JAIPUR: Endorsing reports that illegal mining is rampant in Rajasthan, the Planning Commission in a recent study has indicted the state for flouting norms in this regard.

The case of Badaun rape and murder has exposed the lack of toilet facilities in the country. In Rajasthan, too, the sanitation facilities are in a pathetic state.

The decision to reduce penalties under Rajasthan Forest (amendment) Act, 2012 by the cabinet on Thursday has opened backdoor entry for mine mafias to grab depleting forest land.

Poor drinking water facilities, debilitating drainage system and crippling sanitation are the hallmarks of Rajasthan, says the latest survey.

Slum Dwellers Remain Without Any Basic Facilities

Not a single slum in Rajasthan is recognized by the state government leaving the entire population of slum dwellers without any basic facilities provided by the state. According to the primary census abstract for slum 2011, released on Monday, Rajasthan has 20.68 lakh identified slums.

To Be Done In Dausa, Its First Such Study

For the first time in the country, Heliborne Geophysical Survey (HGS) will be conducted on Friday in Dausa district to map water pools beneath ground, popularly known as aquifer.

Despite all the hype and hoopla over the free medicine scheme of the state government, the poor standards of health along with education and infrastructure have forced the Planning Commission to re

Jaipur: The results are out and Rajasthan has once again flunked the literacy test. A National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report placed the state along with Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the worst performing states in the country.

The state has the second least literacy level in rural areas. Only 54% people are literate, just 1% more than Bihar which is at the bottom position. Literacy level among urban populace is also dismal with 73%. In urban literacy, Rajasthan and Bihar share the last two positions while UP with 70%, ranks the lowest in the country. 588 women illiterate per 1,000 in rural Raj, finds national survey

JAIPUR: In what will be the biggest ever investment in the state, the board members of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) approved the Rajasthan government's proposal to set up the 19th oil refinery of the country in Barmer.

"The memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up the refinery at Barmer will be signed in Jaipur on March 14 in the presence of Union minister of petroleum and natural gas Veerappa Moily," said a delighted state chief minister Ashok Gehlot. Talking to TOI, Gehlot said that the proposed refinery is a landmark achievement for the entire state and it will translate into revolutionary growth. "I immediately called Mr Moily and welcomed the decision," he added.

Jaipur: Rajasthan has performed fairly well in providing two square meals in both rural and urban areas of the state.