Monday , 17 December 2018

National News

Goa to host GST meet in Sept

PTI   NEW DELHI States will roll out on pilot-basis incentives for digital transactions through Rupay card and BHIM app under the GST, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said on Saturday. The GST Council, chaired by Goyal, in its meeting here also decided to set up a group of ministers under Minister of State of Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla to look ... Read More »

Ashamed over Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal: Nitish Kumar

PTI   PATNA Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Friday expressed anguish over the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal and stressed on the need to develop institutional mechanisms to prevent such incidents from recurring. Speaking at the launch of ‘Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana,’ a scheme for welfare of girls, in Patna, Kumar said the alleged sex abuse of girls at the ... Read More »

Film director Vijay Gutte held for Rs 34-crore GST fraud

IANS   MUMBAI Film director Vijay R. Gutte, son of a leading Maharashtra businessman close to the BJP, has been arrested in a case of alleged Rs 34-crore Goods and Services Tax (GST) fraud committed through fake documents, official sources said here on Friday. Director of an upcoming film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ starring veteran actor Anupam Kher, Gutte has ... Read More »

Centre withdraws social media hub policy

PTI   NEW DELHI The Centre Friday told the Supreme Court that it will undertake a complete review of social media policy and has withdrawn its notification proposing a social media hub for the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, ... Read More »

People aghast to find UIDAI helpline number in their phonebooks

PTI NEW DELHI Thousands of smartphone users in India woke up puzzled on Friday as a toll-free helpline number of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was saved in their phonebooks by default. “This is no joke as it is on my phone too. I didn’t save this number. Check your phone asap, feeling worried,” a user tweeted with a ... Read More »

No change in status quo at Doklam, says Sushma

IANS   NEW DELHI There has been no change in the status quo at the site of the military face-off with China in Doklam and the issue was resolved with diplomatic maturity, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday. Replying to queries of Trinamool Congress member Sugata Bose in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj said the informal Wuhan summit ... Read More »

14 more deaths in UP rains, toll rises to 106

PTI   LUCKNOW Fourteen people were killed and seven others injured in rain-related incidents in different parts of Uttar Pradesh in 24 hours, raising the death toll to 106 since the last week, official sources said Wednesday. According to reports, two people were killed each in Farukhabad and Bahraich while one each in Kheri, Raebareli, Lucknow, Kanpur Dehat, Barabanki, Sitpaur ... Read More »

‘Onus on Pak to create conducive atmosphere for dialogue’

PTI NEW DELHI The government Wednesday said any meaningful dialogue with Pakistan can only be held in an atmosphere free from terror and asserted that the onus was on Islamabad to create such a conducive atmosphere. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said continued cross-border terrorism ... Read More »

New bill to nix SC order on SC/ST atrocities law

PTI   NEW DELHI The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill to restore original provisions of a law on prevention of atrocities against people of scheduled castes and tribes, a move seen as a reach-out by the BJP-led NDA government to Dalits days ahead of their proposed August 9 nationwide protest with this key demand. The bill rules out ... Read More »

Sahitya Akademi to write to PM on threat to writers

IANS   NEW DELHI Breaking its silence over the repeated threats to Malayalam novelist S Hareesh, Sahitya Akademi president Chandrashekhar Kambar condemned the threats that the novelist received from some right-wing outfits, promising that as the president of India’s National Academy of Letters, he will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and draw his attention to the “pressures and attacks” ... Read More »