COMMENT: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to use foreign policy as a potent instrument to fulfil his ambitious plan of bringing about an economic transformation in India and securing a significant regional and global role for her. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Asserting that “political intervention” is necessary in a democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made it clear to bureaucrats not to see this as a hindrance to good governance. Continue reading
WASHINGTON: Promising a ‘modern tax system’ with low and globally competitive rates, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has assured foreign investors against any retrospective action and said taxpayers will be seen as “partners and not as potential hostages or victims”. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Independent scientists have questioned the disclosure that that India’s tiger population had increased by an astonishing 30% – 2,226 big cats – in just four years! Continue reading
TORONTO: In a Madison Square-like event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wowed diaspora Indians when he pledged to clean up the “mess left behind” by the previous regime and change the country’s image from the one of “scams” to that of a “skilled” nation. Continue reading
KATMANDU: Surya Bahadur Thapa, who served as Nepal’s Prime Minister five times, has died in a hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana, in India where he was being treated for stomach cancer, an official said Thursday. He was 87. Continue reading
COMMENT: Like most ancient cultures, Hindus traditionally observe the start of each new year with the arrival of spring, which occurs in mid-April in South Asia. Continue reading
HANNOVER (Germany): Harping on the ‘Make in India’ mantra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended an invitation not only to German investors but to the whole world to come and see how India had changed under his government, and promised to ‘make corrections wherever required’. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Sonia Gandhi isn’t reportedly impressed by party old-timers’ calls for her continuation as Congress president. She believes time has come for a generational shift at the helm with concomitant changes in the organisational hierarchy. Continue reading
MUMBAI:The two-century-old Shree Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai devoted to the Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha bristles with close circuit cameras and is guarded by 65 security officers. Continue reading
KATHMANDU: The world’s highest garbage dump close to Mount Everest will get a cleaning this spring – thanks to the Indian Army. Continue reading
PARIS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday his government will defend the rights of citizens of all faiths and asked the global community to dwell on culture and religion to overcome extremism, amid rising criticism that minorities in the country were feeling vulnerable. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: In a move that triggered a fresh row, the Centre on Thursday blocked all foreign funding to Greenpeace India for allegedly flouting the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), amid allegations by the intelligence agencies that the NGO had links with the Aam Aadmi Party. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Amid mounting concerns over the poor air quality in the nation’s capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a National Air Quality Index to monitor air quality in India’s big cities and suggested that developed nations should not “lecture” India on clean energy unless they were ready to provide it with access to nuclear fuel. Continue reading
MUMBAI: The government of Maharashtra has justified its decision to ban even the possession and consumption of meat of animals whose slaughter has been banned in the state and said this step is just a beginning. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured full support to Muslim community to deal with their grievances particularly related to improving its social condition and educational standing. Continue reading
MATHURA: Union water resources minister Uma Bharati has said that Delhi Centre will soon start fulfilling the promises made for cleaning up River Yamuna. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Stressing on the need to differentiate between “errors and corruption” in bureaucratic decision making, Finance Minister Arun Jatiley said the government is considering amending the Prevention of Corruption Act. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks set for a major outreach towards the powerful Sikh community in Canada and will visit a gurdwara in Vancouver during his forthcoming visit. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: On World Health Day, India will launch its expanded immunisation programme – Mission Indradhanush – that targets to vaccinate 90% of India’s 2.7 crore children against seven life-threatening diseases by 2020. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Hinduism will become the world’s third largest religion by 2050 while India will overtake Indonesia as the country with the largest Muslim population, according to a new study. Continue reading
COMMENT: It is a bitter irony that International Women’s Day came right on the heels of the controversy about the government ban on a BBC documentary about the fatal 2012 gang rape of a young Indian woman known by the pseudonym ‘Nirbhaya’. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The AAP government in the city is planning to replicate an ambitious project based on the Singapore’s water re-use model to help residents re-utilise recycled water for effective management of water. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Amid speculation that rebel Aam Aadmi Party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav may float a new party, the two leaders have convened a meeting of their supporters on April 14 to chart out their future course of action. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The Modi government is looking to overhaul the country’s disaster management code so that it is “better suited” to shield farmers and the country’s largely uninsured farm sector from weather shocks. Continue reading
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat assembly on Tuesday passed a controversial anti-terror bill which was previously sent back by two presidents. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Seeking to spread the message of energy conservation, Delhiites on Saturday joined a billion people in over 6,000 cities across the globe to observe the Earth Hour by switching off their electrical appliances between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm.
A candlelight vigil at Connaught Place was organised as part of the global Earth hour initiative here on Saturday. Lights also went off at many prominent buildings in the national capital, including Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate etc during the period.
Power discoms in the city had also geared up for 9th edition of the event by sending mobile text messages and memos to individual households, RWAs, business houses and communities urging them to switch off all lights for an hour to conserve energy.
“We had sent SMSes to over 10 lakh customers to participate in the Earth Hour,” a BSES official said.
Earth Hour is an annual international event created by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), that urges households and business establishments to save power. – From Asian Age
NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Saturday launched its fourth navigational satellite IRNSS-ID from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, making the country inch closer towards having its own Global Positional System (GPS) like the US. Continue reading
The government is also taking several steps to reduce incidence of high-value cash transactions, he said at the foundation day celebrations of Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd (SPMCIL). “Some steps have also been announced which make use of cash little difficult.”
