Delhi Metro Services May Be Hit From Saturday; Staff Threatens To Go On Strike

June 30, 2018

Delhi Metro services may trouble you from Saturday as select staff may go on strike. The non-executive staff of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has threatened to go on strike from Saturday if their demands, including revisions in pay scale, are not met.  A senior Delhi Metro official, when contacted by news agency Press Trust of India (PTI), said: “There is a possibility of services shutting down if no…

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Income tax filing: Here’s how to avail e-PAN instantly free of cost by just using Aadhar

June 30, 2018

In a move expected to help taxpayers looking to generate permanent account numbers, the Income Tax Department on Friday launched a new facility to avail instant e-PAN. Those who do not hold PAN cards can now avail e-PAN facility on a real-time basis and that too free of cost just using Aadhaar card.  It is valid for a limited period on a first-come, first-served basis for valid Aadhaar holders. An…

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Cyclone alert! IMD issues warnings for Gujarat, Maharashtra; heavy rainfall likely in Western India

June 30, 2018

The Indian Meteorological Department, Mumbai has issued warnings of cyclonic circulations over the northeast Arabian Sea off north Gujarat coast at upper levels and the east-central Arabian Sea off south Maharashtra coast in a higher level. The Indian Meteorological Department, Mumbai has issued warnings of cyclonic circulations over the northeast Arabian Sea off north Gujarat coast at upper levels and the east-central Arabian Sea off south Maharashtra coast in a…

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Facebook still evasive over Cambridge Analytica data leak and fake news

June 30, 2018

Facebook continues to be evasive in its answers to a British parliamentary committee examining a scandal over misuse of the social media company’s data by Cambridge Analytica, the committee’s chair said on Friday. Britain’s digital and media (DCMS) committee is examining fake news, and what the consultancy, employed by Donald Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign, did with the Facebook data, which was improperly obtained. Cambridge Analytica said it deleted the…

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Should Petrol, Diesel Be Brought Under GST Regime? What Experts Say

June 30, 2018

The rise in petrol and diesel prices has burnt a hole in the pocket of the common citizen. In the month of May, due to global oil prices touching $80 a barrel, domestic petrol and diesel prices skyrocketed to all-time highs in some cities. Because of this, retail inflation surged to a four-month high of 4.87 per cent in May. Oil marketing companies revise petrol and diesel rates every day on…

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‘Mobile Airbag’ Case Invented by Student Deploys When You Drop Your Smartphone

June 30, 2018

A German engineering student has invented a ‘mobile airbag’ case design that automatically deploys when a phone is dropped. We already have several case options in the market that can protect mobile devices from harm, such as cracks, scraps, water damage, and more. But usually, they come at a price apart from adding more bulk to the handsets that we have to carry around in our pockets. But a solution…

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WhatsApp tweak: Now admins will decide who can post to the group

June 30, 2018

Whatsapp is rolling out a new optional feature that allows only administrators to send messages to the group, the company announced. If the administrator selects this setting, called “Only Admins”, only they will be allowed to publish to the group — they can allow others to publish by adding them as administrators. A WhatsApp spokesperson told The Indian Express that this new setting can help reduce “unwanted forwards into important…

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Budget 2018: Some basic facts on LTCG tax

June 29, 2018

NEW DELHI: On February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech proposed to put a 10% tax on long term capital gains that accrue to an investor from investments in those assets which pay securities transaction tax (STT). In October 2004, LTCG tax was abolished to promote long term investments in shares and equity mutual funds. WHAT IS LTCG? According to the government, LTCG mean gains arising from the transfer of longterm capital asset….

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Money stashed by Indians in Swiss banks swells by 50%: Narendra Modi’s promise on black money suffers setback

June 29, 2018

Funds stashed, by Indian moneybags, behind the ‘impregnable’ walls of Swiss banks swelled by over 50 percent to CHF (Swiss franc) 1.01 billion (Rs 7,000 crore) in 2017, the PTI reported  citing official annual data released by the Swiss National Bank (SNB), the central banking authority of the Alpine nation. This is after Indian money in Swiss banks fell by 45 percent in 2016, marking their biggest ever yearly plunge, to CHF 676 million…

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Govt may further lower GST rates, review high-tax items

June 29, 2018

NEW DELHI: The government is looking to further lower goods and services tax (GST) in the coming months, starting with construction material such as cement and paints, which are in the top slab of 28%. Separately, sources told TOI, the government is also looking at the possibility of paring the levy on several items that attract high taxes but do not yield much revenue for the government. “It’s 80:20 formula,…

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These users are getting one-year free Amazon Prime subscription

June 29, 2018

The telecom war has been intense since past one year with companies not just giving free data to users but also offering some other subscriptions and services free of cost. The newest offer in town comes from telecom giant Vodafone. The company has partnered with Amazon to give its select customers access to the latter’s Prime service for one year. But as always, there’s a catch.  To get the one-year free…

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Tatkal train ticket booking: Timings, cancelling charges..

June 29, 2018

Tatkal Tickets: Last moment journeys are always difficult to manage but thanks to Indian Railways’ tatkal ticket feature, railway passengers or users can book train tickets just a day prior to the journey. The feature is widely used by people who have to travel at a very short notice or in emergencies by those who cannot secure reserved accommodation. However, the tatkal ticket booking facility is provided by Indian Railways on payment…

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