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Panneerselvam gets ‘electricity pole’, ‘hat’ for Sasikala in RK Nagar bypoll Times of India
The AIADMK faction led by O Panneerselvam will be referred to as 'AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma' and will fight the coming Radhakrishnan Nagar bypoll with the 'electricity pole' symbol. The Sasikala faction will be referred to as 'AIADMK Amma' and will fight the bypoll with the 'hat' symbol. The announcement was made by the Election Commission of India in New Delhi on Thursday.
Terror returns to London with attack on Parliament Adam Withnall, Times of India
Terror returned to the streets of London on Wedneday when an assailant armed with two long knives drove his car through a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death on the grounds of Parliament. Five people died in all, including the attacker himself, in the worst terrorist incident to hit the UK since the 7 July 2005 bombings.
Rs 2 lakh is the cash transaction limit, Aadhaar mandatory for I-T returns Indivjal Dhasmana, Business Standrad
The Rs 3-lakh limit proposed for cash payments in the Budget for 2017-18 would be brought down to Rs 2 lakh as part of an unprecedented 40 amendments to the Finance Bill.
Poll panel to decide on who out of EPS, OPS will get AIADMK's 'twin leaves' symbol Pramod Madhav, India Today
Things took a dramatic turn when the party's presidium chairman Madhusudhanan joined OPS and raised alleged that Sasikala's appointment as GS of the party was against the party rules.
BJP Govt will make UP Uttam Pradesh: Modi Pioneer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the new Government in Uttar Pradesh led by Yogi Adityanath will make UP an “Uttam Pradesh”.  “I have immense confidence that this new team (led by Adityanath) will leave no stone unturned in making UP Uttam Pradesh (foremost state). There will be record development,” Modi said.
Yogi Adityanath to take oath as UP CM with Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma as his deputies Hindustan Times
Yogi Adityanath, BJP’s Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur, was named Uttar Pradesh’s new chief minister on Saturday evening following a meeting of BJP’s legislators in the state. The swearing-in ceremony will take place tomorrow, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu announced, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in attendance.
BJP's Trivendra Singh Rawat sworn in as chief minister of Uttarakhand Times of India
Former Uttarakhand BJP chief Trivendra Singh Rawat was sworn in today as the state's chief minister after the party won a landslide victory there in last month's Assembly polls.
Amarinder Singh threatened to quit Congress if he was not made state chief: Biography Shraddha Jandial, India Today
Punjab's newly-appointed Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh told Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi in 2015 that he was ready to quit and float his own outfit, if he was not appointed state party chief.
Congress Goa crisis: Another MLA resigns from party, Digvijaya to petition president against guv Firstpost
After Vishwajit Rane, another disgruntled Congress MLA Savio Rodrigues resigned from the party on Friday. He blamed the Congress high command and general secretary in-charge for Goa, Digvijaya Singh, for failing to form the government despite emerging as the single largest party in the recently held Assembly election.
After state EC, Delhi L-G rejects Kejriwal’s demand for ballot voting in municipal polls IndiaTV
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday rejected the demand of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for holding municipal elections in the state by using ballot papers and not Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
Head of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, another Indian cleric go missing in Pakistan Bhanu Priya Vyas, NDTV
Two Indian sufi clerics, including Syed Asif Ali Nizami, the head priest of New Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, are missing in Pakistan since Wednesday evening, his son has said. He said the government has assured him that it has taken up the matter with Islamabad.
Manoj Sinha as UP chief minister almost done deal; announcement after MLAs meet on Saturday Firstpost
Manoj Sinha seems to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah’s choice to be Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. In neighbouring Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat, national secretary of the party, could be the party's choice to lead the state for next five years.
After PM Narendra Modi warned Pak, India fast-tracks Kashmir Hydropower Projects NDTV
India has fast-tracked hydro-power projects worth $15 billion in Kashmir in recent months, according to news agency Reuters, which based its report on three unnamed central and state officials. The acceleration by India ignores warnings from Islamabad that power stations on rivers flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies.
Parrikar wins trust vote in Goa Assembly with 22 MLAs Indian Express
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today proved he has the numbers. He won the floor test with 22 MLAs. NCP’s Churchill Alemao backed him, along with 13 from his party the BJP, three from MGP, three from Goa Forward and two Independents.
Amarinder Singh is Punjab Chief Minister for the second time, no deputy CM post for Navjot Sidhu Ruchi Dua, India Today
After a thumping victory in Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh took oath as Punjab chief minister for the second time. While Navjot Singh Sidhu, Manpreet Badal, Brahm Mohindra, Charanjit Channi, Rana Gurjit, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Tripat Bajwa took oath as Cabinet ministers, Aruna Choudhary and Razia Sultana were sworn in as ministers of state with independent charge. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and PM Manmohan Singh attended the swearing-in ceremony.
Shashank Manohar quits as ICC Chairman NDTV
Shashank Manohar has resigned as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). According to reports, Manohar has quit as boss of world cricket's governing body citing personal reasons.The surprise move comes shortly after the ICC was embroiled in a controversy when it refused to take any action against Australian captain Steve Smith in the 'brain fade' issue in the Bengaluru Test.
