Modi approves doctors’ retirement age at 65 years

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday approved the retirement age of 65 years for doctors of central services, aimed to strengthen the healthcare sector in the country, said an official statement.   “Prime Minister today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for enhancing the age […]

India’s economic growth surges in March quarter

India’s economic growth surges in March quarter

NEW DELHI, May 31 (Reuters) – India gathered momentum in the March quarter to extend its lead as the world’s fastest growing large economy, helping Prime Minister Narendra Modi craft an impressive sales pitch for meetings with investors in the United States next week.   Modi is due to travel to Washington on June 7-8 […]

Two army officers among 16 dead in fire at India’s biggest ammo depot

Two army officers among 16 dead in fire at India’s biggest ammo depot

Pulgaon (Maharashtra) May 31 (IANS) At least 16 persons, including two army officers, were killed and 17 injured in a massive fire at India’s largest ammunition depot in Maharashtra’s Pulgaon town early Tuesday, raising questions about alleged safety violations that endanger human lives and arsenal stocks at such facilities in the country.   The cause […]

India can be powerful growth driver world is seeking: Jaitley

India can be powerful growth driver world is seeking: Jaitley

Tokyo, May 31 (IANS) With the Chinese slowdown making the world look for other growth drivers, India can become a powerful driver of economic growth, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said here on Tuesday.   “The ability of China to shoulder that percentage of growth may not be there and, therefore, the world also is now […]

India unveils first-ever comprehensive draft law on human trafficking

India unveils first-ever comprehensive draft law on human trafficking

NEW DELHI, May 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India’s minister for women and children unveiled a draft of the country’s first-ever comprehensive anti-human trafficking law, which would treat survivors as victims in need of assistance and protection rather than as criminals.   South Asia, with India at its centre, is the fastest-growing and second-largest region […]

Staying fit and healthy gets cheaper in Jammu and Kashmir

Staying fit and healthy gets cheaper in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, May 30 (IANS) Healthcare is set to get cheaper in Jammu and Kashmir. The state government on Monday proposed tax exemption not only for hospitals but extended it to health clubs, gymnasiums, fitness, wellness and slimming centres also.   Presenting his second budget in the state assembly here, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said “the […]

India discussing Apple’s request for FDI rules waiver, Nirmala Sitharaman says

India discussing Apple’s request for FDI rules waiver, Nirmala Sitharaman says

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government on Monday said it was discussing Apple Inc’s <AAPL.O> foreign direct investment application that seeks a waiver from a local sourcing rule.   Nirmala Sitharaman, commerce and industry minister in the cabinet, told reporters her ministry would discuss the issue with the finance ministry.   The finance ministry’s […]

India to crack down on savings scams as Modi backs banking for all

India to crack down on savings scams as Modi backs banking for all

NEW DELHI, May 30 (Reuters) – India plans legislation to close a regulatory loophole that has made it possible for fraudsters to dupe millions of savers, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi strives to bring the rural poor into the mainstream banking system.   Unscrupulous operators have bilked savers of billions of dollars by running pyramid […]