Author Archives: jaffar

President Pranab Mukherjee confers Padma awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday conferred the Padma awards at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. In a civil investiture ceremony, former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma (Posthumous), BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and former ISRO chairman Professor UR Rao were awarded the country’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan. The ...

Read More »

Centre gives Z-plus security cover to UP CM Yogi Adityanath

The Centre on Thursday accorded Z-plus security cover to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Only Chief Minister, cabinet rank ministers, High Court and Supreme Court judges and some selected bureaucrats are given Z and Z-Plus security. In essence, Z-Plus security entitlement includes 36 security personnel, while the Z and Y category get 11 and 2 personnel respectively. Above all, ...

Read More »

Lok Sabha rejects Rajya Sabha amendments to Finance Bill, FM defends taxmen power

The Lok Sabha on Thursday rejected all the five amendments made by the Upper House to the Finance Bill with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stoutly defending taxmen’s powers and challenged opposition to give a better proposal than electoral bonds for clean political funding. With this, the Finance Bill 2017 was approved by Parliament in the form it was approved by ...

Read More »

Sushma Swaraj Says Every Attack On Indians In US Is Not Hate Crime

NEW DELHI: Every attack and death of Indians in the US should not be considered as “hate crime”, External Affairs Minister said today after members in the Rajya Sabha voiced concerns over recent incidents of violence. Replying to concerns of members over attacks on Indian abroad, she told members during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha that the government was aware ...

Read More »

Triple talaq: How it affects lives of India’s 90 million Muslim women

Imagine living with the mental insecurity that years of your marital alliance can be ended just by the utterance of three words. That’s exactly what Indian Muslim women feel. India is home to world’s third-largest Muslim population which is governed by the Sharia or Islamic jurisprudence and this has been the case since British colonial rule. But till today, India’s ...

Read More »

Landmark tax change a ‘huge implementation challenge’ for India

While India’s on track to meet its deadline for a much-delayed national sales tax, implementation is seen as a test in the nation that has more states than the EU has members and a population twice that of North America. The goods and services tax will replace more than a dozen levies that were fracturing the world’s fastest-growing big economy, ...

Read More »

Stamping of hand baggage at airports to end from April 1

New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) Stamping of passengers hand baggage at seven major airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will be done away with from April 1, the CISF said today. The other airports that will begin the new procedure from the morning of April 1 include the ones in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Cochin and Ahmedabad. “The procedure of stamping and ...

Read More »

Home loan interest rates too high for Indian buyers: Survey

New Delhi: High interest rates on home loans and reluctance to borrow are dissuading Indian buyers who have to dig into savings to buy a house, a study has revealed. The study conducted by India Mortgage Guarantee Corp. and Kantar IMRB indicated that about 38% respondents saw home loan interest rates as too high while equal number of respondents cited ...

Read More »

Regional flights for ₹2,500 to become reality soon

Passengers will soon be able to fly on as many as 128 routes connecting 70 airports across the country by paying ₹2,500 for an hour’s flight. The government on Thursday announced a list of routes awarded to five airlines which will operate flights under its regional connectivity scheme (RCS). “We will be adding up 44 new destinations with the launch ...

Read More »

​FCS&CA Deptt to launch transparency portal, online redressal mechanism: Zulfkar Ali

JAMMU: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Choudhary Zulfkar Ali Thursday announced that the department intends to launch online transparency portal and online redressal mechanism soon for which the concerned officers were asked to finalize pending work at an earliest. Speaking during a review meeting, the Minister said the Government intends to create a transparent system which will ...

Read More »