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Everything you need to know about Pancha: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Sam Pitroda to Hamid Ansari - who will be India's next president?

April 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

New Delhi, April 20 IANS) With less than three months to go before President Pratibha Patil's term ends, a slew of possible successors are doing the rounds. But with the ruling Congress doing poorly in recent state elections, regional parties may hold the key to selecting the nation's 13th president.

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate seventh civil services day tomorrow

April 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the seventh Civil Services Day being held in New Delhi tomorrow.

NGO slams rural jobs scheme implementation in Assam

April 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Guwahati, April 19 (IANS) A survey of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNEGA) in Assam has revealed that only about 18 lakh households out the 43 lakh provided job cards in the state were provided with jobs in 2011-12, an NGO said Thursday.

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Two Maharashtra policemen killed as truck falls on them

April 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Nanded (Maharashtra), April 19 (IANS) In a freak accident, two policemen were crushed to death under a truck which fell on them at a firing range on the outskirts of the town here Thursday, officials said.

Odisha MLA Abduction crisis: Deadline ends today

April 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

The release of abducted Biju Janta Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka is still looking gloomy as the deadlock situation still continued till the end day of deadline given by Maoists for releasing him............

Odisha offers to withdraw cases as hostage crisis worsens

April 17, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 17 (IANS) With the hostage crisis worsening and a day to go before the deadline set by the Maoists lapses, Odisha Tuesday offered to withdraw cases against people named by the rebels in exchange for the release of state legislator Jhina Hikaka.

Performance audit of MGNREGA will be placed by end of Winter Session: Jairam

April 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday said the performance audit of MGNREGA for all the states will be placed before Parliament by the end of Winter Session of Parliament this year.

India Water Week to be celebrated as annual international event

April 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

New Delhi, Apr 9 (ANI): The Ministry of Water Resources since this year has endeavoured to celebrate India Water Week annually as an international event to focus on water issues.

Congress may go it alone in Bengal panchayat polls

April 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Kolkata, April 7 (IANS) West Bengal Congress president Pardip Bhattacharjee Saturday indicated that his party was ready to go it alone in the panchayat polls in the state slated to be held next year.

Himachal assembly passes Lokayukta bill

April 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Shimla, April 6 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh assembly Friday passed the Lokayukta bill in the absence of the opposition Congress, with Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal saying it is "more strong and constitutional than Uttarakhand's bill".

Many schools in Bihar lack adequate rooms, toilets and even teachers!

April 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Darbhanga, Apr 6 (ANI): "The current age is the era of knowledge and not of weapons, and only through education and knowledge can one break out of the abject poverty". Wise words from Bihar's Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who believes that times have changed since his government took over: now is the time to pick up the pen and discover its power.

Jayalalithaa condoles legislator's death

April 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Chennai, April 1 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Sunday condoled the death of Communist Party of India legislator S.P. Muthukumaran, representing Pudukottai constituency, in a road accident.

Kerala to participate in world's biggest biodiversity event

March 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 31 (IANS) Kerala has made huge strides in the field of biodiversity, and is now set to participate in the 11th Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) slated to be held in Hyderabad Oct 1-19, said an official Saturday.

BSF lends a helping hand to people living along the border in Tripura

March 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Agartala, Mar 29 (ANI): The Border Security Force (BSF) has set up a camp in the West Tripura's Baumutia village to reach out to people in living near the India-Bangladesh border.

MGNREGA wages raised, Bengal wants more

March 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Kolkata, March 29 (IANS) Unhappy with the central government hiking the wage for the 100-day rural job guarantee programme MGNREGA from Rs.130 to Rs.136 in the state, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress has demanded it be raised to Rs.200 in view of escalating prices.

Bengal unhappy with inadequate MGNREGA wage hike

March 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Kolkata, March 29 (IANS) The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government will soon move the central government to increase Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) wages to Rs.200 from Rs.136.

IT making panchayats transparent: Minister

March 28, 2012 at 8:24 PM

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) India's panchayats are becoming more transparent with over 40,000 elected village bodies using online software for annual planning and another 70,000 for accounting under e-panchayat project, union Panchayati Raj Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo said Wednesday.

