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23 January, 2018 2:23 PM State-wide vehicle bandh today

KSRTC unions extend support to bandh The INTUC and AITUC-affiliated unions in the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) have announced support to the dawn-to-dusk vehicle bandh called by major trade unions and public carriage operators on Wednesday to protest against the spiralling petrol and diesel prices. Private stage carriers, taxis, autorickshaws 22

23 January, 2018 2:23 PM Village panchayat selected for national award

Rural local body in Ramnad is among the six chosen across State The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has selected Pudumadam, a coastal village panchayat in the district, as one of the best panchayats in the State and for the prestigious ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) – 2018’. The village panchayat in Mandapam block was one among 19

23 January, 2018 10:53 AM Gratuity up to Rs 20 lakh may become tax-free soon

The government wants to increase the limit of tax-free gratuity from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh for workers in the organised sector. Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which will make formal sector workers eligible for tax-free gratuity up to Rs 20 lakh, is likely to be introduced in the forthcoming budget session. According to a labour ministry 34

22 January, 2018 9:30 AM Kolkata: Fire breaks out in Dum Dum's Gora Bazaar, 1 guard burnt alive

Kolkata: A major fire broke out at Dum Dum here on Sunday night leaving a person dead. As many as 150 shops were also charred in the mishap. The incident took place in a marker area called Gora Bazaar. As many as 22 fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the blaze. The fire broke out ín the wee hours at around 2 o'clock and was reportedly caused due to a short 34

21 January, 2018 4:27 PM Paytm introduces business application

To help SMEs accept digital payments Digital payments platform Paytm has unveiled an application called ‘Paytm for Business’ to enable small and medium businesses to accept digital payments. The application, available on Android Play Store, would enable merchants to sign up quickly and get a Paytm QR code to start accepting digital payments, the company 25

10 January, 2018 5:20 PM Retail stocks climb after govt. nod

Retail stocks on Wednesday rose by as much as 6% following the government’s decision to relax the FDI norms in single-brand retail. Shares of Indian Terrain Fashions surged 6.66%, Future Enterprises climbed 5.11%, Provogue (India) rose by 4.93%, Monte Carlo Fashions gained 3.99% and V-Mart Retail went up by 3.68% on the BSE. Among others, Future Consumer 21

10 January, 2018 1:36 PM Dalits hold protest rally in Belagavi

Seek Anantkumar Hegde’s resignation, highlight other grievances Dalit organisations held a massive protest rally in Belagavi on Wednesday, against a host of issues, including the alleged insult of the Constitution by Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde. Activists also sought action against the accused in the rape and murder of Danamma in Vijayapura and a high-level 35

3 January, 2018 6:34 PM After police drive, motorists in Mysuru scramble to buy helmets

Hundreds of two-wheeler riders flocked to shops selling helmets adhering to the standards stipulated by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) across the city on Wednesday. The day before, the city police had seized over 15,500 substandard helmets in an elaborate drive. The police, who suspended their ‘Operation Safe Ride’ against substandard helmets on Wednesday 45

3 January, 2018 11:44 AM Mumbai: Rail services disrupted in Thane, Palghar due to Maharashtra bandh

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, a Dalit party headed by Prakash Ambedkar on Wednesday called off the Maharashtra bandh.     Mumbai: The Maharashtra shutdown called by some Dalit organisations disrupted suburban train services in Thane and Palghar. Activists jumped on the railway tracks, shouting slogans and waving flags in order to attempt a rail-blockade 40

29 December, 2017 9:33 AM "I Fell Down, People Were Running Over Me": Mumbai Pub Fire Survivor

Dr Sulbha Arora said she and her friends were just paying the dinner tab and were on their way out when they saw the fire. Dr Arora said she and her friends were just paying the dinner tab and were on their way out when they saw the fire. "It was around 12.15 am. We noticed a small fire in one corner...but within seconds, it spread so rapidly that the entire 31