Is India succumbing to US on defence deals?

Is government under pressure from the United States to cancel fat defence orders to the European companies and go for purchases from the American firms? The question is being raised after Defence Minister A K Antony recently struck

Budget session starts today, slew of bills on card

A slew of bills including one for setting up an equal opportunity commission and another on checking corruption in the judiciary and for ensuring accountability among judges will be tabled during the budget session of parliament beginning today.

Excise duty may go up, direct tax code unlikely

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will present Budget 2011 on Friday, amid speculation that excise duty may be raised as part of a partial rollback of the stimulus measures. However, direct tax rates are not likely to be tweaked for

Programme on adolescent girls` reproductive health soon

A community-led programme on adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health needs would soon be developed by the health ministry. Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in New Delhi on Saturday. He was speaking at the release of a s

Computers in just 14 pc of 1.3 million schools

Only fourteen percent of 1.3 million schools have computers while 86% of these schools have electricity,  Arun Mehta, professor at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) stated here on Friday.

Panic over a possible fee hike in private schools

Jaismine Kaur’s six-year-old daughter is studying in prepatory class in a Delhi school. She is paying Rs 1,400 as monthly fee. The school increased the fee last year after approval from the Delhi Government. Kaur is now worried if the school

Delhi CM to meet Sibal, discuss school fee issue

With HRD Minister Kapil Sibal suggesting that fees or teachers` salaries in private schools cannot be regulated by government, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said she will meet him to discuss the issue and arrive at clear-cut guidelines

Nature therapy for Yamuna

Several experts believe the government has been following a flawed method of cleaning up the Yamuna. So when Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit reiterated recently that the river would not be cleaned up by the time Commonwealth Games are held, th

Derailed at New Delhi rly station

Shakeel Ahmed has a simple query but he has been waiting for two hours at the enquiry counter of New Delhi railway station. He just needs to find out the status of his train to Bahraich district in Uttar Pradesh. But there is nobody across the win

File complaints online with Maha police now

The Maharashtra government unveiled its e-police complaint system at the 13th national conference at Jaipur on Friday. With the launch of this e-gov initative the residents of Maharashtra will be able to register a police complaint

No immediate withdrawal of stimulus: Sen

Disagreeing with the suggestion of the Prime Minister`s advisory panel, India`s Chief Statistician Pronab Sen said on Friday there is no case for immediate withdrawal of stimulus as the economic recovery is not broadbased. "I t

Mobile number portability to be launched from May

Communication Minister A Raja said on Friday that the mobile number portability, which would allow users to switch service providers without having to change their phone numbers, would be launched in the first week of May. In the fi

Inflation may go beyond food items: PM panel

The Prime Minister`s economic advisory panel has warned that inflation could go beyond rising food prices next fiscal and advised the central bank to be prepared for such an eventuality. In its economic review for 2009-10, the PM`s

Telangana: JAC for en masse resignation of legislators

The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) insisted on Friday that resignations of public representatives would pave way for the realisation of the separate statehood goal, even as TDP legislators refused to quit and Congress walked out of the pan

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

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