New India is not a government scheme or matter of politics, says PM Modi

New India is not a government scheme, or a matter of politics, it manifests the strength of each and every Indian who will together create bhavya (prosperous) and divya (divine) Bharat,” Modi said in his monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat. Modi also said that New India was about the aspirations and desire of the people of the country. Modi said that while differences of opinion on New India were natural people can achieve the dream of New India by fulfilling their responsibilities as good citizens. Modi reiterated that the people of India should make cleanliness an integral part of their lives. India stands shoulder to shoulder with Bangladesh.

March 26, 2017 08:03 UTC

Comedian Ahsaan Qureshi condemns Sunil Grover, asks him to grow a spine

Ahsaan Qureshi, Raju Srivastava and Sunil Pal were roped in as guests for an episode after Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar and Chandan Prabhakar boycotted The Kapil Sharma Show. Ahsaan who rose to fame with The Great Indian Laughter Challenge slammed Sunil Grover and called him spineless. In an interview with indianexpress.com Ahsaan said, "But this fight can’t be taken seriously because a similar fight happened earlier too. Also read: After Sunil Grover and Chandan Prabhakar's exit, these comedians have joined Kapil's gangAhsaan Qureshi with Raju Srivastava and Sunil Pal on the set of TKSS. Ahsaan also agreed that Sunil is irreplaceable on the show and he understood this while shooting.

March 26, 2017 08:03 UTC

Harry Styles announces debut solo record

Los Angeles, Mar 26 (PTI) Singer Harry Styles has teased his new music with a mysterious video. The former One Direction star is set to debut his solo single next month, according to a 30 second-long clip which aired in the UK on March 25, reported Billboard. Styles announcement came after iHeartRadio DJ Elvis Duran revealed he had heard the single and said it would be released in April. Styles, 23, signed a solo recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label behind his former band. PTI SSN SSN

March 26, 2017 08:03 UTC

General insurance premium set to go up from April 1

The increase will be in addition to the enhanced third party motor insurance rates, which too will come into affect from April. The Irdai (Payment of Commission or Remuneration or Reward to Insurance Agents and Insurance Intermediaries) Regulations, 2016 comes into effect from April 1, 2017. The regulations, the regulator said, bring about certain revisions in commission/ remuneration rates and also introduce the reward system. However, the change in premium due to the new regulations should be “limited to +/- 5 per cent of the existing premium rates of products/add-ons”, it said. Further, insurers will have to give a certificate that there is “no detrimental change” in premium rates or any other provision of policies already sold.

March 26, 2017 08:02 UTC

ABVP activists disrupt Prashant Bhushans programme

Aligarh (UP), Mar 26 (PTI) Lawyer Prashant Bhushan had to be escorted out of a college auditorium here by police during a seminar after ABVP activists allegedly barged into the premises and disrupted the programme. The incident took place yesterday when Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists protested against Bhushan at the Dharam Samaj Degree College for allegedly trying to level false corruption charges against the Modi government, according to the organisers. The activists also objected to the presence of the AMU students union president Faizul Hasan at the seminar. Both the organisers and the ABVP have filed a complaint at the Gandhi Park Police Station. SP (city) Atul Srivastava told PTI that a case would be registered after due investigation.

March 26, 2017 07:52 UTC



Charge vehicles entering congested areas electronically: Panel

New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) A parliamentary panel has asked the Urban Development Ministry to take steps towards introducing electronic road pricing (ERP) system to automatically levy toll from vehicles entering congested areas. The recommendation comes in the wake of substantial increase in number of vehicles, leading to jams on the roads in some of the big cities. The report, placed in Parliament recently, asked the government to introduce pre-paid cards for the vehicles to deduct toll electronically when the vehicles enter the congested area. The Urban Development Ministry, however, is yet to study the recommendation of the committee, a ministry official said. Singapore, which adopted ERP in 1998, was the first country in the world to implement electronic toll collection to manage traffic.

March 26, 2017 07:52 UTC

Uttarakhand: Leopards fed chickens as beef supply runs low after crackdown in UP

Eight-year-old Ruby - a leopardess - is not getting her favourite diet of beef (buffalo meat) after the crackdown on illegal slaughter houses in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. Forest department officials are having hard time in arranging alternative diet for the felines. Minutes after receiving letter, forest department managed chicken meat for the leopards as alternate food. Being a Hindu pilgrimage centre, there are no slaughter houses or meat shops in Haridwar to ensure regular supply of meat for the leopards. According to the forest department leopard was ill and was suffering from an old wound.

