Parliament hears Modi’s Mann ki Baat, goes cashless

December 1, 2016

The government’s cashless campaign was on Wednesday introduced in Parliament where plastic money payment facilities were launched in all canteens and other eating facilities by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.The facility has been made available at 19 places in Parliament, including canteens for MPs and media as well as in the Central Hall. Parliament’s Food Committee Chairman A P Jithender Reddy, who played a key role in implementing the cashless…

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Near-miss in Mumbai: Wing tips of two planes on tarmac touch

December 1, 2016

A major mishap was averted on Wednesday when the wingtips of two aircraft — one of them taxiing and the other on the verge of takeoff — touched each other at the Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. No passenger or crew member of either IndiGo or Kuwait Airways aircraft was hurt in the incident, which took place at around 0545 hours, airport sources said. Both the aircraft are now…

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Cabinet Approves Rs. 2,000 Crore Package For Refugees From Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir

December 1, 2016

New Delhi: A Rs. 2,000-crore development package for displaced people of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) living in the country was on Wednesday approved by the government. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the Home Ministry’s proposal to provide enhanced financial aid to 36,384 families, who are mostly living in Jammu region after their displacement from PoK post Independence. Each of these families will get around Rs. 5.5…

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National anthem to play before films, all must stand: SC

December 1, 2016

NEW DELHI: Prescribing patriotism for citizens, on Wednesday the Supreme Court made it compulsory for cinema theatres to play the national anthem with the image of the national flag prior to screening films and said the audience should stand up to show respect. Seeking implementation of the order in 10 days, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said: “All cinema halls in India shall play the national…

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All You Need to Know About Govt’s Latest Tax Proposals on Black Money

December 1, 2016

Providing a window to black money holders, the government on Monday proposed to levy a total tax, penalty and surcharge of 50 per cent on the amount deposited post demonetisation while higher taxes and stiffer penalty of above 80 per cent await those who don’t disclose but are caught. Q. What is the new scheme? A. The government has proposed that the people holding black money can declare their black…

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Work in coordination to tackle insurgency, PM asks police chiefs of NE states

November 28, 2016

The DGPs were also asked to remain vigilant of the radical forces and were advised to intensify surveillance on cyber space. Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed on the need for close coordination between the militancy-infested northeastern states and suggested that every police officer should devote at least 100 hours in a year to train their subordinates. Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with the…

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Tiger Breaks Out Of Indore Zoo Cage, Still At Large

November 28, 2016

Indore: A tiger broke out of its cage at the zoo in Indore on Sunday evening, spreading panic among the large crowd present, and was still at large, officials said. However, all the visitors to the Kamala Nehru Zoological Gardens and personnel at the veterinary hospital inside the premises, were evacuated safely. According to Forest Department sources, the incident happened at around 5 pm, with the big cat’s sudden emergence…

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Why Modi continues to enjoy wide popular support

November 28, 2016

‘I have no doubt that the government means well.’ ‘I am merely curious to know whether my suspicions of it being enthusiastic about shooting first and aiming later are unfounded,’ says Aakar Patel. It was said about the French leader Giscard D’Estaing that the idea of a European Union thrilled him, but the details bored him. I have often suspected that this attitude is to be found in many of…

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‘Never seen a woman journalist braver than her’

November 28, 2016

Despite being in the crosshairs of the police, politicians and vigilantes, Malini Subramaniam continues to report from Bastar, Chhattisgarh, a hotbed for Maoist insurgency. For her work, often under life-threatening circumstances, she has won the International Press Freedom Award 2016. P Rajendran meets Subramaniam at the awards night in New York City. There has never been a more dangerous time to be a journalist.’ Malini Subramaniam knows a little about…

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Battle lines drawn for today’s bandh

November 28, 2016

Support me or support corruption, says Modi as Opposition goes ahead with protest On the eve of the proposed nationwide Opposition bandh over demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday offered people a choice: endorse the “Bharat bandh” or support the fight against corruption. Upping the ante against parties opposing demonetisation, the Prime Minister said: “On the one hand, the government is taking steps to shut all doors for corruption….

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PM Modi likely to attend Rajya Sabha, Cong says he is not courageous enough

November 24, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the Rajya Sabha on Thursday but may not intervene to end an impasse over the scrapping of high-value currency that has deadlocked Parliament and stalled legislative business. Opposition parties went into a huddle early Thursday and indicated they might continue to disrupt proceedings in the second week of the winter session that has transacted little work. The Opposition has been furious over…

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‘Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,’ Army’s Northern Command said in a warning to Pakistan.

November 23, 2016

‘Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,’ Army’s Northern Command said in a warning to Pakistan. Srinagar: The Army vowed “heavy retribution” after Pakistan’s troops killed three Indian soldiers and mutilated one of the bodies at Machil sector in Kashmir’s Kupwara district along the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday. The Army’s Northern Command tweeted: “3 soldiers killed in action on LoC in Machil. Body of one soldier mutilated,…

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