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Wayside amenities may be bid out separately

Wayside amenities may be bid out separately Projects to build wayside amenities on highways may now be bid out separately for all build-operate-transfer (BOT) road projects, according to a report. After toying with th

PM asks ministers to be accessible to MPs

In the wake of complaints about inaccessibility of some ministers, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked them to spare time for MPs who want to raise issues pertaining to the people. Singh has written to all union ministers, askin

Courts can order CBI probe without state`s consent: SC

The Supreme Court today ruled that courts have powers to order CBI probe without the consent of state governments with a rider that this should be used cautiously and sparingly. In a unanimous verdict, a five-judge Constitution Benc

There`s no governance in J-K: Omar`s aunt

Late Sheikh Abdullah`s eldest daughter Khalida Shah on Tuesday did not spare even her nephew Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, saying he has lost credibility and right to power as "at times, it seems there is no government." S

National eGov meet in Jaipur from today

Top eGov policy-makers and practioners will converge in Jaipur for the two-day 13th National Conference on e-Governance, the biggest annual event in this sector, which begins on Thursday Rajasthan Governor Prabha Rau will inaugurati

Tiger count inflated, says report

India’s wild tiger population is less than 1,411, the figure often claimed, the Hindustan Times reported on Wednesday. “It (the figure) is an exaggeration,” Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh said, whil

Food coupons may replace ration shops

The finance ministry is considering a proposal to do away with the public distribution system and start issuing food coupons to beneficiaries who can then buy food items from the open market, the Economic Times reported on Wednesday. Aimin

What ails PPP in e-governance?

The government`s failure in realizing Private Public Partnership (PPPs) is because of its own structural set up. It doesn`t have  adearth of schemes but implementation of the projects requires active cooperation between several departments. T

Palakkad, first fully electrified district in India

Palakkad has become the first fully electrified district of the country. Announcing this on Tuesday, Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, the government was working on a target of bringing electricity to all village

No clarity on timing of 3G auction: Raja

Telecom Minister A Raja said on Tuesday he was waiting for directions from the finance and the law Ministries on the timing for auctioning of third generation radio waves, which will help telcos offer faster data services. "The

US climate envoy supports India`s decision for its own panel

America`s top climate czar today supported the recent Indian announcement to establish its own panel on the climate change, saying that any scientific study is a welcome move. "I think it`s a good thing for countries to have an

Friends of Fernandes worried about his health

Long-time friends and political associates of socialist leader George Fernades are a worried lot. They are concerned about his treatment and well-being as his estranged wife Leila and son Sean have taken complete charge of him. They

Move to export sugar draws flak

The government`s move to allow export of 10,000 tons of sugar to the European Union has drawn flak from political parties, including the Congress. Officially the Congress sought to distance itself from centre`s decision saying it was not a

MCD launches amnesty-cum-tax settlement plan

MCD has launched a special `amnesty-cum-tax settlement` scheme to benefit property owners and tax payers for settlement of pending disputes. For the benefit of property owners and tax payers within the jurisdiction of MCD, an amnest

DoT allowed to invite bids for 3G spectrum auction

The law ministry is learnt to have allowed the department of telecom`s to invite bids for the auction of 3G spectrum, but without the crucial clause on refunding the bid amount if the radio frequency allocation does not happen by September 1.

One course for science and mathematics in all schools from 2011

School boards from across the country have decided to follow a common curriculum in science and mathematics for class XI and XII and work towards a common entrance test for admission into higher courses, including engineering and medicine.

UP mills allowed to sell imported raw sugar

The centre has allowed mills in Uttar Pradesh to sell raw sugar imported by them, but lying at various ports because of a ban, to mills in other states--a decision that will help augment availability of the sweetener and curb its price.

Pakistan offers to step up intelligence sharing with India

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday offered to enhance cooperation with India in the field of intelligence to avert attacks like the Pune blast that could “further the agenda of terrorists” who were holding the bilate

26/11 assembly panel not met even once

Flaying Maharashtra government for its `laidback` approach on security, Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse said on Monday that the panel set up to study "all aspects" of the Pradhan committee`s 26/11 report, had not met even once.

HuJI chief warns sports-persons against India visit

Vowing to carry out attacks across India, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based terror group HuJI has warned international sportspersons against visiting the country to participate in upcoming events like the Hockey World Cup, IPL and Commonwealth Games

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


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