New Delhi,12/08/19: While the Muslim community across the world celebrates holy Eid-al-Adha with much devotion today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ramnath Kovind have greeted the nation on the occasion.
Decribing the Eid-al-Adha, Bakra Eid or Bakrid as a festival which symbolizes love, fraternity and service to humanity President Kovind took to his twitter handle this morning and appealed all to remain committed to these universal values.
Notably, Muslim brothers and sisters celebrate Eid-al-Adha to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham in which he had offered God to sacrifice his 13-year-old son, Ismail to prove his devotion to Him. However, the almighty sent the angel Jibra’il to place a goat in the place of Ibrahim’s son. Since then all Muslims celebrate the day by sacrificing male goat.
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday carried out an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Karnataka and Maharashtra, and reviewed the relief operation being conducted to deal with the natural disaster.
“Did an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Belagavi (Karnataka) and Kolhapur and Sangli (Maharashtra). Also held a meeting with senior officials to review the relief operations,” Shah said in a tweet.
The Central and both state governments are totally committed to helping our people in distress, he said.
The incessant rains have wrecked havoc in at least nine states, including Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, killing over 100 people and displacing lakhs of others.
New Delhi,11/08/19:It refers to media-reports that central government is not inclined to cut GST-rate in cars despite being worried about steep fall in car-demand leading to shutting down of many car-showrooms and decreasing production of cars by manufacturers. Evidently any cut in GST-rate for cars will open flood-gate for such demands on other commodities.
Central government should even not think of any other way out to bail out car-industry from crisis of demand-cut like asking banks for easy lending to car-sector. Any such step will be disastrous creating more Non-Performing-Assets NPAs in time to come because demand-increase for cars cannot be there with overall heavy loss of turn-over in all trade-activities.
Instead dealers and manufacturers of cars should better switch over to other industries and trade like manufacturers of tobacco-products did anticipating ban on such products any time in future.
Decreasing car-sales should rather be taken as blessing in disguise because of roads and parking-sites being already heavily over-burdened. Instead central government should impose cess on big and luxury cars so that cars with ex-factory price of say rupees ten lakhs and above may have double taxation than for cars with ex-factory price lower than rupees ten lakhs to discourage production of big cars occupying more space on roads and parking-sites.
Mumbai: The rupee appreciated by 22 paise to 70.47 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday, tracking gains in domestic equities amid reports of a meeting between foreign investors and finance ministry officials regarding higher tax surcharge during the day.
At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 70.54, then gained momentum and touched a high of 70.47, registering a rise of 22 paise over its previous close.
The domestic unit pared some gains and was trading at 70.53 against the dollar at 1006 hrs.
Forex traders said positive opening in domestic equity market, easing crude oil prices and reports that leading foreign investors will meet senior finance ministry officials on Friday on issues like higher tax surcharge supported the domestic unit.
On Thursday, the rupee snapped its five-day losing streak to close higher by 20 paise at 70.69 against the US dollar on Thursday tracking sharp gains in domestic equities after reports of rollback of a tax surcharge on foreign portfolio investors
Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets, pulling out Rs 437.39 crore on Thursday, according to provisional exchange data.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.06 per cent to 97.55.
Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.26 per cent to trade at USD 57.23 per barrel.
Domestic bourses opened on a bullish note on Friday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 247.29 points higher at 37,574.65 and Nifty up 77 points at 11,109.45.
The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.41 per cent in morning trade.
Sources from otv published by PTI on dated Aug,09,19. 10:32 AM
Odishabarta Carried for Public Interest
New Delhi,It is but natural that absolute loss of flourishing trade makes owners of such business-firms mad. Same has happened with two political families having controlled political trade in Jammu-Kashmir when some of their Parliamentarians tore their cloths in Parliament. A prominent Lok Sabha member from such political family exhibited his total mental-loss when while openly holding a press-conference claimed that he was under detention countering statement of Union Home Minister in Lok Sabha as a total lie. How a person under detention can hold a full-fledged media-conference.
Owners of Indian National Congress Private Limited were so much confused on hectic developments leading to abolition of relevant portions of Article 370 of the Constitution that it took more than 24 hours to react on such an important development with many of their prominent staffers going against owners of INC Private Limited. Some other likewise leaders with solitary aim of opposing Modi-led BJP-ruled central government were seen raising mindless queries. Gist of the matter is that opposing Central government on bold action on Jammu-Kashmir is nothing but sign of absolute madness.
