Citizens, civic bodies to decide on smart cities: Modi

Citizens, civic bodies to decide on smart cities: Modi

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) Smart cities will be decided by citizens and municipalities and neither the central nor the state governments will decide about their development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Thursday, as he launched three urban development missions.   “For the first time such an approach is being taken where neither […]

Industry stakeholders hail smart cities initiative

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) Hailing the smart cities projects and two others that were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, industry stakeholders said they will generate a lot of employment opportunities in the country.   “Once these initiatives are actually implemented they will also have an economic multiplier effect on the nation’s […]

Nokia showcases new technologies

Nokia showcases new technologies

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) Nokia Networks on Thursday showcased some of its new technologies in the mobile broadband segment at an event hosted by the company.   According to the Finnish brand, the technologies showcased are aimed at empowering operators, in their journey of evolution, to effectively manage and monetise the surging mobile broadband […]

India wants to grow and prosper with neighbours: Prabhu

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) The South Asian region could cooperate in the fields of agriculture, water conservation and climate change besides trade and tourism to make the region more prosperous and inter-connected, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here on Thursday.   Prabhu, speaking at the launch of the RIS South Asia Development and Cooperation […]

British restriction on work visa may disrupt Indian firms: CII

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) Voicing deep concern over British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent announcement proposing measures to significantly reduce migration into Britain from non-EU nations, industry chamber CII on Thursday said such a move could disrupt operations of many Indian companies in Britain.   “When it comes to high-skilled work and specialised knowledge […]

Emergency India’s darkest period, can’t be forgotten: Modi

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India was placed under Emergency 40 years ago “for the sake of power” and the event which “cannot be forgotten” was the “darkest period” in our history.   “Forty years ago, lakhs of people were imprisoned, the press was censored and the radio […]

Irani in education row; AAP, Congress want her sacked

Irani in education row; AAP, Congress want her sacked

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) HRD Minister Smriti Irani faced embarrassment on Wednesday after a court took note of a complaint against her for allegedly distorting facts about her educational qualification, prompting the Congress and the AAP to demand her resignation from the cabinet.   The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was taken aback by the […]

Solar Energy Corp to be commercial company as Renewable Energy Corp

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the renaming of the Solar Energy Corp of India (SECI) as the Renewable Energy Corp of India (RECI), as well as its legal conversion from being a company with charitable objectives to one with mainly commercial purpose.   “The major impact of the decision […]

Jaitley urges US investors to come to India without delay

San Francisco, June 24 (IANS) Urging US investors to invest in India without delay, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said his government’s lack of majority in the upper house of parliament does not lead to indefinite delays in legislation like that for reforming the indirect tax regime.   “The lack of majority in […]

Parliament’s monsoon session to begin July 21

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Parliament’s monsoon session, expected to be stormy due to various contentious issues, will begin on July 21, an official said on Wednesday.   “The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) met today (Wednesday) which suggested the dates for it,” an official told IANS, adding that the meeting was chaired by […]

Maharashtra minister Munde embroiled in Rs.2 bn scam

Mumbai, June 24 (IANS) Maharashtra’s Women and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde on Wednesday was embroiled in a controversy involving alleged irregularities in awarding contracts worth Rs.206 crore (Rs.2.06 billion) and the opposition demanded a probe.   Among the allegations are irregularities in awarding contracts for workbooks for students, water filters, growth monitoring machines for […]

Braving rain, hundreds pay homage to Sister Nirmala

Braving rain, hundreds pay homage to Sister Nirmala

Kolkata, June 24 (IANS) Braving heavy showers, hundreds of people from India and abroad bade adieu to Mother Teresa’s successor Sister Nirmala here on Wednesday, recalling the nun’s dedication and courage.   Sister Nirmala’s body, placed in a glass casket with candles and wreaths at her feet, was kept at the Missionaries of Charity’s global […]