N Biren Singh takes oath as Manipur’s first BJP chief minister, NPP MLA Joykumar is deputy CM Indian Express
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nongthombam Biren Singh on Wednesday took oath as the chief minister of Manipur at the Raj Bhawan in Imphal. At the ceremony attended by former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, Biren Singh and eight ministers took oath.
Gang-rape accused Gayatri Prajapati arrested in lucknow, sent to 14-day judicial custody Namita Bajpai, NewIndianExpress
A day after his two sons and a nephew were detained and interrogated, tainted former transport minister and gang-rape accused Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati was arrested by the UP police and the sleuths of Special task Force (STF) here on Wednesday morning. 
Delhi municipal polls on April 22, EVMs to be used Times of India
Delhi Municipal Corporation elections will be held on April 22 and counting for the same will be done on April 25. Meanwhile, state Election Commissioner SK Srivastava said that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be used in the upcoming municipal corporation elections in Delhi.
Parrikar back at helm of Goa Mayabhushan, Pioneer
Senior BJP leader and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was sworn-in for the fourth time as the Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday, a day packed with action, both in the coastal State as well as the national Capital, where the Supreme Court of India directed that the new Government should face a floor test in the State Assembly on Thursday rendering void the Governor’s order which had given Parrikar 15 days to prove his majority.
SC orders floor test on Thursday, Congress says it has the numbers Indian Express
The Supreme Court today ordered that a floor test be held on Thursday morning, refusing to stay the swearing-in ceremony of Manohar Parrikar. Miffed at the BJP moving ahead and claiming to have the required numbers to form a government despite not having the mandate of the people, the Congress Party has finally woken up and decided to take matters head on.
Mega mandate foundation of new India: PM Modi Akhilesh Singh, Times of India
The election results in five states are a mandate for the foundation of a "new India"+ where the poor get opportunities, rather than dole, and lighten the burden of the middle class, PM Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
BJP cobbles up numbers, stakes claim for maiden Govt in Manipur Pioneer
The BJP on Saturday outsmarted the Congress to make the first move towards forming its maiden Government in Manipur by securing the “support of 32 MLAs” and meeting Governor Najma Heptullah to stake claim to form the new regime, which could be its third in the North-East. Nevertheless, the Congress also claimed it has the numbers to form the Government even as it alleged that the BJP used the CISF to “abduct” an Independent MLA Ashab Uddin at Imphal airport and had flown him to Kolkata.
Kingmaker Shah to choose CMs for States Pioneer
The BJP Parliamentary Board met on Sunday night and appointed senior leaders M Venkaiah Naidu and Bhupendra Yadav as observers for UP and Narendra Tomar and Saroj Pandey as observers for Uttarakhand.
Modi favourite for 2019 Lok Sabha elections: US experts Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as a clear favourite for the 2019 general elections after the BJP's landslide victory in assembly elections+ in Uttar Pradesh+ and Uttarakhand+ , top US experts on India have said.
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  National
PM pays tributes to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their martyrdom day Business Standrad
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has paid tributes to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on the day of their martyrdom.
Yogi Aditya Nath, Manohar Parrikar and Keshav Prasad Maurya to wait till presidential poll to quit Lok Sabha Akhilesh Singh, Economic Times
Three BJP MPs, who have taken up coveted assignments in states, are unlikely to resign from Parliament until the presidential polls slated for July. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya are Lok Sabha MPs from Gorakhpur and Phulpur, respectively, whereas Manohar Parrikar, who took over as Goa CM, is a Rajya Sabha MP from UP.
Swaraj tells envoy to rescue 29 Indian workers from ‘captivity’ in Saudi Arabia Hindustan Times
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj directed the envoy to Saudi Arabia to rescue 29 Indian workers belonging to Telangana, after IT and NRI affairs minister KT Rama Rao sought her intervention in the case.
Ganga & Yamuna are 'living persons' with legal rights: High Court Vineet Upadhyay, Economic Times
In the first order of its kind in the country, the Uttarakhand high court on Monday decreed that the the Ganga and the Yamuna as well as their tributaries and sister bodies be declared "legal and living entities having the status of a legal person with all corresponding rights, duties and liabilities".
Will move court against 'EVM tampering' in 2-3 days: Mayawati Times of India
The Bahujan Samaj Party will move court against the alleged tampering of EVMs during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in the next two-three days, its chief Mayawati today said.
Sufi clerics back in Delhi, accuse Pakistan daily of calling them RAW agents Times of India
The two Sufi clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Syed Asif Nizami, and Nazim Ali Nizami, who had gone missing in Pakistan, returned back to the national capital on Monday.
Ram Vilas Paswan favours legal solution to Ayodhya temple issue Times of India
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday said the vexed issue of construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya should be resolved legally.
