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Centre modifies rules, bans sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at markets
To ensure the rules are implemented, undertakings will have to be taken in the market by 'District Animal Market Monitoring Committee' (at district level) and 'Animal Market Committee' at local levelNew Delhi, May 26: The Union Environment Ministry on Friday modified the animal cruelty rules, making it mandatory to ensure the cattle are not bought or sold with a purpose of slaughtering.As the ministry notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules-2017, it asserted that the aim is to regulate animal market and prevent cruelty.To ensure the rules are implemented, undertakings will have to be taken in the market by 'District Animal Market Monitoring Committee' (at district level) and 'Animal Market Committee' at local level."When someone comes to sell a cattle and someone is purchasing it, they have to give an undertaking that it is not for the slaughter purpose and the member secretary of the market has to take an undertaking and ensure from ...




100% FDI in domestic airlines poses security risks, says FIA
According to the FIA, such "foreign owned and controlled domestic airlines" will also gain unhindered access to defence airfields Mumbai, May 26: Permitting foreign firms to fully own a domestic airline could have serious security implications, besides giving rise to other issues, the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has told the government."The decision to relax the foreign investment norm (in aviation) to 100 per cent is unprecedented. No substantive country allows this," the FIA wrote in a recent letter to the government."By India permitting 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in scheduled airlines, the Indian government will have no visibility on where control lies. Such a move could also have serious repercussions on India's national security."According to the FIA, such "foreign owned and controlled domestic airlines" will also gain unhindered access to defence airfields.Last year, foreign investors, except overseas airline...




In the garb of cow vigilantism, conspiracy to damage Muslim economy: Owner of Hotel Hayat Rabbani
Raheem Khan, IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, May 24: The Hotel Hayat Rabbani is a famous hotel in Jaipur city but following false beef allegations, a mob of cow vigilantes attacked it on 19th March and ensured the hotel be sized within hours by the police and civic body. However, the forensic lab cleared it of beef charges and on 29th April, a city court ordered its reopening. However, the hotel remains seized and locked till today.   Talking to IndiaTomorrow.net, Naeem Rabbani, the owner of Hotel Hayat Rabbani, says the Jaipur incident and other such incidents in the name of cow are meant to damage Muslims economically.   "My hotel had been there for last six years and we have very good relations with our neighbours...The attack on 19th March was done by people from outside the hotel neighbourhood," he said.    Asked if he sees attack on his hotel as part of a conspiracy to hit Muslim economy, he said: "There are some forces in the country which ar...




Punjab CM assures farmers of early debt waiver
He urged Punjab's debt-ridden farmers not to commit suicide and assured of steps to help the farming communityChandigarh, May 23: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday assured state farmers of early waiver of their debts and added that his government will not backtrack on its promise in this regard.He urged Punjab's debt-ridden farmers not to commit suicide and assured of steps to help the farming community.He also said that his government will bring out a White Paper on the financial situation in the border state."I urge the farmers not to resort to suicide as a high-powered committee set up to work out the loan waiver modalities is on the job in right earnest," Amarinder Singh said.He was addressing the captains of industry at an interactive session organised here by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.He said the new Congress government had already put a stop on 'kurki' (seizure/sale of property/land for non-repayment of loans) to fulfil a major election pr...




UP set to do away with minorities quota in schemes
Lucknow, May 22: In a move likely to trigger a political storm, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is all set to end the 20 per cent quota for minorities in social welfare schemes.The quota was fixed by the earlier Samajwadi Party government.Informed sources here on Monday said Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Shastri had approved the proposal and that it was only a matter of time, and technicalities, before the same is placed before the Cabinet for approval.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has always maintained it is not against any faith or religion but is against the politics of appeasement."There is no rationale of quota in schemes on the basis of religion; we are in favour of doing away with it. Development should be guided by the principle of benefit for all," the Minister said while confirming the move to do away with the quota.Minorities, mainly Muslims, in the state get 20 per cent quota in schemes of departments like sugar development, micro irrigation, horticultur...




