• India's Nobel laureate fears upsurge in child labour as pandemic shrivels economy
    NEW DELHI, September 21 (Reuters): For four decades Indian Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi rescued thousands of children from the scourge of slavery and trafficking but he fears all his efforts could reverse as the coronavirus pandemic forces children into labour. "The biggest threat is that millions of children may fall back into slavery, trafficking, child labour, child marriage," said Satyarthi who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his work to co
  • 'New Education Policy will bring rise in demand for tailored courses'
    Anupam Sinha IANS The New Education Policy (NEP) has infused a new wave of optimism with the vision of strengthening the education system, branching out into varied dimensions of skill-based learning to empower the Indian youth with the new age dynamism. The policy has arrived at the most appropriate time, when India is all geared up to redefine itself as "Atmanirbhar Bharat". The newly envisaged framework aims to provide a holistic development for the learners that is
  • New law to define agricultural products, trade areas
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 21 (IANS): Aiming to double farmers' income by 2022, the Modi government has enacted a new law to provide an alternative channel for the sale of farm produce, apart from the agri markets operated under Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Acts of the respective states. Under the new law, food grains like wheat, rice, coarse grains, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, sugar cane, poultry, pigs, goats, fish, and dairy pr
  • Visa, IfundWomen grant to empower Indian women entrepreneurs
    MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 21 (IANS): Visa along with its global partner IFundWomen on Monday announced a grant programme to empower women entrepreneurs in India. The digital payments technology leader will seek applications from women entrepreneurs across all sectors till October 20 and applicants need to submit details about their business and online presence, along with a short video about their business to Three winners will be selected and receive grant
  • Over 78% people used connections to get Covid-19 ICU bed: Survey
    New Delhi, September 21 (IANS):  Only four per cent patients were able to get a Covid-19 ICU bed through the routine process, while 78 per cent had to use connections and clout, a survey revealed on Monday. The number of Covid cases in India has mounted to 54 lakh and the country has been recording on average over 90,000 cases daily for the last two weeks. Hospitals now are seeing more critical patients than they did in May-June this year. With the rise in critical cases, the a
  • Business sentiments recover, weak demand continues: CII Survey
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 20 (IANS): With the gradual lifting of the restrictions on economic activities across the country, business sentiments have recovered with the CII Business Confidence Index surging to 50.3 in the July-September period. During the April-June quarter of 2020, it recorded its lowest reading at 41.0. "The stellar recovery in the index has been supported by the remarkable increase in the Expectations Index (EI), which rose 46 per cent quarter-on-quarter, to t
  • Bullet train project to create more than 90,000 direct, indirect jobs
    New Delhi, September 17 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project, popularly known as 'bullet train project', will create more than 90,000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase. National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) spokesperson Sushma Gaur said, "The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project will create more than 90,000 direct and indirect jobs in various categories during constructi
  • Credit outlook moderately negative for gold jewellery retailers: Crisil
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 (IANS): Slack demand, resulting in lower cash accrual, along with elevated inventory levels and curtailed bank finance, will lead to a moderately negative credit outlook for gold jewellery retailers this fiscal, Crisil Research said on Thursday. An analysis of 92 gold jewellery retailers, accounting for 40 per cent of the sector's revenue, showed that the number of new store additions is expected to reduce to almost by a third of the average between fisca
  • Delhi police file rioting charges against government critics
    NEW DELHI, September 17 (Reuters): Delhi police have filed charges against 15 people over Hindu-Muslim riots in the capital, a spokesman said on Thursday, prompting criticism from rights groups that authorities were targeting the opposition and minority Muslims. February's violence killed more than 50 people and drove thousands from their homes, most of them members of the Muslim minority, which forms about 15% of a population of roughly 1.3 billion. The riots followed m
  • Relief for Anil Ambani as SC dismisses SBI plea
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea by the State Bank of India (SBI) seeking a vacation of the stay granted by Delhi High Court on personal bankruptcy proceedings against Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Group. The Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao, directed the Delhi High Court to consider the issue on October 6. The bench, also comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat, gave liberty to SBI to seek mod
  • UK hands over to India statues stolen from Hindu temple in 1978
