Gujarat is best Indian state for business: World Bank
Gujarat is best Indian state for business: World Bank

Gujarat was ranked on the top Monday, among states, on the ease of doing business index prepared by the World Bank, while Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand were placed at the second and third positions, respectively.

In India, utility debts threaten Modi's power-for-all drive
In India, utility debts threaten Modi's power-for-all drive

States who cannot pay banks what they owe over the next few years could be forced to turn to the central government for help, putting pressure on India`s consolidated fiscal deficit.

Centre asks states to prepare for lower monsoon rains

With the MeT office indicating a below normal rainfall across the country in the coming monsoon season, the Centre has asked the states to make preparations to deal with the situation and take up works under the rural job scheme MNREGA.

Banks, states asked to help farmers in distress: Sinha

The state-level bankers' committee and states have been asked to take immediate steps to mitigate the hardship of farmers following destruction of their crops by unseasonal rains and hailstorms, the government said on Friday.

States to get Rs 466 cr as 1st tranche from coal auction

States will receive Rs 466 crore as first tranche from auction of coal blocks, while the Centre will not keep any revenue from this upfront payment by bidders, said a top official.

66 central schemes to be rationalised, some may move states
66 central schemes to be rationalised, some may move states

He announced setting up a sub-group of state chief ministers to "study the 66 Centrally Sponsored Schemes and recommend which to continue, which to transfer to states, and which to cut down."

NITI Aayog: States to set up task forces on poverty alleviation, says FM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the first meet of the NITI Aayog today, in which he said growth, investment and efficiency were the priority areas of the government.

States to get 1-year grace period for implementing GST

States will get one-year time to implement the provisions of Goods and Services Tax (GST) after introduction of the new indirect tax regime from April 2016.

States want issues to be resolved before GST roll-out

The state finance ministers suggested that the borrowing limits under the FRBM Act should be raised so that could raise money money to finance infrastructure.

Govt in final stages of discussions with states on GST: FM

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime aims at subsuming most of the indirect taxes at the central as well as state level.

Five states contribute half of PSU investments in five years: Study

Topping the list, Maharashtra alone claimed 20 percent in the total, followed by Andhra Pradesh (8.4 percent), Tamil Nadu (8.1 percent), Odisha (6.7 percent) and Uttar Pradesh (6.2 percent), the study said.

Centre asks states to appoint commissioners to boost exports

Seeking to involve state governments in boosting country's exports, the Centre has asked them to appoint export commissioners to step up efforts to boost shipments.

Ban on cigarettes and bidis? SC issues notice to Centre

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre and all states on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to ban cigarettes and bidis in the country.

Team India idea: Can PM Modi get CMs on his side?

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to the organic farming of Sikkim, he was being more than politically correct.

Venezuela announces new oil finds

 State-owned Venezuelan oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has said it has made new oil finds in three different areas of the Andean nation.

Indian-Americans form 3rd largest Asian population in US

Indian-Americans numbering 3.34 million is the third largest Asian community in the United States, after China and Philippines, a report said.

Govt asks states to implement SC order on death row convicts

The Centre on Tuesday directed all states to take "urgent suitable action" in implementing the Supreme Court`s guidelines for safeguarding the interest of the death row convicts.

EC appoints observers for elections in four states

The Election Commission of India has appointed special observers for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, and West Bengal on Feb 7, a statement said Tuesday.

Women empowerment? Under 10% women candidates in 22 state polls

At a time when the UPA government is determined to push through the Women Reservation Bill during the ongoing winter session of Parliament, comes the shocking news of abysmally low participation of women candidates in the electoral process.

River basin carrying capacity test made mandatory for states

Environment Ministry has made it mandatory for state governments to conduct `carrying capacity` studies of river basins before any green clearances are granted for hydropower and river valley projects there.

No discrimination with states, says Azad

The Government is committed to provide improved health facilities to the people and does not discriminate with any state in health matters, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Thursday.

Centre asks states to strictly implement anti-tobacco law

The Union Health Ministry has directed states to strictly implement the central rules to discourage consumption of cigarette and other tobacco products and act against advertising them directly or indirectly.

Rural poverty getting concentrated to some states: Report

Rural poverty is becoming increasingly concentrated to northern and eastern states of the country, while the southern states are faring well in its alleviation, a new report has found.

Nip riots in the bud: Centre to states

The Centre on Monday asked the states to deal with communal disturbances with an iron fist.

Complaint against cops; SC asks Centre, states, UTs to reply

The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre on a PIL seeking direction to forthwith establish Police Complaints Authorities.

SC seeks response from Centre, states on mental hospitals

The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and state governments to a plea for improving the condition of mental hospitals in the country by providing adequate financial resources.

No decision without states` concurrence: Shinde on ARC report

Sushilkumar Shinde said no recommendation of ARC on policing and public order will be implemented without the consent of CMs.

US states vie for drone test sites

Dozens of American states are in a fierce competition, vying to become home to one of six new proposed drone test sites.

‘Be selective in granting remission in cases where death commuted to life’

Amid demand for proper implementation of criminal laws, Centre asked states not to grant remission in a "wholesale manner" in cases where a death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment.

Centre asks states to have 33% women in police forces

Centre asked state governments to increase number of women in police forces to 33 per cent, saying environment must be created for women and weaker sections to visit police station without difficulty.