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The Centre has sought the Election Commission’s (EC) approval to increase wages paid under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) programme, a decision that could benefit roughly 118 million active workers.(AP File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Government seeks EC approval to hike rural job guarantee scheme pay

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 10:16 AM IST
The Election Commission’s model code of conduct is in force since March 10 — the day the schedule for the general elections that will be spread over the coming two months was announced — and it prohibits any move by the government that could potentially sway voters.
Maldaha Dakshin will witness polling during the third out of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election on April 23. The result will be declared on May 23.(HT Photo)
Maldaha Dakshin will witness polling during the third out of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election on April 23. The result will be declared on May 23.(HT Photo)
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore - Minister of State for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Government of India.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore - Minister of State for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Government of India.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

‘Oppn politicising air strikes, Rafale’: Rajyavardhan Rathore

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2019 09:03 AM IST
The minister, who is also an Olympian and a former army colonel is vehement that it is not the government, but the Opposition that has politicised the attacks carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) against terror outfits in Pakistan.
Vallabh Bhavan in Bhopal. (HT photo)(HT File photo)
Vallabh Bhavan in Bhopal. (HT photo)(HT File photo)

Ministers to learn lessons on official rules and procedures

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2019 07:55 PM IST
State government in Madhya Pradesh has constituted a Good governance consultative council with a view to get advice from it on several aspects of good governance. The first task assigned to the council is to help ministers particularly those who have become ministers first time, learn lessons on official rules and procedure
The Sunday Guardian reported that the UPA 2 government had in 2011-12 informally asked the Intelligence Bureau to try and establish if the army, under General VK Singh (pictured), was attempting a coup.(PTI/File Photo)
The Sunday Guardian reported that the UPA 2 government had in 2011-12 informally asked the Intelligence Bureau to try and establish if the army, under General VK Singh (pictured), was attempting a coup.(PTI/File Photo)

BJP hits out at UPA 2 govt over media leak of old coup story

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2019 08:20 AM IST
The BJP launched a frontal assault on the previous United Progressive Alliance 2 government for allegedly leaking to the media an inaccurate story about a coup allegedly being plotted by the army seven years ago, in 2012, citing a report published by The Sunday Guardian.
The Maharashtra government will soon make forcing a woman to undergo virginity test a punishable offence.(AFP)
The Maharashtra government will soon make forcing a woman to undergo virginity test a punishable offence.(AFP)

‘Virginity test of brides sexual assault’, Maharashtra to make it punishable offence

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2019 09:34 AM IST
Certain communities in the state follow a custom whereby a newly-wed woman has to prove that she was virgin prior to the marriage.
Over 500 Indian fishermen and more than 1,050 Indian fishing boats are believed to be in Pakistan’s custody(PTI)
Over 500 Indian fishermen and more than 1,050 Indian fishing boats are believed to be in Pakistan’s custody(PTI)

Over 500 Indian fishermen believed to be in Pakistan’s custody: Government

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 05:36 PM IST
Pakistan, through a list shared on January 1, 2019, has acknowledged the custody of 483 fishermen who are Indian or believed-to-be-Indian in their jails, Singh said.
Chinese products on which the duty was imposed include chemicals and petrochemicals, fibres and yarn, machinery items, pharmaceutical, rubber and steel items, he said.(Representative Image/AP Fille Photo)
Chinese products on which the duty was imposed include chemicals and petrochemicals, fibres and yarn, machinery items, pharmaceutical, rubber and steel items, he said.(Representative Image/AP Fille Photo)

India imposed anti-dumping duty on 99 Chinese products as on Jan 28: Commerce ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2019 03:24 PM IST
Chinese products on which the duty was imposed include chemicals and petrochemicals, fibres and yarn, machinery items, pharmaceutical, rubber and steel items, he said.
Mumbai, India - January 23, 2019: New Mumbai Darshan buses standing at Santacruz Bus Depot in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Mumbai, India - January 23, 2019: New Mumbai Darshan buses standing at Santacruz Bus Depot in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

11 Mumbai Darshan buses for tourists yet to start running

Hindustan Times | By Kailash Korde
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 01:01 AM IST
MTDC officials blame politics for delay in launch; MoS tourism says following up with the authorities
The book was part of a kit handed out to NRI delegates.(HT Photo)
The book was part of a kit handed out to NRI delegates.(HT Photo)

Book with MJ Akbar’s photo distributed at Pravasi Bharatiya event, later withdrawn

Varanasi/New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2019 12:08 AM IST
People familiar with developments said the book was released by the external affairs ministry many months before Akbar’s resignation.
Sheila Dikshit took over as the chief of the Congress’s Delhi unit on Wednesday. The party is banking on the three-time chief minister to revive its hopes in the national capital in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Sheila Dikshit took over as the chief of the Congress’s Delhi unit on Wednesday. The party is banking on the three-time chief minister to revive its hopes in the national capital in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Sheila Dikshit, the Congress warhorse all set for a new race in Delhi

