2,508 cities selected under PM’s scheme for affordable housing

NEW DELHI, May 04 (PTI): 2,508 cities in 26 states have been selected under 'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana' for providing affordable houses to the urban poor, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said during Question Hour in Lok Sabha today. He said as per the scheme guidelines, the houses under...

Making CD in core area of airport major security breach: Cong

Dehradun, May 04 (PTI): Congress today demanded action against those who made the sting CD of ousted Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, saying “smuggling” videography and shooting equipment inside the hangar of an airport amounted to “major security breach”. Pradesh Congress President Kishore Upadhyay today wondered how the Centre “lost...

Some activities of ISIS but no alarming situation: Govt

New Delhi, May 04 (PTI): There have been “some cases” of ISIS activities in India but the country does not face any alarming situation as the Muslims here are committed to the values of life and won’t allow it to spread its tentacles here, the government told the Rajya...

600 cusecs released to worst-hit Pune tehsils amid row on water sharing

Pune, May 04 (PTI): Amid stiff resistance from the MNS, the state irrigation department here today released 600 cusecs of water from city’s Khadakwasla reservoir to neighbouring Indapur and Daund tehsils, which are reeling under severe water shortage in wake of the prevailing drought situation in Maharashtra. “Out of 1...

RS Ethics Committee recommends expulsion of Mallya

New Delhi, May 04 (PTI): The Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha today recommended the expulsion of beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya. “The committee was of the firm view that taking into consideration the gravity of the misconduct, a sanction not less than termination of membership from the House is warranted...

13 Indians have died in Pak jails since 2013: Govt

New Delhi , May 04 (PTI): Thirteen Indians have died in Pakistani jails in the last nearly three-and-a-half-years including Kirpal Singh, who died recently in a Lahore jail, prompting India to seek a thorough investigation into it. Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs...

5875 Indian workers died in Gulf countries in 2015: Govt

New Delhi , May 04 (PTI): As many as 5875 Indian workers died in Gulf countries last year with maximum number of deaths of 2691 reported from Saudi Arabia, government said today. Saudi Arabia was followed by UAE which reported 1540 deaths in 2015, Minister of State for External Affairs...

No impact of mobile tower radiation on humans: Minister

New Delhi , May 04 (PTI): There is absolutely no truth or scientific basis that radiation from mobile towers and handsets has adverse impact on humans and other living beings, Telecom Minister Ravishankar Prasad said today. "There are rumours that people will suffer from cancer and other diseases. It is...

Cattle smugglers killed by BSF in 2015 twice than 2014: Govt

New Delhi , May 04 (PTI): BSF killed more than double the number of criminals and cattle smugglers along the India-Bangladesh border during 2015 as compared to the previous year, government informed Parliament today. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, in a written reply to Rajya Sabha, also said...

Rise in recruitment of minorities in govt jobs: Jitendra Singh

NEW DELHI, May 04 (PTI): There has been a rise in recruitment of minorities in central government ministries, Union minister Jitendra Singh said today. The Department of Personnel and Training has been collecting data on recruitment of minority communities since 2006-07. As per data received for the year 2013-14, 7.89 per...

Rise in complaints against IAS, IPS officers: Govt in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, May 04 (PTI): There has been rise in complaints against IAS and IPS officers in the past three years, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday, May 4. 342 complaints were received against IAS officers and 132 against IPS officers during 2015-16, he said in a written...

Act against writers terming Bhagat Singh as terrorist: SP MP

New Delhi , May 04 (PTI): A Rajya Sabha MP today sought action against authors who had referred to freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh as a terrorist in a history text book, but some others said they had only sought deletion of such references and not the banning the...

JSW Energy to acquire JSPL’s 1,000MW plant for Rs 6,500 crore

NEW DELHI, May 04 (PTI): Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Energy on Wednesday said it will acquire Jindal Steel and Power Ltd's 1,000MW power plant in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh for Rs 6,500 crore with certain pre-arranged conditions. The move will help the Naveen Jindal-led steel-to-power group to pare debt burden. The consolidated debt...

India, Pak must work together to ensure peace for posterity:

New Delhi, May 03 (PTI): Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Tuesday said India and Pakistan have a "long way to go" in normalising relationship but they cannot give up as they must work together to ensure peace and prosperity for posterity. Addressing the Sixth Meeting of Pakistan-India Joint Business...

BJP trying to break Coochbehar, Darjeeling: Mamata

Dinhata (WB), May 03 (PTI): Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today accused the BJP of inciting the separate statehood movements in Coochbehar district and Darjeeling sub- division in West Bengal for narrow political gains. The two districts have witnessed for some years agitation for separate states. While it has been...

