Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today laid the foundation stone of the Assam Integrated Flood and River Erosion Risk Management Project at Jahirpur village in Gumi. The Rs 172.35 crore project at Gumi is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

After laying the foundation stone for the project, Gogoi said that the Gumi project would be another milestone in the controlling of erosion and flood problems in the State.

Within the next two years Rajasthan will become the world's solar power hub as Reliance Power plans to take up the generation capacity of its newly-opened 40-MW plant at Dhursar village in Pokhran to 300 MW by 2014.

“We will add another 100 MW by 2013 to the existing capacity and then take it up to 300 MW at the same location in the next two years. This will be the world's largest solar power generation facility at a single location, thus giving a big push to efforts to produce energy through use of non-conventional sources,”

It's for infrastructure development and developing connectivity

The Union government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), along with Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand, on Monday signed a $43.84-million loan agreement towards the second tranche for an infrastructure development investment programme for tourism in the two States.

Reliance Power plans to invest more than Rs 6,000 crore for solar power generation projects in Rajasthan in the next two years, its Chairman has said.

Anil Ambani group firm Reliance Power commissioned a 40 mega watt solar power plant in Rajasthan, which is the country's largest solar project so far. Another 100 mega watt capacity would be added at the site in the next one year.

The Asian Development Bank will provide a $100-million credit line to ICICI Bank to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Govt not taking traffic problem of Jammu seriously: Gupta

JAMMU: Minister for Transport, Qamar Ali Akhoon today admitted that there has been no significant increase in the road infrastructure despite sharp rise in the number of vehicles in Jammu district during the past couple of years.

People of Guwahati may well heave a sigh of relief as their drinking water crisis will be over, at least in the near future. Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told the House today that all households in Guwahati will get 24-hour drinking water supply by the year 2016.

During Zero Hour today, Congress MLA Anjan Dutta expressed concern in the House over the acute drinking water crisis in the capital city, the deplorable condition of most roads in the city and poor garbage management. The MLA drew attention to the fact that even the MLA Hostel was facing water shortage

The State Government told the Assembly on Wednesday it would request the Centre to relax population norms for districts not covered under Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for the Pradhan Mantri Gram S

Food subsidies for poorest will help them cope: ADB

A hike in the cost of food staples like rice and wheat could push tens of millions more people into extreme poverty in the South Asian region including India, says an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report.

Chennai The food subsidies targeted at the poorest in the South Asia region would help them cope with the spike in cost of food staples like rice and wheat, although the price rise may push tens of millions people into extreme poverty, says a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

South Asia’s high population growth rates and a large number of people already living on or close to the extreme poverty line of $1.25 a day means it is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to food price shocks. Spending on food already accounts for half the total budget of low-income households.