more-inIndia has said it cannot envisage any negotiated outcome, at the ongoing meeting of the World Trade Organisation’s apex decision-making body, which does not include successful resolution of the food security right issue. Mr. Prabhu also said “India calls upon the WTO membership to re-endorse the centrality of development (the agenda to improve the trading prospects of developing nations) in WTO negotiations without creating new sub-categories of countries.”He said, “We are increasingly seeing that the discourse on development at the WTO is sought to be deflected by specious arguments based on aggregate GDP figures. Mr. Prabhu urged the entire WTO Membership to unequivocally reaffirm the importance of a rules-based multilateral trading system. The Minister also pushed India’s proposal for a Trade Facilitation in Services (TFS) Agreement, which, among other things, aims to liberalise rules on movement of professionals and skilled workers across borders for temporary work/projects. Asymmetry in farm subsidy normsOn agricultural domestic support, Mr. Prabhu said the WTO Agreement on Agriculture provides considerable flexibility to the developed members to provide huge subsidies and further, to concentrate these subsidies on a few products.

December 11, 2017 17:40 UTC

more-inThe government will considerably augment roads and bridges to ensure safe and fast commuting as basic infrastructure is sine qua non for development, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. Inadequacy of (budgetary) funds will be compensated by raising funds from the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB), he said. “The PWD [NH wing] decided to execute work on the six-lane flyover despite fund paucity though the cash-rich NHAI owns the NH 66 Bypass. The government aims to ensure modern infrastructure in keeping with the times,” Mr. Vijayan said. The annual allocation of funds for road infrastructure is shortly set to gallop from ₹3,000 crore to ₹10,000 crore.

December 11, 2017 17:37 UTC

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi , who was elected Congress president on Monday, continued his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, alleging that half of the latter's speeches focus on the Congress. "They say Congress has disappeared from Gujarat, but why are 50 per cent of PM Modi's speeches on Congress? ""I listened to Modi ji's speech yesterday. Modi ji talked about nothing but himself for 90 per cent of the time. The election is not about Modi ji, nor is it about me.

December 11, 2017 17:36 UTC

The Navi Mumbai police on Monday arrested a BJP office bearer from Jalgaon district who is also a distant relative of a former state BJP Minister in connection with the missing case of a lady police inspector from Navi Mumbai last year. Patil is the second arrest in the missing case of API Ashwini Bidre who went missing last year and is suspected to have been kidnapped. Further investigations in the case led cops to Patil as they found his cell tower location alongwith Kurundkar and Bidre at the same location on the day, Bidre went missing. Later both of them were transferred to Thane and Navi Mumbai so Bidre had started staying in Kalamboli area. Patil a small time functionary of BJP was brought to Navi Mumbai and would be interrogated to find out his connection with Kurundkar.

December 11, 2017 17:26 UTC

SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir chief minister and People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti would be inducting her brother Mufti Tassaduq as the state tourism minister in her cabinet. The tourism ministry is currently held by Mehbooba.Tassaduq, 45, who is the head of the CM's grievance cell, and holds the status of a cabinet minister, will be sworn in as a minister after entering the upper house of the assembly on a seat vacated by Vikramaditya Singh. Singh had resigned in protest against the J&K government not declaring a holiday on his grandfather, Maharaja Hari Singh's birthday. "There are three names of party officials in the list for nomination to the legislative council in Singh's place. But he has permanently stationed himself here to taste the fruits of the power," said A M Sagar, general secretary of National Conference.

December 11, 2017 17:26 UTC

"Although this has made the services highly accessible to citizens, it has also exposed them to the threats and vulnerabilities which are an inherent part of cyberspace," Prasad said. "In January, we will have a meeting of IT ministers and cybersecurity and safety will be an important component of that discussion. I have directed that the role of state governments has to be expanded in the area of cybersecurity. "Talking about the central government, Prasad said it will monitor the traffic and movement of information across various networks against any suspicious activity. Any unusual movement on the NIC network, any attacks, intrusions will be detected and cleaned," Prasad said.The government has already announced setting up of similar frameworks for the finance and power sectors.

December 11, 2017 17:15 UTC

New Delhi: Aiming to address the quality issues in India’s rapidly growing renewable energy sector, the union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has come out with a new policy for “testing, standardisation and certification” of products in the renewable energy sector. The policy also aims to develop standards for all renewable energy equipment in line with the international practices. It stressed that a “concrete action plan for standards, testing and performance certification is essential for the successful growth of renewable energy in the country”. The policy aims to adopt, update and develop standards of all renewable energy systems, components and devices in line with international practices and making performance certification mandatory to ensure quality and reliability in renewable energy supply in the country. Under the policy, a Standards, Test and Quality Control Committee (STQCC) for the entire renewable energy sector will be set up in MNRE”.

