Monthly Archives December 2015

Tepid Trial Run For AAP’s Odd-Even Rule in Delhi: 10 Developments

A test run today (31st Dec 2015)  for Delhi’s odd-even rule for cars looked lackluster today as hundreds of volunteers failed to show up. The 15-day road rationing will be enforced from Friday to clean up the world’s most polluted capital.

A two-hour trial run in Delhi will test preps for odd-even rule to be enforced from tomorrow

A two-hour trial run in Delhi will test preps for odd-even rule to be enforced from tomorrow

Here are 10 developments in the story:

    1. For the first 15 days of the New Year, odd-numbered cars will be allowed on odd dates and even-numbered cars on even dates, barring Sunday, when all cars will be allowed.
    2. Some 200 points across the city were to be part of the exercise between 9 and 11 am to test the coordination between various agencies. But many volunteers failed to show up.
    3. Some 40 offic...
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The Modi style of diplomacy: Many hits and some misses

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has energetically expanded the political, security and economic reach of Indian diplomacy. He has travelled extensively, visited countries hitherto neglected at his level, conveyed a message of confidence in India’s future, taken more open positions on issues of strategic import, offered economic opportunities and ease of doing business to would-be participants in his several development campaigns, and wooed Indian communities abroad in an unprecedented manner.

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The consolidation of our challenging relationship with the United States was pursued in 2015 with these multiple objectives...

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In fact: How Manmohan Singh paved the way for computerisation of banks

By 1994-95 and in the years that followed, the newly licenced private banks in India leveraged technology in a big way, differentiating themselves from state-run banks.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the inauguration of NSUI National Convention in New Delhi on Wednesday. Express Photo by Renuka Puri. 27.05.2015.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the inauguration of NSUI National Convention in New Delhi on Wednesday. Express Photo by Renuka Puri. 27.05.2015.

A few months after Manmohan Singh took over as RBI Governor in September 1982, in a reshuffle of portfolios, one of his deputy governors, C Rangarajan, who had joined a little earlier during the previous governor IG Patel’s tenure, was assigned the responsibility of some of the major operational departments within the central bank, including monetary policy and exchange rate management...

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13-year-old, who saved his mother, selected for National Bravery Award

Dishant was selected for the National Bravery Award-2015 by the Indian Council for Child Welfare. The 13-year-old Panchkula boy said he was elated and overwhelmed by the award.

Dishant (in a jacket) with his family at his house in Sector 20, Panchkula, on Tuesday. (Express Photo)

Dishant (in a jacket) with his family at his house in Sector 20, Panchkula, on Tuesday. (Express Photo)

Dishant Mehndiratta’s mother says she still does not know how her son summoned up the courage to knock the knife out of the hands of the intruder who was holding it to her neck as he demanded the valuables in the house. One second Dishant was begging the intruder to spare his mother, the next second, the knife was on the floor, and the mother and son had managed to overpower the man.

On Tuesday, Dishant was selected for the National Bravery Awar...

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Government sets up Rs 40,000 crore National Investment and Infrastructure fund, CEO likely by January-end

NEW DELHI: International pension funds and sovereign wealth funds from countries such as Russia, Singapore and the UAE have evinced interest in participating in India’s Rs 40,000-crore National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), the government has said, in what could bode well for the country’s infrastructure story.

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“Several sovereign funds and pension funds from abroad are willing to participate in the fund and cooperate with NIIF at various levels,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after the first meeting of NIIF’s Governing Council in Delhi on Tuesday.

The NIIF is meant to fund development of infrastructure projects, including reviving stalled ones...

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