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Centre okays 5,000 more postgraduate medical seats

India will soon start producing 5,000 more postgraduate doctors every year. The Centre on Thursday gave the go-ahead to raising the number of postgraduate seats across 148 state government medical colleges. Nearly 4,000 seats will be added

A farce in the name of security

The rattling of my window panes reverberates even today. For many in Sarojini Nagar, even after five years, a sound of a cracker brings back to memory the dreaded pre-Diwali blasts that rocked the market in 2005 turning the festive season into a m

Academics come out in support of AMU prof

Here is the full text of a petition letter from Saleem Kidwai, Nivedita Menon, Mary John, V. Geetha, Shilpa Phadke and 13 other teachers and academics from universities across India. The petition has been published in the Hindustan Times and s

Housewives challenge IT amendment

Two housewives here have challenged an amendment to the Income Tax Act under which those with investments even below the limit to attract income tax were required to furnish a Permanent Account Number (PAN) alongwith form 15G to avoid unnecessary

Mumbai cops busy protecting VIPs

Even as Mumbai continues to be on the radar of terror groups, the state police is busy protecting the VIPs. According to the response to an RTI application, more than 1500 policemen provided security cover to VIPs or were on bandobast duties.

Govt hikes urea prices by 10%

The government on Thursday decided to raise the retail price of urea by 10 percent and allowed manufacturers to fix the rates of DAP and MOP fertilisers. The decisions, a part of new nutrient-based subsidy (NBS) scheme approved by t

Security clearance must for global conferences

No international conference, seminar or workshop will be allowed in India henceforth without security clearance and scrutiny of the participants by the home ministry and the organisers will have to submit request for clearance at least six weeks b

Sachin Tendulkar to bat for water

Come Saturday, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar will be seen appealing to Mumbaikars on their TV screens to use water judiciously, as the city is facing one of its worst water crisis, top civic officials said. Municipal Corporation o

Govt may make CSC services free

The public grievances minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday suggested that government services being provided through common service centres (CSCs) be made available free of charge for all citizens. The department of administrative

India takes first step to bring back black money from abroad

Unnoticed by the press, India has concluded its first tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) complying with OECD standards in the fight against tax havens. The information was shared by the finance ministry with visiting Organisation for Econom

Ka se kamputer, not kabootar: Sachin Pilot

"IT services need to be taken to villages, and its success will be measured in real sense when children in villages start saying `Ka  se Kamputer and not Ka se Kabotar’", said  Minister of State for IT Sachin Pilot at the

HC refuses relief to Sajjan Kumar

The Delhi high court on Thursday refused to give interim relief to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, facing threat of arrest in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases. A K Pathak, the judge, refused to restrain the CBI from arresting him till Monda

Why troopers in Osmania university campus?

The supreme court on Thursday questioned the presence of paramilitary forces inside the Osmania University campus in Hyderabad. The court  directed the Andhra Pradesh government to explain by Friday under whose instructions th

ONGC, GAIL to pick stake in China gas pipeline

The government today permitted ONGC and GAIL to pick 12.5 per cent stake in a pipeline that China is building in Myanmar, and allowed them to invest $ 1 billion more in fields that will provide gas to be shipped to China through the pipeline.

Punjab and Haryana HC judges to make assets public

The Punjab and Haryana high court will be the fourth in the country where judges will make their assets public by March 31. A decision to this effect was taken by a full court bench on Wednesday after it agreed on a relatively trans

Govt approves Rs 800 crore for AI

The government today has approved the proposal for release of equity support of Rs 800 crores in two equal monthly installments to National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL) that runs Air India and Indian Airlines. This equity infusion had

TRAI`s new format for cable operators

TRAI has issued a simplified version of the format in different Indian languages for submitting information by small cable operators regarding their operational and financial status required for the exercise of tariff issues. All cable operators w

Second Maoist attack this week, 9 villagers shot dead

In the second Maoist attack this week, heavily-armed ultras stormed Kasari village in Bihar`s Jamui district and fired indiscriminately leaving nine villagers dead and injuring 12 others. Around 125 ultras descended on the village o

JKNPP demo against surrender policy

The activists of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the Raj Bhavan here protesting against the proposed surrender policy for return and rehabilitation of militants from Pakistan occupi

Sugar export issue gets murkier

The Congress said on Wednesday that the centre`s decision to deliver 10,000 tonnes of sugar to the European Union was taken due to contractual obligations but maintained that an office under the agriculture ministry had made recommendations for th

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


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