December 11, 2017 17:15 UTC

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police arrested a French national, who is in India on a business visa, but was found working as a "freelance television journalist" and making a documentary on the 'Kashmir situation'.Comiti Paul Edward was arrested from Kothibagh area of Srinagar city while filming for the documentary, a police officer said. "His business visa is valid up to December 22, 2018. "The French embassy was intimated after we arrested him," the police officer added.SSP Srinagar, Imtiyaz Parray said, as per the complaint, "Edward was found preparing a documentary and interviewing separatists, in violation of visa norms. He is not supposed to film any content that is detrimental to the image of the country. He will be dealt according to the law of the land, he said.

December 11, 2017 17:15 UTC

“The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley said that the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill 2017 is before the Joint Committee of Parliament,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Monday. “Removing any misgivings and rebutting false rumours being spread about the provisions of the FRDI Bill 2017, the Finance Minister said that about ₹2.11 lakh crore is being pumped in to strengthen the public sector banks. The Government is very clear about it,” Mr. Jaitley was cited as saying in the statement. “The provisions contained in the FRDI Bill, as introduced in the Parliament, do not modify present protections to the depositors adversely at all,” the ministry added in the statement. “They rather provide additional protections to the depositors in a more transparent manner.”Earlier, Mr. Jaitley had himself tweeted that the “objective of the Government is to fully protect the interest of the financial institutions and the depositors.”

December 11, 2017 17:07 UTC

Kaur Singh was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali after he reported some complications. Kaur Singh is also an army veteran and had retired as Subedar from Indian Army. Kaur Singh told India Today that once when he reminded Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal of his investment, he was given a token money of Rs 10,000. Slamming the Punjab government for the step motherly treatment, Kaur Singh warned state's sportspersons to think twice before making a career in sports. Kaur Singh hails from Choti Kanal kalan village of Sangrur district and owns two acres of ancestral land.

December 11, 2017 17:03 UTC

BiharUttarakhandUttarPradeshVaranasiBharat-NepalMaitriSevaMechiIndo-NepalLoIPiprakothi-RaxaulMirganjNEW DELHI: The bordering states ofandhave demanded opening up more economic bus routes connecting Nepal for smoother movement of people. These buses have been plying under "Bus" (India-Nepal Friendship Bus Service). "So, a large number of people still take trains and buses up to the borders to get into Nepal and do the same to come here. There is a huge demand for normal bus service between the two countries as large number of people. The project will begin from February 2018," an official statement read.Similarly, the National Highways Authority of India has received bids for restoration ofRoad (NH-57A).

December 11, 2017 16:52 UTC

Shares of Asian Paints fell 0.55% or Rs5.25 on the BSE to close at Rs1,128.1, while the benchmark Sensex gained 0.62% to close at 33,455.79 points. Mumbai: Asian Paints Ltd on Monday said it has acquired the remaining 49% stake in kitchen solutions provider Sleek International Pvt. In August 2013, Asian Paints had acquired 51% stake in Sleek International for around Rs120 crore. With the latest acquisition, Sleek International has become a 100% subsidiary of Asian Paints. Sleek International had a revenue of Rs157.62 crore in fiscal 2017, up 17% from the previous fiscal.

December 11, 2017 16:52 UTC

MEERUT: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ( RSS ) General Secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said on the cow protection movement is not directed against Muslims and Christians and that it is being given a communal color "unnecessarily".He said demands related to "caste, region and language cannot bring about a change in society but Hindutva can". "Confusion is being created with regard to the cow protection movement. It is not directed against Muslims and Christians. A communal colour is being given to it unnecessarily," Joshi said here. "Enacting laws is not a solutions to such problems," he said.

December 11, 2017 16:52 UTC

more-inBharatiya Janata Party leader H. Raja on Monday alleged that the Church was fomenting religious discord in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu by exploiting the tragedy caused by Cyclone Ockhi. Addressing the media here, Mr. Raja alleged that parish priests in Kanniyakumari were in the forefront of an agitation by a section of people raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “They were carrying placards suggesting tributes to the Prime Minister. Its highly condemnable and they are trying to create discord,” he said. The Navy and the Indian Coast Guard were active in rescue operations and the Defence Minister visited cyclone-affected areas, he added.

December 11, 2017 16:41 UTC

Even though BJP members were in support of the Air India privatisation, party member Shatrughan Sinha voiced his opposition to the plan. The committee, headed by Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’ Brien, convened the meeting to hear representatives of Air India employees’ unions as well as officials of various Air India subsidiaries on the proposed divestment of the airline. All the trade unions strongly opposed the decision to privatise Air India, while some members wanted to know why profitable ventures like Air India Express are being sold, he added. Senior officials of the airline’s subsidiaries — Air India Express, Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL), Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL), Alliance Air and Hotel Corporation of India were present. The cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) gave its in-principle nod for the strategic disinvestment of Air India in June this year.

December 11, 2017 16:38 UTC