Day: February 1, 2020

Shabana Azmi returns home, expresses gratitude to well-wishers

Mumbai, Feb 1: Noted actor Shabana Azmi, who was injured in an accident last month, on Saturday said that she is back home now and thanked her fans for praying for her speedy recovery. The 69-year-old actor suffered head injuries when her car met with an accident on the […]

Nation-wide strike impacts banking services at PSU banks

New Delhi, Feb 1: Banking operations, including cash withdrawal and cheque clearance, were hit due to two-day nationwide strike by employee unions of public sector banks to press for wage revision. The strike call has been given by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of […]

Greta Thunberg puts Africa’s climate activists in media spotlight

After a racism debate in Davos on the invisibility of African climate activists, Greta Thunberg held a press conference Friday with fellow eco warriors from Kenya, Uganda and South Africa to stress the importance of their voices. Vanessa Nakate of Uganda was at the heart of a viral […]

India steps up farm support, offers tax cuts to revive faltering growth

NEW DELHI – India sought to boost growth in a federal budget on Saturday that raised spending on farms and expressways and offered cuts in personal taxes, but the measures fell short of market expectations and battered stocks. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is grappling with the country’s […]

No strategic idea, anything concrete in Union Budget: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Feb 1: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said there was no strategic idea or anything concrete in the Union Budget and it described the “hollow” approach of the government that was “all talk and nothing happening”. Talking to reporters outside Parliament soon after the presentation of […]

Punjabi writer Jaswant Singh dead

Chandigarh, Feb 1: Eminent Punjabi writer, novelist and Sahitya Akademi Awardee Jaswant Singh Kanwal died after a brief illness at his native village in Moga district on Saturday, his family said. He was 101. Kanwal’s grandson Sumail Singh Sidhu said the deceased’s last rites will be held at Dudhike […]

Most disappointing budget, says Puducherry CM

Puducherry, Feb 1: Senior Congress leader and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Saturday dubbed the union budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as the most disappointing and lacking in firm measures to deal with economic slowdown. In his reaction to the budget, the Chief Minister slammed […]

India welcomes return of Maldives to Commonwealth

New Delhi, Feb 1: India on Saturday congratulated the Maldives on its return to the Commonwealth as its 54th member. The Maldives had joined the Commonwealth in 1982, but withdrew its membership in 2016. “India has always been a key supporter of Maldives’ readmission and for it to play […]

Budget cuts personal income tax, raises customs duty

New Delhi, Feb 1: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced cuts in personal income tax, extended tax benefits for affordable housing and gave relief to companies on payment of dividend in the Union Budget for 2020-21 as the government looked to boost consumption to bring the economy out […]

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