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Six states reject model bill on groundwater

Six states, including Punjab, have rejected a model bill aimed at conserving groundwater claiming that either it was too harsh on the people or that they required no such law. The ministry of water resources had drafted the `Model B

Rahul under attack for calling Mumbai `Bombay`

In a fresh salvo against Rahul Gandhi, Shiv Sena today flayed the `Congress yuvraj` for calling Mumbai as Bombay during his recent visit to the city. "During his speech here, Rahul Gandhi repeatedly called Mumbai as Bombay. Tho

Bt Brinjal decision will reflect general sentiment: Ramesh

Barely a day left for his ministry to take a final call on commercialisation of Bt Brinjal, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday that the decision would reflect "people`s general sentiment". "I have to be

Nath revises 20-km-day NH target to June

Road Transport Minister Kamal Nath hass revised the ambitious target of achieving 20km of highway construction per day to June, from the earlier set deadline of March. "The target (of 20 km a day) will be achieved in June. We l

Social sector spending, fiscal stimulus to keep deficit high

The fiscal deficit for the next financial year is likely to be more than 5.5% forecast earlier as the government is keen to step up expenditure on agriculture and social sectors, official sources said. Slower-than-envisioned unwindi

Montek for withdrawl of stimulus package

Expressing satisfaction at the 7.2 per cent growth estimates for this fiscal, the planning commission pitched for phased withdrawal of stimulus in the forthcoming budget to be unveiled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 26.

Delhi Assembly to start from Mar 15

The budget session of Delhi Assembly will start from March 15 and end on April one, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said today. A cabinet meeting, presided over by Dikshit, recommended to Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna to call th

More business incubators to be set up in country

Aiming to augment research and entrepreneurship, the government is contemplating to set up more number of business incubators across the country. The business incubators are designed to accelerate the successful development of entre

TRAI begins 4G consultation

Even as delays plague auction of spectrum for the third generation telephony, telecom regulator TRAI on Saturday started consultation for the next level of telecom services. The fourth generation or 4G technology offers download at

Salary, perks up for UP legislators

The Uttar Pradesh government today announced a raise in the salary and perks of legislators, assembly speaker, council chairman and ministers. "The government has decided to hike the salary and perks of members to Rs 50,000 per

Special public prosecutors for `84 riots cases

The CBI informed the Delhi High Court on Saturday that senior advocates have been appointed as special public prosecutors to handle the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases before the court. Advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for CBI, informed the hig

Government estimates GDP to grow at 7.2 pc

The government on Saturday estimated the economy to grow by 7.2 per cent in financial year 2009-10 - against 6.7 per cent a year ago - despite contraction in farm production. The projected GDP figure for the current fiscal, according to Ce

NHAI wants to more than double outlay to Rs 47, 736 cr

In order to achieve its target of building 20 km of road every day, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has sought a hike in its outlay for road building from Rs 29,000 crore in the current financial year to Rs 47,736 crore for the next

New Oz immigration rules to affect Indians

In a bid to curb `back door` permanent residency through its skilled migration scheme, Australian government has decided to overhaul the immigration rules which is likely to affect over 20,000 visa applicants, including Indians. The

Maoists trigger explosion on Howrah-Mumbai train route

Suspected Maoists blew away a portion of railway tracks early on Monday near Rourkela causing derailment of a goods train and disruption of train services on the Howrah-Mumbai route. A portion of the railway track at a place between Bhalulata and

"Sachin can`t solve water problem"

Waterman of India, Rajendra Singh talks about water scarcity and BMC`s move to appoint Sachin as brand ambassador for water conservation Is there a need to be concerned about the water situation in India? The water

Mamata stunner before budget, says no future for Rly without PPP

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has said she would throw open even the core operations of the railways to the private players. Cominng from Mamata, who quite enjoys the reputation as the one-woman army who drove the Tata Nano out of West Be

Modi all praise for Chidambaram, Pillai

A day after taking a jibe at the centre over its "helplessness" on price rise, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday was found complimenting Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Home Secretary G.K. Pillai for their approach in tackl

PM for coordinated approach to check fake currency menace

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday favoured coordinated approach by the central as well as state agencies to check the menace of counterfeit currency notes. Singh asked state governments to thoroughly investigate cases related to reco

Modi: Lack of legal provisions biggest internal security issue

Against the backdrop of the centre asking the president not to give assent to the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said lack of adequate legal provisions was the "biggest" i



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