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Kerala RTO gets tough on tax-evading luxury car owners

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 18 (IANS) The Regional Transport Commissioner's office here has decided to crack down on the thriving business of Keralites getting high-end cars registered in Puducherry, taking advantage of the low taxes in that state. The transport commissioner's office has also decided to serve notices to popular actors Fahad Fazil and Amala Paul, whose luxury vehicles have a ...

2 days ago
France to join India for Indo-Pacific security architecture

New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) After officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held first-ever quadrilateral meeting in Manila on the security architecture and development of the Indo-Pacific region, French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said on Wednesday that his country is forging a security partnership with India over this region. We have got key cooperation with India on thing...

9 days ago
French bands to tour India in November, December

New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) French bands Colt Silvers and Last Train will go for a multi-city India tour spanning across the months of November and December. The bands will perform as part of the third edition of the Bonjour India festival, which is curated and created by the French Institute in India, in association with Alliance Francaise. Colt Silvers comprises vocalist Tristan, b...

13 days ago
Alumni obliged to pay back to their alma mater: Kovind

New Delhi, Nov 4 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said alumni of all reputed institutions of education have a moral obligation to pay back to those seats of learning and help the less privileged acquire knowledge. All great universities of the world have a deep and thriving engagement between old students and the institution. They invite alumni to contribute, not merely in te...

24 days ago
French designer seeks exposure for his art in India

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Known as the king of unconventional in the fashion world, veteran French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is smitten by the smiles and colours of India, where he hopes to showcase his craft. After over four decades in the industry, Castelbajac, who has dressed up stars like Lady Gaga, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Beyonce Knowles and Madonna, says he still has the...

3 months ago
Sushma urged to bring back 45 women trapped in Oman

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Jaihind on Friday urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help bring back 45 Indian women trapped in Oman as domestic helps, an official statement said. The move came after the women sent a complaint to Navshristi, an NGO, which then forwarded the complaint to the Commission. The DCW statement said th...

4 months ago
SpiceJet to launch third flight under Udan scheme

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Monday said that it will launch its third flight under the air regional connectivity scheme -- Udan -- on the Hyderabad-Pondicherry-Hyderabad route from August 16, 2017. The airline pointed out that the flight will be operated on a Bombardier Q400 aircraft that can seat 78 passengers. SpiceJet had been awarded six pro...

5 months ago
Ammaday, Suhasini emerge champions in Indian Open of Surfing

Mangaluru, May 28 (IANS) Maldives surfer Ammaday surfed his way to glory and the winners cheque in the Open category of the second edition of the Indian Open of Surfing competition at Sasithlu beach here on Sunday. The Open category winner was awarded a cheque worth Rs 50,000 while runner-up French surfer Perceval Fayon earned Rs 25,000. Pondicherry's Suhasini Damian emerged the...

5 months ago
Tamil Nadu dominate day two of Indian Open of Surfing

Mangaluru, May 27 (IANS) Tamil Nadu dominated the penultimate day of the ongoing second edition of Indian Open of Surfing with most of their surfers booking their place in the semi-finals across all the categories held at the Sasihithlu beach here on Saturday. Amidst near perfect conditions thronged by almost a 6000-odd crowd, the Tamil Nadu surfers nearly walked away with semi-final spo...

5 months ago
French communist office: 'Does anyone live here any more?'

Imagination conjures up sounds of the organ as I stand in the shadow of that brooding architectural wonder. It feels like I am at a service for the repose of the dead. I am brought back suddenly, as in an abrupt Bunuel sequence, by a bearded, kindly looking receptionist, directing me almost in slow motion towards the elevator to the fifth floor where Laurent Perea, from the International...

5 months ago
UGC orders special audit in 10 central varsities

Agartala/New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed special audit in 10 central universities in the country to check complaints of financial, administrative, and academic irregularities, officials said on Friday. The UGC order follows a Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) directive, a top Tripura (Central) University official said on the condit...

7 months ago
Petrol, diesel prices hiked

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Petrol price will be up by Rs 1.39 per litre, while diesel price will go up by Rs 1.04 per litre from Sunday, the Indian Oil Corporation announced on Saturday. The current level of international product prices of Petrol and Diesel and INR-USD exchange rate warrant increase in selling price of petrol and diesel, the impact of which is being passed on to the cons...

7 months ago
No move to end reservation for SCs, STs: Government

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The BJP-led central government rejected the charge that it was trying to end reservation for SCs and STs, as the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2017, that seeks to modify the list of Scheduled Castes in Odisha. The Bill, introduced by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot, also se...

8 months ago
Newborn abducted from Kolkata hospital, protestors block road

Kolkata, March 14 (IANS) A newborn baby was allegedly abducted by an unidentified woman from a government hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday, triggering protests, including a road blockade in the city's heart. The incident took place at Kolkata Medical College and Hospital, the second oldest medical school to teach European medicine in Asia after Ecole de Medicine de Pondicherry. The...

8 months ago
Nagaland tops IT, e-Governance sector

Kohima, Feb 28 (IANS) The Computer Society of India (CSI)-Nihilent Nagaland on Tuesday declared Nagaland as a top performing state from among the northeastern states in Information Technology and e-Governance sector. Nagaland is the only state in India where the state is acting as Service Centre Agency without engaging private companies for running Common Service Centres. It is also the ...

8 months ago
Pan-India diabetic policy imperative: Experts

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) An effective pan-India diabetic policy is imperative to address the growing burden of diabetes in the country, experts at the 7th World Congress of Diabetes said here on Friday. Effective policy actions as early as possible is an urgent need to address the growing burden of diabetes in our country, Banshi Saboo, Diabetes India Chairman said in a statement.

9 months ago
Cabinet nod to modify Scheduled Castes list in Odisha

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, to modify the list of SC in Odhisha. The cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also approved amending the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964, to change the name of the union territory from Pondicherry to Puducherry. Th...

9 months ago
Amulya Patnaik is new Delhi Police chief

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Senior Odisha IPS officer Amulya Kumar Patnaik has been appointed the new Delhi Police Commissioner, the Home Ministry announced on Monday. Patnaik, currently a Special Commissioner, is a 1985 batch Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre IPS officer. He succeeds Alok Kumar Verma, who was appointed CBI chief on January 19. Now pos...

10 months ago
#Notebandi frontlines: Small stores struggle to survive, but many support Modi

Mumbai: There are about 12 million to 14 million kirana shops -- family-run corner-shops/mom-and-pop or convenience stores selling groceries and other products -- across India (according to a 2015 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, a consultancy, with India Retail Forum), and they are vulnerable to losses from 'notebandi -- as demonetisation is called colloquially. A population, roughly speaking, ...

10 months ago
#Notebandi frontlines: Small stores struggle to survive, but many support Modi

Mumbai: There are about 12 million to 14 million kirana shops -- family-run corner-shops/mom-and-pop or convenience stores selling groceries and other products -- across India (according to a 2015 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, a consultancy, with India Retail Forum), and they are vulnerable to losses from 'notebandi -- as demonetisation is called colloquially. A population, roughly speaking, ...

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