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CAG to be external auditor of IPU, Geneva for 3 years

Comptroller and Auditor General of India has been elected as the external auditor of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva for a three-year term. Girish Chandra Murmu, the 14th Comptroller and Auditor General of India will assume the charge from Supreme Audit Institution of Switzerland.
Former J&K Governor GC Murmu is the 14th Comptroller and Auditor General of India. He will take charge as IPU’s external audi
Former J&K Governor GC Murmu is the 14th Comptroller and Auditor General of India. He will take charge as IPU’s external audi
Updated on Nov 20, 2020 05:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

CAG pulls up Railways for ‘dressing up’ finances

The operating ratio measures expenditure as a proportion of revenue or the amount spent on every 100 rupees earned by the state-owned transporter. A higher ratio indicates poorer ability to generate a surplus.
Against the target of 92.8% in the Budget Estimates, the operating ratio of Indian Railways was 97.29% in 2018-19.(Rajkumar)
Against the target of 92.8% in the Budget Estimates, the operating ratio of Indian Railways was 97.29% in 2018-19.(Rajkumar)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 12:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAnisha Dutta

Jharkhand demands 500cr from PSPCL for overexploiting Pachwara coal mine

The amount sought is for the period before 2013, when the Supreme Court had cancelled the allocation of all mines.
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Published on Feb 25, 2020 11:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patiala | ByVishal Rambani

An insider’s tale of UPA’s success, failure, writes Karan Thapar

Montek Ahluwalia’s telling of the UPA’s 10 years, in his book, Backstage: The story behind India’s high growth years, raises an intriguing question: Why, after achieving so much, as he convincingly argues, did it crash out in disgrace?
Ahluwalia ends by revealing, “I have often urged Dr Manmohan Singh to write his memoirs but have had no luck so far.” The former PM is waiting for history’s verdict, confident it will be kinder than that of his contemporaries(PTI)
Ahluwalia ends by revealing, “I have often urged Dr Manmohan Singh to write his memoirs but have had no luck so far.” The former PM is waiting for history’s verdict, confident it will be kinder than that of his contemporaries(PTI)
Updated on May 15, 2020 02:39 PM IST
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The message to banks

Creating a distinction between malfeasance and mistakes helps
The finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s statement builds on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit earlier this month, when he exhorted bankers to take decisions without fear(PTI)
The finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s statement builds on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit earlier this month, when he exhorted bankers to take decisions without fear(PTI)
Updated on Dec 29, 2019 07:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

LPG cylinders still unaffordable for poor: CAG

The PMUY, popularly known as Ujjwala, is aimed at eliminating health hazards poor women face from indoor pollution by increasing their access to clean, smoke-free cooking fuel.
Cooking gas cylinders remain unaffordable for the poor despite a big push by the government to provide free liquefied natural gas (LGP) connections to disadvantaged households.(REUTERS)
Cooking gas cylinders remain unaffordable for the poor despite a big push by the government to provide free liquefied natural gas (LGP) connections to disadvantaged households.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 12, 2019 07:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZia Haq

‘No better person than Sourav Ganguly to lead BCCI,’ Vinod Rai

Having cut off the “umbilical cord” that tied him to the Board, Vinod Rai spoke on a range of issues from “giving a free hand” to the Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri duo, Anil Kumble’s exit as national coach, his frosty relationship with colleague Diana Edulji, sexual harassment allegations against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and difficulties in implementing the Supreme Court-mandated Lodha recommendations.
Vinod Rai arrives for the General Body meeting at BCCI headquarters, in Mumbai, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.(PTI)
Vinod Rai arrives for the General Body meeting at BCCI headquarters, in Mumbai, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 23, 2019 12:44 PM IST
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IAF to begin fresh hunt for mid-air refuelling aircraft

