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No money for WB, till it spends existing funds: Centre

Centre has refused to release funds to the tune of Rs 168 crore to West Bengal Government for drinking water projects, pointing out that the amount disbursed earlier had not been spent by the state.

Toilets are being used for storing food grain: Jairam Ramesh


Decrying the lack of proper sanitation facilities, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said toilets built over the last 10 years across the country are being used for storing food grain

No use launching Agni missiles if there are no toilets: Jairam Ramesh


Launching green toilets very close to country's missile test-firing facility, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said there is no use blasting Agni missiles if the sanitation problem i

Congress ministers may resign to work more party - Reports

In a fresh development, four senior ministers of Congress wrote to party President Sonia Gandhi asking her to relieve them of their posts and work for party, reports said on Tuesday.

If Sonia agrees

Top Congress ministers 'want to quit and work for party'


Several senior ministers of the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-II Cabinet have reportedly written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, saying that they would like to be relieved of their portfolios and would l

Sonia holds strategy meeting with senior leaders

With the second phase of the Budget session having commenced, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday held a strategy meeting with senior leaders.

The meeting comes at a time when Trinamool Congr

Didi is not alone in channel queue

West Bengal chief minister and Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee a.k.a. Didi is not the only one who wants a dedicated channel to propagate her and party’s views.

Several UPA ministers too hav

Kudumbashree soon to be in other states

Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has hailed Kerala’s Kudumbashree mission as a “unique model” for empowering women and said that the government is working to “replicate” it in other stat

Sanitation to get Rs36,000 crores

After hitting headlines on lack of toilets and roping in filmstars Vidya Balan and Shah rukh Khan for campaign, Union minister of rural development Jairam Ramesh has got an “assurance” from the Planni

Jobs for grads in Maoist areas

As part of the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows (PMRDF) programme that was launched here on Saturday, young professionals will work in Maoist-affected and tribal areas across the country inc

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