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Water charges likely to be hiked in Mumbai

After six years, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), is likely to hike water charges as the cost of water production has escalated, a top civic official said. Owing to increase in the cost of water production, MCGM,

Capitation fee may attract jail term; GoM clears landmark bill

Charging capitation fee or failure of educational institutions to keep promises could attract imprisonment up to three years for guilty administrators or fine up to Rs 50 lakh for the institute. A Group of Ministers, headed by Agric

Shyam Saran resigns as PM`s climate envoy

Shyam Saran on Friday resigned as Special Envoy on Climate Change and wrote to Prime Minister. And it was accepted by the PM. Saran retired as foreign secretary before joining the PMO as a special envoy. He worked under M K Narayana

PM`s panel makes case for partial roll back of stimulus

Ahead of the budget, Prime Minister`s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) today made a case for a partial roll back of stimulus by way of raising excise duties and reducing expenditure - which would automatically help reduce the fiscal deficit.

Who will educate the schools?

Government schools across Delhi are not adequately prepared to implement the Right to Education Act 2009, which is yet to be notified. This is the finding of a committee formed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) t

Protection for whistleblowers

Mumbai Police Commissioner D. Shivanandan has issued a circular directing all police stations to promptly take cognizance of complaints lodged by activists and concerned citizens. According to the circular, when an activist makes a

PM`s panel blames govt policies for inflation

The Prime Minister`s Economic Council (PMEAC), headed by former RBI governor C Rangarajan, has come out with a bitter truth. It is the government`s monetary policy which is giving a wing to the inflation and the government should better reduce the

Economic growth to exceed 7.2% in 2009-10: PMEAC

The Prime Minister`s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) expects the economy to grow by over 7.2 percent during the current fiscal and exceed 8 per cent in 2010-11, thanks to increased economic activity. "We are making an initial

Centre okays 5,000 more postgraduate medical seats

India will soon start producing 5,000 more postgraduate doctors every year. The Centre on Thursday gave the go-ahead to raising the number of postgraduate seats across 148 state government medical colleges. Nearly 4,000 seats will be added

Mumbai cops busy protecting VIPs

Even as Mumbai continues to be on the radar of terror groups, the state police is busy protecting the VIPs. According to the response to an RTI application, more than 1500 policemen provided security cover to VIPs or were on bandobast duties.

Govt hikes urea prices by 10%

The government on Thursday decided to raise the retail price of urea by 10 percent and allowed manufacturers to fix the rates of DAP and MOP fertilisers. The decisions, a part of new nutrient-based subsidy (NBS) scheme approved by t

Security clearance must for global conferences

No international conference, seminar or workshop will be allowed in India henceforth without security clearance and scrutiny of the participants by the home ministry and the organisers will have to submit request for clearance at least six weeks b

Sachin Tendulkar to bat for water

Come Saturday, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar will be seen appealing to Mumbaikars on their TV screens to use water judiciously, as the city is facing one of its worst water crisis, top civic officials said. Municipal Corporation o

Govt may make CSC services free

The public grievances minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday suggested that government services being provided through common service centres (CSCs) be made available free of charge for all citizens. The department of administrative

India takes first step to bring back black money from abroad

Unnoticed by the press, India has concluded its first tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) complying with OECD standards in the fight against tax havens. The information was shared by the finance ministry with visiting Organisation for Econom

Ka se kamputer, not kabootar: Sachin Pilot

"IT services need to be taken to villages, and its success will be measured in real sense when children in villages start saying `Ka  se Kamputer and not Ka se Kabotar’", said  Minister of State for IT Sachin Pilot at the

HC refuses relief to Sajjan Kumar

The Delhi high court on Thursday refused to give interim relief to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, facing threat of arrest in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases. A K Pathak, the judge, refused to restrain the CBI from arresting him till Monda

Why troopers in Osmania university campus?

The supreme court on Thursday questioned the presence of paramilitary forces inside the Osmania University campus in Hyderabad. The court  directed the Andhra Pradesh government to explain by Friday under whose instructions th

ONGC, GAIL to pick stake in China gas pipeline

The government today permitted ONGC and GAIL to pick 12.5 per cent stake in a pipeline that China is building in Myanmar, and allowed them to invest $ 1 billion more in fields that will provide gas to be shipped to China through the pipeline.

Punjab and Haryana HC judges to make assets public

The Punjab and Haryana high court will be the fourth in the country where judges will make their assets public by March 31. A decision to this effect was taken by a full court bench on Wednesday after it agreed on a relatively trans

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