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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), a panel of members of Parliament to audit the revenue and the expenditure of the government, had also raised the issue of large savings in the grants of ministries.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)

Make realistic budget estimates, ministries told over unused funds issue

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 07:26 PM IST
About Rs 4.72 lakh crore could not be spent in the financial year ended March 2019 due to various reasons, including regulation of spending, short transfer against budget estimate, reversal of expenditure and shortfalls in performance, they said requesting anonymity.
Applications will be invited on MyGov, a citizen-engagement platform, and will also be promoted on MeitY Start-up Hub in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog.(Representational Image)
Applications will be invited on MyGov, a citizen-engagement platform, and will also be promoted on MeitY Start-up Hub in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog.(Representational Image)

IT ministry to launch AI challenges for domestic entrepreneurs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2020 10:25 AM IST
The ministry will hold AI challenges for sectors like healthcare, education, agriculture, natural language processing and smart mobility and transportation
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HRD ministry to be renamed as Ministry of Education?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 10:31 AM IST
According to a key recommendation in the draft New Education Policy, in order to bring the focus back on education and learning, the Ministry of Human Resource Development should be redesignated as the Ministry of Education (MoE).
Jaspal Rana, a former star shooter and currently the junior national coach, was overlooked(Getty Images for DAGOC)
Jaspal Rana, a former star shooter and currently the junior national coach, was overlooked(Getty Images for DAGOC)

‘Ministry should set eligibility criteria for Dronacharya’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 11:46 AM IST
A prominent applicant like Jaspal Rana, a former star shooter and currently the junior national coach, who is credited for the success of junior shooters at the world stage, was overlooked raising a controversy.
A 21-year-old man has been arrested for creating a fake identity card of a Pay and Accounts Officer of the central government to siphon off money from the bank accounts of various ministries through bogus bills(HT File (Representative Image))
A 21-year-old man has been arrested for creating a fake identity card of a Pay and Accounts Officer of the central government to siphon off money from the bank accounts of various ministries through bogus bills(HT File (Representative Image))

Man with fake government ID held for trying to siphon off money from ministries

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2019 12:02 PM IST
Noor Mohammad, a resident of Moregaon in Assam, was arrested earlier by Delhi police for a similar offence, in which over Rs 3.8 crore was fraudulently withdrawn from the accounts of the Health Ministry, Anyesh Roy, DCP (cyber crime), said.
The Prime Minister had in his election campaign questioned Congress’ intention in opposing the law which the government sees as an effective instrument against alleged anti-national elements.(ANI FILE)
The Prime Minister had in his election campaign questioned Congress’ intention in opposing the law which the government sees as an effective instrument against alleged anti-national elements.(ANI FILE)

Sedition law will not be repealed, says Amit Shah’s ministry

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 09:13 PM IST
The Congress party had made scrapping the law, a central piece of its poll manifesto and was attacked by the rival BJP for taking an alleged anti-national stance.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has ordered a ban on the sale of biscuits in his ministry and in the departmental meetings and also asked the department to provide healthy food such as roasted channa, almonds, dates and walnuts.(HT File)
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has ordered a ban on the sale of biscuits in his ministry and in the departmental meetings and also asked the department to provide healthy food such as roasted channa, almonds, dates and walnuts.(HT File)

‘No biscuits, only healthy snacks for meets’: Health Ministry

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2019 08:58 AM IST
In an order released on Friday, the Ministry said, “The Health and Family Welfare Minister has desired that healthy snacks only to be served in official meeting and biscuits are to be avoided.”
The first step has been taken by the government by releasing the employment data for 2017-18 and providing free access to household level data. The country will watch with hope and anxiety the subsequent steps to strengthen the independence and credibility of national statistical system(Shutterstock)
The first step has been taken by the government by releasing the employment data for 2017-18 and providing free access to household level data. The country will watch with hope and anxiety the subsequent steps to strengthen the independence and credibility of national statistical system(Shutterstock)

India must strengthen the credibility of its national statistical system

By Amitabh Kundu
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2019 08:30 PM IST
The non-release or delay of NSS data has happened in the past but this did not emerge in the public domain.
Naik served as union minister of state with independent charge for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidda and Homeopathy (AYUSH) ministry, for previous Narendra Modi-led government(Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)
Naik served as union minister of state with independent charge for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidda and Homeopathy (AYUSH) ministry, for previous Narendra Modi-led government(Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)