Mamata strips non-Trinamool panchayat heads of power

March 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Kolkata, March 27 (IANS) The opposition Left Front in the West Bengal assembly Tuesday staged a walk out after an adjournment motion by it against a government order stripping panchayat heads of their financial powers was disallowed by the Speaker.

Orissa Govt.examining demands of Hikaka's abductors

March 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar.27 (ANI): The Orissa Government is reportedly examining the seven demands made by the abductors of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikakaka, which includes release of jailed ultras.

Anna breaks one-day token fast with warning to bring strong Lokpal before 2014

March 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on March 25 broke his one-day long token fast with demanding people to let him support in order to keep on pressure over the government so that in intense pressure, government becomes ready to pass strong......

Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district uses GPS to monitor rural welfare schemes

March 25, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Kangra, Mar 25 (ANI): Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh has become the first village in the region to us Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to monitor development work done under central rural welfare schemes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).

212 Madhya Pradesh villages chosen for Nirmal Gram Puraskar

March 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Bhopal, March 23 (IANS) A total of 212 gram panchayats in Madhya Pradesh have been selected for the Nirmal Gram Puraskar under the Total Sanitation Campaign, officials said Friday.

Italian hostages crisis: Rebel leader's presence issue resolved, say officials

March 23, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 23 (IANS) Discussions to secure the safe release of two Italians kidnapped by Maoists over a week ago in Odisha's Kandhamal district were progressing and the issue of a top rebel leader's presence had been resolved, officials said Friday. Talks will continue Saturday.

In Assam, village panchayat bans liquor

March 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Kinan (Assam), March 23 (IANS) At a time when Assam's excise revenues are shooting up, indicating a huge increase in the sale of liquor all over the state, a gram panchayat in the remote Assam-Meghalaya border has become a trendsetter by banning consumption of liquor of any sort in about 70 villages under its jurisdiction.

Italian hostage crisis: Interlocutors want presence of jailed Maoist leader

March 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 23 (IANS) Talks to secure the safe release of two Italians taken hostage by Maoists since over a week in Odisha's Kandhamal district resumed here Friday amid a demand by the interlocutors that a top jailed Maoist leader be included in the negotiations, official said.

Odisha Govt. begins talks with mediators

March 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

For the safe release of the Italian hostages, Odisha govt. has started talks with the mediators nominated by the Maoist.

Odisha hostage crisis enters ninth day, talks in progress for release

March 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar 23 (ANI): Talks have begun for the safe release of two Italian nationals abducted by the ultras in Odisha and the State Government is making all efforts to get the hostages released.

Italian hostage crisis: Odisha Govt. begins talks with mediators

March 22, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar 22 (ANI): The Odisha Government on Thursday evening began talks with two of the Maoist nominated mediators, Dandapani Mohanty and BD Sharma, for the safe release of two Italian nationals abducted by the ultras.

India will be an open defecation free nation in 10 years, says Ramesh

March 21, 2012 at 9:27 PM

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has called for making India an open defecation free country in ten years time.

India will be an open defecation free nation in 10 years, says Ramesh

March 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has called for making India an open defecation free country in ten years time.

Paddy Production in Nalanda Surpasses Chinese Record

March 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Now there is another reason for triumph in Bihar. This time Nalanda, a district of Bihar has accredited on world map by a record production of Paddy crops and surpassed Chinese records

Parkash Singh Badal takes oath as Punjab CM

March 14, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Mohali, Mar 14 (ANI): Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) stalwart Parkash Singh Badal was sworn-in as the chief minister of Punjab for a record fifth time on Wednesday.

Modi congratulates newly-elected Punjab CM Badal

March 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Mohali, Mar 14 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) stalwart Parkash Singh Badal after he was sworn in as the chief minister of Punjab for a record fifth time.

Parkash Singh Badal to take oath as Punjab CM for fifth time

March 14, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Chandigarh, Mar 14 (ANI): Parkash Singh Badal, who led the SAD-BJP combine to a thumping win in the Punjab Assembly poll, will take oath as chief minister for a record fifth time at the historic Chapar Chiri Banda Bahadur Memorial in Fatehgarh Sahab District today.

Modi congratulates newly-elected Punjab CM Badal

March 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Mohali, Mar 14 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) stalwart Parkash Singh Badal after he was sworn in as the chief minister of Punjab for a record fifth time.