Jats call off stir but border points, central Delhi stay on alert Times of India
Monday is likely to be a near-normal working day in the capital after Jat protesters called off their plan to lay siege to Parliament, following a truce reached after a marathon meeting between community leaders and the Haryana government on Sunday.
One million Muslims, with women in majority, sign petition against triple talaq Zee News
In a significant development, over a million Muslims from across India, have called for the end of controversial divorce practice of triple talaq.
Two blasts near Agra Cantonment Railway Station create panic in the city Siraj Qureshi, India Today
Barely a couple of days after an Islamic State supporter group uploaded a threat of suicide attack on the Taj Mahal, Agra was rocked by three suspicious terrorist incidents on Friday night and Saturday morning.
Racer Ashwin Sundar, wife charred to death after their BMW car catches fire in Chennai A Selvaraj, Times of India
Professional car racer Ashwin Sundar and his wife Nivedhitha were charred to death after their BMW car rammed a roadside tree on the Santhome High Road in Chennai in the early hours of Saturday.
2 missing Nizamuddin clerics in custody of Pakistani intelligence agencies over links with MQM: Report Times of India
Two Muslim clerics from Delhi who went missing in Pakistan are "in (the) custody of Pakistan's intelligence agencies, over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain", reported PTI today, quoting unnamed official sources.
EVMs can't be tampered: EC Pioneer
The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday rejected AAP and BSP’s allegations of tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the just-concluded Assembly elections in five States.
Can grand alliance defeat Modi in 2019? ‘Sau langde mil kar bhi ek pehelwan nahi ban sakta’, says Ram Vilas Paswan Pragati Ratti Sharma, India.com
Bharatiya Janata Party’s emphatic victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly elections and show of strength in Goa and Manipur has left the Opposition and regional parties stunned and nervous. The Congress and regional parties like the Samajwadi Party and the Janata Dal United are now reportedly forming a huddle in a bid to bring out a leader who can be an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and can defy the Modi wave in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
MS Dhoni survives fire scare, Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-finals postponed Hindustan Times
MS Dhoni, former Indian cricket team captain, survived a fire scare on Friday. Fire broke out in Dwarka’s Welcome Hotel were he was staying with his Jharkhand state cricket teammates. All players were evacuated in time and are safe.
India-Pakistan detente requires more than PM Narendra Modi's new power Iain Marlow & Kamran Haider, Economic Times
A landslide election victory and a more conciliatory army chief may not be enough to push nuclear-armed enemies India and Pakistan toward renewed talks, even as small signs of cooperation over sensitive security issues emerge.
Congress defectors strike gold by joining BJP; get post in Manipur and Goa CL Manoj, Economic Times
Even as Congress’ electoral fortunes continued to remain poor, almost two dozen leaders who joined the BJP — many on election eve — gained ministerial posts in Manipur and Goa, even as those in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh awaited their turn.
ED summons Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik in FEMA cases Times of India
Cracking down on Kashmiri separatists accused of receiving illegal foreign exchange, the Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF chief Yasin Malik.
CBI lists out charges against Kerala CM Pioneer
Making alive once again the sensational SNC Lavalin case pertaining to the alleged corruption in the awarding of a contract for the renovation of three Kerala hydroelectric projects, the CBI has listed out the errors committed by the State’s Marxist Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, while signing the agreement when he was Power Minister two decades back.
Sushma outlines steps taken on US hate crimes Pioneer
As she made her first public appearance after a long absence due to health issues, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday got an unusually warm welcome from members cutting across party lines. And she showed she has neither lost her charm nor powerful oratorical skills as she took on the Opposition which charged the Government of inaction in the matter of hate crimes in United States of America against Indians.
NIA hunts for 5 men from T.N. who received IS funds Vijaita Singh, Hindu
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is looking for six men who have gone off the radar after their names surfaced for receiving and sending funds on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) to establish its presence here.
Kejriwal not even listening to his guru Anna Hazare: BJP on EVM row NewIndianExpress
Mocking Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for putting the onus on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the dismal show of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the recent Punjab Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said that Arvind Kejriwal does not even listen to his guru Anna Hazare.
20-25% of AAP's votes was transferred to Akalis: Arvind Kejriwal Times of India
AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal today renewed his demand for paper ballots in Delhi municipal corporation polls and alleged that faulty Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) had led to the AAP's downfall in the state assembly elections, especially in Punjab.
Jat leader says 8-10 lakh will march to Delhi on March 20 Ashok Kumar, Hindu
Around 8-10 lakh Jats from Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh are expected to reach Delhi in tractor-trolleys on March 20 in support of their demands, including reservation, Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti national president Yashpal Malik said.
Arun Jaitley slams Congress over Goa govt formation, says they complain too much Devika Bhattacharya, Times of India
Hitting back at the Congress for alleging that the BJP was 'stealing' the people's mandate+ in Goa, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the Congress complains a bit too much.
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  The Courts
Babri case: File written submissions, we want to focus on issue, SC tells parties Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
A Supreme Court Bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Rohinton Nariman on Thursday posted for detailed hearing the CBI appeal against the dropping of criminal conspiracy charge against top BJP leaders, including veteran L.K. Advani, after two weeks.