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 01:26 PM IST
Eighty-year-old Dikshit replaces Ajay Maken, who cited health reasons and resigned on January 4 from the post of state Congress president.
There is no immediate possibility of extradition of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana, accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, to India until he completes his 14-year jail term in the US.(Hemant Padalkar/HT File Photo)
There is no immediate possibility of extradition of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana, accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, to India until he completes his 14-year jail term in the US.(Hemant Padalkar/HT File Photo)

26/11 attacks accused Tahawwur Hussain Rana unlikely to be extradited till US jail term ends

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 09:08 AM IST
An official in the US said while two countries continue to discuss 26/11 attacks accused Tahawwur Hussain Rana’s possible extradition, an early resolution is not expected as the process is “cumbersome” and “time-consuming”.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina takes part in a press conference in Dhaka.(AFP File Photo)
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina takes part in a press conference in Dhaka.(AFP File Photo)

Sheikh Hasina takes oath as Bangladesh PM for third consecutive term

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2019 05:08 PM IST
Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet is mostly made up of new faces. Thirty-one members of the new Cabinet are first-timers. The Cabinet exclusively consists of members of the Awami League.
The number of calls received by the child helpline number during the last four years has increased more than three-fold, the Lok Sabha was told.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo/ Representative Image)
The number of calls received by the child helpline number during the last four years has increased more than three-fold, the Lok Sabha was told.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo/ Representative Image)

Calls received on child helpline increased 3-fold in last 4 years: Women and child development ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 11:58 PM IST
Minister of State for Women and Child Development Virendra Kumar said CHILDLINE (1098) had answered 38,22,081 calls in the year 2013-14 which increased to 1,15,59,750 calls in the year 2017-18.
New Delhi: A view of the Lok Sabha during Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi, Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019.(PTI)
New Delhi: A view of the Lok Sabha during Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi, Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019.(PTI)

110 companies probed for fraudulent activities in last 3 years: Govt in LS

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2019 07:55 PM IST
The Minister of State for Corporate Affairs P P Chaudhary told the Lok Sabha that investigation has been ordered against companies for their involvement in fraudulent activities during the last three years.
The government Friday said no general scheme has been created that gives an adult the choice to opt out of the Aadhaar programme.(AFP)
The government Friday said no general scheme has been created that gives an adult the choice to opt out of the Aadhaar programme.(AFP)

No general scheme for adults to opt out of Aadhaar programme, says government

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 05:20 PM IST
To a question on whether the UIDAI had received requests for opting out of the Aadhaar scheme, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology S S Ahluwalia gave an affirmative reply.
A group of youths hurled balled-up handerkerchiefs and traditional towels towards the dais occupied by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(PTI)
A group of youths hurled balled-up handerkerchiefs and traditional towels towards the dais occupied by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(PTI)

Protestors create ruckus at Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s event

Varanasi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2018 10:46 AM IST
Locals claimed the youths were angry at delay in being given registration forms for the event. Security personnel were reported to have intercepted the handkerchiefs and towels before they reached the dais.
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has said that Rs 15 lakh in ever account promise will be kept(Pratham Gokhale/HT file photo)
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has said that Rs 15 lakh in ever account promise will be kept(Pratham Gokhale/HT file photo)

Rs 15 lakh will reach every account, but slowly: Minister

Solapur, Maharashtra | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2018 02:54 PM IST
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has said that Rs 15 lakh in ever account promise will be kept but will take time due to ‘technical issues’.
The Congress is running away from a discussion on the Rafale deal in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Vijay Goel said on Tuesday while asserting that the government is ready for a debate on any issue.(PTI)
The Congress is running away from a discussion on the Rafale deal in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Vijay Goel said on Tuesday while asserting that the government is ready for a debate on any issue.(PTI)

‘Government ready, Congress running away from Rafale discussion,’ says MoS for parliamentary affairs Vijay Goel

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2018 03:32 PM IST
A dispute, be it on Rafale, the Cauvery river water, the RBI or the CBI, can only be resolved through discussion, Goel told reporters outside Parliament.
The government owes cash-strapped Air India Rs 1,000.62 crore, Parliament was informed Thursday.(Reuters Photo)
The government owes cash-strapped Air India Rs 1,000.62 crore, Parliament was informed Thursday.(Reuters Photo)

Government owes cash-strapped Air India Rs 1,000 crore, says aviation ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2018 04:13 PM IST
In a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said there is an outstanding amount of Rs 1,000.62 crore receivable by Air India Limited for Special Extra Section Flight (SESF) flights from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said 73 RCS (17 underserved and 56 unserved) airports have been identified in the first and second round of bidding under RCS-UDAN for their revival.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said 73 RCS (17 underserved and 56 unserved) airports have been identified in the first and second round of bidding under RCS-UDAN for their revival.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

