Mobile tower radiation has no adverse impact on human health: Minister

Allaying fears about mobile tower radiation, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha on Tuesday said India has 10 times stricter norms than global standards and observed that more towers are needed to have better connectivity.

"We always talk about no call drops, but we do not want towers near our house," the minister said, while addressing the launch function of web portal Tara

DoT launches portal for info on mobile tower radiation

The Telecom Department launched a portal that will allow people to track radiation emitted from mobile towers within a locality and check their compliance with the stipulated norms, reported PTI. Launching the 'Tarang Sanchar' web portal, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha hoped the site will help in clearing "myths and misconceptions" about mobile towers and emissions from them.

Railways to invite bids for manufacturing modern coaches

The Railways will invite financial bids worth over Rs 20,000 crore for manufacturing around 5,000 AC and non-AC coaches that will be equipped with modern facilities and run faster than existing ones, at Kanchrapara rail factory this month, said the media report.

The public transporter intends to acquire 500 Electric Multiple Unit and Mainline Electric Multiple Unit coaches per year as

RBI to sell four dated government securities for Rs 15,000 cr on May 05

The Reserve Bank of India on Friday said that it will auction four dated government securities for Rs 15,000 crore on May 05, 2017. “The auctions will be conducted using multiple price method,” said RBI in a press release. Both competitive and non-competitive bids for the auction should be submitted in electronic format on the Reserve Bank of India Core Banking Solution (E-Kuber) sy

M.Venkaiah Naidu to review progress of urban sector schemes in Karnataka

Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M.Venkaiah Naidu will review progress of implementation of new urban missions in Karnataka on Tuesday, according to an official announcement.

Under different new urban missions launched during the last three years, central government approved an investment of about Rs 25,000 cr for improving urban infrastructure

India should set standards, not follow others: Nirmala Sitharaman

 Underlining the need to bring out a document on a standards strategy for the country, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said India should be setting quality standards for products rather than following global norms in this regard.

"India should be setting standards rather than following the standards which are being set," Sitharaman said, addressing the 4t

AIBEA opposes RBI Dy Guv comments on re privatisation of banks

All India Bank Employees Association flayed RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya's remarks that it was time to re-privatise some nationalised banks and warned it would resort to a strike to oppose the move, reported PTI. At a recent function in Mumbai, Acharya had said the time has come to re-privatise some nationalised banks.

"Perhaps re-privatising some of the nationalised ban

Piyush Goyal to open state power ministers' meet on May 3

Union Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal will inaugurate a two-day conference of state power ministers here on May 3, which will also be attended by senior officials from government as well as public sector undertakings (PSUs), an official said on Sunday.

"The main purpose of the conference is to review the implementation of various ongoing schemes and programmes and to deliber

Protectionism could hit Indian exports, says Ficci survey

The protectionist trends gaining strength in the developed world could have an adverse impact on India's export performance, industry lobby Ficci said on Sunday.

"While global growth is improving gradually with most parts of the world showing better performance, the rising tide of protectionism and advent of inward looking policies to promote growth and jobs 'at home'

Domestic manufacturing to be given preference: DIPP Secretary

The government is considering a proposal to give preference to domestic manufacturing in public procurement, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said on Saturday.

"The government is considering a proposal to give preference to domestic manufacturing in public procurement. The Make in India Campaign has propelled significant changes in policies

Electricity generation grows 4.7% in 2016-17

The electricity generation from thermal, hydro, nuclear and import from Bhutan grew by 4.7 per cent to 1,159.83 billion units (BU) in 2016-17 as compared to 1,107.82 BU generated in the previous year, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

The electricity generation target for 2016-17 was fixed as 1,178 BU, a growth of around 6.38 per cent over actual generation of 2015

'More coal imports could end Goa's famous dolphin sighting tours'

Dredging of the sea bed near Goa's Mormugao Port Trust, to facilitate expansion of the port's privately operated coal-handling berths may sound the death-knell for Goa's dolphin-sighting tours, which are a hit with tourists, WWF has said.A

Over the last three days, the MPT, Goa's only major port, has been conducting environmental public hearings, which will eventually

Five firms work on Expressway; Modi to inaugurate it in August

Five major infrastructure firms have been involved to complete within the targeted 400 days the Eastern Peripheral Expressway, which will be dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August, the government said on Friday.