Bombay High Court orders doctors to resume work, directs govt to provide security Indian Express
The Bombay High Court Thursday ordered all doctors on strike to resume work, simultaneously directing the Maharashtra government to provide adequate security at all government hospitals to ensure they can continue working without fear, reported news agency ANI. The Bombay High Court Chief Justice also observed that punitive action should not be taken against doctors who have resumed work. The matter will be heard again in 15 days.
Cauvery water dispute: Supreme Court fixes July 11 for final hearing NDTV
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will commence on July 11 the final hearing of the appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala against the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of water for 15 consecutive workings days.
SC upholds HC call to order CBI probe into Narada tapes Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
In a stinging blow to the Mamata Banerjee government, the Supreme Court upheld the Calcutta high court's decision to order a preliminary enquiry by the CBI into the Narada sting tapes allegedly showing Trinamool Congress members accepting bribes.
Babri case: SC adjourns hearing on CBI plea to revive conspiracy charges against Advani, others Bhadra Sinha, Hindustan Times
The Supreme Court court has adjourned till Thursday its hearing on a CBI plea challenging a trial court’s decision to drop criminal conspiracy charges several BJP and other Hindu right-wing leaders in the Babri masjid demolition case.
Why no category for those who couldn't exchange notes by Dec 30, asks SC Business Standrad
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre why it chose not to create a separate category for those who couldn't deposit demonetised notes by December 30, 2016 unlike the NRIs and people who were abroad.
Justice Karnan rejects warrant issued by Supreme Court Hindu
Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan has “refused” to accept the bailable warrant issued against him by the Supreme Court in a suo motu contempt of court order. On Friday, a team of police officials led by the State’s Director General of Police (DGP) Surajit Kar Purkayastha went to Justice Karnan’s residence in the New Town area on the Eastern fringes of the city to hand over the warrant.
Calcutta High Court orders CBI to conduct preliminary inquiry into Narada sting Times of India
The Calcutta High Court today ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the Narada sting operation in which several Trinamool Congress leaders were seen allegedly taking money.
Decision to ban Zakir Naik’s IRF was in interest of India: Delhi HC Indian Express
The Delhi High Court today held that the Centre’s decision to ban Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) was taken to safeguard national security as it dismissed its plea challenging the ban. Holding that Naik’s foundation’s plea challenging the Centre’s decision has “no merit”, the court said the order of the government was “not arbitrary and illegal”.
Charges filed against ex-law minister Jitender Singh Tomar Raj Shekhar, Times of India
A chargesheet of around 200 pages, with annexures running into 45,000 pages, was filed in a Saket court against former law minister of the AAP government, Jitender Singh Tomar. He was arrested in 2015 on charges of forging his degrees and subsequently forced to quit.
SC junks Congress’ single largest 1st plea Pioneer
Hours before Manohar Parrikar took over as the Chief Minister of Goa, the Congress on Tuesday faced an embarrassing defeat in the Supreme Court also. Being the single largest party with 17 MLAs in its kitty, the Congress went to court complaining against the Governor’s action to invite Parrikar in its place to form the Government in the 40-member House. But a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, posed some tough questions to the Congress wondering why the party did not approach the Governor yet to prove majority.
SC issues arrest warrant against Justice Karnan Pioneer
In an unprecedented order, the Supreme Court today issued an arrest warrant against serving Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan to ensure his presence before it on March 31 in a contempt case.
Gurugram court convicts 31 & acquits 117 in Maruti violence case MoneyControl
A highly-guarded district court in Gurugram on Friday convicted 31 plant workers and acquitted 117 others in the Maruti violence case of 2012 which injured over 100 employees and killed a senior officer.
Uphaar fire tragedy: Gopal Ansal to surrender on 20 March, says SC Firstpost
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Uphaar theatre owner Gopal Ansal's plea not to send him to jail to serve the remaining sentence for the 1997 fire tragedy, but extended his date of surrender by 10 days. A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice AK Goel asked Gopal Ansal to surrender on 20 March to serve the nearly seven months in jail.
Does Tata-Docomo deal require RBI nod, asks Delhi HC Shreeja Sen, Mint
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday opposed the consent terms between Tata Sons Ltd and NTT Docomo Inc. on the enforcement of a $1.17 billion arbitration award to the Japanese telco.
NIA court acquits Swami Aseemanand, 6 others in Ajmer blast case; 3 convicted Joychen Joseph & Dishank Purohit, Times of India
A special NIA court convicted three people on Wednesday in the 2007 Ajmer blast case, while acquitting seven others, including Swami Aseemanand, giving them the benefit of the doubt.
UP Elections 2017: Apex court directs Azam Khan to appear in HC DNA
The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied any relief to senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan and directed him to appear before the Lucknow Bench of the Allahbad High Court on Wednesday at 2 pm in relation to a contempt case. The Allahbad HC had issued a non-bailable warrant against the Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister after he failed to appear before the court on at least three occasions.
