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  • Southwest Monsoon will be normal says India Meteorological Department IMD

    April 18, 2017
    The Southwest Monsoon will be “normal” this year, a news which will augur well for the farming community and the economy.India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General K.J. Ramesh said there would be good distribution of rainfall across the country.“The country will receive 96 per cent of Long Period Average (LPA),” he said.Anything between 96 and 104 per cent of the LPA is considered as “normal”. Anything under 96 per cent is considered as... Read More

    Maneka Gandhi wants father s name optional in caste certificates

    April 18, 2017
    The Woman and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has sought a change in rules that require father’s name to be mandatorily mentioned for getting caste certificates, in case of children raised by single or separated mothers. Gandhi’s move comes days within her approaching HRD minister Prakash Javadekar with a request to change the rule that requires father’s name to be mandatorily mentioned on a student’s degree certificate.In a letter to Social Justice and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Arun Jaitley to leave for US tomorrow to attend World Bank IMF G meets

    April 18, 2017
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday will leave on a five-day visit to the United States to participate in the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF as well as deliberations of G20 nations.The official delegation, led by Mr. Jaitley, includes among others, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian. Also, a team of RBI officials led by RBI Governor Urjit Patel will be attending the meeting.Mr.Jaitley and Mr, Patel will participate in the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Haryana government exempts solar equipment from VAT

    April 18, 2017
    The Haryana government on Tuesday exempted solar equipment and parts used in installation of solar power projects from value added tax (VAT). A decision to this effect was taken by the Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in Chandigarh.At present, VAT of five per cent plus surcharge is levied on solar devices and equipment in the state, an official spokesman said. Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have already... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Vijay Mallya arrested in London

    April 18, 2017
    Businessman Vijay Mallya was arrested today morning in London, according to sources. Mr. Mallya is due to appear in Westminister Magistrates court.The British authorities had recently started the legal process to extradite Mr.Mallya to India. However, it is not certain if the legal process would culminate in his return to India to face charges as India-U.K. Extradition Treaty allows a wanted person to seek several guarantees before being extradited.

    Australia abolishes visa programme used largely by Indians

    April 18, 2017
    Australia on Tuesday abolished a visa programme used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country. The programme will be replaced by another visa programme, with new restrictions.The programme, known as 457 visa, allows business to employ foreign workers for a period up to four years in skilled jobs where there is a shortage of Australian workers.“We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains: Australian workers... Read More
    Category: International

    Prince William speaks with Lady Gaga on mental health

    April 18, 2017
    Prince William has brought Lady Gaga on board with in his efforts to persuade people to be more open about their mental health and crush the stigma associated with the issue.The heir to the throne released a video on Tuesday in which he speaks with the pop superstar in a FaceTime call from his home in London to her’s in Los Angeles.Prince William says it is “time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health. It’s the same as physical... Read More
    Category: International

    WhatsApp is testing a feature to make changing numbers easier

    April 18, 2017
    WhatsApp may finally make it less painful to change your number.Since WhatsApp is tied to your phone number, changing numbers can be a huge hassle. Users do everything from add dozens of friends to a new group chat announcing the change in number to using the app's broadcast feature.Now, the Facebook-owned company is reportedly testing a new "Change Number" feature in the beta version of WhatsApp. The feature allows users to notify contacts about the change in phone number,... Read More

    Indian Railways planning to train over railwaymen on high speed rail tech abroad

    April 18, 2017
    Railways has undertaken a massive exercise of imparting training to over 500 railwaymen on high-speed rail technology in China and Japan, ahead of running trains at speed ranging from 160 to 200 kmph in select corridors in the country. Railways has firmed up plans for running trains at higher speed of 160 kmph in the busy trunk routes of Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai section to reduce travel time between these metropoles.Besides, the public transporter has asked SNCF, the French railways, to... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    President Donald Trump to sign executive order on reform of H B visa system

    April 18, 2017
    U.S. President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would tighten the process of issuing the H-1B visas and seek a review of the system for creating an “entirely new structure” for awarding these visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT firms and professionals.Mr. Trump is scheduled to travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the home state of House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, to sign the ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order.This was a... Read More

    Religion based reservation not in country s interest Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu

    April 18, 2017
    Union Minister for Urban Development  M Venkaiah Naidu has termed reservation on the basis of religion as unconstitutional, saying it is not in the interest of the country. “Reservation on the basis of religion is not in the interest of the country. It is unconstitutional,” he told reporters on Monday in response to a query.Naidu’s comments came a day after the Telangana legislature passed a bill increasing the reservation for Scheduled Tribes and backward... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Nifty regains level Sensex zooms points in early trade

    April 18, 2017
    NSE Nifty reclaims the psychological 9,200-mark and BSE benchmark Sensex soared about 267 points in early trade on Tuesday, triggered by across-the-board buying amid mixed overseas cues.Investors appeared optimistic ahead of quarterly earnings of some key companies, including IT major TCS which is scheduled to release its results later in the day.The 30-share index was trading higher by 266.97 points, or 0.90 per cent, to 29,680.63 with all the sectoral indices led by metal, oil & gas and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Special doors at Metro Rail stations to check suicide bids

    April 18, 2017
    In a bid to avoid suicide attempts , Delhi and Chennai Metro Rail systems have decided to install platform screen doors (PSD) in underground stations.These doors are synchronised to open along with the train doors, thereby blocking access to the tracks for commuters.While in Delhi Metro with over 150 stations, PSDs are being set up only in six major stations for now, all 19 underground stations of Chennai Metro Rail will have this facility.This will be a new feature for commuters in the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Infosys s target for billion revenue by

    April 18, 2017
    Infosys Ltd, despite a relatively good performance over the past two years, is battling perceptions of under-performance because of its inability to keep pace with its ambitious target of more than doubling its revenue to $20 billion by March 2021.This target appears to have done more harm than good: analysts continue to rate the company using it as a metric; and people in the know attribute the departure of at least a few senior executives over the past few years to it. Now, an analyst at a... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Top Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal passed away

    April 18, 2017
    A top ranking leader of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist [CPI-Maoist], Narayan Sanyal passed away late on Monday night in a south Kolkata hospital. He was in his early 80s and was suffering from cancer.Sanyal was the Polit Bureau member of the CPI-Maoist at the time of his arrest in 2005 and perhaps the second most important leader after the party’s national secretary, Muppalla Lakshmana Rao.Born in an affluent family in undivided Bengal’s Bogra district, now in... Read More



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