24 monuments can’t be traced, Govt tells House

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 | PNS | New Delhi

Twenty-four monuments with nearly half of them from Uttar Pradesh have disappeared and remained untraceable, the Government told Parliament on Monday. Ruins of Copper Temple in Arunachal Pradesh, Guns of Emperor Sher Shah in Assam's Tinsukia district, Bara Khamba Cemetery in Delhi and the ruins of fort Bamanpukur in West Bengal's...

Gangotri glacier retreated 0.15 sq km between 2007-’16

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 | PNS | New Delhi

Gangotri glacier retreated by 0.15 sq km between 2007 and 2016 even as the all-India mean temperature has risen by nearly 0.60 degrees Celsius over the last 110 years. Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday informed the Rajya Sabha that the melting of Gangotri glacier has been studied by the Indian...

75k habitations in want of safe drinking water

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 | PNS | New Delhi

Nearly 75,000 habitations in the country do not have safe drinking water. Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday said 74,548 habitations in the country have "quality affected" water and a programme has been launched to provide safe drinking water in the places where the natural...

Exec-Council of first national aviation varsity constituted

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 | Deepak Kumar Jha | New Delhi

After much dilly-dallying, the Centre has finally constituted the Executive Council of the first national aviation university of the country named after late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. President Pranab Mukherjee, in his capacity as Visitor of the Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU), has approved a nine-member council drawn from...

‘Babus being dictators over car-free CP’

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 | Sapna Singh | New Delhi

Traders in Connaught Place (CP) will hold a meeting on Wednesday in a bid to apprise others traders about the much- hyped vehicle-free plan to convert the ‘heart of city’ into a tourist destination. New Delhi Traders Association (NDTA) is feeling isolated because though they have a major stake in the...

Terror won’t help, Naidu reminds Pak of 1971

Monday, 24 Jul 2017 | PNS | New Delhi

NDA's vice-presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday slammed Pakistan for "aiding and abetting terror", asking it not to forget 1971 Bangladesh war, in which it faced a humiliating defeat. Naidu was addressing the annual Kargil Parakram Parade, held in remembrance of soldiers killed in the 1999 war with Pakistan...

Drug-resistant pathogens found in chickens in farms in Punjab

Monday, 24 Jul 2017 | PNS | New Delhi

Even as India draws flak for being the antibiotics capital of the world, a new study, published in international journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, has found high levels of antibiotic-resistant pathogens in chickens raised for both meat and eggs on farms in Punjab. Random tests on 18 poultry farms raising about 50,000...

A pact to push khadi denim abroad

Monday, 24 Jul 2017 | PNS | New Delhi

In yet another initiative to involve corporates and PSUs to provide largest spectrum for Khadi, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has signed an agreement with Arvind Mills Limited, a well-known name in denim business, to trade khadi denim products around the world. Agreement between the KVIC...


Monday, 24 Jul 2017 | PNS

Goyal's gesture Even as tempers ran high in the Rajya Sabha last week on the issue of atrocities against Dalits and minorities, the House witnessed some touching scenes, too. Power Minister Piyush Goyal walked up to veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora after the proceedings were adjourned following sharp exchanges between...

Uncertainty looms over Cong retaining RS seat

Monday, 24 Jul 2017 | Nayan Dave | GANDHINAGAR

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela’s resignation from the Congress coupled with cross voting by 11 MLAs from the Opposition in the recently concluded presidential polls has created uncertainty over retaining Rajya Sabha seat of All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi’s political advisor Ahmed Patel. Elections of three Rajya...


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Of 4,862 large dams, only 349 have emergency disaster action plans: CAG

23 Jul 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Only 349 of 4,862 India's large dams have emergency disaster action plans in place, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India's performance report on flood control and management schemes of the Water Resources Ministry has revealed. "Out of 4,862 large dams, emergency action plans or disaster management plans of only 349 dams, which is seven per cent, were prepared (March 2016)...

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Minister offers Rs 50K to RIMS laxity victim

25 Jul 2017 | PNS | ranchi

Health, Medical Education and Family Planning Department Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi offered Gudia Bai a monetary assistance of Rs 50,000 in his personal capacity on Monday and pledged the best available medical treatment to her apart from grant of Rs 12,000 for a toilet at his home after he visited to Sadar Hospital to see the ailing lady under treatment. Chandravanshi also said that the doctor in RIMS had already been suspended...

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