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Move to export sugar draws flak

The government`s move to allow export of 10,000 tons of sugar to the European Union has drawn flak from political parties, including the Congress. Officially the Congress sought to distance itself from centre`s decision saying it was not a

MCD launches amnesty-cum-tax settlement plan

MCD has launched a special `amnesty-cum-tax settlement` scheme to benefit property owners and tax payers for settlement of pending disputes. For the benefit of property owners and tax payers within the jurisdiction of MCD, an amnest

DoT allowed to invite bids for 3G spectrum auction

The law ministry is learnt to have allowed the department of telecom`s to invite bids for the auction of 3G spectrum, but without the crucial clause on refunding the bid amount if the radio frequency allocation does not happen by September 1.

One course for science and mathematics in all schools from 2011

School boards from across the country have decided to follow a common curriculum in science and mathematics for class XI and XII and work towards a common entrance test for admission into higher courses, including engineering and medicine.

UP mills allowed to sell imported raw sugar

The centre has allowed mills in Uttar Pradesh to sell raw sugar imported by them, but lying at various ports because of a ban, to mills in other states--a decision that will help augment availability of the sweetener and curb its price.

Pakistan offers to step up intelligence sharing with India

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday offered to enhance cooperation with India in the field of intelligence to avert attacks like the Pune blast that could “further the agenda of terrorists” who were holding the bilate

26/11 assembly panel not met even once

Flaying Maharashtra government for its `laidback` approach on security, Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse said on Monday that the panel set up to study "all aspects" of the Pradhan committee`s 26/11 report, had not met even once.

HuJI chief warns sports-persons against India visit

Vowing to carry out attacks across India, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based terror group HuJI has warned international sportspersons against visiting the country to participate in upcoming events like the Hockey World Cup, IPL and Commonwealth Games

New NHAI norms for project bidding

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has introduced new norms that bars a developer from bidding for new projects if the company has not been able to achieve financial closure of three or more projects, the Hindu Business Line reported

3G spectrum: decks cleared for auction

The hurdles in the way of the third-generation (3G) spectrum auction have been removed, as the ministries of finance and law have given their nod to the move, according to reports. The finance ministry has cleared the decks for the

16 Rajasthan MPs yet to open MPLAD purses

Sixteen of Rajasthan`s 25 MPs have not spent a single penny on development works in their constituency even nine months after they were elected, the Dainik Bhaskar reported on Tuesday. Every MP gets Rs 2 crore a year for development

`Public reporters` can now report in their language!

Citizen journalists (we at Governance Now call them `public reporters`) are creating waves on TV channels and websites. But they have to file only in English or Hindi. What about, say, tribals who may not know these lan

Babus will not rate ministers: Cab Sec

The cabinet secretariat on Tuesday cleared the air on the proposed performance monitoring system (PMS) and said that bureaucrats will not be apprising the ministers` performance. “It has been reported in a section of the media

"Attack on police camp outrageous"

Terming the Maoists attack on a police camp in West Bengal as outrageous, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday accepted there were indications of "failure" in some aspects which only a detailed review would reveal. "

One national test for students: Sibal

Efforts are underway to hold a single national-level entrance test for students to get admission into engineering, medical and commerce courses from 2013, HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday said. "Efforts will be put to hold a

What ails PPP in e-governance?

In the last decade, one good thing that has happpend in the PPP is that it has become viable. Earlier, about a decade back, there was no viability for PPP, and therefore there were no takers. Today, a lot of thinking goes into a project be

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam wants to swap its coal mines

State-run steel maker Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) is looking at swapping two coal blocks in Jharkhand with other such reserves, citing difficulties in developing the mines to meet its growing raw material needs. Also, the firm is c

UP assembly okays anti-ragging bill

To effectively check the menace of ragging in educational institutions, the Uttar Pradesh vidhan sabha on Monday passed a bill in this regard which provides for a two-year jail term for the guilty. "The UP Shaikshik Sansthaon M

Ministers, bureaucrats of MP to disclose assets

Ministers in Madhya Pradesh will have to disclose the details of their property on the pattern of civil servants who were directed to furnish the information. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked all his ministers at a cabinet

Ministers, bureaucrats in MP to disclose property details

Ministers in Madhya Pradesh will have to disclose the details of their property on the pattern of civil servants who were directed to furnish the information. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked all his ministers at a cabinet

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