Arunachal to provide zero interest crop loan to marginal farmers
Itanagar, May 22: The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to provide zero interest crop loan to marginal farmers of the state to enable them easy access to formal credit through banking channels, an official said on Monday.According to a Finance Department notification of May 7, 2017, the government has decided to launch "Chief Minister's Krishi Rinn Yojana", under which it would provide interest subvention of 4 per cent on crop loan/Kisan Credit Card (KCC) limit up to Rs 3 lakh sanctioned by all banks to all farmers of the state during the current financial year.This interest subvention will be over and above the subvention given by the central government to banks and the farmers as per policy issued by the Reserve Bank of India and NABARD."The farmers would also get interest relief at the rate of 3 per cent per annum if they promptly repay their short-term production credit (crop Loan) within one year of disbursement of such loan. In effect, farmers who take loan ...




Modi government making shining India for rich, nothing for poor: Yechury
Agartala, May 22: The Narendra Modi government is making two Indias -- a shining one for the rich and one full of miseries for the poor, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said here."The Modi government as part of the 'Aacche Din' slogan is making two Indias -- shining for the rich people and full of miseries for the poor people," he said here late on Sunday evening after attending a two-day meeting of the state committee of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)."At a time the Modi government is celebrating three years of its office, the government statistics says that over 12,000 farmers committed suicide every year since 2014 due to debt burden and the government's anti-farmer policies," he said."When the 'annadata' (food provider) is in distress how can the country grow. The government has taken anti-farmer steps by not increasing the minimum support price, import duty and input costs."Another CPI-M politburo member and former general secret...




Ex-Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta convicted in coal scam case
New Delhi, May 19: A court here on Friday convicted former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta and others in a coal block allocation case involving Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Limited (KSSPL).Central Bureau of Investigation special Judge Bharat Parashar convicted Gupta, two former coal ministry officials K.S. Kropha and K.C. Samria, accused firm KSSPL and its Managing Director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia, under various charges involving criminal conspiracy and under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.The court will deliver order on quantum of sentence on May 22.Chartered Account Amit Goyal, who was also facing trial in the case, was acquitted from all the charges.The court was hearing a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in the allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to KSSPL.The CBI had lodged an FIR accusing the company and others of allegedly misrepresenting facts, including inflated net worth, to acquire the coal block.(IANS)




Kirti Azad asks CBI why it has not acted on his complaint against Jaitley
Jha, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian from Darbhanga in Bihar, was suspended on December 23, 2015 for publicly targeting Jaitley New Delhi, May 17: Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad Jha on Tuesday termed the CBI a "caged parrot" and asked why the agency has not taken action on his complaint against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the alleged Rs 400 crore DDCA scam."When CBI is raiding other leaders why leave Arun Jaitley's Rs 400 crore DDCA Scam? All documentary proof given to caged parrot CBI," Jha said in a tweet.Jha's remarks came after the CBI on Tuesday carried out raids at the premises of former union Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in connection with criminal misconduct in the grant of FIPB approvals.Jha, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian from Darbhanga in Bihar, was suspended on December 23, 2015 for publicly targeting Jaitley.He has been targeting Jaitley ever since he raised his voice about corruptio...




Poor pay, training impede India's health workers
There are 873,759 ASHAs working in rural India against the target of 952,533 (91.7 per cent), under the National Rural Health MissionPrachi Salve & Swagata Yadavar,Nearly a million workers -- forming the frontline of India's faltering public health system -- are inadequately trained and are underpaid, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Health Ministry data, imperilling the country's healthcare efforts. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) -- considered to be voluntary workers -- are paid a honorarium by the government and most make about a measly Rs 1,000 a month. ASHAs are required to undergo a 23-day training spread across 12 months, but a third of them in a block in north Bihar were not trained at induction, and the rest received seven days of training and learnt the rest by reading the manual, according to a 2015 study conducted in 187 villages.An ASHA serves as a healthcare facilitator, and goes door to door visiting the poorest and most vulnerable sections of ...




