Smart city development shared vision of city governments and citizens

Smart city

Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu asserted that smart city development is based on the shared vision of citizens and respective city governments and not imposed by the central government. Rebutting the criticism in certain quarters that Smart City Mission is elitist, he spoke at length on the objectives and design of Smart City Mission … Read More

Deputy CM for implementation of GST in J&K

GST Bill

Warning of chaos if Goods and Services Tax is not implemented in Jammu and Kashmir by July 1, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said the government would not be able to control the situation that emerges.”We have told our people that if GST is not implemented by July 1, there will be chaos. GST should be implemented in J&K and if it is not implemented … Read More

17th Meeting of India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission

17th Meeting of India-Russia

The 17th Meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation concluded in Moscow today under the Co-Chairmanship of the Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and the Defence Minister of Russia Mr. Sergei Shoigu.

The discussions were productive and held in an atmosphere of warmth and friendship. India’s military… Read More

Growth registered in both Domestic and Foreign Tourist

Domestic and Foreign Tourist

Market Research Division of Ministry of Tourism compiles data on domestic and foreign tourist visits to States/Union Territories (UTs) received from Departments of Tourism of various State Governments and UT Administrations. Following are the salient features of the compilation for 2016:

Domestic Tourist Visits to States/ UTs

During 2016, the number… Read More

Piyush Goyal addresses Forum of Regulators

Piyush Goyal

Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, interacted with the Electricity Regulators during the 60th Meeting of the Forum of Regulators (FoR) .

In his address, Shri Goyal reiterated that while the Forum is a recommendatory body, it is incumbent upon the regulators to implement its recommendations… Read More

FICCI assures full support for smooth GST rollout in Northeast


The President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Shri Pankaj R. Patel met Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and assured him of full support from FICCI for the smooth rollout… Read More

Government launches portal on weather information

Piyush Goyal launches POSOCO-IMD

The government launched a portal on weather information that will help discoms manage power distribution. Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, launched the weather portal for power sector in association with POSOCO and IMD at the meeting of the Forum of Regulators in New Delhi.

The power ministry said… Read More

Quality of life in 116 major cities to be assessed

M.Venkaiah Naidu

In yet another major initiative, the Ministry of Urban Development launched the ‘City Liveability Index’ for measuring the quality of life in 116 major cities including smart cities, capital cities and cities with a population of above one million each.

The Index, a Common Minimum Reference Framework to enable the cities know where they stand in terms… Read More

Railways continues its emphasis on infrastructure improvement

Indian Railways

Ministry of Railways has been laying great emphasis on improvement in Railway infrastructure in the North-eastern region.North Eastern Region is served by Northeast Frontier Railway consisting of 8 states i.e. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and Sikkim.

Out of 8 States of North Eastern Region, rail network connectivity… Read More

No license required to serve liquor in private functions

No license required

The Kerala High Court held that no license is required to serve liquor in a private function held at an individual’s residence.A bench of justices Antony Dominic and Dama Seshadri Naidu gave its ruling on a plea by one Alex V Chacko fearing harassment by police and excise department authorities in a baptism function in which he is planning to serve liquor… Read More

India’s Space Odyssey- from rocket on bullock cart to Mars

K V Venkatasubramanian

The successful delivery of India’s heaviest high-tech Geostationary Communication Satellite, GSAT 19, into a geosynchronous transfer orbit, early June, by the most powerful indigenous rocket GSLV Mark III has propelled the country into the league of big achievers in space technology. It has also paved the way for the first manned mission.

The June 5 launch… Read More

External Affairs celebrates completion of 50 Years of Passport Act 1967

External Affairs

The Ministry of External affairs celebrated the completion of 50 years of the Passport Act 1967 as the 5th Passport Seva Divas and a Conference of the Regional Passport Officers in New Delhi on 22nd and 23rd June 2017. It was on 24th June, 1967 that the Passport Act came into effect. The External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of State for Communications… Read More