Shripad Naik, the leading light of BJP in Goa, joins Modi’s cabinet again

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 05:40 PM IST
Five-time Member of Parliament from North Goa, Shripad Naik won by a margin of 80,000 votes.
An eight-time Lok Sabha member, Ram Vilas Paswan, 72, is also president of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
An eight-time Lok Sabha member, Ram Vilas Paswan, 72, is also president of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Ram Vilas Paswan gets Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 03:23 PM IST
Paswan has been a minister at the Centre in coalition governments under both the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Vardhan is a two-time member of Parliament from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency, and defeated Congress’s J P Agarwal by over 200,000 votes this time.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Vardhan is a two-time member of Parliament from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency, and defeated Congress’s J P Agarwal by over 200,000 votes this time.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Harsh Vardhan gets Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in PM Modi’s new Cabinet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 03:22 PM IST
After his victory from Chandni Chowk in 2014, Vardhan was inducted in the Modi cabinet.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has served as vice-president, general secretary and spokesman of the BJP(ANI File Photo)
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has served as vice-president, general secretary and spokesman of the BJP(ANI File Photo)

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi gets Ministry of Minority Affairs in PM Modi’s new Cabinet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 02:30 PM IST
Naqvi is a two-time Rajya Sabha MP, earlier he served as minister of state for information and broadcasting in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
“Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, you are hereby directed to show cause why the EC should not be kept in abeyance,” the notice reads.(Hindustan Times)
“Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, you are hereby directed to show cause why the EC should not be kept in abeyance,” the notice reads.(Hindustan Times)

Okhla waste-to-energy plant gets Centre’s notice over violations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Baishali Adak
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 08:01 AM IST
“Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, you are hereby directed to show cause why the EC should not be kept in abeyance,” the notice reads.
Iraqi people walk near the Tigris River in Mosul, Iraq.(REUTERS/Representative image)
Iraqi people walk near the Tigris River in Mosul, Iraq.(REUTERS/Representative image)

71 dead, including 33 women, as overloaded ferry sinks in Tigris River near Iraq’s Mosul

Mosul, Iraq | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2019 09:42 PM IST
Officials say the ferry sank in the Tigris River near the northern city of Mosul because of a technical problem, and that there weren’t many boats in the area to rescue people.
The cash-strapped Pakistan government has decided to sell unused properties owned by federal ministries to pay off the country’s mounting debts, the media reported Wednesday.(Reuters File Photo)
The cash-strapped Pakistan government has decided to sell unused properties owned by federal ministries to pay off the country’s mounting debts, the media reported Wednesday.(Reuters File Photo)

Pakistan government to sell properties of federal ministries to pay off debt: Report

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 08:33 PM IST
Explaining the procedures to be adopted for the disposal of assets, the minister said this could be done by adopting a uniform policy that would also describe a modus operandi to legally sell off the properties.
The ministry of road transport and highways collects and holds data as part of issuance of vehicle registration certificates (RC) and driver licenses (DL).(Picture for representation)
The ministry of road transport and highways collects and holds data as part of issuance of vehicle registration certificates (RC) and driver licenses (DL).(Picture for representation)

Government clears policy to sell vehicle registration data

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2019 10:36 AM IST
On March 8, the government approved a Bulk Data Sharing policy, enabling it to monetise a database of vehicle registration certificates, citing benefits to the “transport and automobile industry”, even as the issue of privacy and data protection looms large over such sharing.
The IT Ministry has asked YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan during an air combat on Wednesday, according to sources.(PTI Photo)
The IT Ministry has asked YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan during an air combat on Wednesday, according to sources.(PTI Photo)

YouTube removes 11 video links of IAF pilot Abhinandan upon IT Ministry’s request

New Delhi | By Indo-Asian News Service
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 10:27 PM IST
The ministry had asked YouTube to remove the clips following directive from the Home Ministry, a government source said, adding that the said links have now been removed.
In an attempt to popularise lesser-known places with tourism potential in the country, the ministry of tourism has reached out to travel bloggers .(Photo By Bachchan kumar / Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
In an attempt to popularise lesser-known places with tourism potential in the country, the ministry of tourism has reached out to travel bloggers .(Photo By Bachchan kumar / Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

To boost tourism, ministry seeks help of bloggers

New Delhi | By To boost tourism, ministry seeks help of bloggers
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2019 11:41 PM IST
The ministry has selected eight bloggers, mostly women, to write about eight destinations, which will be picked next week by tourism ministry.
Bhushan Patwardhan said that the UGC is likely to meet the representatives of around 200 Naac-accredited educational institutions next month to discuss the Paramarsh scheme.(HT Photo)
Bhushan Patwardhan said that the UGC is likely to meet the representatives of around 200 Naac-accredited educational institutions next month to discuss the Paramarsh scheme.(HT Photo)

