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PM Modi visit special for Indian Jews in Israel

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 07:17
Modi's three-day visit to Israel — the first ever of an Indian PM — is a cause of genuine excitement and a unique opportunity for Jewish Indian community to increase their visibility.

US rolls out expedited entry for 'low-risk' Indians

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:11
On landing at select airports, the programme members enter the United States through automatic kiosks, instead of queueing up to clear the immigration by meeting an immigration officer. Travellers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry programme.

Time for the think-tank to take a call on Dhoni?

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 04:20
Dhoni, in his attempt to play the consummate finisher that he once was, ‘guided' India to a 11-run defeat in the fourth ODI in Antigua against a team which failed to qualify for the recently-concluded Champions Trophy.

Pakistan doesn’t give us weapons: Salahuddin

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 02:11
Salahuddin denied that Pakistan provides weapons to his fighters. “We purchase weapons from the international market and get financial support from Kashmiris spread around the world,” he said. “I can provide you any weapon from the international market if you give me the required amount,” he claimed.

Social media slurs on SC/ST punishable: HC

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 01:47
In an important ruling that plugs the gap between online abusers and their prosecution, the HC made it clear that Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, will apply if a casteist slur is made against a person from these communities.

Liquid nitrogen drink burns hole in man's stomach

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 01:42
A 30-year-old businessman had to get part of his stomach removed after he gulped down a drink laced with liquid nitrogen, which burnt a hole in his innards.

Amid border stand-off, Chinese ships on prowl in Indian Ocean

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 01:06
Far away from the virtually eyeball-to-eyeball India-China confrontation on the land border, which many believe will eventually ease with “some sort of mutual troop pull-back from the forward positions”, India and China are also currently engaged in shadow-boxing on the high seas in the IOR.

22 states scrap checkposts for smooth GST rollout

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 00:31
While 22 states, including West Bengal and Delhi, have abolished checkposts, 8 more states are on the verge of scrapping it. The removal of checkposts will come as a huge relief for trucks which queue up for hours to get their consignments and papers checked, causing delays and adding to costs.

Hit India before, can do it again: Hizb chief

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 00:03
Within a week of being designated ‘global terrorist’ by the United States, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin appeared for a TV interview on Monday in which he claimed terror attacks on India in the past, and also warned that his outfit could strike Indian targets anywhere, any time.

Pakistan’s terror link established: Delhi

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 23:50
Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin latest admission that he and his outfit had carried out many attacks on Indian security forces and their installations was on Monday described by New Delhi as a confirmation of its long-standing position that he was a terrorist leader.

Opposition needs alternative narratives: Nitish Kumar

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 22:03
Taking a dig at his ally Congress for the second consecutive day, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said on Monday that the opposition parties should have ‘alternative narratives’ as mere talks of unity against the BJP-led NDA would not yield much results.

Rain wreaks havoc in northeast; 31 die in Gujarat

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 19:25
Torrential rain battered the northeastern region on Monday, triggering a flood-like situation in Arunachal Pradesh and worsening the deluge in Assam, even as the Gujarat government said it has recorded 31 rain-related deaths in the state since the onset of monsoon.

‘A visit like no other’: PM to get US prez-like reception in Israel

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 17:55
For a major part of Modi's Israel visit, Netanyahu will accompany him, in a departure from normal practices. Modi will stay at the King David Hotel, the same hotel where US President Donald Trump stayed. Preparation is on to surprise Modi with an array of vegetarian dishes along with tea

Modi, Xi meeting on cards amid border face-off

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 17:20
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping are expected to meet on Friday at an informal leaders' meeting of BRICS countries during the upcoming G20 Summit in Hamburg, Chinese vice foreign minister Li Baodong said.

India, Israel can cooperate to fight terror': PM

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 15:48
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is embarking visit to Israel, has said that boosting economic ties and furthering people-to-people interactions would be the agenda of his visit, Israel media reported.

Salahuddin's utterances prove he's terrorist: Govt

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 15:18
The government has condemned Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin's recent utterances against India, and said his designation as a global terrorist by the United States was "well deserved". Salahuddin had on July 1 claimed that his group had the capability to launch attacks inside India.

