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TTD launches mobile app Govinda for devotees

Chennai: A devotee-friendly mobile app, ‘Govinda’, was launched by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) in Tirupati on the occasion of Ugadi festival today. The app was designed and developed by software major TCS in coordination with the IT wing of the TTD, which is administering the Lord Venkateswara shrine. The app can be used by devotees for booking darshan tickets and accommodation during their pilgrimage. The TTD has named the app

Rajdhani, Shatabdi ticket prices to come down

New Delhi: Faced with many vacant seats in premium trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto, Railways is considering a revision in the flexifare system. The Railways is mulling to reserve a higher percentage of berths about 50 per cent for normal fare as compared to current system of 10 per cent of seats. This may bring down the average ticket prices in the premium trains. According to the current flexi-fare

I-T identifies 1155 firms 'used' for money laundering

Chennai: The Income Tax department has identified 1155 shell companies which were used as conduits to launder money amounting to Rs 13,300 crore during three years to March 2016. Minister of State for Finance, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, said investigations conducted by the I-T department have led to identification of number of entities which existed and operated only in form but not in substance. These entities were used as conduits for non-genuine

No relief to those who defaulted on 1st IDS instalment

New Delhi: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has refused to grant any relief to those black money declarants who failed to submit their first installment of tax and penalty under the IDS owing to personal emergencies or liquidity crunch. The policy-making body of the Income Tax department made it clear that such condonation of delay in making payments by the deadline of 30 November, 2016 RPT 2016 will be ‘discriminatory’ against those declarants of

Dhoni's Aadhaar details shared on Twitter

New Delhi: An agency which helps Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) enroll citizens for Aadhaar has over enthusiastic shared the personal details of ace cricketer M S Dhoni on social media. Union Law and Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was informed about the breach by Dhoni’s wife Sakshi on Twitter, was prompt to promise action. The agency’s Common Services Center (CSC) has posted a tweet yesterday through its handle @CSCegov saying “Ace cricketer Mahendra

Prez polls: Sena's vote could prove crucial for BJP

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena’s total vote pool of 25,893 could prove to be crucial for the BJP in the upcoming Presidential polls in July later this year. This explains Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s snub to the BJP, by asking it to come down to ‘Matoshree’ for talks to seek Sena’s support for the July Presidential elections. According to sources in the BJP, the party could be short of numbers by about 20,000 to 25,000 votes in

HC dismisses Swaraj India plea for common symbol

New Delhi: Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India’s plea for a common symbol in the upcoming MCD polls was today dismissed by the Delhi High Court. The high court dismissed the party’s plea, saying since the electronic voting machines would now carry photographs of the candidates, it would not be put to any disadvantage if there was no common symbol. As the plea was filed after several steps in the electoral process had started, it was “very late in