RSS-BJP can't silence me, so they are keeping me under pressure: Lalu
IndiaTomorrow.net, Patna, May 16: Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav has strongly reacted over media reports about IT raids in search of his alleged ‘benami' properties.  "RSS-BJP को लालू के नाम से कंपकंपी छूटती है। इनको पता है कि लालू इनके झूठ,लूट और जुमलों के कारोबार को ध्वस्त कर रहा है तो दबाव बनाओ" (Lalu's name makes RSS-BJP shiver. They know that Lalu is demolishing their business of lie...




IT raids on 22 locations linked to Lalu's benami property case
Patna, May 16: The Income Tax Department on Tuesday conducted raids at 22 places in and around Delhi in connection with an alleged "benami" property case involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, triggering calls by the opposition for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to end his party's alliance with the RJD and call for fresh elections.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has welcomed the IT raids and targeted Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar, saying the Centre initiated the action after he had demanded it.The IT raids come a day after Nitish Kumar said that if there was documentary proof or solid evidence against the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief and his family, then the central government should take legal action. His statement came in response to senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi's repeated allegations of benami property against Lalu Prasad and his family members."It is the right time for Nitish Kumar to end his party JD-U's alliance with RJD and hold fresh ass...




Massive fire breaks out at Ghaziabad chemical factory
The blaze was continuously fed by the regular explosions in the chemical factory as the stockpiles of chemicals exploded along with the LPG cylinders kept inside Lucknow, May 15: A major fire has broken out in a chemical factory in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Monday. The casualties so far has been the livestock.Two cows and a calf were burnt to death and over a dozen of these animals were injured in the late Sunday night blaze. The fire broke out in the Pandav Nagar industrial area around midnight, the police added.It took three dozen fire brigades from neighbouring Noida and Meerut, besides Ghaziabad itself, to douse the inferno that spread due to the gusty winds, an officer said.The blaze was continuously fed by the regular explosions in the chemical factory as the stockpiles of chemicals exploded along with the LPG cylinders kept inside.All neighbouring factories have been vacated, a district official informed. The fire also spread to a paint factory in the vic...




Andhra police book nine persons for Rs 569 cr scam
Of the Rs 680 crore domestic remittances in these banks accounts, Rs 569 crore was sent to five foreign companies in China, Singapore and Hong Kong Visakhapatnam, May 13: Andhra Pradesh police have registered a case against nine persons for fraudulently sending Rs 569 crore abroad through fake companies.On a complaint by the Income Tax Department, the police in this coastal city registered a First Information Report (FIR) and sent search parties to Kolkata and other places to nab the accused.Deputy Commissioner of Police Naveen Gulati told reporters here on Saturday that one Vaddi Mahesh, his father Vaddi Srinivas Rao and two other accused formed 12 bogus companies to facilitate transfer of funds and reporting turnovers. They opened 30 accounts in different banks in Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Kolkata and other places.Of the Rs 680 crore domestic remittances in these banks accounts, Rs 569 crore was sent to five foreign companies in China, Singapore and Hong Kong."The total t...




All ATM withdrawals not chargeable, SBI clarifies after furore
The bank said that the number of free withdrawals from ATMs remained unchanged Mumbai/Thiruvananthapuram, May 12: Amid a public outcry in Kerala over a State Bank of India (SBI) announcement levying charges on ATM cash withdrawals from June 1, the largest public lender on Thursday clarified that the charge of Rs 25 is applicable only for withdrawals from SBI Buddy through ATMs."Rs 25 per transaction charge is applicable only for mobile wallet app SBI Buddy using ATM. This is applicable only for State Bank Buddy customers," the bank said here in a statement.The clarification comes after the SBI in a notification indicated that all ATM withdrawals will be charged a fee of Rs 25, which was later replaced with the corrected notification.The bank said that the number of free withdrawals from ATMs remained unchanged.Jan-Dhan account holders with the SBI can avail of four free withdrawals in a month from ATMs.Normal savings bank accounts holders will continue to get eight free ...




