Jun 04

Central GST authorities outscore states in detecting fake invoices

The central GST authorities have outscored their state counterparts in detecting cases of fake invoices for claiming input tax credit.Compared to 225 such cases by states, the central GST officers caught hold of 396 incidents suggesting the latter are better equipped to enforce compliance. “In a drive to curb tax evasion, CBIC (Central Board of

BJP’s Rajesh Patnekar elected Goa Assembly Speaker

BJP MLA Rajesh Patnekar was on Tuesday elected as Speaker of the Goa Assembly, defeating former Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane of the Congress by 22-16 votes. Speaking to legislators after the win, Patnekar said he would try his best to be impartial in his decisions and expressed disappointment that late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who

Assam government won’t hold NRC hearing due to Eid

The Assam government will not hold a hearing on the National Register of Citizen (NRC) issue on Wednesday due to the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, officials said here on Tuesday. The move comes after civil society organisations and individuals demanded the Assam government to keep the hearing for claims and objections regarding the NRC on hold

Mayawati confirms break-up, terms it temporary

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati said that her party would contest the upcoming Assembly bye-election s alone. Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, on the hand, did not comment on Mayawati’s statement but said in Azamgarh on Tuesday that the Samajwadi Party would form its own government in Uttar Pradesh in 2022 when Assembly elections are

Playing shehnai in Ganga, praying for rains

A group of shehnai players stood in knee deep waters at the Assi Ghat in the Ganga River in Varanasi and played Raag Megh to pray to Lord Indra and urge him to send rainfall.Mahendra Prasanna, the chief shehnai player at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, said, “The heat wave is making life unbearable

IAF aircraft with 13 on board missing

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) with 13 people on board went missing on Monday 35 minutes after it became airborne from an airport in Assam on way to Arunachal Pradesh. The aircraft was flying to the Advance Landing Ground in Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh, which borders China. The AN-32 took off

Woman raped in Pali district, four accused arrested

A 30-year-old married woman was allegedly raped by five men in Rajasthan’s Pali district and the video of the crime uploaded on social media, police said Monday.Four of the five accused were arrested on Monday, a day after the woman lodged a complaint alleging that the five had raped her on May 26 when she

Eid shopping fever grips Kashmiri’s ahead of festival

Eid shopping reached a feverish pitch in Srinagar city and other towns of the Kashmir Valley on Monday as shoppers thronged markets, literally choking most of the traffic arteries in the old city.In a land plagued by violence for over 30 years, Eid is one festival during which Kashmiri’s tend to forget the pain and

Delhi plans free travel for women in Metro, DTC buses

The Delhi government plans to allow women to travel free in DTC buses, cluster buses and Delhi Metro in the national capital within the next three months.”Women can avail free rides on all DTC buses, cluster buses and Delhi Metro. The plan is to encourage women to use public transport, which is considered the safest

Declare 550th Parkash Purab as National Tolerance Day: Punjab CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the 550th Parkash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev as National Tolerance Day, an official said on Monday. Singh wrote a letter Modi seeking that the auspicious day be declared National Tolerance Day for the re-dedication of people to Guru Nanak Dev’s message

Heatwave to continue in Northern India till Wednesday

Northern India will continue to sizzle in the heatwave conditions for the next two days till Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast on Monday.The surging heat will pass over Vidarbha over the next five days and over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and south Uttar Pradesh during next two days, the IMD said. Severe heat

Mamata changes FB, Twitter DPs to ‘Jai Hind, Jai Bangla’

Days after losing her cool on BJP activists chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and front ranking leaders of her Trinammol Congress changed their display picture on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to ‘Jay Hind, Jay Bangla on Sunday night. Earlier in the day, Banerjee in a detailed Facebook

Hopes of cheaper finance, consumption growth to propel equities

Prospects of cheaper finance along with a liquidity boost from the apex bank will sustain the uptrend in equity markets during the coming week, analysts opined.Accordingly, investors are eyeing a move by the Reserve Bank of India to ease key lending rates to bring down the cost of finance and give impetus to consumption which

Punjab CM seeks PM Modi’s help to curb drug menace

Reiterating his demand for a national drugs policy to check the drug menace, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention, an official said on Sunday.Urging him to advise the Ministries of Home, Social Justice and Empowerment and Health and Family Welfare to address the issue with more seriousness, the Chief

Saluting India’s homegrown child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi

Each year on June 12, when the world observes the World Day Against Child Labour, India has cause to salute Kailash Satyarthi – the man who made this day possible – a human rights champion who rescued over 88,000 bonded and trafficked children, and won the Nobel Peace Prize by acting on his words: ‘Every

Search on for 8 missing climbers in Nanda Devi

A search is underway for seven climbers — four Britons, two Americans and an Australian — and their Indian liaison officer, who went missing a week ago during an expedition to the Nanda Devi peak in Uttarakhand, CNN reported on Sunday citing local authorities.The group was attempting to scale Nanda Devi East, one of the

India’s security, welfare of people Modi govt’s priorities: Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday the country’s security and welfare of the people are the key priorities of the Modi government. Shah, who assumed the charge of the sensitive ministry on Saturday, held a meeting with senior officials to familiarize himself with the issues concerning the ministry.  During the meeting, senior officials gave

‘Defence strategy, revamp, more funds Rajnath’s priorities’

National security strategy, military and equipment modernisation, defence reform besides garnering more funds for the ministry are the areas of challenge for the new Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, according to analysts here.Defence experts are also of the view that the helicopter fleet of all three services require extensive replacement.Singh, on Saturday, took charge as the

Smuggling gold through UP would cost passport

If caught smuggling gold at an international airport in Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow and Varanasi), the accused will now lose their passports, according to the Customs Department.The department is coordinating with the UP Passport Office for such an action to curb growing smuggling of gold at Lucknow and Varanasi international airports. The move initiated by the

Kerala Ramadan congregation ends with pledge against terrorism

A Ramadan congregation near here which is billed as one of the country’s largest and held annually on the 26th night of the Muslim holy month, ended on Saturday with a pledge against terrorism and prayers for universal peace.Hundreds of thousands of worshipers gathered at the Ma’din Campus since early Friday morning, expecting the blessings