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Ajay Bisaria named new Indian envoy to Pakistan

Ajay Bisaria named new Indian envoy to Pakistan

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Ajay Bisaria, a 1987 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, was on Wednesday named as India’s new High Commissioner to Pakistan. Bisaria, who is presently Ambassador of India to Poland, will replace Gautam Bambawale,...

UP NTPC blast: Death toll rises to 22, probe ordered

Lucknow, Nov 2  The death toll in the NTPC boiler blast in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli rose to 22 on Thursday, with two more succumbing to their burn injuries, officials said. The state government has ordered a magisterial probe. Rae Bareli District...

Jaitley-led panel on bank mergers formed with Goyal, Sitharaman

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The government on Wednesday constituted an inter-ministerial committee headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to oversee the merger of public sector banks (PSBs), following the recent announcement of a massive recapitalisation...
SC seeks special courts for lawmakers, politicians facing cases

SC seeks special courts for lawmakers, politicians facing cases

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Central government to set up special courts to exclusively try lawmakers and politicians facing criminal cases so that the trial in such cases is expedited and completed in one year. The...
Russia’s relations with India second to none : Russian Ambassador

Russia’s relations with India second to none : Russian Ambassador

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Russia’s relations with India are second to none and can’t be compared with Kremlin’s relations with Pakistan, Russian Ambassador to India Nikolai Kudashev said on Wednesday. “I do not see any opportunity...

Rahul Gandhi condoles deaths in Rae Bareli NTPC boiler blast

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday expressed sadness at the boiler blast in the NTPC unit in Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha constituency of his mother and party President Sonia Gandhi, and condoled the deaths. He also...
Merkel tops Forbes 100 most powerful women list

Merkel tops Forbes 100 most powerful women list

London, Nov 1 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has topped the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women beating British PM Theresa May, philanthropist Melinda Gates and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Merkel, whose stature may have taken a hit...
Odisha show-cause notice for Rs 20,169 cr penalty on Coal India subsidiary

Odisha show-cause notice for Rs 20,169 cr penalty on Coal India subsidiary

Bhubaneswar, Nov 1 (IANS) The Odisha government has sent a show-cause notice to (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India, as to why a Rs 20,169 crore fine should not be imposed for alleged violation of environmental norms and excess mining, a Minister said...

Government releases draft regulations for drones

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has come up with draft regulations on civil use of drones which will also enable commercial use of drones for tasks like photography, doorstep delivery and even passenger transport,...

Coastal transport key to reducing India’s logistics cost : Gadkari

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that use of coastal shipping for transporting goods could be a key enabler for reduction of logistics cost for domestic and as well as export-import trade of the country. Flagging...
Bihar inks pact with Sikkim for organic crop certificate

Bihar inks pact with Sikkim for organic crop certificate

Patna, Nov 1 (IANS) The Bihar government on Wednesday signed an agreement with Sikkim, India’s first fully organic state, for certification of organic crops produced by its own farmers. At present, organic farming has begun in the state on a large...
Government to designate ‘khichdi’ as national dish

Government to designate ‘khichdi’ as national dish

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The government has decided to designate the humble “khichdi” as the national dish to popularise it in global markets for commercial promotion. During the World Food India conference, well-known chef Sanjeev Kapoor...

CCEA nod to hike ethanol price for petrol blending to Rs 40.85/litre

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) A cabinet committee on Wednesday approved raising the price of ethanol payable under the government’s ethanol blending programme to Rs 40.85 a litre applicable for the forthcoming sugar season beginning next month. “The...
World Food India event expected to fetch $10 bn investment : Minister

World Food India event expected to fetch $10 bn investment : Minister

The Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal addressing a press conference to announce initiatives enabling ease of doing business in food processing sector ahead of World Food India 2017, in New Delhi on November 01, 2017. New...

Negative impact of demonetisation on economy transitory: Rating agencies (Note Ban Series)

Chennai, Nov 1 (IANS) The adverse impact of demonetisation on the Indian economy would be transitory, according to global and domestic credit rating agencies. However, the current slowdown could partially be attributed to implementation of the Goods...

Government thrust on renewables cooling, say solar stakeholders

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Though India was a major inspiration behind the formation of the Gurugram-headquartered International Solar Alliance, the government’s earlier thrust on renewable energy seems to have abated, stakeholders say. One indicator...

Russia calls for cooperation on closed n-fuel cycle technology

Abu Dhabi, Nov 1 (IANS) Crucial for implementing the Indian atomic power programme, the closed nuclear fuel cycle is the future of the global industry, according to a Russian expert, who has called for stakeholders to cooperate in developing nuclear...
Cabinet approves three-year extension for agricultural scheme

Cabinet approves three-year extension for agricultural scheme

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved extension of the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) as RKVY-RAFTAAR for fiscals 2017-18 to 2019-20. The committee meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra...

SBI donates Rs 1.2cr to disabled soldiers’ training institute

Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) The State Bank of India (SBI) on Wednesday announced a donation of Rs 1.2 crore to the Queen Mary’s Technical Institute in Pune for upgrading its training infrastructure for disabled soldiers. The SBI’s local Head Office...

Government increases age to join National Pension Scheme to 65 years

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The government has increased the the maximum age of joining under National Pension Scheme (NPS) from the existing 60 years to 65 years of age, an official statement said here on Wednesday. “In continuance of the several...