Goa`s Dabolim airport will continue to handle civilian traffic: Chief Minister

The Dabolim airport in Goa will continue to handle civilian traffic even after the Mopa airport becomes operational in 2020, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state assembly on Wednesday.

Dabolim International Airport is a military facility operating from an Indian Navy base in south Goa.

Parrikar was replying to a question by Congress MLA Francisco Silveira about whe

India delays deadline to link Aadhaar details to bank, phone services

MUMBAI  - India on Wednesday dropped a December 31 deadline for citizens to link Aadhaar details to facilities such as bank accounts and telephone numbers, saying it would announce a fresh date later.

The move came as the Supreme Court hears a number of cases over a controversial identification project based on biometric details and rolled out by the government n

89% of auto sales in India digitally influenced: Report

 A total of 89 per cent of Indian car purchases in 2017 were digitally influenced -- up from 75 per cent in 2016, a new report said on Wednesday.

According to the report released by Google India and market research company Kantar TNS, the auto shoppers exhibited three key digital behaviours. Nearly 96 per cent of them searched online, 80 per cent watched online videos and 88 per

India, Japan, Australia assert Asean`s centrality in Indo-Pacific

 India, Australia and Japan on Wednesday underscored their support for the Asean bloc's centrality in the political and security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region, amid China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea and rising influence in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

The three countries held their fourth Trilateral Dialogue here at the Foreign Secretay-

Dec 31 deadline to link Aadhaar with banks, PAN goes

 The December 31 deadline to link the 12-digit Aadhaar number with bank accounts and Permanent Account Number (PAN) has been lifted, the government announced on Wednesday.

A notification to this effect was issued on Tuesday by the Department of Revenue under the Finance Ministry.

According to the notification, the words "submit the Aadhaar number and PAN by Decembe

Supreme Court allows cement industry to use petroleum coke

NEW DELHI - The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the cement industry to use petroleum coke, a dirtier alternative to coal which had temporarily been banned as pollution levels shot up in Delhi last month.

India is the world's biggest consumer of petroleum coke, better known as petcoke, a dark solid carbon material that emits 11 percent more greenhouse gas than c

TRAI`s in-flight connectivity norms by year-end

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will come out with its much-awaited recommendations for in-flight connectivity by December-end.

"Recommendations on in-flight connectivity to come out by year end or next 15 days," TRAI Chairman R.S. Sharma told reporters here on Wednesday on the sidelines of an event organised by Broadband India Forum.

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NSE to auction investment limits for Rs 7,300-cr corp bonds

Leading bourse National Stock Exchange (NSE) will auction investment limits for overseas investors for purchase of corporate bonds worth over Rs 7,300 crore tomorrow. The auction will be conducted on NSE's e-bid platform from 1530 hrs to 1730 hrs after the close of market hours, the exchange said in a circular. The auction quota gives overseas investors the right to invest in debt up to the

Prabhu meets USTR,bats for permanent solution to food security

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu today impressed upon the US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer the need to agree to a permanent solution on the public food stock holding issue that flows from the Nairobi ministerial. Prabhu met Lighthizer at the initiative of Argentinean minister Susana Malcorra, who is also the chair of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) 11th Mini

Second India-Myanmar-Thailand motor rally underway: Minister

The second India-Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Motor Rally–IMT 2 successfully completed its first leg from Guwahati to Bangkok on December 3, 2017, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways said in a press release. The rally was flagged off from Guwahati on November 25, 2017 with a total of 50 participants including five women, in 20 SUV vehicles. It made night halts in Kohima and Imphal be

`IMG proposals on telecom to be placed before Cabinet soon`

The recommendations of inter- ministerial group (IMG) on relief measures for the telecom sector are expected to be placed before the Cabinet by month end, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said as per the PTI report. The Telecom Commission will consider the proposals of IMG at its upcoming meeting on December 21, Sinha told reporters.

