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Govt puts up 'idea boxes' seeking good suggestions

An illustration of a ballot box

In its quest to seek out-of-the-box solutions to governance-related matters, the government has put up 'idea boxes' inside the power corridors of North Block which houses the ministries of personnel and home affairs among others.

Cong-NCP to face defeat in polls: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena and Congress supporters
Taking a dig at the seat sharingtalks between Congress and NCP ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena said on Wednesday that a massive defeat for both parties in the assembly elections is inevitable.

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HC asks Kerala govt not to tax fat weddings

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday struck down as unconstitutional the state government's decision to levy a cess on weddings and receptions held at  auditoriums and hotels of three star category and above.

Lalu undergoes surgery, RJD organises 'hawans'

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad underwent two major heart surgeries — one to replace an aortic valve and the other to repair the aorta, at a hospital here on Wednesday.

Expect PM to exclude ministers facing criminal charges: SC

Supreme Court of India

The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that lawmakers facing criminal charges should not be made ministers, but put the moral onus of pushing tainted politicians out of government on the prime minister and chief ministers.

India, Pakistan to hold flag meeting today

A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier patrols near the fenced

India and Pakistan will hold the first flag-level meeting on Wednesday after 45 days of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border in the Jammu district, BSF said.

Govt sets ambitious target for toilets in every school

Toilet queue
HRD minister Smriti Irani has asked states to build toilets for girls in every school by July 2015. Stakeholders have to move fast to measure up, but HT’s campaign to tackle this problem shows the solution is within reach.

Water talks between India, Pak ended inconclusively

Betwa river
The three-day talks between India and Pakistan in Lahore over designs of Kishan Ganga Dam and four other hydroelectric power projects at the Jhelum and the Chenab rivers respectively has ended inconclusively, but the two sides hoped to find a solution in next meeting in Delhi.

Govt asks Pepsi to cut down sugar in soda drinks

Food processing ministry issues statement after PepsiCo chairperson Indra Nooyi meets minister. Soft drinks giant has been replacing some of the sugar in its fizzy drinks with a natural sweetener.

Bank accounts for all Indians will be a challenge

nationwide strike
PM Narendra Modi has put a pledge to give bank accounts to all Indians on a war footing, but experts say taking banking to rural areas where many people have no identity papers will be a huge challenge.

12 Team Modi members face criminal cases, Uma Bharti tops the list

Bhartiya Jan Shakti party

According to an ADR report, 12 (27% of the 45) ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves. HT takes a look at the council of ministers' crime report.

India issues visas to 30 Pak traders for Mumbai expo

A BSF soldier securing the Indian gate with Pakistan on the eve of 66th I-Day, at Attari checkpost

In a fresh sign of engagement, India Tuesday cleared 30 visas for Pakistani businessmen scheduled to visit Mumbai for a trade exhibition ‘Made in Pakistan’ on August 31.

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