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

Bring corporate tax down to 25%: BJP

The BJP has strongly objected to the Direct Tax Code (DTC) the government is planning to replace the present tax regime with, saying that it is against the interest of the "aam admi" as it would burden him with more taxes.

More security at Gateway of India, Mumbai sea link

The Maharashtra government has constituted a committee headed by Chandra Iyengar,  additional chief secretary (home), to  prepare a comprehensive policy for security at the iconic Gateway of India – right opposite the Taj hotel whi

Justice Srikrishna heads Telangana panel

The central government on Wednesday constituted an expert committee, chaired by retired Supreme Court Justice B.N. Srikrishna, to examine the demand for a separate Telangana state. The committee will hold wideranging consultations w

BJP opposes Direct Tax Code

The Bhartiya Janata Party is not in favour of the Direct Tax Code (DTC) proposed to replace the Income Tax Act. It urged the UPA government not to hurl the taxpayers from the frying pan to the fire by making sweeping changes. Its wo

Court revives Chenab hydel project

A fresh water row may erupt between India and Pakistan over 1200MW Sawalkot hydro-power project on the Chenab river in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. The project has been revived by the J&K high court, which quashed a state cabinet decisi

Rahul, Udhav spar on migrant issue

The war of words between Rahul Gandhi and Shiv Sena over the Mumbai migrant issue intensified today with the Congress leader asserting that India is for all Indians and Udhav Thackeray accusing him of insulting Marathi policemen who were killed in

Move afoot to amend RTI?

The government may well be planning to amend the Right to Information Act. At least that is what Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi thinks. Talking to Governance Now, Gandhi said he was getting "clear signals" that a

Bad governance, frittering away public money

Going even by all the extra-constitutional arrangements made in the past to keep governments afloat, the Meghalaya case is unparalleled in its sheer absurdity. The state now boasts of three more men holding "the rank and status of the chief m

Padma Shri for ex-militant

It can`t get murkier than this. This year`s list of Padma awardees includes a surrendered Kashmiri militant against whom cases of extortion and attempted murder are pending. According to a

Ministers upset babus will get to grade them

A score of union ministers are upset over the prime minister constituting a panel of bureaucrats to grade their ministries` performance and give "zero" to those not able to complete even 60 per cent of targets. Those headi

Raja raises alarm on IT tax sops, bats for industry

Communications and Information Technology Minister A Raja has warned that withdrawal of income tax holiday to Software Technology Parks (STP) in 2010-11 Budget will have “devastating” effect and said the scheme should be modified to pu

Thank Cong for small mercies, says 3 CMs get perks not power

Congress has expressed unhappiness over the appointment of four `chief ministers` in Meghalaya, dubbing it as "relatively unusual", but defended the move citing political instability in the state. At a media briefing, part

Now rly tickets at post offices

In a bid to facilitate passengers, railway tickets would henceforth be available even at post offices in Mumbai. To begin with, this facility has been introduced at four post offices namely Girgaon, Dadar, Chembur and Mandvi in the

`Fiscal discipline missing`

That government departments routinely spend in excess of the budget allocated to them has been brought to the fore by the Public Accounts Committee. In its latest report, the committee says some of the ministries and departments "continue to

Elect one CM, get three free... loaders!

Political instability plagues many small states but none can match Meghalaya’s story. Ever since the state came into being in 1972, only two chief ministers, W A Sangma and S C Marak, have completed their terms in office. Think of any bizarr

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