India eyes all-electric car fleet by 2030, says Piyush Goyal

Goyal is of the view that initially the government can handhold the electric vehicle industry for 2-3 years to help it stabilise. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/MintNew Delhi: India is looking at having an all-electric car fleet by 2030 with an express objective of lowering the fuel import bill and running cost of vehicles. “We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way. We are going to make electric vehicles self- sufficient like Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA). Goyal is of the view that initially the government can handhold the electric vehicle industry for 2-3 years to help it stabilise.

April 30, 2017 05:48 UTC

Turkish President Erdogan to visit India today, will meet PM Modi on Monday

Highlights 1 Turkish President Erdogan's two-day India visit from Today. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit India today. The president is expected to meet prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday. President Erdogan will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday on key bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. With inputs from PTIAlso read:IB demands highest security cover for Turkish President Erdogan's India visit in wake of ISIS threatWATCH | Turkey terror attack: Gunman openfires in Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve, kills 35

April 30, 2017 04:41 UTC

Outsource govt services, bring in private sector talent: Niti Aayog

New Delhi: Policy think-tank Niti Aayog has suggested outsourcing of public services to private hands in order to reduce dependence on the government administrative machinery. In its draft report on a three-year action agenda made public recently, the Niti Aayog has set a target of full- digitisation of governance-related works by the end of 2018- 19. The Niti Aayog said the dependence on the government administrative machinery for the delivery of services needs to be reduced wherever possible. “The NITI Aayog performs many tasks requiring specialised knowledge and skills. Therefore, it has recently proposed changes to its rules of recruitment, which if approved would open the door to lateral entry.

April 30, 2017 04:30 UTC

Govt keen to push ahead with more PSB consolidation

The finance ministry, according to an official, “will soon undertake a broad study on further consolidation and look at various options for merger among the remaining 21 public sector banks”. “As many have pointed out, it is not clear that we need so many public sector banks. State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Travancore (SBT), besides BMB, were merged with SBI. SBI first merged State Bank of Saurashtra with itself in 2008. Two years later, State Bank of Indore was merged with it.

April 30, 2017 04:30 UTC

AAP govt asks schools to install air purifiers

NEW DELHI: Concerned over the quality of air in the national capital, the Aam Aadmi Party government has directed city schools to install air purifiers so as to ensure students don't face health hazards due to air pollution.The Director of Education (DoE) has also asked schools to create awareness among students about adverse impact of indiscriminate burning of firecrackers on public health. "The ambient air quality of Delhi needs to be improved. In view of the gravity of harm to human health due to inferior ambient air quality, schools should take action to install air filters as per need," a communication sent to schools on Friday reads.It also asks schools to take "proper steps" to educate students on the need for improvement of air quality. "The cooperation of the young generation should be encouraged through co-curricular activities," it adds.The DoE communication further asks schools to create awareness about the disadvantage and adverse impact "on public health of indiscriminate burning of crackers on different festive occasions".The schools have been asked to submit a compliance report within 15 days.The Delhi government had last year announced a three-tier air treatment system which includes setting up of wind purification units, mist fountains and virtual chimney at five major traffic intersections on trial basis to deal with rising air pollution level.

April 30, 2017 04:18 UTC

GST implementation: Top-level vacancies in CBEC

CBEC and its officials are the key stakeholders in implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, which will be rolled out from 1 July. Photo: MintNew Delhi: The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the apex policy-making body on indirect taxes, has only two members against the sanctioned strength of six. At present, senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, Vanaja N Sarna, is CBEC chairperson. There are only two members in the board—Ananya Ray and S Ramesh— leaving four vacancies, a senior finance ministry official said. The board and its officials are the key stakeholders in implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which will be rolled out from 1 July.

April 30, 2017 04:18 UTC

China’s manufacturing expands at slower pace in April

An acceleration in China’s GDP growth in the first three months of 2017 as well as a rebound in retail spending and robust trade data have eased concerns about the strength of China’s economy following last year’s slowdown. Photo: ReutersBeijing: China’s factory activity continued to expand in April, albeit at a slower-than-expected pace, official data showed Sunday, adding to signs of stabilisation in the world’s second largest economy. A figure above 50 indicates growth in the sector, which is a key driver of the Chinese economy, while anything below points to contraction. Zhao pointed to increased production of consumer goods and improvements in small business activity as good indicators for the economy. An acceleration in China’s GDP growth in the first three months of 2017 as well as a rebound in retail spending and robust trade data have eased concerns about the strength of the Asian giant’s economy following last year’s slowdown.