Demonetisation did not impede future black money flows: UN report
The report pointed out that "one-off" currency measure in effect transferred lost black money to the central government through unclaimed or unexchanged notesNew Delhi, May 8: The Indian government's demonetisation measures did not impede future black money flows in new denominations, a UN report said on Monday.According to UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017, complementary measures to demonetisation would be required to target all forms of undeclared wealth and assets."Broader structural reforms which could also contribute to enhanced transparency include: the implementation of a goods and services tax; voluntary disclosure of income scheme; and tracking of high-value transactions through taxpayer identification numbers," it said."Other measures, such as reforming the real estate registration process to ensure transparency, are being discussed."As per the report, the disruption caused by demonetisation had "greater and longer...




Indians 6th biggest private spenders on health among low-middle income nations
Among the 184 nations surveyed, Indians, along with Bangladeshis, stood sixth among the biggest out-of-pocket spenders. At 65.6 per cent, private expenditure on health by Indians stood 37.45 percentage points higher than the world median of 28.15 per cent.  Vipul Vivek, Indians were the sixth-biggest out-of-pocket health spenders in the low-middle income group of 50 nations in 2014, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of two recent studies by The Lancet, a British medical journal. The Lancet had conducted two studies -- published on April 19 -- across 184 nations on public and private spending on health. The first showed that while total health spending varies directly with economic development, there is substantial variation among countries. The second predicted that government spending in low-income countries will need to grow substantially, because private per capita health spending in these countries will not grow as fast as required.Among the 184 nations surveyed, Ind...




Kejriwal took Rs 2 Cr from Satyendra Jain, alleges sacked AAP minister
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 7: Hardly an hour after tweeting that he "witnessed HIM taking illegal cash", sacked water minister of Delhi Kapil Mishra revealed who is ‘HIM'. Addressing a press conference at Raj Ghat, the mausoleum of Mahatma Gandhi, Mishra alleged Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal took Rs 2 crore from health minister Satyendra Jain on Friday. He urged Kejriwal to tell people the truth about the money he received from Jain.  Day after being sacked from the Delhi cabinet, Aam Aadmi Party leader and water minister Kapil Mishra Sunday morning claimed to have witnessed someone taking illegal cash.  In a tweet, Mishra said: "I have witnessed HIM taking illegal cash...have shared all details with Lt. Gov."  i have witnessed HIM taking illegal cash.. have shared all details with Lt. Gov. चुप रहना असंभव था। &...




India successfully launches South Asia Satellite
It would also provide/augment internet connectivity and would be useful in disaster managementVenkatachari Jagannathan,Chennai, May 5: India successfully launched, in copy book style, the South Asia Satellite, intended to serve "economic and developmental priorities" of South Asian nations, using its heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09).Precisely at 4.57 p.m., the GSLV-F09 rose into the sky from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, carrying the satellite, intended as an Indian Gift for its fellow Saarc nations except for Pakistan which had opted out.The 49-metre, 415 tonne rocket slung the 2,230 kg satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, from where it would be taken up to its final geostationary orbit.In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tasked the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to develop a satellite for use by the Saarc countries.Costing around Rs 235 crore, the s...




Ordinance on bad loans gets Presidential nod
The ordinance was sent to the President after it was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday New Delhi, May 5: An ordinance empowering the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to tackle bad loans of banks got the Presidential nod on Friday.President Pranab Mukherjee signed the ordinance that will amend the Banking Regulation Act to tackle the burgeoning non-performing assets of banks.The ordinance was sent to the President after it was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday."This ordinance will enhance the power of RBI to manage bad loans," Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said.(IANS)




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