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Students won’t have to bear RTE cost, says Sibal

New Delhi, April 16: The government has sought to assure parents that the Supreme Court’s verdict making free education to 25 per cent children from weaker sections mandatory in private schools will not prompt the school managements to increase other students’ fee in order to shift the burden.


Jet pilot in dock for botched landing

New Delhi, April 15: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended a Jet Airways pilot for a goofed-up landing at Singapore airport in November last year that could have resulted in a disaster similar to the Mangalore air crash of 2010.

The incident...

BJP takes potshots at Rahul Gandhi for ‘calling himself a brahman’

New Delhi, April 15: BJP today took a dig at Rahul Gandhi for his reported comment that he is a brahman, saying it shows that he and Congress have lost patience after failing to get the mandate in the Uttar Pradesh elections.

"Now this is crossing all limits that Rahul...

India and Pakistan keen to encourage greater trade through new checkpost

New Delhi, April 15: India and Pakistan on Saturday expressed desire to encourage greater trade through the new Integrated Check Post (ICP) built at Attari, Punjab.

In a joint press statement, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Amin Fahim said the new...

Electoral reforms need of the hour: Pratibha

New Delhi, April 15: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil considers preserving the secular, democratic, fabric of India among the difficult tasks facing the country today, the others being the challenges of achieving inclusive growth and curbing social problems such as corruption.

Ms. Patil, whose term ends in July, on Thursday shared...

Jayalalithaa joins Mamata Banerjee over 'arbitrary' action in reducing Central Sales Tax

Chennai, April 14: Joining her West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa today attacked the Centre for its "arbitrary" action in reducing Central Sales Tax (CST) compensation to states by linking it with VAT rate revision.

Though the Centre had agreed...

Mayawati threatens 'law and order' crisis if SP govt touches parks, Dalit memorials

Lucknow, April 14: In her first public appearance after losing assembly elections in March this year, Bahujan (BSP) supremo and former chief Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister Mayawati was in a combative mood on Saturday when she warned the newly elected Samajwadi Party (SP) government of serious consequences if it tried to alter, damage or construct any new structure in...

Mumbai attackers were trained in paramilitary courses: US attorney

Washington, April 14: The 26/11 Mumbai attack was carried out by highly trained terrorists who were given training into paramilitary courses by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a US attorney has said.

"...this (Mumbai attack) was, in fact, the handiwork of highly trained terrorists who had gone through...

Tremors in Gujarat, Maharashtra

Mumbai, April 14: Tremors were today felt in Mumbai and parts of Western Maharashtra and Konkan and Kutch in Gujarat following an earthquake of magnitude 4.1 on the Richter Scale.

No damage to life and property has been reported so far.


Centre needs Rs 2.3 lakh crore to fund RTE initiative

New Delhi, April 14 : With the Supreme Court bringing all recognized schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the government will have to boost spending on its flagship programme to meet the estimated Rs 2.3 lakh crore needed to fund the initiative over 2010-2014.