Babri case: SC may examine reviving conspiracy charges against Advani, Joshi, Bharti Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that it may examine reviving conspiracy charges against top BJP leaders such as L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Supreme Court turns down abortion plea: Strict, pedantic reading of law is threat to women's rights Deya Bhattacharya, Firstpost
In what could have been deemed a landmark case on abortion laws, the Supreme Court, on Tuesday, rejected the plea of a 37-year-old woman to abort a 26-week-old foetus that showed signs of Down’s Syndrome. When the plea came to the Bench, the foetus was 23 weeks old; the Supreme Court ruled in the case that since there was no danger or threat to the life of the woman, the pregnancy was to continue. A court-appointed medical board had advised against the abortion.
Delhi HC rejects Kejriwal's plea seeking Jaitley's financial records MoneyControl
The Delhi High Court today dismissed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea seeking details of bank accounts, tax returns and other financial records of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who has filed a defamation suit against him.
SC asks Sahara to pay Rs 5092cr by Apr 7 by selling properties Money Control
The Supreme Court today asked the Sahara Group to deposit Rs 5,092 crore by April 7 by selling its 13 properties. The court also said that if the Group is unable to sell the properties, then they could get more time.
  Business
It's cashback time for Paytm: Employees sell shares worth Rs 100 crore in last few weeks Payal Ganguly & Madhav Chanchani, Economic Times
Scores of employees have reaped a bonanza by selling shares in One97 Communications, which owns digital payments provider Paytm, as investors and founders increase their stake in the Alibaba-backed company, which has recorded a steep surge in valuation as the Indian government seeks to transform the country into a cashless economy.
Tax evasion: Jaitley should use Aadhaar-PAN combo to track down corporate crooks S Murlidharan, Firstpost
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 22 March 2017 said linking Aadhaar with Permanent Account Number (PAN) and making it to quote both numbers mandatory come 1st July 2017 is designed to curb frauds. It is common knowledge that individuals resort to splitting of income so as to get away with a lower rate of tax or preferably none at all given the slab rate of taxation applicable to them.
Snapdeal in talks with Flipkart, Paytm for potential sale Shrutika Verma & Mihir Dalal, Mint
Online marketplace Snapdeal, which has been struggling to raise fresh funds, is in preliminary talks with two of its biggest rivals—Paytm E-Commerce Pvt. Ltd and Flipkart India—for a potential sale that could value the company at less than the total equity raised by parent Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd, according to three people aware of the development.
Sensex falls over 240 points, Nifty 0.88% lower; Airtel shares down 2% Mint
The benchmark BSE Sensex declined further by about 222 points to 29,263.74 and the NSE Nifty slipped below the 9,100-mark in early trade on Wednesday due to selling in pharma, auto and oil stocks.
At 70 times PE, DMart looks ripe for profit booking, wait it out to buy Economic Times
Supermarket chain D-Mart's parent Avenue Supermarts made a cracker of a debut on the bourses on Tuesday, listing at more than double the issue price of Rs 299, making it the best listing in 13 years and the fourth best since 1990.
Union Cabinet approves draft GST Bills Hindu
The Cabinet on Monday cleared four supporting GST legislations, paving the way for their introduction in Parliament as early as today. The four supporting legislations — the Compensation Law, the Central-GST (C-GST), Integrated-GST (I-GST) and Union Territory-GST (UT-GST) — would be introduced as Money Bill, sources said.
Idea, Vodafone India announce merger, To Be Biggest Telecom Operator In India Surajit Dasgupta, NDTV
Idea Cellular and the Indian unit of British telecom company Vodafone today announced a merger, creating the country's largest telecom operator. The merger of Vodafone India (the second largest telecom operator in India) and Number 3 player Idea Cellular will create India's largest telecom operator with around 40 crore customers or nearly one in every three customers in the country.
Demonetisation effect: Govt collects Rs 6000 crore tax on unexplained cash deposits after note ban BusinessToday
The Central government has collected over Rs 6,000 crore as tax on unaccounted deposits post demonetisation, reported the Economic Times. According to the report, Justice Arijit Pasayat, Vice-chairman of the SIT on black money, said that the amount could further go up.
Idea Cellular seeks higher valuation at Rs 134/share as Vodafone merger talks enter last lap Financial Express
Telecommunication major Idea Cellular has reportedly sought higher valuation for its equity at above Rs 134 per share in the proposed merger with Vodafone India, even as the negotiation between the two to unite their businesses are close to finalisation, CNBC TV18 reported on Thursday citing unidentified sources. The price sought by Idea is at about 19% premium to its Wednesday’s closing price of Rs 112.9.
Nifty off its all-time high to slip below 9200-mark, Sensex up 50 points Business Standrad
The Nifty50 index pared all its gains to turn flat after hitting a fresh record high after the The goods and services tax (GST) council cleared the two supporting Bills - State GST Bill and Union Territory GST (UTGST) Bill - setting the stage for implementing the landmark tax reform by July 01.
