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Kasturirangan to head education policy panel

New Delhi: The HRD ministry has appointed a new nine-member panel, headed by space scientist Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, to work on a New Education Policy (NEP), sources said. The Prakash Javadekar-led HRD ministry has chosen experts and educationists from wide-ranging backgrounds to be part of the panel that is expected to recast India’s education policy. Besides Kasturirangan, who headed India’s space agency ISRO, the panel includes former IAS officer K J

Indrani among 200 booked for rioting in jail

Mumbai: Nearly 200 Byculla Jail inmates, including Indrani Mukerjee, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, have been booked for rioting and other offences following the death of a woman convict. Manju Govind Shette (45), a convict, died at the government-run J J Hospital on Friday night after allegedly being beaten up by a woman prison official. Subsequently, six jail staffers were placed under suspension and yesterday police

Prez poll: Kovind files papers in Modi's presence

New Delhi / Chennai: The NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind today filed his nomination papers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Besides the NDA’s constituents, which comprise over 48.6 per cent of votes in the electoral college that will elect the next president, regional parties such as the AIADMK, BJD, TRS and JD(U) have announced their support to the Dalit leader, making his win a foregone conclusion.

Case filed against Infosys in US by top ex-staff

Bengaluru: A former head of immigration at IT major Infosys in the US has filed a lawsuit against the company, accusing it of “discrimination” against non-South Asian employees, and demanded a trial by jury. The lawsuit filed by Erin Green, before a US district Court in the Eastern District of Texas on June 19, names two senior company officials, Head of Global Immigration Vasudeva Nayak and Executive Vice President and

Wildlife articles seized from bizman's house

Kochi: Wildlife articles including ivory, deer horn and sandalwood have been seized during a raid at a businessman’s house in the city, forest officials said here. The raid was conducted by a team of officials from forest squad and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau last night. In their joint operation, they also found around 50 Indian made foreign liquor bottles from the house. It was handed over to State Excise Department,

Telangana seeks GST exemption in main programmes

Hyderabad: The Telangana government said it has sought GST exemption to some of its flagship programmes such as Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha. Mission Bhagiratha is drinking water scheme while, Mission Kakatiya is scheme for revival of tanks. Telangana IT minister K T Rama Rao met Finance minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi and also requested the Centre to exempt GST to beedi and small and medium granite industries, an

13,685 villages got electricity till now, says REC

New Delhi: State-run Rural Electrification Corp said as many as 13,685 villages have been electrified till 20 June 2017. The Rural Electrification Corp is the nodal agency for Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), which is an integrated scheme covering all aspects of rural power distribution viz. feeder segregation, system strengthening and metering. The scheme is aimed at transforming the lifestyle of villagers and bringing in overall socio-economic development in

GM India dealers meet to get compensation

New Delhi: Dealers of General Motors in India have decided to meet later this week to decide on the future course of action, including taking the legal route, against the American automaker over measly compensation. A majority of 96 dealers, which operate around 140 showrooms across India, are unhappy with the company’s offer of just around 12 per cent of total investments they have made as compensation. “Some of the

Software industry vets launch GST solutions

Bengaluru: Backed with seed funding of USD one million, software industry veterans today launched GSTSTAR, a new age solution for GST regime. GSTSTAR is a comprehensive GST solution catering to GST needs of businesses, professionals and large organisations. Based out of Bengaluru and founded by Infosys veterans Shailesh Agrawal and Balaji G S Rao, GSTSTAR offers products and services for GST compliance and will help businesses transition to GST era

'RBI to supply Rs 25 cr to meet currency demand'

Hyderabad: Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya said that the Reserve Bank will ensure supply of another Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 25,000 crore in the next two to three months to meet the currency demand of Telangana. Banks in Telangana had received currency deposits of around Rs 70,000 crore during demonetisation period, while the Reserve Bank supplied new currency worth Rs 55,000 crore. In next

Complaint against Siddaramaiah for illegal ads

Bengaluru:A complaint was today filed with the Lokayukta against the Siddaramaiah government for using bus shelters for advertising its schemes without permission and not paying the advertisement fee to the city’s civic body. The complainant, BJP corporator N R Ramesh, alleged that the government has not paid the advertisement fee amounting to Rs 68.15 crore for the last two years. Complaint has also been filed against the chief minister for