April 30, 2017 04:07 UTC

CBSE to hold Central Teacher Eligibility Test only once a year

CBSE had recently proposed doing away with the practice of conducting the National Eligibility Test, for recruitment of assistant professors, twice a year. File photo: Hindustan timesNew Delhi: The appointment eligibility examination for class I-VIII teachers or Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET ) will be held just once a year instead of the current practice of conducting it twice. The Board had recently proposed doing away with the practice of conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET), for recruitment of assistant professors, twice a year. At present, the exam is conducted twice every year— February and September—and approximately nine lakh applicants appear for it annually. “The proposal of conducting NET once is in a very nascent stage.

April 30, 2017 04:07 UTC

Is Baahubali 2 the tonic Indian film industry needed?

The Indian film industry has been in a state of distress for some years. In these trying times for the Indian film industry, Rajamouli has achieved something that’s as unbelievable as it is admirable. The only comparable Indian film in the offing is another south Indian venture, 2.0, director Shankar’s sci-fi sequel to Robot featuring superstars Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar. It has, however, laid bare the restive potential of the box office as well as the myopia of dependence on stars. As its existential crisis deepens, the Indian film industry needs to take that direction, now more than ever.

April 30, 2017 03:45 UTC

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath's veiled attack on gau rakshaks: Violators of law will not be spared

Highlights 1 UP CM Yogi Adityanath warned gau rakshaks and anti-Romeo squad against violating law. 2 He added that no farmer in Uttar Pradesh will be compelled to commit suicide. On his second visit to Gorakhpur after assuming charge as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath warned law-breakers of strict action if they took law into their hands. We will not compromise with law and order and those who violate law won't be spared", warned Yogi Adityanath. Talking about his month-old government's achievements, he said that Uttar Pradesh will be getting 24 hours of electricity and potholes free roads soon.

April 30, 2017 03:24 UTC

Jamie Vardy makes Leicester City safe with 1-0 win vs West Bromwich Albion

David Moyes’s sorry Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League after a 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Allied to Hull City’s 0-0 draw at Southampton, the result left Sunderland 13 points adrift of safety with only 12 points to play for this season. “I’m really disappointed,” said Sunderland manager Moyes. Hull’s draw at Southampton left Marco Silva’s side three points clear of danger, ahead of third-bottom Swansea City’s trip to Manchester United on Sunday. “It’s been a tough challenge winning away from home in the Premier League,” said Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

April 30, 2017 03:11 UTC

Spotlight on play for runaway kids

In fact, no other play from North Andhra had bagged a golden Nandi this year, in any of the five categories. The journalist’s nose for news spurred him to think that it could be an excellent theme for a stage play. These kids can be the torch-bearers to save the future of stage plays. This apart, acting in stage plays helps the children overcome their stage fear, improves concentration and their grasping power apart from overall personality development. Born at Chodavaram in Visakhapatnam district, Mr. Srinivasa Rao penned around 30 short stories, a few novels, poems and four stage plays, so far.

April 30, 2017 02:48 UTC

Water crisis forces Imitation Jewellery Park to down shutters

Fine craft: An artisan working on an ornament at the Imitation Jewellery Park near Machilipatnam . | Photo Credit: T_ APPALA NAIDUmore-inThe Machilipatnam Imitation Jewellery Park (IJP), which indirectly exports its products to five Asian countries, is in the throes of water crisis, a prime source required to run the industry. Ironically, an effort to harvest rainwater also did not yield any result, leaving the production units in a quandary. No takersThough production units were allocated to 236 individuals, a majority of them were reluctant to begin the production, owing to lack of water. Nearly 25 units have downed the shutters in the park and returned to Machilipatnam, citing non-availability of water,” added Mr. Subba Rao.

April 30, 2017 02:48 UTC

India-Nepal relationship is back on track

This is significant because Bhandari’s visit to India was cancelled in 2016 due to India’s differences with Nepal’s former Prime Minister, KP Sharma Oli. During Bhandari’s meetings with Indian leaders, she reiterated Nepal’s commitment to further strengthen the age-old friendly ties between the two countries in diverse sectors. He even conceded that it was his political inexperience that prevented him from developing close ties with India during his earlier tenure. Subsequently, he hosted President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit in November, imparting a new momentum to the relationship. This will improve people-to-people contact, accelerate Nepal’s economy, and also help India check China’s growing presence in Nepal.

April 30, 2017 02:37 UTC

Man promises job offer, then rapes minor girl

A 27-year-old man was arrested for kidnapping and raping a 19-year- old girl on the pretext of finding her a job. According to the police, Leetu Mitra befriended the girl on a train from Bengal to Delhi in January 2013. When the two deboarded the train, the accused asked her to accompany him to his house. She met a man from an NGO and narrated her ordeal, following which he informed the police. A team of police officers launched a manhunt and nabbed Mitra on Friday evening while he was roaming in the area.

April 30, 2017 02:37 UTC

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