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Jul 02, 2015 5:50 pm   #NitiPTI   

J P Nadda: Innovations will help better health services in India

Union Health Minister J P Nadda today appealed to states to give "priority" to innovations and adopt best practices for achieving "superior outcomes" in the health care sector of the country.

5:42 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Bobby Jindal's 'Ask Bobby' hashtag backfires on him

Indian-American Republican presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal once again found himself at the butt of jokes after he invited questions on Twitter which attracted a barrage of tweets with people asking bizarre questions, poking fun at him.

5:21 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

PMO seeks report on Air India flight problems

Prime Minister's Office today sought a report from Civil Aviation Ministry on allegations that Union Minister Kirren Rijiju and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had caused inconvenience to passengers of Air India owing to their VIP status.

5:18 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Madrasas not teaching primary subjects to be classified as "non-schools"

Madrasas which do not teach primary subjects such as English, Maths and Science would be considered as "non-schools" and children studying in them as "out of school" students, Maharashtra government today said.

4:56 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Rajnath Singh pays obeisance at Amarnath cave shrine

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today visited the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas and performed 'pratham pooja' there on the formal commencement of the 59-day pilgrimage.

4:55 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Assam media employees submit memo to Gogoi on wage recommendation

The All Assam Media Employees Federation has appealed chief inister Tarun Gogoi to enforce implementation of the Majithia Wage Board recommendations, enact a law for protection of journalists, pension and health schemes for scribes, besides inclusion of electronic media workers in the Minimum Wage Act.

4:55 pm   #NitiPTI   

'Swachh Ganga Abhiyan' plays key role in generating employment opportunities

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti today said that 'Swachh Ganga Abhiyan' has an important role in creating employment opportunities which in turn will boost country's economy.

4:40 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Digital India week- Punjab CM launches ePMS portal

Partaking in 'Digital India' week, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today launched the state Portal ePMS (Electronic Projects Management System) to fast track infrastructural development.

4:25 pm   #NitiCommentary   #NitiExclusives   #Governance   #Economy   

David Friedman on Free Market Failure

Watch world-famous Economist David D Friedman explaining if there is any possibility of free market failure. He also comments on Ford Foundation's charity.

4:22 pm   #Offstumped

"They are giving it Up" perhaps not fast enough

Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian on Thursday said that the introduction of the PAHAL scheme has reduced subsidised domestic sales of LPG across the country by close to 25 percent.

4:21 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

China dismisses reports of presence of PLA troops in PoK

China has dismissed as "groundless" the reports that 5,000 PLA soldiers were posted in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir, saying that even ants of that number can be detected easily.

4:15 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Raghuram Rajan: 'Economy picking up'

Confident of economic recovery, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today said capital investments are picking up but a stronger growth would require more reforms and clearing bottlenecks for stalled projects.

4:14 pm   #Offstumped

Saffron rising in Leftist Tripura ?

After creating a significant electoral footprint in Congress-ruled Assam, AP, Manipur and Meghalaya, the BJP is inching ahead in Tripura.

4:10 pm   #Offstumped   #Politics

Sonia's silence gets Lutyens Free Pass

What explains Lutyens Media blanket silence on Nehru-Gandhi foreign jaunts ?

4:08 pm   #Offstumped

"Islam does not need reformation Muslims definitely do"

Islam- as revealed religion and faith- does not need a reformation in the conventional meaning of the word associated as it is with the West’s Reformation where the primacy of reason faith cleaved religion from the secular and the temporal.

4:07 pm   #Offstumped

World War 3 ?

A growing chorus of analysts and policymakers are sounding the alarm. Will the world hear them in time?

4:01 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Vodafone India expands network in Tawang district

Vodafone India has expanded its network to the Tawang District in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China.

3:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

BJP demands probe into financial mismanagement by Arunachal

The Arunachal Pradesh unit of BJP in a fresh memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated its demand for a probe by CBI or CVC into alleged financial mismanagement by the state government.

3:32 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

AFSPA to be revoked when situation is conducive: Rajnath Singh

The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act will be revoked in Jammu and Kashmir when the situation is conducive, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said.

3:28 pm   #Offstumped

Daughters who will code for India

Forty-three girls and young women on 10 teams from around the world pitched their apps and business plans to a panel of five female tech executives in San Francisco.

3:06 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Chhattisgarh CM demands Rs 3,000 cr package to develop Naxal-hit areas

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has demanded a special package of Rs 3,000 crore from the Centre via NITI Aayog for overall development of Naxal-affected Bastar division comprising seven districts.

3:01 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Army joins rescue operations in landslide-hit north Bengal

The Army has joined rescue and relief operations in north Bengal where landslides have killed at least 38 people.

3:01 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Rajnath Singh: We want friendly ties with neighbours including Pakistan

The government today said it sincerely wants to have friendly relations with all its neighbouring countries, including Pakistan, but Islamabad will also have to think about its approach.

2:44 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Rajnath Singh: "Maximum possible assistance" to J&K flood victims

Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was concerned about Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today assured "maximum possible assistance" to the victims of the last year's devastating floods.

2:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab govt asks departments to upload RTI replies on websites

The Punjab government has directed all departments to upload information regarding applications they receive under Right to Information Act and their replies on their websites.

2:23 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab govt asks departments to weed out old records

Punjab government today issued instructions to expedite the campaign to weed out obsolete record gathering dust in cupboards in the Civil Secretariat.

2:23 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

BJP MLC urges Rajnath Singh to increase efficiency of J&K govt

BJP MLC Surinder Ambardar has urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to set up proper mechanism for perennial monitoring and accountability to increase the efficiency of coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir.

2:22 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

M K Stalin accuses TN Chief Electoral Officer of bias in R K Nagar bypoll

DMK treasurer M K Stalin today accused Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer of being biased in favour of ruling AIADMK in the June 27 bypoll in R K Nagar, from where Chief Minister Jayalalithaa won by a huge margin.

2:19 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Dayanidhi Maran questioned for second day by CBI

Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran was quizzed by CBI for second consecutive day in connection with the alleged use of over 770 high capacity BSNL data lines at his three residences in Chennai and Delhi.

2:03 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

SC stays execution of NBW issued against Subramanian Swamy

In a relief to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Supreme Court today stayed the execution of a non-bailable warrant issued against him by an Assam court for allegedly delivering a hate speech at a university there.

2:00 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Politics   

Arun Jaitley dismisses Congress's threat to Monsoon Session of the Parliament

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today brushed aside concerns of Parliament's upcoming monsoon session being disrupted over the Lalit Modi controversy, saying some people may be relevant to TV channels but not to governance.

1:53 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Philippines ferry capsizes - At least 33 dead

At least 33 people were killed after a passenger ferry with 173 on board capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines today, a disaster monitoring official said.

1:49 pm   #NitiPTI   

NDA to spend Rs 50,000 cr under new irrigation scheme

With an eye on improving farm productivity, the government will spend Rs 50,000 crore over the next five years under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY).

1:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

China proposes to India talks on differences over Lakhvi issue

Amid India's concerns over China's move to block action against Pakistan over release of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, China has proposed to discuss the issue with India in the joint mechanism on counter-terrorism.

1:22 pm   #NitiPTI   

NDA allocates Rs 200 cr for national agriculture market

Government has allocated Rs 200 crore for three years to set up an online national agriculture market by integrating 585 wholesale markets across India -- a move that would help farmers realise better prices.

1:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Yoga practitioners at less risk of inflammatory diseases: study

Yoga practitioners are at lesser risk of developing inflammation that could lead to cardiovascular diseases, cancer and Alzheimer, a study by Indian Institute of Science (IIS) has revealed.

12:55 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Technology, infrastructure key to second green revolution: experts

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi lending currency to 'second green revolution', experts feel that technology intervention and improvement in infrastructure are key to higher agricultural production.

12:46 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #Politics   

Maran interrogation by CBI no issue for Lutyens Media?

The news that former UPA Minister Dayanidhi Maran was questioned by the CBI for 8 hours again yesterday didn't make it to the front page of any of the top epapers in the country.

12:40 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Darjeeling landslides: Rescue operations underway

Rescue operations were underway in three subdivisions of Darjeeling district where multiple landslides have claimed 38 lives besides washing away highways and damaging homes.

12:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Ratan Tata to join Jungle Ventures as Special Advisor

The Singapore-based Jungle Ventures has announced that Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, will come on board as a Special Advisor.

11:41 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

China proposes economic corridor with India through Nepal

China has proposed a trilateral economic corridor with India through Nepal and a railway line linking the three nations via Tibet besides undertaking of joint reconstruction of projects to rebuild quake-hit Nepal.

11:40 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Indian-American named World Agriculture Prize laureate

Indian-American professor R Paul Singh has been named as the 2015 Global Confederation for Higher Education Associations for Agriculture and Life Sciences World Agriculture Prize laureate.

11:20 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Amarnath yatra- Second batch of 1,525 pilgrims leaves from Jammu

The second batch comprising of 1,525 pilgrims today left from the base camp here to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas amid tight security.

9:00 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Kerala Tourism holds first roadshow in China

Kerala Tourism has hit the streets of Shanghai with a first-ever roadshow aimed at attracting high-spending Chinese tourists from the world's largest outbound tourism market.

8:30 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

India hopes to summit climate targets before Paris summit

India has assured the international community that it is in advanced stages of formulating its post-2020 climate change targets and hopes to submit them to the UN ahead of the high-level conference in Paris later this year.

8:00 am   #NitiCommentary   #Opinions   #Politics   

Lutyens Media silence on Sonia, cacophony on Modi

Lutyens Media respects Nehru-Gandhi family privacy and questions non-existent silence of PM Modi.

8:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Mamata Banerjee invited to USA to showcase WB as investment destination

The US-India Business Council has invited West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to visit USA to showcase Bengal as an ideal destination for investment.

7:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Uber launches in 7 cities; India now 2nd largest geographic market

Taxi-hailing app Uber will launch its services in seven more cities in the country, making India its largest geographic market outside the US.

7:30 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

French firms investing Euro 1-2 billion in India every year

French Ambassador Francois Richier today said his country's current focus is to strengthen investments in India and that French companies have been investing Euro 1 to 2 billion in the country every year.

7:00 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

UN climate meet: CSE urges India to submit INDCs

In the run up to UN climate change conference in Paris later this year, a green body today urged India to work with developing nations and push for a "fair and equitable" global deal which saves the world from catastrophic climate impacts.

6:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

President Pranab Mukherjee to release book by Maharashtra Governor on July 3

Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao's book entitled 'Uniki', offering glimpses into his public life through a compilation of various articles, will be released by President Pranab Mukherjee in Hyderabad on July 3.

6:28 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

NxtGen raises USD 13.5-mn; invest on expansion

IT infrastructure services company, NxtGen Datacentre and Cloud Technologies, has raised USD 13.5 million (about Rs 85 crore) from International Finance Corporation (IFC), Axon Partners Group and Intel Capital as part of a second strategic (series B) funding.

6:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Maharashtra Governor praises FAQs on elections published by MSEC

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao today complimented the Maharashtra State Election Commission for becoming the first State Election Commission country-wide to bring out exhaustive publications on Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to elections to local autonomous bodies in the state.

5:45 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Tamil Nadu fishermen go on indefinite fast

About 250 fishermen began an indefinite fast in front of the bus stand here today, demanding the release of 14 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan navy since June 2, and also their boats.

5:30 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

India rejects Pakistan's offer to assist in SAARC satellite project

India has rejected Pakistan's offer to provide "technical" and "monetary" support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious SAARC satellite project, maintaining that it was a "gift" by the country to its neighbours.

5:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Nagpur Central Railway collects Rs 2.82 crore in ticket checking drive

The Nagpur division of Central Railway (CR) collected Rs 2.82 crore during a special ticket checking drive recently.

4:45 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab forms special checking teams for illegal buses

Punjab government today formed a Special Traffic Checking Wing to check operation of illegal route stage carriage buses and mini buses.

4:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Kotak Bank lowers base rate to 9.75 per cent

The fourth largest private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) today cut its base rate by 0.10 per cent to 9.75, joining its larger rivals which have announced such downward revisions in the recent past.

4:05 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Indian student wins US fellowship for LGBT research

An Indian girl student in the US has received a LGBT scholarship from the prestigious California University in Berkely to study how political issues brought new notions of sexual identity in India.

3:45 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Cash-for-vote scam accused Revanth Reddy released from jail

A day after getting bail from Hyderabad High Court, Telangana TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy and two others were today released from Cherlapally Central Prison here, with scores of cheering supporters of Reddy raising slogans and waving Telugu Desam flags.

3:30 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Adani coal project in Australia runs into controversy: report

India's mining giant Adani Group's 16.5 billion dollar coal mine project in Australia's Queensland has run into another controversy after reports that senior bureaucrats were sidelined over key decisions on the deal for the venture which was red-flagged by many officials.

3:06 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Rupee rises for 2nd session vs USD, up 3 paise to 63.61

In restricted trading, the rupee ended marginally higher by three paise to 63.61 against the American currency on mild selling of dollars by banks and exporters on hopes of foreign capital inflows into equities.

3:04 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

NDMC to repaint kerbs and dividers in black and yellow

Road dividers and kerbs in areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council will soon revert to its traditional look with the civic body deciding to repaint them in black and yellow colours.

2:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

NGT seeks Centre's reply on glass factories in Firozabad

The glass industries in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad district today came under the scanner of the National Green Tribunal which sought response from the Centre and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on a plea seeking their closure.

2:00 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Chinese submarine docking in Karachi no threat to India: PLA

Playing down its submarine's docking in Pakistan's Karachi port in May, China has said the movement of Chinese vessels was not directed against any third party and the PLA navy's activities in the Indian Ocean were "open and transparent".

1:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Kerala anti-superstition law: Congress MLA targets Murugan festival

Congress MLA SIvadasan Nair wanted the government to ban the body piercing in the name of religious rituals being held during the festival period in several Lord Murugan temples in the state.

12:59 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Aviation Skill Council plans to certify 5.20 lakh trainees in aerospace in 10 yrs

The newly constituted Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council (AASSC) has drawn up a plan to certify about 5,20,000 trainees and groom 6,000 trainers over a 10 year period in the aerospace sector.

12:30 am   #NitiPTI   

Bombay HC to railways: Upgrade system for safety of women in trains

The Bombay High Court today asked railways to upgrade its system so as to prevent crime against women in local trains and on platforms and consider forming an expert committee to study advanced technologies globally.

12:05 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

India, China suffer heavily due to air pollution: Study

India and China suffer over USD 1.89 trillion annually in terms of the value of lives lost and ill health caused from air pollution, according to a report.

