The Union budget 2007-08 will very likely slash development funds for the most backward regions of India by more than 48 per cent, say sources at the Union ministry of Panchayati Raj. Government is

the 94th edition of the Indian Science Congress, held January 2-7, 2007 at Annamalai University in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, sought to be different. Revolving around the theme of "Planet Earth', it

In 1995, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) instituted the banking ombudsman: a quasi judicial authority to address banking complaints. Dissatisfied bank customers have the option of approaching this authority when all else fails. Says P Shimrah, secretary to the Banking Ombudsman, "We encourage complainants to approach their respective banks before coming to us.

IN this past month, farmer associations in Haryana and Tamil Nadu have located and burnt field trials for genetically modified Bt rice. In Chhattisgarh the state government has stopped similar trials

china has promised massive financial aid to Africa. At a two-day meet in Beijing, attended by 35 of the 53 African nations, Chinese president Hu Jintao pledged to double China's aid to Africa from its 2006 level by 2009. Speaking at the conference's opening on November 4, he promised us $3 billion in loans, us $2 billion in export credits and a us $5 billion fund to encourage Chinese investment in Africa.

Environmental court: Pakistan's Sindh High Court has recently directed the ministry of environment to establish environment tribunals, as required by the Pakistan Environment Protection Act, 1997,

THE Himachal Pradesh government's attitude towards implementing the Catchment Area Treatment (cat) plan has been described as sluggish by environmentalists. The state government has also been accused

While the Indian farmer considers whether it is worth farming at all, the world's largest agricultural research and development project

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to shut down its libraries, end public access to research materials and put into cold storage its collection of materials on the assumption

according to recent media reports, the Union ministry of finance is set to notify a list of infrastructure facilities eligible for tax concessions. The concessions may be extended to the hospitality