Daily Archives: August 22, 2018

State seeks cess on SGST, increased borrowing limit

Special Assembly session on August 30 to discuss flood havoc The Kerala government is looking forward to imposition of a 10% cess on State GST and rise in its borrowing limit from the present 3% to 4.5% of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) to raise sufficient resources for the …

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IITs to cast net for foreign faculty

Not on contract as now, but as permanent teaching staff, recommends council The Human Resource Development Ministry will set the ball rolling on facilitating the recruitment of permanent foreign faculty in the Indian Institutes of Technology.As of now, the IITs can hire foreign faculty only on a contract basis for …

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ILO report flags wage inequality in India

Stronger implementation of minimum wage laws and boosting frameworks for collective bargaining are needed Real average daily wages in India almost doubled in the first two decades after economic reforms, but low pay and wage inequality remains a serious challenge to inclusive growth, the International Labour Organization warned in its …

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WhatsApp CEO gets India’s wish list

Minister asks him to set up local corporate entity, appoint a grievance officer, curb fake messages Stepping up efforts to clamp down on the spread on “sinister” messages through WhatsApp, the Union government on Tuesday asked the instant messaging platform to implement three measures in India: set up a local …

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U.P. govt. cancels madrasa’s registration

Cleric had allegedly stopped students from singing anthem The Uttar Pradesh government has cancelled the registration of a madrasa in Maharajganj district after the students of the institution were allegedly stopped by a cleric from singing the national anthem on Independence Day. Sedition charges Maulana Junaid Ansari, who allegedly prevented …

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SC scraps NOTA option for RS polls

EC move will revive ‘Satan of defection’ The Supreme Court on Tuesday scrapped the use of NOTA (none of the above) option for Rajya Sabha polls, saying it would usher back the “Satan of defections.” A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, held that the option …

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UAE offers Rs. 700 cr. in aid to Kerala

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan thanks Abu Dhabi Crown Prince; Centre releases Rs. 600 crore The UAE government has promised Rs. 700 crore assistance for Kerala’s post-flood reconstruction effort even as the State on Tuesday sought a Rs. 2,600 crore special package from the Centre to cope with the deluge that …

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HC bars land acquisition for corridor

Passes interim order to allay fears among people of being dispossessed In an attempt to allay fears among people whose lands are to be acquired for the Rs. 10,000-crore eight-lane Chennai-Salem expressway, the Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Centre, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the …

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Centre rules out total ban on firecrackers

Suggests the production of “green crackers”, community cracker bursting to curb pollution .The Centre on Tuesday ruled out a national ban on firecrackers and suggested the production of “green crackers”, community cracker bursting in major cities and a freeze on the production of series crackers or laris as alternative measures …

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