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Agra Divisional Commissioner hauled up by Green Court

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Agra Divisional Commissioner hauled up by Green Court

New Delhi: The illegal felling of trees especially around the Taj Mahal is serious, and the NGT isn’t going to let anyone get away with it. A former Agra Divisional Forest Officer had allegedly cut 8,000 trees in Babarpur and around 4,000 trees in 500-metre-radius of the Taj Mahal, which is an eco-sensitive zone. The National […]

When the weather turns killer …

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When the weather turns killer …

New Delhi, May 17 (PTI) Rains brought grief as well as relief in north India with seven persons killed in weather- related incidents in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich even though Odisha continued to sizzle in the intense summer heat. According to District Magistrate of Bahraich, Ajay Deep Singh, “As many as five persons died in Mihipurwa […]

Elephant in the room? No Jumbos in Jharkhand!

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Elephant in the room? No Jumbos in Jharkhand!

Jamshedpur, Jharkhand:  A three-day synchronised elephant census is going on  in four  states of Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh today to avoid duplication and arrive at a more accurate count for the first time in India. Part of the 7th All India Elephant Census under Project Elephant, the census is deploying an identical set of […]

Railways ordered to pay compensation for stolen belongings

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Railways ordered to pay compensation for stolen belongings

New Delhi, Apr 19: If you are an aware consumer, you can get the Railways to compensate you for stolen belongings. A citizen from Haryana didn’t give up, even though the Railway tried all sorts of tactics to weasel out of paying compensation. Read on for more details: Railways has to ensure safety of not […]

Swedish firm implants Data microchips in workers

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Swedish firm implants Data microchips in workers

A company has been implanting microchips into its employees since 2015! It’s a Swedish startup called Epicentre. The company offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand. The […]

Gandhi ‘bahus’  endorse tax free Pads

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Gandhi ‘bahus’ endorse tax free Pads

New Delhi:  Congress President Sonia Gandhi has supported a petition for scrapping of tax on sanitary napkins. It may be mentioned that BJP minister Maneka Gandhi has also supported the idea of removing taxes on the item. Mrs Gandhi recalled that during previous UPA government she had called for providing napkins free to BPL families. […]

New Income Tax return form, e-filing starts Saturday

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New Income Tax return form, e-filing starts Saturday

New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) The government on Friday notified a simpler, one-page form for filing income tax returns while making it mandatory to quote Aadhaar number and disclose bank deposits of more than INR 2 lakh post demonetisation. The Income Tax Return Form-1 (Sahaj) will replace the 7-page form, removing a plethora of columns […]

India ranks 133 of 188 countries in Human Development

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India ranks 133 of 188 countries in Human Development

United Nations : India has ranked a lowly 131 among the 188 countries surveyed for human development, a new UN report has said, bracketing the third-largest Asian economy alongside its South Asian neighbours like Pakistan, Bhutan and Nepal. India has made no improvement in its ranking over the previous year, despite the Human Development Report […]

Catholic Church promotes ‘Safe Migration’ for poor in India

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Catholic Church promotes ‘Safe Migration’ for poor in India

In answer to the scourge of unsafe human trafficking and unsafe migration, especially for the poor communities, the Catholic Church has hit upon a way to promote safe migration. According to the National Sample Survey Office, India has some 309 million internal migrants, the majority leaving home for economic reasons. For example, several thousand affluent […]

Govt to write off 16 percent of ‘tax due’ cases!

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Govt to write off 16 percent of ‘tax due’ cases!

New Delhi:  Some 21,54,000 people owe the government less than Rs 100 in tax. As a ‘one time measure’, the government has decided to write off their outstanding taxes ( 21.54 lakh taxpayers who owe Rs 100 or less). These small tax payers form about 16 percent of all ‘tax due’ cases. This was stated […]

Washing machines : Currying favour ?

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Washing machines : Currying favour ?

If you say that your washing machine doesn’t get that ‘masala’ stain off your naughty kid’s shirt, your worries will apparently disappear if you buy one with a ‘curry’ button. (A washing machine with the button, not a shirt!) A washing machine has been launched for the Indian market, with a special mode to tackle […]

Parliament approves 26 week Paid Maternity Leave

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Parliament approves 26 week Paid Maternity Leave

New Delhi:  Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi  hailed the passage of Maternity Bill, which allows paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, in Parliament, calling it a “historic” decision (March 9). The Lok Sabha passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 today. The Bill had already been passed by the Rajya Sabha during the […]

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