International Workshop on Green National Accounting for India Concludes in New Delhi

A 2 day International Workshop on ‘Green National Accounting for India’ Concluded here today. During their deliberations, the experts and academicians discussed different aspects of the subject in the context of a report prepared and submitted by an expert group.

Rajan Bharti Mittal appointed president of ICC India

Interest rates on PPF, small savings cut by 10 basis points

Starting April 1, PPF deposits along with most of the post office savings schemes will fetch reduced returns owing to a cut in interest rates by 10 basis points each. According to a Finance Ministry statement here, the interest rate on PPF will stand reduced from 8.8 per cent to 8.7 per cent with effect from April 1. Likewise, the five-year maturity Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) will earn an interest of 8.4 per cent instead of 8.5 per cent during the current fiscal ending March 31.

PM-headed panel for CAG selection mooted

Eminent retired bureaucrats and members of the Forum of Retired Officers of Indian Audit and Accounts Service have demanded the creation of a selection committee headed by Prime Minister to select the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India as a transparent, institutionalised selection mechanism. The term of current CAG Vinod Rai ends in May.

Competition Commission of India Nominated for Global Competition Review Awards 2013

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been nominated for ‘Global Competition Review (GCR) Awards 2013’ under the category of “Agency of the Year-Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa”. It is very first time that the CCI has been nominated for this internationally prestigious award.

Ashok Reddy is new chief of CII-AP

Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad airports among top 5 in the world

Airports Council International (ACI), a global body of airports, has adjudged Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport as second best after Seoul's Incheon airport in the category of airports handling 25-40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) for their service quality for the year 2012. Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International airport (RGI) has bagged the second position for their service quality in the category of five to 15 MPPA.

Delhi among five Indian hotspots of illegal trade of tigers: report

TRAFFIC and WWF Tigers Alive Initiative's report “Reduced to Skin and Bones Revisited” cite Delhi, Ramnagar in Uttar Pradesh which sits close to the entrance of Corbett National Park, the towns of Balgahat and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh where the Kanha and Pench National Park is located, Kolkata and areas spanning south to the edge of the Sunderbans in Bengal and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghats as hotspots in India for tiger poaching and trade

GAIL commissions LNG terminal at Dabhol

Dabhol-Mahrashtra, Dahez and Hazira - Gujarat , GAIL

NBSA issues guidelines on reporting cases of sexual assault

Broadcasters watchdog says news channels need to balance the right to privacy with public interest

India’s First All Women Post Office

On the occasion of the International Women's Day today Kapil Sibal inaugurated India's First All Women Employees Post Office at Shastri Bhawan. This office is a Project Arrow Office and has three counters. Two counters offer Multi Purpose services like booking of Speed Post, Registration, Sale of IPOs, Booking of Money Orders etc. and one counter is for Sale of Stamps.

World Bank bars L&T for 6 months over forgery by executive

World Bank has barred Larsen & Toubro (L&T) from doing any business with it or the projects funded by it for 6 months, after finding that a senior executive of the Indian conglomerate has indulged in fraud. The debarment will continue till September 6. During the debarment period, L&T as well as any of the entities controlled directly or indirectly by it can’t be nominated even subcontractor, consultant, manufacturer, supplier or even service provider to an otherwise eligible firm being awarded a World Bank financed project.

International Women's Day

The UN theme for International Women's Day 2013 is "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women," while International Women's Day 2013 has declared the year's theme as The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum

EU fines Microsoft $731 mn for breaking browser promise

The European Union fined Microsoft Corp 561 million euros ($731 million) on Wednesday for failing to offer consumers a choice of web browser. The US company had broken a legally binding commitment made in 2009 to ensure consumers had a choice of browser, rather than defaulting to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. 15 million users were never made aware that they could choose.

Kishanganga project: India wins case at The Hague court

In a major decision, the Court of Arbitration at The Hague has allowed India to go ahead with the construction of the Rs. 3600 crore Kishenganga hydro-electric project in North Kashmir, rejecting Pakistan's plea that this was a violation of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty.

International Conference on Traditional Medicine for South-East Asian Countries

The two-day International Conference on Traditional Medicine for South-East Asian Countries concluded with the Adoption of Delhi Declaration in New Delhi on 13 February 2013. The Delhi Declaration was made for fostering the development of Traditional Medicine of the region.

Asoke Kumar Mukerji Appointed As the Next Permanent Representative of India to the UN

Asoke Kumar Mukerji was appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations on 13 February 2013. Mukerji replaced Hardeep Singh Puri who retired in February 2013 after the tenure of two years.

MoU signed between NACO and Ministry of Shipping

According to the MoU, NACO will provide HIV/AIDS/STI preventive, care support and treatment services to port workers as well as community around major ports including fishermen, seafarers, truckers, single male migrants and other vulnerable population etc. It also aims to provide stigma free environment and promote greater involvement of people living with HIV in all major port areas.

Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty named new Lalit Kala Akademi chairman

Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty , a retired bureaucrat who had steered the National Museum and other cultural institutions in the past, was on Tuesday named the new chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi.

ITPA formed to address players’ concerns

Indian Tennis Players Association (ITPA), a collective body of Indian tennis players, designed to represent the professional interests and concerns of its members, is in the process of being constituted since the existing structure of tennis administration doesn’t represent or adequately address contemporary issues faced by the players in the country.