India, China petition WTO against trade-distorting farm subsidies

India and China have called for eliminating trade-distorting agricultural subsidies given by developed countries, in a joint proposal to the WTO, the Indian Commerce Ministry said on Thursday. “India and China jointly submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) calling for the elimination – by developed countries – of the most trade-distorting form …

Two children of Triple Talaq petitioner go ‘missing’, found (Lead)

Two children of Ishrat Jahan, one of the five petitioners who challenged the Triple Talaq practice in the Supreme Court, went “missing” on Thursday morning but were found by police and returned to their mother by evening. Jahan, a resident of West Bengal’s Howrah district, on Thursday lodged a police complaint that her two children …

Hyundai receives healthy response for ‘Next Gen Verna’

Automobile manufacturer Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) on Thursday said it has received an “overwhelming response” for the “Next Gen Verna” sedan. According to the company, it has received more than 7,000 bookings since the launch of the sedan in India on August 22, 2017. “The Next Gen Verna bookings are almost double of our monthly …

Jet Airways commences sale for international travel

Full-service carrier Jet Airways on Thursday announced its “Great Premiere Sale” to promote international travel. According to the airline, the seven-day, special fare offer is effective from August 31 to September 6, 2017 with immediate travel validity. “Under the offer, guests enjoy attractive savings of up to 20 per cent discount on the lowest prevailing …

ABB to install solar inverters at 750 railway stations (Lead)

Swedish-Swiss company Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) will install solar inverters at 750 railway stations across the northern region to reduce carbon footprint and energy bills, its Indian arm said on Thursday. “We have won the order from the Indian Railways to provide solar inverters in north India to reduce dependence on conventional energy sources,” the …

India, Switzerland to enhance cooperation in fight against tax fraud (Roundup)

India and Switzerland on Thursday agreed to enhance cooperation in the fight against tax fraud while acknowledging the need for a global level playing field for implementation of the international standards on tax transparency. A joint statement issued following delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Swiss President Doris Leuthard said that …

India, Switzerland to cooperate in rail sector

Amid rising train accidents in the country, India and Switzerland on Thursday signed two agreements in the rail sector, including one on technical cooperation, following bilateral talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Swiss President Doris Leuthard. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed here between the Ministry of Railways and the Federal …

ED conducts raids in Rs 390-crore NAFED defraud case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted multiple searches here as part of its money laundering probe in the Rs 390-crore NAFED defraud case, an official said on Thursday. The central agency carried out the searches at the residential premises of O.P. Agarwal, Manish Kant Agarwal and their Delhi-based companies Earthtech Enterprises Ltd and M.K. International Ltd. …

Akshaya Foundation sets up midday meal kitchen in Telangana

The Akshaya Patra Foundation on Thursday inaugurated a high-tech kitchen in Narsingi in Telangana to provide midday meals to over 35,000 children in the state. The kitchen has been constructed with the support of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., a member of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG). This kitchen, in the current phase, is …

Rajiv Mehrishi appointed CAG, Sunil Arora as Election Commissioner (Lead)

Rajiv Mehrishi, who retired as Union Home Secretary on Wednesday, was on Thursday appointed the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India and former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Sunil Arora as Election Commissioner. Senior IAS officer Rajiv Gauba took charge as the Union Home Secretary on Thursday. Mehrishi is a 1978-batch Rajasthan cadre Indian …

Rajasthan forms panel to probe children’s deaths in Banswara

The Rajasthan government on Thursday set up a three-member committee to probe the deaths of over 85 children in two months in the Banswara district hospital, an official said. “Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf directed the District Collector to investigate the matter and submit a report in three days. He also directed for setting up …

Rudy resigns as Union Minister

Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Prasad Rudy on Thursday resigned, ahead of a likely Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

Bengal hills tense after GJM infighting over shutdown withdrawal (Lead)

The situation in the north Bengal hills turned volatile on Thursday following infighting within the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) — spearheading the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state — over the issue of temporary withdrawal of the ongoing indefinite shutdown. Informed sources said while a faction of the GJM announced that the ongoing indefinite shutdown …

AAP government didn’t let power rates go up in Delhi: Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said the AAP government did not let the power rates (usage charges) go up in the city for the third consecutive year. “Wherever the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power, they increased electricity tariffs while this is the consecutive third year when we did not let the …

ABB to install solar invertors at 750 railway stations

Swedish-Swiss company Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) will install solar invertors at 750 railway stations across the northern region to reduce carbon footprint and energy bills, its Indian arm said on Thursday. “We have won the order from the Indian Railways to provide solar invertors in north India to reduce dependence on conventional energy sources,” the …

Congress terms demonetisation ‘biggest scam’, PM must accept moral responsibility (Lead)

The Congress party on Thursday termed demonetisation as the “biggest scam” and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misleading the people, saying that he had repeatedly made “false statements” on the decision to junk high-value currency. The party demanded that Modi should accept moral responsibility and must apologise. Addressing a press conference here, senior Congress …