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  • Good news for BMTC commuters fares reduced for short distance travel AC buses

    April 13, 2017
    People using the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) services in the city for commuting short distances will pay a lower fare with the corporation on Thursday announcing its new tariff.Citing requests by thousands of passengers who often have a problem with finding change, the BMTC announced that fares for the second stage of travel (2-4 km, each stage equals 2 km of travel), would be reduced from 12 to 10 for non air conditioned services. “Around 25% of all our riders... Read More

    Focus on upkeep of highways says CM Chandrababu Naidu

    April 13, 2017
    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has asked officials to consider every national and State highway as standalone projects for maintenance. A knowledge partner needs to be appointed in this regard.Andhra Pradesh has a network of 41,296 km of State roads and 6,000 km length of national highways.These roads have to be connected. He directed officials to chalk out plans in that direction, and utilise the services of DWCRA groups.Mr. Naidu held a review meeting on the Roads and Buildings (R&B)... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Government hopes to auction coal blocks for commercial mining by December end

    April 13, 2017
    India aims to auction coal blocks for commercial mining by December-end, coal secretary Susheel Kumar told television channel ET NOW on Thursday, a move that would end monopoly of State-run firms in coal mining.This could help the country to meet its target and produce 1 billion tonnes by 2020.Coal accounts for about 70% of India's power generation, and the government wants to boost domestic output to cut imports.Despite environmental worries, India plans to continue to depend on... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    Abbas seeks unprecedented steps to end Palestinian split

    April 13, 2017
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned that he will take “unprecedented steps” to end the political division between his West Bank-based autonomy government and the Hamas-run Gaza ( (Palestinian split).Mr. Abbas did not explain, but could try to use financial pressure to extract concessions from the Islamic militant Hamas which seized Gaza from him in 2007.The escalating rhetoric comes ahead of a planned meeting between Mr. Abbas and President Donald Trump that will likely focus... Read More
    Category: International

    Malala Yousafzai becomes honorary Canadian

    April 13, 2017
    Malala Yousafzai is using her honorary Canadian citizenship to call on the country’s leaders to take real action to improve educational opportunities for girls.The teenage Nobel prize winner spoke to the Canadian Parliament after becoming an honorary citizen on Wednesday. She asked lawmakers to make education for girls a top priority when it hosts the G7 summit next year.Ms. Yousafzai was 15 when she shot in the head by Taliban militants in Pakistan in 2012. She was targeted due to her... Read More

    Germany favours ban on boat exports to Libya to stop migrants

    April 13, 2017
    The German government says it would support a ban on the export of boats from the European Union to Libya as part of measures to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.Smugglers use often rickety vessels to ferry thousands of migrants from the north African country to Europe each month.Mass drownings are common when the overloaded boats capsize or sink.In a response to questions from Left Party lawmakers, the German government says it considers “imposing restrictive... Read More
    Category: International

    Saudi Arabia raises billion in first global Islamic bond issue

    April 13, 2017
    Saudi Arabia raised $9 billion in its first global Islamic bond issue, the government announced today, a move analysts say could ease pressure on foreign reserves.The sale of Islamic bonds, known as sukuks, comes after the kingdom in October turned to the conventional global debt market for the first time, raising $17.5 billion in a bond issue. Saudi Arabia has also sold domestic bonds and drawn on its accumulated reserves, all in an effort to reform the economy and address budget deficits... Read More
    Category: International

    US sees India as key nation in Asia Pacific region Pentagon

    April 13, 2017
    The US sees India as a pivotal nation for its security in the Asia Pacific region, the Pentagon has said as the Trump administration quietly started the process of implementing the recent designation of India as a “major defence partner”.“The relationship between India and the United States is on track. Secretary [James] Mattis has made the defence relationship with India a top priority,” Pentagon Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told PTI.“He sees India as a pivotal... Read More
    Category: International

    President Pranab Mukherjee confers Padma Shri to Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

