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Ramesh to bring back scientific focus in environment ministry

Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh plans to put science at the centre of his ministry. Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday, he said that the environment ministry started as a scientific ministry but lost its

They just might bust your budget before The Budget

The government on Thursday said it may decide before the beginning of the Budget session of parliament on the Kirit Parikh Panel recommendations of freeing the oil prices and increasing the rates of kerosene and cooking fuel. "By next

Army rules violated in Sukna case: former military secy

Former Military Secretary Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash, who is facing court martial in the Sukna land scam, on Thursday challenged the punitive action against him, saying Army rules were violated in the case. He approached the Armed Forces Tribu

India decides to have foreign secy-level talks with Pak

In an ice-breaking decision, India has offered to have Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan to discuss terrorism and any other issue that could lead to peace between the two neighbours. The offer of talks has been made to Pakistan a

Ministers could hand over business to trusts: Khurshid

Following the prime minister`s reported call to his cabinet colleagues to stay away from any business interest, Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today suggested that ministers could hand over their businesses to a trust, as is being prac

GACL windmill project in Rajkot to be commissioned by March

The 21 MW windmill project of the Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL) at the Maliya Miyana site in Rajkot district will be commissioned by March 2010, a top company official said on Thursday. "In its endeavour to further red

Committee set up to suggest improvement in IIT JEE

The government on Thursday set up a committee to suggest reforms in the IIT joint entrance examination but did not take any decision on the proposed fee hike in the elite institutes. At a brainstorming session on IITs, chaired by Human Res

Rahul will go to Mumbai, Thackeray will rabble rouse

Upping the ante in the "Mumbai for all" row, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray today ordered party cadres to greet Rahul Gandhi with black flags to mark their protests when he visits Mumbai tomorrow after the unfazed Congress leader stuck

Pachauri a climate evangelist, says Jairam

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday declared that the government would not go by "climate evangelists" like R K Pachauri but would have its own bodies to scientifically assess impact of climate change on the Himalayan glaciers

Fuel price hike may not be steep

A day after an expert group suggested freeing petrol and diesel prices and steep hikes in LPG and kerosene rates to combat the rising input cost, the government hinted on Thursday that it may not accept the report in totality and will protect the

No compromise on rural healthcare: Azad

Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has assured that the Bachelor of Rural Medicine and Surgery (BRMS) course would provide a community based solution to the public health and would not compromise the quality of rural healthcare. He was address

Bt Brinjal a conspiracy of MNCs: MP govt

Terming the move to introduce Bt Brinjal as a "conspiracy" by MNCs, Madhya Pradesh government today said it would not allow GM crops and would pass a legislation, if necessary, to ban them. Agriculture being a state subjec

Can`t demote former CMs: Meghalaya FM

Amid a row over the elevation of three MLAs of the ruling Congress-led alliance to the rank of chief minister, Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Mukul Sangma 0oday asserted that a legislator who was a chief minister in the past cannot be "demot

Govt must uphold, implement law: Julio Rebeiro

Reacting to the Bombay high court`s observations on the Thackerays, former IPS officer Julio Rebeiro told Governance Now that the rule of law must be upheld by the government. When it wasn`t done, it amounted to bad governance and forced people to

Food inflation up at 17.56%

Food inflation inched up to 17.56 percent for the week ended January 23 on account of rising prices of potato and pulses.  The wholesale price-based food inflation was 17.40 percent in the previous week. Potato prices jumped by

Why have a limit of Rs 10 lakh?

The National Election Watch has dug up some interesting facts of the Jharkhand elections held last year. These include, average expenses of candidates were a mere Rs 1.98 lakh, though the election commission has fixed a limit of Rs 10 lakh. From t

Thackeray`s diagnosis: anti-Mumbai virus has spread

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Thursday termed as "Goebbels` propaganda" the raking up the issue of Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad`s visit to his residence here five years ago, saying an anti-Mumbai virus has spread but it would ha

Farooq promises duty free imports to power solar mission

Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for New and Renewal Energy, is gung-ho about the solar mission and is ready to do whatever it takes to make it a success. He is planning to fully exempt import duties on solar panels and other components and provide

Instant help on running trains for harassed women

Poonam Singh, a 25 year old Delhi-based environment consultant, more often than not avoids travelling alone on train from Delhi to Patna, her home town. Having heard a number of stories of crime against women on running trains, she does not want t

Maya bats for farmers

The Uttar Pradesh government has declared that it will not allow sugar mills to process imported raw sugar until crushing of canes is completed. The state government had earlier deferred import and transport of raw sugar in the stat

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