Month: December 2019

New UK government raises minimum wage

London, Dec 31: Britain’s minimum wage is to increase by more than four times the rate of UK inflation from next year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government announced Tuesday. A 6.2-percent increase from April takes the so-called national living wage for workers aged 25 and over from 8.21 pounds […]

Railways announces fare hike effective from Jan 1

New Delhi, Dec 31: On the New Year’s eve, the railways announced fare hike across its network, excluding suburban trains, effective from January 1, 2020, according to an order issued on Tuesday. While suburban fares remain unchanged, ordinary non-AC, non-suburban fares were increased by 1 paise per km of […]

5 Signs That Prove The Economic Slowdown Is Real And Here To Stay

The prices of not just onions, but also potatoes and milk have gone up, reflecting rising consumer food inflation. For the past two weeks, thousands of Indians have come together to protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the demonstrations are showing no sign of dying down. While […]

Ex-Delhi Constable Threatens To Shoot Anti-CAA Protesters In Viral Video, Arrested

Rakesh Tyagi, who dressed in fake police clothes in the video, was later released on bail. By Rohini Chatterji A former Delhi police constable, Rakesh Tyagi, was arrested, and later released on bail, allegedly after he released a video on social media threatening to shoot anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters […]

CAA: This Lawyer Traveled Across India To Spread The Message of Secularism

Deepanshu Sahu travelled from Jabalpur to Delhi to Kolkata, often wearing nothing but a printed vinyl poster to protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. NEW DELHI — The print shop in Jabalpur, his hometown, is owned by an elderly Sikh man named Kawaljeet Singh, who employs one […]

Festive cheer in short supply as Hong Kong activists stage New Year protests

HONG KONG – Hong Kong protesters made long human chains and marched through shopping malls on New Year’s Eve, urging people not to give up the fight for democracy in 2020, while police were out in force across the city to quell any unrest. Authorities have cancelled the […]

Bangladesh shuts down telecoms along India border citing security concerns

DHAKA – Muslim-majority Bangladesh has ordered telecom operators to shut down services along the border with India, citing security concerns over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new citizenship law which critics say discriminates against Muslims. Mobile network coverage has been suspended for a one-kilometre-wide band along the border […]

India’s November infrastructure output contracts for third straight month

NEW DELHI – India’s infrastructure output contracted for the third consecutive month to 1.5% in November from a year earlier, data released on Tuesday showed. During April-November, output was flat from the year-ago period, according to the data. Infrastructure output, which comprises eight sectors such as coal, crude […]

Internet services in all govt hospitals in Kashmir to be restored from midnight

Jammu, Dec 31: Internet services in all government-run hospitals and SMS to all mobile phones will be restored from December 31 midnight in the Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir official spokesman Rohit Kansal said on Tuesday On December 10, some short message service (SMS) were enabled on mobile phones […]

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