The IAF currently operates a fleet of six Russian-origin Ilyushin-78 tankers that are plagued by maintenance problems and more refuellers are required to stay prepared to counter China in the eastern sector.
The Indian Air Force is (IAF) preparing to begin a fresh hunt for new-generation mid-air refuelling planes to extend the reach of its fighter jets(PTI)
The Indian Air Force is (IAF) preparing to begin a fresh hunt for new-generation mid-air refuelling planes to extend the reach of its fighter jets(PTI)
Updated on Sep 26, 2019 04:16 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByRahul Singh

In Harish Salve’s diagnosis of economic slowdown, a Supreme Court connection

The Supreme Court had in 2012 cancelled 122 spectrum and licences granted to eight companies in February 2012, saying the whole process was “illegal”. Salve had appeared for some of the 11 telecom companies in the case.
Harish Salve, one of India’s top lawyers, has said the Supreme Court is responsible for India’s current economic slowdown and that it began with the top court’s judgment in the 2G spectrum case in 2012(ANI)
Harish Salve, one of India’s top lawyers, has said the Supreme Court is responsible for India’s current economic slowdown and that it began with the top court’s judgment in the 2G spectrum case in 2012(ANI)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 04:42 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

CAG audit report shows wastage of tribal welfare funds in Odisha

The schemes surveyed by the CAG audit report were launched by the Integrated Tribal Development Agencies (ITDAs), nodal bodies that execute tribal welfare schemes of the Centre and State, between Financial Year (FT) 2013-14 and FT 2017-2018.
The CAG audit also points out that the SC/ST department did not have a mechanism to evaluate the outcome of various developmental activities undertaken for the welfare of the tribal population.(Photo: PTI)
The CAG audit also points out that the SC/ST department did not have a mechanism to evaluate the outcome of various developmental activities undertaken for the welfare of the tribal population.(Photo: PTI)
Updated on Aug 19, 2019 08:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneshwar | ByDebabrata Mohanty

The Sheila Dikshit I Knew

Always attired in politically correct, pastel cotton saris in summer and discerningly selected Tassare saris in winter, she was always personable but devoid of makeup, jewellery, bindi or handbag.
Former chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit.(Kaushik Ramaswamy / HT Archive)
Former chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit.(Kaushik Ramaswamy / HT Archive)
Updated on Jul 21, 2019 01:49 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByShailaja Chandra

Government ramps up targets for piped water scheme

The Union budget unveiled last week has given the piped water mission an 82% boost in allocations at Rs10,000.66 crore, signalling the government’s intention to ramp up coverage.
The Jal Shakti ministry aims to provide piped drinking water to 19.5% of rural households during 2019-20 under the Jal Jeevan mission, but the scheme will need a steep improvement in its performance to achieve the government’s goal of providing water to all rural households by 2024.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The Jal Shakti ministry aims to provide piped drinking water to 19.5% of rural households during 2019-20 under the Jal Jeevan mission, but the scheme will need a steep improvement in its performance to achieve the government’s goal of providing water to all rural households by 2024.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 11, 2019 01:27 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByZia Haq

CBI conducts raids in 100 places across 19 states in crackdown

The searches were a part of countrywide raids by more than 500 personnel at over 100 locations in 19 states and union territories
CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said the searches were a part of countrywide raids by more than 500 personnel at over 100 locations in 19 states and union territories in which the CBI registered around 30 separate cases.(AFP Photo)
CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said the searches were a part of countrywide raids by more than 500 personnel at over 100 locations in 19 states and union territories in which the CBI registered around 30 separate cases.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 08:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAnvit Srivastava

Major deficiencies in BMC’s flood management system, says CAG

The CAG found ambiguity in the state’s plan to deal with disasters. It pointed out that the state has not updated its disaster management plan since 2016.
A train travels along flooded railway lines near Tilak Nagar railway station in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The heaviest downpour since 2005 inundated Mumbai, delaying trains and planes and spurring the city administration to declare a holiday.(Bloomberg)
A train travels along flooded railway lines near Tilak Nagar railway station in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The heaviest downpour since 2005 inundated Mumbai, delaying trains and planes and spurring the city administration to declare a holiday.(Bloomberg)
Published on Jul 03, 2019 12:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByFaisal Malik and Surendra Gangan

