Cut in petrol, diesel prices show PM’s priority towards common man: Shah

BJP chief Amit Shah today said the Modi government’s decision to reduce petrol and diesel prices by Rs 2 shows its priority to giving relief to the common man and farmers at a time when oil price is rising globally.

The government had yesterday cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre each to moderate the relentless rise in fuel prices witnessed for the last three months.

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the decision, Shah said in a tweet, “The decision to reduce the impact of rising international oil price highlights the priority the Modi government gives to providing relief to the common man and read more

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New Rs 100 note coming in April, old notes to be withdrawn gradually

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon release Rs 100 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, having the signature of Governor Urjit R Patel. However, the Rs 100 banknotes in the earlier series will continue to be a legal tender.
According to Mint, RBI will start printing new Rs 100 notes in April (once Rs 200 notes have been printed), while the existing notes will be withdrawn from the market gradually without causing any disruption.
This is the fourth denomination that has been revamped since the government’s demonetisation on read more

Expanding all arms: Check out Amazon’s unfolding India play

On a rapid expansion path to capture its last big frontier, Amazon India is systematically adding manpower, technological and financial muscle to all its arms in India.
Following the same growth path it did in the US market, the company has been in the last two years, testing and adding almost every vertical it has globally to the Indian market.
Bolstering one of its various subsidiaries yet again,Amazon IT Services (India)  Pvt Ltd, the oldest arm of the global e-commerce player in India is looking to raise fresh funds to expand its operations in India as it looks at technology as an enabler to grow its business and increase efficiency to its customers. The arm has increased its authorised capital to Rs 900 crore from Rs 400 crore, according to read more

Heavy rainfall batters Hyderabad, normal life hit, 3 dead

Heavy rain and water logging have led to the death of three people, including an eight-month old child, as heavy rains lashed the city on Monday evening.While a child and his father died in a wall collapse, another man was electrocuted to death.

According to the SHO of the Banjara Hills Police Station, 35 year-old Yadulu and his eight-month-old child died after a wall collapsed on them due to heavy rainfall while they were sleeping.

The bodies were recovered and sent for an  autopsy.In another incident, a 35-year-old person got electrocuted and died after touching the trolley which came in contact with an electric wire. He died on the spot.The downpour led to the deluge of read more

Don’t let ‘robophobia’ deter growth via manufacturing, exports: Panagariya

The threat to jobs from automation was overstated and “robophobia” should not deter countries from adopting a manufacturing and exports based strategy for rapid economic growth, according former Niti Aayog vice chairperson, Arvind Panagariya.

“One should not freeze in to inaction on account of ‘robophobia’ from following the path of manufacturing and exports that had led some of the Asian countries out of poverty,” Panagariya said on Monday while addressing the UN General Assembly’s committee on economic and financial issues.

“Countries easily have a 15-year window to pursue manufacturing and exports based strategy.”The technologies have to be invented or read more

Las Vegas shooting: Understanding what drives lone offenders

Lone offender attacks – sometimes called “lone wolf” attacks – make headlines fairly regularly. It’s not just the single shooter killing dozens and injuring hundreds in Las Vegas, but also shootings in Washington and Texas shopping centers. In Nice, France; Orlando, Florida; and elsewhere, atrocities committed by individuals apparently acting alone have surprised and concerned the public and authorities alike.

Because just one person is at the center of the event, these sorts of attacks can seem more puzzling and be harder to explain than, say, bombings or shootings by organized terrorist groups. That also makes them more difficult to detect and prevent.

As law enforcement and military efforts attempt to reduce attacks from organized groups, lone read more

From demolitions to toilets for show: How Indore won Swachh Bharat top rank

In November last year, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) officials moved around in the city in twos or threes to ensure that every household without a personal toilet was enumerated. Nanjubai’s house was one among 40 – all belonging to the Bhil community – built on one end of the Sukhniwas road.
An official meeting was called with all the residents, details collected from each household and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan scheme explained.
At the end, Nanjubai and the others were informed that they would have to pay about Rs 1,360 within a week – the subsidised amount to be paid to get a toilet built under the scheme.
For Nanjubai, a 22-year-old mother of four whose husband works as a daily-wage labourer, this was a hefty sum. But read more