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Centre to spend Rs 1,000 cr on tribal education

In a bid to check dropouts and raise literacy among tribals, the centre is planning to spend Rs 1,000 crore on them for education in the next fiscal, Union Tribal Affairs minister Kantilal Bhuria said here on Wednesday. "The ce

Soon ayurvedic medicines in rural health centres

Ayurvedic medicines will soon be available at the government-run health centres in rural areas. Union health ministry plans to open separate counters for ayurvedic medicine in primary healthcare centres, district hospitals and community health cen

Just 11 engineers for 73,324 lifts in Maharashtra

There is just one engineer for more than 6,500 lifts each in Maharashtra. Shocking as it may be, Mumbai`s public works department (PWD) has said there are 11 engineers to inspect 73,324 registered lifts in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune regio

A ticking time bomb inside Home Ministry

There is panic in the Ministry of Home Affairs. An embarrassing lie that remained buried for the past 37 years has surfaced to put the ministry officials and the minister himself in a piquant situation. Vikram Srivastava, a 1973 batch UP-c

Court declines CBI`s request for more time in `84 riot case

A Delhi court on Wednesday refused to give further time to CBI to advance arguments on its closure report giving a clean chit to former union minister Jagdish Tytler. The court decision came keeping in view a recent directive of th

Govt sanctions Rs 315.34 crore for Ganga clean-up

The National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) has sanctioned a Rs 315.34 crore scheme to check pollution in river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh`s Allahabad district. "The NGRBA has sanctioned an ambitious scheme of Rs 315.34 crore

Uttarakhand ministerial employees continue strike

Striking employees of various ministries in Uttarakhand on Wednesday decided to continue their month-long stir demanding pay hike after failure of their talks with the government. "As our talks with the state government has fai

Cabinet to discuss fuel price-hike

The union cabinet is likely to discuss a petroleum ministry proposal for freeing petrol prices from government control and a moderate increase in diesel, cooking gas and kerosene rates on Thursday. Petroleum minister Murli Deora he

Special courts for corruption cases in Bihar

Tightening noose around corrupt public servants in Bihar, the state government has decided to constitute special courts for hearing corruption cases against such officials under the Bihar Special Courts Act. The state cabinet approv

Rangarajan for withdrawal of stimulus

Prime Minister`s Economic Advisory Council chairman C Rangarajan on Wednesday said that the government should come out with a roadmap for withdrawal of stimulus in the upcoming budget. "What is required, is a roadmap towards no

What ails PPP in eGovernance?

Four years ago, in 2006, the central government launched the National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) to use IT in the delivery of government services. Until then there were pockets of eGovernance initiatives in the country. Aimed at taking

AP govt to move SC over Mulsim-quota

A day after Andhra Pradesh High Court quashed four per cent reservations for Muslims in educational institutions and jobs, the state government on Tuesday decided to file an appeal in the Supreme Court. "We are going in for an

Scindia wants stimulus to continue for now

The commerce ministry wants the stimulus packages for exporters to continue for some more time till the sector recovers completely. "We have urged the finance ministry that incentive schemes relating to commerce and industry be

Fresh protest against SRK film, over 1,000 Sainiks detained

In a crackdown against Shiv Sena, over 1000 of its activists have been detained ahead of the release of Shah Rukh Khan starrer `My Name is Khan` after the party stepped up its protest against the film over the actor`s remarks favouring inclusion o

Delhi High Court issues notices to BBCI, ICC, ECB

The Delhi High court on Tuesday issued notices to Board of Control for Cricket in India, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and International Cricket Council over a petition filed by Essel Sports, owner of Indian Cricket League, for not giving

Moratorium on Bt Brinjal wise decision: M S Swaminathan

Stakeholders and experts today termed the government`s moratorium on Bt Brinjal as a "wise decision" and asked it to form a transparent and credible regulatory system to carry out tests for any probable future use. "I

Amnesty opposes Vedanta ops in Orissa

The Amnesty International on Tuesday said that UK-based firm Vedanta should not be given mining rights in the forested Niyamgiri Hills of Orissa until it got "informed consent" of the tribal people. London–based Amne

A series of measures to give DGCA more teeth

The government has initiated a series of measures to strengthen the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and give it more teeth. While there has been a long-pending demand for segregation of DGCA`s supervisory and regulatory

Bt Brinjal frozen until indpendent scientific study, says Ramesh

Facing intense opposition from within and outside, government today refused to give a go-ahead to commercial cultivation of Bt Brinjal, a genetically-modified version of the vegetable that is said to be more resistant to pests. Announcing

Anti-Maoist ops launched in Bengal, Jharkhand

Expressing confidence of reclaiming areas dominated by Maoists, Union Home minister P Chidambaram today said inter-state operations against them had been launched in West Bengal and Jharkhand. "The meeting discussed inter-state


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