Council approves State, Union Territory GST laws: Arun Jaitley Zee Biz
Sources from Bloomberg cited that four of these laws need to be approved by federal cabinet and passed by parliament. The SGST, which will allow states to levy the tax will have to be passed by each state Assembly. The UT-GST will also go to Parliament for approval.
Soon, you could withdraw up to 90% from PF account to buy your dream home Times of India
Government will amend EPF scheme to enable around 4 crore members of retirement fund body EPFO to withdraw up to 90 per cent of their fund for making down payments while buying homes, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
Watch out Amazon! Flipkart is looking to end its funding drought with $1.5 billion deal Businessinsider
India’s top online marketplace Flipkart is looking to raise around $1.5 billion in fresh funding and end its cash drought. As per various reports, the fresh funding round for Flipkart will be led by US-based eBay and China's Tencent.
Cabinet clears additional 2% dearness allowance from 1 Jan, bonanza for 49 lakh govt staff Firstpost
The Centre on Wednesday increased dearness allowance and dearness relief to 4 per cent from existing 2 per cent from January 1, 2017, benefiting 48.85 employees and 55.51 lakh pensioners.
SEBI, BSE, NSE approve RCOM-Aircel deal Business Standrad
Reliance Communications (RCOM) has got approval of the SEBI, BSE and NSE for the proposed de-merger of its wireless division into Aircel, the company said on Wednesday.
India's wholesale price inflation at 6.55% in February Economic Times
India's wholesale price inflation rose a more-than-expected 6.55 per cent year-on-year in February, compared with a 0.85 per cent fall a year ago, driven by fuel and food prices, government data showed on Tuesday.
After Jio and Airtel, Idea Cellular announces free incoming roaming calls Scroll
Idea Cellular has also announced it will provide free incoming calls on national roaming to its customers starting April 1. This facility will be available on both prepaid and postpaid connections across 2G, 3G and 4G networks.
ICICI Bank, SBI, StanChart top bank frauds list: RBI businessToday
ICICI Bank topped the list of banks that witnessed most number of frauds during April-December period of 2016 with state-owned SBI taking the second spot, RBI data said.
Nifty hits record high, rupee nears 1-year high on PM Modi-led election wins Firstpost
Key domestic equity indices opened with a bang in early Tuesday trade, with the benchmark Sensex scaling its 52-week high and the NSE Nifty hitting a record high after the BJP's stunning victory in the UP and Uttarakhand assembly polls for which the results were announced on Saturday.
Markets Gold imports fall sharply post-demonetisation Pioneer
The Centre’s demonetisation drive is seemed to have a significant impact on the gold demand in the country as imports of the metal dropped sharply in December and January. Gold imports fell to 54.1 tonnes in December and 53.2 tonnes in January from a high of 119.2 tonnes in November, the month during which the government scrapped the old 500 and 1,000 notes.
Demonetisation affected revenue collections of Telangana: Finance Minister E Rajender Indian Express
The demonetisation of high value currency notes by the Centre has impacted the revenue collections of Telangana, state Finance Minister E Rajender said in his Budget speech here today. “There is a reduction in the grants from the Centre. Because of court cases, sale of lands did not take place. Arrears of commercial taxes could not be recovered because of litigations.
Reason to cheer: No more limits on cash withdrawals at ATMs Business Standrad
All limits on savings bank cash withdrawals post-demonetisation ended on Monday, as had been announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last month. In a two-stage process, the weekly withdrawal limit per account had been raised to Rs 50,000, from Rs 24,000, with effect from February 20, and all limits on ATM withdrawals were slated to cease from March 13.
Mallya says ready to talk to banks for one-time settlement Pioneer
The embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya today took to Twitter saying he is ready to negotiate with banks to pay a one-time settlement charge on Rs 9,000-crore loan default. "Public sector banks have policies for one-time settlements. Hundreds of borrowers have settled.
SBI justifies penalty; says need money to bear Jan Dhan costs Business Line
Facing a backlash for levying penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance in accounts, SBI today justified its move saying the bank needs to impose some charges to balance the “burden” of managing a large number of no-frills Jan Dhan accounts.
Reliance Jio boards Paytm for prepaid recharges Economic Times
Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm has made its mobile prepaid plans available on digital wallet site Paytm, according to an NDTV report. The option to pay postpaid bills is yet to be added by Noida-based One97 Communications that owns Paytm.
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Jayalalithaa DA case: Will be unable to recover Rs 100 crore if Amma not made convict, says Karnataka govt Rohini Swamy, India Today
It seems the Karnataka government has decided to keep the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case alive.The state has filed a petition in the Supreme Court.
Punjab gives 33 percent reservation for women in government jobs, SIT on drug menace Financial Express
The new Congress government in Punjab led by Amarinder Singh has opened a basket full of decisions in the first meeting of the state cabinet. The government has taken several important decision in the interest of the people of the state, who showed trust among the party and gave them a majority win in the assembly polls.