Shastri formally applies for India head coach job

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 15:12
Ravi Shastri has become the frontrunner for the India head coach job after he formally submitted his application to the BCCI. A senior BCCI official confirmed to PTI that Shastri has submitted his application ahead of the July 9 deadline.

GST may help Indian economy save up to Rs 2300 crore at check posts

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 13:10
“As far as taxation is concerned, the check posts will go. There are couple of other check posts like the state excise check posts. State excise is the state duty on liquor/alcohol, now these things may remain," Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said.

'Just like India, China also different from 1962': Beijing on Jaitley remark

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:46
The Chinese foreign ministry has reacted to Defence Minister Arun Jaitley's remarks that India of 2017 is different from what it was in 1962, saying China too is different and will take "all necessary measures" to safeguard its territorial sovereignty.

Sensex, Nifty soar high in 1st session under GST 

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:19
The 30-share BSE Sensex gained 300.01 points (0.97 per cent) to close at 31,221.62 while the broader 50-share NSE Nifty gained 94.10 points (0.99 per cent) to finish at 9,615. The markets was led by ITC whose shares rose by 9.62 per cent in intra day trade.

India, Israel to elevate ties during Modi's visit

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:46
India and Israel will elevate their ties and sign several agreements during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit here, the first ever by an Indian premier, hailed as a "very significant step" in strengthening bilateral relations that are on a "constant upswing".

India violated border so Modi could impress Trump: Chinese media

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:03
Indian troops "violated" the "undisputed" China-India border so it could show the US New Delhi's "firm determination to constrain China's rise", said China's state-run media.

This Tata car crosses 1 lakh in bookings

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 09:41
Made in the company's Sanand facility, the Tiago pointed towards a shift in Tata's styling philosophy. Inputs from design studios in Pune and European centres went into the making of the car which is offered in petrol and diesel variants with two new engines - Revotron 1.2L (petrol engine) and Revotorq 1.05L (diesel engine).

GST effect: Sensex rises by more than 300 points

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 06:16
The 30-share BSE Sensex opened at 31,156.04, up by 234.43 points while the broader 50-share Nifty started trading at 9,587.95, up by 29.25 points. In early trade, ITC gained by nearly 8 per cent. However, the indices corrected itself immediately as bank and technology stocks started losing.

What is the dispute between India and China?

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 04:43
The McMahon line, which India recognises as its boundary, is not accepted by the Chinese. The line was drawn by Sir Henry McMahon, the foreign secretary of the British Indian government who was acting as the chief negotiator in the Shimla conference between Britain, China and Tibet.

Won’t use ‘hammer’, let market forces bring down prices: Govt

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 02:33
So far, the assessment in the government is that the rollout has been fairly smooth. Even small businesses gradually adjusting to the situation. Govt hopes the businesses will share the gains, including the benefits arising from input tax credit.

60% in 18-19 age bracket not enrolled as voters

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 23:32
Barely 40% of the country's newly eligible voters in the 18-19 age group are currently enrolled as voters. In fact, in big states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, 75 lakh and 46 lakh young people have turned 18 but are yet to enlist themselves as voters.

Niche US visas for ‘extraordinary’ individual growing in popularity

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 23:28
Statistics given by the US Department of Homeland Security show that allotment of O-1 visas (O1-A and O1-B) has grown significantly over the years, from just 31,969 in 2006 to 93,086 a decade later. Awareness of this category is building up in India and experts say their popularity will soon go up.

US lifts ban on e-gadgets on Etihad planes

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 23:01
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad on Sunday night said US-bound passengers can now take electronics on board its aircraft. The US had on March 25 banned electronic devices larger than a mobile phone in passenger cabins of direct flights to the country from 10 airports

Beijing using Doklam to arm-twist Delhi on OBOR?

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 22:39
China’s official news agency sent signals on Sunday that the ongoing border stand-off with India was caused, at least partly, by Beijing’s desperate need to force an unwilling India to accept its One Belt One Road (OBOR) programme.

