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Goyal launches a CIL portal for contract labour payment management system to curb corruption

To curb corruption and exploitation of contractual workers by contractors, Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal, launched ‘Contract Labour Payment Management System’- a portal of Coal India Limited (CIL) on Wednesday that will be made fully functional within 45 to 60 days. Goyal also felicitated employees of his Ministries, Public Sector Undertakings and organization/Statutory bodies for their path breaking work towards lighting up India in last two years. Through this ..

Govt allows flexibility in utilization of domestic coal for reducing cost of power generation

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for allowing flexibility in utilization of domestic coal for reducing the cost of power generation. The objective of the proposal is to allow flexibility in optimal use of domestic coal in efficient Generating Stations resulting in reduction in the cost of electricity generation and reduce the power purchase cost of State Distribution companies. Such flexibility will be able to leverage coal to electricity conversion, ..

CBI to quiz Air Vice Marshal N.V. Tyagi, Gautam Khaitan in connection with VVIP chopper scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will question former Air Vice Marshal N.V. Tyagi and advocate and former board member of Aeromatrix Gautam Khaitan on Thursday in connection with the controversial Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper deal. The CBI yesterday grilled former IAF Chief S.P. Tyagi for the third consecutive day, besides quizzing Khaitan. S. P. Tyagi admitted to have financial interest in three companies- Banshi, Anuras and Shavan...

NHRC issues notice to Kerala Govt over brutal case of rape and murder of Dalit law student

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took suo motu cognizance of media reports about yet another 'Nirbhaya' like rape and murder of a Dalit law student, whose body was found by her mother on Friday evening in Ernakulam Kerala.The Commission, on the basis of the media reports, has observed that the crime is so spine-chilling and gruesome that words fall short and expressing anguish and shock appear meaningless and mere ritualistic. It is a matter of utmost concern that women's security is facing grave ..

Spanish club Atletico Madrid reaches final of UEFA Champions League

Atlético Madrid once again proved that they are one of the toughest teams in Europe, edging past a determined Bayern on goals after a 2-1 away defeat on Tuesday night. While losing the match against German club Munich, the Spanish club made the way for final through the aggregate."Today, I played against the best opponents that I have faced in my whole career; it is unbelievable what we have done," said Altetico coach Diego Simeone, whose side have beaten Barcelona and Bayern in successive rounds. "We've ..

Universities cordoned off; schools shut in Pakistan following terror alert

Following a security alert on Wednesday, several universities in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad were cordoned off by the Law enforcement agencies. Security has been deployed on campuses following the terror alert.No individual is allowed to enter or leave the campus buildings, not even the employees are allowed to enter the varsities in their vehicles. Following the terror alert, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has reportedly supervised security arrangements at the campuses.The universities include National..

Railways Ministry plans to place 12 stations between Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor

Under the upcoming bullet train service plan, Ministry of Railways has planned total of 12 stations linking Mumbai and Ahmedabad city namely Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. The Ministry has also proposed a tariff that will be 1.5 times more than the first class AC fare prevailing now.Also, the first phase of the bullet network will have a maximum design speed of 350 km per hour and an operating speed of 320 km per hour. The total journe..

Nifty, Sensex end at 7606, 128 points down

The market on Wednesday witnessed a fall in the Sensex as it ended down 127.97 points or 0.5 percent at 25101.73. On the other hand, Niftyslipped 40.45 points or 0.5 percent at 7706.55. HDFC twins, NTPC, Infosys and Sun Pharma were among top gainers while Adani Ports, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Hindalco and BHEL were losers in the Sensex...

CBI court orders four years imprisonment to Haryana IAS officer over corruption charges

A special judge of CBI Court on Tuesday sentenced IAS officer Sandeep Garg to undergo four years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs. 25 lakh in a disproportionate assets case.Grag is a 1991 batch of Haryana Cadre IAS officer and former Regional Director (Northern Region) of Anti Adulteration Cell under Ministry of Petroleum. Court also convicted four others in the case named Atul Jindal, Suman Sarin, Swami Garg, Rajiv Garg and charged with four years of imprisonment and two lakhs fine each. The judgement..

Arunachal CM bats for fast track implementation of hydropower projects in the state

Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Kalikho Pul was making the case for fast-tracking environmental clearances for hydropower projects. Speaking at the conference ‘Hydro power at crossroads – tapping the untapped’, organized by Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM), Pul said that hydropower would be developed in an optimal manner, in which, the environmental impact and human displacement would be reduced to the absolute minimal possible and positive outcomes are achieved in the shortest ..

‘AMICOM 2016’ commences in New Delhi; aims for self-reliant Defence production

The Annual Master General of Ordnance (MGO) Industry Cooperation Meet (AMICOM-2016) commenced on Tuesday with keynote address by Lt Gen Subrata Saha, the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff. AMICON aims to create a platform and act as a catalyst to break down the long dependence on foreign sources so as to further accelerate the pace of indigenisation in the field of Defence manufacturing and making our nation self-reliant in Defence production. ..

Projects worth Rs. 2446 cr approved under Namami Gange to improve facilities of ghats

Giving a major fillip to Namami Gange programme the Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) has approved projects for Development of Ghats and crematoria in the stretch from Haridwar to Uttarakhand Border in Uttarakhand, Garhmukteshwar in UP, Buxar, Hajipur and Sonepur of Bihar, Sahibganj, Rajmahal and Kanhaiya Ghat of Jharkhand and Delhi and afforestation along the banks of river Ganga...

Lok Sabha passes Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill; approves Appropriation Bill

During the second week of the Budget session of the Parliament, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016 and approved the Appropriation Bill. The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill provides for the establishment of funds under the public accounts of Centre and each state towards compensatory afforestation. It also provides for additional afforestation and penal compensatory afforestation...