Parkash Singh Badal takes oath as Punjab CM

March 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Mohali, Mar 14 (ANI): Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) stalwart Parkash Singh Badal was sworn-in as the chief minister of Punjab for a record fifth time on Wednesday.

Parkash Singh Badal to take oath as Punjab CM for fifth time

March 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Chandigarh, Mar 14 (ANI): Parkash Singh Badal, who led the SAD-BJP combine to a thumping win in the Punjab Assembly poll, will take oath as chief minister for a record fifth time at the historic Chapar Chiri Banda Bahadur Memorial in Fatehgarh Sahab District today.

Bihar's lesson, empowering women is empowering society

March 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Purnia (Bihar) Mar 5 (ANI): The status of women in a society is one of the parameters to track development. Even though men and women both play a vital role in society, it is the latter that have been given the status of almighty goddess in Indian Mythology.

Bihar's lesson, empowering women is empowering society

March 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Purnia (Bihar) Mar 5 (ANI): The status of women in a society is one of the parameters to track development. Even though men and women both play a vital role in society, it is the latter that have been given the status of almighty goddess in Indian Mythology.

Delhi Police launch new website for women

February 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

In a bid to be more accessible, Delhi Police on Tuesday announced to launch an official website where women and children can file their complaints online.......

CM Ashok Gehlot launches feedback program for flagship schemes of Rajasthan

February 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Jaipur, Feb.22 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has launched a feedback program on state government flagship schemes.

CM Ashok Gehlot launches feedback program for flagship schemes of Rajasthan

February 22, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Jaipur, Feb.22 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has launched a feedback program on state government flagship schemes.

Hindu devotees celebrate Mahashivratri across India

February 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM

The festival of Mahashivratri is being celebrated across the India. The religious processions are being taken out across the country on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

Maoists stall development work in Orissa's Nandapur block

February 18, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Nandapur, Feb 18 (ANI): Several development projects have been stalled in Nandapur block in Orissa's Koraput District as labourers dread being attacked by the Maoists at isolated sites.

Maoists stall development work in Orissa's Nandapur block

February 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Nandapur, Feb 18 (ANI): Several development projects have been stalled in Nandapur block in Orissa's Koraput District as labourers dread being attacked by the Maoists at isolated sites.

Sharad Pawar expects success for Congress -NCP coalition in Maharashtra

February 17, 2012 at 7:41 PM

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said he expected positive results for his coalition in the civic body polls in Maharashtra.

Andaman administration reluctant to share power with panchayats

February 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Port Blair, Feb 17 (ANI): The Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, said last week, that elected representatives of panchayats should be treated as the "first tier of democracy" rather than the "third tier of development."

Andaman administration reluctant to share power with panchayats

February 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Port Blair, Feb 17 (ANI): The Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, said last week, that elected representatives of panchayats should be treated as the "first tier of democracy" rather than the "third tier of development."

Buried under the snow, how long?

February 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Srinagar, Feb 16 (ANI): It is February and still freezing. The entire winter season this year was characterized by cold waves especially in North India that claimed several lives. The heavy snowfall disrupted normal life with water pipes freezing and roads blocked in several parts of the country. And Jammu and Kashmir was coldest among all northern Indian states.

Mukherjee lays stress on food security challenge as means to improve agriculture productivity

February 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM

New Delhi, Feb 8 (ANI): Stating that for a country of 1.2 billion people it is imperative to build a certain self-sufficiency in meeting basic needs, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said that for a nation with a growing population and a sustained growth momentum, the food security challenge is also a challenge for improving agriculture productivity.

The 'wisdom' of protecting the 'Jarawas'

February 4, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Port Blair (Andaman), Feb 4 (ANI): The recent controversy over the Jarawas started with a video uploaded by a UK-based daily showing semi clad Jarawa tribal women allegedly being forced to entertain tourists. Accusations were made, government and police officials and activists visited the island, probe was ordered and finally two got arrested by Superintendent of Police. And we came safe out of it!

The 'wisdom' of protecting the 'Jarawas'

February 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Port Blair (Andaman), Feb 4 (ANI): The recent controversy over the Jarawas started with a video uploaded by a UK-based daily showing semi clad Jarawa tribal women allegedly being forced to entertain tourists. Accusations were made, government and police officials and activists visited the island, probe was ordered and finally two got arrested by Superintendent of Police. And we came safe out of it!