1 lakh deregistered companies to face more heat

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 22:26
The government is launching a multi-pronged offensive against one lakh companies that have been de-registered, including action against those for violating taxation and money-laundering laws as well as choking their access to banking.

China’s maximalist position aimed at cramping India’s strategic space

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 22:02
China is deliberately conflating 2 separate issues - the delineation of the tri-junction points and PLA's forcible attempt to change the status quo by building a strategic highway through the Doklam plateau, according to strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney.

Withdraw Army to end border row: Chinese media 

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 18:59
Dismissing as "untenable" India's assertion that Beijing's construction of road in the disputed Doklam area poses "serious security implications", China's official news agency on Sunday asked New Delhi not to deviate consensus on developing bilateral relations.

Pranab cared for me like a father would: PM Modi

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 18:27
Days before Pranab Mukherjee demits office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday voiced his deep admiration and emotional bonding with the outgoing President, saying he cared for him like a father would for his son.

ICC Women's World Cup: India beat Pakistan to post 3rd successive win

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 17:42
Riding on left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht's five-wicket haul, Indian women defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 95 runs to register their third successive win in the ICC Women's World Cup at Derby in England on Sunday.

US warship challenges Beijing claim again, sails near South China Sea

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 17:02
An American warship on Sunday sailed close to a disputed island in the South China Sea occupied by Beijing, as part of an operation to demonstrate freedom of navigation in the waters, a US official said.

GST to boost India's GDP; will be positive for rating: Moody

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 16:07
Implementation of the Goods and Services Tax will be positive for India's rating as it will lead to higher GDP growth and increased tax revenues, Moody's Investors Service said on Sunday.

China's heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 15:04
Chinese state media say a rocket launch has failed after unspecified abnormality during the flight. The official Xinhua News Agency says experts will investigate the cause of the glitch for Sunday's launch of the Long March-5 Y2, the country's second heavy-lift carrier rocket.

Sikkim stand-off: Eye on China, India pushes more troops in Doka La

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 14:00
India has pushed in more troops in a "non-combative mode" to strengthen its position in an area near Sikkim, where its soldiers have been locked in a standoff with Chinese troops for almost a month now in what has been the longest such impasse between the two armies since 1962.

Shed 'anxiety', join OBOR: Chinese media to India

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 13:25
India should shed its "strategic anxiety" over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and join the Belt and Road Initiative to become a cooperative partner and not a rival, a state-run Chinese news agency said on Sunday, amid a standoff between the two nations in the Sikkim sector.

Money in Swiss banks: India slips to 88th place, UK on top

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 12:07
The money officially held by Indians with banks in Switzerland now accounts for a meagre 0.04 per cent of the total funds kept by all foreign clients in the Swiss banking system, as per an analysis of the latest figures compiled by the SNB (Swiss National Bank) as on 2016-end.

CISF wins award for best security at Delhi airport

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 07:50
Matching the quality levels of organisations like Infosys, Wipro, SBI, L&T, Pfizer, ICICI Bank etc, the security cover provided by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the Delhi airport has been adjudged the best airport security by the World Quality Congress (WQC).

Jharkhand lynching incident: BJP leader arrested

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 06:39
A local BJP leader was among two people arrested while another person surrendered in court in connection with the lynching of a meat trader in Ramgarh district recently, police said. Police have also taken a man into custody for interrogation.

GST: Ready-to-move-in flats to cost more

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 06:20
The consumers will have to shell out more for the ready to move-in flats under the GST system as developers with large unsold inventories are planning to pass on the higher tax burden to home-buyers. However, the new flats will cost less, giving some breather to the developers of upcoming projects.

UP: Acid attack victim attacked again

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 05:25
The horrifying picture of Uttar Pradesh's statutory system was witnessed on Saturday where an acid attack victim, whom chief minister Yogi Adityanath met in the hospital a few months back, again faced the same brutal act in Aliganj.

Consumers not complaining about GST, only a few traders unhappy: Jaitley

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 01:41
Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that with the government ensuring reasonable rates consumers were not complaining about the introduction of goods and services tax and wondered why certain traders are upset although buyers bear the burden of indirect taxes.

