urban areas

PPP model necessary to develop urban infrastructure: Kamal Nath


September 17th, 2012 - 11:24 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) In an attempt to overcome the urban infrastructure deficit, the government is encouraging development of workable public-private partnership (PPP) models, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath ... Read more...

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Many Britons prefer the countryside to cities


September 6th, 2012 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 6 (IANS) While many of us could be drawn to the city life for the kind of modern-day facilities it offers, in Britain people feel much happier living ... Read more...

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Dubai demolishes 40 ugly buildings, more to follow


August 23rd, 2012 - 10:43 am ICT by IANS
Dubai, Aug 23 (IANS/WAM) At least 40 abandoned buildings have been demolished in Dubai this year by the municipality because they posed a health threat, security risk and distortion of ... Read more...

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Gehlot highlights welfare schemes on I-Day


August 15th, 2012 - 1:47 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, August 15 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Independence Day Wednesday said his government is committed to the welfare of people in every section of the society."My government's ... Read more...

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Housing loans for urban poor soon: PM


August 15th, 2012 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) The government will soon launch a housing scheme to provide housing loans to the poor in urban areas, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday."To ... Read more...

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Patnaik highlights government’s achievements on I-Day


August 15th, 2012 - 12:04 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Aug 15 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday turned his Independence Day address into an occasion to highlight his government's performance.After hoisting the tricolour at the Independence Day ... Read more...

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Government mulling new law to end manual scavenging: PM


August 15th, 2012 - 10:26 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is considering a new and effective law to put an end to the repulsive practice of manual scavenging, Prime ... Read more...

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‘Afghanistan’s future lies in strengthening democracy, checking corruption’


August 9th, 2012 - 1:47 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) The future of Afghanistan depends upon how it strengthens its fledgling democratic institutions and arrests corruption, says Sujeet Sarkar, the author of a ... Read more...

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Yamunanagar first district with ramps for disabled


August 8th, 2012 - 10:22 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Aug 8 (IANS) Haryana's Yamunanagar will become the first district in the country this Independence Day where all government buildings would have the facility of ramps for physically challenged ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

40 percent of rural India lives on Rs.33 a day


August 1st, 2012 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Forty percent of rural India lives on Rs.33 a day, official data showed Wednesday, exposing the hollowness of the tall claims of economic reforms and ... Read more...

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China’s urban unemployment rate reaches 4.1 percent


July 25th, 2012 - 1:29 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, July 25 (IANS) China's urban registered unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent at the end of June, authorities said Wednesday.The rate remained unchanged from the first quarter of 2012, ... Read more...

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Punjab dissolves all improvement trusts


July 11th, 2012 - 10:18 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, July 11 (IANS) The Punjab government Wednesday announced the dissolution of all improvement trusts in the state.A state government spokesman said here that all 28 improvement trusts have been ... Read more...

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IFC invests $2.7 million in ATM maker Vortex Engineering


June 25th, 2012 - 8:50 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, June 25 (IANS) The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, Monday announced it is investing $2.7 million as equity in the city-based low-cost ATM ... Read more...

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Himachal roadways employees call off planned stir


June 18th, 2012 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, June 18 (IANS) Employees of the state-run Himachal Road Transport Corp (HRTC) Monday called off their proposed two-day strike from Tuesday, an official said here.The decision came after a ... Read more...

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150,000 Afghan refugees to leave Pakistan


June 18th, 2012 - 6:30 am ICT by IANS
Islamabad, June 18 (IANS) The UN refugee agency plans to help in the voluntary repatriation of some 150,000 Afghan refugees from Pakistan this year.Pakistan continues to host about 1.7 million ... Read more...

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Police asked to book Gurgaon real estate company


June 8th, 2012 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS
Gurgaon, June 8 (IANS) The Gurgaon district administration has asked the police to register a case against a real estate company here for selling plots of land without a valid ... Read more...

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Why we should all be walking backwards for our health (The Funny Side - IANS has introduced a weekly column by Hong Kong-based humour writer Nury Vittachi)


June 8th, 2012 - 12:03 pm ICT by IANS
Want to get ahead? Just back up. The ancient Chinese tradition of walking backwards for health is spreading like wildfire around the world. More than 20 countries have set up ... Read more...

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Himachal bus strike hits commuters hard (Second Lead)


June 5th, 2012 - 9:11 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, June 5 (IANS) Employees of the state-run Himachal Road Transport Corp (HRTC), which has fleet of over 1,900 buses, Tuesday went on a day's strike, hitting commuters hard.They were ... Read more...

