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Text of speech by new President Ram Nath Kovind

Text of speech by new President Ram Nath Kovind

Profile New Delhi, July 25  Following is the text of the speech delivered by Ram Nath Kovind after being sworn in as the 14th President of India in the Central Hall of Parliament here on Tuesday. “Respected Shri Pranab Mukherjee ji, Shri Hamid...
Kovind sworn in as India’s 14th President

Kovind sworn in as India’s 14th President

Profile Ram Nath Kovind has been sworn in as India’s 14th President replacing Pranab Mukherjee. He was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice JS Khehar in the central hall of Parliament. At the occasion attended by Prime Minister Narendra...

NSE Nifty breaches 10K point-mark

Mumbai, July 25  Expectations of healthy quarterly results, coupled with broadly positive global cues lifted the key Indian equity index — NSE Nifty — above the 10,000-points mark during early-morning trade session on Tuesday. The index breached...
Ram Nath Kovind pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi

Ram Nath Kovind pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi

New Delhi, July 25  President-elect Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday visited Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi. Kovind, dressed in a black safari suit, was accompanied by his wife. He paid floral tributes to the Father of the Nation. The 71-year-old...
UP to launch RERA website

UP to launch RERA website

Lucknow, July 25 The Uttar Pradesh government will launch the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) website here on Wednesday, officials said on Tuesday. The website will be open for all and people can, at any point of time, verify details about the...

Tata Communication net profit down 22% in Q1

Mumbai, July 25  Tata Communications on Monday reported a 22.27 percent fall in its consolidated net profit at Rs 32.94 crore in the quarter ended June 30, as compared to Rs 42.38 crore in the year-ago period. Its total income also fell by 4.34 percent...
Vodafone-Idea merger gets CCI approval

Vodafone-Idea merger gets CCI approval

New Delhi, July 25  The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has given approval for the Vodafone-Idea merger. “Idea Cellular is pleased to confirm receipt of the letter from the Competition Commission of India dated July 24, 2017, according approval...

Ram Nath Kovind Takes Oath As 14th President of India Today

New Delhi, July 25 President-elect Ram Nath Kovind will take oath as India’s 14th President today at a ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament. Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and President-elect Kovind will arrive in the Central Hall in...
India should target inflation rate of 4-5%: US expert

India should target inflation rate of 4-5%: US expert

New Delhi, July 25  Indian policymakers would do well to target keeping annual retail inflation in the country in the range of 4-5 per cent without aiming to lower this rate significantly, according to an American expert. “India should target inflation...

$23 bn investment planned in KG Basin oil, gas fields

New Delhi, July 25  Oil and gas fields in the Krishna Godavari (KG) Basin in India’s eastern offshore would attract investment of about $23 billion for these hydrocarbons’ exploitation, Parliament was informed on Monday. “The operators...
AAI to develop civil aviation sector in Uttarakhand

AAI to develop civil aviation sector in Uttarakhand

New Delhi, July 25  The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday said that it has signed an MoU with the Uttarakhand government to develop the civil aviation sector in the hill state. “The scope of the MoU is to identify… evaluating site...

Government introduces Banking Regulation Bill

New Delhi, July 24  Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday introduced a bill under which the Centre may authorise the Reserve Bank of India to direct banks to initiate recovery proceedings against loan defaulters. The Banking Regulation (Amendment)...

NIA arrests seven Kashmir separatist leaders for terror funding

New Delhi, July 24  The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested seven Kashmiri separatist leaders who have allegedly received funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone-pelting protests in the Kashmir Valley. Those arrested...

Six Congress MPs suspended for unruly conduct

New Delhi, July 24  Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday suspended six Congress MPs for five consecutive sittings for improper conduct after they tore up papers and threw them towards her podium. The six MPs – Gaurav Gogoi, Adhir Ranjan...

Lok Sabha witnesses din as Opposition demands debate on lynchings

New Delhi, July 24  The Lok Sabha on Monday witnessed noisy scenes as the Opposition members led by Congress created pandemonium, demanding a discussion on the issue of atrocities against Dalits and Muslims by the cow vigilantes. Congress members staged...

Coal India invites power producers for linkage auction

Kolkata, July 24  State-run Coal India Ltd (CIL) has invited applications from independent power producers to take part in the auction of coal linkages under the Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala Transparently in India (Shakti), a notice said...
Pangteang sworn in as Nagaland minister

Pangteang sworn in as Nagaland minister

Kohima, July 24  Senior Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislator E.E. Pangteang was on Monday sworn in as a cabinet minister in the T.R. Zelaing-led government. Pangteang was to take oath last Saturday along with eight NPF and two BJP legislators....

Expect Indian growth to pick up in 2017, 2018: IMF

New Delhi, July 24  With global economic recovery remaining on track on the back of better performing emerging economies, growth in India is expected to pick up further in 2017 and 2018, the IMF has said. “Growth in India is forecast to pick up...

Government considering path-breaking FDI reforms for defence sector

New Delhi, July 24  A more liberal FDI policy is currently under consideration to attract FDI in defence sector, sources said. The aim is to attract Rs 35,000 crore investment in the next five years, give a flip to defence production in India and create...

24 killed in Kabul suicide blast

Kabul, July 24  At least 24 people were killed and 42 others injured on Monday in a suicide blast here, the Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed. The blast occurred at around 6.40 a.m., when a Toyota Corolla exploded in the city’s Police District...