The first full year budget of this government is awaited with bated breath. Expectations are higher than normal. 10.45 a.m.: The Swachch Bharat Abhiyan has a target of building 120 million toilets over five years with an investment of Rs. 2 lakh crore.
Lauds Finance Commission recommendations for revenue share Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian said on Friday that calculations showed that the total transfers from the Centre to the States as a percentage of the divisible pool of its net tax reve
"My political acumen has told me to keep it alive as a monument to your failures since Independence. After 60 years, you are still making people dig holes.’’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday mocked the Congress’s opposition to th
Victim was founder of popular blog against Islamist radicals Suspected radical Islamists hacked to death a popular writer and blogger Avijit Roy and seriously injured his wife Rafida Ahmed Banna, in Dhaka on Thursday. Roy, a U.S. citizen, is the found
The benchmark BSE Sensex surged over 262 points and the NSE Nifty regained the 8,900-mark in early trade of a special stock market session on Saturday on continued capital inflows and increased buying by retail investors ahead of Budget 2015-16 slated to
Republican leader Bobby Jindal has said he will decide on his 2016 presidential run in the next couple of months. “Supriya (wife) and I are thinking and praying about whether I’ll run — let me tell you this. I will make that decision the
The Syrian troops on Friday recaptured a key town in the southern province of Daraa, moving closer to a key hilltop in that province, a source said. The Syrian government forces wrested back control over the village of Habariyeh, killing many fighters o
People worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white. Experts are calling the photo a one-in-a-million shot that perfectly captures how people’s brai
Which are India’s most effective subsidies, the ones that best reach the poor? Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian devoted considerable space in the Economic Survey released on Friday to subsidies, how much they cost, whom they really go to
Cricket World Cup 2015
UAE unlikely to pose much of a threat, but will be determined to battle on against ‘big brother’ Being a cricketing nation only 20 One-Day Internationals old, India’s next opponent in the World Cup is unlikely to pose much of a threat.
With an average of 105 from two innings at the World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan knows that runs are no longer the rare commodity they were a month ago. There’s a good chance that when he faces the UAE here on Saturday, he will build on those numbers. ̶
M.S. Dhoni can crack a joke with a straight face even before one realises it, as one photo journalist learnt on Friday. With the net fencing quite close to the bench where Dhoni was padding up, a senior photographer said, “Mahi, you are not the sa
Rain dampens Australia’s mood but it has a game plan for marauding McCullum One of the World Cup’s biggest games pits high-flying New Zealand against four-time champion Australia at Eden Park here on Saturday in a match that could well be a
A.B. de Villiers, who smashed West Indies bowlers from pillar to post on Friday, said only hard work earns a batsman the right to dominate in such a fashion. “You get into that kind of mode, and it doesn’t happen very often, it’s quite
Australia captain Michael Clarke, returning to lead his country again after an injury layoff, had no hesitation in opting to bat after winning the toss in the World Cup match against New Zealand on Saturday. Fast bowler Pat Cummins replaced Josh Hazelwo
Perth, says Aaqib Javed, was where it all turned around in 1992.Pakistan had won only one of its first five matches in the World Cup and was preparing to face Australia at the WACA, a fortress if there ever was one. “I still remember Imran coming to
There was never a dull moment when Kapil Dev was in the middle as he always believed in keeping the scoreboard ticking. It is no surprise that the 'Haryana Hurricane' heads the strike rate list of batsmen with a minimum of 500 runs in the World Cup. Kapil
After smashing victories against Pakistan and South Africa, two fancied teams of world cricket, India’s carnival shifts to Perth where it takes on United Arab Emirates. People are looking at India differently in this World Cup, and the game against U
There may be a huge gulf between the two teams, but the UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir believes his men will not be intimidated by India when they meet here on Saturday. “We know they are big stars, but we will take this game just like the previous two
