India

  • India can be major agro products exporter with effective policy
    MUMBAI, JULY 29 (IANS): India can emerge as top five exporters of agro commodities in the world, if the central and state governments take effective measures to handhold farmers, a study conducted by MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai showed. According to the study, through focused intervention in capacity building, India can enhance its agro export to surpass Thailand and Indonesia and become the fifth largest exporter in the world. "As a first strategy, the government should
  • Exotic wildlife smuggled from Myanmar seized in Assam, 2 held
    SILCHAR, July 29 (IANS): Assam forest officials have seized some exotic wildlife species, suspected to have been smuggled from Myanmar, and arrested two men from a truck carrying the endangered animals, officials said on Wednesday. Southern Assam's Cachar Divisional Forest Officer Sunnydeo Choudhary said that during a routine checkup, forest officials on Tuesday midnight intercepted a truck, coming from neighbouring Mizoram, at Lailapur forest sub-beat, carrying the exotic wildl
  • Maharashtra crosses 2 million Covid tests-mark
    MUMBAI, JULY 29 (IANS): Maharashtra on Wednesday crossed the 2 million Covid-19 tests threshold mark, the highest in the country for any state, officials said, here. As per the official data, the state has conducted 20,21,437 tests -- 10,21,063 in government laboratories and 10,00,374 in private labs. Of these, only 407,877 (20.18 per cent) turned positive. The state accounts for the highest 391,440 Covid-19 cases, including 144,694 active cases, 14,165 fatalities and 232,277 rec
  • Mumbai slummers, women lead march to Covid herd immunity: Survey
    MUMBAI, JULY 29 (IANS): In a heartening development for health authorities, a sero-survey conducted in Mumbai has indicated that slum dwellers and women are at the forefront in the march to herd immunity against coronavirus, officials said here on Wednesday. The 'Serological Surveillance for SARS-CoV2 Infection' survey was done by BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, along with NITI Aayog and TISS for 12-14 days in the first half of July covering 6,936 people. Conducted in
  • Vice Prez calls for promoting native languages
    NEW DELHI, JULY 29 (IANS): Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday called for protecting and promoting various Indian languages through the use of mother tongue in different fields from education to administration. Calling for imparting education in the mother tongue up to primary school, the Vice President stressed that a language would gain popularity only through widespread usage. Naidu said it was a fallacy to think that progress could be achieved only if education was pur
  • Petrol, diesel prices unchanged for third day
    NEW DELHI, JULY 29 (IANS): With global oil market stable for the past few days, consumers in India were spared an increase in prices of auto fuels for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. Oil companies kept petrol and diesel prices unchanged, taking global cues wherein benchmark crude oil prices have remained static around $43 a barrel for past few days. In Delhi, diesel continues to be priced at Rs 81.94 a litre while petrol's steady run continued for the 29th straight da
  • Malware, ransomware top cyberthreats in India: Microsoft report
    NEW DELHI, JULY 29 (IANS): India experienced a higher encounter rate for malware and ransomware attacks than the regional average in Asia Pacific last year, according to the latest edition of Microsoft's Security Endpoint Threat Report. India registered the seventh highest malware encounter rate across the region, at 5.89 per cent in the past year, showed the India findings of the report released on Wednesday. This was 1.1 times higher than the regional average. The report
  • Hotel industry will collapse without govt support: HAI
    NEW DELHI, JULY 28 (IANS): Highlighting the plight of the hospitality sector amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hotel Association of India (HAI) has said that in absence of support from the government and the RBI, the Indian hotel industry will collapse. The industry body has reiterated its demands including extension of the moratorium on interest and repayment of principal for the entire financial year 2021 till March 31, and the interest due is added back to the total principal outst
  • Kashmir domicile law raises fears of losing land, culture
    NEW DELHI, July 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): At 75 years old, Zareef Ahmad Zareef has been witness to several major events that have shaped Kashmir - for the worse, he says - since it became part of India in 1947. Now, the historian and poet worries for the future of Kashmir's culture and its people, after India passed a new law in May that allows non-locals to become permanent residents of the Muslim-majority territory. "Our Kashmir is a garden. The new laws ha
  • This is how you're concerned about students' careers: HC to DU
    NEW DELHI, JULY 28 (IANS): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday questioned Delhi University over its preparedness and lack of facilities for the specially abled students to enable them to appear in the OBE for final year undergraduate courses. "This is how you're concerned about the career and future of the final year students?" remarked a division bench of the high court presided by Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad while hearing a batch of petitions in connection
