End of poverty still a dream

Will India be able to eradicate poverty by 2015? No, says a report prepared by Social Watch, a a non-governmental organisation that monitors governance. In the report, India figures in the same bracket as sub-Saharan Africa. “

Who will throw these VIP squatters out?

As many as 22 politicians continue to be unauthorised occupants of government bungalows in prime locations across New Delhi. Subhash Chandra Agrawal, a Delhi-based RTI activist got this information from the director of estates (mini

Deora favours RIL on royalty issue

Oil Minister Murli Deora today said Reliance Industries need not club marketing margin with the gas sale price for purpose of calculating royalty - a statement that overturns a suggestion by oil regulator DGH. DGH had wanted the $0.

Court slams CBI, issues fresh arrest warrant against Sajjan

A Delhi court today slammed CBI for "not being serious in apprehending" Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and other accused in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases and asked its director to personally supervise the process after issuing fresh non-baila

Chidambaram says no to conditional offer for talks

Responding to the ceasefire offer by Maoists, government today made it clear that it will not accept any pre-conditions for talks with "ifs and buts" and asked the militants to come out with a simple statement saying they will abjure vio

Derailed at Old Delhi rly station

Parcels lying on platforms are a big risk to the passengers. Especially during the rush hours when everyone is rushing towards the coaches. They can cause accidents. But unmindful of the risk, the railways let these parcel strewn around for hours.

Govt, opposition slug it out on price rise in parliament

The government and the opposition are geared up for a fight over the mode of discussion on price rise. Though the government has agreed to suspend discussion of the president`s address to the joint session of parliament to take up the pric

Mergers and acquisitions gaining momentum

With the shadows of financial crisis receding from a recovering economy, India-related mergers and acquisitions are likely to gain momentum in the months ahead, top investment bankers today said. "We are likely to see more cros

Hours after ceasefire offer, Maoist attack security camp

Hours after offering a conditional 72-day ceasefire to the centre and West Bengal government, Maoists attacked the Kantapahari camp of the security forces in West Midnapore district, leaving one person dead. The attack took place la

Maoists offers 72-day ceasefire from Feb 25

The Maoists have made a conditional ceasefire offer asking the government to halt the offensive against them for 72 days and involve mediators for talks. "State governments and the centre should not indulge in violence between

Ministry mulls on `real` wages for NREGA workers

With spiralling food prices affecting the purchasing power of earnings received by NREGA workers, the government has decided to set up an expert group to link wages of these workers to changes in prices. "We will give real wage

Govt to start 3G spectrum auction process by weekend

Ending suspense over 3G spectrum auction, the government said on Monday it will start the process by this week-end by issuing bid document, as all issues with the law and the finance ministries stand resolved. "The Department o

Rs 1,100 cr Signature Bridge for Delhi soon

The controversial `signature` bridge in East Delhi may finally see the light of the day, with Delhi government floating tender for the over Rs 1,100 crore project. The tender for construction of the showpiece project of the city gov

Cabinet to decide on Air India`s future: Patel

The government would take a call on the future of ailing Air India, which plans to raise its working capital by Rs 1,000 crore in the near future. "We will put the whole picture before the Cabinet," Civil Aviation Minister

Anti-dumping duty on Chinese penicillin

India is considering imposing an anti-dumping duty on import of two variants of anti-bacterial drug pencilin to protect the domestic industry from cheap Chinese and Mexican shipments. "The provisional anti-dumping duty to be im

SC asks EC to decide if elephant statues in UP are poll symbols

The supreme court on Monday asked the election commission to decide whether the installation of statues of elephants at the cost of the state exchequer by the Mayawati government in Lucknow and Noida amounts to the installation of election symbol

All profitable PSUs to be listed on bourses: Patil

The government today expressed its resolve to divest stake in PSUs and said that all profitable public sector enterprises would be listed on the stock exchanges with at least 10 per cent public holding. "For providing the commo

Govt to set up 10k towers in rural areas

With a vision to connect the rural masses, the government will set up 10,000 telecom towers across the country this fiscal with financial support from the USO Fund, a corpus for providing affordable telephone services in rural areas.

Prime Minister is silent on fertiliser subsidy issue?

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appealed to the opposition to allow smooth functioning of the parliament during the budget session, saying all issues agitating them could be debated on the floor of the house. But he kept quite whe

President avoids mention of Telangana

President Prathibha Patil speech did not reflect UPA-II`s seriousness on Telangana. Since it is the UPA-II which set up the Justice Srikrishna Committee to look into statehood demand for Telangana, it is a mystery why the issue didn`t figure in he

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


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