SP MLAs Authorise Akhilesh Yadav to Name Leader of Opposition News18
A meeting of the newly-elected Samajwadi Party MLAs on Thursday authorised its national president Akhilesh Yadav to decide the name of the Leader of the Opposition. The meeting at SP headquarters here was attended by Akhilesh, his uncle Shivpal Yadav, senior leader Azam Khan and party office bearers.
Sasikala's nephew v/s Jaya's niece in RK Nagar Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
Tamil Nadu is back in the election mode as the AIADMK and the DMK on Wednesday declared the names of their respective candidates for the crucial April 12 by-poll scheduled from RK Nagar Assembly constituency.
Guj CM: BJP ready to contest any time Nayan Dave, Pioneer
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday stated that BJP’s Gujarat unit was fully prepared to contest Assembly elections even if the polls would be conducted immediately. The Chief Minister, however, asserted that Assembly polls would be conducted on its schedule in December only. 
BJP chooses to field fresh faces over MCD councillors Pioneer
In a bid to infuse fresh blood into the upcoming municipal polls in the national Capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to junk all its sitting councillors from the list of candidates. This startling announcement was made by Manoj Tiwari, the president of Delhi BJP on Tuesday. "We have unanimously decided to field fresh faces in the municipal elections. Even family members of the councillors and party leaders will not be given tickets," Tiwari said.
NPP, NPF to back BJP-led government in Manipur Business Standrad
The party chiefs of the National People's Party (NPP) and the Naga People's Front (NPF) on Tuesday said they will support a non-Congress government in Manipur led by the BJP.
Delhi Congress wants civic polls through ballots, not EVMs Business Standrad
Amid allegations that EVMs were tampered with in the just-concluded assembly polls, the Delhi Congress has asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to conduct the upcoming civic polls through ballot papers.
Amarinder to be Punjab’s captain from March 16 Pioneer
Day after the election results, a hectic Sunday! In just about 24 hours after the Congress brushed aside the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the SAD-BJP combine to sweep Punjab, the State witnessed political hustle-bustle despite it being a holiday.
BJP to pick U’khand CM in couple of days Pioneer
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which scored a landslide victory in Uttarakhand, on Sunday said the State Legislature Party will meet in a couple of days to elect a leader after the Parliamentary Board takes a final call in the matter. With four former Chief Ministers —Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Vijay Bahuguna — waiting in the wings, the choice of leaders in Uttarakhand could be a tricky affair.
Woman gangraped by 5 in Delhi, jumps off balcony to escape Times of India
A 28-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by five men in east Delhi early on Sunday. The woman claimed that one of the accused, an acquaintance, offered to drop her home in south Delhi, but forcibly took her to a rented house where all five took turns to rape her. She later escaped by jumping off the first floor balcony of the house. All accused have been arrested.
Sudheeran steps down as Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president C Gouridasan Nair, Hindu
V.M. Sudheeran on Friday resigned as Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president. He said he was stepping down as he was advised rest by the doctors who examined him after his fall at a public function in Kozhikode.
Bihar: Four Maoists killed in Gaya encounter Indian Express
Four Maoists were killed in an encounter with CRPF personnel at Gurpa in Gaya along Nawada borders on Wednesday. The bodies of all four Maoists have been recovered. The forces have also seized four sophisticated weapons from the spot. The troops of 205 CoBRA got a tip-off that some Maoists would gather in Baskatwa jungles under Gurpa police station.
With BJP’s help, Sena nominee elected mayor of Mumbai Arita Sarkar, Indian Express
Shiv Sena corporator Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was elected mayor of Mumbai on Wednesday with the BJP’s corporators voting for him. Mahadeshwar defeated Congress’s Vithal Lokare as he secured votes of 83 BJP and 88 Sena corporators. 
Karnataka launches dashboard to bring about transparency in governance Manu Aiyappa, Times of India
Ahead of assembly elections in 2018, the Congress government in Karnataka has been going all out to bring about transparency and accountability in its governance using modern technology.
Deputy Lokayukta should be appointed at CM Devendra Fadnavis’ residence: Shiv Sena Indian Express
In a sarcastic take on Devendra Fadnavis’s proposal to appoint an ‘Up-Lokayukta’ for civic bodies, the Shiv Sena on Monday said such an official should also be deputed at the CM’s residence for the sake of transparency.
Delhi labourers get 37% hike in minimum wages, AAP government thanks Lieutenant Governor Times of India
Labourers in Delhi would get a 37 per cent hike in minimum wages as Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has approved the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's proposal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday.
Athlete from Valley arrested in US for molesting minor Pioneer
A 24-year-old Indian sportsman has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a minor girl, days after he arrived in the US from Kashmir for a snowshoe competition. Jammu & Kashmir State Sports Council distanced itself from the athlete and his participation in a sporting event in the US.
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Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain offers dialogue to India Economic Times
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday offered a dialogue with India to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute. Hussain addressed a military parade here on a the occasion of Republic Day, Xinhua news agency reported.
