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Govt to submit FRA report on Posco in 3 days

Bhubaneswar: Confident of getting final clearance for the proposed Posco project, state government on Monday said it would submit its assurance to the Ministry of Environment and Forest on the proper implementation of the Forest Rights Act-2006 in next three days, official sources said today. "We are ready with the reply. The state government will […]

Steelmakers demand regulation of iron ore rate

Bhubaneswar: Demanding adequate supply of raw meterials at resonable price to the state-based steel units, a group of steel makers on Monday urged the state government to evolve a mechanism to regulate rate of iron ore and chrome mineral. Eight leading steel manufacturers met the Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik and apprised him of the problems […]

Nursing students boycott class in MKCG

Berhampur: Students of School of Nursing in MKCG Medical College Hospital here on Monday boycotted their class and locked the entrance gate of the government-run school preventing entry of the staff. They alleged that the authorities were harassing the students and demanded transfer of the principal. ‘The school authorities threaten us, if you ask about […]

Biju Yuba Janata organises dharna, demo in railway stations

Rourkela: Biju Yuba Janata Dal activists on Monday staged demonstration in front of Rourkela and Rajgangpur railway stations alleging neglect of Orissa and region by the railway ministry in rail budget. The demonstrators claimed that railway minister Mamata Banerjee has neglected Orissa in particular and Rourkela region in particular by ignoring the demands of the […]

Maoist bandh evokes tepid response

Bhubaneswar: The Home Secretary U.N. Behera on Monday said that if the Maoists resort to violence, then the government shall take action in accordance with the law. This statement comes during the bandh called by the Maoists to protest the death of a rebel in the custody of Ganjam police. There was little impact of […]

No takers for e-governance in Balasore

Balasore: Centre’s ambitious e-governance programme, ‘Jan Seva Kendra’, launched to deliver information to people at panchayat level has drawn little or no response here due to the alleged lack of people’s participation, awareness drive and flawed business module.  The programme under the national e-governance plan envisages Government to Citizen (G2C), Businesses-to-Citizen (B2C) and Citizen-to-Citizen (C2C) […]

Educate women for countrys development

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Monday laid emphasis on the need for educating women and enabling them to contribute to the country`s growth. "The education of women and the girl child is a very important tool for this effort, so that they can contribute towards development," she said in her message on international women`s […]

Congress-DMK determined to end spat : BJP

New Delhi: Taking digs at the Congress and DMK for the strain in their ties, BJP on Monday said both the parties appeared "desperate and determined" to end the spat. "The fight between Congress and DMK is not about seats in the Assembly polls. The way negotiations are on shows they are desperate and determined […]

GE plans to increase investment in India

Mumbai: Global technology leader, GE, plans to hike investment and increase the headcount in its Indian operations, a top company official said. "India is a very strong growth market for GE and we see good opportunities of growth. We are investing heavily in localising technology development here," GE Energy`s Measurement & Control-USA CEO, Brian Palmer, […]

Nomura launches G-sec index

Mumbai: Global investment bank Nomura on Monday launched an index for the government bonds – a tracking tool which investors can replicate to generate better returns – and is first of its Asia ex-Japan series. The USD 510-billion Government bond market is one of the largest in Asia, excluding Japan, stimulating demand for a bond […]

COI against senior IAF officer

New Delhi: The IAF has initiated a Court of Inquiry (COI) against a senior officer over allegations that he took bribe from a foreign defence company during the recent Aero India show in Bangalore. Wing Commander A K Thakur is accused of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 from a French company in […]

Govt to complete budgetary exercise by March 24

New Delhi: The government proposes to complete the exercise for passage of general budget for 2011-12 in Parliament by March 24, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said on Monday. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will initiate the discussion on the budget in the Lok Sabha tomorrow and will reply on the debate on Thursday, Bansal […]

Journalists Wage Boards issue raised in LS

New Delhi: A Congress member in the Lok Sabha on Monday pressed for early implementation of the recommendations of Wage Boards for journalists and non-journalists of newspapers and news agencies. Raising the matter in the Zero Hour, P T Thomas asked the government to favourably consider implementation of the award of the Wage Boards headed […]

