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PSU disinvestment: Govt to sell stake in 3 insurers to New India Assurance

Another option being considered is to merge all the four companies, instead of the proposed three, to create an LIC-type mega insurer in the general insurance space and avoid undercutting each other.

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Green power: Renewable energy use rises, but still behind target

Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra and Telangana — which have 56% of the country's installed renewable capacity — could not fulfil the RPOs in FY19, though they all met the target

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PM Modi lays down 2024 vision during Niti Aayog meeting, says making India $5 trillion economy challenging but achievable

The Centre has been pushing states to enact a model agriculture produce marketing committee (APMC) Act to keep fruits and vegetables out of purview of the mandis, abolition of aarthia commission and p

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Air India plans expansion to fill Jet Airways void; flights to Nairobi, Hong Kong, Bali likely soon

The national carrier has already bagged unused flying rights of grounded Jet Airways to cities like Dubai, Doha and London. Air India increased frequencies on Delhi-Dubai and Mumbai-Dubai routes from

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From Twitter to hoardings – how Mumbai Police is using all tools to engage with citizens

The digitally-savvy law enforcement branch of the government of Maharashtra also joined Twitter a little over three years ago and has since been using pop culture and millennial slang to speak to the

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Profiteering? ESI contributions accumulate to Rs 84,000 crore wasteful reserve

After a long 22 years, the government on Thursday cut the mandatory contribution to the ESI medical care scheme for relatively low-wage earners to 4% from 6.5%, but this is a case of ‘too little, to

The massive reserve fund of ESI is invested in fixed income instruments News

Trade war: India to hike tariffs on US goods from Sunday

The decision comes ahead of the scheduled meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 meeting on June 28-29 in Japan.

The latest move to impose retaliatory tariffs worth $235 million comes just over a week after the US formally withdrew export incentives of roughly $190 million a year on Indian exports (Representational image) News

Mamata vs striking doctors: West Bengal crisis deepens as protest spread to other states

In West Bengal, the crisis deepened as hundreds of senior doctors of different medical colleges and hospitals submitted resignations en masse to the health department but these were not accepted.

Doctors from Kem Hospital protesting in solidarity with their counterparts in Kolkata’s NRS Medical College and Hospital, in Mumbai on Friday (Express Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar) News

Budget 2019: NBFCs seek special liquidity window, tax sops for retail investors in corporate bonds

Union Budget 2019 India: The minister met financial sector and capital market executives on Thursday morning and held another meeting with experts on infrastructure and climate change in the evening.

Union Budget 2019 India: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Budget for 2019-20 on July 5 (PTI Photo) News

Insolvency: NCLT defers hearing on Jet Airways to June 20

The NCLT will issue notices to the grounded airline and if no one appears on behalf of Jet on June 20, the tribunal may may decide to admit the insolvency pleas ex-parte.

A section of Jet pilots is also planning to drag the grounded carrier to the insolvency court over pending salaries and other dues of around 600 pilots. News

Gulf Tensions: Oil prices soar after fresh tanker attacks

Brent crude futures rose as much as 4% to $62.64; set for biggest daily rise since early January

In this photo released by IRIB News Agency, an oil tanker is seen on fire in the Sea of Oman on Thursday. Two tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked. The US Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran News

Relief for Indiabulls as plea filed in Supreme Court by shareholder withdrawn

The writ petition filed in the Supreme Court (SC) against Indiabulls Housing Finance and its group chairman Sameer Gehlaut by shareholder Abhay Yadav has been withdrawn, the company said on Thursday.

The housing finance company (HFC) had on Wednesday moved the apex court for an urgent hearing of the writ petition. News

Rising defaults: SEBI unveils wider disclosure guidelines for credit rating agencies

The CRAs will also have to comply with a uniform Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in respect of tracking and timely recognition of default.

According to sources in the rating agencies, the move will bring in more transparency in assessment of these agencies and ensure that quality of rating remains the same across the agencies. News

Spectrum Auction: DoT asks TRAI to lower reserve price

The moves comes after telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, soon after taking charge, said the government plans to conduct auctions within the current calendar year.