Congress releases UP poll manifesto, promises corruption-free state

January 31, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Lucknow, Jan 31 (ANI): The Congress party on Tuesday released its election manifesto for ttar Pradesh, promising to develop the state's neglected infrastructure, and make it a orruption-free state, if elected.

Congress releases UP poll manifesto, promises corruption-free state

January 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Lucknow, Jan 31 (ANI): The Congress party on Tuesday released its election manifesto for ttar Pradesh, promising to develop the state's neglected infrastructure, and make it a orruption-free state, if elected.

Ayurveda:The ancient understanding of healing

January 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Ayurveda is among the oldest science of healing that dates back to 5000 years ago with its origin in India. Ayurveda is not only a science but is a combination of art, science and philosophy that advocates the treatment of diseases in a herbal way.

India celebrates Basant Panchami

January 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Allahabad/ Kolkata, Jan 28 (ANI): Devotees across the country celebrated 'Basant Panchami' on Saturday with full enthusiasm as the colour yellow filled the air and welcomed the onset of spring on the fifth day of the lunar month of 'Magh'.

India celebrates Basant Panchami

January 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Allahabad/ Kolkata, Jan 28 (ANI): Devotees across the country celebrated 'Basant Panchami' on Saturday with full enthusiasm as the colour yellow filled the air and welcomed the onset of spring on the fifth day of the lunar month of 'Magh'.

West Bengal Governor calls for addressing farmers' suicides urgently

January 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Kolkata, Jan 23 (ANI): Expressing concern over the rising number of farmers' suicides in the state, West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan on Monday said there is a need to find a way out and ensure that this does not happen.

'Trafficking' in women, takes different forms

January 17, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Srinagar, Jan 17 (ANI): Watching the marriage preparations of her elder sister in a surreal daze, Mansoora Bano couldn't believe the sight of her beautifully decorated house which, till two days ago, was a mute spectator to the family's battle of existence in a small village of Hugli, West Bengal.

'Trafficking' in women, takes different forms

January 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Srinagar, Jan 17 (ANI): Watching the marriage preparations of her elder sister in a surreal daze, Mansoora Bano couldn't believe the sight of her beautifully decorated house which, till two days ago, was a mute spectator to the family's battle of existence in a small village of Hugli, West Bengal.

Lifeline of the livelihood improvement project needs to be extended

January 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Dehradun, Jan 14 (ANI): Poverty is a favourite among the main agendas picked up by the political parties during elections, a standard feature of any campaign. Once again we have state elections lined up in five states where promises of policies to eradicate poverty are blaring out loud.

Lifeline of the livelihood improvement project needs to be extended

January 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Dehradun, Jan 14 (ANI): Poverty is a favourite among the main agendas picked up by the political parties during elections, a standard feature of any campaign. Once again we have state elections lined up in five states where promises of policies to eradicate poverty are blaring out loud.

Norwegian delegation in India to study functioning of decentralised governance

January 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM

New Delhi, Jan 11 (ANI): A Norwegian delegation led by Liv Signe Navarsete, Minister for Local Government and Regional Development, Royal Kingdom of Norway, is on a four-day visit to India from 10th to 13th January.

Tribal MPs, minister demand reservation in Delhi Government jobs

December 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): Cutting across party lines tribal Members of Parliament joined hands to demand reservation for their community in Delhi Government jobs, and urged the Union Government to undertake a speedy redressal of their problems.

"Aakash" too high to many children in the country

December 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Madhubani (Bihar), Dec 21 (ANI): "To every child in India I carry this message. Aim for the sky and beyond. There is nothing holding you back." This stirring statement, by Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal on the launch of a cheap tablet computer, surely creates an impression of an expected educational reform in the Indian society.

Female representation in local Indian politics brings surge in documented crimes against women

December 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM

London, Dec 20 (ANI): The increase in number of females entering local Indian politics has caused a significant rise in documented crimes against women in the country, a research has claimed.

Lalu slams Anna for calling lawmakers 'goons'

December 12, 2011 at 9:45 PM

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday hit out at veteran social activist Anna Hazare for calling the parliamentarians 'goons'.