He was speaking on the sidelines of Asean India connect

`Global regulatory trends can affect growth of MFs`

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Whole Time Member G Mahalingam cautioned the mutual fund industry that global regulatory trends could impact the future growth of the asset management companies, reported PTI. Observing that in the present positive scenario, there was a need to factor in aspects which could impact future growth, he added that reduced liquidity could impact inflows i

India expects $12-13 bn infra investment: Official

India expects investment of up to $13 billion in infrastructure through the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), even as the government seeks to monetise older assets built through public money for undertaking new projects, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Speaking at an event here, Economic Affairs Secretary S.C. Garg also cited the example of the national carrier Ai

Upgraded Hubballi airport opened in Karnataka

Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday unveiled the upgraded airport in Karnataka's second-largest city to enhance connectivity from the region to other parts of the state and the country.

Hubballi Airport has been included in the second phase of Udan (regional airport connectivity and development) scheme of the central government, said Raju.

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Telecom subscribers base down 0.41% in October: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

 The country's telecom subscribers base receded by 0.41 per cent in October to 120.17 crore.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) data released on Tuesday showed an erosion in both wireless and wireline subscribers base.

The wireless subscriber base declined by 0.41 per cent to 117.82 crore, while the wireline subscriber base edged lower by 0.60 pe

Odisha spent over Rs 26.55 cr for CM, minister`s chopper rides

The Odisha government has spent more than Rs 26.55 crore towards airfare of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other ministers in three years, the state assembly was told on Tuesday.

In a a written reply to BJP member Dilip Ray, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha said this expense for the period 2015-17 included travel within the state and outside.

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Government should have approached SC for taking over Unitech control: CJI

Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Tuesday said that the government should have come to the Supreme Court before taking over the management of Unitech as the real estate major sought the suspension of an NCLT order suspending its directors and allowing the government to appoint its nominees in their place.

Giving time till Wednesday to Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take instr

BSE initiates IBC proceedings against seven companies

Stock exchange major BSE on Tuesday filed proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) 2016 against seven listed companies for failing to pay the "Annual Listing Fees" (ALF) in spite of "advance intimation, reminders and grant of sufficient time in the past few years".

According to the BSE, there are about 130 companies which have failed to pay ALF an

NHAI making all out efforts to speed up highway construction

The government on Tuesday said it was making all out efforts to speed up awarding of projects and construction of highways, adding it had already invited bids for projects of 4,900 km length till November.

It added that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) was likely to invite bids for another 3,500 km by December end, taking the total up to 8,400 km. 

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Digital transactions to reach about 1,800 crore in FY18

Emphasising a dramatic increase in digital transactions in the country, Minister of State for Electronics and IT K. J. Alphons on Tuesday said the transactions are expected to touch 1,800 crore in the current fiscal from 1,162 crore transactions recorded between April and November.

"Digital payments transactions have increased dramatically. Like this year, up to November, we had

Queensland PM seeks veto of federal loan to Adani`s coal mine project

Queensland's re-elected Labor Party Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to veto a federal loan to Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises' A$16.5-billion Carmichael coal project in Galilee Basin, a media report said.

In one of her first acts after she was officially sworn in on Tuesday morning, Palaszczuk has followed through on the shock

India, Australia hold first 2+2 dialogue

 In a bid to boost their bilateral strategic partnership keeping the Indo-Pacific region in mind and to increase defence cooperation, India and Australia held their inaugural 2+2 Foreign Secretaries and Defence Secretaries Dialogue here on Tuesday.

While Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra participated from the Indian side, Australia was represented

`Bankers may strike work against FRDI Bill`

Opposing the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) has said it is planning a strike if the Centre proceeds on the proposed legislation.

In a statement issued late on Monday, the AIBEA said: "The Bill has created widespread fear, apprehension and panic amongst the depositors that the government is contemplating to

New Mayor promises to revamp Agra

The new Mayor of Agra on Tuesday pledged to do everything to change the profile of the Taj Mahal city.

Navin Jain of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said this after taking oath of office as Mayor at a well-attended function on the Agra College ground in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma.

Besides Jain, 100 corporators were also administered th