Jul 01, 2015 11:40 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Mekedatu plan to be scrutinised as per CWDT orders

Karnataka government's proposal for a dam across River Cauvery in Mekedatu will be examined by the Union government as per the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal orders, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati has said.

11:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

UN issues first-ever guidance to combat heatwaves

For the first time, the United Nations today issued a new joint guidance for countries to address the health risks posed by heatwaves that have become more frequent and deadlier over the last 50 years, recently killing over 3,000 people in India and Pakistan.

11:15 pm   #NitiPTI   

Jaypee Group offers to cleanse Yamuna river

Diversified Jaypee Group today pledged to cleanse the Yamuna river of filth and effluents provided given a free hand.

11:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Vodafone invests Rs 73 crore in Goa to strengthen network

Vodafone India has invested over Rs 73 crore to ramp up its network, distribution and retail presence in Goa circle over the past one year, a senior official said.

11:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Rajasthan holds Kharif crop loan distribution camp on July 4

With the onset of monsoon this season, the Rajasthan government today announced holding "kharif crop loan distribution camps" at every district level by the Central Cooperative Banks on July 4.

10:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Rajkot to host three-day business meet

Saurashtra Vepar Udyog Mahamandal (SVUM) has organised a three-day long international business meet here starting tomorrow.

10:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Haryana govt to fill 50,000 posts in various departments

Haryana government today announced to fill 50,000 posts in various departments.

10:26 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

UP govt releases Rs 300 crore for flood preparations

Uttar Pradesh Irrigation and Revenue Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav today said Rs 300 crore have been released for preparations to deal with floods in the state.

10:26 pm   #NitiPTI   #Digital   

J&K govt constitutes two committees to oversee 'Digital India Programme'

Jammu and Kashmir government today constituted two separate high-level committees headed by the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary to oversee implementation of the 'Digital India Programme'.

10:26 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Madhya Pradesh govt sanctions Rs 3.31 crore to conserve urban ponds

The Madhya Pradesh government today announced that it has sanctioned Rs 3.31 crore to five civic bodies for the conservation of lakes and ponds in urban areas.

10:20 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

BJP parliamentary board to decide on CM face for Bihar: Hussain

Fending off persistent queries from various quarters about its chief ministerial face for the crucial Bihar Assembly polls, senior BJP leader Syed Shahanwaz Hussain today said the party's Parliamentary Board will take a call on the issue.

10:06 pm   #NitiPTI   

Union Cabinet clears pacts to be signed with Central Asian countries

A set of pacts, including the one of emergency response system, which are likely to be signed during Prime Minister's visit to Central Asian countries next week, today received the nod of the Union Cabinet.

10:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Home Ministry assistance to Kashmiri youth who cracked IIT entrance

After Army, it was turn of Union Home Ministry which announced financial assistance to a Kashmiri youth who cracked this year's joint entrance examination of the prestigious IIT.

9:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Army raises new batallion of Brigade of the Guards

Indian Army today raised a new battalion of its elite Brigade of the Guards regiment, at Bhusawal in Gujarat.

9:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Army makes online registration for job rallies compulsory

Army today announced that it is compulsory for the aspirants, seeking jobs in the armed forces, to register online in a bid to tackle huge crowd at its recruitment rallies.

9:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #Governance   

UGC relases list of 21 fake universities

Warning students to refrain from enrolling in fake institutions, the UGC has released a list of 21 such bogus varsities of which eight are in Uttar Pradesh and six in Delhi.

9:20 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Haryana FDA finds food samples flawed

The Haryana Food and Drugs Administration Department (FDA) inspected 24 samples of loose and canned food products and beverages in the state, out of which maximum samples were found unsafe, substandard and misbranded.

9:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

AFSPA: Amnesty seeks probe into human rights violations in J&K

Calling the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as one of the "primary facilitators of impunity" by security forces, Amnesty International today demanded its repeal and sought investigation into cases of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir by an "independent and impartial" authority.

8:50 pm   #NitiPTI   #Digital   

#DigitalIndia- Army to roll out new automation software for records

Army is set to roll out a new automation software for its over 12 lakh soldiers, in an effort to provide them easy access to their service records, such as salary, leave, transfer and postings.

8:44 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

'Mhara Gaon - Jagmag Gaon' scheme launched in Haryana

Haryana government today announced to launch a voluntary scheme 'Mhara Gaon - Jagmag Gaon', aimed at providing 24-hour uninterrupted power supply to rural domestic consumers and improving electricity bill collections in order to reduce "huge" accumulated losses of power utilities.

8:39 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

CBI sleuths quiz Dayanidhi Maran

CBI today questioned former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran in connection with a case of alleged installation of over 300 high data capacity BSNL lines at his Chennai home to facilitate speedy transmission of programmes by a TV firm owned by his brother, an action termed by Home Ministry as threat to national security.

8:38 pm   #NitiPTI   #Governance   

HRD Ministry begins process to appoint IIT Delhi director

HRD Ministry has initiated the process for appointment of a new IIT Delhi director, weeks after it relieved R Shevgaonkar of his duties.

8:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

J&K CM: Officers will be judged on integrity and performance

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said the officers of Jammu and Kashmir government will be solely judged on their integrity and performance in improving the public delivery mechanism in the state.

8:26 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Rajnath Singh reviews Amaranth yatra preparedness

A day ahead of the start of Amarnath Yatra, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the arrangements made for the annual pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.

8:15 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

SBI launches enterprise wide loyalty programme

Country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) today launched an enterprise wide loyalty programme for its customers for doing various types of banking transactions.

8:10 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Arun Jaitley- India aims 8-10% growth to eradicate poverty

Pitching for a higher growth of 8 to 10 per cent to eradicate poverty, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the country is no more satisfied with the current rate.

7:48 pm   #NitiPTI   

Nitin Gadkari urges farmers to go organic way

In the wake of rising number of farmers suicide cases in Maharashtra, Union Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari today said innovation and intervention is necessary to overcome the challenges faced by the farming community.

7:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Vasundhara Raje to stay as Rajasthan CM: BJP

Standing firmly behind Vasundhara Raje, who is embroiled in a controversy for allegedly having business relation with former IPL chief Lalit Modi, the BJP today reiterated that she will stay as the Rajasthan Chief Minister.

7:35 pm   #NitiPTI   

Centre to departments: Make staff transfer, posting info public

The information related to employees' transfer and posting should be put in public domain promptly to reduce the number of RTI applications, the Centre said today.

7:20 pm   #NitiPTI   

J&K govt terminates services of 63 employees

Jammu and Kashmir government today dispensed the services of 63 of its employees, against whom there were charges of corruption, as a part of the process to remove deadwood from the administration.

7:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Centre asks Delhi hospitals to gear up for dengue outbreak

The government has asked all the central government-run hospitals in Delhi including AIIMS to "buckle up" to tackle an outbreak of dengue during the monsoon season and prepare an action plan within a week to combat the vector-borne disease.

6:25 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

J&K govt announces changes in new recruitment policy

Facing "resistance" over its new recruitment policy, Jammu and Kashmir government today decided to notify rules for its implementation instead of taking the "ordinance" path.

6:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Darjeeling landslides- Kiren Rijiju to assess the ground situation

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju is visiting Darjeeling to assess the ground situation after massive landslides claimed at least 22 lives and caused heavy damages in the hilly West Bengal district, following a directive from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

6:02 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Darjeeling landslides- Death toll rises to 38

At least 38 people have been killed in a series of landslides caused by heavy rain in the three sub-divisions of Darjeeling district since last night.

5:41 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Jonathan new chief of UNICEF in Jharkhand

Madhulika Jonathan has been appointed as the new chief of UNICEF office for Jharkhand from today.

5:10 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Stalin, Vijayakant take ride in #ChennaiMetro

The Metro Rail fever seems to have caught up with politicians, with DMK Treasurer M K Stalin and DMDK founder Vijayakant taking a ride in the newly launched services here today.

5:10 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

President Pranab Mukherjee worships at Lord Venkateswara temple

President Pranab Mukherjee offered prayers at the ancient hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala near here today.

5:10 pm   #NitiPTI   

NDA approves setting up of online national agri-market

Government today approved the setting up of an online national agriculture market that will provide more options to farmers for selling their produce.

5:10 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

E-rickshaws to be introduced in Puducherry

In an effort to promote pollution free travel, Puducherry government will introduce battery operated E Rickshaws for senior citizens, women, children and the infirm.

4:50 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Kerala- LDF stages walkout over alleged attack on media

CPI-M led LDF Opposition members in Kerala today staged a walkout from the Assembly in protest against alleged attack on the media and house of an MLA by UDF workers even as Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala denied the incident.

4:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Andhra CM to inaugurate 'Godavari Harathi'

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will today inaugurate the 'Godavari Harathi' festival, celebrating the sacred Godavari river on Pushkar ghat, in East Godavari district.

4:17 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Digital   

Narendra Modi launches Digital India to empower a Billion Netizens

Prime Minister Modi launched the much-talked about Digital India initiative today. Listen to the PM outlining the vision of the programme.

4:14 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Bengal landslides: PM Modi announces Rs 2 lakh for kin of those killed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed pain over the loss of lives due to landslides in Darjeeling district of West Bengal and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased.

4:10 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

HRD Ministry issues showcause notice to Visva Bharti VC

The Union HRD Ministry today issued a showcause notice to Visva Bharti University Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta, seeking his explanation on financial and administrative irregularities found by a three-member panel set up by the Ministry.

4:02 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Egypt terror attack- 60 Egyptian soldiers killed

At least 60 Egyptian soldiers were today killed as militants launched simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints, using suicide bombers and heavy weapons, in the restive north of the Sinai Peninsula, officials said.

4:00 pm   #NitiCommentary   #NitiExclusives   #Digital   #Politics   

Digital India's Political Significance explained in 60 seconds

Political Commentator Shashi Shekhar explains the political significance of Digital India.

