Under the leadership of Atalji (then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee ), a successful experiment of taking all partners along, balancing regional aspirations and awakening a new hope was done. The prime minister also referred to the role of some political parties during the freedom struggle and those formed after the Independence. He hailed Jan Sangh for espousing an ideology and thought with clarity and facing all obstacles and challenges in its path. After Independence, all movements of national interest having a nationalist and patriotic hue were led by Jan Sangh and BJP. We are proud of that.Our party is steeped in nationalism,” PM Modi said.

February 19, 2018 02:14 UTC

All 66 people flying in an Iranian commercial plane were feared dead after it crashed into mountains. Investigators searched 45 properties liked to billionaire Nirav Modi, the central figure in the alleged Rs 11,400-crore fraud at Punjab National Bank. Commercial plane crashes in southern Iran, killing 66 peopleAn Iranian commercial plane crashedin a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board, state media reported. The Enforcement Directorate, which fights financial crime, said as many as 200 shell companies linked to Modi that were used for the fraud have been detected. People strongly wish for a BJP government in Tripura,” said party leader Biplab Kumar Deb.

February 19, 2018 01:37 UTC

Asian shares ticked up on Monday, joining a global recovery for equity markets as sentiment improved gradually from a recent shakeout that stemmed from fears of creeping inflation and higher borrowing costs.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.4 per cent, having recovered more than 40 per cent of their losses from late last month to last week's low.Japan's Nikkei gained 1.2 per cent.Trading is expected to be slower than usual due to market holidays in the United States as well as Greater China and Mumbai.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 rose marginally on Friday to mark its biggest weekly increase in five years, although earlier gains evaporated after a 37-page indictment filed by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.MSCI's index of stock markets across the globe gained 4.3 per cent last week, the best weekly performance since December 2011.The rebound came after a two-week rout that wiped off more than 10 per cent of value at one point, triggered by worries a rise in US inflation may boost dollar funding costs. "The stocks ' valuation has become cheaper to levels that are on par with the assumption that long-term US bond yields will shoot up to 3.15-3.20 per cent," said Nobuhiko Kuramochi, chief strategist at Mizuho Securities.The US 10-year Treasuries yield rose to four-year high of 2.944 per cent, compared to 2.411 per cent at the end of last year.A fall in the Vix index, a gauge of expected volatilities in US stocks, also helped underpin improving sentiment.The recent sell-off is believed to have been amplified by a jump in the Vix as many players are thought to have adjusted their portfolio in line with the change in volatilities. "The latest rout was driven more by forced selling of such players as risk parity strategies and Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs). Their selling appears to be over," said Mizuho's Kuramochi.In the currency market, the dollar stabilised off its three-year lows against a basket of currencies.The euro stood at $1.2414, backing down from Friday's three-year high of $1.2556.The dollar traded at 106.31 yen, bouncing back from its 15-month low of 105.545 set on Feb 16.The US currency has been weighed down by a barrage of factors, including worries about widening US trade and budget deficits and speculation Washington might pursue a weak dollar strategy.There is also talk that foreign central banks may be reallocating their reserves out of the dollar.In commodities, US West Texas Intermediate crude started the week little changed at $61.72 per barrel.

February 19, 2018 01:30 UTC

Heated exchanges took place between independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and cops who detained him while he was on his way to protest at the Ambedkar Statue in Sarangpur on Sunday morning. The policeman responsible for this should be booked,” Mevani is heard saying in the video while sitting in his car, just before he was taken away. “Is this the way to detain an elected MLA? JK Bhatt, JCP (Crime Branch), however, defended the police personnel, and accused Mevani of misbehaviour. Bhatt added that the police would send a report about Mevani’s detention to the Assembly Speaker as Mevani was a sitting MLA.

February 19, 2018 01:07 UTC

While most of us prefer to go for the plethora of free services available on the internet, some paid options are worth every rupee. Once the free storage is full, you will need to sit down and clean up data across all services to free up space. Check out the paid plans offered by Gaana (Rs 99 per month), Saavn (Rs 99 per month), Google Play Music (Rs 99 per month), Apple music (Rs 120 per month), Hungama (Rs 99 per month) or Wynk (starting from Rs 99 per month). We recommend Amazon Prime (Rs 999 per year), Netflix (Rs 500 per month onwards) and Hotstar (Rs 199 per month). These three together will give you a taste of what to expect from subscriptionbased video services, and you can then choose any additional services you want.

February 19, 2018 01:00 UTC





WhatsApp’s entry into the digital payments space has made incumbents jittery. With close to 200 million monthly active users, the messaging app could massively disrupt the UPI-based digital payments industry, currently dominated by Paytm . Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder, Paytm, has raised concerns on the messaging app’s entry into digital payments. He has also termed WhatsApp payments a security risk, saying that lack of a login makes it akin to an ‘open ATM’. Spreading rumours is not helping Digital India,” says Amrish Rau, India head of global payments firm PayU.

February 19, 2018 00:56 UTC

His parents feel he should accumulate the savings in safe instruments such as bank deposits . Bank deposits are a safe choice, but do not provide growth in value.Arnav may be better off choosing a mix of investments to ensure ready liquidity and higher flexibility. Arnav should take a wealth pyramid approach while building his portfolio. He should begin with bank deposits, term plans and short-term debt investments. He should then look at equity funds, preferably diversified equity funds, with a longer horizon in mind.

February 19, 2018 00:56 UTC

There is an uncanny similarity between the stock market and the real estate market today. Similarly, though the broader real estate market is flat, action is happening at the micro level. “Rental yield can be a good yardstick for residential real estate. What is most noteworthy is the way Chembur is changing from an industrial hub to a prime residential real estate spot. Delhi’s residential real estate market continued its weak performance even during the past year, and only two micro markets reported price growth.

February 19, 2018 00:56 UTC

The Sensex had been on a steady high last year, but took a hit of nearly Rs 5 lakh crore after 1 February, due to LTCG tax, global market volatility and bond sell-off, especially the US.Despite the steep fall, it has risen back.2017: 28,3292018: 34,008Change: 20% (rise)2017:8,778.42018: 10,454.9Change: 19% (rise)The steady market and rising Sensex brought in retail investors in droves last year with the number of mutual fund folios growing by 95 lakh till November last year. It is likely to go up further till the end of FY2017-18, which is why the RBI has revised its forecast to 5.1 for the March quarter.2017: 3.65%2018: 5.07%Change: 142 basis points (rise)The faltering dollar index, against six major global currencies, helped strengthen the rupee. Rupee rose on the sustained selling of dollar by exporters and banks and rising domestic equity markets. The interest rates have been falling for the past two-and-a-half years and are likely to remain soft in the future as well.2017: 7.25%2018: 7.08%Change: 17 basis points (fall)Silver suffered a marginal fall last year but is expected to benefi t from the strengthening gold prices this year. However, the ride is likely to remain volatile.2017: Rs 42,1512018: Rs 40,752Change: 3.3% (fall)

February 19, 2018 00:56 UTC

Delhi, this week alone witnessed two cases of snatching in which a snatcher tore off a woman’s ear lobes while pulling out her gold earrings in west Delhi. Residents in the area feel lack of proper policing has resulted in the rise in such petty crimes. Statistics say that till November 30, last year, 7,870 snatching cases were reported, 24 a day on average. Every second day we hear cases of snatching in our locality and the police has still not able to catch hold of the accused. We are planning to start some sessions on self-defence for all the women residents in Noida.

February 19, 2018 00:56 UTC

Tension prevailed in several parts of the state on Sunday, as protesters blocked roads and took out rallies in protest of the government’s failure to prevent Dalit activist Bhanu Vankar’s self-immolation. A large number of Dalits took out a rally in Unjha town of Mehsana and chanted slogans criticising the state government. Police said that some protesters were detained while they tried to block roads in State Capital Gandhinagar. Similar protests were also seen in Patan, while Dalits met in large numbers in Rajkot and condemned the incident. Outside the civil hospital in Ahmedabad, protesters demandes the release MLA Jignesh Mevani, who was detained in the morning.

February 19, 2018 00:56 UTC

Over 1,000 schools under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation may adopt a national accreditation framework to ensure checks on security, quality of education and infrastructural development. During the committee meeting held on Thursday, Sainath Durge, a member of the BMC's education committee, suggested that schools under the civic body should take help from the National Accredition Board for Education and Training (NABET) to audit its schools in regular intervals. The move is aimed at improving the education standards of BMC schools. Having an accredition framework would be extremely useful to evaluate ones performance and do the right things to improve it " added Durge. Some of the things that are tested in accredition process include infrastructure, student teacher ratio, safety measures, school performance etc.

February 19, 2018 00:56 UTC

They agree that it does not have built-in safeguards if default is not wilful. However, they agree that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are critical for the economy and steps to safeguard their interests are necessary. They often claim they are willing to repay loans but there are no cases of loans being repaid,” he said. On the contrary small borrowers are more diligent in repaying loans. “It is in the interest of all that borrowers are able to repay loans.

February 19, 2018 00:48 UTC

As the curtains came down in a tightly-fought elections in Tripura, amidst beefed up security, the voter turnout stood at 78%, which was down by over 13% from the last Assembly elections in 2013. People were still standing in booths after the deadline, and it is likely that the voting percentage could go up till 85%. Elections in one seat, in Charilam constituency, had to be postponed after the CPM candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma passed away. Congress working president Pradyot Debbarman said that if the EC had done its job well, things could have been smoother. BJP's Sunil Deodhar said the long queues in poll booths led to the party making requests to the EC to allow people to vote till late.

February 19, 2018 00:45 UTC

Interests of genuine businessmen who are unable to repay loans due to circumstantial reasons should be protected while trying to curb bad loans, said local representatives of industries. They suggested that small businesses should not fall victim to collateral damage, for which large industries are responsible. RBI has prepared a detailed roadmap on how to recover bad loans. This will give small businesses enough room to repay loans,” said Atul Kapasi, president of Gujarat State Small Industries Federation. Players say large businesses own most of the bad loans.

February 19, 2018 00:33 UTC