India

  • Over 3.14 lakh new COVID-19 cases in India, highest-ever recorded in any country
    New Delhi, April 22 (PTI): The number of daily coronavirus cases in India hit a record high with over 3.14 lakh new infections being reported, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,59,30,965, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. A total of 3,14,835 fresh infections were registered in a span of 24 hours, while the death toll increased to 1,84,657 with a record 2,104 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. Registering a steady increase
  • India overtakes US in daily Covid cases
    New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) India has overtaken the US to become the country with second-highest daily Covid-19 cases in the world. Brazil leads the chart with 91,097 cases recorded in the last 24 hours. India recorded 81,466 new Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. About 77,718 new cases were reported in the US on April 1. India has been witnessing a spike in cases since the last three weeks. India recorded its first Coronavirus case on January 30 last year and since then, a to
  • Centre's regulations on social media evoke divergent views from experts
    New Delhi, February 25 (PTI): The government's new regulations for social media platforms and over-the-top (OTT) players Thursday evoked divergent responses from experts with one section welcoming them, some saying they would be valid till they contain reasonable restrictions while few opposed on grounds of infringement of privacy and free speech under the Constitution. The move drew sharp criticism from Siddharth Varadarajan, editor of digital news platform The Wire who said it
  • #MeToo case: 'Shameful' that crime against women happening on land of Mahabharata, Ramayana, says court
    NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 17 (IANS): A Delhi Court on Wednesday said that it is "shameful" that the incidents of crime and violence against women are happening in a country in which the Mahabharata and Ramayana were written around the theme of respect for women. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey made the remarks while acquitting journalist Priya Ramani in a criminal defamation case filed by former Union Minister M.J. Akbar for accusing him of sexual
  • 2nd Test: India roar to 317-run win vs England, level series 1-1
    Chennai, February 16 (IANS):  Debutant left-arm spinner Axar Patel's five-wicket haul in England's second innings -- coupled with Ravichandran Ashwin's all-round performance -- made India's job easy as they registered a commanding 317-run win in the second Test on Tuesday, and level the four-match series 1-1. The win takes India to the second spot on the World Test Championship points table. India need one more win in this series to seal a spot in the final that
  • Pak intruder shot dead along J&K international border
    Jammu, February 8 (IANS): The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday shot down one Pakistani intruder in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district along the International Border. In a statement, the Central Armed Police Force said that the BSF troopers observed movement by the intruder at around 9.45 a.m. as he was heading towards the security fences near border post number 64 in the Border Outpost Chak Faquira. "Despite repeated warnings, the intruder kept movi
  • 383 schools, 680 hostels to be renamed after Netaji
    NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 6 (IANS): In order to provide inclusive and quality education to all as envisaged in the National Education Policy, the Union Ministry of Education has decided to rename the 383 residential schools and 680 hostels, under the Samagra Shiksha Scheme, as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose residential schools. Talking about the decision, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said, "The Education Ministry has funded schools in the sparsely populated
  • Foreign celebrities attack India, govt calls them out
    New Delhi/Washington, February 3 (IANS): In a clear attempt to polarise India, US Vice President Kamala Harris' niece Meena Harris and some international celebrities with hardly any expertise on Indian affairs, on Wednesday extended their support to the Indian protesters agitating against the new farm laws. The government in a strong reaction described them as part of "vested interest groups" and their support as "sensationalist social media hashtags and comments&
  • No new tax for the rich, FPIs lead to 2,300-point Sensex salute for Budget
    New Delhi, February 1 (IANS): The stock markets have saluted the Union Budget with a massive gain of 2,300 points as the fears of a Covid cess or increase in capital gains tax did not materialise while withholding tax for FPIs found no mention. Nitesh Mehta, Partner (transaction tax), BDO India, said the Finace Minister's clarification on tax withholding on dividend payment to FPIs to be done after considering the tax treaty benefits is a welcome move as the current law is silen
  • FM announces new public transport technologies for urban areas
    New Delhi, February 1 (IANS): Emphasising on better connectivity in urban areas, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the Centre would work towards raising the share of public transport in urban areas through the expansion of metro rail networks and also announced two new technologies -- Metrolite and MetroNeo for Tier 2 cities. She said, "A total of 702 km of conventional metro is operational and another 1,016 km of metro and RRTS (Rapid Regional Transport
