Farm loan waiver ‘temporarily necessary’
Farm loan waiver is necessary in the short-term as farmers are unable repay debts due to fall in agri-prices despite a bumper crop, renowned agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan said today.
TN CM seeks PM’s intervention to get back 135 boats from Lanka
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for getting back 135 fishing boats of state fishermen impounded by Sri Lanka over a period of time, saying the fishers had been deprived of their livelihood.
Choose books, laptops to end violence: Army chief to Kashmiri students
Stressing that generations have been destroyed due to unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat today exhorted students in the state to choose laptops and books to help end the cycle of violence.
People will not forget those who criticize Army: Hussain
BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain today said that the people of this country would never “forgive and forget” those who question the credibility of the Indian Army and try to demoralize the defence forces.
UP, Rajasthan ink pact to link cities by state roadways buses
Uttar Pradesh roadways buses will cover 56,774 kms every day in Rajasthan while Rajasthan government buses upto 56,558 kms daily in UP, according to an official statement.
30,000 paramilitary to guard Amarnath yatra routes
Nearly 30,000 paramilitary personnel besides the local police will be deployed to ensure proper security for the Amarnath pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir beginning June 29.
Tripura Govt announces 19.68 pc pay hike for its employees, pensioners
Tripura government today announced an average 19.68 per cent pay hike for its employees and pensioners with effect from April 1, 2017.
Punjab: Reservation for women in PRIs, ULBs to be raised to 50 pc
In a major decision ahead of the Budget Session, the Punjab Cabinet today gave a nod for increasing the reservation for women in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.
Centre rushes 600 paramilitary to Darjeeling; seeks a report from WB govt
The Centre today rushed 600 additional paramilitary personnel to Darjeeling to assist the administration in restoring normalcy and sought a detailed report on the prevailing situation in the hill district from the West Bengal government.
Punjab Cabinet approves GST Bill to be tabled in budget session
The Punjab Cabinet here today gave the go-ahead for the draft GST Bill to be put before the House during the budget session of the state assembly and also approved the report of the Fifth State Finance Commission submitted to the Punjab Governor.
NCM chief favours minority community tag for Kashmiri Pandits
National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chairman Gairul Hasan Rizvi today favoured according the minority community status to Kashmiri Pandits and said he would take up the matter with the Centre.
Haryana frames new Ayush policy
Haryana has framed a new Ayush policy under which dispensaries and hospitals upto 20 beds would be opened in rural and urban areas of the state, Health minister Anil Vij said today.
Special category status not necessary for Odisha: VK Singh
Union Minister VK Singh said that Odisha has failed to achieve desired level of development for which the state government is answerable even as he dismissed the demand for special category status to it.
Puducherry to offer subsidised cement; name it after Sonia
Puducherry government today said it proposed to offer cement at subsidised rates to low and middle-income groups people and name the scheme after Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Bali urges J-K health dept employees to resume duties
Jammu and Kashmir government has urged health department employees to suspend nearly two-month long agitation and resume their duties forthwith, assuring release of their pending salaries within a week’s time and regular disbursement henceforth.
Telangana ready to roll-out GST from July one: Official
Telangana is ready to roll out the GST from July one from technology and preparedness perspective, according to a key government official.
The Centre has approved proposals to set up 100 Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) hospitals across the country.
The Government is planning to extend the facility of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) in all the 672 Blocks in next five years where ST population is more than 50 per cent of the total population. Tribal Affairs Ministry said, 51 such new residential schools were made functional during the last three years. 161 EMR Schools are functional right now and more than 52 thousand tribal students are taking education in these schools in 26 States.
Trump was ‘wrong’ to leave climate change deal: UK minister
US President Donald Trump was “wrong” to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change deal, Britain’s new environment minister said today.
Hungary passes tough anti-foreign NGO law
Hungary’s parliament approved today a crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups despite an international outcry, in a move seen as targeting US billionaire George Soros.
Turkey’s Erdogan slams ‘inhumane’ isolation of Qatar
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today slammed the economic and political isolation of Qatar as inhumane and contrary to Islamic values after key Gulf states broke off ties with Ankara’s ally.
Panama ditches Taiwan, established diplomatic ties with China
In a diplomatic coup for China, Panama today cut long-standing diplomatic ties with Taiwan and established relations with Beijing as the cash-rich Communist giant exerted its economic clout to wean away handful of allies of the self-ruled island.
Erdogan calls Iraqi Kurdish referendum ‘error and threat’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today strongly criticised the decision of the authorities in Iraq’s Kurdistan region to hold a referendum on independence, calling it “an error and a threat” to the country’s territorial integrity.
Lady Brexit meets Monsieur Europe: May, Macron to have talks
British Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting France’s president on her first foreign trip since a catastrophic election that weakened her leadership as Britain heads into tough talks on leaving the European Union.
Saudi king and Putin speak about Qatar crisis
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin just days after Qatar’s foreign minister was in Moscow to discuss the crisis in Gulf ties.
Singapore’s Church council cautions against Islamophobia
A top Christian body in Singapore today cautioned against Islamophobia in the country, saying detention of a Singaporean woman for radicalism should not put the Muslim community in a negative light.
CPEC won’t lead to new colonialism in Pakistan: Daily
A Chinese newspaper today took exception to a Pakistani scholar’s remarks that Pakistan will become a “colony of China” once the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is operationalised, describing it as an example of the deceptive use of history.
India set to ratify global conventions to combat child labour
India is set to ratify two key global conventions on combating child labour which a top UN official described as a “great step forward” in bringing all the world’s children under the ambit of the legislations.
Japan court clears way for nuclear reactor restarts
A Japanese court today gave the green light to switch on two more nuclear reactors despite heavy public opposition, in the latest victory for the government’s pro-atomic push.
Trump-Modi meet to set forth vision to expand Indo-US ties: WH
The maiden meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would “set forth a vision” to expand the US-India partnership in an ambitious way, the White House has said.
Jaitley to address investors during Korea visit
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will address businessmen from leading companies and institutional investors during a two-day visit to South Korea beginning tomorrow.
India to be co-partner in global food trade fair ANUGA
India to be a co-partner in a global food and beverages trade ANUGA to be held in Cologne, Germany from October 7-11, this year.
Only 12 banks score ‘high’ in rendering best customer services
Only one-fourth of the 51 banks in the country are rated ”high” for complying with Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) codes, which focuses on fair treatment of customers.
Andaman Nicobar, Lakshadweep may see cost increase, post GST
As India gets ready to ring in the unified GST, people in tiny islands of Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep may perhaps be the sole exception who stand to lose out once the tax structure is implemented.
Adani Group commissions 50 mw UP solar plant
The Adani group today announced the commissioning of a 50 mw solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh under the National Solar Mission Scheme with an investment of Rs 315 crore.
New 500 rupee banknotes
RBI said it will issue new batch of 500 rupee banknotes with inset letter “A” in both the number panels, bearing the signature of RBI Governor Urjit Patel. The notes will have the year of printing ‘2017’ on the reverse. The design of these notes is similar in all respects to the 500 rupee banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series which were released post demonetization.
In Badminton, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal entered the pre-quarterfinals of Indonesia Open Superseries Premier tournament in Jakarta. In her opening round match, Rio Olympics Silver medalist Sindhu defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-12, 21-19. Earlier, in the opening round, Saina came back from a game behind to beat higher seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, 17-21, 21-18, 21-12. World No. 2 Carolina Marin of Spain was ousted by Chen X of China in three sets.
CAB website hacked
The official website of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has been hacked and the association has lodged a complaint at the police headquarters Lal Bazar.