    April 13, 2017
    For his contribution in the culinary section, celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor has today been honoured with the Padma Shri Award by President Pranab Mukherjee.Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine who runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood and has hosted ‘Khana Khazana’ cookery show on television for more than 17 years. He is also the author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards.He started out in the hospitality... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    New Zealanders evacuated from parts of coast as storm hits

    April 13, 2017
    Hundreds of people in New Zealand were evacuated from some coastal areas on Thursday as the second major storm in just over a week made landfall near the North Island town of Whakatane.But residents of the nation’s largest city, Auckland, breathed a sigh of relief as the remnants of Cyclone Cook moved past them to the east. Authorities had earlier worried the storm could hit the city and cause major problems.“It seems Auckland has largely survived ... unscathed,” tweeted... Read More

    Supreme Court on ryots suicides shocking to see Tamil Nadu govt is still silent

    April 13, 2017
    In a wake-up call to Tamil Nadu government, the Supreme Court on Thursday took stern exception to the State's lack of "humanitarian concern" and initiative to save its farmers, reeling under severe drought and harsh living conditions, from taking their own lives.A Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said it was the duty of the State government to protect its farmers, many of whom have been protesting in the national capital for the past 31 days for relief.The court said it... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Bank Accounts To Be Blocked If Not Self Certified By April

    April 13, 2017
    People holding bank accounts opened between July 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 need to submit self-certification by April 30 to comply with FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) provisions, without which the accounts would be blocked, the Income Tax Department said. "The account holders may be informed that, in case self-certifications are not provided till April 30, 2017, the accounts would be blocked, which would mean that the financial institution would prohibit the account holder... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    President Pranab Mukherjee agrees to four supporting legislations on GST

    April 13, 2017
    President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval to four supporting legislations related to Goods and Services Tax (GST), paving the way for the roll out of ‘one nation, one tax’ regime from July 1.The legislations were The Central GST Act, 2017, The Integrated GST Act, 2017, The GST (Compensation to States) Act, 2017, and The Union Territory GST Act, 2017, officials said on Thursday. GST( Goods and sevices Tax) Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a proposed system of indirect... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    World s Biggest Metro Projects Coaches Being Made In India

    April 13, 2017
    Drawn to India by an explosion in metro-rail projects, Alstom SA and Bombardier Inc are now poised to use the nation known for being the world's back-office as a manufacturing export hub. The French and Canadian multinationals set up manufacturing and engineering operations between 2008 and 2010 to tap into India's rapidly-growing urban transportation market and will now export to Australia, the Middle East and Asia from these facilities, company officials said. PricewaterhouseCoopers... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    CBSE Serves Show Cause Notice To Schools On Failure To Share Information

    April 13, 2017
    The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a show cause notice to over 2,000 schools affiliated to it across the country for not making certain information public. As per the norms, all CBSE schools are mandated to make details public right from the number of water taps, wi-fi facilities with speed details to a complete breakup of monthly fees of each class, admission results, reserve funds and balance sheets.The schools were asked to fill the information online through the link... Read More

    Why no EVMs with VVPAT Supreme Court asks Central Government

    April 13, 2017
    The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to respond by May 8 to a plea by the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) to comply with a 2013 Supreme Court directive to introduce paper trail in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).A Bench led by Justice J. Chelameswar issued notice to the Centre after senior advocate P. Chidambaram submitted that EVMs remain highly vulnerable and susceptible to hacking."What one man can invent, another man can hack," Mr. Chidambaram submitted."I (voter)... Read More
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    Madras HC restrains Magistrates from ordering issuance of birth and death certificates

    April 13, 2017
    In an unprecedented move, the Madras High Court on Thursday restrained Magistrates from directing authorities to issue birth and death certificates to applicants, until further orders.A Bench of Justice S. Nagamuthu and P.N. Prakash gave the orders after a glaring incident of a criminal misusing the judicial route to obtain a birth certificate to fraudulently claim that he was a minor at the time of committing the crime, had come to light.In January 2016, appalled by the fact that over 4.13... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    US sees India as key nation in Asia Pacific region Pentagon

