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3G spectrum: decks cleared for auction

The hurdles in the way of the third-generation (3G) spectrum auction have been removed, as the ministries of finance and law have given their nod to the move, according to reports. The finance ministry has cleared the decks for the

16 Rajasthan MPs yet to open MPLAD purses

Sixteen of Rajasthan`s 25 MPs have not spent a single penny on development works in their constituency even nine months after they were elected, the Dainik Bhaskar reported on Tuesday. Every MP gets Rs 2 crore a year for development

`Public reporters` can now report in their language!

Citizen journalists (we at Governance Now call them `public reporters`) are creating waves on TV channels and websites. But they have to file only in English or Hindi. What about, say, tribals who may not know these lan

Babus will not rate ministers: Cab Sec

The cabinet secretariat on Tuesday cleared the air on the proposed performance monitoring system (PMS) and said that bureaucrats will not be apprising the ministers` performance. “It has been reported in a section of the media

"Attack on police camp outrageous"

Terming the Maoists attack on a police camp in West Bengal as outrageous, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday accepted there were indications of "failure" in some aspects which only a detailed review would reveal. "

One national test for students: Sibal

Efforts are underway to hold a single national-level entrance test for students to get admission into engineering, medical and commerce courses from 2013, HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday said. "Efforts will be put to hold a

What ails PPP in e-governance?

In the last decade, one good thing that has happpend in the PPP is that it has become viable. Earlier, about a decade back, there was no viability for PPP, and therefore there were no takers. Today, a lot of thinking goes into a project be

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam wants to swap its coal mines

State-run steel maker Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) is looking at swapping two coal blocks in Jharkhand with other such reserves, citing difficulties in developing the mines to meet its growing raw material needs. Also, the firm is c

UP assembly okays anti-ragging bill

To effectively check the menace of ragging in educational institutions, the Uttar Pradesh vidhan sabha on Monday passed a bill in this regard which provides for a two-year jail term for the guilty. "The UP Shaikshik Sansthaon M

Ministers, bureaucrats of MP to disclose assets

Ministers in Madhya Pradesh will have to disclose the details of their property on the pattern of civil servants who were directed to furnish the information. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked all his ministers at a cabinet

Ministers, bureaucrats in MP to disclose property details

Ministers in Madhya Pradesh will have to disclose the details of their property on the pattern of civil servants who were directed to furnish the information. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked all his ministers at a cabinet

Travel advisories worry government

Centre is concerned over frequent travel advisories by foreign governments which would not only hit tourist inflow but may hit the foreign direct investments (FDI) too. A senior official privy to the deliberations at the Cabionet Co

Sena snubs Pawar, says won`t allow Oz players in IPL-3

In a snub to Union minister Sharad Pawar, Bal Thackeray said on Monday that the Shiv Sena would not allow Australian cricketers to play in the IPL which starts next month, a threat which the NCP supremo had wanted the Sena chief to withdraw.

US, UK and Oz issue travel advisories after Pune blast

The US, the UK and Australia have issued travel advisories to their citizens in view of the bomb blast at a famous eatery frequented by foreigners in Pune, asking them to maintain a "heightened situational awareness and a low profile".

Gogoi demands separate railway zone for NE

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has called for creation of an exclusive railway zone for the northeast. In a letter to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, made available to the media today, Gogoi urged for inclusion of the proposal i

ATF prices to fall by 2.5 percent from midnight

State-owned oil firms today cut aviation turbine fuel (ATF) price by 2.5 per cent on falling global rates to give some relief to Indian carriers. Jet fuel price in Delhi was cut by Rs 974 per kilolitre or 2.5 per cent to Rs 37,982 p

Petro Min pressing for deregulating fuel prices

The Petroleum Ministry is pushing for freeing petrol and diesel prices from government control and is awaiting political consensus on the issue to implement it. The ministry is also proposing a marginal hike in domestic LPG and kero

India`s defence expenditure to be commensurate with growth

India`s defence expenditure will increase "in proportion" with its economic growth rate, defence  minister A K Antony said here on Monday. "India`s defence expenditure is 2.5 per cent of its GDP and the economy i

Policy on open schooling soon

The government will be framing a policy which will enable regular schools adapt distance-education programme aimed at enhancing the acceptability of open schools "A national policy will be evolved under which regular schools will embr

Govt forms panel for Copyright Act amendment

Facing opposition from certain sections of film fraternity over the proposed amendment to Copyright Act, the government today set up a panel of experts, including Bollywood star Aamir Khan, to examine the issue and submit a report.

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


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