Govt wants Apple to consider new policy for local mfg

New Delhi: The government wants iPhone maker Apple to consider a new manufacturing scheme offering duty benefits to set up its plants in the country. “Apple had asked for a set of concessions. For a period of 15 years all the components that Apple imports, they want them to be free of duty. We have a phased manufacturing programme (PMP) because we want more and more value addition to come

Kerala govt did everything it could in Soumya case: Minister

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government said it had done everything it could to get justice for the family of 23-year-old Soumiya who was raped and killed in 2011. Law Minister A K Balan told mediapersons that the government had done whatever it could in the sensational case and there was nothing more it could do. The Supreme Court had dismissed a curative petition filed by the government challenging the dropping of murder charge against convict Govindachamy in the sensational Soumya rape

Independent Lok Pal required to check corruption: Bedi

Puducherry: Lt Governor Kiran Bedi pitched for setting up an independent Lok Pal at the Centre to check corruption in Union Territories like Puducherry or other UTs as these areas do not have independent vigilance officers. Establishing it would act as a big deterrent to curb corruption and nepotism in Union Territories such as Puducherry or other UTs, as people would be able to approach Lok Pal directly with their complaints,

Modify mandatory helmet rule, says AIADMK

Puducherry: Opposition AIADMK demanded that the government modify the rule on mandatory wearing of helmets by two wheeler riders in the union territory. Talking to reporters here, legislature wing leader of AIADMK (Amma) A Anbalagan, said helmet wearing had been made mandatory from 1 May. He said the government should not insist on wearing of helmets by two-wheeler riders riding within town limits. “Helmet wearing should be compulsory only for

CPI(M) rejects demand for minister's resignation

Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI(M), lead partner in the ruling LDF in Kerala, rejected demands of the Congress-led UDF and the Opposition BJP for resignation of Power Minister M M Mani for his alleged insulting remarks against women. Talking to reporters after the two-day CPI(M) State committee meeting, party State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the demand was a ‘political slogan’ and that the CPI(M) did not view the issue as a matter

Australia shares knowledge for Indian smart cities

Chennai: Asserting that the implementation of the Centres’s Smart City Mission is certainly changing the way city governments are addressing issues of urban planning and execution, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the objective was to raise standards of livability and urban sustainability in these areas. He was attending a knowledge sharing workshop on ‘Smart Cities and Informed Urbanisation’ here, organised by NITI Aayog and University of New

Artificial Intelligence NIA comes form Infosys

New Delhi: IT major Infosys has launched its new artificial intelligence platform Nia, which can help businesses forecast revenues, understand customer behaviour as well as deep dive into content of contracts and deal with compliance and fraud. The new platform builds on Mana, the first AI platform introduced by Infosys last year. “Infosys Nia converges the big data/analytics, machine learning, knowledge management, and cognitive automation capabilities of Mana,” Infosys said

Strong India-China partnership is important, says IMF

Washington: Asserting that a strong India-China partnership is important for the world, the International Monetary Fund has said that maintaining openness to trade is very important, especially for Asia. “Global cooperation and pursuing the right policies can help achieve strong, sustained, balanced, and inclusive growth. India and China are currently responsible for half of global growth, so a strong economic partnership between these two large economies is very important –

No young women worshipped in Sabarimala: Report

Thiruvananthapuram: An official probe into the recent allegation about some young women entering the famous Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala has found that no devotee in the banned age group offered worship there. The probe was ordered by Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran after circulation of photographs in the social media purportedly showing women in the banned age group at the hill shrine. In its report submitted to the government, the Devaswom Vigilance Department has stated that no

Villagers lock up relocated liquor shop in Puducherry

Puducherry: A large group of residents locked up a liquor shop in Ramanthapuram village near here in protest against its relocation from a highway. Protesters urged the territorial government to take steps to shut the shop, which was shifted to the village, following implementation of the Supreme Court order to close liquor outlets and bars situated along the highways. They contended that the shop would be a hindrance and nuisance to the public, especially the devotees visiting

Govt to decide on changing fiscal year to Jan-Dec

New Delhi: Government is deliberating on a possible change in financial year to January-December from April-March at present and a decision would be taken after a ‘cost-benefit’ analysis, a top finance ministry official said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in the NITI Aayog Governing Council meet earlier in the week urged the States to take initiative to shift to a new fiscal year. A top finance ministry official said that