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No plan to privatise airports: Minister

New Delhi : The government Monday said that currently there is no proposal to privatise airports in the country.

According to Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma, the government had initiated the process for undertaking operation, management and development of Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.


Stories of unusual entrepreneurs highlighted in a book

New Delhi : A young girl from Jammu and Kashmir is reviving numdah, the popular rug-making technique, a man from Coimbatore has created a machine that can make cheap but good-quality sanitary napkins, a social enterprise in Gurgaon is revolutionising the domestic housekeeping sector.

These lesser-known stories about independent entrepreneurs who are changing the face of India individually by working on issues that are often ignored by the state but are an integral part of our social ecosystem are highlighted in journalist-author Hindol Sengupta's new book “Recasting India”.


A budget for the United Federation of India

By Amit Kapoor,

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 28 delivered a budget that will go down as one of the best since liberalization began in 1991. It took stock of India’s present set of challenges and accordingly adjusted the priorities and solutions. Six salient points reflect the government’s economic thinking and strategy.

14 houses damaged in Jammu and Kashmir avalanche

Srinagar : Fourteen houses were damaged by an avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district on Monday. There was no immediate report of any loss of life, authorities said.

"Fourteen houses were hit by an avalanche in Sardaab (Tulail) village of Bandipora district today. Six of these houses were destroyed while eight were partially damaged," a senior police official told IANS here.

"No loss of human life has been reported in this tragedy so far," he added.


Odisha government recommends setting up IIM in Sambalpur

Bhubaneswar : Ahead of elections to the Sambalpur municipal corporation in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged the Centre to set up the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Sambalpur under relaxed guidelines.

In a letter to Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, Patnaik said: "If central government is willing to relax this guideline for site selection, then the state government strongly recommends Sambalpur in western Odisha as the location of IIM, Odisha."


Tripura to increase number of women police personnel

Agartala : The Tripura government will increase the number of women police personnel to one-third of the total strength, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said on Monday.

"Currently, 13 percent of the total police constables and ten percent of the total police force are women. Our government's target is to raise the percentage to 30," Sarkar said at the passing out parade of 300 newly recruit women constables.

Bills on e-rickshaws, coal introduced in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : The government on Monday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to facilitate plying of e-rickshaws and e-carts and a bill to provide for allocation of coal mines. The two bills seek to replace ordinances issued during the inter-session period.

The government also introduced The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the lower house.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015 seeks to facilitate plying of e-rickshaws and e-carts by amending the Motor Vehicles Act. The bill also seeks to define e-rickshaw and e-cart.


Unfolding the JNU saga

New Delhi : Those who are not familiar with Jawaharlal University (JNU) and feel it is only a leftist institution, here comes a book that demystifies the myth and traces the origins of one of the country's prominent educational institutes.

The book, titled “JNU: The Making of a University” (Harper Collins, pp 459, Rs 799) launched recently by JNU academic Rakesh Batabyal, is an attempt to portray the institution beyond being perceived as a politically influential university


Assam CM, governor clash over Assam poaching issue

Guwahati : The debate between Assam Governor P.B. Acharya and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi over the killings of one-horned rhinos gained steam on Monday after the latter slammed the chief minister on the first day of the assembly's budget session.

The protection of rhinos is the responsibility of the people of Assam. It is the pride of the state. Petty criminals challenging the government of Assam will not be tolerated. I cannot appreciate that fact that rhinos are being killed unabated, Acharya said while speaking to reporters outside the assembly.

'Normalisation of ties between India-Pakistan urgently needed'

Islamabad : The Pakistani prime minister's key advisor, Sartaj Aziz, has said normalisation of Indo-Pakistan relations is urgently needed to reduce tensions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

"It is premature to predict the outcome of foreign secretary level talks between Pakistan and India scheduled for March 3, but chances of a decision to resume a composite dialogue are likely either in the upcoming or the follow-up meetings," Dawn Monday quoted Aziz as saying.