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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.

SC fiat to states & UTs on commissions for children rights

Altogether 19 states and Union territories were asked on Thursday by the Supreme Court to explain their failure to set up commissions for protection of child rights.

Centre seeks views of states, UTs on RTI implementation

The government has sought views on RTI from states and Union Territories on various matters related to implementation of the transparency law.

Take steps against irregular migration: Centre to states

Centre on Friday asked states to initiate awareness campaigns about migration process so that incidents of unscrupulous agents duping those wanting to go abroad for livelihood can be checked.

NCTC only after discussions with CMs: Shinde

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde made it clear that the controversial NCTC would be set up only after thorough discussions with Chief Ministers.

HC directs state to frame policy to fight malnutrion

The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to formulate a short term and long term plans on a war footing to tackle malnutrition in the tribal belt of Melghat area of the state.

Hijack alert: States protest sharing of unsubstantiated intelligence input

Several states have raised objections to an uncorroborated intelligence input about hijacking of an aircraft ahead of the Independence Day.

Six states seek central fund to tackle drought-like-situation

Karnataka has declared 142 talukas as drought affected, Gujarat 132 talukas and Rajasthan in 5 districts.

Centre`s hands tied to give extra money to states: Pranab

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the Centre`s hands are tied to provide extra money to states as petro products and food need massive subsidy.

States oppose `over-arching` framework in draft water policy

Responding to the objections, the Water Resources Ministry has agreed to re-draft the provision to "remove the impression".

‘States should generate electricity of their own’

Amid ever growing demand for power, Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said each state should generate electricity of its own.

Unease growing in Congress in crucial states?

Unease is growing in Congress in crucial states like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar,
Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

Railways to take states’ views before finalise RPF

Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said they would take states` concern into account before finalising the proposed
RPF Amendment Bill.