NABARD launches digitisation scheme for women’s groups

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS): In an experiment to empower women through information technology (IT) and promote financial inclusion, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on Sunday launched a pilot project for complete digitisation of women’s self-help groups (SHGs) for efficient and hassle-free delivery of banking services.   Inaugurating the programme at […]

IMF supports tight stance of India’s central bank

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS): The International Monetary Fund (IMF), ahead of its chief Christine Lagarde’s two-day India visit that began on Monday, has supported the tight monetary stance of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and says 5-percent inflation in the country was still high.   “India’s monetary stance has been tight in recent […]

Lower fuel prices bring down India’s wholesale inflation further

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS): India’s annual rate of inflation, based on wholesale prices, declined further to (-)2.06 percent for February from (-)0.39 percent for the month before thanks to a 14.72 percent drop in the index for petroleum fuels and power, official data showed Monday.   Among the other two major indices, the index […]

Congress hits the street against land bill

Congress hits the street against land bill

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS): The Congress on Monday hit the streets protesting against the land acquisition bill as over 500 party workers, including women, were detained when they broke barricades while marching towards parliament. Youth Congress workers, joined by senior party leaders like Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Ahmed Patel and Oscar […]

Furore over Sharad Yadav’s remarks on women’s complexion

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS): The Rajya Sabha on Monday witnessed a furore over Sharad Yadav’s remarks on women’s complexion, as sharp words were exchanged between the JD-U leader and Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani. The comments created a ruckus in the upper house after union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked the member to […]

Country’s first private airport likely to be operational by next month

Durgapur, March 16 (PTI): Country’s first private greenfield airport at Durgapur, promoted by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL), is likely to be operational by April 14. “The final calibration of navigational aids at the airport by Airport Authority is done. Now, we expect to get final DGCA licence in a month,” state Transport Secretary Alapan […]

Fake notes now harder to detect: Delhi Police

New Delhi, March 15 (IANS): It may be even more difficult for you to identify a genuine 500-rupee note from a counterfeit one as the currency being smuggled into India by inimical agencies is now a closer imitation of the original, Delhi Police have cautioned. Officers of the Delhi Police Special Cell point to the […]

PM Narendra Modi tours Sri Lanka’s former war zone

PM Narendra Modi tours Sri Lanka’s former war zone

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for the handing over of homes under a housing scheme funded by the Indian government for war victims in Llavalai, northwest of Jaffna, Sri Lanka on March 14. During his visit to north, Modi commissioned a section of railway track built with Indian aid in Talaimannar and ceremonially began the […]

Modi announces slew of steps to boost ties with SL

Modi announces slew of steps to boost ties with SL

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, foreground left, stands with Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, foreground right, as he attends his ceremonial reception in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Friday, March 13. Modi on Friday proposed regular bilateral visits between leaders of India and Sri Lanka saying they help better understanding as he seeks to mitigate China’s […]

Pak court orders Lakhvi’s release; outraged India summons envoy

Islamabad/New Delhi, March 13 (IANS): The Islamabad High Court on Friday declared the detention orders of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, as illegal and ordered his immediate release, triggering strong reaction from India which summoned the Pakistan envoy in New Delhi to lodge its protest. The issue also figured […]

Politics, sensitivity lead India to rush to ban books, films

NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 (AP): A British documentary. A YouTube comedy clip. A book on Hinduism. Each offended some segment of Indian society, and each was banned or suppressed as a result. Over the last year, at least two books and two films have become off-limits in India. “The Satanic Verses” has been forbidden since […]