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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.

Mixed response to grading system

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal`s statement on introducing grading in class XII has welcomed by many students Governance Now spoke to. Divya Wadhwan, who is busy preparing for her class XII exam this year, will not b

President`s tours: Economy travel or economy of truth?

GN Exclusive President Pratibha Patil visited eight countries in less than Rs 2 lakh. Don’t believe it?  If the response to an RTI application is anything to go by, Patil has manag

Paid News: Chavan questioned

Members of the inquiry committee set up by the Press Council to examine `paid news` met Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, whom the EC has served a notice after complaints that he allegedly paid newspapers for publishing stories in his favou

Rajasthan exempts imported sugar from VAT

With a view to control spiralling price, the Rajasthan government has announced VAT exemption on imported sugar in the state till June 30. "The decision to exempt four per cent VAT was taken by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Th

Just because his name is Khan?

His name is Khan, Shah Rukh Khan. He is a hugely successful cinema personality, a consummate businessman and generally a voice of reason on social issues. He represents a post-Independence Indian who is completely at ease with his national as much

Thackeray takes on Mukesh Ambani

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has attacked Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani over his recent statement that Mumbai belongs to all Indians. "Marathi people have as much right over Mumbai as Mukesh Ambani has over Reliance

3G spectrum auction put off

In a surprise move, the government has postponed to the next fiscal auction of spectrum for 3G telephony which was expected to bring in Rs.35,000 crore to the exchequer. According to senior officials in the Department of Telecom, La

RBI aims to reduce inflation

The Reserve Bank of India today increased mandatory cash reserve of banks held by it by 75 basis points in a bid to suck excess liquidity to combat rising inflation. However, short-term lending and borrowing rates between RBI and ba

MegaloMaya: Now public money to save her statues

After spending huge amounts of public money on erecting her statues, UP Chief Minister Mayawati now wants a special security force to guard these. The state government introduced the ‘UP State Special Zone Security Forces Bill 2010&r

Central university teachers on strike

Over 30,000 teachers of Central Universities across the country are on a two day strike from Thursday. The teachers are demanding changes in the regulation on service conditions which seeks to link their promotion to output. The teachers did not t

Grading system for class XII?

After Class-X, the government is contemplating introducing a grading system at Class-XII in CBSE stream. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said on Thursday the idea had already been mooted and a committee would examine how grading could be introduced at Cl

Registration must for travel agents

Tour and travel agents in the national capital will now have to get themselves registered. Delhi Government has made registration mandatory for tour and travel agents, ahead of the Commonwealth Games scheduled for October. "As

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