10: 10 am Chennai has some demands - mass rapid transit system to standardisation of taxes to higher budgetary spending and steps to curb prices. 10:00 am The Economic Survey was released. Take a look at how our business editors demystified it. 9:45
Rs. 8.8 lakh crore worth projects stalled Noting that the stalled projects had risen at an alarming rate during the last five years, especially in the private sector, the chief reason for declining investments, the Economic Survey 2014-15 stressed the n
India’s public expenditure on agriculture was a fourth of the subsidy bill on food and fertilizer The Economic Survey said that by adopting what it called the JAM Number Trinity — Jan Dhan Yojana accounts seeded with Aadhaar numbers and oper
Call to eliminate the negative protection facing domestic manufacturers The Economic Survey of 2014-15 has suggested three initiatives in the decreasing order of effectiveness and the increasing order of controversy to realise the ‘Make in India&#
Mohun Bagan took the top spot in the I-League football standings with an entertaining 4-3 victory over Shillong Lajong FC at the JN Stadium here on Friday. A brace for Balwant Singh within 15 minutes put the visitors in a strong position before Lajong r
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face defending champion Roger Federer in the final of the Dubai Open after a 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych on Friday. Up a set and a break, Djokovic started making too many errors — 48 in all — to allow
Amardip Sinh Malik of Noida set a new course record in the Golconda Masters golf championship with an impressive nine-under-61 to emerge leader in the second round at the Hyderabad Golf Club here on Friday. The 29-year-old Amardip led by one stroke at the
Interview with social activist Medha Patkar on why she opposes the Land Bill proposed by the Centre Social activist Medha Patkar has been in the forefront of the struggle for the rights and rehabilitation of project-displaced populations for over two dec
As there is a downswing in bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, this is an opportunity for Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar to reshape the dialogue process After taking over as Foreign Secretary, S. Jaishankar’s trip to Islamabad in early
Australia has embarked on a “whole of government” diplomatic and ministerial lobbying campaign to correct “misinformation” and prevent the Great Barrier Reef from being placed on the UNESCO world heritage committee’s “in
Petition based on internal emails and documents leaked by a whistleblower The Centre for Public Interest Litigation, NGO which successfully fought the 2G Spectrum scam case, on Friday moved the Supreme Court for a CBI investigation into the nexus betwee
A day after freight rates were increased on select commodities and passenger fares left unchanged in the railway budget, the Economic Survey for 2014-15 said freight traffic is more sensitive to price changes than passenger traffic.It also said there is p
Prof. George Michell’s presentation made a case for why the art of the Early Chalukyas at Badami and Pattadakal needs to be recognised and studied Forty nine years ago, a 21-year-old architecture student from Melbourne travelled to India and someho
The world’s first telephone call was made on March 10, 1876. Alexander Graham Bell called his assistant Watson on the ‘phone’. Melville and Alexander were brothers. Their father used to teach hearing and speech impaired children to comm
Academic and award-winning playwright John Mathew is writing a play on Uthram Thirunal, a monarch of erstwhile Travancore John Mathew (“spelt with a single ‘T’”) redefines the word versatility. John enjoys blurring the lines betw
Krishna’s advice on the knowledge of the self which He defines as the Sankhya system is valuable for every individual caught in Samsara. With a firm grasp of the system when one leads life according to its principles it becomes the yoga of life, poin
Sanjeev Kapoor’s multi-cuisine restaurant, Grain of Salt, opens in the city The Mezze platter is a conversation starter. It arrives with super soft pita bread, a creamy hummus dip with olives, and babaganoush with garlic and olive oil, deep fried
A selection of headlines from The Hindu's archives related to the Union Budget.
Dilshan made 161, his third World Cup century, while Kumar Sangakkara marked his 400th one-day international with a quick-fire 105 not out in a 210-run partnership. Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka by 92-runs.
Afghanistan opened its account in World Cup with its historic one-wicket win against Scotland in a nail-bitting Pool A match.
Coach facility, new trains part of the demand On the eve of the presentation of the Railway Budget, the Thanjavur District Rail Users’ Association has put forward its wish list to the railway ministry. Allocation of more funds for better amenities