Delhi Metro to begin `Heritage walks` from Saturday

The Delhi Metro will begin a month-long "Heritage Walk" programme from Saturday to give people a taste of the rich history of Old Delhi, it said on Friday.

The event is being organised in collaboration with Delhi Walks, an entity specialising in conducting curated walks, and will cost Rs 500 for each walk, it said.

During the pilot project, trained guides will take

BSES offers Rs 1 lakh accident insurance for timely bill payment

 In a novel move to boost timely payment of electricity bills, BSES discom in Delhi on Friday announced a Rs 1 lakh free personal accident insurance for customers paying bills before due date through Paytm for three consecutive months.

"Around 40 lakh consumers of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) can get free Rs 1 lakh personal accident insuran

BJD protests end of subsidy on LPG cylinders

The women's wing of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Friday staged a demonstration in front of Raj Bhavan here opposing the Centre's decision to withdraw subsidy on cooking gas (LPG).

They also submitted a memorandum to Governor S.C. Jamir, addressed to President Ram Nath Kovind.

"This is a betrayal of the poor people in the state and the country as well. We have su

Motor Vehicle Amendment bill`s passage unlikely in monsoon session

The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016, which is dubbed as crucial to bring down incidence of road accidents, is unlikely to be passed by Rajya Sabha in the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, said informed sources.

As no consensus was reached among the government side and some political parties at a meeting convened by the upper house's Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, it has bee

India, AIIB sign $329 mn loan agreement for road project

The Loan and Project Agreements for Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) lending of USD 329 million for Gujarat Rural Roads Project have been signed between the Government of India and the AIIB on August 04, 0217 at New Delhi, according to an official statement. The objective of the project is to improve the rural road connectivity and accessibility (by providing all weather road connect

July online recruitment activity registers 13% growth over last year: Report

Online recruitment activities in the month of July registered the highest year-on-year growth rate of 13 per cent, a report said here on Friday.

According to the Monster Employment Index, the banking, financial services, insurance (BFSI) sectors continued to exhibit long-term growth chart with a 43 per cent rise over last year. However, demand in the sector moved up by a marginal

Nepal, China to develop power transmission lines

 Nepal has sent to China draft of an agreement for the joint development of cross-border power transmission lines between the two countries, a Nepal Energy Ministry official said on Friday.

The power-line connectivity is expected to pave the way for electricity trade between the two neighbours in the future, Xinhua news agency reported.

Former Nepali Prime Min

Retailers, consumer goods cos may unlock $2.95 trn in 10 yrs

Retailers and consumer goods companies could unlock USD 2.95 trillion in value for the industry and consumers over the next decade by accelerating digital transformation, said a report by Accenture Strategy as per the PTI. According to the report, the retail and consumer goods industries will change more in the next 10 years than they have over the past 40. The report said eight technologies ar

Government took stringent steps to check quality of drugs: Minister

Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, said that the government of India has taken a number of stringent steps to check the quality of drugs available in the country. Replying to the question on status of quality of drugs available in India, Mandaviya informed that in t

Lok Sabha takes up Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill

The Lok Sabha on Friday took up for discussion the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017.

Moving the bill, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the institute, which will be located at Vishakhapatnam, aims to provide high quality education and research focusing on the themes of petroleum, hydrocarbons and energy.

Pradhan said that

Microfinance cos may report losses in Quarterly result FY18: India Ratings

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra), has said that it expects microfinance institutions (MFIs, both listed and unlisted) with significant exposure to the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Karnataka to witness 5 per cent-10 per cent of December 2016 assets under management as credit costs over FY18-FY19.

For instance, if an MFI with significant expos

25% sanctioned DGCA posts lying vacant: Aviation Minister

The Indian Government has said that around 25 per cent of the sanctioned posts at aviation watchdog DGCA are lying vacant. As per reports, Directorate General of Civil Aviation is a regulatory body governing the safety aspects of the aviation industry. It primarily monitors the airworthiness of civilian aircraft besides granting licenses to airports, airlines, pilots and other crew members.

Coal consumers being taxed much less under GST: Minister

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in effect from last month has reduced the incidence of tax on coal to 5 per cent, as compared to a cumulative tax of more than 13 per cent on account of various indirect taxes earlier, Parliament was informed on Thursday.