Young BJP Parliamentarian from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal silenced PDP and NC members of Lok Sabha through his landmark speech.
Pakistan has suspended the Lahore-Delhi friendship bus service, after suspending two cross-border trains, in the wake of India's decision revoking Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories, a senior Pakistani minister has said.
New Delhi,09/08/19: Pakistan has suspended Delhi-Lahore friendship bus service in the wake of India revoking special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed said his country has suspended the Lahore-Delhi friendship bus service. The bus service first started in February 1999 but was suspended after the 2001 Parliament attack. It was restarted in July 2003.
The Lahore-Delhi bus service is operated from Ambedkar Stadium terminal near Delhi Gate. DTC buses ply every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) buses every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from Delhi to Lahore.
Earlier, Pakistan Minister of Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad had announced on Friday that it will suspend the Thar Express train service with India which links the two countries across the Rajasthan border, a day after it stopped the Samjhauta Express following its decision to downgrade bilateral ties.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the nation on the government’s big decision to revoke Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh sans one. Here are 10 takeaways from the Prime Minister’s speech:
1.People of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were deprived of their rights. With the abrogation of Article 370, the dreams of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, B.R. Ambedkar and Syama Prasad Mookerjee have been fulfilled. A new era in Jammu and Kashmir has now started.
2.Citizens now have equal rights and responsibilities. Article 370 was harming the people and children of Jammu and Kashmir, and their loss was never discussed. Article 370 and Article 35A dragged Jammu and Kashmir towards terrorism, dynasty politics and corruption.
3.Article 370 was used as a tool by Pakistan to terrorise Kashmiris. Nearly 42,000 people died over the last three decades. Earlier, laws made by the Parliament didn’t benefit the people of Kashmir. Now all laws made by the Parliament will be applicable in J&K and Ladakh.
4.All Central and state government posts would be filled in Jammu and Kashmir. This will lead to employment generation. Private firms would also be encouraged to generate employment opportunities. Work will be accelerated on all projects and projects related to road and rail will be initiated.
5.Kashmir was the preferred destination for Bollywood movies. Now when the situation is normal, people from world over would shoot movies there. The region has the potential to become the world’s biggest tourism destination. Filmmaking would provide employment.
6.People who came to India after 1947 couldn’t contest polls in Jammu and Kashmir… they had rights everywhere else, but not in Jammu and Kashmir. With the scrapping of Article 370, rights to those who had migrated will be restored.
7.Assembly elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir. People will have a Chief Minister, MLAs and ministers. People of J&K will choose their own representatives.
8.Jammu and Kashmir will touch new heights of development and attract people from all over the world. Ease of living will improve the lives of people in the region.
9.In Ladakh, a plant called Solo, which is a boon to those living in high altitudes, can be sold worldwide as it has vast medicinal properties.
10.Jammu and Kashmir didn’t develop at the desired pace. The future of the people of J&K and Ladakh will become brighter now. The Parliament’s laws will be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
New Delhi,09/08/19:With public-authorities going totally cashless, many of them like at National Green Tribunal (NGT) have even stopped accepting RTI fees of just rupees ten in cash, asking RTI applicants to enclose postal-orders of rupees ten as RTI fees. Many post-offices like at Baroda House (New Delhi) do not sell postal-orders. Others even including Head Post Office at Parliament Street (New Delhi) restrict sale of postal-orders by 4 pm even though these big post-offices work till late in the evening. Even otherwise handling cost of a postal-order of value rupees ten costs postal-department about rupees fifty with cost of handling of postal-orders by a public-authority and bank-clearing even extra. Most public-authorities require postal-orders in different names even though DoPT in its various circulars has required postal-orders towards RTI payments to be in name of Accounts-Officer only.
Only and best remedy to overcome situation is to accept frequent CIC-verdicts and administrative-request of CIC by postal-department to issue special RTI stamps (like earlier stamps for payment of licence-fees of radios and TV sets in denominations of rupees 2, 10 and 50 which will save crores of rupees annually to public-exchequers in using postal-orders as mode of payment of RTI fees.
Till such time, all public-authorities should be directed to accept cash as RTI fees with postal-orders in denominations of rupees ten to be compulsorily available at all post-offices to be sold till closing-hours of concerned post-offices.
Input;Ms Madhu Agarwal