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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

Pachauri won`t apologise, admits IPCC`s credibility damaged

Top Indian scientist Rajendra Pachauri has refused to apologise for a false claim made in a landmark report by the UN climate change panel headed by him that Himalayan glaciers could melt away by 2035, even as he admitted that the mistake had dama

For Bundelkhand, NREGA to get value addition

The central government wants the poor to get self-employed while working under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). The Rural Development Ministry is considering an initiative to launch a Rural Livelihood Project

`Breaking news` hitting media credibility: Sheila

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said the rush to break news is hitting the media industry`s credibility and asked the Press Trust of India to also consider starting a television service given its track-record of providing authenti

S-30 founder meets PM; seeks 3 chances in IIT-JEE for poor kids

The founder of the `Super 30` initiative, which provides free coaching to rural youths to crack the IIT entrance, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday and requested him to allow poor students three chances to appear in the test instead o

Legislatures and people`s hopes: Meira Kumar for self-assessment

Expressing concern over the gradual declining standards of legislatures in performing their duties, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday said there is a need for legislative bodies to make a self-assessment on meeting the people`s expectatio

NREGA workers demand more work, more wages

It was National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) workers’ day out at Vigyan Bhawan. The workers completing 100 days of work under the scheme got a chance to share their experiences during the mega Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Sammelan in New D

Dreze and Roy upset at tinkering in NREGS

Two key architects of the NREGS, Jean Dreze and Aruna Roy, boycotted the fourth anniversary celebration of the scheme held here on Tuesday to protest against its apparent dilution. In a letter to the Rural Development Minister C P J

Siemens to produce wind turbines

Siemens, a leading infrastructure provider company, has announced it will invest Rs.1,600 crore in India over the next three years. A major part of this will be invested in the renewable energy market and to expand its existing production capacity

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