Rail Budget in nutshell: no hike in fares, freight

Mamata Banerjee`s Railway Budget for 2010-11 has no increase in the passenger fares of any class or category of trains. Freight tariffs have also remained the same.  Service charges for e-tickets and freight charges for food-grains will be re

Commonwealth Games likely to make money

The government says the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Delhi in October, is likely to generate a net revenue of about Rs.80 crore. The quantum of revenue likely to be generated dur

Deficiencies in the implementation of NREGA procedural in nature: RD ministry

The deficiencies in the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA in the four years of its implementation are mainly procedural in nature, the minister of state for rural development Pradeep Jain Aditya informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. It

UP lifts ban on raw sugar imports, price may ease

In a move that would ease prices of sugar, the Uttar Pradesh government has lifted a nearly three- month ban on import of raw sugar into the state, official sources said today. "Cane Commissioner Sudhir M Bobade has written a l

Naxal-hit states top list in shortfall of IPS officers

Even as anti-naxal operation involving over 60,000 central security personnel is underway, naxal affected states like West Bengal and Orissa top the list of states with less than sanctioned strength of IPS officers. While the sancti

3G auction scheduled for April 9

Department of telecom has announced the schedule of 3G auction beginning tomorrow. The notice inviting applications for the auction will be issued tomorrow, with the last date of submission of application to be 19th March’2010. A moc

20 studies commissioned to assess the success in the implementation of NREGA

RD ministry has commissioned 20 studies in January 2010 to assess the success in the implementation of NREGA after four years of its launch, the Minister of State for Rural Development Pradeep Jain Aditya informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday

Mamata`s mantra for railways` growth: PPP

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee set the tone for her budget declaring that she preferred social responsibility to economic viability, amidst expectation of goodies for West Bengal. She said her government stood for inclusive growth. She a

RD ministry wants more banks, post offices in rural areas

The central government’s flagship job guarantee programme NREGS has glitches at the delivery point with delay in payments to beneficiaries being the common grievance.  To iron this out the ministry of rural development, the noda

Plane from Karachi lands at IGI without ATC clearance

A chartered plane coming from Karachi and flown by two Belgian nationals made an unscheduled landing at the IGI airport here without clearance from the ATC due to some technical problems, officials said today. The incident happened

Jean Dreze, Aruna Roy support ban on Bt Brinjal

Activists, including Jean Dreze and Aruna Roy, have come out in support of environment minister Jairam Ramesh`s decision to put on hold Bt Brinjal pending further study. Interestingly, the support comes amidst growing discontent wit

"Anti-inflationary steps to continue"

On Monday, when the government came under severe attack in parliament on spiralling prices, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said fiscal measures had been taken to cool down inflation and that several of them would continue in the next fiscal too

Pulses import: centre says no to states

The centre has ruled out allowing states to import pulses as it fears that presence of more players in the global market will lead to exorbitant rise in prices in the international markets. "The government decided that permitti

Congress MPs defy leadership, campaign for Telangana openly

A group of 10 Congress MPs seem to have won over NCP leader Sharad Pawar in their fight to get statehood for Telangana on Tuesday.   These MPs are part of the Joint Action Committee which is opposing the terms of reference of th

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.

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


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