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  • Fire at Reliance Jamnagar refinery out; production unaffected

    Fire at Reliance Jamnagar refinery out; production unaffected  

    The fire broke out early Thursday morning at the company's fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU), a gasoline-making unit, at the 660,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery, which was under maintenance, said a company source under condi...

    24 Nov 2016, 11.43 am  |  Source: Reuters

  • Recalibration of ATMs to take 10 more days

    Recalibration of ATMs to take 10 more days  

    After a review meeting with RBI and senior bank officials held by chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee here, government sources said that "the entire situation has been reviewed and things are not normal".

    24 Nov 2016, 9.00 am  |  Source: PTI

  • BJP leader ask PM Modi to allow farmers to use old notes

    BJP leader ask PM Modi to allow farmers to use old notes  

    "Farmers may be allowed to use old currency of Rs 500 Rs 1000 denomination for purchase of seed and fertilizers otherwise it would make adverse impact on production of Rabi crop," the former Uttar Pradesh Minister for Institutiona...

    24 Nov 2016, 7.56 am  |  Source: PTI

  • Leading private banks waive debit cards charges for merchants

    Leading private banks waive debit cards charges for merchants  

    Private sector lenders ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and Yes Bank joined their public sector peers to waive the merchant discount rate (MDR) levied on merchants while accepting digital debit card payments from customers.

    23 Nov 2016, 10.10 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Survey on Modi App: 93% support demonetisation

    Survey on Modi App: 93% support demonetisation  

    More than 93 percent of the five lakh people who participated in a survey on Narendra Modi App have supported demonetisation, the PMO said today a day after the Prime Minister sought public feedback on the issue.

    23 Nov 2016, 10.04 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Cabinet gives ex post-facto nod to India-France skill pact

    Cabinet gives ex post-facto nod to India-France skill pact  

    The Cabinet today gave ex post-facto approval to a pact between India and France for cooperation in skill development, vocational education and training.

    23 Nov 2016, 9.20 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Cabinet gives its nod to buy Dornier surveillance

    Cabinet gives its nod to buy Dornier surveillance  

    The Cabinet Committee on Security today gave its nod to buy 12 upgraded Dornier surveillance aircraft for Indian Navy at a cost of about Rs 2,500 crore.

    23 Nov 2016, 9.20 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Fintech to fuel growth, create jobs in Asia Pacific: UNDP

    Fintech to fuel growth, create jobs in Asia Pacific: UNDP  

    New age financial technologies (fintech) like micro credits and payments will help Asia Pacific achieve UNDP's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) faster by creating more jobs in micro enterprises.

    23 Nov 2016, 9.20 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Cabinet clears 3rd Protocol of India-New Zealand tax treaty

    Cabinet clears 3rd Protocol of India-New Zealand tax treaty  

    The Cabinet today approved the ratification of the third protocol between India and New Zealand for avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.

    23 Nov 2016, 9.20 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • New UK visa rules for non-EU nationals come in force tomorrow

    New UK visa rules for non-EU nationals come in force tomorrow  

    The UK government's changes to its visa policy for non-EU nationals aimed at curbing its soaring immigration figures will come into force from tomorrow, which will affect a large number of Indians especially IT professionals.

    23 Nov 2016, 8.26 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Demonetisation issue: CPI(M) joins legal battle in SC

    Demonetisation issue: CPI(M) joins legal battle in SC   

    CPI(M) today became the first political party to join the legal battle in the Supreme Court against the Modi government's controversial demonestisation decision.

    23 Nov 2016, 8.26 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Digital automation will divide job market: Prabhu

    Digital automation will divide job market: Prabhu  

    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said digital automation will give rise to a job market increasingly segregated into "low-skill and low-pay" and "high-skill and high-pay" segments, which in turn could lead to´┐Żan increase...

    23 Nov 2016, 8.14 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Bureaucratic reshuffle: 19 new secretaries appointed

    Bureaucratic reshuffle: 19 new secretaries appointed   

    Coal Secretary Anil Swarup was appointed School Education Secretary as part of a top-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected today.

    23 Nov 2016, 7.30 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Railways` earnings dips by over 4%

    Railways' earnings dips by over 4%  

    The railways earned Rs 79,475.42 crore up to September 2016 as against Rs 76,268.91 crore for the corresponding period last year, a decline of 4.04 per cent, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said in reply to a written q...

    23 Nov 2016, 7.10 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Jan Dhan account deposits swell, mobilise Rs 21,000 cr

    Jan Dhan account deposits swell, mobilise Rs 21,000 cr  

    In the last 13 days, banks have been flooded with deposits in Jan Dhan accounts that have touched Rs 21,000 crore, sources said.

