Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has won Time magazine’s readers’ poll of the 100 most influential people in the world, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not garner any votes in the online survey. Duterte had consistently led the Time 100 Reader Poll, an online survey in which the publication had asked its readers to vote for who should be included in this year’s Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. Duterte, who has made lewd ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passed away at the Sir H N Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Mumbai this morning. He was suffering from cancer. The hospital authorities refused to comment on his demise. The actor, who turned 70 on October 6, was admitted to the hospital on March 31. At the time, pictures of a frail and emaciated Khanna had gone viral, sparking concerns about his health. His family issued a statement that he was being treated for severe dehydration. Born into ...Rediff.com, 2 days ago
WhatsApp to foray into digital payments & expand to other markets WhatsApp, the communication application owned by social media giant Facebook, is set to debut its digital payments service in India, to subsequently be expanded to other markets. The company is looking to hire a digital transactions head in the country. In February, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton met the minister for information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, to discuss ways in which it could contribute to India’s ...Rediff.com, 2 days ago
Indian economy will grow at a clip of 7.5 per cent this fiscal, up from 7.1 per cent in the previous year, and remains resilient with low inflation, fiscal prudence and low deficit, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said. Participating in G-20 finance ministers’ and central bank governors’ meeting, he said emerging economies have become increasingly important in driving global growth, accounting for more than 75 per cent of global expansion. Among emerging economies, ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
As Indians scrambled to exchange the banned notes for new currency, Paytm, Sharma's digital payments startup, went on a promotional spree, inviting Indians to start using Paytm's digital wallet to pay for everyday goods and services. Forty-three-year-old Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were the only two Indians to make it to an annual list of '100 most influential people in the world' this year released by the Time magazine on Thursday. The list features ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Free Speech, Nationalism and Sedition – M.N. Roy Memorial Lecture, delivered by Hon’ble Justice AP Shah
Former chief justice of Delhi High Court A P Shah on 19 April questioned the "nationalism" that forced people to stand for the national anthem at a movie theatre and talked extensively about free speech, nationalism and sedition delivering the hour-long M N ...catchnews.com, 1 week ago
The Opposition on Monday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party leader Tarun Vijay in Parliament for his purported racial remarks and demanded FIR against him even as the government deprecated the comment and said the individual has apologised. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha that India is a secular country and there would be no discrimination based on caste, creed, colour and religion. Singh was responding after the Congress slammed the reported remarks by Vijay, a former member of ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Digital services work best when the seller designs a system where default options are designed to help the buyer, says Debashis Basu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious vision is to see all transactions done through banks and that too digitally. There have been many steps to discourage cash transactions and promote digital banking transactions. Stories of chaiwalas and paanwalas accepting their small amounts through digital mode were common during the note ban. There is a huge surge ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
UP is estimated to account for more than half of the country's $4-bn annual buffalo meat exports, says Ajay Modi. IMAGE: India earns more foreign exchange from buffalo meat exports than basmati rice ($3.48 billion in FY16). Photograph: Parivartan Sharma/Reuters. In the late 'nineties, an entrepreneur from the minority community faced a strong backlash from Hindu religious groups while trying to set up a meat-processing unit in western Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
The surge in export, domestic demand and public spending in infrastructure projects might revive private investment during 2017-18. The government could not have hoped for a better end to financial year 2016-17. It has enough reason to begin 2017-18 (from April 1) with optimism. Last Monday, the finance minister presented four Bills to parliament, to bring about the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime by July 1. The Lok Sabha passed all by Wednesday; the Rajya Sabha’s suggestions on ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
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