Tourism ministry plans image makeover, abandon stereotypes

New Delhi, October 8 (PTI): The tourism ministry wants to change its staid, routine image and introduce an element of fun and celebration to its functioning. It is planning beach and adventure festivals, post-sunset concerts and flea markets to promote India as a preferred tourist destination.   “We want to break stereotypes. We have realised […]

New limit for reporting gold transactions soon: Government

NEW DELHI, October 8 (PTI): The government will soon notify a new threshold for reporting to authorities about transactions in gold and other precious metals and stones with a view to curb parking of black money in bullion, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said.   The government had on Friday reversed its August order of bringing […]

Facebook to make ad scrutiny more stringent

San Francisco, October 8 (IANS): After facing flak for enabling advertisers to reach “Jew haters” and the presence of Russia-linked ads on its platform during the 2016 American presidential election, Facebook is planning to make scrutiny of some advertisements more stringent before they are published on its platforms.   The social network is going to […]

Thousands protest across Australia against giant Adani coal mine

SYDNEY, October 8 (Reuters): Large protests were held across Australia on Saturday against Indian mining giant Adani Enterprises’ proposed Carmichael coal mine, which would be the country’s largest coal mine but has been delayed for years over environmental and financing issues.   Environment groups say the mine in Queensland state would contribute to global warming […]

India Markets Weekahead: GST relief, but is it enough?

India Markets Weekahead: GST relief, but is it enough?

Brokers trade at their computer terminals at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India, February 17, 2016.REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files   October 8 (REUTERS): India’s benchmark indexes logged gains of 2 percent during the week as firm global market cues along with positive macro data back home aided sentiment. Market participants were also buoyed by expectations from […]

India has to grow faster, running against time: Jaitley

India has to grow faster, running against time: Jaitley

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses a delegation while speaking on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) issues during the Vibrant Gujarat investor summit in Gandhinagar, India January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files   Washington, October 8 (IANS) India needs to grow at a faster pace, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said, while asserting that there […]

Google Pixel 2 turns on ‘DND’ mode while driving

San Francisco, October 7 (IANS): The recently launched second-generation Google Pixel smartphones have an interesting sensor-based feature buried in the software which can automatically switch on “Do Not Disturb” (DND) mode when the user is driving, reports said on Saturday.   Google had also released a new application named “Pixel Ambient Services” along with the […]

Raghuram Rajan’s name in Clarivate list of Nobel Prize worthies

Raghuram Rajan’s name in Clarivate list of Nobel Prize worthies

New Delhi, October 7 (IANS): Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan’s name figures in this year’s list of possible winners of Nobel Prize in economics brought out by Clarivate Analytics. The economics prize will be announced in Stockholm on Monday, according to Nobelprize.org. Clarivate Analytics, earlier a Thomson Reuters unit, publishes a […]

‘WhatsApp Business’ to be introduced as standalone app

‘WhatsApp Business’ to be introduced as standalone app

San Francisco, October 7 (IANS) The much talked-about WhatsApp for business application is being tested by a private group of testers and the company will introduce it as “WhatsApp Business” — a standalone app.   Its description available on Play Store read: “As a test partner for ‘WhatsApp Business’, you have early access to a […]

India rethinks jewellery sales oversight after slump in gold demand

India rethinks jewellery sales oversight after slump in gold demand

A woman tries on a gold bracelet at a jewellery showroom in the eastern Indian city of Siliguri November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo   MUMBAI, October 7 (Reuters) – Indian authorities withdrew on Friday an amendment that made jewellers subject to anti-money laundering legislation and caused a drop in gold sales.   The […]

GST: Relief for SMEs, threshold for composition scheme raised

New Delhi, October 6 (PTI) In a relief to small and medium enterprises, the GST Council on Friday raised the turnover threshold to Rs 1 crore for businesses to avail of the composition scheme that allows them to pay 1-5 per cent tax without going through tedious formalities.   With small businesses and traders complaining […]

Equities end higher on global cues, surge in metal stocks

Mumbai, October 6 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices — the BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty50 — on Friday edged higher to close with substantial gains erasing losses incurred in previous sessions as positive global cues and healthy buying in metals and oil and gas stocks lifted sentiments.   Index heavyweights like Tata Steel, Sun […]