Government to make hallmarking compulsory for gold jewellery

The government could make hallmarking compulsory for gold jewellery by January next year to certify the purity of the metal being sold.

Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said buyers generally don't know about the quality of gold they buy from jewellery shops because not all ornaments are not certified.

"We plan to mak

KCR hands over cheque to BHEL for power plant

 Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday handed over a cheque of Rs 417.16 crore to BHEL for Damaracharla Yadadri ultra mega thermal power plant.

The 4,000 MW ultra mega power plant is coming up at Damaracharla in Suryapet district at a cost of Rs 20,379 crore.

Handing over the cheque to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) Chairman and Managing Director

Greater awareness of Aadhaar linking risks, mitigation needed: ICERT

There is a need for greater public awareness of cybersecurity risks and mitigation measures regarding compulsory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobiles, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team Director General Sanjay Bahl said on Friday.

"Risks will always remain. So it is the question of creating the necessary awareness, its a combination of people, process and techno

No farm loan waiver in Uttarakhand: Chief Minister

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Friday said the state was not in a position to waive farmers' loans but plans to instead provide soft loans to them.

"We cannot afford to waive farmers loans in the state," Rawat told reporters here while addressing a press conference to highlight the work of his government in the state.

The BJP Chief Minister

Railways new time table to ensure passenger safety: Reports

The Indian Railways' new timetable assures not just faster trains but has set aside hours for maintenance work across the country every day for greater passenger safety, said media reports. As per reports, 'Trains at a Glance' for 2017-2018, which came into effect yesterday, shows that the timetable has been designed to help engineers and others undertake regular maintenance work in

Food processing will be a main industry in future: Arun Jaitley

The entire Indian agriculture value chain is set to change drastically and food processing is going to be a main industry in the future, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday at World Food India 2017, even as event's first day here saw the signing of 13 MoUs worth Rs 68,000 crore ($10.5 billion).

"The farm to kitchen chain is going to change in India, like elsewhere, w

With 100% FDI, food sector priority in `Make In India`: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the food sector that allows 100 per cent foreign investment was the priority in the government's ambitious "Make In India" programme.

Launching a three-day global conference on the food industry here, Modi said food processing was an age old practice in India and simple, home-based techniques like fermentation had resulted in t

44% of Indian mobile users want better battery capacity

Forty four per cent of Indian users want better battery capacity in their mobile phones indicating that phones in the market, including several flagship phones, are still unable to tackle this key issue, a survey said on Friday.

In the survey report, released by mobile ad tech company MoMagic Technologies, it was also revealed that only eight per cent of the survey respondents bother

Mention last date for Aadhaar linkage, mobile firms and banks told

The Supreme Court on Friday asked banks and mobile phone service providers to tell their customers the last date for linking of accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan said the court had been told that banks and service providers were bombarding mobile users and account holders with messages without mentioning the deadline for

India tops domestic air passenger traffic in September, China second: IATA

 India's domestic passenger traffic was the highest among major aviation markets at 15.5 per cent in September, followed by China and the Russian Federation, a global airline association said on Friday.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in its global passenger traffic data, revealed that India's domestic demand -- revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) -- wa

NSE to auction investment limits for Rs 2,100-cr government bonds

Leading bourse NSE today said it will auction investment limits for foreign investors to purchase government bonds worth over Rs 2,100 crore on Monday. The auction will be conducted on NSE's ebid platform from 1530 hrs to 1730 hrs after market hours, the exchange said in a circular. The debt auction quota gives Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) the right to invest in the debt up to the lim

Aadhaar-verified passengers can now book 12 rly tickets a month

Indian Railways has increased the monthly cap on tickets booked on the ICRTC portal from six to 12 for Aadhaar-verified passengers, officials said. The move, which came into effect on October 26, is believed to be an innovative way for the railways to encourage passengers to link their Aadhar numbers to their online booking accounts on IRCTC. IRCTC officials said passengers can continue to book

Government to raise Rs 5 trn for development projects: minister

Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said that nearly Rs 5 trillion can be raised from capital markets and funds are not a constraint for undertaking large developmental projects Commenting on the issue, Union minister Nitin Gadkari told the media, "We have undertaken various developmental projects for which we need funds. I've always been saying there is no dearth of funds in the system.