  • Yes Bank shares plunge below FPO price
    MUMBAI, JULY 28 (IANS): The slump in Yes Bank's shares continued on Tuesday with its stock price falling below the further public offering (FPO) price of Rs 12. During the initial trade, its share price on the BSE declined nearly 10 per cent to Rs 11.10. It has, however, recovered somewhat and around 11.05 a.m., it was trading at Rs 11.40 lower by 7.32 per cent from its previous close. The bank recently raised Rs 15,000 crore through an FPO with a floor price of Rs 12 per
  • GST intelligence books 3 firms for evading Rs 600 cr tax
    NEW DELHI, JULY 27 (IANS): The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) has filed a case against Fortune Graphics Ltd, Reema Polychem, and Ganpati Enterprises for evading taxes worth over Rs 600 crore. All three were found involved in issuance of invoices without any actual supply of goods. During the investigations conducted by the DGGI, it was found that the three companies had issued invoices worth more than Rs 4,100 crore wherein an amount of more than Rs 600 crore has
  • Tata Motors' EV sales head Ashesh Dhar no more
    MUMBAI, JULY 27 (IANS): Ashesh Dhar, Head of Sales, Marketing and Customer Care at the Electric Vehicles segment at Tata Motors has passed away due to a cardiac arrest. He breathed his last on Friday night. Dhar became the Head of Sales, Marketing and Customer Care of the EV segment two years back, as he rose through the ranks after joining Tata Motors in 2011. Prior to his stint at Tata Motors, he was Vice President - Operations at Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd, showed his
  • SRMIST provides options for students to study abroad with SAT Scores
    Kattankulathur, July 26 (MExN): The SRM Institute of Science and Technology – SRMIST(formerly known as SRM University), Chennai, as a member of the India Global Higher Education Alliance of the US based College Board that conducts the SAT examinations, is offering attractive scholarships of up to 35% for students with SAT scores, a press release from the institute informed.   The offers include transfer /twining programme where the students get study final 2 years abroad
  • Govt says it is rebooting Indian economy
    NEW DELHI, JULY 24 (IANS): The government on Friday said that it is rebooting and revamping the Indian economy to make it the global centre of the supply chain in accordance to the shift in the international geo-politics. In an interactive session with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of External Affairs Secretary, Economic Relations (ER), Rahul Chhabra, while speaking on the 'Role of Indian Economic Diplomacy in Making India Self Reliant', said, "Glob
  • Amazon plans to create 'thousands of job opportunities' in India
    NEW DELHI, JULY 24 (IANS): Amazon is looking forward to creating thousands of job opportunities in India as the e-commerce giant plans to make 10 new warehouses operational in the country ahead of the festive season. With the new additions, Amazon.in will have more than 60 warehouses, or fulfillment centres, in 15 states, with a total storage capacity of over 32 million cubic feet, the company said in a blog post on Thursday. "With the expanded network of more than 60 fulf
  • JioMart app crosses 10 lakh downloads on Google Play Store
    MUMBAI, JULY 24 (IANS): Within just a few days of its launch, the JioMart app has crossed the 10 lakh downloads on the Google Play Store. The app is present in both Google Play Store and iOS App Store. JioMart app is also one of the top 3 apps in the 'Shopping' category on Google Play Store, as per App Annie and is ranked second in Apple App store and third in the shopping category. The mobile generation who find ease of access through app-based interface can now enjoy
  • India to contribute 2.2% of global digital payment market by 2023
    NEW DELHI, JULY 23 (IANS): With the rise in usage of digital modes of transactions and the growing market of digital payment services, India is likely to contribute around 2.2 per cent to the sector by 2023, said a report by the Payments Council of India and PWC. The report titled 'Empowering payments: Digital India on the path of revolution' said that with global transaction value for digital payments expected to reach $12.4 trillion by 2025, India is expected to contribute
  • E-invoicing of GST compulsory from Oct 1, with higher threshold
    NEW DELHI, JULY 23 (IANS): The government proposes to roll out compulsory e-invoicing of GST from October 1, but has decided to raise the threshold to exempt smaller entities from this compliance, an official said on Thursday. Accordingly, e-invoicing will be mandatory only for businesses with turnover of Rs 500 crore or more. Those, on the other side of the threshold, will be exempted from the compliance burden, for the time being. The threshold for mandatory e-invoicing -- a st
  • Govt ready with incentives, development schemes to boost manufacturing in India
    NEW DELHI, JULY 23 (IANS): Government will soon come out with new stimulus packages to boost manufacturing in the country, a senior official of the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. This would be in addition to Rs 20 lakh crore economic package announced by the government recently to help different sectors of the economy, tide over the crisis due to the outbreak of COVID-19. According to Tarun Bajaj, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), government is working on offer