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  • Govt defends allowing 100% FDI in defence sector

    Govt defends allowing 100% FDI in defence sector  

    Defending government's policy to allow 100 percent FDI through automatic route in defence and retail sectors, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said "greater the investment, greater the opportunity for employment generati...

    27 Jul 2016, 9.00 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Lack of priority to SOS No `100` by telcos a serious issue: HC

    Lack of priority to SOS No '100' by telcos a serious issue: HC  

    The court observed that this issue can be controlled by giving dedicated bandwidth to the police which can be worked out with MTNL and other telecom service providers (TSPs).

    27 Jul 2016, 9.00 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • KJ Ramesh to be the new IMD chief

    KJ Ramesh to be the new IMD chief  

    After the 1999 super-cyclone, that hit eastern coast of the country, he was on deputation in Andhra Pradesh, where he set up the Disaster Mitigation for floods and cyclone.

    27 Jul 2016, 9.00 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Equal voting rights to all states not acceptable: AIADMK on GST

    Equal voting rights to all states not acceptable: AIADMK on GST   

    He says AIADMK does not support GST in its current form. The party is far from a consensus to approve GST due to the various concerns most notably on the issue of compensation for five years due to the loss in revenue.

    27 Jul 2016, 8.15 pm  |  Source: CNBC-TV18

  • LS passes Bill to check benami transactions

    LS passes Bill to check benami transactions  

    On concerns expressed by certain members about religious properties or those owned by deities or religious institutions, Jaitley said the government under this Bill will exempt such bonafide entities.

    27 Jul 2016, 7.28 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Railways imposes fine for throwing waste on tracks

    Railways imposes fine for throwing waste on tracks  

    The National Green Tribunal had directed the railways to strictly impose fine on those throwing waste on rail tracks and act against them effectively.

    27 Jul 2016, 7.28 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Pay panel:Centre seeks states comments on pay hike to IAS,IPS

    Pay panel:Centre seeks states comments on pay hike to IAS,IPS  

    The pay panel has recommended a starting salary of Rs 56,100 per month at entry level for these and officers of Group A services like Indian Revenue Service.

    27 Jul 2016, 7.08 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • No switch yet from EPF to NPS; need govt clarity: PFRDA

    No switch yet from EPF to NPS; need govt clarity: PFRDA  

    The Finance Ministry has made a statement last year allowing one time change from EPF to NPS. But the modalities are still to be worked out, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India (PFRDA) Chairman Hemant G Cont...

    27 Jul 2016, 7.08 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Modi calls for `stronger and closer` ties with new British PM

    Modi calls for 'stronger and closer' ties with new British PM  

    During the telephonic conversation yesterday, Modi also appreciated the UK's consistent support to India in various global fora, the MEA spokesperson said today.

    27 Jul 2016, 6.28 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • GST bill to go to Cabinet soon to include compensation formula

    GST bill to go to Cabinet soon to include compensation formula  

    At a meeting with his state counterparts, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has agreed to include in the Bill the mechanism of compensating states for all loss of revenue for five years.

    27 Jul 2016, 6.10 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Govt fixes Dec 31 deadline for retro tax settlement scheme

    Govt fixes Dec 31 deadline for retro tax settlement scheme  

    The one-time offer to settle tax issues by waiving of interest and penalty, if the companies paid up the principal tax amount, had opened on June 1 this year.

    27 Jul 2016, 6.10 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • LS approves amendment to Lokpal Act for deferring asset filing

    LS approves amendment to Lokpal Act for deferring asset filing  

    While the House provided immediate relief by approving the amendment to Section 44 of the Act, the provision will be examined in detail by a Parliamentary Standing Committee which will submit its report before next session of Parl...

    27 Jul 2016, 4.52 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • India approves USD 318 million loan for Sri Lanka Railways

    India approves USD 318 million loan for Sri Lanka Railways  

    Sri Lankan government spokesman and minister Gayantha Karunathilake said that the money will be used to improve the signal system from Maho to Anuradhapura in the north central province and from Anuradhapura to Omanthai in the nor...

    27 Jul 2016, 4.52 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • E-commerce could create 12 mn jobs over 10 years: HSBC

    E-commerce could create 12 mn jobs over 10 years: HSBC  

    "Already employing just under a million Indians, e-commerce could be a new source of service sector jobs," global financial services major HSBC has said.

    27 Jul 2016, 4.04 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • PM to hold NITI Aayog meeting for 15-year vision on July 28

    PM to hold NITI Aayog meeting for 15-year vision on July 28  

    "During the meeting, NITI Aayog will make a presentation to the Prime Minister on the progress made so far on the vision document," a senior official said.

    27 Jul 2016, 2.50 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • 60% Indians to live in cities by 2050: Government

    60% Indians to live in cities by 2050: Government  

    The Minister said under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), government plans to strengthen big cities first and smaller cities would be strengthened in the second stage.

