Govt extends payment date under black money scheme

Govt extends payment date under black money scheme

New Delhi: Government on Thursday allowed payment of tax and penalty in instalments over an extended period for the black money disclosed under the one-time compliance scheme, debunking certain assumptions that the effective tax rate could work out to be 31 per cent, much lower than mooted. The Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), which gives holders […]

French Prez Hollande flayed for exorbitant haircuts

French Prez Hollande flayed for exorbitant haircuts

Paris: French President Francois Hollande is facing a scandal over the exorbitant price of his haircuts. The revelations that the Socialist leader elected on a populist mandate of taxing the super-wealthy spends nearly 10,000 euros ( 11,000) a month on his presidential barber has been dubbed #Coiffeurgate. Hollande, 61, is not known for having unusually […]

B’desh bans Zakir Nayek’s Peace mobile phones

B’desh bans Zakir Nayek’s Peace mobile phones

Dhaka: Bangladesh has banned controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Nayek’s Peace mobile phone, days after blocking his Peace TV from airwaves and online, according to a media report today. “These phones cannot be allowed anymore because there is a clear instruction from the government to stop all kinds of publicity of Zakir Nayek,” telecoms regulator […]

Prince Harry takes HIV test live on Facebook

Prince Harry takes HIV test live on Facebook

London: Prince Harry today got himself tested for HIV in a bid to raise awareness about the condition and encourage others to get checked out, a move broadcast live on the British royal family’s Facebook page. The 31-year-old fifth in line to the country’s throne, who tested negative for the deadly virus, was made to […]

Chinese military to hold drills amid SCS tensions

Chinese military to hold drills amid SCS tensions

Beijing: Chinese military has announced three-month-long exercises simulating real battle scenarios, amid South China Sea tensions over international tribunal’s verdict that dismissed Beijing’s claims. Army troops from the five theatre commands of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will take part in a drill from July to September designed to “strengthen the troops’ trans-regional operational capabilities.” […]

What’s happening in Kashmir is “Gujarat “: Azad

What’s happening in Kashmir is “Gujarat “: Azad

New Delhi: Congress today charged the Modi government with pushing Jammu and Kashmir back to the 1990s, when militancy was at its peak, due to its wrong policies and said what was happening in the state was the “Gujarat model” from which the people needed to be saved. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said […]

India, Japan for resolving SCS dispute peacefully

India, Japan for resolving SCS dispute peacefully

New Delhi: India and Japan today asked all parties involved in the South China Sea row to resolve the dispute through peaceful means without threat or use of force and “show utmost respect” for the verdict of a UN-backed tribunal. At a meeting between Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Japanese counterpart Gen Nakatani here, […]

Prabhu writes to Jaitley, seeks merger of two budgets

Prabhu writes to Jaitley, seeks merger of two budgets

New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has written a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeking an end to the age-old practice of presenting a separate budget for railways by merging it with the General Budget. Prabhu has recommended ending the 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate budget for Railways and sought merger with […]

PM to lay foundation stone of AIIMS in Gorakhpur

PM to lay foundation stone of AIIMS in Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in this district on July 22 and start the renovation work of a fertiliser factory which was closed for the last three decades. Starting of AIIMS and the fertiliser factory would help the region develop, BJP’s Uttar […]

India, EU officials to meet today on stalled FTA talks

India, EU officials to meet today on stalled FTA talks

New Delhi: Chief negotiators of India and the European Union (EU) will meet todayto discuss ways to carry forward the long-stalled negotiations for the proposed free trade agreement. “India and EU chief negotiators to meet on July 15 to discuss way forward in India-EU Broad-based Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement,” the Department of Commerce said […]