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Himachal bus strike hits commuters hard (Lead)


June 5th, 2012 - 2:01 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, June 5 (IANS) Employees of the state-run Himachal Road Transport Corp (HRTC), which has over 1,900 buses, Tuesday went on a day's strike, hitting commuters hard.Protesting employees said the ... Read more...

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105 branches of Canara Bank inaugurated


May 28th, 2012 - 11:47 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, May 28 (IANS) The executive director (ED) of Canara Bank Monday opened 105 ultra-small branches of Canara Bank and 100 ultra small branches of Shreyas Gramin Bank at a ... Read more...

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Power woes in UP set to disturb Akhilesh honeymoon (Uttar Pradesh Newsletter)


May 25th, 2012 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, May 25 (IANS) With mercury climbing up and little relief in sight from the scorching sun, incessant power cuts and outages in Uttar Pradesh have added to the ... Read more...

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Panel asks government to speed up poverty survey


May 18th, 2012 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) A parliamentary panel has expressed concern that the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC), which was to end in 2011, is yet to start in major ... Read more...

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West Bengal in no hurry to repeal act


May 16th, 2012 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, May 16 (IANS) A West Bengal official Wednesday defended the government's decision not to repeal the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, an eyesore for developers, saying other ... Read more...

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Indian books on spirituality a big draw (Lead)


May 12th, 2012 - 4:00 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, May 12 (IANS) Books on Indian spiritualism are in great demand in foreign countries, and even the Chinese are impressed, National Book Trust (NBT) director M.A. Sikander said Saturday."Books ... Read more...

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Indian books on spirituality a big draw, says NBT chief


May 12th, 2012 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, May 12 (IANS) The books on Indian spiritualism are in great demand in foreign countries, and even the Chinese are quite impressed with their neighbouring people's spiritual richness, ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

People search for burial space in Rawalpindi


May 5th, 2012 - 5:36 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, May 5 (IANS) People in Pakistan's Rawalpindi city are finding it difficult to bury their dead as they say there is not enough space left for their loved ones ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Going slow on hurried divorce


May 2nd, 2012 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Speedy divorce got delayed Wednesday with a proposed amendment to the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, getting stalled in the Rajya Sabha.The Marriage Law (Amendment) ... Read more...

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Punjab abolishes octroi on petrol, diesel


April 30th, 2012 - 11:48 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, April 30 (IANS) The Punjab government Monday announced its decision to abolish octroi on petrol and diesel in the state. This will lower prices of the fuel by up ... Read more...

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China’s urban unemployment rate at 4.1 percent in Q1


April 25th, 2012 - 4:03 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, April 25 (IANS) China's urban registered unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, authorities said Wednesday.The rate remained unchanged from the last quarter ... Read more...

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Consumer price inflation rises to 9.47 percent


April 18th, 2012 - 3:04 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Inflation based on consumer prices rose to 9.47 percent in March as compared to 8.83 percent in the previous month, led by sharp increase in ... Read more...

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Chinese city to sell off 1,400 cars


April 14th, 2012 - 3:48 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, April 14 (IANS) The local government of a city in eastern China will auction 1,400 cars used by government officials as part of a reform measure. The plan was ... Read more...

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This time, Rongali Bihu to spread AIDS awareness


April 13th, 2012 - 1:10 pm ICT by IANS
Guwahati, April 13 (IANS) Rongali Bihu, the most popular festival of Assam that will be celebrated this weekend, will see some leading singers and performers help generate awareness about HIV/AIDS ... Read more...

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Urban populations expected to grow in Asia, Africa: UN


April 6th, 2012 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS
United Nations, April 6 (IANS) The 2011 version of a UN report on urbanization has projected that there will be significant increases in population in cities on the Asian and ... Read more...

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Israel building rocket battalion


April 4th, 2012 - 12:13 am ICT by IANS
Tel Aviv, April 3 (IANS) The Israeli military is setting up a rocket battalion to help minimize civilian casualties in future combat operations in the Gaza Strip.Israel mostly relies on ... Read more...

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Mobiles ring more than toilets in Himachal


April 1st, 2012 - 12:41 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, April 1 (IANS) In Himachal Pradesh, connectivity through mobile phones came twice as fast than basic facilities like toilets and latrines.This fact has come to light in the new ... Read more...

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