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India ranks below Bangladesh, Nepal in inclusive development index

India has fared worse than its neighbours: Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China, in an inclusive development index. World Economic Forum’s Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017 said that India, with a score of only 3.38, ra

Steel policy to boost steel production to 300 million tonnes by 2030-31

Minister of steel Chaudhary Birender Singh chaired a meeting of the parliamentary consultative committee attached to the ministry of steel in New Delhi on initiatives taken by the steel ministry to enhance demand and production of steel in the cou

Manufacturing growth has underpinned Indiaís economic performance: ILO

Manufacturing growth has underpinned India’s recent economic performance, which may help buffer demand for the region’s commodity exporters, said an International Labour Organisation (ILO) report. The report “World

Demonetisation expected to temporarily dampen Indiaís oil appetite: Analysts

The dramatic rise in India`s oil demand shows no signs of faltering, leading analysts say that the country will remain a driver of Asian growth in 2017.  Consumption is expected to rise by 7-8% this year, outpacing China`s demand gr

Railway Budget: A new track

This time of the year, the corridors of Rail Bhawan on Delhi’s Raisina Road, would normally have been abuzz with activity as officials would be at work tightening the nuts and bolts of the railway budget. The exercise was so time consuming,

Deconstructing demonetisation

These days demonetisation is too much with us. It started with the PM’s address on November 8 and ended with the PM’s address on December 31, but its aftershocks are still being felt. In Mumbai, look at a BEST (sorry, MUTP) bus and as

SC issues notice to Govt, TRAI, Facebook, WhatsApp over data privacy

The supreme court on Monday has issued notice to the government, telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI), WhatsApp and Facebook regarding data privacy. The issue was first taken up by the Delhi high court last year, based on a

Digital literacy awareness programme for senior citizens in Mumbai

A digital education and awareness programme was organised by Centre for the Study of Social Change (CSSC) under union ministry of social justice and empowerment. Principal Advisor, CSSC and former Mumbai Mayor, Advocate Nirmala Sam

India fares poorly in global talent competitiveness index

India stood 92nd in the latest rankings of the global talent competitiveness index. Switzerland topped the rankings, with Singapore coming second. United Kingdom was in the third position. The report accompanying the rankings said t

About 2.68 crore disabled in India: Govt report

As per census 2011, in India, out of the 121 crore population, about 2.68 crore persons are ‘disabled’ which is 2.21 percent of the total population. In an era where ‘inclusive development’ is being emphasised as the right

44 high potential regional connectivity scheme airports in India: Report

As many as 44 high potential RCS airports have been identified from among 414 airfields available in India, said a report. The FICCI-KPMG report has presented over 370 possible destinations from the high-potential RCS airports, the

RBI holds over 500 tonnes of gold

The Reserve Bank holds 557.77 tonnes of gold; of which, 265.49 tonnes are held overseas in safe custody with the Bank of England and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Gold as a share of the total foreign exchange reserves in value term

No common standardised programme on sanitation systems: Expert

For an emerging country like India, it is easier to take part in exploratory missions to Mars than to tackle its sanitation challenge. The former can be addressed through a linear process spearheaded by the advanced, well-resourced Indian Space Re

ONGC begins to restore Varanasi kunds

 In order to restore the beauty and serenity of the kunds, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC), an energy maharatna, is all set to clean the four kunds based at Varanasi -- Durga kund, Lakshmi kund, Sarangnath kund and Laat Bhairav kun

Chinnamma is not Amma

Sasikala Natarajan, who is affectionately called Chinnamma, has easily slipped into the role of being the leader of the AIADMK following the death of chief minister J Jayalalithaa. But she has big shoes to fill and there could be choppy waters ahe

Water may be put in the concurrent list

Union minister Uma Bharti on Friday said that the centre is discussing the issue of bringing water into concurrent list with states. To place water in the concurrent list is a proposal which is over five-years old. In fact, the Asho

Govt invites bids to sell its 51 percent stake in Pawan Hans Ltd

  The department of investment and public asset management under the finance ministry has invited bids to appoint merchant bankers for selling the government’s entire 51 percent stake in Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd—a

India gets payments banks

Payments Banks have now become a reality for the Indian banking industry, with Airtel becoming the first licence-holder to roll out its services for 29 states. The leading telecom service provider launched its payments bank on Thursday.

OMCs to bear charges on digital transactions at fuel pumps

  State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) — Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd are likely to bear the burden of charges levied on digital transactions for

Over half of UP MLAs didnít ask a single question in past five years

A staggering 58 percent of MLAs did not ask any question, showed data compiled by PRS legislative research on the participation of members of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly (2012-2017). On average, each MLA asked 32 questions. T

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