Pak-based militant group claims responsibility for attack on J and K minister

December 12, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Srinagar, Dec.12 (ANI): The attack on Jammu and Kashmir Rural Development and Panchayats, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister took a fresh twist on Monday evening with the Pakistan-based Jamiatul Mujahideen claiming responsibility for Sunday's assault.

'Slapping' Punjab sarpanch in denial as case is filed against him

December 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Muktsar (Punjab), Dec.6 (ANI): Shiromani Akali Dal sarpanch Baljinder Singh on Tuesday remained defiant and claimed that he had not slapped a non-permanent female teacher at a function held in Punjab's Muktsar district.

BKU announces economic, social blockade of Delhi on Jan. 5, to stop rails country-wide

November 25, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Amritsar, Nov.25 (ANI): Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU) today announced plans to gherao Delhi on January 5, ensuring national capital's total economic and social blockade, if the Centre failed to accept the long pending demands of the farmers, who are under heavy debt and resorting to suicides.

'I reviewed functioning of schemes at ground level', says Ramesh

November 20, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Kolkata, Nov. 20 (ANI): Stating that he has begun reviewing programmes at the Panchayat level in West Bengal, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday that his ministry has implemented several schemes for the upliftment of rural sector at the ground level.

Manmohan Singh wants next decade to be 'a decade of innovation'

November 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): Describing innovation as a 'game changer', Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the country was currently witnessing innovation in rights-based delivery through the Right to Work, Right to Information and Right to Education, while a Right to Food Security was on the anvil.

Diabetes: A Global Concern

November 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

World Diabetes Day is being celebrated on November 14 of each year. The primary objective..

Pak's Hindu community condemns four doctors' murder in Sindh

November 10, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Lahore, Nov 10(ANI): Pakistan's Hindu community has strongly condemned the murder of four doctors on the eve of Eid at Shikarpur in Sindh province, and called on the country's government to arrest and punish the culprits.

Flagship programmes need proper implementation

November 7, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Ranchi, Nov. 7 (ANI): Over the years, one has often failed to understand why opinions vary among the nation's leaders on a particular issue. Often, because of these differences national flagship programs do not benefit the people living in far-flung regions the way they are expected to.

Sunderbans Youth leaving in search of better livelihood

November 5, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Kolkata, Nov 5 (ANI): Two years after Cyclone Aila, which wrecked havoc in the Sunderban region youth are leaving for cities like Delhi, Bombay, Kolkata, Gujarat and Andaman and Nicobar islands for better employment prospects.

Panchayat poll to take place in Jharkhand after 32 years

November 4, 2011 at 1:01 PM

New Delhi, Nov 3 (ANI): Panchayati Raj Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo, has written to Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on the holding of elections to panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) in the State after a long gap of 32 years.

Haj goodwill delegation calls on Manmohan Singh

November 1, 2011 at 7:22 PM

New Delhi, Nov. 1 (ANI): A goodwill delegation for Haj 2011, led by Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, K. Rahman Khan, called on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday.

Up the rocky path to good health

October 24, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Pithoragarh, Oct 24 (ANI): Soon after the controversy evoked by the poverty line figures submitted to the Supreme Court by the Planning Commission last month, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Commission, put forth, as a part of his damage-control exercise, a proposal for de-linking of the food entitlement and other social programmes from the current poverty line derived from the "factual" findings of Tendulkar Committee.

Ahluwalia calls for effective implementation of development schemes

October 22, 2011 at 9:39 PM

New Delhi, Oct 22(ANI): Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has called for effective implementation of developmental schemes while addressing the chief ministers of different states during the National Development Council (NDC) meet here today.

Jharkhand has wealth in the backyard

October 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Chatra (Jharkhand), Oct 23 (ANI): The thick forests in the tranquil village of Jirwa in Simariya Tehsil of Jharkhand's Chatra District belie a gloomy past. With bare land where a lush forest cover stood, the forests had been felled over the years by indifferent and greedy hands.

A human approach to stave off hunger in Jharkhand

October 7, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Dumka (Jharkhand), Oct 7 (ANI): Sukal Hansdak from Bhairavpur village, in the panchayat with the same name in Jharkhand's Dumka District has been pulling a rickshaw for last 30 years to keep his and his family going. Asked how much he earns in a day, he answers " between Rs.100-150.