March 26, 2017 07:41 UTC

Spiritual retreats boost brains feel good chemicals

Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University in the US observed about 14 participants ranging in age from 24 to 76. They attended an retreat based on the spiritual exercises developed by St Ignatius Loyola who founded the Jesuits. The post-retreat scans revealed decreases in dopamine transporter (5-8 per cent) and serotonin transporter (6.5 per cent) binding, which could make more of the neurotransmitters available to the brain. In particular, dopamine is responsible for mediating cognition, emotion and movement, while serotonin is involved in emotional regulation and mood, researchers said. "Our study showed significant changes in dopamine and serotonin transporters after the seven-day retreat, which could help prime participants for the spiritual experiences that they reported," Newberg added.

March 26, 2017 07:41 UTC

Companies should invest in upgradation of tax technology: PwC

NEW DELHI: Companies need to invest in upgrading their tax technology as authorities globally are focusing on enforcing compliance and expanding tax base, consultancy firm PwC said in a report.With other functions in an organisation evolving with technology led innovation and tax being an important component across all functions, it is crucial for tax too to be future ready, said the report titled 'Tax technology: The next wave in business transformation'. "With the global tax landscape changing dramatically and tax authorities around the world increasingly focusing on enforcing compliance and expanding the tax base, it is imperative for companies to proactively invest in their tax functions and make it more technology enabled," it said. "The time is now ripe to embrace the right technology- driven tools to significantly augment the effectiveness of tax functions as well, and create a competitive business advantage for our organisations. Once deployed, these technology tools will significantly enhance the efficiency of tax functions and add synergies to the business as a whole," PwC India Partner and Leader (Tax Technology) Rahul Garg said.The report said that implementation of tax technology can create capacity among employees and augment analysis to ease understanding. It would also improve an organisation's forecasting and scenario-planning capability, ease response to audits, and reinforce data security.

March 26, 2017 07:41 UTC

Shooting in Ohio nightclub: Shooting in Cincinnati nightclub: 1 killed, 13 wounded, says police

On scene Cameo Night Club 4601 Kellogg. We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims," said Cincinnati assistant police chief Paul Neudigate said. he added.Cincinnati police have confirmed that it is a homicide investigation but didn't say if anyone was in custody. Victims have been rushed from the Cameo Club on the east side of the city to local hospitals and fire stations, police added. Police couldn't give more details about the wounded.This incident has occurred a little under a year after a deadly shooting in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, when a terrorist killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.

March 26, 2017 07:34 UTC

China favourite Carrie Lam elected as Hong Kong’s new leader

Carrie Lam waves after she won the election for Hong Kong’s chief executive in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday. Hong Kong is semi-autonomous and has been governed under a “one country, two systems” deal since it was handed back to China by Britain in 1997. But, 20 years on, there are serious concerns Beijing is disregarding the handover agreement designed to protect Hong Kong’s way of life. Lam was widely seen as Beijing’s pick for the job throughout the race and will become Hong Kong’s first ever woman chief executive. Leading business figures including Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-shing waved to reporters as they went in to cast their votes.

March 26, 2017 07:30 UTC

PayU plans Digibank, aims $100 mn revenue by Mar'18

Financial technology firm PayU is planning to set up a Digibank service in the next 12-18 months and expects to clock revenues of USD 100 million (Rs 654 crore approx) by March 2018. "Our long-term plan is to set up Digibank which will look at easing account opening for youth and provide banking services to those who are unbanked and have no access to credit. We plan to set this bank in next 12-18 months," PayU CEO B Amrish Rau told(This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

March 26, 2017 07:30 UTC

Couple found dead on railway track in Uttar Pradesh

The bodies of a couple were found on a railway track between Ghutai and Harpalpur railway stations in Mahoba district, police said Sunday. The bodies of Aslam (24) and Aashia alias Gudia was found on the track Saturday, Deputy SP, Vinod Sinh said. He said Aslam was working as gangman in railways and was having an affair with with Gudia. Police is probing the matter. For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now

March 26, 2017 07:07 UTC

Ford India plans to hike prices by up to 2% from April

Ford India sells a range of vehicles in the country, from Figo hatchback to iconic Mustang sedan. Photo: BloombergNew Delhi: Automaker Ford India plans to increase prices of vehicles across its model range by up to 2% from April in order to partially offset rise in input costs. “Owing to input costs, Ford cars will see an increase of 1-2% from April,” a Ford India spokesperson said. Last week, Volvo Auto India announced to increase prices of vehicles across its model range by up to 2% from April. German luxury car maker BMW had also announced that it would hike prices of its vehicles in India by around 2% from next month.

March 26, 2017 07:07 UTC

Hypercity: HyperCity eyes 10% sales from international foods next year

MUMBAI: HyperCity Retail , part of the K Raheja Corp Group , plans to maintain a sustained focus on international food products as it expects the segment to account for 10 per cent of its portfolio next year, a company official said. "We are already testing the beta version. We will launch it soon, and will follow the hyper-local format," Menon said.The company said it would like to woo customers who make their monthly purchases from its store to also make top-ups. "Presently, our customers might shop here every month, or twice a month typically. They use their local kirana stores for top-ups.

March 26, 2017 07:07 UTC




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