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  • Business leaders meet Arun Jaitley; want tax return forms simplified 17 hours 3 minutes ago

    New Delhi: India Inc on Friday disfavoured tax man seeking details about foreign trips and bank accounts in income tax returns after a controversy erupted over the new ITR forms which have been put on hold. This was conveyed by business leaders during a meeting with...
  • Offering a chair or a cup of tea is a courtesy, not a privilege: Ashok Gajapathi Raju 17 hours 27 minutes ago

    Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju defends ministry's decision to not to cut privileges and protocols of VIP passengers and MPs at various airports. ...
  • Pacheco case: Activist now files police case against Manohar Parrikar 18 hours 54 minutes ago

    Panaji: Social activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues, whose petition led to a court in Panaji to issue warrant for search of the official residence of Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Friday filed a police case against the former Goa chief minister for "harbouring" the absconding state minister Fransisco Miccky...
  • Bill to repeal 758 irrelevant Acts introduced in Lok Sabha 19 hours 3 minutes ago

    New Delhi: A bill to repeal 758 Appropriation Acts which have lost relevance and are clogging the statute books was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday by the government amid its keenness to weed out obsolete laws. The bill to Repeal 758 Appropriation Acts, including...
  • Nitish Kumar lauds PM Modi for 'very quick' response to killer storm 19 hours 52 minutes ago

    Purnia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday came in for fulsome praise from unlikely quarters Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who lauded and thanked him for Centre's "very quick" response in the wake of the killer storm that battered the state claiming 55 lives. "I want to thank the honourable Prime...
  • Rs 1,273 crore Nirbhaya Fund lying unused 20 hours 23 minutes ago

    New Delhi: As much as 1,273.31 crore is lying unused under Nirbhaya Fund set up two years back in the wake of the brutal gang-rape of a young girl on December 16, 2012, Parliament was informed on Friday. Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka...
  • Smoking causes cancer, will have bigger pictorial warnings on cigarette packs: Health Minister Yesterday

    New Delhi: Putting forth the government's stand over pictorial warnings on cigarette packets, Health Minister JP Nadda on Friday said that they will go ahead with prominent pictorial warnings. Maintaining the government's view, Nadda said that smoking causes cancer and the size of pictorial warnings should be increased. "Health Ministry's stand...
  • Supreme Court, High Court Judges to attend Regional Judicial conference on April 24 Yesterday

    Shimla: A host of Supreme Court and High Court judges would be participating in the three-day Regional Judicial conference beginning in Shimla on Friday. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh would inaugurate the conference while Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice Mansoor Ahmad would preside over the opening session. The conference would...
  • Haryana government to construct check dams in Shivalik foothills Yesterday

    Chandigarh: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar government would construct small and big check dams in the Shivalik foothills for tapping rain water for irrigation purposes. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has directed the forest department to carry out a survey for the construction of small check dams and similar survey by...
  • Drone Found on Roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Office 2 days ago

    Tokyo: A small drone was found on the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office on Wednesday, apparently having been flown there, local media said. Staff at the official residence known as "the Kantei" discovered the 50-centimetre craft on top of the five-storey structure in central Tokyo around mid-morning, major broadcasters...
  • New Zealand Prime Minister apologises over ponytail bullying claim 2 days ago

    Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Wednesday apologised to a waitress who accused him of acting like a "schoolyard bully" by repeatedly pulling her ponytail on visits to her cafe. The unnamed Auckland waitress made the allegation in an anonymous column on left-wing website thedailyblog.co.nz, saying the conservative leader's...
  • Pacheco case: Panaji court issues warrant to search Manohar Parrikar's Delhi residence 2 days ago

    Panaji: A local court on Wednesday issued a warrant to search Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's official residence in Delhi to trace former Goa minister Francisco 'Miccky' Pacheco who is reported to be absconding for a fortnight since his conviction in a 2006 assault case. The Judicial Magistrate First Class, Bosco Roberts,...
  • Government assures of all help in case of poor monsoon 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Faced with the possibility of a below-average monsoon this year, the government on Wednesday assured farmers that all necessary steps would be taken to mitigate the impact of any shortfall in rains on crops. "We are competent to handle any variation in normal monsoon....
  • GST Bill in Parliament in couple of days, not all issues resolved: Finance Minister 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Aiming for GST roll out by April 2016, the government will move the Constitution Amendment Bill in Parliament within a couple of days, even as compensation and revenue loss to manufacturing states lacked consensus at a meeting held on Wednesday. "In view of the...
  • Government plans to sell road projects worth Rs 1 Lakh crore to foreign funds 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The government plans to sell highways projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore to foreign pension and insurance funds to attract overseas investments into the sector, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday. "We are trying to attract foreign investors. We have projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore. They are...
  • Opposition, government clash in Lok Sabha over attacks on churches 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Recent attacks on religious places witnessed a verbal clash in Lok Sabha on Wednesday with Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking to blunt opposition onslaught by expressing readiness to table a detailed statement to show how many such incidents had taken place in which regime. ...
  • 'Bully' New Zealand PM apologizes for pulling waitress's ponytail again and again 3 days ago

