BHOPAL: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has slammed Madhya Pradesh government for having shadowy control over the multi-crore scam tainted VYAPAM, eventually leading to severe erosion in credibility of the examinations conducted by the Board. In its latest report tabled before the state assembly on Friday, the audit watchdog has also observed that “the government didn’t allow access to VYAPAM records in 2015 and 2016 to us, stating that it was not a government body.”...
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New Delhi: The government on Friday introduced “The Mental Healthcare Bill” in the Lok Sabha, which seeks to decriminalise suicides, besides giving the right of choice for the kind of treatments to patients along with thrust on involvement of community in the therapy process. The Bill had already been passed by the Rajya Sabha last year. While the government claims that one per cent of India’s population have mental illnesses, which predispose them for suicidal tendencies, the...
NEW DELHI: The government has issued notices in 140 cases involving properties with a value of Rs 200 crore under the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) law. "Show-cause notices for the provisional attachment of benami properties have been issued in 140 cases involving properties of the value of Rs 200 crore. Out of these, provisional attachment has already been affected in 124 cases," Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. "...
NEW DELHI:  As many as 5,000 additional post- graduate (PG) seats have been created in medical institutions in the country and the budget allocation for the health sector in the coming fiscal has been increased by 28 per cent, Lok Sabha was informed today. Health Minister J P Nadda said the government has taken a number of steps to improve the health sector in the country including creation of 5,000 additional PG seats in medical institutions. "There has been 27.7 per cent more alloc...
NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave the nod for setting up a National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes with constitutional status, acceding to the demand from OBCs for an entity for them which is on par with the panels for SCs and STs. “The Cabinet has approved creation of a National Commisison for Socially and Educationally backward classes under the new article 338B, besides inserting a new provision through an article 342A to provide for Parliament&r...
MUMBAI: Resident doctors, who had resorted to protests after incidents of patient’s relatives beating them, declined to back-off even after directives by the Bombay High Court and assurances by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday. The medical professionals are now insisting on a written assurance from the  government. The Bombay High Court in its bid to end the four-day stir by resident doctors directed them to resume work immediately, while Fadnavis mooted a panel to resolv...
SRINAGAR: The PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir has launched a crackdown on separatist leaders to disallow them from attending the Pakistan Day function in country’s embassy in New Delhi. Police today arrested senior separatist leader Nayeem Ahmad Khan from Srinagar Airport when he was on way to New Delhi to attend the Pakistan National Day function at Pakistan embassy tomorrow. The separatist leader was lodged at a police station. Police today also placed under hou...
PATNA: As three-day-long celebrations of Bihar’s 105th foundation day began in the State on Wednesday with prohibition as the theme, the Opposition BJP and its allies questioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s oft-repeated claims that prohibition led to drastic fall in crime rate in the State. Kumar, who inaugurated the main celebrations of Bihar Diwas at the historic Gandhi Maidan in Patna in the evening, proudly listed the multifarious benefits accrued from his government’s de...
NEW DELHI: India is ready to resume dialogue with Pakistan provided the latter commits to stop state sponsored terrorism, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in parliament. Responding to a question in Rajya Sabha, the home minister said that the UPA government has kept a condition before Pakistan that the dialogue can only begin if Pakistan agrees to stop state sponsored terrorism. JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav asked the government that the Agenda for Governance contains that India will hold talks w...
NEW DELHI:  The government today said it was working on steps to reduce India's dependence on large scale import of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), as members in Rajya Sabha expressed concern over the issue. Responding to the concerns during the Zero Hour, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said huge imports of pharmaceutical raw materials was a matter of serious concern. She said the government was fully seized of the issue of the country's dependence on import of API...
NEW DELHI: Government is considering bringing back import duty on wheat to protect farmers' interest after a bumper domestic crop, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today. Responding to concerns expressed by the opposition on farmers being forced to sell wheat below the minimum price set by the government, Paswan said import duty on wheat was zero between 2006 and 2015. In 2015, a customs duty of 25 per cent was levied on wheat which was subsequently cut to 10 per ce...
LUCKNOW: Seeking to send a strong message that laxity in enforcing law and order will not be tolerated, Uttar Pradesh police has suspended over 100 policemen since the new government led by Yogi Adityanath assumed office.      Most of these suspensions were in Ghaziabad, Meerut and Noida. In Lucknow, seven inspectors have been suspended. The crackdown followed directives issued by DGP Javeed Ahmed a few days back to identify the "black sheep" among the policemen.  ...
NEW DELHI: The government has not taken a decision to replace the over 70-year-old law that mandates working of the CBI, Union minister Jitendra Singh said today.      The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) derives its legal powers from the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, 1946.      "No decision has been taken for enactment of a separate Act for the CBI," said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, in written reply to a question in the R...
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said if a doctor is attacked on duty, he will be given medical aid borne by the government. The Chief Minister directed to provide security to sensitive hospitals with armed policeman and work for a long-term plan like monitored CCTV network. Fadnavis proposed setting up of an apex council with the government representatives and doctors and its interaction every  three months to solve the issues time to time. The representa...
NEW DELHI: Ten requests by India for the extradition of fugitive criminals including Vijay Mallya, who is facing charges of loan default to the tune of nearly Rs 9,000 crore, are pending with the UK, the government said today. In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said in the last five year, only one fugitive criminal Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, has been extradition from the UK. "As on date, a total of extradition requests made by the gover...
NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has drawn the Luxman Rekha for the BJP MPs in Uttar Pradesh in the light of the party coming to power in the state, while delivering a clear message that they should not interfere in the administration of the new government. The Prime Minister met all the NDA MPs from UP at his residence on Thursday morning. While the meeting was stated to be the Prime Minister thanking the MPs for their “hard work” to help the party win the elections, sou...
NEW DELHI: Ceasefire violations by Pakistan and casualties on the Indian side of the Line of Control and the international border have come down after the surgical strikes by India, the government said today. It also rejected the opposition charge that the issue was not only being taken seriously, but was being "butchered" by the way the concerns of members were being replied to. "The ceasefire violations by Pakistan have come down post the surgical strikes. There were 228 cease...
The new portfolios for the recently elected Uttar Pradesh Government were revealed today. Below are the details of the ministers and the portfolios that they have or may get: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath - Home Ministry #UPGOVT CM to keep home, urban development & finance among other departments @NewIndianXpress @PrabhuChawla — Namita_TNIE (@Namita_TNIE) March 22, 2017 #UPGovt Dy CM Keshav Maurya may get PWD, Dy CM Dinesh Sharma Secondary & Higher Education @NewIndianX...
NEW DELHI: Nuclear power generation capacity in the country is expected to reach nearly 15,000 MW by 2024 as the government has expedited the process of setting up new plants, Lok Sabha was informed today.       In 2014, India's nuclear power generation capacity was 4,780 MW.       Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh said a number of steps have been taken by the Narendra Modi government to fast-track all ongoing nuclear projects and setting up of new plan...