Parrikar may lead BJP’s campaign for Goa 2017 polls: Tendulkar

Panaji, May 03 (PTI) Rubbishing media reports that Manohar Parrikar would return as Goa’s Chief Minister, state BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar today said the Defence Minister may lead the party’s campaign for state Assembly polls next year. “There is a strong possibility that he might lead the election campaign for...

614 policemen committed suicide between 2012-14

New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) As many as 614 policemen committed suicide in the country between 2012-14 with 40 per cent taking the extreme step due to marriage and family problems and only 10 per cent due to job related stress, the government said today. Minister of State for Home...

India, US working on plan to share terror, intel info: Govt

New Delhi, May 03 (PTI): The government said on Tuesday it is working towards finalising an agreement to share intelligence and terrorist activity-related information with the US. “Government of India and the USA have agreed to finalise an agreement to expand intelligence sharing and terrorist watch-list information, after several rounds...

Use of wetlands for sewage disposal ‘disturbing’: Govt

New Delhi, May 03 (PTI): Terming encroachment of wetlands and their use as sewage disposal sites “disturbing”, government said on Tuesday it has taken several steps to protect such sites from rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour that while 115 sites...

Ujjwala Yojana a drop in the ocean, says BSP’s Mayawati

UP, May 03 (PTI): BSP supremo Mayawati trashed the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana on Tuesday as “a drop in the ocean” and alleged that giving free gas connections instead of free cylinders showed how the Narendra Modi government “pretended” to be pro-poor. The target to provide 1.5 crore free LPG...

Forest fires flare close to famous Shimla railway, a heritage site

Shimla, May 03 (AFP): Forest fires raging in the Himalayan region crept perilously close to a famous British-era railway track on Tuesday, as panicked residents fought off blazes threatening to engulf their homes. Dubbed the “toy train” and dotted with tiny wooden stations, the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla railway in Himachal Pradesh...

ISI snooping on Indian forces through malwares in apps, says govt

New Delhi, May 03 (PTI): Pakistan’s snooping agency ISI is spying on Indian security forces using malwares through mobile gaming and music applications such as Top Gun, mpjunkie, vdjunky, talking frog, the government said on Tuesday. Responding to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai...

West Bengal: Four killed in Malda while making bombs

Malda, May 02 (PTI): Four persons were killed and three others injured while they were allegedly making bombs in a village near Bangladesh border in the district early today, ahead of the last phase of polling on May 5 in the state. An explosion occurred when bombs were being made...

Patel community should decide on EBC quota: Hardik

Ahmedabad, May 02 (PTI): Jailed quota agitation leader Hardik Patel today said the decision to accept or reject Gujarat government’s move of giving 10 per cent EBC reservation to upper castes should be taken by the Patel community and not him. Hardik, lodged in Lajpore jail in Surat, wrote a...

Fire situation under control in Uttarakhand: Rajnath

New Delhi, May 02 (PTI):The situation arising out of forest fires in Uttarakhand is under control and there is no need to get panicky, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha on Monday. “The state administration is on the job. I reviewed the situation last night and authorities have...

Centre wakes up, plans steps to curb forest fires

New Delhi, May 02 (PTI): Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the Centre was taking the forest fires in Uttarakhand “very seriously” and making all efforts to control it even as his ministry on Sunday began trial runs for a pre-fire alert system that will issue warnings via SMS. “Government...

Mayawati hits out at Narendra Modi, Akhilesh Yadav

Lucknow, May 02 (PTI): BSP supremo Mayawati today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, accusing them of "wasting money on government functions" on the occasion of May Day instead of taking measures to improve the lot of labourers. "Instead of giving long...

Next Odd-Even phase only after public consultation: Satyendar ?Jain

New Delhi, May 02 (PTI): The Delhi government will consult people on the Odd-Even scheme and take into account the experiences of the first two phases before announcing the next round of the traffic rationing measure, PWD Minister Satyendar Jain said on Monday. He said the city government has undertaken...

Vijay Mallya resigns from Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, May 2 (PTI) Independent MP and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, facing a case of loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore, today resigned from Rajya Sabha, a day before Ethics Committee of the Upper House was set to recommend his expulsion. In his resignation letter to Rajya Sabha...

Don’t Issue Liquor Shop Licences Along National Highways: Centre To States

NEW DELHI, May 2 (PTI): Alarmed at "deadly figures" due to the menace of drunken driving, the Centre has asked state governments not to give licences for liquor shops along the National Highways. In India, around 1,18,840 road accidents have occurred in the last five years due drunken driving. "Chief Secretaries/Principal...
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