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Govt committed to managing curtailments in renewable energy sector: Anand Kumar

In order to enhance the ease of doing business, Secretary, Union Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), Anand Kumar has said that the government is committed to managing curtailments in the renewable energy sector. He also noted that the Ministry is working with farmers and Commercial & Industrial (C&I) consumers to embed them into the renewables value chain as ... Read More »

Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 tabled in Rajya Sabha

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, has been tabled by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who entered India on or before December 31, 2014. Opposition parties including Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool ... Read More »

Citizenship Amendment Bill to be introduced in RS on December 11

The BJP is confident of the passage of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha (RS) which will be introduced in the upper house on December 11. The bill piloted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah was comfortably passed in the Lok Sabha on late Monday night as the ruling BJP enjoys a clear majority in the house. ... Read More »

Hyderabad vet rape-murder case: All four accused killed in encounter

Hyderabad: In a shocking twist to a crime that horrified the nation, all four men accused in the gang-rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Telangana were killed when they were trying to escape during investigations at the same spot where the woman’s body was found, the police said this morning. The young woman’s rape and murder had triggered rage ... Read More »

Telangana rape case: All 4 accused killed in police encounter

Telangana : All four people accused in the rape and murder of woman veterinarian in Telangana have been killed in an encounter with the police. The doctor was brutally gang-raped and killed by four persons before they burnt her body in Shamshabad area on November 27. The four accused were in judicial custody at Cherlapally Central Jail in Hyderabad. Download ... Read More »

PM Modi holds meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is presently holding meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived on a state visit to India this morning at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind. They were given a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan. This is His Majesty’s third visit ... Read More »

Congress Parliamentary Party meeting to be held on November 28

A meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party has been scheduled to be held in the Parliament on November 28. On the previous day, opposition parties staged a protest outside the Parliament on the occasion of Constitution Day while a joint sitting of both the houses was underway in the Central Hall. Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and party leaders including ... Read More »

Ajit Pawar Quits Before Floor Test, Devendra Fadnavis Presser At 3.30 pm

MUMBAI:  Ajit Pawar has resigned as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra ahead of a floor test ordered by the Supreme Court tomorrow. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who will address the media at 3.30 pm, may also resign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, who were at a function in parliament to mark the Constitution Day, met immediately after ... Read More »

2nd Day of International Tourism Mart 2019 Focuses on Sustainable Tourism, Buyer Seller Interaction and “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” initiative at Imphal, Manipur

The 8th International Tourism Mart (ITM) – 2019 being held at Imphal from 23 – 25 November, 2019 witnessed the participation of 34 foreign delegates from over 19 countries along with 49 domestic delegates representing the travel industry. The second day of the ITM kicked off with presentations made by all the 8 North East State Tourism Departments i.e., Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, ... Read More »

LS adjourned till noon over Maharashtra Government Issue

Congress members has created disruptions in the Lok Sabha (LS) by carrying placards to protest the swearing-in of a BJP-led government in Maharashtra, leading to adjournment of House proceedings till noon. Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader has said that democracy has been murdered in Maharashtra. Speaker Om Birla ordered the removal of two Congress members Hibi Eden and T N Prathapan- ... Read More »

Good corporate governance practices help firms achieve better operational, financial results

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in its jointly survey report conducted along with Grant Thornton, has stated over 95 percent of businesses believe that good corporate governance practices help organizations achieve better operational and financial results. The survey covered 107 companies across industries between October 2019 and November 2019 As per the report, 93 percent corporates identified culture as ... Read More »

LS to introduce SPG amendment bill next week

Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal has said that Lok Sabha (LS) will take up the proposed amendment to the Special Protection Group (SPG) Act next week. Elite SPG commandos are meant to protect the prime minister and his/ her immediate family, former prime ministers and their immediate family for a certain period depending on the threat perception. Meghwal said that ... Read More »

Devendra Fadnavis Sworn In As Maharashtra Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar His Deputy

MUMBAI:  In a surprise move, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Maharashtra Chief Minister for a second term at Raj Bhavan this morning more than a week after the state was placed under President’s Rule. Nationalist Conference Party chief Sharad Pawar’s nephew, Ajit Pawar, will be his deputy. The move comes at a time when deliberations between the Congress, the ... Read More »

Slack in economy deepens jobs crisis, 35 lakh unemployed in only one sector

New Delhi : The Indian economy is getting sluggish quarter-by-quarter, in such a situation the prospects of jobs are also getting bleak. To save costs, companies are taking out senior and middle-level employees and employing more and more freshers. Since 2014, 35 lakh people have lost their jobs in the manufacturing sector. Data shows that unemployment has been at a ... Read More »