No takeoff or landing of flights at 27 airports: Aviation ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2018 03:30 PM IST
Minister of state for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in a written reply that the revival of airstrips/airports is ‘‘demand driven’‘, depending upon firm commitment from airline operators as well as from the state governments for providing various concessions.
Over 15,700 Indian websites were reported hacked this year up to November, Parliament was informed Wednesday.(Getty Images)
Over 15,700 Indian websites were reported hacked this year up to November, Parliament was informed Wednesday.(Getty Images)

15,779 Indian websites hacked during January-November 2018, says IT ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2018 09:46 PM IST
Electronics and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats and countermeasures on a regular basis and cyber security exercises are conducted regularly to enable assessment of cyber security posture and preparedness of organisations in government and critical sectors.
The civil aviation ministry will seek parliamentary passage in the winter session for an amendment to the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) Act that will allow private airport operators to charge predetermined tariffs(HT File Photo/ Ravi Choudhary)
The civil aviation ministry will seek parliamentary passage in the winter session for an amendment to the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) Act that will allow private airport operators to charge predetermined tariffs(HT File Photo/ Ravi Choudhary)

Aviation ministry to push for passage of amended AERA Act

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2018 07:29 AM IST
With the monsoon session of Parliament failing to enact the proposed changes to the AERA Act, which would have allowed the government to bid out new airports allowing predetermined tariffs, the civil aviation ministry is also exploring other options, including an ordinance, to effect the change.
Image for representation(Bloomberg file photo)
Image for representation(Bloomberg file photo)

Drones to soon transport organs, supplies between hospitals: Jayant Sinha

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2018 12:01 AM IST
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the government is examining the possibility of creating “drone ports” in hospitals to permit this kind of transportation
Around 1,116 fires were caused due to gas leakage and 14,329 incidents were attributed to other causes.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Around 1,116 fires were caused due to gas leakage and 14,329 incidents were attributed to other causes.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Faulty wiring behind 69% of 50,000 fires in Mumbai in past decade, data reveals

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2018 11:31 PM IST
Minister Ranjit Patil provided figures after calling-attention motion in legislative council
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the state government is forming a consortium of at least three companies to drive investment in the airport city and work is in the final stages.(HT PHOTO)
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the state government is forming a consortium of at least three companies to drive investment in the airport city and work is in the final stages.(HT PHOTO)

Government consortium to raise finance for Purandar’s ‘Airport City’, says Devendra Fadnavis at an event in Pune

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Khairnar
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2018 04:45 PM IST
The land acquisition for the airport will start very soon, he said, while speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mahalunge-Maan hi-tech city
A champion of scheduled caste and tribal rights, the Republican Party of India-A president Athawale has raised several controversial demands, including permission for Dalits to possess arms for self-protection.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
A champion of scheduled caste and tribal rights, the Republican Party of India-A president Athawale has raised several controversial demands, including permission for Dalits to possess arms for self-protection.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

End casteism, we will forego reservation, says minister Ramdas Athawale

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By B Vijay Murty
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 10:18 AM IST
“I have been demanding reservation in the armed forces for a long time. If there is reservation, more people from the backward classes will sign up”, says MoS for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale in a freewheeling interview with B Vijay Murthy.
Security on high alert as a train passes by after resumption of railway services since the train accident, in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Security on high alert as a train passes by after resumption of railway services since the train accident, in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal /HT)

Magisterial inquiry to also look into railways’ role in Amritsar train tragedy

Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Jalandhar | By Parampreet Singh Narula, Amritsar/jalandhar
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2018 10:34 AM IST
Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani had also ruled out any statutory inquiry into the incident, saying it was a case of trespass on rail tracks.
Hours after the Amritsar train accident Friday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal cancelled all his engagements in the US and said he is immediately returning to India.(PTI)
Hours after the Amritsar train accident Friday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal cancelled all his engagements in the US and said he is immediately returning to India.(PTI)

Amritsar train accident: Rail Minister Piyush Goyal says immediately returning from US

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 10:27 PM IST
The minister, who is in the US to receive the prestigious Carnot prize for his contribution towards sustainable energy solutions, said Railways is proving all possible assistance at the accident site.
The resignation of minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar might seem like a victory for the #MeToo movement, but it’s far too premature for any celebrations(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The resignation of minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar might seem like a victory for the #MeToo movement, but it’s far too premature for any celebrations(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Not just about #MeToo, it’s also about #WeCount

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 05:23 PM IST
Now is the time to ask for workplaces that value women and recognise that diversity is not just a nice sounding word
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