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More steel in FIPB`s teeth, can clear FDI upto Rs 1200 cr

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today allowed the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to approve projects involving FDI inflow of Rs 1200 crore. Projects bigger than would now require CCEA`s approval. Presently, the

Finance panel report to be tabled in parliament

The cabinet on Thursday considered the recommendations of 13th Finance Commission and decided to place the report before parliament during the budget session. The report lays down the roadmap for sharing of taxes between the centre and st

Palakkad is country`s first totally electrified district

Union Power Minister S K Shinde will declare Palakkad as the country`s first district where all houses have electric connection on February 16. As a prelude to the function, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan on Thursday declared his assembl

Bihar to regulate coaching institutes

In order to check mushrooming of coaching institutes, Bihar government will bring a law to regulate their functioning, making it the first state to do so. The decision comes against the backdrop of violent protests against "tru

DG brothers embarrass MHA

There is  a sense of unease in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over an embarrassing lie which raises questions about appointment at two top posts in the paramilitary outfits. Vikram Srivastava, a 1973 batch UP-cadre IPS offi

India "welcomes" PoK youth wishing to return

The Centre, on Saturday, expressed readiness to facilitate return of all Kashmiri youths who had gone to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and now wish to come back denouncing militancy. "Those Indians who had crossed over to PoK and n

MNS uses Sena`s anti-SRK protest to target Big B

MNS chief Raj Thackeray today accused Shiv Sena of adopting dual standards, saying the party was insisting on an apology from Shah Rukh Khan over his pro-Pakistan remarks while keeping mum on megastar Amitabh Bachchan`s campaign for good ties with

No new dam on Ganga: Ramesh

Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh has ruled out any new dams on the Ganga river. Rajendra Singh, India`s waterman, said after meeting Ramesh that  “the minister has assured us that new dams will not get permission to come u

What ails PPP in eGovernance?

Even as the PPP is in the stage of conceptualisation, the government seems to think that there is no private partner involved. The plans that are developed, thus, seem wonderful on paper but are not sustainable in the long run as business models.

Schools asking for donation: Parents

The ongoing nursery admissions in the capital have turned out to be a way of making money for schools, if allegations by parents are to be believed. More than 100 parents have lodged complaints before the Directorate of Education of

`Residential property prices to rise by 10 pc`

Residential property prices are likely to rise by up to 10 per cent in the next six months as demand has picked up, says a realty consultant firm. "Prices can rise up to 10 per cent in the next two quarters in the housing segme

Shaheen should not be alone, Mr Chavan. Take her to the movie with your ministers.

The expected has happened. My Name Is Khan opened across the country this morning but in its place of birth, Mumbai. Shamefully, Bal Thackeray had his way this morning.  The Congress government in Maharashtra showed it has no steel in

Centre to spend Rs 1,000 cr on tribal education

In a bid to check dropouts and raise literacy among tribals, the centre is planning to spend Rs 1,000 crore on them for education in the next fiscal, Union Tribal Affairs minister Kantilal Bhuria said here on Wednesday. "The ce

Soon ayurvedic medicines in rural health centres

Ayurvedic medicines will soon be available at the government-run health centres in rural areas. Union health ministry plans to open separate counters for ayurvedic medicine in primary healthcare centres, district hospitals and community health cen

Just 11 engineers for 73,324 lifts in Maharashtra

There is just one engineer for more than 6,500 lifts each in Maharashtra. Shocking as it may be, Mumbai`s public works department (PWD) has said there are 11 engineers to inspect 73,324 registered lifts in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune regio

A ticking time bomb inside Home Ministry

There is panic in the Ministry of Home Affairs. An embarrassing lie that remained buried for the past 37 years has surfaced to put the ministry officials and the minister himself in a piquant situation. Vikram Srivastava, a 1973 batch UP-c

Court declines CBI`s request for more time in `84 riot case

A Delhi court on Wednesday refused to give further time to CBI to advance arguments on its closure report giving a clean chit to former union minister Jagdish Tytler. The court decision came keeping in view a recent directive of th

Govt sanctions Rs 315.34 crore for Ganga clean-up

The National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) has sanctioned a Rs 315.34 crore scheme to check pollution in river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh`s Allahabad district. "The NGRBA has sanctioned an ambitious scheme of Rs 315.34 crore

Cabinet to discuss fuel price-hike

The union cabinet is likely to discuss a petroleum ministry proposal for freeing petrol prices from government control and a moderate increase in diesel, cooking gas and kerosene rates on Thursday. Petroleum minister Murli Deora he

Special courts for corruption cases in Bihar

Tightening noose around corrupt public servants in Bihar, the state government has decided to constitute special courts for hearing corruption cases against such officials under the Bihar Special Courts Act. The state cabinet approv

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