Maharashtra government to request CAG to audit bridges built by BMC in past five years

The Maharashtra government will write to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to conduct an audit of all bridges constructed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the past five years
Published on Jun 27, 2019 12:38 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, Mumbai

75K ineligible kids, fake entries at child care homes: PAC report slams Maharashtra

The report also slammed the state government for the losses caused to the exchequer owing to “fake students” at the centres.
The PAC 52nd report, tabled in the state legislature on Wednesday, has stated 75,000 ineligible children were housed in state-controlled child care homes(Reuters/Representative Image)
The PAC 52nd report, tabled in the state legislature on Wednesday, has stated 75,000 ineligible children were housed in state-controlled child care homes(Reuters/Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 20, 2019 01:57 PM IST
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HindustanTimes, Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent

RBI looking into alleged violation of FEMA rules by BCCI; association denies any wrongdoing

BCCI allegedly paid Rs 800 crore to Cricket Australia (CA) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) as ‘additional participation fee’ for the now-defunct Champions League T20 tournament.
FILE PHOTO: A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files(REUTERS)
Published on May 27, 2019 03:47 PM IST
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Press Trust of India | ByPTI

Muslin wraps with state-specific designs may replace blankets in AC coaches of Railways

Following the criticism, in April 2018, the railway changed the specification and started planning to move towards lighter blankets
It was found that in 14 selected depots, under nine zonal railways, no blankets had been dry-washed in the said period.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ Hindustan Times)
It was found that in 14 selected depots, under nine zonal railways, no blankets had been dry-washed in the said period.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 19, 2019 07:53 AM IST
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Government denies suppressing any information on Rafale deal

In its December judgement, the Supreme Court rejected pleas for a court-monitored probe of the deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale jet fighters made by Dassault Aviation of France, saying it had no reason to doubt that due process had been followed .
In an affidavit filed before the court opposing the demand to initiate perjury proceedings against the Centre, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government denied allegations of suppressing information(PTI)
In an affidavit filed before the court opposing the demand to initiate perjury proceedings against the Centre, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government denied allegations of suppressing information(PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2019 07:07 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByBhadra Sinha

PM Narendra Modi’s blog post hits out at Congress’ ‘dynastic politics’

“From the press to parliament. From soldiers to free speech. From the constitution to the courts. Institutional insult is the Congress way,” Modi wrote. “Everyone is wrong, only the Congress is correct.”
Seeking a second term in Prime Minister’s office, Modi wrote in a blog that institutional insult was the Congress’s way.(PTI File Photo)
Seeking a second term in Prime Minister’s office, Modi wrote in a blog that institutional insult was the Congress’s way.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2019 12:25 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Comptroller and Auditor General audit mis-read barcoded entries, claims NFAI

The department of audit and accounts, under CAG, carried out a check of records maintained by NFAI, Pune, between May 1, 2015 and September 30, 2017.
The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has contested observations made in a report filed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), that cited at least 31,000 film reels, or cans, held by the Pune-based institute have been either lost or destroyed.(Getty Images/Creatas RF)
The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has contested observations made in a report filed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), that cited at least 31,000 film reels, or cans, held by the Pune-based institute have been either lost or destroyed.(Getty Images/Creatas RF)
Updated on Mar 19, 2019 04:27 PM IST
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Pune | ByPrachi Bari

‘Rafale IGA protects Indian interests’: French Envoy

India floated a global tender in August 2007 to buy 126 planes but it stood cancelled after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in April 2015 that India would buy 36 Rafale planes from France under a government-to-government deal.
The Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between France and India for the sale of Rafale fighter jets to the air force has in-built provisions to ensure that Indian interests are protected, a(REUTERS)
The Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between France and India for the sale of Rafale fighter jets to the air force has in-built provisions to ensure that Indian interests are protected, a(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 14, 2019 11:47 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByRahul Singh