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key apologized on Wednesday for pulling the ponytail of a waitress who accused him of bullying, media reported. The unnamed waitress in an Auckland cafe said on a blog site that Key had pulled her hair over several months and initially she thought he was being...
  • Arun Jaitley to meet tax officials again to keep ITR forms simple 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Facing criticism over the new ITR forms that seek details on bank accounts and foreign travel, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will hold another round of meeting with officials to simplify the procedure. Soon after his trip from Washington, Jaitley had held a meeting with tax officials on the...
  • Modi government not serious about recovering black money, alleges Ram Jethmalani 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and Indian lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday said that the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is not serious about bringing black money back to the country. "I have gone and met the Germans, they said that no effort has been made to take the...
  • Haryana government to grant cabinet minister status to Ramdev today 4 days ago

    Chandigarh: The Haryana government will felicitate yoga teacher Ramdev, the brand ambassador for promotion of yoga and ayurveda in the state, on Tuesday in Sonipat, a senior minister said. "A felicitation programme will be organised in the honour of Ramdev on April 21 in Sonipat where he will sign an agreement...
  • Maneka Gandhi for country-wide ban on cow, buffalo slaughter 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Pitching for a country-wide ban on cow and buffalo slaughter, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Monday Night said that it would be wrong to give a religious colour to such a move. "I think cow slaughter and buffalo slaughter should be banned the reason...
  • Nuclear deal could open door to regional cooperation: Iran 4 days ago

    Washington: Iran on Monday pushed its call for peace talks to end the fighting in Yemen, and offered assurances that a nuclear deal would pave the way for greater cooperation with its neighbors. "With courageous leadership and the audacity to make the region decisions, we can and should put this manufactured...
  • Shipwreck corpses brought ashore in Malta, another boat sinks off Greece 4 days ago

    Catania: European Union foreign ministers met on Monday under pressure to produce more than words and save desperate migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, as bodies of the deadliest known wreck of its kind were brought ashore in Malta. The death toll from Sunday's disaster off the coast of Libya was uncertain...
  • India close to picking candidate for New Development Bank 4 days ago

    Washington: India is in the "final stages" of nominating candidate for the President's post of the USD 100-billion New Development Bank (NDB) to be headquartered in Shanghai, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has informed fellow members of the five-nation BRICS bloc. "As regards the President of the...
  • Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi enquire about Sushma Swaraj's health 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Setting aside political differences, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul on Monday walked upto External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha and enquired about her well-being. Gandhi walked upto her and had a chat with a smiling Swaraj, who also spoke to the Congress chief. The...
  • Amendment proposed in Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Archaeological Survey of India has proposed to amend the Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010, Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. In his reply to a question, Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said that the process of reviewing the Act has commenced. Replying to another question, he...
  • Uttarakhand: Char Dham Yatra to begin on April 21 4 days ago

    Dehradun: Amid frequent rains and snowfall in Uttarakhand, the annual Char Dham Yatra will begin on Tuesday, with the opening of the gates of Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines on the auspicious occasion of "Akshaya Tritiya". To attract more people to the annual pilgrimage this year after the devastating deluge in 2013,...
  • Vasundhara Raje to participate in a Road Show in Kolkata to woo investors 5 days ago

    Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will be participating in two-day roadshow to woo investors in Kolkata on April 21-22. This is for the state's upcoming "Resurgent Rajasthan Summit 2015" to be held from November 19-20 in Jaipur. Raje will lead a delegation along with cabinet ministers Minister for Higher Education Kali...
  • Delhi: Vehicle theft FIR registration application set for grand launch 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Delhi police is planning a full-fledged roll-out for its app which registers FIRs online in motor vehicle theft cases, after its trial run went smoothly. Fifteen cases were lodged since the app's trial run which began on Thursday and Delhi police top brass are planning a grand event to...
  • J&K: Mehbooba Mufti condemns killing of youth in Budgam 6 days ago

    Srinagar: Ruling PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday strongly condemned the killing of teenager Suhail Ahmad Sofi in security forces firing at Narbal, saying it is a matter of grave concern that Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) was not followed while dealing with the protesters. "Now that FIR has been lodged in...