Need to streamline process of standardization: Textiles Sector

Anant Kumar Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, has said that there is need to streamline the process of standardization for faster development of the standards in the area of technical textiles and to develop the sector indigenously and fulfill the domestic requirements. “It was imperative for the stakeholders, including industry, policy makers and research institutes to work in clos

Ajay Chhibber joins FICCI as Chief Economic Advisor

FICCI on Thursday said it has appointed Ajay Chhibber as Chief Economic Advisor as part of its efforts to strengthen its research capacity and policy advice. “Chhibber has been with the World Bank from 1983 till 2008. His last position at the Bank was that of Director, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank,” FICCI said in a press release.

In 2013-14, Chhibber was Direct

India services activity rises in October on higher demand

India's dominant services industry activity expanded at its fastest pace in four months in October as demand continued to strengthen despite accelerating price pressures, a business survey showed on Friday.

The Nikkei/IHS Markit Services Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 51.7 last month - its highest since June - from 50.7 in September.

In July and August, the index

Government developing 25-year masterplan for airports: Minister

The Indian Government has said that it is developing a comprehensive 25-year masterplan for airports in the country to keep pace with air traffic growth. Commenting on the issue, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told the media, “The infrastructure at some of the top airports in the country is crippling while there has been a consistent double digit growth in domestic air

Need to endorse flexible & transparent gas markets: Dharmendra Pradhan

The Indian Government has asked natural gas producers and consumers to join hands to promote flexible and transparent global markets for gas. Commenting on the issue, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the media, “Share of gas in India's primary energy basket is 6.5 per cent against global average of more than 24 per cent. Government has envisioned to increase the share of natural g

Rail link, road projects will generate jobs for youths: Trivendra Singh Rawat

The Centre's ambitious rail link and all-weather road projects in Uttarakhand will generate employment opportunities for the youth, and stop their migration from the hill state, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said according to the PTI report. Rawat was speaking after inaugurating Baikunth Chaturdashi Mela in Srinagar in Pauri district.

Rail link and all-weather roads to char

RBI asks large borrowers to get identifier code from banks

In a move to improve risk management post the global financial crisis, the RBI on Thursday said it has decided that corporate borrowers having exposure of Rs 50 crore and above will have to mandatorily obtain the 20-digit Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) from banks.

"It has been decided that the banks shall advise their existing large corporate borrowers having total exposures of Rs

Fishermen Congress to hold `protest week` against GST

The All India Fishermen Congress on Thursday said it will observe a "protest week" from November 21 to 26 against "faulty" implementation of GST and to press for formation of a separate fisheries ministry at the Centre.

The decision to observe protest week was taken in the first meeting of state presidents of the Fishermen Congress here on Thursday.


FASTag mandatory for 4-wheelers sold after December 1

The government on Thursday made it mandatory for vehicle manufacturers to install FASTag, or a radio-frequency identification tag used to pay toll automatically on National Highways, on all four-wheelers sold from December 1 onwards.

"Categories M and N motor vehicles sold on and after December 1, 2017 shall be fitted with FASTag as may be specified by the Central government, fro

CBI to probe illegal Herbicide Resistant GM cotton seeds: Devendra Fadnavis

The Maharashtra government has asked for a detailed CBI probe into the illegal sale of Herbicide Tolerant BT cotton seeds of five branded companies, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Thursday.

He said the sale of such seeds is not permissible under the provisions of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 and police complaints have been registered against the five companies i

India to become third-largest aviation market: Vice President

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, has said that India is witnessing a high-growth trajectory and set to become the third-largest aviation market in the world in terms of passengers by 2026. Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the 2nd Aero Expo India 2017, the Vice President said that the aviation sector not only plays a key role in promoting connectivity and creating jobs

No human negligence behind boiler blast: Power Minister

Union Power Minister R.K. Singh on Thursday denied claims from some political leaders and families of the deceased that human negligence was to blame for the boiler blast in NTPC's Unchahar unit here that left 30 dead and dozens seriously injured.

"I have seen everything during my physical inspection of the accident scene and I can say that there is no human negligence in the