Special courts for corruption cases in Bihar

Tightening noose around corrupt public servants in Bihar, the state government has decided to constitute special courts for hearing corruption cases against such officials under the Bihar Special Courts Act. The state cabinet approv

Rangarajan for withdrawal of stimulus

Prime Minister`s Economic Advisory Council chairman C Rangarajan on Wednesday said that the government should come out with a roadmap for withdrawal of stimulus in the upcoming budget. "What is required, is a roadmap towards no

What ails PPP in eGovernance?

Four years ago, in 2006, the central government launched the National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) to use IT in the delivery of government services. Until then there were pockets of eGovernance initiatives in the country. Aimed at taking

AP govt to move SC over Mulsim-quota

A day after Andhra Pradesh High Court quashed four per cent reservations for Muslims in educational institutions and jobs, the state government on Tuesday decided to file an appeal in the Supreme Court. "We are going in for an

Scindia wants stimulus to continue for now

The commerce ministry wants the stimulus packages for exporters to continue for some more time till the sector recovers completely. "We have urged the finance ministry that incentive schemes relating to commerce and industry be

Fresh protest against SRK film, over 1,000 Sainiks detained

In a crackdown against Shiv Sena, over 1000 of its activists have been detained ahead of the release of Shah Rukh Khan starrer `My Name is Khan` after the party stepped up its protest against the film over the actor`s remarks favouring inclusion o

Delhi High Court issues notices to BBCI, ICC, ECB

The Delhi High court on Tuesday issued notices to Board of Control for Cricket in India, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and International Cricket Council over a petition filed by Essel Sports, owner of Indian Cricket League, for not giving

Moratorium on Bt Brinjal wise decision: M S Swaminathan

Stakeholders and experts today termed the government`s moratorium on Bt Brinjal as a "wise decision" and asked it to form a transparent and credible regulatory system to carry out tests for any probable future use. "I

Amnesty opposes Vedanta ops in Orissa

The Amnesty International on Tuesday said that UK-based firm Vedanta should not be given mining rights in the forested Niyamgiri Hills of Orissa until it got "informed consent" of the tribal people. London–based Amne

A series of measures to give DGCA more teeth

The government has initiated a series of measures to strengthen the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and give it more teeth. While there has been a long-pending demand for segregation of DGCA`s supervisory and regulatory

Bt Brinjal frozen until indpendent scientific study, says Ramesh

Facing intense opposition from within and outside, government today refused to give a go-ahead to commercial cultivation of Bt Brinjal, a genetically-modified version of the vegetable that is said to be more resistant to pests. Announcing

Anti-Maoist ops launched in Bengal, Jharkhand

Expressing confidence of reclaiming areas dominated by Maoists, Union Home minister P Chidambaram today said inter-state operations against them had been launched in West Bengal and Jharkhand. "The meeting discussed inter-state

Six states reject model bill on groundwater

Six states, including Punjab, have rejected a model bill aimed at conserving groundwater claiming that either it was too harsh on the people or that they required no such law. The ministry of water resources had drafted the `Model B

Rahul under attack for calling Mumbai `Bombay`

In a fresh salvo against Rahul Gandhi, Shiv Sena today flayed the `Congress yuvraj` for calling Mumbai as Bombay during his recent visit to the city. "During his speech here, Rahul Gandhi repeatedly called Mumbai as Bombay. Tho

Bt Brinjal decision will reflect general sentiment: Ramesh

Barely a day left for his ministry to take a final call on commercialisation of Bt Brinjal, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday that the decision would reflect "people`s general sentiment". "I have to be

Nath revises 20-km-day NH target to June

Road Transport Minister Kamal Nath hass revised the ambitious target of achieving 20km of highway construction per day to June, from the earlier set deadline of March. "The target (of 20 km a day) will be achieved in June. We l

Social sector spending, fiscal stimulus to keep deficit high

The fiscal deficit for the next financial year is likely to be more than 5.5% forecast earlier as the government is keen to step up expenditure on agriculture and social sectors, official sources said. Slower-than-envisioned unwindi

Montek for withdrawl of stimulus package

Expressing satisfaction at the 7.2 per cent growth estimates for this fiscal, the planning commission pitched for phased withdrawal of stimulus in the forthcoming budget to be unveiled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 26.

Delhi Assembly to start from Mar 15

The budget session of Delhi Assembly will start from March 15 and end on April one, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said today. A cabinet meeting, presided over by Dikshit, recommended to Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna to call th

More business incubators to be set up in country

Aiming to augment research and entrepreneurship, the government is contemplating to set up more number of business incubators across the country. The business incubators are designed to accelerate the successful development of entre

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


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