port infrastructure and facilitate trade and commerce.   T

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