Drugs to be sold at non-GST price till August

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 01:25
Patients can continue to buy essential medicines at the pre-GST MRP, that is, not at the increased prices, till new batches arrive at pharmacies and stockists, and reach retail shelves. Essential medicines are taxed at 12% under GST, and insulin and critical-care products at 5%.

Face-off: JD(U) to skip RJD rally against BJP

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 23:32
After supporting NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind and GST, JD(U) has decided not to participate in RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s “BJP hatao, desh bachao rally” in Patna on August 27. This is yet another example of the widening rift between the Grand Alliance partners.

Mixed bag on 1st day: Shops yet to adapt to GST

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 23:25
Fewer footfalls at popular markets but a rush at malls. That’s how the first day of GST played out in the capital as showers drove people to malls with outlets still offering discounts in multiple sales in order to clear stocks.

Delhi: Now, get a Magenta Metro every 100 sec

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 23:09
The 36.98km stretch, the first phase of which will be commissioned after three months, will run on Communication Based Train Control (CBCT), a state-of-the-art signaling technology, which will help the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) slash its existing peak-hour frequency of 135 seconds.

‘5 from Kerala fighting for IS killed in Syria’

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 22:59
Intelligence agencies have found out that at least five Malayalis from Kerala’s Malabar region have been killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria in the past four months.

Cars, iPhone get cheaper; ghee becomes costlier

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 22:55
While several companies, ranging from Procter and Gamble, Mahindra, Honda and LG, are still doing their pluses and minuses, others such as Samsung have gone ahead and raised prices of white goods in line with the change in tax rates.

48 hrs before GST, 1 lakh cos lost registration for ‘lapses’: PM Modi

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 22:39
PM Narendra Modi disclosed on Saturday that the registration of over one lakh companies which had allegedly engaged in suspicious transactions post-demonetisation had been scrapped as he sought to cast the goods and services tax (GST) as his second strike against black money and corruption.

'3L firms under scanner': PM's tough message to black money hoarders

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 19:24
PM Modi also said his government is committed to taking even tougher action against those helping hide black money and he is not at all concerned about any political implications of strong moves.

1971 Karachi harbour attack hero Kavina dead

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 18:24
Lt Commander BN Kavina was the commanding officer of Indian Navy ship Nipat during the missile attack on the Karachi harbour and the Pakistani naval forces on December 4, 1971.

Reject vigilantism, but be vigilant: Prez to people

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 18:16
Raising the issue of lynchings in the country in the name of vigilantism, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said when mob frenzy becomes so "irrational and uncontrollable", the people have to be "vigilant" to save the basic tenets of the society.

India attends SCO meeting in China amid Sikkim stand-off

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 18:13
The members talked about a joint operation along the border to prevent trans-border crimes and to improve the organisation's cooperation on safeguarding border security at the SCO meeting, the report said.

PM Modi wants 4 Indian accounting firms in world's Big 8 by 2022

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 17:45
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for creating four big Indian accounting firms that can make up the world's 'Big 8' even as he cautioned CAs against misuse of their all-powerful signature.

GST: Marutis cheaper, Fortuner less by Rs 2.17L

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 17:42
It is a good time to be in the market for a car. With the introduction of Goods and Service Tax, several carmakers have announced price cuts on several of their products in a bid to increase footfall in showrooms.

Defiant Hizb chief Salahuddin denounces US ban, vows to fight on

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 17:10
Terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin on Saturday vowed to continue the struggle for "liberation" of Kashmir from India, days after the US blacklisted him as a "global terrorist".

Pay taxes to become a developed nation: Jaitley

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 16:56
Jaitley said the government cannot keep lending money from various institutions to run the country. It has to get money from the citizens in the form of taxes. "We cannot do it because in our system it became a norm to evade taxes."

How US under Trump is taking more aggressive stance against China

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 14:45
Delivering a one-two punch to China on Thursday, the Trump administration approved a $1.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan and blacklisted a small Chinese bank over its business ties with North Korea.