Winds of change in Jammu and Kashmir

September 25, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Sopore, Sep 25 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir seems to be on the threshold of change. A change that reflects both the aspirations of the people from the ground as well as the focus of the government - better governance. The winds of change can be captured in the term 'Panchayati Raj'.

Supreme Court dismisses Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's bail plea

September 23, 2011 at 10:07 PM

New Delhi, Sep 23(ANI): The Supreme Court today refused to grant bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, key accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts case.

Understand the adivasi first before planning development in Jharkhand

September 22, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Garudpidi, (Jharkhand) Sep 22 (ANI): The adivasis are probably the oldest inhabitants of our sub-continent living mostly in forested areas.

Uttar Pradesh government announce compensation to Agra blast victims

September 18, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Agra, Sep 18(ANI): The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced compensation to the victims of Saturday's low-intensity blast at a hospital in Agra.

IAP aimed to develop Left Wing Extremism affected areas: PM

September 13, 2011 at 8:28 PM

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): Stating that development should be in tune with the requirements of people, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is aimed at bridging the development deficit in the extremely backward areas that are affected by Left Wing Extremism.

Removing the 'dard' from Dardpura

September 11, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Kupwara, Sep 11 (ANI): Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has in a recent interview held forth on keeping the developmental aspirations of the Kashmiri people apart from their political aspirations. The recently held Panchayati Raj elections do seems to be a pointer to this line of reasoning.

CBI raids residences of Janardhana Reddy's close aides in Karnataka

September 11, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Bellary, Sep 11(ANI): Continuing with the raids in connection with the illegal mining scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday raided the residences of two of the close aides of mining baron G. Janardhana Reddy in Karnataka's Bellary district.

I K Gujral and Rajnikant join Anna's anti-corruption movement

August 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement is going stronger day-by-day...

Indiana to have Omkaar Hindu temple

August 19, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Nevada (US), August 19 (ANI): A Hindu temple has reportedly been planned for Fort Wayne (Indiana, USA), which is expected to be complete in 2012.

Bollywood pays last respects to late veteran actor Shammi Kapoor

August 15, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Mumbai, Aug.15 (ANI):Bollywood is grief-stricken over the demise of veteran actor Shammi Kapoor who passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Sunday morning.

Hindus laud California city on amending code for Swaminarayan Mandir

August 13, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Nevada (US), August 13 (ANI): Hindus have applauded Chino Hills City Council (California, USA) for reportedly accepting the long-standing request of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir by raising the allowable height limit to 80 feet.

Security personnel defuse bomb recovered in Assam train

August 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Gopalpara (Assam), Aug 12 (ANI): A major mishap was averted in Assam's Gopalpara District on Friday after the security personnel defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which they found inside the Kamakhya-Puri Express.

SC dismisses Tamil Nadu's plea to scrap uniform education system

August 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM

New Delhi, Aug 9 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the Tamil Nadu Government's plea to scrap uniform education system.

Women in Panchayats, a partnership that works

August 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Ranchi, Aug 6 (ANI): In the tribal society of Jharkhand, women have always held a pride of place. The heinous treatment, discriminatory trends that dog many parts of our country, especially in rural areas are not part of the mind-set, the cultural, social ethos of these communities.

Land acquisition row: Anurag Thakur demands clarification from Haryana Govt.

August 4, 2011 at 9:03 PM

New Delhi, Aug 4 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President Anurag Thakur on Thursday demanded a clarification from the Haryana Government over irregularities in land allocation to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT).

No land has been acquired for trust: Singhvi

August 4, 2011 at 11:51 AM

New Delhi, Aug 4 (ANI): Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi has said that the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), which is run by party president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, has not forcibly acquired village land in Haryana as has been reported.

Devotees deposit handwritten chants at a unique bank in Varanasi

August 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Varanasi, Aug 3 (ANI): Varanasi, the temple city in Uttar Pradesh, boasts of a unique bank, where devotees deposit their prayers dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Gurgaon land acquisition row: Farmers move Punjab and Haryana HC

August 2, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Gurgaon/Chandigarh (Haryana), Aug 2 (ANI): Farmers hailing from villages near Haryana's Gurgaon city on Tuesday knocked at the doors of the Punjab and Haryana High Court at Chandigarh with a petition that their lands had been forcibly acquired for a meager sum.

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