    April 13, 2017
    The US sees India as a pivotal nation for its security in the Asia Pacific region, the Pentagon has said as the Trump administration quietly started the process of implementing the recent designation of India as a “major defence partner”.“The relationship between India and the United States is on track. Secretary [James] Mattis has made the defence relationship with India a top priority,” Pentagon Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told PTI.“He sees India as a pivotal... Read More
    Category: International

    Trinamool congress leads in Kanthi Dakshin

    April 13, 2017
    Nearly at the end of the counting in Kanthi-Dakshin [South] by-election in Purba [East] Medinipur district in south Bengal, ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) is comfortably ahead of its nearest rival by a margin of about 40,000 votes.But significantly Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has replaced the Communists and the Congress in Kanthi Dakshin, once considered a bastion of Communist Party of India (CPI).After 14 rounds of counting, TMC got little over 85,000 votes, while the BJP got about 45,000,... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Protest throws traffic out of gear in Chennai

    April 13, 2017
    Protest by a few pro-Tamil activists at the Kathipara Grade Separator near Guindy, which connects several parts of city during the morning peak hour, threw traffic out of gear from Meenambakkam to Saidapet in Chennai on Thursday.The activists led by film director Gowthaman numbering around 15, attempted a road blockade at the fly over at around 9.30am and started to close the road by a long chain and lock. They then squatted on the road and shouted slogans against government for their failure... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    First black woman on state s highest court found dead Newyork

    April 13, 2017
    The first black woman appointed to the state’s highest court has been found dead on the bank of the Hudson River.Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s body was discovered along the riverside near Harlem on Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing, police said.Police told that her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, and they declined to speculate on the cause of her death. The medical examiner planned to study her body to try to determine what killed her.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo,... Read More
    Category: International

    Sensex falls points on weak data global cues

    April 13, 2017
    The benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 73 points and the NSE Nifty dipped below the 9,200-mark in early trade today as investors indulged in cutting down their bets on disappointing macroeconomic data and weak trend in Asian markets.Moreover, lower-than-expected January-March earnings posted by the country’s second—largest software services company Infosys also dampened trading sentiment.Shares of Infosys plunged 2.20 per cent to Rs 947.50 in opening trade despite its... Read More
    Category: International

    NATO remains no longer obsolete President Donald Trump

    April 13, 2017
    In a major U-Turn, President Donald Trump has said that NATO is “no longer obsolete,” asserting that he is committed to the military alliance.The complain about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism.
    It was obsolete.But now It’s no longer obsolete,”Trump told reporters at a joint White House news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.“It’s my hope that NATO will take on an increased role in... Read More
    Category: International

    Re poll begins in Kashmir s Budgam

    April 13, 2017
    Re-polling at 38 polling stations in Budgam district in Srinagar parliamentary constituency began on Thursday, The Re-poll was ordered in 38 polling stations of Chadoora, Chrare-Sharief, Khansahib and Beerwah tehsils of Budgam district where violence had disrupted the process on Sunday.Voting process started at 7 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m.However, voters did not turnout in big numbers to cast their ballots.Sunday’s polling at these polling stations was disrupted by massive violence... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Infosys Q profit beats estimates

    April 13, 2017
    Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest software services exporter, reported a slightly higher-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as the company added more clients in the $100 million-plus category.
    Consolidated net profit for the Bengaluru-based company rose 0.2 percent to 36.03 billion rupees ($557.01 million) in the quarter, while revenue grew 3.4 percent to 171.20 billion rupees.Analysts, on average, had expected Q4 consolidated profit of 35.67 billion rupees, according to Thomson... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Russia vetoes UN resolution to condemn Syria chemical attack

    April 13, 2017
    Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution on Wednesday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation, triggering clashes between Moscow and the measure’s Western backers.The vote on the Security Council resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States was 10 in favour, Russia and Bolivia against, and China, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstaining.It was the eighth veto by Russia, a close ally of Syrian President... Read More
    Category: International



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