Two former officials questioned; T.K.A. Nair’s statement to be recorded

After procedural wrangles were ironed out, the CBI’s probe into Coalgate has now reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and its officials.
Investigators have recorded statements of two former PMO officials, questioning them as witnesses in the questionable allocation of coal blocks, sources in the CBI said on Tuesday.

Bill represents a shift from welfare-based approach to a rights-based one:Food Minister

Amid the Opposition uproar in the Lok Sabha over allegations of corruption in the UPA government, the National Food Security Bill was taken up for consideration on Monday. When, after frequent disruptions, the House reassembled at 3 p.m., Girija Vyas, who was in the Chair, announced that the House would take up for further consideration the motion moved by Food Minister K.V. Thomas on May 2.

Inter-Ministerial Expert Group calls for further monitoring

The Inter-Ministerial Expert Group (IMEG) on the Brahmaputra has said China is carrying out a series of cascading Run-of-the-River (ROR) projects in the middle reaches of the river and the same may be replicated in the Great Bend Area as a viable alternative to a single mega project, and called for further monitoring.

Concerned at the death of 13 babies in the past 48 hours at the B.C.

Four days after a powerful quake jolted Sikkim, killing scores of people, the Union government on Wednesday constituted an inter-ministerial team to visit the affected areas .

About 40 foreign tourists, who were stranded in the worst-hit North District, have since been evacuated.

“Well, our government has taken a view taking all factors into account. It would not be advisable to bring the Prime Minister within the purview of the Lokpal, except when he demits office,” Dr. Singh said.