"In the pre-GST regime there was Excise Duty on coal at 6 per cent, VAT at 5 per cent (on intra-state sale) Stowing

India`s domestic passenger traffic rises over 20% in June

India's domestic passenger traffic grew by 20.3 per cent in June, a global airline association said on Thursday.

"India led all markets with a 20.3 per cent rise in domestic traffic in June," the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its global passenger traffic data.

"However, the very strong upward trend in traffic has slowed since the c

Scheme to boost startups in agriculture sector launched

The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) on Thursday launched "AGRI UDAAN" programme in which selected startups will be trained to develop innovative agriculture products.

The startups will learn about different aspects of capacity building such as technology commercialisation, business plan preparation, finance management, said Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Dir

Government committed to provide houses to all deprived sections

The Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav on Thursday informed the Lok Sabha that according to the Socio Economic and Caste Census, 2011 (SECC, 2011), out of 17.97 crore rural households 5.40 crore households have been identified as landless deriving major part of their income from manual and casual labour.

Replying to a written question on hoses being provided to r

4,220 projects worth Rs 1354 cr approved under DDG: Piyush Goyal

The Minister of State (IC) For Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Thursday, informed the House that 4,220 projects worth Rs 1354.60 crores has been sanctioned under Decentralized Distributed Generation (DDG) of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana.

The Minister said that the government has taken a number

Health of States discoms improved under UDAY in FY17: Piyush Goyal

The Minister of State (IC) For Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Thursday, said that interventions under Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) including reduction in interest costs & cost of power and efficiency gains have yielded encouraging results.

The Minister informed that as per the unaudited data

FDI in textiles doubled to $619 mn in 2016-17

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in textile sector more than doubled to USD 618.95 million during 2016-17 from USD 230.13 million in the previous fiscal, Parliament was informed today. In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta said during the first two months of current fiscal, the sector received USD 21.41 million foreign inflows.

He also said textile

No plan to allow Ola, Uber in Goa: Minister

 The Goa government does not plan to allow Ola other cab aggregators to operate in the state, Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said on Thursday.

Dhavalikar said this in a written reply in the assembly to a question from Nationalist Congress Party member Churchill Alemao.

Several ruling BJP leaders, including Nilesh Cabral, have been demanding introduction o

Goa mining loss projection of Rs 35k cr incorrect: Manohar Parrikar

The assumed loss of Rs 35,000 crore as projected by the Justice M.B. Shah Commission due to illegal mining in Goa is not a correct projection, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state assembly on Thursday.

Parrikar, who also holds the Mines Ministry, in his written reply to Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said more than five years after the mining scam was handed to th

Long delays a regular feature of NHAI projects: Panel

A parliamentary panel has said that long delays have become a hallmark of NHAI projects, with just 55 out of the total 388 such works getting completed on or before time between 1995 and 2016. However, the panel expressed hope that the situation will improve as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to award projects only after 80 per cent land has been acquired.

Mobile mfg industry to reach Rs 1.35 lakh cr by FY20

Indian mobile phone manufacturing industry is estimated to reach Rs 1.35 lakh crore by 2019-20, says a report according to the PTI. "The size of the domestic mobile manufacturing industry in FY (financial year) 2019-20 is expected to be Rs 1,35,000 crore as compared to Rs 94,000 crore in FY 2016-17. For smartphones, the market size of domestic manufacturing in FY 2019-20 will be Rs 1,20,20

India is setting best practices in NTP 2018: Aruna Sundararajan

India is not just following but setting best practices in many areas in terms of New Telecom Policy 2018, Aruna Sundararajan, chairperson, Telecom Commission and secretary, Department of Telecommunications said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi. “I think as we go in to the New Telecom Policy, we must remember, is part of a much larger vision that the PM and the government have articu

India`s air passenger traffic to touch 500 million

India's air passenger traffic is expected to reach 500 million in 10-15 years, Union Minister Jayant Sinha said on Wednesday.

According to the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, currently India's aviation sector was able to service 160 million passengers a year while this stood at 900 million in the US and about 500 million in China.

Sinha was speaking a