    27 Jul 2016, 1.22 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Auto-taxi strike continues; Kejriwal attacks LG, BJP

    Auto-taxi strike continues; Kejriwal attacks LG, BJP  

    Transport Minister Satyender Jain questioned Delhi Police's "inaction" against "BJP-supported goons" who allegedly stopped autos and passenger vehicles from plying.

    27 Jul 2016, 11.54 am  |  Source: PTI

  • Modi speaks to new British PM Theresa May

    Modi speaks to new British PM Theresa May  

    Thanking Prime Minister Modi, May said she looked forward to working closely with him for developing stronger bilateral ties and enhancing cooperation in tackling pressing global challenges.

    27 Jul 2016, 11.26 am  |  Source: PTI

  • 114 cases of attacks on journalists in 2014: Govt

    114 cases of attacks on journalists in 2014: Govt  

    "As per available data, a total of 114 cases were registered and 32 persons were arrested under attack on media persons (grievous hurt) during 2014," Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said replying to a written question.

    27 Jul 2016, 10.40 am  |  Source: PTI

  • Gujarat has cleanest railway stations, Bihar dirtiest: Survey

    Gujarat has cleanest railway stations, Bihar dirtiest: Survey  

    Out of the 40 different cleanliness parameters passengers rated stench at stations as their top concern, followed by lack of dustbins and unclean platforms.

    27 Jul 2016, 9.30 am  |  Source: PTI

  • Govt issues guidelines on SC/ST Hub to encourage entrepreneurs

    Govt issues guidelines on SC/ST Hub to encourage entrepreneurs  

    "The scheme is proposed to be applicable from the date of sanction till March 31, 2020. Total project cost is proposed to be is Rs 490 crore for the period from 2016-17 to 2019-20," the MSME Ministry said in an office memorandum.

    27 Jul 2016, 8.56 am  |  Source: PTI

  • Treat HFCs at par with pvt banks, PFIs: Assocham plea to SEBI

    Treat HFCs at par with pvt banks, PFIs: Assocham plea to SEBI  

    "Given the government's focus on housing finance sector and the crucial role played by HFCs within this sector, SEBI's guidelines to mutual funds to reduce the additional exposure limit provided to housing finance companies came t...

    26 Jul 2016, 9.36 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • No annual increment for non-performing employees: Govt

    No annual increment for non-performing employees: Govt  

    Central government employees will not get annual increment if their performance is not upto the mark, the Centre has said.

    26 Jul 2016, 8.16 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Govt eyes Nabard funds to complete pending irrigation projects

    Govt eyes Nabard funds to complete pending irrigation projects  

    A committee under the chairmanship of Chhattisgarh minister Brij Mohan Agrawal has identified 99 pending major and medium projects spread across 18 states for completion by December 2019 on a priority basis under the PMKSY.

    26 Jul 2016, 8.16 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • CCI seeks details of spectrum trading deals from operators

    CCI seeks details of spectrum trading deals from operators  

    Fair trade watchdog CCI has sought details from Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel about their respective telecom spectrum trading deals as it seeks to ensure that these transactions do not hurt competition in the market.

    26 Jul 2016, 8.16 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • PM to hold meeting with NITI Aayog on 15-yr vision document

    PM to hold meeting with NITI Aayog on 15-yr vision document  

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on July 28 hold a meeting with the Niti Aayog to take stock of the progress made on the 15-year vision document and also share his views on the development strategy with the government's think tan...

    26 Jul 2016, 7.10 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Govt notifies revised pay grades for employees, pensioners

    Govt notifies revised pay grades for employees, pensioners  

    The government has notified a 2.57-time hike in basic salary of one crore government employees and pensioners following implementation of the 7th Pay Commission Recommendations.

    26 Jul 2016, 6.54 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • BRICS policy planning dialogue ends on a successful note: MEA

    BRICS policy planning dialogue ends on a successful note: MEA  

    BRICS Policy Planning dialogue successfully concluded here today with fruitful exchanges of strategic assessments of international situation and the regional situation of each member country.

    26 Jul 2016, 6.54 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • Shot putter Inderjeet fails dope test; cries conspiracy

    Shot putter Inderjeet fails dope test; cries conspiracy  

    India's Rio Olympics build-up was rocked by another dope scandal after shot putter Inderjeet Singh tested positive for a banned substance but alleged that his sample has been tampered with.

    26 Jul 2016, 5.32 pm  |  Source: PTI

  • NGOs got over Rs 50,000 cr from abroad in past three yrs: Govt

    NGOs got over Rs 50,000 cr from abroad in past three yrs: Govt  

    The acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution by association or institutions is regulated under the provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010.

    26 Jul 2016, 3.48 pm  |  Source: PTI

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