Anti-dumping duty on Chinese penicillin

India is considering imposing an anti-dumping duty on import of two variants of anti-bacterial drug pencilin to protect the domestic industry from cheap Chinese and Mexican shipments. "The provisional anti-dumping duty to be im

SC asks EC to decide if elephant statues in UP are poll symbols

The supreme court on Monday asked the election commission to decide whether the installation of statues of elephants at the cost of the state exchequer by the Mayawati government in Lucknow and Noida amounts to the installation of election symbol

All profitable PSUs to be listed on bourses: Patil

The government today expressed its resolve to divest stake in PSUs and said that all profitable public sector enterprises would be listed on the stock exchanges with at least 10 per cent public holding. "For providing the commo

Govt to set up 10k towers in rural areas

With a vision to connect the rural masses, the government will set up 10,000 telecom towers across the country this fiscal with financial support from the USO Fund, a corpus for providing affordable telephone services in rural areas.

Prime Minister is silent on fertiliser subsidy issue?

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appealed to the opposition to allow smooth functioning of the parliament during the budget session, saying all issues agitating them could be debated on the floor of the house. But he kept quite whe

President avoids mention of Telangana

President Prathibha Patil speech did not reflect UPA-II`s seriousness on Telangana. Since it is the UPA-II which set up the Justice Srikrishna Committee to look into statehood demand for Telangana, it is a mystery why the issue didn`t figure in he

DMK MPs upset at President`s Hindi speech

President Pratibha Patil’s address to the joint session of parliament in Hindi has not gone down well with the DMK’s MPs.  They met the speaker and formally lodged a protest. They said the English translation of the speech was not

"Pakistan has to seriously address terror threat"

Ahead of the foreign secretary- level talks, India today said it is ready to explore a "meaningful" relationship with Pakistan if it seriously addresses the threat of terrorism and stops terror acts against this country. G

SGPC condemns beheading of Sikhs in Pakistan

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today strongly condemned the beheading of Sikhs in Pakistan and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the matter with his counterpart in Pakistan. SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar told P

Derailed at New Delhi rly station

“I have been standing in this queue for the past-one-and-a-half hours. The lady at counter number 36 (the ticket counter meant for physically disabled) has been sitting idle, but when I requested her for a ticket, as the queue for ladies is

Park-and-ride facility at Safdarjung airport

Keeping the Commonwealth Games in mind, the NDMC is setting up a park-and-ride facility at the Safdarjung Airport in the national capital, which will have space for 3,000 cars and 600 buses. The parking lot will be a key aspect in t

Is India succumbing to US on defence deals?

Is government under pressure from the United States to cancel fat defence orders to the European companies and go for purchases from the American firms? The question is being raised after Defence Minister A K Antony recently struck

Budget session starts today, slew of bills on card

A slew of bills including one for setting up an equal opportunity commission and another on checking corruption in the judiciary and for ensuring accountability among judges will be tabled during the budget session of parliament beginning today.

Excise duty may go up, direct tax code unlikely

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will present Budget 2011 on Friday, amid speculation that excise duty may be raised as part of a partial rollback of the stimulus measures. However, direct tax rates are not likely to be tweaked for

Programme on adolescent girls` reproductive health soon

A community-led programme on adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health needs would soon be developed by the health ministry. Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in New Delhi on Saturday. He was speaking at the release of a s

Computers in just 14 pc of 1.3 million schools

Only fourteen percent of 1.3 million schools have computers while 86% of these schools have electricity,  Arun Mehta, professor at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) stated here on Friday.

Panic over a possible fee hike in private schools

Jaismine Kaur’s six-year-old daughter is studying in prepatory class in a Delhi school. She is paying Rs 1,400 as monthly fee. The school increased the fee last year after approval from the Delhi Government. Kaur is now worried if the school

Delhi CM to meet Sibal, discuss school fee issue

With HRD Minister Kapil Sibal suggesting that fees or teachers` salaries in private schools cannot be regulated by government, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said she will meet him to discuss the issue and arrive at clear-cut guidelines

Nature therapy for Yamuna

Several experts believe the government has been following a flawed method of cleaning up the Yamuna. So when Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit reiterated recently that the river would not be cleaned up by the time Commonwealth Games are held, th

Derailed at New Delhi rly station

Shakeel Ahmed has a simple query but he has been waiting for two hours at the enquiry counter of New Delhi railway station. He just needs to find out the status of his train to Bahraich district in Uttar Pradesh. But there is nobody across the win


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