Under the Trai Act, the government can ask the regulator to reconsider its recommendations on any policy area barring telecom tariffs. News

Highway construction: Steady pace, but private investments still elusive

Though the PPP segment has faltered and reliance on state-funded projects risen, highway construction has steadily grown under NDA.

Highway construction: Steady pace, but private investments still elusive (Representational image) News

Farm exports: Cabinet secretary-led panel may review curbs

In December 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had approved an agriculture export policy that proposed to keep the outbound shipment of processed and organic items free of any rest

In March 2018, the commerce ministry had released the first draft farm export policy, seeking a stable trade policy regime with limited government interference for key farm items. News

Jet Airways sale: Lenders, stakeholders to meet to iron out thorny issues

The meeting also holds significance as there were speculations that the Hinduja Group, which last month said it was evaluating the Jet Airways’ opportunity, had finally exited the negotiations.

n April, the State Bank of India-led consortium of lenders had invited bids for 75% stake in Jet Airways after the airline failed to meet debt obligations. News

IL&FS-Ansal link: Mystery loss of post-dated cheques

Sources said IL&FS Trust Company, (now called Vistra ITCL after it was acquired by Vistra in 2016), was the trustee firm that kept these cheques.

Their role will now be under the scanner as regulatory agencies look at the web of IL&FS transactions. News

‘Surplus’ Capital: Jalan panel yet to iron out differences, to meet again

The ECF panel was mandated to submit its report to the RBI within 90 days of its first meeting which took place on January 8.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Budget 2019-20 in Parliament on July 5. News

IFIN former CEO didn’t disclose links with Unitech

SFIO said its investigations revealed that IFIN, as part of its lending business, extended loan facilities to external entities (other than IL&FS group firms).

One of the firms in question had business transactions with the cash-strapped Unitech, which had defaulted on a loan taken from IFIN. News

Cyclone Vayu mars monsoon progress, sparks concerns over kharif crop

The states have been asked to adhere to the local contingency plans (made for 648 districts separately) which prescribe what crops, which varieties are to be sown in a particular period, the official

Rain lashes in Gujarat Valsad ahead of Cyclone Vayu (ANI Photo) News

GST evasion: Govt plans big move to stop large-scale dodging

Once real-time reporting of transactions to a central portal starts, it will be practically difficult for the businesses concerned to reduce their tax liability by inflating the claims for input tax c

The government is concerned about the GST collections continuing to trail the targets by wide margins. News

IL&FS probe: How top executives bent rules to favour Ansals

IL&FS financial arm gave dubious loans to Ansals; chief’s family invested in Ansal firm

According to the IL&FS internal investigation report, in the financial year 2006-07, Silverglades Investments and Ansal Properties set up joint venture companies. News

Cheers! Good news for beer lovers in Noida, Uttar Pradesh

The move, while giving a boost to tourism, will also increase the excise revenues of the state as the licence fee for setting up such breweries has been hiked.

UP will now have micro-breweries on the lines of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Delhi News

Jet Airways pilots planning to move NCLT demanding dues as hopes for revival dim

Jet Airways has not paid salaries to its pilots since January. The National Aviators Guild, one of Jet’s pilots’ unions, has engaged a legal representative and may approach the tribunal soon, a pe

The grounded carrier reportedly owes over Rs 8,000 crore to lenders. News

DHFL pays Rs 963 crore interest on NCDs after rating drop

According to a filing on the exchanges, the mortgage firm said the payments had been made within the cure period of seven working days.

Market participants say that, on June 4, 2019, DHFL had interest and principal payments due to the tune of approximately Rs 1,100 crore to industry players News

Supreme Court orders immediate release of journalist arrested for social media post on Adityanath

Appearing for UP, Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee said the petitioner should have first approached the High Court for relief instead of coming straight to the Supreme Court with a peti

A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi called Kanojia’s arrest as “excessive” News
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