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Panel to look into seat blocking in medical colleges

The State government has constituted a committee to deliberate upon the issue of seat blocking in medical colleges. At a press conference on Wednesday, Higher Education Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan said the committee will be headed by S. Sacchidanand, Vice-Chancellor of RGUHS. The government’s move comes in the wake of the medical seat-blocking scam which […]

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Walmart, Flipkart rope in Ninjacart

American retail major Walmart and its Indian arm Flipkart have announced a joint strategic investment in city-based Ninjacart, a start-up in the fresh agri produce space. The three partners aim to help ensure better access to high-quality fresh produce for more retailers and consumers across India while also creating economic opportunities for farmers, Flipkart said […]

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Jain, Gujarati and Sindhi groups call for ban on pre-wedding shoots, male choreographers

They violate traditions and are an embarrassment to families, they say Jain, Sindhi and Gujarati groups in Bhopal have called for a ban on pre-wedding photoshoots and male choreographers during marriages as they “violate traditions”and “rupture relations” and an “embarrassment to families”. “It’s not about spending money, but the spread of obscenity,” said Bhagwandev Israni, […]

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ADB cuts India’s FY19 growth forecast to 5.1%

The multilateral bank, however, expects the growth to pick up to 6.5 per cent next year on supportive government policies. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday lowered India’s economic growth forecast for FY2019 to 5.1 per cent on slowing job prospects, rural distress exacerbated by poor harvest and credit crunch. The multilateral […]

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Data protection bill referred to Parliament panel

The Personal Data Protection Bill was on Wednesday referred to a joint select committee of both Houses of Parliament.  A resolution moved by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was passed by Lok Sabha by a voice vote.  The panel will have 20 members from Lok Sabha and 10 from Rajya Sabha. The Upper House will […]

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Heavy metals contaminating India’s rivers

Samples from 65% of testing sites unsafe: survey Samples taken from two-thirds of the water quality stations spanning India’s major rivers showed contamination by one or more heavy metals, exceeding safe limits set by the Bureau of Indian Standards. The findings are part of a report, which is the third edition of an exercise conducted […]

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Nod to ring-fence successful IBC suitors

Amendment to code will protect them from ex-promoters’ offences; credit guarantee scheme tweaked The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal to make amendments in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016, through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019. This also includes a provision to ring-fence successful resolution applicants from criminal proceedings with […]

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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill passage: Landmark day for India’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood, says Narendra Modi

The bill will “alleviate sufferings of many who faced persecution for years” he tweeted. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 11 described the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by Parliament as a “landmark day” for India and its ethos of compassion and brotherhood. The bill will “alleviate sufferings of many who faced persecution for years” […]

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Officials directed to expedite work on Garuda Varadhi project

Chittoor Collector and Chairman of Tirupati Smart City Corporation (TSCC) Bharat Narayan Gupta directed the officials and the contractors to expedite the works pertaining to ‘Garuda Varadhi’, the arterial elevated corridor project. After several twists and turns, the prestigious project hit a stumbling block with the TTD, a funding partner, seeking a re-design and re-tender […]