Here’s a recap of the events from the past 24 hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs 'bhoomi poojan' rituals for the start of construction work for the new BJP headquarters at Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg in New Delhi. Photograph: Kamal Singh/PTI Photo People take shelter on the roof of their houses at Salori area on the swollen bank of Ganga river in Allahabad. Photograph: PTI Photo Artistes perform ‘Azadi se Azadi Tak-Ek Buland Naara (Quit India-2)’ show at the Bharat ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday tied rakhi to several soldiers deployed at the Siachen Base Camp, the highest battlefield in the world, on the occasion of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and lauded their efforts. The minister flew into the Siachen base-camp, located on the snout of the glacier, at 9.22 am and was received by senior army officers, a defence spokesman said. Smriti Irani distributes sweets to the soldiers posted at Siachen. Photograph: Press Information Bureau ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Vetting by inter-ministerial board removed for benefits under Startup India Action Plan The government has eased the norms under which start-ups can seek benefits according to the Startup India Action Plan. Start-ups can now be eligible for benefits by simply receiving a certificate from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), compared with the earlier process of being vetted by an inter-ministerial board, said Nirmala Sitharaman, commerce and industry minister. Addressing ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Prakash Javadekar, the lone minister of state in the Modi government to have been elevated to Cabinet rank, has been rewarded for his work in the environment ministry, especially his pro-active role in the climate change talks in Paris. It has been a turnaround for Javadekar, who was earlier stripped of the charge of two key departments of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs as a minister of state. He was included in the Council of Ministers even when he was not an MP ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday mooted the idea of raising an all women battalion and stationing of women on warships besides opening the doors of the National Defence Academy and Sainik schools for them. However, Parrikar made it clear that the 'affirmative action' towards empowerment of women will be done gradually without compromising main task of armed forces which is national security. He said the government has been successful in breaking the 'psychological barrier' with the ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Many of India’s states are in action mode to improve their profile and create a conducive policy environment for investments. Some have, of course, failed to move with the changing times. The fifth of an 11-part series looks at the state of affairs in Jharkhand. Part 1: 'Andhra Pradesh is Gujarat of the East coast' Part 2: Maharashtra remains India's richest state Part 3: Madhya Pradesh: Quite a few scores, but many misses, too Part 4: The real story behind ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Benchmark indices ended near day’s high after the Cabinet on Wednesday approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Investors’ sentiments were further boosted due to recovery in global stocks after near term Brexit concerns eased. The S&P BSE Sensex rose 216 points to end at 26,740 and the Nifty50 gained 76 points to close at 8,204. Among broader markets, BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices surged between 0.9%-1.2%, outperforming the benchmark indices. Commenting ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The minister said any declaration made under the law will be protected Offering black money holders one last chance to come clean, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Tuesday, said information on assets disclosed during the one-time compliance window will not be shared with any other authority. Jaitley, who met industry chambers, chartered accountants and tax professionals to clear any misgivings about the four-month compliance window provided to domestic black money holders to pay their taxes ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
India’s economy - ranked eighth in 2015 with a GDP of $2 trillion - is projected to climb past Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan and become the world’s third-largest in 2030 with a GDP of $7.3 trillion As California, US’ richest state, recently overtook France and Brazil to become the world’s sixth largest economy, according to a Bloomberg analysis, a comparison with India reveals that the American state has 3 per cent of India’s population but ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
IMAGE: Novelist Shobhaa De, Vikas Swarup, novelist, diplomat and the ministry of external affairs spokesperson, director Kabir Khan and Saffron Art CEO Hugo Weihe at the event. Photograph: Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com 'Today if you look at the way India is growing many people are saying the sleeping elephant has finally woken up, is dancing!' 'I have travelled extensively, in about 60 countries. In all these the moment you say India, the first thing they mention is either an actor’s ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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