Richa Sharma

Putting safety as its top priority, Railways warn staff from committing errors

Listing out one such incident where the derailment happened due to an error by staff, Railway board said it shows that field officials are still resorting to shortcuts at worksites.

28 Aug 2018

Five years on, six states yet to decide on Ecologically Sensitive Areas

Identifying ecologically sensitive areas in Western Ghats remains a prickly issue.

26 Aug 2018

Concern as rising operational ratio throws Indian Railways off track

Top Railway officials expressed concerns over rising operating ratio and railways failing to operationalise non-fare revenue policies.

25 Aug 2018

Union ministry of environment and forests gives thumbs up to build bridge on one of the Andaman islands

The ministry issued a notification earlier this month amending the Islands Protection Zone Notification, 2011, permitting construction of two-lane bridge over Middle Strait to sin Andaman.

23 Aug 2018

Sluggish cash flow in Clean Ganga Fund

The Clean Ganga Fund (CGF) launched in 2014 to enable Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origins (PIOs) to contribute towards the conservation of one of India’s holiest rivers has recei

19 Aug 2018

Cases of theft in long-distance trains have jumped 30 per cent 

Travelling in trains is getting riskier as Indian Railways has recorded a 30 per cent increase in cases of theft and other crimes under IPC in trains.

19 Aug 2018

Forest ministry comes up with same green clearance norms for 25 sectors

While MoEF maintains it is being done to bring uniformity, the larger picture of 2019 LS elections cannot be missed.

18 Aug 2018

Vajpayee: He took along his Opponents 

Opposition, and even BJP’s allies, feel that the NDA under Atal Bihari Vajpayee was much more accommodative than it is now.

17 Aug 2018

Government to revive talks on Bill for floodplains

Bill that will help avoid massive damage to life, property ignored for over 40 years.

16 Aug 2018

Groundwater sinks to new low

A CGWB analysis says groundwater levels across India have fallen by 0 to 2 metres in a decade. A recent NITI Aayog report also warned that 21 cities will run out of groundwater by 2020.

12 Aug 2018

Did PM a favour, says RJD MP who got Narendra Modi remark on Congress' BK Hariprasad expunged

It was a rare instance in Parliament on Friday when Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu expunged remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

12 Aug 2018

Demand for water will exceed supply by 2050

Data has been collected from all states except for Mizoram, Sikkim and UT of Lakshadweep where water level monitoring is not done.

11 Aug 2018

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman polls: NDA, Opposition both confident of sweeping election

While both the NDA government and the Opposition are confident about their win in the deputy chair polls, this election will be a test of Opposition's unity after their loss in no-confidence motion.

09 Aug 2018

Consensus eludes states, including BJP-ruled ones, on interlinking of rivers

The Union Ministry of Water Resources under Nitin Gadkari is making efforts to build a consensus for preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Mahanadi-Godavari Link.

06 Aug 2018

NRC talks in Parliament: TMC working out on new strategy

The TMC's privilege motion under Rule 267, which prescribes suspension of all business to take up a matter, were accepted in both Houses on Friday.

06 Aug 2018

With 10 percent conviction rate poachers roam at large 

Sadly, poaching of smaller wild animals, reptiles and birds generally goes unreported. 

05 Aug 2018

Opposition upset at Chairman Venkaiah Naidu denying time to speak

Unhappy with the way the Rajya Sabha proceedings are conducted by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, the Opposition is planning to write to him.     

03 Aug 2018

Ballot papers for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, demand 17 parties

Many political parties are soon expected to approach the Election Commission demanding that the 2019 Lok Sabha election be held using paper ballot instead of EVMs.

03 Aug 2018

Mamata Banerjee to rally Opposition leaders for show of unity in Kolkata

Mamata is scheduled to visit Parliament on Wednesday and meet leaders of various parties. She will hold talks with several leaders, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

01 Aug 2018

Animal Welfare Board of India asks state chief secretaries to form inspection committee to check illegal slaughtering

The AWBI directive was issued on July 20, a day before Alwar incident where Rakbar Khan was beaten by a mob of cow vigilantes on suspicion of cow smuggling.

25 Jul 2018

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