No Indian study to confirm tobacco use causes cancer: Parliamentary panel head

As India is set to defer its April 1 deadline for increasing size of pictoral warnings on tobacco products after pressure from various lobbies, head of a Parliamentary panel today said there was no Indian study to confirm that use of tobacco products leads to cancer.

Parliamentary panel calls for White Paper on J&K militancy

A parliamentary panel has called for documentation of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the form of a White Paper even as it dismissed the state government's objections to the suggestion as being "orthodox".

Parliamentary panel recommends minority status for Kashmiri Pandits

A Parliamentary committee has recommended that the Home Ministry should persuade the Jammu and Kashmir government to look into the issue of granting minority status to Kashmiri Pandits keeping in mind their "pitiable condition".

Literacy rates of STs far below national average: Parliamentary panel

Despite government efforts to promote education among the Scheduled Tribes (STs), their literacy rates as compared to the national average have remained low, a Parliamentary Committee has said this week.

Collect data on minorities under BPL: Parliamentary panel to Minority Affairs ministry

A Parliamentary Panel has asked the Ministry of Minority Affairs to immediately initiate a process to collect data on people of minority communities living below the poverty line.

Parl panel rejects plan for inter-country adoption of orphans

A Parliamentary panel has shot down a proposal for inter-country adoption of orphans, asserting that such an option may be resorted to only when there is a problem finding suitable prospective adoptive parents within the country.

CBI, CVC give view on Lokpal amendments to Parliamentary panel

CBI and CVC have given their views on the provisions of the Lokpal amendment bill to a parliamentary panel examining it.

Streamline clinical trials of vaccines: Par Panel

After indicting a US NGO 'PATH' for conducting clinical trails of HPV vaccines in India "in violation of law and ethical norms", a parliamentary panel has been critical on the role of ICMR and has sought stream lining of the system to ensure such things are not repeated.

J&K floods: Parliamentary panel shocked over absence of Flood Forecasting sites of CWC

A Parliamentary Panel Tuesday expressed shock over absence of Flood Forecasting sites in Jammu and Kashmir, which was hit by unprecedented floods this year, and recommended setting up of a network of such observation centres in the state by Central Water Commission.

Eroding combat plane strength compromising national security: Panel

National security is being "compromised" with a "fast-eroding" combat aircraft squadron strength of the Indian Air Force vis-a-vis the neighbouring countries, leading to a "very grim" situation, a parliamentary panel said on Monday.

Ensure voting rights of displaced people in J&K Assembly: Panel

A Parliamentary panel has expressed serious concern over the restricted voting rights of west Pakistani refugees and observed that they must have the right to elect and get elected in all representative bodies to enhance the strength of democracy.

No forewarning of recent J&K floods: Omar

Brushing aside the criticism by the Parliamentary panel for not taking sufficient measures on the forewarning about "more than normal" heavy showers, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said there was no forewarning of the recent floods in the state.

Budgetary allocation for MGNREGA inadequate: Parl panel to govt

 Budgetary allocation for MGNREGA is not sufficient for effective implementation of the rural job scheme this year, a Parliamentary Panel has viewed and asked the Rural Development Ministry to seek higher allocation from Finance Ministry.

Parliamentary panel on water resources visits Varanasi

The chairman and 12 other members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources on Tuesday arrived here to take stock of water situation in the city and will hold discussions with the officials of state and central governments concerned on the matter.

Distressed at DDA`s failure to meet housing needs: Parl panel

A parliamentary panel has asked Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to finalise its land pooling policy and involve the private sector and cooperative group housing societies in meeting housing needs in the national capital.

Parl panel asks J&K govt to examine demand for minority status to Kashmiri Pandits

A Parliamentary Committee has asked Jammu and Kashmir Government to examine a demand for granting minority status to Kashmiri Pandits.

Gujarat coast `highly sensitive`; security needs revamp: Panel

Terming the Gujarat coast as "highly sensitive", a Parliamentary panel has recommended to the Union Home Ministry to fill up infrastructural and logistical gaps to tighten coastal security in the state as it is facing a hostile atmosphere.

Parliamentary panel dismayed at shortage of personnel in armed forces

Expressing "dismay" at the shortage of personnel in the armed forces, a Parliamentary Committee today recommended a scientific study to find the optimum number of force required and the methodology to be adopted to bridge the gap.

Parl panel slams govt for not keeping pace with China in border infrastructure

A Parliamentary panel on Tuesday slammed the government for the "slow pace" in matching China in border infrastructure.

Open more avenues for women officers: Parliamentary panel to Defence Ministry

Parliamentary panel asked Defence Ministry to create more avenues for female officers in the armed forces and pave way for their induction into institutions such as the National Defence Academy.