    23 Nov 2016, 7.10 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Indian retaliatory fire kills 9 in PoK

    Indian retaliatory fire kills 9 in PoK   

    Several sectors in the LoC are witnessing artillery gun fire and mortar shelling with the Neelam Valley, Kel and Keran taking the brunt. A latest Pakistani media report said at least 10 people were dead and another 14 wounded in t...

    23 Nov 2016, 1.30 pm  |  Source: NEWS18.com

  • Swamy moves SC against Maran-owned Sun Group

    Swamy moves SC against Maran-owned Sun Group   

    Swamy moves Supreme Court against the issue of licence to radio channel Red FM.

    23 Nov 2016, 12.11 pm  |  Source: CNBC-TV18

  • Supreme Court notice to petitioners challenging demonetisation

    Supreme Court notice to petitioners challenging demonetisation  

    A bench headed by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, however, declined to stay the proceedings, for now, as it directed the next hearing of the matter on December 2.A bench headed by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, however, d...

    23 Nov 2016, 11.50 am  |  Source: NEWS18.com

  • World should aim to make water a driver of cooperation: India

    World should aim to make water a driver of cooperation: India  

    "Going down the former path will engender genuine international collaboration. Going down the latter path on an issue as complex and cardinal to life as water will only be doing injustice to humanity as a whole," the Indian diplom...

    23 Nov 2016, 10.54 am  |  Source: PTI

  • RBI doubles balance limit for digital wallets to help merchants

    RBI doubles balance limit for digital wallets to help merchants  

    The Reserve Bank of India also said merchants can transfer up to 50,000 rupees per month from these so-called semi-closed prepaid payment instruments to their bank accounts.

    22 Nov 2016, 10.11 pm  |  Source: Reuters

  • India may ease rules for cash withdrawals for weddings: Official

    India may ease rules for cash withdrawals for weddings: Official  

    India may soon relax conditions for cash withdrawals for weddings, a top government official said on Tuesday, the day after the central bank issued rules for such bank transactions widely criticised as unworkable.

    22 Nov 2016, 9.34 pm  |  Source: Reuters

  • Over half of world`s population does not use internet: UN

    Over half of world's population does not use internet: UN  

    The UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said that 3.9 billion people do not have home or mobile internet access and that the problem was most acute among the world's "female, elderly, less educated, lower income and ...

    22 Nov 2016, 9.14 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • RBI asks banks to ensure supply of funds to rural cooperatives

    RBI asks banks to ensure supply of funds to rural cooperatives  

    The Reserve Bank today asked banks to ensure adequate cash supply to cooperative banks and Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) so that farmers can have enough valid notes needed for purchase of seeds, fertiliser and other inputs durin...

    22 Nov 2016, 8.46 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Action against bank staff fraudulently exchanging notes: RBI

    Action against bank staff fraudulently exchanging notes: RBI  

    The 500 and 1000 rupee (Specified Bank Notes - SBNs) have been demonetised from November 9, 2016 in a crack down on black money.

    22 Nov 2016, 8.10 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Guj CM seeks investment in defence, biotech, auto sectors

    Guj CM seeks investment in defence, biotech, auto sectors  

    Gujarat will continue in its efforts of ease of doing business and attract more investment in defence, biotech, agro processing, port development and auto sectors, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said today.

    22 Nov 2016, 8.10 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Lead, heavy metals have been found in soft drinks: Govt

    Lead, heavy metals have been found in soft drinks: Govt  

    Lead and other heavy metals like Cadmium and Chromium have been found in the samples of five different soft drinks manufactured by two major multinational companies in India, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

    22 Nov 2016, 6.26 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • More relaxations for farmers on anvil: Jaitley

    More relaxations for farmers on anvil: Jaitley  

    Fighting the cash-crunch caused by demonetisation, the government today said its focus would now be on rural areas and more measures would be announced for farmers, as situation was normalising in urban areas.

    22 Nov 2016, 6.26 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • 2071 industrialists owe Rs 3.89 lakh crore to banks: Gangwar

    2071 industrialists owe Rs 3.89 lakh crore to banks: Gangwar  

    There are as many as 2,071 industrialists whose loan accounts with an exposure of Rs 3.89 lakh crore have turned into NPAs, Parliament was informed today.

    22 Nov 2016, 5.56 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • PM has created a new normal, will clean and expand economy: FM

    PM has created a new normal, will clean and expand economy: FM  

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created a "new normal" of white transactions with crackdown on black money, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today, asserting that demonetisation will lead to a jump in private investment and...

    22 Nov 2016, 5.56 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • 82,500 ATMs recalibrated to dispense new notes

    82,500 ATMs recalibrated to dispense new notes  

    As many as 82,500 ATMs, which account for about 40 per cent of cash vending machines in the country, have been recalibrated to dispense new high security currency notes of 500 and 2,000 rupees.

    22 Nov 2016, 5.56 pm  |  Source: PTI

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