Aug 16

Bihar assembly passes GST Bill

Patna: The Bihar assembly on Tuesday ratified the Goods and Services Tax Constitution Amendment Bill which found support from the ruling coalition of JD-U, RJD and Congress as well as the BJP-led opposition. The CPI(ML), however, opposed the GST Bill — its three members walked out of the assembly which convened for a special day-long session

Space war between India, Devas Multimedia takes another turn

Chennai/Thiruvananthapuram: Five years on, a raging battle between the Government of India, the privately-owned Devas Multimedia, and former senior officials of the Department of Space (DOS), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Antrix Corp refuses to die down. While Devas seems have won cases filed overseas against the Indian government for cancelling its transponder

UP govt shifts 8 IPS officers

Lucknow: In a minor reshuffle, the Uttar Pradesh government today transferred eight IPS, including district police chiefs, an official spokesman said here. Jhansi SSP Manoj Tiwari has been shifted to Saharanpur. He would be replaced by SP, Barabanki, Abdul Hameed. SSP, Saharnpur, Pradeep Yadav has been shifted as SP State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB). Commandant

Retail NPS more than doubles in one year

Mumbai:Post the budgetary provision to provide tax benefits up to 40 per cent of maturity of investment in National Pension Scheme, the retail segment of NPS has grown by over 100 per cent over the past one year. PFRDA Chairman Hemant Contractor told PTI that the new tax benefits provision has drawn a lot of

PM highlights faster rail network expansion

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said railways is expanding the rail network in the country faster as it has commissioned 3500 km track in the last two years. “Earlier, 1500 km line was commissioned in the last 10 years while today we have succeeded in commissioning 3500 km line in two years,” Modi

India to save Rs 20k cr from new gas import deal with Qatar:PM

New Delhi: India will save as much as Rs20,000 crore as it has renegotiated a long-term gas import deal with Qatar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. India buys 7.5 million tons a year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum from Qatar. The price formula for this was fixed 13 years back and the rate

Freedom can never be for the few: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of recent attacks on Dalits, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said freedom can never be for the few and asked Indians to aspire for a country where ideas are not “crushed violently” by the forces of hate and mediocrity. “When the forces of darkness threaten this liberty for some

US greets India on 70th Independence Day

Washington:Greeting India on its 70thIndependence Day, the US today reaffirmed its pledge to working towards ensuring freedom and justice for “all within our great democracies”. “On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the American people, I send our best wishes to the people of the Republic of India as you celebrate your Independence Day on

Accountability at root of good governance: PM

New Delhi: Accountability is at the root of good governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday as he addressed the nation on its 70th Independence Day. “Accountability should be at the root of good governance,” the prime minister said in his speech from the Red Fort. “Good governance means a change in the life

Modi announces hike in freedom fighters pensions

New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced a 20 per cent hike in the pension of freedom fighters. “Pension for our freedom fighters will be increased by 20 per cent. So those who are receiving Rs 25,000 will now get Rs 30,000,” Modi said in his address to the nation from the Red Fort

MP assembly to sit on August 24 to consider GST Bill

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh assembly will convene on August 24 to consider the Constitution (122nd Amendment) (Goods and Services Tax) Bill, an official said. Principal Secretary of the state assembly A.P. Singh said on Saturday that the legislature will meet to consider the GST Bill on August 24 in continuation of the monsoon session last

Security beefed up in Delhi ahead of Independence Day

New Delhi: Security forces were on high alert in the Indian capital ahead of Independence Day celebrations on Monday, with some 45,000 personnel deployed across the city, officials said on Sunday. Besides securing the Red Fort and its environs, security has also been stepped up all across the capital, in particular shopping areas, malls and

Chinese Foreign Minister meets Sushma

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi here on Saturday and discussed “issues of mutual importance”. The two sides then held delegation-level talks, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. Earlier, Wang called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wang was among the first foreign ministers to be welcomed in

Modi: Facing up to the threat within

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has given its guarded approval to Narendra Modi’s criticism of the cow vigilantes. Not with standing the caveat that Modi should not have said that 80 per cent of the “gau rakshaks” were fake, the endorsement marks a giant leap forward for the Hindu supremacist organisation since its note of

Ramdev to visit US and Canada

Washington: Yoga guru Ramdev will participate in the annual 70th Independence Day Parade to be held in New York this month and hold yoga camps in the US city of Houston.Ramdev has been invited by the Federation of Indian Association (FIA) to be the guest of honour for their Independence Day Parade in New York

‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ events in Uttar Pradesh to recall freedom fighters

Lucknow: On the occasion of 70th Independence Day, a two-day cultural programme titled ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ would be held across Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Saturday. Using different mediums and forums, tributes would be paid to various freedom fighters and revolutionaries who sacrificed their lives for the country, secretary Culture, Hariom, informed IANS. He said Uttar

Tension in Assam district after terror attack

Guwahati: Tension gripped Tinsukia district in eastern Assam on Saturday after five to six militants belonging to the anti-talk faction of Ulfa shot dead two people and injured seven. The attack took place on Friday night at a house in Bamungaon village. The dead were identified as Kishori Shah (65) and his son Rajesh Shah

Goa is epitome of India’s bright future: Chinese Foreign Minister

Panaji: Goa is the epitome of the future of India and the upcoming BRICS summit there will place the coastal state at an even bigger global stage, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday. “Goa has a time honoured history, beautiful landscape rich resources and hardworking people and is one of the most developed states

Indian cinema played vital role in freedom movement: Naidu

New Delhi: Union Information & Broad casting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today inaugurated the Independence Day Film Festival and said Indian cinema has helped inculcate the feeling of patriotism among the citizens. “Indian cinema played a vital role not only during the freedom movement but also helped propagate the deeds of our leaders. There are a

SC pulls up Centre for silence on parking hazards on highways

New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the Centre and imposed on it a cost of Rs 25,000 for failing to respond to a petition that said parking along the highways was a major source of fatal accidents.Pointing out that courts are being criticised for not doing their work, a bench of Chief Justice