At least 17 injured in US nightclub shooting

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 13:52
Little Rock Police say they are investigating a shooting at an Arkansas nightclub that left at least 17 people injured. Police further said that the shooting on early Saturday morning at the Power Lounge appears to have happened following a dispute at a concert.

Should I withdraw if I don't have numbers: Meira 

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 13:07
Bombarded with questions related to winnability in the presidential poll, a visibly-irked Meira Kumar shot back: "Should I withdraw because I don't have enough numbers to win the poll?"

We are geared up to fulfil SC-given mandate: CoA

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 13:02
Unfazed by the delaying tactics adopted by the members of BCCI at its last SGM, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators has strengthened its resolve to implement the mandate given to them by the apex court.

GST effect: Pay more to buy home appliances from today

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 12:39
Durable makers would also go for another hike before the festive seasons as the industry is considering a price revision based on input credit, when their existing stock of raw materials and components would replenish.

Jadhav case: India demands consular access again

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 12:29
Renewing its demand, India on Saturday again asked Pakistan for consular access to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court as the two countries exchanged a list of prisoners lodged in each other's jails.

Automakers, retailers lure customers with discounts as GST kicks in

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 12:10
Maruti dropped prices on some models by up to 3%, passing the "entire benefit of GST rates" to customers. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has reduced prices for all cars manufactured in India by up to 7%.

I-T notifies form for Aadhaar-PAN linking

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 11:40
An individual will have to mention both PAN and Aadhaar numbers, the spelling of the names mentioned on them and give a signed declaration that the Aadhaar number provided in the application form has "not been provided" by them for the purpose of linking it with "any other PAN".

Tech women speak frankly on sexual harassment

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 10:09
The tech industry has long suffered a gender imbalance, with companies such as Google and Facebook acknowledging how few women were in their ranks. Some female engineers have started to speak out on sexual harassment.

Planned surgical strike after media insult: Parrikar

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 09:21
Former Union defence minister and Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said here on Friday that the defence ministry was in shambles when he took over its reins in November 2014.

GST: Maruti cuts prices of vehicles by up to 3%

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 08:32
As the new regime kicks in, Maruti Suzuki on Saturday announced a price cut on select vehicles by up to 3 per cent to pass on GST benefit to customers.

I am like wine: Dhoni on getting better with age

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 08:31
Dhoni's unbeaten 78 off 79 balls enabled India to post a winning score on a tough track and the former skipper is happy that he got a chance to play an innings of quality after the top three has been scoring bulk of runs in recent times.

Jaitley on GST: People have to adjust to the new culture of paying tax

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 04:12
"The GST rollout should be fairly smooth. There will be some glitches, which I am sure can be immediately rectified. These will be transition issues, which are there when you switch over from one system to another," finance minister Arun Jaitley told TOI.

'BMC official stalls projects for big bribes'

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:31
The state government’s much hyped ease of doing business policy has made no difference to the rampant corruption and harassment in the civic building proposals department, which approves new plans.

Freedom at midnight from tax terrorism: PM Modi

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 23:55
The goods and services tax, a radical step towards the country’s transformation into a common market, became a reality at the stroke of midnight with Prime Minister Narendra Modi billing it a “good and simple tax” which would help businessmen by putting an end to tax terrorism and inspector raj.

Cracks in opposition unity on show at GST launch

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 21:20
A special midnight function in the Central Hall of Parliament underlined the cracks in opposition unity. The event for the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) saw some opposition parties in attendance and others conspicuous by absence.

India adopts GST, PM Modi says it’s ‘good and simple tax’

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 21:16
PM Modi, who’s well known for his gift of the gab, smartly expanded GST as ‘good and simple tax’ while delivering his speech, which was received by a thundering applause by the attendees thumping the table, a common ritual at the Parliament for expressing joy or praise.

Cars, SUVs and bikes get cheaper as GST kicks in

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 20:15
Prices of popular cars and motorcycles & scooters come down from Saturday as the GST regime kicks in, even though hybrids and bigger bikes with engines above 350cc become dearer.

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