February, 2015


China to be consulted on any project re-think: Sri Lanka

Beijing: Sri Lanka will not make any decision on Chinese projects it is reviewing until it consults China, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister said on Friday. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects that China has invested in, including a USD 1.5 billion “port city” project in Colombo. Last week, Sri Lanka said it would reconsider the outright transfer of a parcel of land to China under the port city deal signed by the previous government, amid concern it could be used for byRead More

Decision on Ebola vaccine by August: WHO

Geneva: The decision will be taken by WHO’s Strategy Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) based on the outcome of trials which are currently underway in Africa. “Vaccine introduction is by no means a given and will depend on the results of clinical trials and recommendations from WHO’s Strategy Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on vaccines and immunisation,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said. “The earliest that the SAGE is expected to make recommendation on a wide-scale introduction is August. Decisions on whether or not to introduce the vaccine will be madeRead More

Tax sops likely in Modi government’s 1st full year Budget

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present on Saturday the first full year Budget of the NDA government, which is termed as a ‘make or break’ fiscal exercise widely expected to unveil pro-common man measures and push forward ‘Make In India’ campaign. The Budget, to be presented in the backdrop of the ruling BJP-led NDA losing Delhi elections, is likely to either raise tax slabs or hike investment limit in saving instruments. The Finance Minister is also likely to pursue the path of fiscal consolidation and keep the fiscalRead More

MGNREGA a ‘living reminder’ of UPA government’s failures: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured the continuation of the national rural employment guarantee scheme saying it made political sense as it was a “living reminder” of the UPA government’s “failures”. Replying to the motion of thanks on the president’s address in the Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister said: “Sometimes people ask whether MGNREGA would be discontinued.” Modi quipped though the opposition might say that he does not understand some issues, they would agree that “he has very good political sense”. “You will have to agree thatRead More

Industries Minister Smt. Scindia welcomes decision to install surveillance camera in trains for women’s security

Bhopal: Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia has welcomed Rail Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu’s decisions to ensure women’s security. Expressing gratitude towards Shri Prabhu, Smt. Scindia said that incidents like that which happened to Rati Tripathi will not happen when surveillance cameras are installed in selected passenger coaches and women’s coaches in suburban trains. It is noteworthy that Smt. Scindia’s recent journey to Delhi, some women were misbehaved. During meeting with Shri Suresh Prabhu, Smt. Scindia had mentioned this incident and urged him to install CCTV cameras in coaches forRead More

NABARD should assist in major irrigation projects in state

Bhopal: NABARD’s Chairman Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala met Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. During discussions, the Chief Minister said that NABARD should assist in major irrigation projects in the state. Besides, it should also extend technical cooperation and financial assistance for computerization of cooperative banks in the state. The Chief Minister said that the state government can obtain loans worth Rs. 10 thousand crore during next 3 years if NABARD reduces interest rate under infrastructure development assistance scheme from 10.57 percent to 9 percent. NABARD should alsoRead More

Prominent Seminary students involved in Bhutto’s killing: Court told

Islamabad: Students of a prominent seminary run by a cleric known as the “father of the Taliban” were involved in the 2007 assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, officials have told a court. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Peshawar Inspector Naseer Ahmed and Sub-Inspector Adnan told the court about the involvement of Darul Uloom Haqqania’s students in the killing of Benazir. The seminary located at Akora Khattak in Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is owned by Sami-ul-Haq and it has produced several high profile Taliban leaders and fighters, including JalaluddinRead More

It’s up to India to join international coalition against IS: US

Washington: US has said it is for India to decide Whether it wants to join the international coalition to combat the threat posed by violent extremism, particularly the dreaded Islamic State terrorist outfit. India and the US are having very “robust discussions” on threat posed by violent extremism in particular IS, it is up to New Delhi on joining the international coalition against IS, the Obama administration said on Thursday. “We have certainly had very robust discussions between our two governments, including at the leader level, about the threat thatRead More

AAP national executive meet discusses strategy, expansion plans

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday held its first national executive meeting following its landslide victory in the Delhi Assembly polls in which party leaders discussed its future course of action and expansion plans. However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is AAP national convener, and his deputy Manish Sisodia did not attend the meeting as they were busy with government work, AAP sources said. The meeting, which was attended by AAP leaders from various states, also saw discussion on whether the party should contest polls in otherRead More

No new trains introduced in Rail budget

New Delhi: No new trains were announced in the Railway Budget on Thursday by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who assured Parliament that these would be announced in the ongoing session itself, pending completion of track renewal work and review of line capacity. “At present, due to over-utilised line capacity and backlog in track renewals, there are speed restrictions which lead to delay in running more number of trains,” Prabhu said. “The review will be completed soon so that we can announce new trains and increase frequency in this session,” PrabhuRead More