The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre was tipped-off about Seemandhra parliamentarians' plans to disrupt proceedings in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, but Congress MP L Rajagopal resorting to spraying pepper took UPA leaders by surprise.
The Union cabinet on Thursday shoved into the deep freezer an ambitious project to issue chip-based ID cards based on the ongoing national population register (NPR) after central ministers sparred for more than half-an-hour on the need for the card. Saubhadra Chatterji and Aloke Tikku report.
To overcome the Unique Identification Authority of India’s dependence on mobile networks in remote areas, the home ministry is pitching for deploying India's multi-purpose Resident Identity Card for e-governance applications. Aloke Tikku & Saubhadra Chatterji reports.
Opening the doors for panchayati raj institutions to formulate development plans under the Integrated Action Plan, a cabinet committee has given its in-principle approval to make them active partners in implementing IAP projects. Saubhadra Chatterji and Aloke Tikku report.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh struck a conciliatory note towards Anna Hazare on Saturday, emphasising that the government was open to "discussion and dialogue" with the social activist who is on an indefinite fast to demand introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament. Saubhadra Chatterji
and Aloke Tikku