He also said the government is trying to create a conducive environment, both in terms of taxation and ease of doing business, as investments won’t come just by opening doors.
At another event, he urged India to take immediate advantage of rising wage costs in China, to emerge as an alternate manufacturing hub.
“Wages in China have gone up. That part of the world is now becoming costlier,” he said while addressing the annual day celebrations at Shri Ram College of Commerce.
“Can the cost of our capital not be reasonable… all these issues of efficiency, quality improvement, that’s where the opportunity awaits us in creating mass jobs and that is the best possibility of India (in) removing poverty.” – From Hindustan Times
“A far-sighted statesman and a lion among leaders, Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s life teaches valuable lessons to everyone. News of his demise is saddening,” he said in a statement.
“In this hour of bereavement, our prayers are with Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s family and the people of Singapore. May his soul rest in peace,” the Prime Minister said.
Lee, who was Singapore’s first Prime Minister, died of severe pneumonia Monday.
President Pranab Mukherjee also condoled the passing away of Lee.
He said Asia mourns the loss of a towering leader. “Heartfelt condolences on sad demise of former PM Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, Asia will mourn the loss of a towering leader,” Mukherjee said in a tweet.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi described him as a “towering figure in Asian history” and an “esteemed and valued friend of India”.
In a letter to Singapore’s present Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, she also referred to the “warm personal memories” of her meetings with Kuan Yew in 2005 and 2007 when he had visited Delhi.
“I am deeply grieved to learn of the passing away of your beloved father. Lee Kuan Yew was a towering figure in Asian history, an abiding source of inspiration and influence throughout our continent.
“In his three decades as Prime Minister of Singapore, he gave his country a sense of proud nationhood and national identity based on a richly multi-cultural and meritocratic society,” she said.
Hsien Loong and Lee Kuan Yew’s son. – From Press Trust India
NEW DELHI: With an aim to vaccinate all partially-vaccinated and unimmunised children by 2020, the government on Monday launched a 15-day media campaign to educate the masses on immunisation, ahead of implementing its ambitious health programme “Mission Indradhanush” in April. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The Modi government’s first big bang reform to clean the Ganga by introducing real-time online monitoring of pollutants from April 1 has hit a roadblock after stiff resistance from the industry, potentially jeopardising a plan to expand the plan nationwide. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Right-wing opposition to genetically modified (GM) technologies has softened following promising results from a public-sector GM mustard trial. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Aimed at providing better protection to women, the Indian Government has announced a reservation of 33% of jobs in the police force for them. Continue reading
COLOMBO: A decision by President Maithripala Sirisena to allow the singing of the Sri Lankan national anthem in Tamil has sparked a row, with the move coming under attack from his own Sri Lankan Freedom Party. Continue reading
Yet, ironically, the one country where yoga does not yet thrive commercially is the very place from which yoga is thought to originate: India. Continue reading
COMMENT: The country recently witnessed political deadlock causing violence and crippling unrest. Bangladesh’s dysfunctional two-party system, dominated by the Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has seen party leaders wage personal vendettas to grab power. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Union cabinet on Tuesday approved a stringent legislation to curb black money and illegal wealth stashed abroad. The bill will be introduced in the current session of Parliament. Continue reading
COMMENT: They say it takes two to tango. If that’s the basic minimum for a relationship to flourish then the one between India and the European Union is in a spot and would need some serious heavy lifting to put it back on track. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party has said it is going national and will expand its base, a key demand of rebel leader Yogendra Yadav that split the party and pitted him and senior colleague Prashant Bhushan against the Arvind Kejriwal camp. Continue reading
MUMBAI: A distinguished former IPS officer Julio Ribeiro today raised questions on whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP can rein in the Hindu right-wing elements and stressed on the need to promote inclusive development. Continue reading
COMMENT, NEW DELHI: As the British began pulling out of the Indian Ocean in the 1970s and the Americans began moving in, India tried to fill the vacuum. It announced plans to build a 200-ship navy and sought to rally other countries in the region. But India couldn’t afford the navy plan. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: As Law Commission of India submits its 254th report on the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 to the government, HINDUSTAN TIMES spoke to its chairman Justice AP Shah on how some of its fresh recommendation, if implemented, will help curb corruption. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: More than 480 urban cooperative banks (UCBs) across India have come under the scanner of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for alleged violation of anti-money laundering laws. Continue reading
NEW YORK: British economist Jim O’Neill said as India’s investment climate seems to be improving, the moment might not be far away for the country to emerge as the world’s third economy. Continue reading
AHMEDABAD: Solar Impulse 2 landed in India late on Tuesday, completing the first major sea leg of its epic bid to become the first solar-powered plane to fly around the world. Continue reading
ISLAMABAD: Unicef warned Pakistan that the lack of toilets in the country lead to stunted growth as over 40 million people in Pakistan do not have access to toilets, forcing them to defecate in the open. Continue reading
COLOMBO: India and Sri Lanka are keen to resume ferry services as early as next month for greater connectivity between the people of both countries, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. Continue reading
COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has indicated reduction of army presence in Tamil areas “as time goes on”. Continue reading