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Rahul, Udhav spar on migrant issue

The war of words between Rahul Gandhi and Shiv Sena over the Mumbai migrant issue intensified today with the Congress leader asserting that India is for all Indians and Udhav Thackeray accusing him of insulting Marathi policemen who were killed in

Move afoot to amend RTI?

The government may well be planning to amend the Right to Information Act. At least that is what Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi thinks. Talking to Governance Now, Gandhi said he was getting "clear signals" that a

Bad governance, frittering away public money

Going even by all the extra-constitutional arrangements made in the past to keep governments afloat, the Meghalaya case is unparalleled in its sheer absurdity. The state now boasts of three more men holding "the rank and status of the chief m

Padma Shri for ex-militant

It can`t get murkier than this. This year`s list of Padma awardees includes a surrendered Kashmiri militant against whom cases of extortion and attempted murder are pending. According to a

Ministers upset babus will get to grade them

A score of union ministers are upset over the prime minister constituting a panel of bureaucrats to grade their ministries` performance and give "zero" to those not able to complete even 60 per cent of targets. Those headi

Raja raises alarm on IT tax sops, bats for industry

Communications and Information Technology Minister A Raja has warned that withdrawal of income tax holiday to Software Technology Parks (STP) in 2010-11 Budget will have “devastating” effect and said the scheme should be modified to pu

Thank Cong for small mercies, says 3 CMs get perks not power

Congress has expressed unhappiness over the appointment of four `chief ministers` in Meghalaya, dubbing it as "relatively unusual", but defended the move citing political instability in the state. At a media briefing, part

Now rly tickets at post offices

In a bid to facilitate passengers, railway tickets would henceforth be available even at post offices in Mumbai. To begin with, this facility has been introduced at four post offices namely Girgaon, Dadar, Chembur and Mandvi in the

`Fiscal discipline missing`

That government departments routinely spend in excess of the budget allocated to them has been brought to the fore by the Public Accounts Committee. In its latest report, the committee says some of the ministries and departments "continue to

Elect one CM, get three free... loaders!

Political instability plagues many small states but none can match Meghalaya’s story. Ever since the state came into being in 1972, only two chief ministers, W A Sangma and S C Marak, have completed their terms in office. Think of any bizarr

SC: We keep no record of pending judgments

Believe it or not, the apex court doesn`t keep record of things that the high courts do as a matter of routine. This came to light after an RTI applicant wanted to know the number of cases for which hearings have been completed but

How Jankari has fared so far

Sivnath Saini, a law student from Hajipur in Vaisali district, 90 km from the Bihar capital, is furious. His university has not furnished his degree certificates and he wants to know why. He has dialled 155310, a dedicated telephone line launched

PM for better centre-state coordination

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday called for better administrative coordination between the centre and the for faster development of the country. He was addressing the first annual Conference of Chief Secretaries in New Delhi. The c

That`s one chief minister too many for Meghalaya

Northeastern state of Meghalaya has created a record few would like to match or better. It now claims four chief ministers. One of them, Congress leader Dr Dethwelson Lapang, was sworn in as the chief minister for the fifth time in

Marathi issue splits saffron parivar

"Mumbai for Maharashtrians" has driven a wedge between two long-time allies--RSS and Shiv Sena. They are now training their guns at each other after the RSS said it would protect the north Indians from the Shiv Sena`s attacks.

After the Oscars, Grammys for Rahman

More international honours for A R Rahman. He won two Grammy awards in Los Angeles for his music from Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire". Rahman won the first Grammy of the pre-show at the Staples Center in the best

PM to inaugurate chief secretaries` meet on Monday

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate a two-day Conference of Chief Secretaries of states in New Delhi on Monday. The conference is organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Perso

PM undergoes health checkup

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday underwent routine medical evaluation at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. His health is normal, doctors said. A series of medical tests were conducted on the 77-year-old prime minister as

How CBI gave clean chit to Chatwal

Two CBI directors played key role in letting NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal off the hook in the bank fraud case. They rejected the advice of their own investigators and refused to appeal against Chatwal`s discharge in the case. The

Punjab rivers to be cleaned up

The central government has announced a Rs 190 crore project to clean up rivers in Punjab. Environment minister Jairam Ramesh said the project would start with the cleaning up of Sutlej river, which falls in Jalandhar and Phillaur cities in Punjab.

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


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