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Nationwide Strike, Protest on Fuel Price Hike & Falling Rupee

Nationwide Strike, Protest on Fuel Price Hike & Falling Rupee

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Leaders of various opposition parties led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi kickstarted the country-wide protest against rising fuel prices from Rajghat as part of the 'Bharat Bandh' call given by the party. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala had said that the common man was bearing the burden of escalating prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas. The Congress said 21 opposition parties are supporting the Bharat Bandh along with a number of chambers of commerce and traders' associations. The party demanded that petrol and diesel should be brought under GST, by which oil prices could drop by about Rs. 15 to Rs. 18. Schools and colleges in Bengaluru in Karnataka, where the Congress shares power with JD(S), will be closed today and daily life will likely be affected. A host of organ...
WhatsApp Testing its Payment Services, Making Major changes in updating its terms of service and privacy policy

WhatsApp Testing its Payment Services, Making Major changes in updating its terms of service and privacy policy

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WhatsApp, which is testing its payments services in India, today said it is updating its terms of service and privacy policy to “reflect the addition of payment interoperability features” ahead of the full-fledged launch of the service. Almost one million people are “testing” WhatsApp’s payments service in India, which is the largest base for the Facebook-owned company that has over 1.5 billion users globally. WhatsApp has over 200 million users in India. “We’ll be updating our WhatsApp payments Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to provide simpler language on how the payments feature operates. It also reflects the addition of payment interoperability features we’ve added since the beta started,” a WhatsApp spokesperson told PTI. The spokesperson added that the company has worked close
Monsoon Session of Parliament 2018 to begin from 18th July

Monsoon Session of Parliament 2018 to begin from 18th July

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The Monsoon Session of Parliament 2018 would be held from 18th July till 10th August, informed Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananthkumar here today. The Minister was briefing the media after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, chaired by Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Rajnath Singh. Shri Ananthkumar further informed that the session would have a period of 18 working days and appealed to all political parties to constructively cooperate with the Government to make this session a productive one. The legislative business would include passing of six Ordinances promulgated during the inter-session period before the Monsoon Session, 2018. The Minister said that the Government would bring other important bil
Gujarat gears up for 2nd phase of assembly polls to be held tomorrow

Gujarat gears up for 2nd phase of assembly polls to be held tomorrow

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Gujarat is gearing up for the second phase of assembly elections to be held tomorrow. Voting will be held from 8 AM to 5 PM in 93 constituencies spread over North and Central Gujarat. A total of 851 candidates are in the fray. Prominent candidates in this phase include Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who is contesting from Mahesana, Alpesh Thakor, who is the Congress candidate from Radhanpur, and Jignesh Mewani, who is an independent candidate from Vadgam. A total of 2 crore 22 lakh people are eligible to vote, out of which 1 crore seven lakh are women. Our correspondent reports all arrangements are being made for smooth conduct of polls. Both VVPAT machines and Electronic Voting Machines will be used in this phase as well in over 25000 polling stations. A mock poll will be c...
Reliance Communications presents new debt repayment plan :

Reliance Communications presents new debt repayment plan :

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Indian telecoms carrier Reliance Communications Ltd unveiled on Monday a new debt repayment plan, which included a pledge to raise up to 170 billion rupees ($2.62 billion) through the sale of assets such as mobile towers. RCom, as the debt-laden company is commonly called, also said it would repay lenders an additional 100 billion rupees through the sale of commercial real estate, and convert about 70 billion rupees of the debt to 51 percent of the company's equity. RCom, controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, will retain debt of 60 billion rupees after the completion of the new repayment plan, the company added. source: moneycontrol.com

Gadkari launches several highway projects to decongest NCR

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Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday inaugurated two National Highway projects in Gurugram aimed at decongesting the National Capital Region and also laid the foundation stone for two new projects. The Minister inaugurated a four-lane flyover at Maharana Pratap Chowk on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road and an eight-lane flyover at Hero Honda Chowk on NH-8, a statement from the Road Transport Ministry said. The project cost of the two flyovers is estimated to be Rs 34 crore and Rs 95 crore respectively, the statement said. Gadkari also inaugurated a two-lane underpass from Chaudhary Baktawar Singh Road towards Delhi -- near Rajiv Chowk -- costing Rs 30 crore. All three projects are aimed at decongesting roads, a ministry official said. The Minister also laid ...
BJP gave transparent Govt. to India : Amit Shah

BJP gave transparent Govt. to India : Amit Shah

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BJP President Amit Shah goes all guns blazing after the Congress ruled Karnataka govt; says its corrupt to the core and will be shown the door by the people, terms the Gorakhpur hospital infant deaths a big tragedy, says guilty will be dealt with strictly. Sounding the poll bugle in Karnataka, Amit Shah, on the final day of his 3 day visit to Karnataka attacked the Congress government in the Southern State. He wanted answers to why was the state govt was unable to do anything when the central government has done many such things. He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the NDA has given a corruption-free and fast public welfare government. At the same time, he said that the central government has given great support to Karnataka too. Speaking on the Congre...
Highlights of Reforms Measures in the Economic Survey 2016-17

Highlights of Reforms Measures in the Economic Survey 2016-17

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Agriculture and Food Management   Reforms: Managing and reducing the various risks in agriculture activities can make the sector resilient, increase profitability and can ensure stable income flows to the farmers. The following reforms are suggested for increasing productivity in agriculture and allied sector:   To address the price risks in agriculture and allied sectors, marketing infrastructure along the entire value chain needs to be built and strengthened. To address production risks, the share of irrigated area should be expanded by increasing the coverage of water saving irrigation systems like micro irrigation systems. To increase productivity of crops, standards should be set and enforced for better quality, pest and disease resistant seeds. Trade and domest
Nitish Kumar led JD(U)-NDA govt to seek vote of confidence in Bihar Assembly today

Nitish Kumar led JD(U)-NDA govt to seek vote of confidence in Bihar Assembly today

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Nitish Kumar led JD(U)-NDA government will seek vote of confidence in Bihar Assembly today. The special session of the assembly has been convened at 11 this morning. Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said, there is only one agenda for the day-long session that is the trust vote. A communique from assembly secretariat said Speaker will address the assembly at the beginning of the special session and Nitish Kumar will then move the confidence motion. The BJP and JD(U) have issued whip to their legislators to vote in favour of trust vote. On the other hand RJD and Congress have also issued whip to their legislators. With the support of 132 MLAs, NDA and JD(U) alliance enjoys a comfortable majority in 243 member state assembly where 122 MLAs are required to prove majority. Opposition RJD has 80...
UK’s first woman Sikh MP elected to key Parliament panel

UK’s first woman Sikh MP elected to key Parliament panel

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Britain's first woman Sikh MP has been elected to an influential cross-party panel in the UK Parliament that examines the workings of the Home Office. Preet Kaur Gill, who won the Edgbaston seat for the Labour party in the June 8 snap general election, was elected to the Home Affairs Select Committee in the UK Parliament. The House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee was chaired by Keith Vaz, Britain's longest-serving Indian-origin MP, until he stepped down from the post last year. Its newly-elected chair is Labour party MP Yvette Cooper, elected unopposed to the post last week. Gill has also been chosen to lead the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs.