Some such as Havells India Ltd even refocused on India, exiting an overseas investment and acquiring local consumer durables brand Lloyd. Voltas Ltd formed a venture to launch refrigerators, washing machines, microwaves and other white goods. This is so especially for white goods which are dominated by entrenched companies and by a few large brands. Gaining market share from them can be an arduous process. IFB Industries Ltd, for instance, is yet to gain notable market share in air conditioners despite launching them several years ago.

December 13, 2017 02:03 UTC

Election Commission rules mandate that within 75 days of a state election, political parties have to declare how much they spent during the election and on what. Photo:How much money will the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress end up spending in this high-pitched Gujarat elections? In the 2012 Gujarat elections, the total reported expenses of the two parties was about five times that of 2007. The EC has limits for a candidate’s election expenditure (Rs16 lakh in assembly elections), but it does not have limits on how much a political party can spend. Between 2007 and 2012, both the BJP and Congress showed the share of “travel” in total expenditure coming down.

December 13, 2017 01:52 UTC

Retail inflation aside, the most disturbing sign is however the rise in core inflation, which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) tracks closely. The recent surge in global crude oil prices was reflected in the rise in fuel inflation. Quickening of fuel inflation means that overall retail inflation and even food prices would continue to edge up in the coming months as fuel permeates every activity of the economy. The markets had expected a sharp rise in retail inflation in November and consensus estimates had put CPI inflation around 4.45%. The central bank’s survey of professional forecasters had put retail inflation at 4.4% and core inflation at 4.5% by March.

December 13, 2017 01:52 UTC

SRINAGAR: While the French embassy in New Delhi has formally contacted the Jammu and Kashmir police a day after French businessman , who posed as freelance journalist Paul Comiti , was arrested in Srinagar for violating Visa norms. According to sources, the police produced Comiti in a Srinagar local court where the government prosecutor argued that the French man had violated visa norms as he was on a business trip to India.The court however, remanded the accused French man to police custody till December 16, an official said. "The French Embassy's Consular section head met Comiti, who is in police custody," a police source said. "The French official expressed satisfaction about the journalist's physical as well as mental condition and said proper legal course was being followed under Indian law. It is learnt, the police had also intimated the French embassy about the activities of Comiti in Kashmir.The French citizen Comiti, was under the scanner of government agencies for many days, which the police had even intimated to the French embassy in New Delhi, the police officer said.

December 13, 2017 01:41 UTC

Kausalya addressing the media in Udumalpet on Tuesda, soon after the verdict in her husband Shankar’s murder case was pronounced. That was the image of a victim who survived a mercenary attack on her and her husband Shankar, for their inter-caste marriage. Today, at 20, Kausalya stands as a feminist-caste crusader, with her understanding of caste-class-gender divides informing her quest for justice. “The whole of Monday, this young girl had been crying a lot. In their happy times, Shankar had lamented about the poor education among the Dalit boys in their colony.

December 13, 2017 01:30 UTC

The court said that officials responsible for allowing the idol would be prosecuted. | Photo Credit: Shanker Chakravartymore-in“Will prayer reach God if you pray from an illegal property,” remarked the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, expressing displeasure at the illegally constructed Hanuman idol in Karol Bagh here. A committee appointed by the High Court had revealed large-scale enchoachment on public land, including the construction of the Hanuman idol, in the area. Earlier, the court had remarked that religious structures cannot be allowed to encroach on public land for private gain and at the expense of others' rights. The court was hearing a bunch of petitions relating to illegal constructions and encroachments in Karol Bagh area of Delhi.

December 13, 2017 01:19 UTC

Nearly 20 pairs had participated in the remote Littipara block of Pakur district, some 375 km from State Capital Ranchi. According to preliminary inputs, the district administration may institute a case against the participants and organizers of the event including the JMM MLA for indecent behaviour in public place. While the ruling BJP has played a perfect moral police, demanding strong actions against the JMM MLA over this " vulgarity " and staging protests, opposition parties like RJD have refused to defend the event. Besides Simon Marandi, JMM MLA from Maheshpur Stephen Marandi, JMM Pakur district unit chief Shyam Yadav and a host of local JMM leaders attended the event. BJP farmers' wing and All Adivasi Youth and Students Union (AAYSU) on Tuesday staged demonstrations and burnt effigies of Simon Marandi .

December 13, 2017 01:18 UTC

HYDERABAD: It was the mutton soup that gave away the crime. When the paramour was served mutton soup at the hospital and he refused to eat it saying he was a vegetarian, the dead husband's family saw something amiss, as their son was non-vegetarian. Nagarkurnool police on December 10 arrested M Swati, 27, on the charge of killing her husband M Sudhakar Reddy with the help of her paramour, Rajesh, a physiotherapist. Subsequently, an 'injured Rajesh, who was pretending as Sudhakar, was shifted to Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad.Police said Sudhakar was a non-vegetarian and used to like mutton soup, while Rajesh, the paramour of Swati, is a vegetarian. When nurses at the hospital offered him mutton soup, Rajesh for better healing, refused to consume it, saying he was a vegetarian.

December 13, 2017 00:47 UTC

After former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh broke his silence on allegations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of Congress-Pak nexus in Gujarat elections, the former foreign minister of Pakistan has come out and rejected all the charges levelled against him. It's out of the question", said Khurshid Kasuri, former foreign minister of Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently at a rally on Sunday had hit out at the Congress saying that the Congress is colluding with Pakistan to impact the assembly elections in Gujarat. He may very well have been a General but after retirement everybody is a civilian", said the former Pak Foreign Minister. I only focus on Indo-Pak peace and when I released my book in India both Congress and BJP leaders had attended."

December 13, 2017 00:33 UTC

Highlights 1 As ordered by International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan will present its case today2 Pakistan claims that 'evidence' furnished in ICJ will prove 'terrorist' tag on Kulbhushan Jadhav3 Pakistan claims that it can counter India's stance 'point-by-point'Pakistan will submit its memoir in response to India's at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday around noon. Highly placed sources say that Pakistan will "reject" all "claims" made by India in front of the international court regarding "consular access" to Jadhav. Pakistan alleges that Kulbhushan Jadhav was involved in terror-related activities and hence "evidence" to back that claim will be furnished which would also include the confessions of Kulbhushan Jadhav. After Pakistan's submission, ICJ would review memoirs of both the countries and then fix the date for hearing. It was only after India approached the ICJ that a 10-member bench on May 18 2017 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

December 12, 2017 23:26 UTC

NEW DELHI: The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation ( EPFO ) advised subscribers on Tuesday against completely withdrawing funds for petty reasons, saying such a decision would cost them social security benefits that only come with continuity.People should not treat the money like a bank deposit , the retirement fund body added. "We want to convey to all our members not to be tempted to make final withdrawals from their provident fund balances unless and until it is really necessary. They should continue to live with the fund until they retire from service, that is our primary objective," V Ranganath , additional commissioner, central PF commissioner, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh , said. "...We are discouraging people withdrawing in full for petty reasons, because they are not only losing on their PF money, they are also losing out big time on security in their old age and pension," he added.

December 12, 2017 23:10 UTC

NEW DELHI: More than a year after the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur killed 148 people, investigations have established there was 'no conspiracy' behind the incident. According to highly placed sources, IIT-Kanpur, approached by the National Investigation Agency NIA ) to examine the reasons behind the derailment, has ruled out sabotage in its report.The IIT-K experts have cited defects in the train's bogies and jamming of wheels as the reasons why the train derailed on November 20 last year, said sources. Also, there is no evidence of any explosion on the tracks near Kanpur that day. This module was behind the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast in Madhya Pradesh on March 7 this year that injured 10 people. The NIA also investigated the role of Maoists in the Kanpur derailment, but evidence didn't support the theory.

December 12, 2017 23:03 UTC

NEW DELHI: Soon passenger cars used as cabs won't have the child lock system to end any misuse by drivers. The apex committee sets standards and specifications for vehicles and their parts. "Since no manufacturer knows which particular product will be registered as a cab or transport vehicle, the solution has to be at the end when the dealer dispatches the vehicle. The manufacturers have said there are ways out and passengers to disable the child locks before starting the journey.He added that there is also a need to look into whether a child lock in a car is needed at all since now almost all cars have got central locking systems. Last month, the Delhi government had directed cab owners and drivers to paste a "clearly visible" sticker on their vehicles, cautioning passengers to disable the child locks before starting the journey.

December 12, 2017 22:52 UTC

JAIPUR: With just a year to go for assembly elections in her state, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje is conducting district-wise tours, reaching out to representatives of different castes. They tell me a lot of things...I also get to have a reasonable idea of how the party is functioning. But one has to accept it; they are all with different characteristics and we have to come to terms with it. The rest followed and eventually, I wrote a letter to Smriti Irani to ensure that the sentiments of a certain caste are not hurt. Why insist on a film if it is hurting the sentiments of a particular caste?

December 12, 2017 22:43 UTC

Highlights 1 India's High Commissioner designate Ajay Bisaria crossed the Wagah border on foot2 About Indo-Pak ties he said that future should be different than the past3 He emphasized the need for 'trust building' to improve Indo-Pak tiesIndian High Commissioner designate Ajay Bisaria arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday with his wife Bharati Chaturvedi. He crossed over on foot through the Wagah border and was welcomed on the other side by the Indian Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad, J.P. Singh and other officials of the Indian High Commission. We should work towards trust building which would lead to strengthening of ties between the two countries", he told the media. To a question regarding easing of India's visa policy, Ajay Bisaria said, "We will try to make an effort to ease visa issues on humanitarian grounds. The ones who need visa on humanitarian grounds will get preference and we intend to make movement easy between the two nations."

December 12, 2017 22:41 UTC