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Travel advisories worry government

Centre is concerned over frequent travel advisories by foreign governments which would not only hit tourist inflow but may hit the foreign direct investments (FDI) too. A senior official privy to the deliberations at the Cabionet Co

Sena snubs Pawar, says won`t allow Oz players in IPL-3

In a snub to Union minister Sharad Pawar, Bal Thackeray said on Monday that the Shiv Sena would not allow Australian cricketers to play in the IPL which starts next month, a threat which the NCP supremo had wanted the Sena chief to withdraw.

US, UK and Oz issue travel advisories after Pune blast

The US, the UK and Australia have issued travel advisories to their citizens in view of the bomb blast at a famous eatery frequented by foreigners in Pune, asking them to maintain a "heightened situational awareness and a low profile".

Gogoi demands separate railway zone for NE

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has called for creation of an exclusive railway zone for the northeast. In a letter to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, made available to the media today, Gogoi urged for inclusion of the proposal i

ATF prices to fall by 2.5 percent from midnight

State-owned oil firms today cut aviation turbine fuel (ATF) price by 2.5 per cent on falling global rates to give some relief to Indian carriers. Jet fuel price in Delhi was cut by Rs 974 per kilolitre or 2.5 per cent to Rs 37,982 p

Petro Min pressing for deregulating fuel prices

The Petroleum Ministry is pushing for freeing petrol and diesel prices from government control and is awaiting political consensus on the issue to implement it. The ministry is also proposing a marginal hike in domestic LPG and kero

India`s defence expenditure to be commensurate with growth

India`s defence expenditure will increase "in proportion" with its economic growth rate, defence  minister A K Antony said here on Monday. "India`s defence expenditure is 2.5 per cent of its GDP and the economy i

Policy on open schooling soon

The government will be framing a policy which will enable regular schools adapt distance-education programme aimed at enhancing the acceptability of open schools "A national policy will be evolved under which regular schools will embr

Govt forms panel for Copyright Act amendment

Facing opposition from certain sections of film fraternity over the proposed amendment to Copyright Act, the government today set up a panel of experts, including Bollywood star Aamir Khan, to examine the issue and submit a report.

A new train to Bangladesh

The Tripura state capital will be connected with Akhaura railway station in Bangladesh, by 2014, official sources said. The decision for linking Agartala station with Akhaura, just 13 km from here, was taken during Bangladesh Prime Ministe

UN climate panel admits new error

The UN climate change panel has admitted to having imprecisely stated in a key report that 55 per cent of The Netherlands is under sea level, saying that is only the area at risk of flooding. The Dutch government this month asked th

What ails PPP in e-governance?

  I look at the public and the private as part of the same space. I don’t see there is a great degree of differentiation in skills, quality of knowledge that comes from public private partnership (PPP). In attitudes, yes but not

4,000 guest houses to serve liquor in delhi

Around 4,000 guest houses in Delhi will soon be able to serve liquor to their guests. According to a report in Mail Today, excise minister A K Walia has said that the proposal has been cleared and they will start giving out licences once they get

Taj case accused R K Sharma back in Maya`s inner circle

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Saturday effected a major shake-up in her top bureaucracy. Significantly, one of the top slots has gone to a controversial IAS officer, R K Sharma who is a key accused in the Rs

Need 40,000 new edn institutions next year on: Kapil Sibal

Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal today said private sector participation and investment are essential in providing quality education to all in the country. "In the next few years, around 40,000 more colleges and

Fuel price hike on the agenda

The government may have deferred a hike in prices of petroleum products but the issue is still being debated. Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Petroleum Minister Murli Deora will meet today to study the Kirit Parikh report on petroleum pricin

Soon, bus tickets will be available at stops

Very soon, people travelling on Delhi roads will find bus conductors issuing tickets at bus stops, rather than inside the buses. The government plans to introduce this before the commonwealth games. Explaining the mo

Himalayan system of medicine a course of study soon

The Ayush department of the health ministry may soon be more diverse with the traditional medicine system of the sub-himalayan region added under its purview. The Sowa Rigpa or the Amachi system of medicine practiced in the high alt

Right to education to be enforced from April

After much consultations, the government has finalised the sharing of funds in the ratio of 65 to 35 between the centre and the states for implementing the law making education a fundamental right. The Right of Children to Free and

Is Chavan Maha CM or SRK`s bodyguard, asks Thackeray

Continuing his tirade against Ashok Chavan, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today asked whether the Congress leader was the chief minister of Maharashtra or bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan`s bodyguard. "Is Chavan the chief ministe

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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