E-way bill must for interstate goods movement from February 1

The e-way bill, to be generated under the GST for all inter-state movement of goods valued at over Rs 50,000, will become mandatory from Thursday, on the day of the presentation of the Union Budget 2018-19 in Parliament. The implementation of this electronic documentation system, to track the movement of goods and designed to prevent …

Bengal Budget: Thrust on rural sector, agriculture (Roundup)

With an eye on the upcoming panchayat elections in the state, West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Wednesday presented a Rs 6 crore deficit budget sans any fresh tax proposals focussing on agriculture and rural areas and showering sops in the form of social security schemes. Presenting his budget for 2018-19, Mitra set aside …

Quess to buy Monster India, HCL Computing Products (Lead)

Integrated business services provider Quess Corporation on Wednesday announced acquiring Monster India from Monster Worldwide and HCL Computing Products Ltd from HCL Infosystems. “The Administration Committee has considered and approved acquisition of 100 per cent equity in Monster.com India Ltd for $7.5 million (Rs 48 crore) and HCL Computing Products for Rs 30 crore,” said …

UN seeks $157 mn to aid victims of Boko Haram insurgency

United Nations refugee agency UNHCR and its regional partners on Wednesday appealed for $157 million to help over a quarter of a million people in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin region affected by the Boko Haram jihadist group’s deadly insurgency. Nigerian refugees continue to flee to remote and impoverished communities in neighbouring countries and 47 UN …

Congress lauds CJI’s ‘principled position’ in Allahabad HC judge case

The Congress on Wednesday lauded Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra for his “principled position” in the case relating to Allahabad High Court’s Justice Narayan Shukla. “We certainly congratulate the Chief Justice of India for have taken principled position and that principled position must apply to all cases,” Congress leader Kapil Sibal told reporters here …

Sochi congress on Syria aided UN peace talks, says envoy

A Russian-hosted conference on Syria and co-sponsored by Turkey and Iran which many opposition groups shunned “made an important contribution” to the United Nations mediated peace talks being held in Geneva, UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura has said. At the one-day conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, participants agreed to form a …

Vedanta’s Q3 consolidated ‘attributable net profit’ up 2%

Diversified natural resources company Vedanta on Wednesday reported a rise of 2 per cent in its consolidated “attributable profit after tax” but before “exceptional item” for the third quarter of 2017-18. According to the company, its “attributable PAT before exceptional item” increased to Rs 2,173 crore from Rs 2,133 crore reported for the corresponding quarter …

Congress candidates files nomination for MP bypolls

Congress candidates on Wednesday filed their nominations for the Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly bypolls in Madhya Pradesh in presence of senior party leaders and also held roadshows. Brajendra Yadav has been fielded as Congress candidate in Mungaoli in Ashoknagar district and Mahendra Yadav has been fielded from Shivpuri’s Kolaras. Both filed their nominations in presence …

Bengal introduces ‘Rupashree’ marriage assistance for girls

After rolling out “Kanyashree” project for empowering adolescent girls, the West Bengal government on Wednesday introduced a new scheme “Rupashree” for marriage assistance to girls coming from economically weaker families with a budgetary allocation of Rs 1,500 crore. Presenting the state budget for 2018-19, Finance Minister Amit Mitra said: “I propose to extend a one-time …

Fear prevails in country over misuse of probe agencies: Yashwant Sinha

Senior BJP leader and former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday said the an atmosphere of fear prevails in the country due to misuse of probe agencies. Without naming the central government, Sinha, who has since formed a Rashtra Manch, told the media the official agencies are being used against people having a different …

Big guns, barring Prannoy, advance at India Open

Defending champion P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashayp and the women’s doubles seeded pairs of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy and Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha S. Ram entered the second round of the India Open BWF World Tour 500 here on Wednesday. Olympic champion Carolina Marin, Thailand’s superstar Ratchnaok Intanon, third seed …

Modi to blame for Nagaland situation: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “unilateral” decisions for the situation prevailing in Nagaland vis-a-vis Assembly elections as several civil society groups and political parties have sought deferment of the February 27 polls. He said the Prime Minister did not take into confidence various stakeholders when the Naga Framework Agreement …

Quess to buy Monster India, HCL Computing Products

Integrated business services provider Quess Corporation on Wednesday announced acquiring Monster India from Monster Worldwide and HCL Computing Products Ltd from HCL Infosystems. “The Administration Committee has considered and approved acquisition of 100 per cent equity in Monster.com India Ltd for $7.5 million (Rs 48 crore) and HCL Computing Products for Rs 30 crore,” said …

Bengal budget ‘directionless, unrealistic’: Opposition

West Bengal’s opposition parties on Wednesday described as “directionless” and “unrealistic” the budget presented by state Finance Minister Amit Mitra in the assembly on Wednesday. “This budget is only making a fool of the people. It is directionless. There are no new development programmes,” said Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan of the Congress. Left Front …

Keep RSS-linked officers away from MP Assembly polls: CPI-M

The CPI-M’s Madhya Pradesh unit on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to keep officers linked with the RSS away from the electoral process to ensure fair Assembly elections in the state. “The Election Commission’s aim is to ensure free and fair elections. But free and fair elections cannot be expected from officers owing allegiance to …

CEC reviews readiness for Karnataka assembly polls

Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat met representatives of political parties on Wednesday during his two-day visit to Karnataka to review readiness for the coming assembly polls. “The CEC held a closed-door meeting with representatives of political parties from the state and later met the nodal officers and Income Tax officials in the city to …

India Open: Mary Kom, Sarita among 18 local boxers in finals

Five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom spearheaded the Indian contingent with 18 of them — including 10 men and eight women — entering the finals of their respective categories at the India Open International boxing tournament at the Thyagraj Indoor stadium here on Wednesday. Running a distant second was classy Uzbekistan, who saw all their …

SIT probe needed Loya’s death as ‘serious questions unanswered’: Congress (Lead)

The Congress on Wednesday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team probe into the “suspicious” death of judge B.H. Loya in December 2014, saying there seemed to be a “cover-up” and “some serious questions were unanswered”. Addressing a press conference here, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the party was putting out some hitherto unknown “facts” …

MCDs yet to authenticate survey on 351 roads (Lead)

The commissioners of the three BJP-ruled municipal corporations on Wednesday said they are yet to authenticate the survey on 351 roads, which are to be notified under commercial and mixed-use category. These roads are to be notified so that business establishments on them can be saved from an ongoing sealing drive. The Bharatiya Janata Party …

Decide on lookout circular against Karti: SC tells Madras HC (Lead)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Madras High Court to decide in entirety all the issues, including of territorial jurisdiction, in Karti Chidambaram’s plea challenging the CBI lookout circular against him in the INX Media case. A Division Bench headed by the High Court Chief Justice will decide the plea within two months, a …

Tripura polls outcome to push anti-BJP politics: Yechury

The result of Tripura’s February 18 assembly polls would boost “anti-BJP” national politics, Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Wednesday. “The outcome of the assembly elections in Tripura would further push the anti-BJP national politics ahead of the next year’s general elections,” he said at a public meeting at Kalyanpur in …

Real Betis unveil newly-signed Spain defender Bartra

Spanish top-division football club Real Betis on Wednesday presented its new central defender Marc Bartra, who transferred back to La Liga following a two-year stint at Borussia Dortmund. The 27-year-old signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with the Andalusian Betis in a bid to plug the team’s porous defensive line, which has conceded 50 goals so far …