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The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council will meet in New Delhi today. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal will chair the 28th meeting of the Council. Sources said the Council may consider a reduction in tax rates on the host of items with low revenue implications as part of the...
The BJP-led NDA government will face a No-Confidence Motion in the Lok Sabha today.The motion has been moved by the Opposition parties led by Telugu Desam Party. AIR correspondent reports that, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had accepted the Motion on Wednesday for discussion and voting on it in the...
US State Department has announced that the inaugural 'two-plus-two dialogue' between India and the United States will be held in New Delhi on September 6. Last month, the US had postponed the dialogue due to 'unavoidable reasons'. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis will travel to...
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a communication to all universities and Higher Education Institutions to postpone the recruitment process till the Supreme Court issues its verdict on the Special Leave Petition filed by the HRD Ministry against a court order curtailing reservation for SC/ST and OBCs candidates. The...
Hindi poet Gopal Das Neeraj passed away in New Delhi last evening after a prolonged illness. He was 94. His famous poetic works include Asawari, Lahar Pukare and Paran Geet. Born in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh on 4th January 1925, Neeraj also created name for his lyrics for films...
The government today issued another notice to WhatsApp asking it to come out with effective solutions to curb the menace of fake news. It also warned the company that mediums used for propagation of rumours are liable to be treated as abettors and can face legal consequences if they remain...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the beneficiaries of Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana and Saubhagya Yojana through video conferencing at 9:30 this morning. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he is looking forward to interacting with the citizens from villages that have been electrified in the last 4...
Greco Roman wrestler Viresh Kundu bagged a Bronze medal on Day 2 of the Asian Junior Championships in New Delhi yesterday. The 20-year old, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, defeated South Korea's Jeongyul Kwon, 14-5 in the 97 kg Bronze medal play-off to win his first international medal. Apart from Kundu,...
In Turkey, the state of emergency, which was imposed after the failed coup two years ago, came to an end today. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared emergency on 20th July, 2016, five days after warplanes bombed Ankara and clashes broke out in Istanbul that claimed 249 lives. The state-run Anadolu...
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a supplementary chargesheet in a Delhi court against former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi and others in the Agusta Westland VVIP chopper bribery scam. The chargesheet was filed before special judge Arvind Kumar yesterday and it will be taken up for consideration tomorrow. The...