BJD MPs protest Rail Budget in Parliament

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

Biju Janata Dal MPs on Wednesday staged a dharna under the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Parliament premises protesting against negligence of the Union Government towards the State in 2013-14 Railway Budget. They lamented that Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has allocated only Rs869 crore to the State against a...

Vijender not in FIRs, not obliged to give samples

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Bhupinder Sharma | Chandigarh

Despite the negative publicity in the drug haul case, Olympian bronze medalist Vijender Singh’s name does not figure in any of the three FIRs registered in the case so far. This means that police cannot legally ask him for hair or blood samples unless his name is included in the...

Bansal Express goes superfast on price hikes

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | PNS | New Delhi

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Wednesday justified the hike in certain charges, as announced in the Rail Budget and hinted there could be further increase on some counts for the ‘balanced development’ of Railways that has ‘limited resources’. Bansal also invited investments from corporates to improve amenities at railway...

Annual spend of Rs28 cr on ‘private’ security

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Abraham Thomas | New Delhi

Every year, the Centre spends a whopping Rs240 crore of taxpayers’ money to provide security cover to more than 400 persons, including private individuals, in Delhi. The expenses exclude the cost incurred on protecting the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker and Chief Justice of India. Intriguingly, of the total...

Sack five jawans & court-martial 55: CoI

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | PNS | New Delhi

Taking a tough stance against face-off between officers and men in Samba near Jammu last year, a Court of Inquiry (CoI) has recommended sacking of five jawans and court martial and censure of 55 other personnel, including the commanding officer. The case relates to an incident in the 16 Cavalry Unit...


Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Pioneer

JD(U) seeks coal blocks re-auction New Delhi: JD(U) on Wednesday equated allocations of coal blocks to the sale of cinema tickets and sought its re-auction. JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said in the Lok Sabha that Supreme Court asking CBI not to share coal block scam information with the political executive...

Govt won’t ban armed forces medicos from leaving services

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | PNS | New Delhi

The Government on Wednesday said it has no plan to put a blanket ban on doctors and medical professionals trained at armed forces institutes from leaving services as it will hamper attracting new talent. Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh said during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha that about 15...

Rise in rapes; conviction rate remains stagnant

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | PTI | New Delhi

Though there was a rise in rape cases across the country from 2007 to 2011, the conviction rate of accused remained stagnant at 26 per cent. The number of registered rape cases rose to 24,206 in 2011 from 20,737 in 2007, an increase by 3,469, with Madhya Pradesh recording a...

Chacko ‘denied’ me natural justice: Raja

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | PNS | New Delhi

Reiterating his demand to be called before the JPC, former telecom minister A Raja on Wednesday accused panel chairman PC Chacko of “denial of natural justice”. In a letter to Chacko, Raja made a scathing attack on Chacko’s bid to close the deliberations in JPC by sacrificing the truth and demanded...

It’s man vs wild unabated in Wayanad

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | PNS | New Delhi

The situation of man tiger conflicts has worsened in Wayanad Tiger Reserve in Kerala. Two tigers have been sent to Thrissur Zoo in the consecutive months of February and March this year. This was preceded by the shootout of a big cat in December last, in the face of...


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UPward and forward

19 Mar 2017 | Rajesh Singh

Is the marginalisation of the two caste-based parties in Uttar Pradesh a harbinger of change — from identity politics to the politics of development? If we take the 2014 and 2017 elections together, that does seem to be the suggestion, writes RAJESH SINGH Understanding an election result as monumental as that of Uttar Pradesh is akin to unravelling a deep thriller plot. The why, when, where, how and what — this...

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CM makes surprise inspection of Hazratganj police station

24 Mar 2017 | PNS | Lucknow

Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi made a surprise inspection of the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow sending police officers in a tizzy on Thursday morning. Soon after, the Chief Minister said that there will be rule of law in UP and no one will be spared if found on the wrong side of law and asked police personnel to work with dedication...

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