North Korea fails in new missile test: Seoul NDTV
A new North Korean missile test failed on Wednesday, the South and US said, two weeks after Pyongyang launched four rockets in what it called a drill for an attack on American bases in Japan. The nuclear-armed North is under several sets of United Nations sanctions over its atomic and ballistic missile programmes.
North Korea rocket-engine test shows 'meaningful' progress: South Korea Times of India
North Korea's latest rocket-engine test showed "meaningful" progress, South Korea said on Monday, while an analyst said it was a dangerous step towards the North's goal of developing a rocket that could hit the United States.
Donald Trump vows appeal up to Supreme Court after loss on travel ban Economic Times
A defiant President Donald Trump has pledged to appeal to the US Supreme Court if necessary to fight for his revised travel ban, parts of which were halted by two different federal judges in recent days.
US claims deadly north Syria strike, denies targeting mosque Hindustan Times
The US military says it carried out an air strike in northern Syria against an Al-Qaeda target, but denies deliberately targeting a mosque where at least 42 people were killed according to an independent monitor.
Malaysia says Interpol issued 'red notice' for four North Koreans Times of India
Interpol has issued a red notice, the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant, on four North Koreans wanted in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, Malaysia's police chief said on Thursday.
BJP's strong showing in state polls means India will not compromise in international spats: Chinese media Shailaja Neelakantan, Times of India
The BJP's emphatic win in the state polls in India is not very good news for Beijing, a state-run Chinese news outlet wrote today. Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party's news outlet that focuses on foreign affairs, said today in an article that a resurgent BJP very likely means "more difficulties in making compromises" with New Delhi in international spats.
Forced conversion a crime in Islam: Pak PM Nawaz Sharif Times of India
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that forcible conversion and destruction of worship places of other religions is a crime in Islam and in Pakistan as he greeted the Hindu community on the occasion of Holi.
Donald Trump gives CIA authority to carry out drone strikes: Report Indian Express
US President Donald Trump has reportedly given CIA necessary authorisation to carry out drone strikes against terror groups, a move that could have implications for Pakistan. This is a change from the policies of the previous Obama Administration under which the Department of Defence was authorised to carry out such strikes and the CIA used drones to gather intelligence information, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.
N.Korea threatens of ultra-precision strikes Business Standrad
North Korea on Tuesday has threatened to launch ultra-precision strikes in response to the military exercises being jointly carried out by South Korea and the US. If the allies seek to infringe on its sovereignty, Pyongyang's "army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater", North Korean state news agency KCNA warned in a statement.
South Korean president sacked by top court Pioneer
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was fired by the country's top court today, as it upheld her impeachment by parliament over a wide-ranging corruption scandal.
US moves to ease H-1B spouses from jobs Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
The Trump administration is moving quickly to drain the American economy and its workforce of immigrant labour and foreign workers, not just those who are illegal but also those who have won permission to work legally.
UNSC strongly condemns North Korea missile launches Indian Express
The UN Security Council today strongly condemned North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches and expressed serious concern over Pyongyang’s “increasingly destabilising behaviour.” The strong condemnation came in a US-drafted statement that was unanimously approved by the council despite US tensions with China over Washington’s deployment of an advanced missile defence system in South Korea.
Pakistan makes a U-turn, won't send back 'spy' Omer Farooq Khan, Times of India
Two months after Pakistan's top foreign affairs official Sartaj Aziz said there was inadequate evidence against the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, Islamabad ruled out his extradition and said an FIR had been registered against him.
Trump refers to 'radical Islamic terrorism' despite NSC pushback Jim Acosta, CNN
President Donald Trump warned of "radical Islamic terrorism" in his address to Congress Tuesday night -- despite pushback from his national security adviser. Newly minted national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster urged Trump to leave the reference to "radical Islamic terrorism" out of the speech, according to a senior administration official. The two men had a discussion about it but Trump decided he would do it anyway.
FBI investigating Kansas shooting attack as 'hate crime' DNA
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced that Kansas shooting, where an Indian engineer was shot to death in an alleged racial attack by a gunman, is being investigated as a hate crime, reports The Washington Post.
Donald Trump got something from Xi Jinping on agreeing to One China policy: White House Economic Times
The White House today indicated that US President Donald Trump "got something" in return from Beijing for agreeing to 'One China' policy, which he had earlier questioned following his electoral victory.
7 Earth-size planets found orbiting star, may hold life Times of India
For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday.
Pakistan bowing to Trump-Modi pressure on terrorism, says US President's Indian-American acolyte Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
Pakistan's abrupt defanging of terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed is a result of behind the scenes effort by the Trump administration led by a "new and tough sheriff in town" and a "skilled and receptive partner" in New Delhi who, together form a "mortal threat to Islamist terrorism everywhere," US President Donald Trump's Indian-American acolyte Shalabh Kumar has said.
Trump plans to deport Mexico immigrants, regardless of nationality Business Standard
Buried deep in the Trump administration's plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a provision certain to enrage Mexico — new authority for federal agents to deport anyone caught crossing the southern border to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.

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