Basic jet price same in both NDA, UPA deals

The price of basic aircraft was the same in both deals, according to the government auditor.
The Ministry of Defence told CAG that under the 2015 negotiations the price of the basic aircraft was 9% cheaper.(REUTERS)
The Ministry of Defence told CAG that under the 2015 negotiations the price of the basic aircraft was 9% cheaper.(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 13, 2019 11:14 PM IST
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BySudhi Ranjan Sen

CAG report exposes BJP government’s corruption: Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath

Kamal Nath said a detailed inquiry in the matter would be done, adding strict action against the guilty would be taken.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.(PTI)
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.(PTI)
Published on Jan 11, 2019 10:32 PM IST
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Bhopal | ByRanjan

CAG report points to unfair process in e-procurement during BJP rule in Chhattisgarh

The lapses pointed out in the CAG report, took place between April 2016 and March 2017, when the Bharatiya Janata Party was in power. The report was tabled in the assembly on Thursday.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its annual report on Thursday accused the Chhattisgarh government of “unfair process” over its e-procurement system and said bidders and the government officials were in coordination regarding the tenders issued by 17 departments worth Rs 961 crore.(PTI)
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its annual report on Thursday accused the Chhattisgarh government of “unfair process” over its e-procurement system and said bidders and the government officials were in coordination regarding the tenders issued by 17 departments worth Rs 961 crore.(PTI)
Published on Jan 10, 2019 11:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Raipur | ByHT Correspondent

Rafale verdict: Government asks SC to correct error, says court misinterpreted wording

The error relates to a reference made about the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report and Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the Supreme Court verdict rejecting the petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal..
A French fighter jet Rafale prepares to take off on the aircraft carrier.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
A French fighter jet Rafale prepares to take off on the aircraft carrier.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 16, 2018 09:39 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Chidambaram criticises Modi govt for refusing Rafale deal probe

Congress keeps up attack on Modi government over deal to buy Rafale fighter jets.
Congress leader P Chidambaram addresses a press conference in Kolkata on August 25, 2018.(PTI)
Congress leader P Chidambaram addresses a press conference in Kolkata on August 25, 2018.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2018 02:11 PM IST
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IANS, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Congress team meets CVC on Rafale deal, demands registration of corruption case

The Congress has launched an offensive against the BJP government over the Rafale deal alleging corruption and violation of rules by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded answers from him.
President Rahul Gandhi addresses the media on Rafale deal issue, in New Delhi, Saturday, Sep 22, 2018.(PTI)
President Rahul Gandhi addresses the media on Rafale deal issue, in New Delhi, Saturday, Sep 22, 2018.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2018 11:38 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

To improve performance, Indian Railways must streamline the flow of traffic

While I agree with the general spirit of the recent recommendations made by the CAG on the Indian Railways, I believe the report has missed a few salient points, which many of the operating railway officers themselves would be aware of
Examining the principle of streamlining flow of traffic, detentions of trains are often caused due to cross movements on tracks and having to negotiate slow turnouts from one track to the other(AFP)
Examining the principle of streamlining flow of traffic, detentions of trains are often caused due to cross movements on tracks and having to negotiate slow turnouts from one track to the other(AFP)
Updated on Sep 21, 2018 12:02 AM IST
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ByG Raghuram

Need to make compensatory planting must before nod to cut trees, Delhi govt told

The plea argued that trees should not be cut since compensatory afforestation was not viable in Delhi, a city that has been facing acute water shortage.
The petition said that Delhi was not in a position to afford more felling of trees. Sonu Mehta/HT FILE
The petition said that Delhi was not in a position to afford more felling of trees. Sonu Mehta/HT FILE
Published on Sep 19, 2018 02:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhadra Sinha, New Delhi
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