Will do K.D. Jadhav biopic if satisfied by script: Shyam Benegal

Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal on Friday said he is ready to direct the biopic on first Indian Olympic medalist Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, if he like the script. Earlier this year, wrestler-turned-actor Sangram Singh had expressed his desire to make a film on Jadhav but there was no official announcement. However, on Friday, in the presence …

NHAI operationalises dedicated FASTag lane at toll plazas

In a fresh initiative for electronic toll collection (ETC), the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Friday operationalised one dedicated FASTag lane at all toll plazas on National Highways. “Now FASTag enabled vehicles can cruise through the dedicated FASTag lane without stopping at toll plazas on National Highways,” said a Road Transport and Highways …

Cataract behind 63% blindness cases in India: Experts

Cataract is the single-largest factor for blindness in India, accounting for nearly 63 per cent of the total burden of vision impairment in the country, said an expert here on Friday. Ramanjit Singh Sihota, Professor of Ophthalmology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said after cataract (62.7 per cent), in descending order of …

Exhibition to commemorate freedom struggle launched in 39 places

Ahead of the nation’s 75th Independence anniversary in 2022, an exhibition on the freedom struggle and Quit India Movement’s role in it that will be staged at 39 places across the country was launched here on Friday. The exhibition-cum-seminar, titled “Naya Bharat – Karke Rahenge” will narrate the journey of India’s freedom struggle from the …

Vistara to launch second daily flight between Delhi and Kochi

Full-service passenger carrier Vistara on Friday announced a second daily flight between Delhi and Kochi, starting September 5, due to the growth in travel demand on the sector. “With the addition of the new flight, Vistara will fly twice daily on the route, providing a convenient same-day return option and connecting travellers from Kochi to …

Desh Deepak Verma new Secretary General of Rajya Sabha

Desh Deepak Verma, an IAS officer of the UP cadre, on Friday was appointed Secretary General of Rajya Sabha, an official statement said. Verma, who was till recently the Chairman of UP Electricity Regulatory Commission, will replace Shumsher K. Sheriff. Verma has served as District Magistrate of Almora, Aligarh, Bareilly and Agra, and then was …

Arunachal yet to adopt Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy: CM

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday said his government is yet to adopt the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy. Several civil society groups, including the opposition Peoples Party of Arunachal and Congress have opposed the state cabinet’s decision on August 12 to adopt and extend the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 in the state. “The policy …

India’s Forex reserves rise by $1.14 bn

India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves kitty increased by $1.148 billion as on August 25, 2017, official data showed on Friday. The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) weekly statistical supplement released on Friday showed that the overall Forex reserves rose to $394.55 billion from $393.40 billion reported for the week ended August 18. India’s Forex reserves …

Odisha seeks GST exemption on handloom, handicraft products

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to exempt handloom and handicraft products from the Goods and Services Tax (GST). In a letter to the Prime Minister, Patnaik urged that this issue needs urgent reconsideration in the GST Council for extending GST exemption on these products in the interest of …

Standards of accountability should be made realistic: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday called for freeing public servants from strict accountability laws, which he said should be kept realistic. “Public servants should be confident enough to take decisions. Standards of accountability should be made realistic,” Jaitley said while delivering a memorial lecture here. He said that there is a need to revise …

Odisha implements grant-in-aid system for teachers

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced abolition of block grant system and implementation of grant-in-aid system for the teachers in the state. “The block grant system has been abolished and replaced with grant-in-aid system. This will benefit teachers to uplift quality of education. I request teachers to go back to their respective schools …

Coal India gets new interim Chairman (Second Lead)

The Coal Ministry has given interim charge of Coal India Ltd (CIL) Chairman and Managing Director to Gopal Singh, who is Chairman of the miner’s subsidiary Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL), it was announced on Friday. The previous chairman, Sutirtha Bhattacharya, retired on Thursday. “Ministry of Coal has entrusted the additional charge of CIL CMD to …

Kashmir, political killings of RSS workers discussed at Vrindavan meet

Political killings of its workers in Kerala and West Bengal and the central government’s efforts to normalise the situation in Kashmir figured prominently during the first day of the Coordination Meeting of the RSS in Vrindavan. “The sad state of affairs in West Bengal and Kerala was highlighted which most people don’t have the courage …

Bosch offers electro-mobility solutions in India

German multinational engineering and electronics firm Bosch on Friday offered electrified solutions for greater mobility in cities across India. “As mobility requirements are needed most in urban sprawls, we are ready to offer our electrified solutions for the Indian market,” Bosch Group Board Member for Asia-Pacific Peter Tyroller told reporters here. With 40 cities across …

Congress not to contest Gurugram civic polls on party symbol

The Congress on Friday said it will not contest the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon election on September 24 on party symbol, as per the past practice. Party General Secretary in charge of Haryana affairs Kamal Nath said this after consultations with state leaders. Nath said in a statement that the Bharatiya Janata Party government in …

Darjeeling hills tense, lookout notice against three GJM leaders (Lead)

The CID West Bengal on Friday issued look out notices against three Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders, including party chief Bimal Gurung, as tensions continued to mount in the northern West Bengal hills following a rift within the Morcha leadership. Lookout circular was issued against Gurung, Party’s General Secretary Roshan Giri as well as party …

Study recommends speedy trial in rape cases

Legal resource group Partners for Law in Development (PLD) on Friday recommended expediting court proceedings and conducting quality and periodic training of Presiding Officers, Public Prosecutors and legal aid lawyers. While releasing its study on “Pre-Trial and Trial Stages of Rape”, PLD’s founding member and Executive Director Madhu Mehra pointed to the 2013 amendments which …

Gandhi exhibition, Carnatic music mark Festival of India in Brazil

An exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and an enthralling performance of Carnatic music by renowned Indian musicians marked the opening of the 10-day Festival of India in Brasilia that was attended by senior Brazilian government officials, ambassadors, media, culture lovers and friends of India. The event, on August 31, was held at the …