IPA Special

India's infant mortality rate worse than neighbours, says government

NEW DELHI: India’s infant mortality rate of 47 per thousand live births is worse than its neighbouring countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said. “In India, the infant mortality rate (IMR) is 47 per thousand live births which translates into...

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Government eyes Rs 1,500 crore revenue from Phase III FM radio license auction

NEW DELHI: The government today said it expects to garner Rs 1,500 crore in revenue from the auction of FM Radio Phase III license, for providing services in 227 cities, in addition to 86 cities covered currently. “Total revenue expectation from three phases of (Phase III) FM radio auction...

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BJP slams Govt for claiming BPL number has fallen

The BJP today hit out at the government and the Planning Commission for its claim that the number of people living below the poverty line has fallen, alleging that the Manmohan Singh regime has lowered the daily income level and appears to be setting a “starvation line”. Deputy Leader...

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Govt survives Rajya Sabha test with the help of TMC

After winning votes in the Lok Sabha on its proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), yesterday, the government survived the Rajya Sabha test too today, defeating BJP and Left amendment motions on the issue. Both the Samajwadi Party and the BSP voted with the government. The SP had supported...

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Congress Learning No Lessons From UP Debacle

By Amulya Ganguli If the Congress leadership is serious about learning lessons from the recent electoral setbacks, as both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have said, there will be no better place to start than in paying heed to Salman Rushdie’s strictures against the party’s futile policy of minority appeasement....

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Mukul Roy sworn in as Railways Minister

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy is the new Railways Minister. He was sworn in at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday morning; he replaces party colleague Dinesh Trivedi who resigned on Sunday. It was mission accomplished for Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee. Mukul Roy, who was the Minister...

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India Inc Feels Tremors Of Finance Minister's Tax Proposals

MUMBAI: The unbridled freedom and powers given to tax authorities in this year’s Budget could spark a furious face-off in the coming months between companies determined to protect their profits in a slowing economy and an equally resolute tax department eager to wrest every last bit of revenue, experts...

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India Drives World Arms Trade

India’s spending on imported weapons was behind a 24% growth in the global arms trade over the last five years, a Sweden-based think tank says. Statistics published yesterday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show demand from emerging economies – in particular India – drove the volume of...

Mar 20 · >

DRDO Requests For More Funds

NEW DELHI: The chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) complained to Defence Minister A K Antony today that the ministry had not allocated enough funds for research and development, given the number of weapon development projects on the anvil. Speaking at a DRDO conference in New...

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Embraer Partners With Air Works For Support Services

HYDERABAD: Embraer, the Brazilian major, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Air Works to create a spare parts repository for all its executive jets in India. This MoU paves the way for parts of Embraer’s jets to be housed in Bangalore, which will serve as the central hub...

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