3:42 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

West Bengal- 22 killed in massive landslides in Darjeeling

At least 22 people were killed and many others were missing in landslides triggered by heavy rains in three sub-divisions of Darjeeling district since last night.

3:27 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Digital   

NaMo bonds with social media volunteers

Ahead of Digital India launch today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met social media volunteers at his official residence 7 RCR. Here's what the excited volunteers tweeted.

3:22 pm   #NitiPTI   

1.5 lakh people issued e-Visa in seven months

With India introducing electronic visa for 150 nations and other steps, government is confident that the country to become a popular destination for tourists and investors, an official today said.

3:22 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

How AAP's 'Swaraj Budget' is taking a toll on Delhi's aam admi

BJP today warned of a strike by transporters and traders in the national capital if the AAP government fails to revoke its decision to amend the existing VAT rules through the "backdoor".

3:22 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

AMU to set up English-medium schools in all districts of UP

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has decided to set up English-medium schools upto intermediate in all districts of Uttar Pradesh by 2017.

3:04 pm   #NitiPTI   

NDA approves scheme for providing irrigation to all villages

In order to reduce farm sector's dependence on monsoon, the Centre today approved a central scheme for providing irrigation facility to every village by converging the ongoing schemes being implemented by various ministries.

3:02 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Sabarinadhan sworn as MLA

Becoming the youngest legislator in the 140 member Kerala assembly, 31-year-old K S Sabarinadhan of Congress took oath as MLA today.

2:44 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #Politics   

Nehru Wikipedia edits - whodunit asks a clueless Congress ?

The Congress Party can give its alarmism of Nehru's legacy on community edited Wikipedia a rest for we do not have here a deep rooted conspiracy to distort history but instead all we have here is a juvenile clerk in a government office with unfettered access to the Internet and an idle keyboard with no adult supervision.

2:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

CBI questions Dayanidhi Maran

CBI today questioned former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran in connection with a case of allegedly using over 300 high data capacity BSNL telecom lines at his Boat House residence in Chennai.

2:42 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Quid pro-quo case: Jaganmohan appears before CBI court

YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and other accused in the case pertaining to alleged quid-pro-quo investments made in his firms today appeared before a special CBI court here which posted the matter to July 24.

2:22 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Home Ministry asks DG Tihar to probe jail break, fix responsibility

The Home Ministry today directed Director General of Tihar Prison Alok Verma to conduct an inquiry into the recent jail break incident in the high- security prison from where two undertrials managed to escape.

2:02 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Mamata to visit landslide-hit Darjeeling hills

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that she is monitoring the situation in the Darjeeling hills arising out of landslides caused by heavy rain and will rush there during the day.

2:02 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Greece seeks new EU loans after IMF debt default

Greece lurched deeper into crisis today as European finance ministers prepared to consider a request for new loans in a last-ditch effort to keep the country in the eurozone after it defaulted on a key payment and a bailout keeping its economy afloat expired.

1:42 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Indonesia military plane crash toll rises to 142

The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force plane packed with military personnel and their families rose to 142 today, as witnesses described people fleeing the disaster zone covered in blood with their clothes alight.

1:22 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

West Bengal: 400 people affected by flood in Jalpaiguri district

Atleast four hundred people have been affected in Jalpaiguri district following release of excess water Teesta river after rains in upper reaches.

1:02 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

NaMo wishes UP CM on his 41st birthday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended birthday greetings to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who turned 41 today.

12:08 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Amarnath yatra begins

Amid tight security arrangements, the annual Amarnath yatra today commenced from Jammu as the first batch of 1,280 pilgrims left for the cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas.

11:13 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam eyes capacity expansion of 16 mt by 2025

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of Vizag Steel, is chalking out plans to expand capacity to 16 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) by 2025 with an investment of Rs 35,000 crore, a a top official said.

10:53 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

5 Indians among 7 charged in bank fraud case in US

Five Indian-origin persons are among seven charged with conspiring to commit bank fraud in the US through a scheme that resulted in losses of over USD three million to the victims.

9:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Suresh Prabhu: USD 120 billion to be infused in railways in 5 years

A whopping investment of USD 120 billion will be made in next five years in the cash-strapped railways which is in the process of upgradation and expansion, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here today.

9:00 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

SBI's insurance business partners set to increase stakes

Country's largest lender State Bank of India today said BNP Paribas Cardif, its partner in the life insurance business, is keen to increase stake by 10 per cent to 36 per cent.

8:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

'Operation Smile' to trace missing children across Bihar

To unite 346 missing children with their parents, Bihar Police will launch 'Operation Smile' across the state from tomorrow.

8:01 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #Digital   

Digital India Week - 10 reasons why our life will not be the same

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Digital India Week today, know the 10 ways in which our life will go digital.

8:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab announces Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for girls

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will inaugurate 'Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute' to impart specialized training to female aspirants for joining the prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA).

7:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Sebi warns mutual funds against misuse of investor education funds

Taking note of the rising instances of mutual fund players improperly using the investor education funds, markets regulator Sebi today asked the industry to take corrective action or else the regulator will have to step in.

7:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

St Stephen's alumni group approaches CAG for special audit of college accounts

Alleging financial irregularities in functioning of St Stephen's college, a group of its alumni today approached the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), demanding a special audit of the college finances.

6:25 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Flipkart ranked second in top global book sellers

E-commerce major Flipkart has been ranked second among top book sellers of the world, according to a survey.

6:00 am   #NitiPTI   

Central govt employees to disclose source of funds before going abroad

Central government employees going abroad need to disclose estimated expenditure and source of funds prior to their visits, according to a draft policy formed by the Centre.

5:30 am   #NitiPTI   

2.08 crore households in India have disabled persons: Census

As many as 2.08 crore households in the country have differently-abled persons constituting 8.3 per cent of the total homes, the 2001-11 Census data said today.

5:05 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Fullerton India raises Rs 450 crore from IFC

Non-banking financial company, Fullerton India, has raised Rs 450 crore from International Finance Corporation, a part of the World Bank Group through non-convertible debentures (NCDs).

4:45 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Cholamandalam ties up with Ola to offer loans to drivers

Financial services company Cholamandalam Investment and Finance today said it has joined hands with mobile app-based taxi aggregator, Ola, to offer car loans to the latter's drivers with an option of daily repayment scheme instead of a monthly payment.

4:30 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

1857 rebellion sabre up for auction in UK

A rare silver-mounted sabre that was gifted to a British officer for his success in suppressing a siege in Lucknow during India's 1857 rebellion is among a series of historic weapons to go under the hammer at an auction in London next month.

4:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

29th anniversary of signing of Mizo Accord celebrated

The 29th anniversary of signing of the historic Mizo Accord between the Centre and the erstwhile underground Mizo National Front (MNF) was today celebrated all over Mizoram as 'Remna Ni' or peace day.

4:00 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Lakshmi Vilas Bank cuts base rate by 0.15%

South-based private sector lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) today cut its minimum rate of lending by 0.15 per cent to 10.95 per cent, following similar moves by its larger rivals after RBI cut policy rate earlier this month.

3:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Buddha Amarnath Yatra to commence from Aug 17 in Poonch hills

The annual pilgrimage to holy shrine of Buddha Amarnath in Mandi hills of the border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir will commence from August 17 this year.

3:00 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Greece teeters on brink of default

Greece appeared set today to default on a key IMF repayment, fanning fears of a chaotic eurozone exit on the day the country's international bailout also expires.

2:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

'Islamic Heritage in India's North East'- A documentary

Key aspects of Islamic heritage in Assam, such as formation of the Muslim community, invasions and post-invasion settlements and migrations during the time of Ahom kings have been showcased in a new documentary.

2:00 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Bangladesh, China ink pact to build under-river tunnel

Bangladesh today signed an agreement with China to construct a 3.5-km tunnel under the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong at a cost likely to be over USD 1 billion.

1:30 am   #NitiPTI   

NDA to upgrade 3 effluent treatment plants into ZLD units

The Environment Ministry has planned upgrading of three common effluent treatment plants (CETPs), which treats the discharge of 440 highly-polluting tanneries on the main stem of river Ganga, into zero liquid discharge (ZLD) units.

12:59 am   #NitiPTI   #Digital   

MedPlus goes online, plans 200 outlets in Bengal

Pharma retailing major, MedPlus today launched online medicine portal and app to expand its reach through e-commerce.

12:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Amar Chitra Katha launches novel, first in new imprint

Amart Chitra Katha, publisher of one of India's largest comic series has launched a new novel, the first under its imprint 'ACK Stories Alive.

12:05 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Ramzan food walk reveals Old Delhi's culinary delights

Old Delhi's narrow alleys are full of stories, especially the culinary kind that have been passed down over generations dating back to the Mughal period.

Jun 30, 2015 11:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Andhra CM, Governor meet President

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today met President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Nilayam here.

11:15 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Jitendra Singh disfavours partial revocation of AFSPA in J&K

Minister in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh today disfavoured partial withdrawal of controversial AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir but underlined that the last word on this would come only from the security agencies and not from political functionaries.

10:45 pm   #NitiPTI   

NDA seeks private sector help to boost immunisation programme

Seeking to enhance immunisation mission of the government, Union Health Minister J P Nadda today sought help of the private sector in developing cost- effective vaccines and for better management of the programme in rural areas.

10:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab govt asks officers to enrol with digital locker system

Punjab government has asked all its officers to enrol with National Digital Locker System (NDLS) to store and access government documents online.

10:15 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

J&K CM nominates 9 new members to J&K Wakf Board

In order to strengthen the Wakf institutions and streamline their functioning, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today reconstituted the Board of Directors of the Wakf Board by nominating nine new members to the organisation.