SC gives nod to single common test for medical courses

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the deck for the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to hold a single eligibility-cum-entrance examination for MBBS and post-graduate medical courses in the country from this academic session. A bench of justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik passed the order which will […]

China steps up attack on Dalai Lama

Beijing: Ahead of the third anniversary of the riots in Tibet, China on Monday stepped up its attack against Dalai Lama vilifying him as a "wolf in monk`s robes", "double dealer" and a "secessionist chief" who is seeking separation of the region from the Communist nation. "I had described him in those words after the […]

Rebels rush tanks to frontline as attack on Tripoli flounders

Cairo/Washington: Libyan opposition forces rushed tanks and heavy artillery to the frontline as their march on the capital, Tripoli, held like a fortress by the long time strongman Muammar Gaddafi floundered, as US and its allies came under increasing pressure to arm the out-gunned rebels. Gaddafi loyalist used fighters, gunships, tanks and heavy artillery to […]

ED officials detain Hasan Ali Khan

Pune: Hasan Ali Khan, the Pune stud farm owner facing charges of huge money laundering and tax evasion, was taken into custody by the Enforcement Directorate after a day-long search of his premises by its officials on Monday. About a dozen ED officials from Mumbai came down to Pune to search Khan premises in posh […]

Compensation to personnel hiked

New Delhi: The compensation paid to defence personnel killed in peacekeeping missions under the United Nations (UN) flag has been increased to USD 70,000 from USD 50,000, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. In a written reply to the House, Defence Minister A K Antony said, "A sum of USD 50,000 was being paid […]

US dollar ends dearer against Rupee

Mumbai: The US dollar ended dearer against rupee at Rs 45.04/05 per dollar and the Pound Sterling also finished higher at Rs 73.54/56 per pound at the close of the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market (Forex) here on Monday. The Following are the Interbank Forex and RBI rates: (In Rs Per Unit) Unit Interbank RBI Reference […]

LS clears rail budget

New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Monday approved the Rail budget for 2011-12 after Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee assured the House of effecting measures to ensure availability of adequate coaches and wagons in the coming years. "Our performance is not bad…I have (approved) 16 projects. There will be no problem of coaches," she said winding up […]

Armed forces facing shortage of over 15,000 officers

New Delhi: The armed forces are facing a shortage of 15,004 officers and have initiated several measures, including increasing the intake of Short Service Commission (SSC) officers, to meet the shortfall, Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. In written reply to a question, Defence Minister A K Antony said "the extent of shortage of officers […]

Yasi caused severe damage to Great Barrier Reef

Melbourne: The cyclone Yasi that had hit parts of Queensland last month has caused severe damage to parts of Great Barrier Reef, the world`s largest reef system, scientists have said. They have claimed that about 13 per cent of the reef, from Cairns to Townsville, came under threat from Yasi, a category five storm that […]

SC restrained other courts from deciding issues linked to 2G

New Delhi The Centre, which was to file its response to the plea of Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa that he was wrongly linked to the underworld, today told the Delhi High Court that it cannot pass an order on the issue as the apex court was seized with the 2 G Spectrum case. "The […]

Indian leopard strays into Pak, killed by Rangers

Islamabad: An Indian leopard that strayed into Pakistani territory was shot and killed by paramilitary troops in southern Sindh province, according to a media report on Monday. The leopard crossed the border and entered Datar Dino Jo Tarr village near Nagarparkar and attacked a herd of cattle and a number of villagers yesterday. Local residents […]

Anupam Kher backout hurt me: Neha Dhupia

New Delhi: Actress Neha Dhupia says she was troubled by Anupam Kher`s last minute backout from controversial Bollywood film `Dear Friend Hitler`. The actress is playing Hitler`s girlfriend Eva Braun in the movie. Kher had agreed to play the title character but backed out after protest from fans. Raghubir Yadav later replaced him. Many had […]