Aug 04

GST an opportunity to rationalise tax structure in auto sector.

 New Delhi:  Hailing the passage of GST Bill inthe Rajya Sabha, automobile makers today said it offers an “excellent opportunity” for rationalising the existing differential tax structure on vehicles based on physical dimensions and simplify taxation burden. “From the automobile industry perspective, which contributes close to 45 per cent in the manufacturing GDP, it’s an

Jaitley to inaugurate India International Footwear Fair

 New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley willinaugurate the India International Footwear Fair (IIFF) here on August 5. As many as 263 companies from India and abroad are participating in the fair this year. The organisers expect business of around Rs 2,000 crore to be generated from the three-day event. “Last year the quantum of business

Fake Pokemon Go apps found in Indian cyberspace; users alerted.

New Delhi,  With the smartphone-based realitygame Pokemon Go gaining popularity, cyber security sleuths have issued an alert against some fake and malicious apps prowling in the Indian web space which can seriously compromise an individual’s phone. “It has been observed that fake Pokemon Go malicious apps are available on third party websites for download. There

Opposition moves no-confidence motion in Goa

Panaji: The opposition in Goa on Wednesday formally moved a no-confidence motion against the BJP-led coalition government. Nine opposition members, including seven from the Congress, supported the motion of no-confidence that was allowed by Speaker Anant Shet. Earlier, the opposition staged a walkout during Question Hour, accusing the treasury benches and the Speaker of conspiring

Keep core values in mind& serve with dedication: Bedi to Docs

Puducherry: Lt Governor Kiran Bedi todayexhorted doctors to adhere to core values of profession and function as ‘ideal healers of ailments’ of poor patients. Speaking at the seventh convocation of Centrally sponsored JIPMER after handing over degree certificates and medals to MBBS graduates and other streams, she said the country had invested massively for infrastructure

Hyderabadi artiste makes documentary on rebuilding Nepal

New Delhi: Hyderabad-based actor-musician Yalamanchili Revanth has made a documentary titled “Repair N Despair”, a story of three volunteer youth groups and their contribution to rebuild Nepal that was struck by earthquake twice in 2015. Released last month by The Vibe — a digital platform that tells first-hand alternative stories from the perspective of the

PM to kick off campaign to rekindle spirit of patriotism

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi willkick off a mega BJP campaign ’70 saal azadi-yaad karo kurbani’ on August 9, the 75th year of Quit India movement, and virtually the entire Council of Ministers will travel across the country to “rekindle the spirit of patriotism”. Senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu announced the details of

Curfew, protest shutdown continues in Kashmir

Srinagar: Curfew and restrictions amid protest shutdown called by separatists continued in Kashmir on Monday. Curfew continued in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Kulgam and parts of Shopian district and restrictions were still imposed in Srinagar, Badgam, Kupwara and Baramulla. “Preventive measures shall continue to maintain law and order,” a senior police officer said here. Despite the

India will do well at Rio Olympic Games: Modi

New Delhi: Assuring “all possible help” to the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympic Games 2016, scheduled to begin on August 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hoped that Indian sportspersons will be able to win hearts of people from across the world. “I hope these 119 sportspersons will perform well (in the games),

Indians log highest growth among visitors to Vienna

Vienna: Not only did 32 per cent more Indians visit this picturesque Austrian capital during the first six months of this year, but their growth was also the highest among any nationality, followed by Britain, as per latest official data. As many as 25,181 Indian travellers visited Vienna in the six-month period that ended on

Over 7 lakh school teachers equipped with IT skills in India: Microsoft

New Delhi: Microsoft has so far equipped more than 7.7 lakh government school teachers with IT skills across 12 states in India under its Project Shiksha programme launched in 2003, the tech giant said on Friday. The “Microsoft India Citizenship Report 2015-16” highlights the achievements of Microsoft’s citizenship initiatives that include Project Shiksha, Project Saksham,

Waterlogging in Gurgaon hits Dehi-Jaipur route

Gurgaon: Hundreds of commuters on the Delhi-Jaipur route remained stuck on National Highway 8 after heavy rain left the Hero Honda Chowk here inundated, officials said on Friday. As NH 8 remained cut off, traffic moving towards Rajasthan and Maharashtra was stuck on the city roads and state highways throughout Thursday night. Around 1 a.m.

2006 Aurangabad arms haul case verdict on Thursday

Mumbai:  A special MCOCA Court is expected to pronounce its verdict later Thursday in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case in which one of the 22 accused is Lashkar-Taiba operative Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal. The trial, which had resumed in 2013 after Abu Jundal’s arrest, had concluded in March this year before the

Rawat expands Cabinet, inducts two ministers from Garhwal

Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat today expanded his Cabinet, inducting two ministers from Garhwal, seen as an attempt to assuage leaders from the region, who has often complained of neglect, ahead of next year’s assembly polls. Vikasnagar MLA Nav Prabhat and Badrinath MLA Rajendra Bhandari were administered the oath of office and secrecy by

Mobile phone services restored in Kashmir

Srinagar: Mobile phone services from various service providers were restored across the Kashmir Valley after 20 days on Wednesday. “The decision was taken to ensure that the common man is not put to inconvenience. The decision to suspend mobile phone services for the last 20 days was taken to prevent anti-social elements from spreading rumours,”

Gandhi family not hoisted on Congress: Jairam Ramesh

Hyderabad: Justifying the “special place” of the Gandhi family in Congress owing to “historical reasons”, senior leader Jairam Ramesh has said both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have subjected themselves to “democratic processes” and were not hoisted on the party. The former Union Minister said it was wrong to say that decision-making was heavily centralised in the

Modi pays tribute to Azad, Tilak on birth anniversaries

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to freedom fighters Chandra Shekhar Azad and Bal Gangadhar Tilak on their birth anniversaries. “I salute the courageous Chandra Shekhar Azad, who won the admiration of countless Indians due to his valour, on his birth anniversary,” Modi tweeted. Azad was born on July 23, 1906

Judith’s family thanks govt for rescuing her

Kolkata: The family of Judith D’Souza, whowas rescued after being abducted in Kabul last month, today thanked the Indian government for its efforts to secure her release. “We are thankful to the Indian government for the rescue of our sister. We are now waiting for her to be back home. We would request the media

Australia to return stolen Buddha statue to India

Canberra: An 1,800-year-old Buddha statue which was displayed in the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is being prepared for its return to India, after it was found to have been purchased from an illegal antiquity trafficker, authorities said on Friday. The second-century statue stands at 1.3 metres tall, and was purchased from Asian art specialist

CBSE got 11 fee hike complaints in unaided pvt schools: govt

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has received 11 complaints of fee hike against unaided private schools, including four of Delhi, affiliated to it this year, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar today said in Rajya Sabha. In a written reply, Javadekar said among the complaints received four are from Delhi, three each from