Seven Curtin researchers recognised among the world’s best

Seven Curtin University researchers have been named among the world’s most influential scientists and social scientists in the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list released by the Web of Science Group. The Curtin researchers recognised on the latest list includes John Curtin Distinguished Professor Zongping Shao, John Curtin Distinguished Professor Moses Tade, Professor Sharon Parker, John Curtin Distinguished Professor Zheng-Xiang Li, ... Read More »

Prez Kovind to reach Kerala today for 2-day visit

President Ram Nath Kovind will reach Kannur in Kerala today evening for a two-day visit. Mr Kovind will present the prestigious President’s Colour to the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala at a special function tomorrow. President’s Colour is a visible symbol of excellence and is earned through dedication and worthy contribution both during war and peace. Download Udaipur Kiran App ... Read More »

Parliamentary Panel discusses situation in J-K and Ladakh

The Parliamentary Standing Committee has held a meeting on Home Affairs, which discussed the current situation in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir(J-K), and Ladakh. In the meeting, Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla along with Additional Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir and other Home Ministry officers briefed the Committee about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. ... Read More »

India needs to be self-sufficient in high grade steel: Dharmendra Pradhan

Seeking collective efforts of the industry to make the steel sector future-ready, Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that India needs to be self-sufficient in high grade steel. He further noted that metals, including steel, continue to play a vital role in building India a modern economy. Pradhan also underlined a strong positive correlation between steel usage and a ... Read More »

PM Modi hopes for constructive debates in Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed hope that both the Houses of Parliament will have constructive debates on ways to empower citizens and further India’s development. In a tweet after attending the all-party meeting, Mr Modi said this time the Rajya Sabha will mark its 250th Session. Mr Modi said he had an extensive meeting with the BJP Parliamentary Party. ... Read More »

GoI to extend Visa-on-Arrival facility to UAE nationals

Government of India has decided to extend the Visa-on-Arrival facility to nationals of the United Arab Emirates. This facility, which came into effect yesterday, is aimed at further strengthening people to people and trade links as well as strategic ties between the two countries. Visa-on-Arrival is available to UAE nationals for a period of up to 60 days with double ... Read More »

National plan for better implementation of programmes for States and UTs

She said, it will be prepared by early next year for better implementation of all the Central and States policies and programmes for women and children.The Minister was speaking at the two-day National Conference organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in New Delhi today. Ms Irani also suggested that a protocol may be developed for ranking of ... Read More »

Delhi NCR air quality continues to remain severe

The Air Quality Index of the adjoining areas of Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida, Gurugram and others have also shown a deteriorating air quality as most of them fall under the severe category. Air quality in the city was severe yesterday as well. With the onset of winter, a dip in the minimum temperature is making the air cold and heavy leading ... Read More »

PM Modi stresses need to focus on trade and investment among BRICS nations

The Prime Minister said that the theme of the Summit- Economic Growth for and Innovative Future is very accurate. He said, innovation has become the basis of development. Therefore, it is necessary that member nations strengthen cooperation in the field. Raising the issue of terrorism, the Prime Minister said that the menace has resulted in the loss of one trillion ... Read More »

Arsene Wenger Named FIFA’s Development Chief

Legendary Coach Arsene Wenger has been appointed FIFA’s new chief of global football development. According to FIFA Wenger would be responsible for the growth of the game “for both men and women around the world”, and would also be the “leading authority on technical matters”, including potential changes to the sport’s laws. Wenger made the English Club Arsenal one of the ... Read More »

Nadal produces stunning comeback to beat Medvedev in ATP Finals

It was looking like that Nadal will lost to 23-year-old debutant Medvedev broke serve twice in the decider to stand on the brink of a first career victory over the Spaniard. The Spaniard must beat Tsitsipas on Friday to have a chance of advancing. Nadal is also looking to keep hold of the world number one ranking. Meanwhile Stefanos Tsitsipas ... Read More »

SC rejects review petitions seeking Rafale probe

A three-judge bench also rejected the contention that there was a need for registration of FIR in connection with the deal. The pleas had sought re-examination of Apex Court’s  14th December 2018 verdict which said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process.   A batch of petitions, including those filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun ... Read More »

Sabarimala case: SC refers matter to larger bench

The Court referred all review pleas to a larger seven-judge bench. The Apex Court said, the larger bench will decide all such religious issues relating to Sabarimala, entry of women in mosques and practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi read the verdict on behalf of himself and Justices A M ... Read More »

PM Modi calls business leaders from BRICS nations to invest in India

Prime Minister Modi said, India is the world’s most open and investment-friendly economy due to political stability, predictable policy and business-friendly reforms. Prime Minister Modi was addressing the closing ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, last night. Prime Minister Modi said, the BRICS has led to economic development despite the global economic slowdown.   ... Read More »

