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No proposal to ban GM field trials: Ramesh

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh today said the prescribed stipulations to avoid contamination of soil and traditional crops were adequate and there was no proposal to ban field trial of genetically modified crops. "There is

PPP model for development of industrial estates in Delhi

The Delhi cabinet has approved the development and management of industrial estates under the PPP model. The Department of Industries has been keen to upgrade infrastructure in the existing industrial estates and develop a sustainable fra

Regularise self-draws by Dwarka societies: Bardhan

Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary A. B. Bardhan has demanded that the self-draw of lots by some cooperative societies in Dwarka sub-city of Delhi should be regularised and accepted and no penal action be taken against the membe

Nearly half of Himachal `open defecation free`

A total of 2,157 panchayats out of 3,243 in Himachal Pradesh have been made open defecation free (ODF) so far and a sanitation drive was in full swing in the rest, state Panchayati Raj minister Jairam Thakur told the assembly today.

Promise of the day

Here`s a simple question: guess how much power Punjab can generate in just two years if (a) it has an aggregate power demand of 9,000 MW today, but (b) after all these years, it has managed to build up generation capacity of 6,900 MW? Your answer

Oppn sees scam in sugar imports, Pawar doesn`t

An unrelenting opposition today kept the pressure on the government in the Rajya Sabha on the spiraling prices alleging a scam in sugar imports, a charge rejected by Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. Pawar, who was replyin

No question hour in budget session so far

The Budget session started some 10 days ago, but parliamenthas not been able to conduct quesiton hout as the chair has been forced to adjourn the house after calling the first question due to continuous pandemonium on one or the other issue. As a

Centre revokes licences of three vaccine units

The centre has lifted the suspension of licences of three public sector vaccine units that were closed in 2008 for failing to comply with good manufacturing practices (GMP). The order will come into effect immediately, reported The Hindu. The lice

No reality shows for children below 7, NCPCR recommends

Children below the age of seven years should not be allowed to participate in reality shows on television channels, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has recommended. The recommendation would be forwarded to th

Increasing income per hectare also a concern: Swaminathan

Agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan has said that increasing farmers` income per hectare was as much of a concern as improving yield per hectare. "The National Farmer`s Policy is unique because it shifts focus from land to its tiller,"

RSP registers best February production

The Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) has registered one of its best ever production performances in February this year. The steel plant made 1,82,007 lakh tonne of Hot Metal in February 2010 by utilising 118.6 percent capacity whi

Proposed law to fast-track justice

Judges would not be allowed to delay judgements beyond three months after conclusion of arguments, according to a proposed law which lays downs standards and accountability for members of the higher judiciary. The draft Judicial Sta

Parliament adjourns twice over price hike

The entire opposition today got together and disrupted proceedings in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha over the government`s decision to raise prices of petrol and diesel, forcing two adjournments till 2 pm. Trouble started soon after

Karunanidhi to insist on price hike rollback

Acknowledging that the union government had its own pressures in increasing petrol and diesel prices, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, whose party DMK is a key UPA ally, today said it would persuade the centre to roll back the prices.

It occurred to me this morning...

I mean, see how pumped up and eager to win they were against our “traditional rivals” on Sunday. When nobody gave them an even chance considering the wonderful things that have been happening to our hockey lately, they walloped Pakista

Government to talk to allies on fuel price hike

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that the government would talk to its allies on the issue of fuel price hike but gave enough hints that a rollback would be difficult. Party sources said that Mukherjee briefed the Congre

Nigeria keen to implement NREGA

It seems the success of the Manmohan Singh government’s flagship schemes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and Indira Awas Yojna (IAY) have been felt not only in the country but abroad too. A high-lev

MCD`s extensive sealing action deferred in some areas

The MCD`s planned extensive sealing action against commercial establishments not paying conversion charges was deferred in some parts of the city today as traders lined up in large numbers to submit their dues. However, in other are

SC ruling on eviction of tenants

A tenant cannot be evicted if the original owners, for whose bonafide personal needs the rented premises is sought, subsequently die during pendency of the dispute, the Supreme Court has held. "While it is true that the right t

Rs.5.02 lakh crore foregone in taxes in FY10

The government during 2009-10 is estimated to forego revenues of over Rs 5 lakh crore, which amounts to 50 percent of its annual expenditure due to various tax concessions given to the prop up the industry hit by the global financial turmoil.

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