Army chief Bipin Rawat warns of another surgical strike if needed
Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC could be repeated, if necessary, seeking to send a stern message to Pakistan. He said cross-border infiltration will continue because camps across the Line of Control, from where terrorists are launched, are still operational, and warned that the Indian Army is ready to “receive” them and keep dispatching them to their graves. “The strike was a message we wanted to communicate to them and they have understood what we mean…that things could follow up, if required,” Rawat said.
PM Narendra Modi launches scheme for free power connection to 4 crore families
After free LPG connection to poor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday announced giving free electricity connection to over 4 crore households by December 2018. Using the occasion of birth centenary of Hindutva ideologue Deendayal Upadhaya to launch the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or Saubhagya (meaning good luck), Modi said free electricity connections will be provided to the the 4 crore out of 25 crore hosueholds which are still without electricity. The government, he said, will electrify 2,986 remaining villages by December 2017 to help take power to all households by December 2018. PM Modi had in 2015 set a target of 1,000 days for electrifying the 18,452 villages that did not have electricity connection.
Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Narendra Modi in poll-bound Guj over GST, note ban, farm policies
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over note ban, GST, farm policies and ‘Gujarat model’ of development, Rahul Gandhi yesterday voiced confidence about winning the upcoming Assembly elections, claiming there is a strong undercurrent in favour of Congress in Gujarat. Talking to journalists on arrival in Jamnagar for a road show on the first day of his three-day tour of Gujarat, Gandhi said people are regretting having voted for the BJP. “There is a strong undercurrent in favour of Congress in Gujarat. People want change and Congress will definitely come to power this time.
NSUI, ABVP stage protests against crackdown on BHU students
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged demonstrations here today against the baton-charge on students in Banaras Hindu University (BHU). The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) student wing — the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti — also organised a protest march at Delhi University’s North Campus in solidarity with the BHU students. The RSS-affiliated ABVP condemned the police action against the students and demanded constitution of a fact-finding committee, while the Congress-backed NSUI demanded an inquiry under a sitting high court judge and resignation of the BHU vice-chancellor.
Your festive season shopping may be affected this Diwali; here is the reason why
In the run-up to the goods and services tax (GST) roll-out on July 1, de-stocking saw manufacturers dish out products almost at half rate. Though shop shelves are filling up, the pace of restocking is slow enough to upset the white goods offtake this festive season. Reason enough for industry watchers to predict a paltry 4% category growth in sales compared with last year’s festive season. Owing to drying up of discounts, manufacturers are hard-pressed to slash prices this season. Besides, high metal prices are another dampener.
Should you use a credit card? Here are 5 reason why the answer is yes
Credit cards have many advantages over other modes of payments. Although undisciplined swiping of a credit card can land you in a debt trap, its smart usage has several financial benefits. Improves credit score: Credit card usage is the most cost-effective and convenient way of improving your credit score. As credit card transactions are equivalent of taking loans, repayments of credit card dues have the same affect on your credit score as other loan repayments do. Moreover, unlike other credit facilities, using credit cards do not involve interest cost as long as the bills are paid in entirety by the due date.