    LONDON, September 17 (Reuters): Britain has returned three antique bronze sculptures to Indian authorities more than 40 years after they were stolen from a Hindu temple in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A total of four bronzes from the Vijayanagara period, which lasted from the 14th to the 17th century, were stolen in 1978 from a temple dedicated to the god Vishnu in Nagapattinam. The thieves were convicted in India at the time but it was only in 2019 that three of
  • Virtual hearing expediting and ensuring affordable adjudication: Labour Ministry 
    New Delhi, September 16 (MExN): Launching of virtual hearing in quasi-judicial cases under EPF & MP Act, 1952 has heralded an era of providing expeditious and affordable adjudication, stated an official release by Ministry of Labour & Employment. This is part of a series of initiatives taken by Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to improve the ease of doing business, a new facility for conducting virtual hearing in quasi-judicial cases by use of secure IT appl
  • Tata Projects successfully bids for constructing Parliament's new building
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): Construction major Tata Projects has won the bid to build the new Parliament building here in the national capital. According to a company spokesperson: "We have emerged as the a 'L1' (lowest bidder) in the comprehensive bidding process and are first in line to be awarded this prestigious contract to construct the new building of the Parliament." "Tata Projects is honoured to be associated with this project and to accelerate Ind
  • India should look for outward investments to meet domestic needs: Exim Bank study
    CHENNAI, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): India should look at outward investments in agriculture and rare earth elements to meet domestic demand as well as specific interventions for encouraging innovation-led manufacturing, revisiting regulations to reduce import dependence in certain sectors, states a study by Export Import Bank of India (Exim Bank). According to the study, the recent performance of the manufacturing sector in India is indicative of an underlying inertia, with the share of m
  • Mobile catering the new norm in Bengaluru
    BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): If the coronavirus pandemic is blamed for the soaring unemployment rate in the country, it has also opened new avenues like giving a boost to the mobile catering business in and around the city. Speaking to IANS, Idli Dosa Coffee Kitchen (IDC Kitchen) Manager Dinesh Gowda said operating stand-alone restaurants or eatery joints has become more expensive and it has not been translating into a profit-making business as it used to be once. "The ID
  • NE region gateway to east, SE Asia: Foreign Secretary Shringla
    AGARTALA/GANGTOK, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): As the northeast region is India's gateway to east and southeast Asia, the country has a vision for this region that is captured in the 3 Cs - Connectivity, Commerce, and Cultural Commonalities, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said. He said that in foreign policy terms, the states of the northeast are the link between two fundamental pillars of our foreign policy: "Neighbourhood First" and "Act East". "In p
  • Islamic State most active in 12 Indian states: Govt to Paliament
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): With Islamic State and its various manifestations spreading base in 12 Indian states in recent years, the Sunni jihadists' group is now "most active" in these states across the country. Apart from southern states like Telangana, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu -- where the Iran and Syria-based terrorist outfit penetrated years ago -- investigating agencies have found their links in states like Maharashtra, West Bengal, R
  • Hundreds of farmers block highways in Punjab, Haryana
    CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): Angry over three agriculture-related Bills, hundreds of farmers blocked major highways in parts of Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday to demand that the proposed laws should not be pursued in Parliament. The protesters also warned that if any Member of Parliament from Punjab supported the farm Bills in Parliament, he or she would not be allowed to enter villages. "The MPs who support the farm bills in Parliament will not be allowed to enter the
  • 7 killed by lightning in Madhya Pradesh
    DAMOH/BHOPAL, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): Seven persons have died due to lightning at different places in Madhya Pradesh's Damoh district. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and former CM Kamal Nath have expressed grief over the deaths. According to information received from the administration, three members of a family were killed in the last 24 hours due to lightning at Lamti village in Damoh district near Tezgarh police station area. The three were working at a farm. Two other
  • Centre to SC: Will welcome any order on speedy trial against sitting & ex-MPs/MLAs
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it would welcome any order for the speedy trial of sitting and former MPs/MLAs facing criminal and corruption charges. Solicitor General, representing the Centre, submitted before a bench headed by Justice N. V. Ramana that the apex court can fix time frame for the completion of trials in pending cases against Legislators, sitting and former. Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who is a court appointe