President Amit Shah rejected permission to hold a rally today in West Bengal, hit out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying she was terrified that the BJP was making inroads into the state. “There is an era of terror in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee is throttling democracy,” said Amit Shah. Now rally from Cooch Behar was …

Economic growth may become affected by the tug-of-war between the government and the central bank. Fitch Ratings lowered its 2018 growth forecast for Asia’s third-largest economy to 7.2 percent from 7.8 percent seen previously. The financial year runs from April to March. The forecast cut comes in the midst of a power struggle among the …

The Centre on Thursday gave a grant of Rs 3,048 crore to Kerala, which was hit by massive floods in August, as an additional assistance from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), officials said. Besides, Rs 539 crore will be provided to cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh and Rs 131 crore to Nagaland, which was also affected …

A plea seeking allowing of women into the sanctum sanctorum of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Delhi is likely to be taken up by the Delhi High Court next week. The PIL was filed by female law students from Pune. The petition claimed that a notice was put up outside the Dargah — a shrine built …

IT company HCL Technologies Friday stated it will acquire select IBM software products for over Rs. 12,700 crores ($1.8 billion) in an all-cash deal. The transaction, subject to “completion of applicable regulatory reviews”, is slated to close by mid-2019, HCL Technologies proposed in a statement. The deal entails seven products in areas comprising security, marketing, …

A week after farmers from different regions of the country staged an agitation in Delhi raising several demands, comprising a loan waiver, BJP KisanMorcha’s national president and Bhadohi MP Virendra Singh Mast Thursday said that a loan waiver was not a final solution for the farming community. Mast also accused the opposition parties of misguiding …

India, Pak Trade Much Below Potential, Can Go Up To $37 Billion

The recent trade between India and Pakistan is at a little over USD 2 billion, much below than the potential, and can go up to USD 37 billion if the two countries tear down artificial barriers like lack of connectivity, trust deficit and complicated and non-transparent non-tariff measures, as per the World Bank Report. The …

Potholes probably kill more than those on the border or by terrorists

The Supreme Court Thursday expressed issue over 14,926 people being demised in accidents due to potholes on roads across the country in the last five years. A bench led by Justice Madan B Lokur said a large number of deaths caused because of potholes was “unacceptable” and was “probably more than those killed on the …

The US says 800k to 2 million religious minorities detained in Chinese internment camps

An estimated 800,000 to 2 million religious minorities are recently being detained in internment camps in China, the Trump administration has told lawmakers, who have expressed critical concerns over the massive human rights violations in the Communist nation’s Xinjiang province. The situation in resource-rich Xinjiang has been restive as the native Muslim Uighurs have been …

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The Chhattisgarh Congress Thursday moved the state High Court seeking directions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to look into officials of the administration allegedly incomingstrongrooms in Dhamtari where Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are stored. The petition also stated that CCTV cameras at a strongroom in Durg were switched off for a few hours. …

Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is “on the brink” of losing his voice after 17 days of critical election campaigning and has been advised “complete rest” for three to five days by doctors, the government said Thursday. Punjab’s local government, tourism, and cultural affairs minister, who has affected his vocal cords, has left an undisclosed …

France To Tax Digital Giants From 2019, Says Finance Minister

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Thursday stated France will tax digital giants at a national level from 2019 if European Union states cannot reach an agreement on a tax on digital revenues for the bloc. EU finance ministers detained to agree on a tax on digital revenues on Tuesday, despite the last minute Franco-German …