39th India International Trade Fair begins today

The theme for this edition of the fair is ‘Ease of Doing Business’. The fair will be inaugurated by Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari. First five days will be reserved for business and the Fair will be open to the general public from the 19th of this month. Entry tickets for business days will be ... Read More »

Sri Lanka: Campaigning for Presidential elections ends

Polling will be held on Saturday. Sri Lanka People’s party (SLPP) contender Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressed confidence of his election victory and  urged his supporters to be respectful when celebrating the victory once the results are officially declared. Mr. Rajpaksa said they expect to establish a quality and efficient government and request the people to celebrate the victory in a dignified ... Read More »

Delhi schools to be shut till Nov 15 due to rising pollution levels

The Delhi government’s decision follows an order from Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority as the air quality hovered close to emergency levels. The Authority has also extended the ban on hot-mix plants and stone-crushers in Delhi-NCR till Friday. All coal and other fuel-based industries, which have not shifted to natural gas or agro-residue, will remain shut in Faridabad, Gurugram, ... Read More »

HM Amit Shah: Opposition charges incorrect on Maharashtra crisis

Amid power tussle in Maharashtra, BJP President Amit Shah slammed estrange ally Shiv Sena over new demand of chief ministerial post. Speaking on collapse of alliance with Shiv Sena, he said that during assembly campaign PM Modi and he himself said many a times that Devendra Fadnavis will be the CM if the alliance secured majority. Over the Maharashtra governor’s ... Read More »

Supreme Court tough on Air Pollution in Delhi-NCR

Entire North India including Delhi/NCR is reeling under the wave of severe pollution. The air has become toxic. The air quality index, which remained in the very severe category for the last three days reached 500 mark in many areas on Wednesday. The Air Quality Index at Anand Vihar in Delhi stood at 463, while it reached 486 in Jahangirpuri ... Read More »

Bangladesh President Md. Hamid meets his Nepali counterpart in Kathmandu

According to a press release issued by the Nepal President’s office, matters relating to friendly relations existing between the two countries, mutual interest and matters of concern were discussed in the meeting. They also discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations between Nepal and Bangladesh. President Bhandari also hosted State Banquet in honour of her Bangladeshi counterpart. Vice President Nanda ... Read More »

50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Theme song unveiled

The Information and Broadcasting ministry on Wednesday launched the official anthem and radio jingle for the golden jubilee edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), scheduled to take place in Goa from November 20 to 28. The anthem, inspired by the nine ‘rasas’ (emotions) of the Natya Shashtra and an amalgamation of scenes from prominent movies and dance ‘mudras’, ... Read More »

SC upholds former Karnataka speaker’s decision to disqualify 17 Cong-JD(S) MLAs

The legislators had resigned amid growing dissent, toppling the previous Congress-JD(S) rule in July. The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the decision of former Karnataka assembly speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar to disqualify 17 rebel Congress-Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S), legislators. The apex court, however, rejected Kumar’s decision to disallow the lawmakers from contesting polls. Seventeen rebel Congress- JD(S) legislators had ... Read More »

President of Bangladesh Md. Abdul Hamid is on a four day visit to Nepal

During the meeting, matters pertaining to cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, energy, connectivity, waterways, aviation, education, transportation and agriculture were discussed. Both the leaders also shared views on enhancing cooperation on matters of regional and global interests, including climate change. President of Bangladesh also visited famous Bhaktapur Durbar Square and observed with interest the archaeological and historical sites. ... Read More »

Lata Mangeshkar admitted to ICU of Breach Candy Hospital

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai in early hours on Monday after she complained of breathing problems, suggested media report. The iconic playback singer, who turned 90 on September 28, is suffering from “viral chest congestion” and would be discharged by Tuesday, according to her family. She has four siblings-Meena ... Read More »

PM Modi holds bilaterals on the sidelines of BRICS Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Brasilia for the 11th BRICS Summit. The Prime Minister held bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of the summit.  During the meeting, the leaders discussed flourishing relations between the country, the growth in trade and investment. PM said Indo-Russia relations are progressing in the right direction courtsey frequent top-level meets. ... Read More »

Supreme Court puts CJI office in RTI ambit 

The of the Chief Justice of India would now fall within the ambit of the Right to Information Act. In a significant judgment..the Supreme Court itself said on Wednesday that the CJI’s office is a public authority under the RTI Act. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi upheld the 2010 Delhi High Court verdict and dismissed ... Read More »

Sri Lanka: Tamil MP requests EC to investigate false news reports

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson MA Sumanthiran was quoted saying that Tamil people should vote for Sajith Premadasa in order to defeat the Sinhalese people in the South. MP Sumanthiran said that the reports are blatant falsehood and requested through legal counsel to open a criminal investigation of an offence under International Covenant on Civil and Political rights (ICCPR). He ... Read More »