24% MPs and MLAs claim exemption from income tax or say they have no income at all, discovers Manoj K. Our MPs earn Rs 50,000 a month; now they want it doubled IMAGE: According to recent analysis, as many as 75 per cent of MPs and MLAs nationwide declared annual incomes less than Rs 10 lakh. Photograph: Kind courtesy Rajya Sabha.nic.in. About 72 per cent of members of Parliament and members of legislative assemblies of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, in tax returns filed ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Amid Donald Trump's expected action against employment visas, India's bellwether IT firms reveal they have been preparing for this eventuality for years.Monali Sarkar surveys the Indian IT landscape. IMAGE: cancelled US visa at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia,February 6, 2017. Photograph published only for representational purposes.Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters While the threat of an overhaul of the H-1B work-visa programme has become more pronounced ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Shailajanand Mishra presents a quick reckoner on the Union Budget.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the first Budget after demonetisation on February 1. The 2017-2018 Budget will be inclusive of all sectors including the railways. This time around, no separate budget for the railways will be presented. As the finance minister rises in the House to present the Budget, some interesting facts about the annual financial plan for the country: ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Vin Diesel had an amazing first day in Mumbai when he arrived on January 12. He had a grand reception in the morning, followed by a press conference where he said he was blessed to have Deepika Padukone in his life. The Hollywood actor is working with Dips in xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, and he seemed to love the experience of working with her. It was followed by the film's grand premiere. But before the premiere, the actor got a chance to learn the Lungi Dance and watch Deepika ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
It's time, says Anita Aikara, we said bye to the most overused words and phrases of 2016. Year end means clearing out your closets and ridding yourself of unwanted stuff... including overused (and at times, highly misused) vocabulary too! We have all fallen prey to peppering our conversations with certain words over and over and over and over and over again. But that doesn't mean these need to spill over to 2017 as well. Clean them out! We don't want to HEAR them anymore! 10 words and phrases ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
While demonetisation fans in India felt vindicated that Venezuela too had gone down the note ban path, their triumph was short-lived.Unlike Indians -- who have largely been unnaturally patient about the many inconveniences of the note ban -- the South American country spiralled out of control, leading to a temporary roll back in less than a week. Here's how the two demonetisation drives have played out. A man burns a 100 bolivar bill during a protest in El Pinal, Venezuela, December 16, 2016.Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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