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Instant help on running trains for harassed women

Poonam Singh, a 25 year old Delhi-based environment consultant, more often than not avoids travelling alone on train from Delhi to Patna, her home town. Having heard a number of stories of crime against women on running trains, she does not want t

Maya bats for farmers

The Uttar Pradesh government has declared that it will not allow sugar mills to process imported raw sugar until crushing of canes is completed. The state government had earlier deferred import and transport of raw sugar in the stat

Pachauri won`t apologise, admits IPCC`s credibility damaged

Top Indian scientist Rajendra Pachauri has refused to apologise for a false claim made in a landmark report by the UN climate change panel headed by him that Himalayan glaciers could melt away by 2035, even as he admitted that the mistake had dama

For Bundelkhand, NREGA to get value addition

The central government wants the poor to get self-employed while working under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). The Rural Development Ministry is considering an initiative to launch a Rural Livelihood Project

`Breaking news` hitting media credibility: Sheila

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said the rush to break news is hitting the media industry`s credibility and asked the Press Trust of India to also consider starting a television service given its track-record of providing authenti

S-30 founder meets PM; seeks 3 chances in IIT-JEE for poor kids

The founder of the `Super 30` initiative, which provides free coaching to rural youths to crack the IIT entrance, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday and requested him to allow poor students three chances to appear in the test instead o

Legislatures and people`s hopes: Meira Kumar for self-assessment

Expressing concern over the gradual declining standards of legislatures in performing their duties, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday said there is a need for legislative bodies to make a self-assessment on meeting the people`s expectatio

NREGA workers demand more work, more wages

It was National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) workers’ day out at Vigyan Bhawan. The workers completing 100 days of work under the scheme got a chance to share their experiences during the mega Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Sammelan in New D

Dreze and Roy upset at tinkering in NREGS

Two key architects of the NREGS, Jean Dreze and Aruna Roy, boycotted the fourth anniversary celebration of the scheme held here on Tuesday to protest against its apparent dilution. In a letter to the Rural Development Minister C P J

Siemens to produce wind turbines

Siemens, a leading infrastructure provider company, has announced it will invest Rs.1,600 crore in India over the next three years. A major part of this will be invested in the renewable energy market and to expand its existing production capacity

Bring corporate tax down to 25%: BJP

The BJP has strongly objected to the Direct Tax Code (DTC) the government is planning to replace the present tax regime with, saying that it is against the interest of the "aam admi" as it would burden him with more taxes.

More security at Gateway of India, Mumbai sea link

The Maharashtra government has constituted a committee headed by Chandra Iyengar,  additional chief secretary (home), to  prepare a comprehensive policy for security at the iconic Gateway of India – right opposite the Taj hotel whi

Justice Srikrishna heads Telangana panel

The central government on Wednesday constituted an expert committee, chaired by retired Supreme Court Justice B.N. Srikrishna, to examine the demand for a separate Telangana state. The committee will hold wideranging consultations w

BJP opposes Direct Tax Code

The Bhartiya Janata Party is not in favour of the Direct Tax Code (DTC) proposed to replace the Income Tax Act. It urged the UPA government not to hurl the taxpayers from the frying pan to the fire by making sweeping changes. Its wo

Court revives Chenab hydel project

A fresh water row may erupt between India and Pakistan over 1200MW Sawalkot hydro-power project on the Chenab river in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. The project has been revived by the J&K high court, which quashed a state cabinet decisi

Statehood for Vidarbha: `Jail bharo` agitation on Feb 22

The ongoing agitation for separate Vidarbha state will be intensified further by launching a mass contact programme and a `Jail Bharo` agitation from February 8-22, the Vidarbha Rajya Sangram Samiti (VRSS) announced in Nagpur on February 2.

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

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


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