  • Farmers will get justice: Ramdas Athawale on Budget
    New Delhi, February 1 (IANS): Lauding the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, various political leaders on Monday emphasized that the announcements are for the benefit of the farmers. Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said that the budget assured "increased allocation" for the farmers. "Farmers and labourers will get justice," he said. Amid the farmers' protest against the three contentious agri laws, the Finance Minister on Monday
  • Budget is a progressive and comprehensive document: CAIT
    New Delhi, February 1 (IANS): The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Monday termed the Union Budget 2021 as a "progressive and comprehensive document". "The Union Budget is a progressive and comprehensive document that ensures the structured development of every sector of the economy. It also brings relief to senior citizens from the burden of paying taxes. Also, developing the health sector and strengthening its services are its specialty," the CAIT sa
  • Modi plans to give assets to crony capitalist friends: Rahul
    New Delhi, February 1 (IANS): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed the Centre for not providing cash transfers to the poor in the Union Budget, and said the Modi government was planning to give the country's assets to a few capitalists. In a tweet after the Budget, he said, "Forget putting cash in the hands of people, Modi Govt plans to handover India's assets to his crony capitalist friends." The Congress and the opposition came down heavily on the Ce
  • Budget announces 'Zero Coupon Bond' push for infrastructure
    New Delhi, February 1 (IANS): In a bid to attract investments into the country's infrastructure sector, the government will notify Infrastructure Debt Funds eligible to raise funds by issuing tax efficient "zero coupon bonds". A zero-coupon bond is a debt security that does not have to pay interest but instead trades at a deep discount, rendering a profit at maturity, when the bond is redeemed for its full face value. "In order to allow funding of infrastructur
  • Modi congratulates Sitharaman for Budget presentation
    New Delhi, February 1 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for her marathon 110-minute Budget speech and also inquired about her health soon after she completed her presentation. The Finance Minister began her Budget speech at 11 a.m. for the third time in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Modi. She concluded it after almost two hours, speaking about the prime features of the Budget wit
  • Country on sale, only election 'jumlas': Oppn on Budget
    New Delhi, February 1 (IANS): The Congress on Monday criticised the Modi-led NDA government for giving a sizeable chunk of the infra-Budget to the election-bound states of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and termed the Budget as "road for vote" and full of election "jumlas". Congress Assam chief Ripun Bora said, "So, the BJP government has made Parliament the place to launch election manifestos for the Assembly elections. This Budget is nothing mo
  • Union Budget for 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat': Himachal CM
    Shimla, February 1 (IANS): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday hailed the Union Budget 2021. He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented a Budget to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people. "The Union Budget is for 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' and have taken care of every section of the society," Thakur said in a tweet. The Budget adopted a holistic approach towards health
  • Thrifty Budget: FM proposes mega spending push to rev-up Economy
    New Delhi, February 1 (IANS): Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday proposed to unleash a massive fiscal expansion in 2021-22 on the back of fire sales and cesses, to revive India's pandemic-battered economy. Accordingly, she proposed to increase the capital expenditure by 34 per cent in Budget 2021-22 in comparison to the previous fiscal BE (Budget Estimate). In her Budget speech that lasted for around 1 hour and 45 minutes, she doled out enormous amounts for railway
  • Raj educationists hail Budget focus on NEP
    Jaipur, February 1 (IANS): Educationists in Rajasthan on Monday praised the Union Budget 2021-22, saying that it is focussed on the National Education Policy (NEP) which will improve the education sector. "The Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has duly focused on the key areas -- health and education -- providing robust infrastructure to these sectors. When it comes to education, the Budget has announced all the moves needed to make it reach the last mile
  • Dividend payments to REITs, InvITs exempted from TDS
    New Delhi, February 1 (IANS): The government has decided to exempt dividend payments to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs) from tax deduction at source (TDS). Presenting the Union Budget FY22, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the move has been made to provide ease of compliance. "Further, as the amount of dividend income cannot be estimated correctly by the shareholders for paying advance tax, I propose to provide