10:00 pm   #NitiPTI   

NDA targets 95 per cent immunisation cover by 2016 end

The government has set a target to achieve 95 per cent immunisation cover by the end of 2016, Union Health Minister JP Nadda today said, even as he sought help of the private sector for better management of the programme in rural areas.

9:45 pm   #NitiPTI   

NDA appoints 9 new Joint Secretaries

Nine new Joint Secretaries, including five IAS and four officers belonging to other services, have been appointed in the central government ministries as part of a bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the government today.

9:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Haryana to launch campaign to trace missing children

Haryana Police and Women and Child Development Department have decided to jointly launch a month long campaign 'Muskaan' from tomorrow to trace and rescue missing children in the state.

9:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Lokayukta storm: Karnataka govt orders SIT probe into corruption

In the eye of a storm over charges of corruption in his office, with his son's name also dragged into it, Karnataka Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao today ruled out his resignation, even as the government ordered an SIT probe into the alleged bribery scandal.

9:15 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

FTII- Govt invites students for talks on Friday

The striking students of prestigious FTII here have been invited by the Union Government for talks on Friday over their demand for cancellation of appointment of TV actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as its Chairman.

9:03 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

DMK urges TN govt, Metro Rail to cut fare

A day after the launch of the Metrotrain service here, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today urged the Tamil Nadu government and rail authorities to reduce the fares.

9:03 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Jagmohan Yadav appointed new DGP of Uttar Pradesh

The state government late this evening appointed 1983 batch Indian Police Service officer Jagmohan Yadav as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh.

9:03 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

NDA to chalk out plan to check radicalization of Kashmiri youth

Alarmed by reports of growing radicalisation of Kashmiri youth, the government would soon chalk out a plan to thwart the designs of terror groups like ISIS to swell their ranks by indoctrinating them to choose the path of militancy.

9:03 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

AAP trying to deflect attention from #DelhiDysfunction?

Accusing the Centre of not being serious in pursuing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, AAP today said if the Narendra Modi government does not take steps to initiate action against former Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the wake of fresh evidence that has emerged, the party will itself to take the issue to its logical end.

9:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Sushil Modi meets Manjhi for joint campaign in Council poll

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today had a closed door meeting with former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi over political situation in the state and to draw strategy to win all 24 seats of Legislative Council elections scheduled next week.

8:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Dharamsala to be the most beautiful town of North India

Dharamsala will be one of the most beautiful towns of North India, Himachal Pradesh minister Sudhir Sharma claimed today, while inviting a Hong Kong based company to look into the city's urban plan.

8:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Greece confirms it will not pay IMF today

Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said his country would not make the deadline today for a key payment to the International Monetary Fund.

8:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

NDA plans to cancel FCRA registration of Teesta's NGOs

Government plans to cancel the registration of two NGOs of social activist Teesta Setalvad for alleged violations of Foreign Currency Regulation Act.

8:15 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Mayawati lecturing on "raj dharma"?

BSP supremo Mayawati today accused BJP government at Centre and states of not following "raj dharma" and asked the allies of the saffron party especially in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, to reconsider their alliance.

8:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Nagaland govt promises change in service rule amid nurse stir

As the agitation of nurses entered the second day today in Nagaland, the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare said it was working towards amending the Nurse's Service Rule of 1988 to accommodate their demands.

8:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Puducherry- BJP wants free rice scheme implemented on basis of income

BJP, an alliance partner of the ruling AINRC, today demanded that Chief Minister N Rangasamy ensure that the free rice scheme for all sections of people be restricted to cover the poor and have-nots by adopting the income basis.

7:55 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Amit Shah to inaugurate two-day workshop of party leaders

As part of its national training programme, BJP President Amit Shah will inaugurate a two-day workshop of party leaders from across the country tomorrow that will help the party develop dedicated workers and put in place trainers for improved communication within.

7:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Nitin Gadkari announces construction of two new national highways in Tripura

As part of Centre's efforts to strengthen infrastructure development in the North-East, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today announced the construction of two new national highways to connect Tripura with Assam.

7:15 pm   #NitiPTI   

NDA launches joint campaign for Council poll

The BJP along with its two NDA associates today began a joint campaign for election to 24 seats of Legislative Council slated for July 7, which is billed as semi-final before Assembly polls later this year.

7:03 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Odisha CM asks officers to take feedback from people ahead of floods

Announcing ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for victims' families of seven state specific disasters, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked officials to take feedback from people living in vulnerable areas while preparing for possible floods.

6:50 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Chhattisgarh govt starts 'Child Helpline' booth

The Chhattisgarh government has started a 'Child Helpline' booth at Raipur railway station which will keep an eye on distressed or missing children.

6:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

India seek to sort out defensive woes against Malaysia

Soundly thrashed by Australia in their last match, India would look to sort out their defensive woes when they take on Malaysia in their quarterfinal match of the Hockey World League Semifinals here tomorrow.

6:20 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Navy to get 4 Water Jet Fast Attack Craft in 2015-16

The Navy would get four new Water Jet Fast Attack Craft by the end of March, 2016 for conducting attack missions, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and rescue operations, officials said today.