108 nominations filed for presidential polls

New Delhi, June 29 -- The filing of nominations for the July 17 presidential election ended on Wednesday with 108 papers, including that of NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and Opposition's Meira Kumar, filed.

According to sources in the Lok Sabha Secretariat, 108 nominations were filed by a total of 95 candidates, with some having filed multiple papers. A candidate can file a maximum of four nominations.

Of these, 35 candidates have already been ... Read More

Narendra Modi to be first Indian PM to visit Israel

NEW DELHI, June 29 -- Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. India and Israel on Wednesday announced his upcoming visit from July 4-6, wherein Modi will have detailed discussions with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on matters of mutual interest and will also call on President Reuven Rivlin.

The Ministry of External Affairs said that elements of Modi's programme in Israel include homage to Indian soldie... Read More

Rajkot gears up for PM roadshow today

GANDHINAGAR, June 29 -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi to kick-start a two-day visit to his poll bound home State Gujarat by leading a mega roadshow in Chief Minister Vijay Rupni's hometown Rajkot on Thursday evening.

Modi, who contested first ever election of his life from Rajkot in February 2002, is visiting the main city of Saurashtra region for the first time after he became Prime Minister in May 2014.

State BJP cadre are not leaving single s... Read More

JD(U) rushes to fight fire

PATNA, June 29 -- After the fire, it is time to douse it. The JD(U) took the initiative on Wednesday to pour water on the fire ignited by the statements of some senior leaders of the maha gathbandhan which created apprehension that the alliance was on brink of disintegration.

A day after JD(U) secretary general KC Tyagi stated in Delhi that unfriendly statement by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was intolerab... Read More

BJP slams Mulayam for defending Prajapati

Lucknow, June 29 -- The BJP on Wednesday attacked Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav for defending his close aide Gayatri Prajapati and advised the SP patriarch to "chant Gayatri Mantra" instead of supporting the jailed rape accused.

Mulayam's defence of Gayatri reflected his "anti-woman" stance, the BJP said.

"Giving certificate of innocence to Gayatri is condemnable. He (Mulayam) is a senior and mature leader, but his anti-woman face ... Read More

Hyd: Silent protest against growing lynching incidents

Hyderabad, June 29 -- Ignoring rain and damp weather, a motley crowd gathered on Hussain Sagar Tank Bund on Wednesday evening to register their protest against the growing incident of mob lynching in the country.

The protesters including activists of various mass organisations gathered with placards of "stop lynching" and "not in my name".

As the police did not allow them to put up banners or raise any slogans the protesters held a silent sit i... Read More

Pak violates ceasefire for seventh time in 10 days

Jammu, June 29 -- Pakistan Army on Wednesday trained their guns towards forward Indian posts in Balakote sector of Poonch violating ceasefire agreement for seventh time in a row in last 10 days.

Several forward Indian villages were also targeted by the Pakistan Army in the forward area with long range mortars, small arms and automatics. The firing which continued shortly before 3 pm was still going on till the time of filing the report. Ground r... Read More

Jaitley turns down demands for deferring GST rollout

New Delhi, June 29 -- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday rejected demands for deferring the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout saying the Constitution does not give luxury to delay the nation's biggest economic reform by six months.

Not ruling out a few initial glitches when more than a dozen state and central taxes are abolished and barriers between 29 states done away with, Jaitley said the system is fully geared up and will eventual... Read More

FinMin starts notifying provisions of GST acts, amends rules

New Delhi, June 29 -- With two days left for roll out of GST, the Finance Ministry has started notifying various provisions of law relating to interest calculation, input tax credit and valuation.

Provisions in the Central GST Act (CGST), Integrated GST (IGST) Act and Union Territory GST Act and rules under them are being notified.

These include those relating to tax invoice, credit and debit notes, accounts and records, returns, payment of tax... Read More

Cabinet clears Air India disinvestment

New Delhi, June 29 -- The Government on Wednesday cleared disinvestment of beleaguered national airline, Air India which has floundered amid stiff competition from no-frills rivals and reported at least seven years of losses.

Announcing the decision, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said an in-principal approval for divestment of Air India has been taken, but did not say if it will be an outright sale or partial divestment.

"The Cabinet Committee ... Read More