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Surat-Based billionaire diamond merchant donates Rs 11 cr for Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya

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When S Jaishankar, RG were poles apart at MEA’s parliamentary meeting

New Delhi: External affairs minister S Jaishankar went to the extent of offering to draw a chart to explain the government’s multipolar global foreign policy approach after Congress MP Rahul Gandhi is said to have insisted with the line that world was now bipolar at the MEA parliamentary panel meet. Those in the know of…

Tourists throng Pangong’s 3 Idiots point; Chadar trek route becomes busy

Srinagar: After a year-long hiatus, around 30 tourists have visited the Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a bitter standoff since early April. The lake, which is at 13,862 feet above the sea level, was opened for tourists on January 10. Before visiting the area, they have to…

Heavy security presence at Georgia State Capitol ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration

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Russia: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny arrested upon landing in Moscow

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Is Transparency Int’l report missing the big picture?

SynopsisThe Transparency International (TI) has contended that 51% of Indians have little or no trust in the government. Even the worst critic of Indian democracy would agree that it has stood the test of time. Corruption is a social fact, as it is difficult to find a society free of corruption. The latest ‘Global Corruption…

New direct tax dispute scheme likely in Budget

New Delhi: The upcoming budget could unveil a new and continuous framework for faster resolution of disputes over direct taxes. The government is considering options such as mediation or a permanent dispute resolution system with pre-specified benchmarks on the lines of the ‘Vivad Se Vishwas’ scheme have been discussed, a person familiar to the pre-budget…

Bharatmala projects likely to be awarded by 2023

NEW DELHI: The Centre aims to complete awarding of projects envisaged under Bharatmala, its flagship highways development programme, by 2023. The first phase of the Bharatmala scheme approved in 2017 includes construction of 24,800 km of national highways, in addition to 10,000 km of balance road works under the National Highways Development Programme (NHDP). The…

Path to $5T: Digital at Economic policy’s centre

SynopsisWhile many of us await the February 1 annual budget announcements to spur revival, the Covid era has brought telecom to the centre stage. Digital aspirations are ripe and have a board mandate to transform. India’s policymakers acknowledge that its digital ecosystem will contribute at least $1 trillion to the soughtafter $5 trillion economy. Collaborating,…

Tandav: Govt seeks explanation from Amazon

SynopsisThe development came after BJP MP Manoj Kotak said he has written to I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar seeking a ban on Amazon Prime Video's series 'Tandav' for ridiculing Hindu deities.'Tandav', starring actors Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover and Zeeshan Ayyub, among others, premiered on Amazon Prime Video on Friday.New Delhi: Taking cognizance of…

IPL business value dropped 22% this year

Even as Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020 broke viewership and ad revenue records, the IPL’s business value dropped 22 per cent in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, to $4.4 billion, according to a report by Brand Finance, a brand valuation consultancy.Mumbai Indians (MI) is the only IPL team to have seen a growth in…

Over 1.9 lakh get the jab on Day 1 of mega Covid vaccine drive

The much-anticipated Covid-19 vaccination drive was rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday with 1.91 lakh beneficiaries across the country getting the jab.The Prime Minister hailed the speed at which India’s scientists delivered two vaccines and also exhorted people not to heed rumours and propaganda questioning their safety and efficacy, saying that scientists…
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