All educational institutions in India to be Naac accredited by 2022: ministry

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Parth Welankar
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2019 03:26 PM IST
Bhushan Patwardhan, vice-chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC) said that under the Paramarsh scheme, the UGC has created a mechanism to encourage colleges and educational institutions to apply for Naac accreditation.
“Yellow vest” protesters returned in force to the streets of France this weekend, clashing with police in several cities.(AFP)
“Yellow vest” protesters returned in force to the streets of France this weekend, clashing with police in several cities.(AFP)

‘Yellow vests’ protestors storm French ministry, 35 arrested

Paris | By Agence France Presse
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 06:07 PM IST
The interior ministry put the number of protesters who took to the streets on Saturday at 50,000, compared with 32,000 on December 29 when the movement appeared to be weakening after holding a series of weekly Saturday protests since mid-November.
A chimney is seen in front of residential buildings during a polluted day in China.(REUTERS)
A chimney is seen in front of residential buildings during a polluted day in China.(REUTERS)

China plans more nuanced anti-pollution measures in 2019

BEIJING | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2018 08:18 PM IST
The ministry urged local environmental bureaus to help companies set pollution treatment solution plans and to pay attention to reasonable appeals of companies during environmental inspections.
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 objective of the mission is to encourage integration of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy with modern medicine.(Shutterstock)
The objective of the mission is to encourage integration of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy with modern medicine.(Shutterstock)

First Naturopathy day celebrated by Ayush ministry seeking to promote drug-less system of medicine

New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2018 08:29 AM IST
The Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (Ayush) ministry celebrated the first Naturopathy Day on Sunday with the aim of promoting the drug-less system of medicine to prevent diseases by altering the diet and lifestyle.
More than 14 lakh ghost beneficiaries under the anganwadi scheme have been found in Uttar Pradesh.(HT File Photo)
More than 14 lakh ghost beneficiaries under the anganwadi scheme have been found in Uttar Pradesh.(HT File Photo)

Over 14 lakh ghost anganwadi beneficiaries found in Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2018 04:22 PM IST
There are around 1,88,259 anganwadi centres in the state and according to the ministry, more than 18 lakh children are enrolled under the scheme.
Delhi government’s social welfare department has constituted a committee to look into all aspects of a separate department formation to address problems faced by persons with disabilities (PwDs).(PTI)
Delhi government’s social welfare department has constituted a committee to look into all aspects of a separate department formation to address problems faced by persons with disabilities (PwDs).(PTI)

Delhi govt mulls creating a dedicated ministry for persons with disabilities

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Risha Chitlangia
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2018 05:55 PM IST
If it gets the nod, Delhi will be the first Union Territory in the country to have a separate department to address problems faced by persons with disabilities. So far, only six states in India — Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh — have a department for empowerment of disabled persons.
Police investigate the site where a rape victim was allegedly buried, at a government shelter home in Muzaffarpur.(PTI Photo)
Police investigate the site where a rape victim was allegedly buried, at a government shelter home in Muzaffarpur.(PTI Photo)

Unregistered shelter homes face closure, says Centre

Indo Asian News Service | By Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2018 08:02 PM IST
The government move comes in the wake of alleged rape of inmates of a girls’ home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and another in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh.
Dhangar community today stage unique protest by performing traditional instruments for demanding reservation to Dhangar community.The responsibility of maintaining law and order, peace and communal harmony, and actions against culprits rest primarily with the state governments and Union Territories, the Minister of State for Home said in a written reply.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Dhangar community today stage unique protest by performing traditional instruments for demanding reservation to Dhangar community.The responsibility of maintaining law and order, peace and communal harmony, and actions against culprits rest primarily with the state governments and Union Territories, the Minister of State for Home said in a written reply.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Communal violence killed 111 people in 822 incidents in 2017: Ministry of Home Affairs

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 04:50 PM IST
The responsibility of maintaining law and order, peace and communal harmony, and actions against culprits rest primarily with the state governments and Union Territories, the Minister of State for Home said in a written reply.
Indian contingent for the Asian Games will remain unchanged at 524.(PTI)
Indian contingent for the Asian Games will remain unchanged at 524.(PTI)

IOA rejects ministry’s latest proposal on Asian Games selection

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2018 09:18 PM IST
IOA said that it has discussed the ministry’s proposal in detail before deciding not to accept it as all suggestions of the ministry are already covered in the existing criteria.
The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has prepared a draft Act to replace the University Grants Commission with a new regulator for higher education in the country.
The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has prepared a draft Act to replace the University Grants Commission with a new regulator for higher education in the country.

Direct interference of govts will increase if Higher Education Commission is set up: DUTA

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2018 10:40 AM IST
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) said it is not clear why this overhaul is necessary and how scrapping UGC and setting up a Higher Education Commission will address the needs of higher education in a better way. 
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