Monthly Archives: August 2018

Court refuses to extend motor insurance deadline

Longer duration motor third party insurance cover is all set to become mandatory for new cars and two-wheelers as scheduled from September 1, with the Supreme Court on Friday refusing to extend the deadline. A bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and S. Abdul Nazeer dismissed an application filed by …

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Vodafone, Idea merge; overtake Bharti

Idea Cellular has merged Vodafone India with itself to create the country’s largest telco with a subscriber base of 408 million, overtaking Bharti Airtel. The merged entity, Vodafone Idea Ltd., will have Kumar Mangalam Birla as the chairman. However, both Vodafone and Idea that have a strong consumer base across …

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U.S.-Canada trade talks enter final day

Canada’s Foreign Minister said on Friday that an agreement had yet to be reached with the U.S. on salvaging the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “We are not there yet,” Chrystia Freeland told reporters during a break in a fourth and final day of negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative …

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At 8.2%, GDP growth touches two-year high

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, however, pointed out in a tweet, “Happy that the rate of growth has quickened, but…Q1 growth rate is based on the lowest base (5.6) in the last 8 quarters.” “Going forward, the base effect will not be so favourable. And when we reach Q3 and …

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Signature campaign for Odisha liquor ban

Milita Odisha Nisha Nibaran Abhijan (MONNA), an organisation of social activists pressing for complete prohibition in the State, will start a signature campaign in all the Assembly constituencies. The month-long campaign will start on September 2 from the Hinjli Assembly segment in Ganjam district, which is represented by Odisha Chief …

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PM fits in bilateral meets in his summit schedule

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of bilateral meetings, including with his Thai counterpart, Prayut Chan-o-cha and Myanmar President Win Myint, on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit here on Friday. “Mr. Prayut Chan-o-cha and I had a great meeting. Our talks focussed on boosting cooperation between India and …

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SAARC meet to allow India-Pak. Interface

The first face-to-face engagement between the new Pakistani government and India could come later this month when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi attend the SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) Council of Ministers’ meeting in New York, officials in Delhi and Islamabad …

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SC puts off hearing on Kashmir special status

The Supreme Court on Friday bowed to the Centre’s wish to postpone hearing on the legality of Article 35A, giving special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, till the panchayat elections in the State are over in order to avoid law and order problems. Appearing before a Bench …

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Root out terror: BIMSTEC

The regional grouping’s Kathmandu Declaration focusses on backing of terror by state and non-state actors, apart from connectivity among the member nations Describing terrorism as a “great threat” to international peace and security, India and six other BIMSTEC nations on Friday called for identifying and holding accountable states and non-state …

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