Nitish and Modi’s love-hate relationship: Meet the frenemies in Indian politics

When Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed his angst at Janata Dal (United) president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar simply walking out of the mahagath bandhan or grand coalition, which he had so assiduously stitched together in the state ahead of the assembly elections in 2015, his pain was understandable – for the grand old party has of late being making overtures to all ‘secular’ parties to put up a united front against the BJP.

There can be no better example of this than the love-hate-love relationship shared by Nitish with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There relationship is best describes as that of a ‘frenemy’ or a person with whom one is friendly, despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.

Once holding Modi in high esteem, Nitish changed his views in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots, even going so far as to end his 17-year alliance with the NDA after it chose Modi to lead its charge in the 2014 general elections and then becoming a bitter critic in the prime READ MORE

Got an I-T notice on cash deposits? Don’t panic and follow this guide

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in tandem with public sector and commercial banks, has undertaken data mining on a massive scale to identify how funds have been moved in the country after November 8. The government has come down hard on individuals and businesses operating doctored accounts, having deregistered and shut more than 100,000 companies and penalised more than 300,000 others.
The I-T department has also identified over 37,000 shell or paper companies channelling black money through methods such as hawala. As a part of its Operation Clean Money, the I-T department identifies individuals whose income tax return filings are inconsistent with the amount of cash deposits made in their bank accounts during the demonetisation drive. It then sends a notification through SMS or e-mail, and the individual must provide a response on the department’s website for the same.
If you receive such a notice, do not panic or ignore it. First, verify that the PAN (Permanent Account Number) stated on the notice is yours. Since the I-T department issues notices to a specific PAN and not based on your name, there are chances that an erroneous notice may READ MORE

Ghatkopar building collapse: NDRF saves 11 people trapped under rubble

“Please cut my hands but pull me out of the debris,” implored Pragya Jadeja in a frail voice when she spotted the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) jawan looking out for survivors after the collapse of a residential building in suburban Ghatkopar on Wednesday.
Mere dono haath kaat do bhaiyamujhe jaldi bahar nikaalo… Nahi to main mar jaungi (cut my both the hands but please pull me out quickly otherwise I am going to die),” the 50-year-old said in a voice filled with pain and helplessness.
Jadeja was one of the 11 survivors pulled out from under the rubble of the four-storey Siddhi Sai Cooperative Housing Society which collapsed last morning, killing 17 people.
Narrating his experience, constable Santosh Jadhav said, “We could hardly peep in to find that Jadeja’s both the hands were partially crushed between two big fallen walls. But we comforted her, cut the huge RCC structure, and finally pulled her out safe.”
Similarly, a 20-year-old woman was pulled out alive from under the mound by the rescuers who reached her after hearing her READ MORE

Gujarat floods: PM Modi announces Rs 500-cr relief fund, death toll at 60

Even as low pressure continues to cause heavy rains and flooding in several regions of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who conducted an aerial survey on Tuesday, announced a Rs 500-crore central assistance to the state disaster relief fund (SDRF).

PM Modi conducted an aerial survey of the Banaskantha district, the most affected region in the state, forcing the Indian Air Force (IAF), the national disaster relief force (NDRF) and other state agencies conduct rescue operations.

In the past 24 hours, districts of Banaskantha, Patan and Sabarkantha in North Gujarat have seen at least 12 talukas receive over 200 mm of rainfall, as per the state emergency operations centre. At least three IAF helicopters were pressed into service for airlifting locals and the distribution of food packets in Banaskantha, apart from the Indian Army rescuing stranded people using boats.

North Gujarat has, so far, seen over 500,000 food packets being distributed in the affected areas.

Followed by the air survey, PM Modi was apprised of the rainfall and flooding situation across Gujarat by the state government officials in a meeting attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and READ MORE

ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Harmanpreet Kaur muscles India to final

A magnificent unbeaten century from star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur helped India beat Australia by 36 runs in the semifinal of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup at the county ground on Thursday.

Chasing a daunting total of 282 in a match that was reduced to 42 overs because of rain, the defending champions were bowled out for 245 in the 40th over.Apart from Villani (75) and Alex Blackwell (90), none of the Australian batters were able to stay long at the crease.

However, Blackwell did threaten to take the game away from the women in blue with some powerful hitting towards the end of the game, but the mammoth total turned out to be too much for the Aussies.

Deepti Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers as she took three wickets.Apart from her, Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey both picked two two wickets each and contributed to the side’s astounding victory against the Meg Lanning led-side.

Earlier, winning the toss and electing to bat in derby, which was virtually India’s home ground, READ MORE

Airfares in India may rise over 8% in 2018, highest in Asia-Pacific: Report

Airfares in India are likely to increase by around 8.7 per cent next year amid increasing domestic demand, says a report.
The Global Travel Forecast report has been prepared by the Global Business Travel Association and Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
According to the report, India is projected to see an airfare increase of 8.7 per cent in 2018, the highest for any country in the Asia Pacific region.
India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world and has been witnessing double-digit growth for more than two years.
Domestic demand is increasing, particularly in China and India, putting additional pricing pressure on key markets in both, the report said.
“India remains the healthiest of the major emerging Asia Pacific markets with robust growth anticipated given pro- market economic reforms,” the report said.
“Last fall, India’s government surprised many, cancelling 86 per cent of its circulating read more

Know about Universities in India and the different types

The Oxford dictionary defines ‘University’ as a high-level educational institution in which students study for degrees and academic research is done. Etymologically, ‘university’ is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which crudely means “community of teachers and scholars.” During medieval times, association of students and teachers with collective legal rights given by princes and statesmen or the towns in which such associations were located came to be known as university.

India’s higher education system works at both private and public level universities. Public universities function under the directives issued by the Government of India and the state governments whereas private universities function under various approved educational bodies and societies. The University Grants Commission (UGC), the highest educational authority, recognizes and awards the ‘universal’ status to various universities. The UGC draws its power from the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. Along with the UGC, 15 Professional Councils are also established, in charge of different parts of accreditation and coordination.

Types of Universities in India:
Central University: Central University aka Union University is established by an Act of Parliament and is under the purview of the Department of Higher Education (DHE) in the Union Human Resource Development Ministry. The UGC lists 46 central universities such as READ MORE