How CBI gave clean chit to Chatwal

Two CBI directors played key role in letting NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal off the hook in the bank fraud case. They rejected the advice of their own investigators and refused to appeal against Chatwal`s discharge in the case. The

Punjab rivers to be cleaned up

The central government has announced a Rs 190 crore project to clean up rivers in Punjab. Environment minister Jairam Ramesh said the project would start with the cleaning up of Sutlej river, which falls in Jalandhar and Phillaur cities in Punjab.

Mixed response to grading system

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal`s statement on introducing grading in class XII has welcomed by many students Governance Now spoke to. Divya Wadhwan, who is busy preparing for her class XII exam this year, will not b

President`s tours: Economy travel or economy of truth?

GN Exclusive President Pratibha Patil visited eight countries in less than Rs 2 lakh. Don’t believe it?  If the response to an RTI application is anything to go by, Patil has manag

Paid News: Chavan questioned

Members of the inquiry committee set up by the Press Council to examine `paid news` met Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, whom the EC has served a notice after complaints that he allegedly paid newspapers for publishing stories in his favou

Rajasthan exempts imported sugar from VAT

With a view to control spiralling price, the Rajasthan government has announced VAT exemption on imported sugar in the state till June 30. "The decision to exempt four per cent VAT was taken by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Th

Just because his name is Khan?

His name is Khan, Shah Rukh Khan. He is a hugely successful cinema personality, a consummate businessman and generally a voice of reason on social issues. He represents a post-Independence Indian who is completely at ease with his national as much

Thackeray takes on Mukesh Ambani

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has attacked Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani over his recent statement that Mumbai belongs to all Indians. "Marathi people have as much right over Mumbai as Mukesh Ambani has over Reliance

3G spectrum auction put off

In a surprise move, the government has postponed to the next fiscal auction of spectrum for 3G telephony which was expected to bring in Rs.35,000 crore to the exchequer. According to senior officials in the Department of Telecom, La

RBI aims to reduce inflation

The Reserve Bank of India today increased mandatory cash reserve of banks held by it by 75 basis points in a bid to suck excess liquidity to combat rising inflation. However, short-term lending and borrowing rates between RBI and ba

MegaloMaya: Now public money to save her statues

After spending huge amounts of public money on erecting her statues, UP Chief Minister Mayawati now wants a special security force to guard these. The state government introduced the ‘UP State Special Zone Security Forces Bill 2010&r

Central university teachers on strike

Over 30,000 teachers of Central Universities across the country are on a two day strike from Thursday. The teachers are demanding changes in the regulation on service conditions which seeks to link their promotion to output. The teachers did not t

Grading system for class XII?

After Class-X, the government is contemplating introducing a grading system at Class-XII in CBSE stream. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said on Thursday the idea had already been mooted and a committee would examine how grading could be introduced at Cl

Registration must for travel agents

Tour and travel agents in the national capital will now have to get themselves registered. Delhi Government has made registration mandatory for tour and travel agents, ahead of the Commonwealth Games scheduled for October. "As

Centre questioned on rural healthcare

Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to file a detailed response on its action plan to provide trained medical practitioners for rural areas. A division bench, comprising Justice A. P. Shah and Justice R. S. Endlaw, on Wednesday ga

Food inflation up at 17.40 pc

Rise in prices of potato, pulses, egg and fruit and vegetables has pushed up food inflation to 17.40 percent for the week ending January 16, from 16.81 percent in the previous week. The measurement is based on wholesale price index.

India 123rd in pollution control

India ranks 123rd in 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), while Iceland leads the world in addressing pollution control and natural resource management challenges, the latest EPI index has revealed. Of the newly industrialise

PM warns against inimical forces

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today warned that inimical forces "both inside and outside India" were trying to stunt the country`s growth and called for defeating the `twin threats` of terrorism and communalism. "Inim

How technology delivers good governance

Technology can help improve governance only if efforts are made to bridge the gulf between the policy-makers and the masses. Distinguished participants highlighted this pressing need at a lively debate at the launch of Governance Now magazine and

Sheila Dikshit launches Governance Now

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit launched Governance Now, a fortnightly magazine and web portal, at a well-attended inaugural event in the capital today. The chief minister complimented the Governance Now promoters for launching the &qu

Visionary Talk: Arvind Sawant, Member of Parliament with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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