The 135-km six-lane Expressway will help divert over two lakh vehicles, currently passing through Delhi, while travelling between neighbouring/adjoi

UDAN scheme to create 100 airports over the next 2-3 years: Jayant Sinha

Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Friday said that central government's regional air connectivity scheme -- UDAN -- which was launched on April 27 is slated to create additional 100 airports over the next 2-3 years.

The Minister for State for Civil Aviation was speaking at the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) annual session 2017 themed 'Future of Globalisation: Can In

Amazon to keep investing in tech, infra in India: Jeff Bezos

Global e-commerce major Amazon will keep investing in the Indian market to strengthen technology and infrastructure as it looks to overtake local rival Flipkart, reported PTI. The US-based company has already committed investments to the tune of USD 5 billion in India.

"Our India team is moving fast and delivering for customers and sellers... It's still day 1 for e-commerce i

Good policy intervention unlocked huge investment in infra: Minister

The Indian Government has said that wisely crafted policy interventions not only unlocked huge investments but saw record awards for building 15,948 km highways in 2016-17.

Commenting on the issue, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari told the media, “2016-17 has surpassed all previous figures” with “issue of award letters, after completion of all preproject formalities for

Import licence norms for RF equipment should be scrapped: COAI

Cellular industry body COAI has said that the norms requiring telecom firms to acquire import licence for radio frequency (RF) equipment such as antennas and base station should be abolished as they hurt network rollout plans.

Commenting on the issue, a COAI Official told the media, “A single window clearance process should be established for the satellite spectrum assignment co

Commercial coal mining to reduce power cost: Coal Secretary

A top official has said that the opening up of commercial coal mining to private companies will bring in competition in the coal sector and reduce power tariff. Commenting on the issue, Coal Secretary Susheel Kumar told the media, "Let's begin by saying commercial coal mining is a very big reform in the coal sector and the idea is to bring in competition for the monopoly coal miner, wh

Tourism offers development, employment opportunities: Mahesh Sharma

Tourism can create vast development and employment opportunities, Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said as per the PTI report. Speaking at the concluding session of a three-day training programme for BJP workers here, he said India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had made considerable progress on the economic front and this was now being accepted globally.


Government ratifies 8.65% rate of interest on EPF for FY17

The government has ratified 8.65 per cent rate of interest on EPF deposits for 2016-17 which would now be credited into the accounts of members of the retirement fund body EPFO, reported PTI. The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPF) has asked its field formation to credit 8.65 per cent rate of interest into the accounts of subscribers after the Labour Ministry informed the body about app

BMW to be Aditya Birla Group's choice of mobility

BMW Group on Thursday said that it has entered into an international alliance with the Aditya Birla Group to be its preferred premium mobility supplier.

According to the luxury automobile manufacturer, it will supply premium mobility products for the Aditya Birla Group across 50 countries and over 70 companies internationally.

"Our alliance with Aditya Birla Group is ye

Government to resolve NPA issue very soon: Minister

The Indian Government has said that it is not worried about the huge load of bad loans of public sector banks and a likely solution will be worked out soon. The Government also assured that the issue of NPAs would be resolved very soon. Commenting on the issue, Union minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar told the media, "Non-performing assets (NPAs) are not a subject to worry about too much.

Hopeful GST slab will be low for tourism sector

 The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) on Thursday said it is hopeful that the Union government will keep the GST rate low for the tourism sector.

"Anything new that gets rolled out will have a teething problem. What we are looking at is the percentage which is going to be implemented. The lower the percentage, it is good for us because this tax component has to be bo

India, Poland ink agriculture agreement

India and Poland on Thursday signed an agreement on the exchange of information and technology in the agriculture sector.

The agreement, signed by Minister of State of Small Industries Giriraj Singh from the Indian side, will see cooperation between the two nations and emphasise on the need to expand their trade relations.

The signing ceremony took place after the formal tal

Now Northeast set to boost India's global IT business

The northeastern region, long considered backward in growth and business terms, is poised to add heft to India's dominant position in global software exports and the IT industry, a top official said

"Aiming to further boost India's software exports and strengthen the IT industry, six IT parks and hubs have already been set up in six capitals or cities of the northeastern