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  • BMC Elections 2017: Aamir Khan Ad On Mumbai Civic Polls Promoted BJP, Allege Shiv Sena, Congress
    A full-page advertisement featuring Bollywood star Aamir Khan in major newspapers on Tuesday has sparked a row, with parties like the Shiv Sena and the Congress alleging that it violated the election code of conduct and seemed to promote the ruling BJP in Mumbai's mega civic election. The ad was issued by an NGO, Mumbai First, urging the city to vote and talked about potholes and garbage while saying - "vote kar ya crib kar (you can either vote or crib)."
  • Tax Officials To Go Easy On Deposits Up To Rs 5 Lakh By Those Above The Age Of 70
    The tax department will not carry out any further verification for cash deposits up to Rs 5 lakh made by people above 70 years of age post note ban, but the limit has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh for other individuals. "There is absolutely no cause for panic. We are not going after everyone who deposited their holding of the demonetised currency in bank accounts between November 8 and December 30, 2016. Very clear thresholds have been set for tax department to take up deposits for verification. I repeat, it is for verification and not scrutiny or assessment," a senior Finance Ministry official said, according to news agency PTI.
  • Cabinet Nod For Doubling Capacity Of Solar Parks To 40,000 MW
    In a major push for solar power development in the country, a cabinet panel on Wednesday approved increasing the capacity of solar parks and projects from 20,000 MW to 40,000 MW.
  • No Offence, Shobhaa De Tells Mumbai Police, But Also Offers Advice
    A day after Shobhaa De, columnist and author, came under heavy criticism for tweeting an image of an overweight man in uniform and mocked Mumbai police's "heavy" arrangements on the day of the BMC polls, she offered advice to the cop in picture, "consult a dietician".
  • What Facts? 'Public Opinion Counts,' Says BJP's Yogi Adityanath
    Yogi Adityanath, BJP lawmaker and star campaigner in Uttar Pradesh, today offered his own, fact-free interpretation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments on Sunday alleging religious discrimination by the state's Samajwadi Party government.
  • 'Project Sangam' To Skill, Employ People In India: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
    In a major push for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Skill India' mission, Microsoft's Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday launched "Project Sangam" to help the government not only train but also assist people get jobs via professional networking website LinkedIn that was acquired by the company last year.
  • DMK's MK Stalin On Hunger Strike Over Tamil Nadu Speaker's Trust Vote Decision
    Tamil Nadu's DMK party under the leadership of Working President MK Stalin is holding a day-long hunger strike against the events that unfolded in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on February 18, when Chief Minister E Palaniswami had to prove his majority in the House.
  • Microsoft Launches 'Made For India' Skype Lite App
    Microsoft on Wednesday launched Skype Lite, an exclusive "Made for India" app to provide seamless experience in messaging, audio and video calling even at lower bandwidths.
  • Bigamy. The Other Big Challenge For Jammu and Kashmir Police
    As it fights terrorism and violent street protests, the Jammu and Kashmir police is confronting a different problem - bigamy in its ranks.
  • No Rs 1,000 Comeback Yet. Don't Overdraw From ATMs, Urges Top Bureaucrat Shaktikanta Das
    The government has no plans to introduce 1,000-rupee notes - abolished last year - but is focusing on ramping up production of 500-rupee and other lower denomination notes, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das tweeted today, scotching rumours that currency printing presses had started printing a new version of the Rs 1,000 note.
  • Ganga Cleaning: Panel Set Up To Probe UP Project Submits Report To NGT
    A committee set up by the National Green Tribunal to inspect the status of two sewage treatment plants (STP) in Garhmukteshwar in western Uttar Pradesh, today submitted its report to the green panel.
  • After Drastic Decrease In Indian Students, UK Confirms 'No Cap On Visas'
    United Kingdom has said that there is no cap on visa for Indian students and they are free to access world-class education in top notch UK universities. British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith said that the United Kingdom had announced 600 scholarships for Indian students aspiring to study in the UK.
  • Government Plans Push For Large-Scale Adoption Of Electric Vehicles In India
    The government's top brass, led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, will brainstorm on Thursday on how best it can push large-scale adoption of electric vehicles in the country, ahead of the roll-out of FAME India - the national mission on electric mobility. At the meeting scheduled for February 23, Power, Coal, Mines and New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal will make a presentation explaining the various aspects related to increased use of electric vehicles like rise in power consumption, impact on the environment and how economies of scale can make it viable for India, sources told news agency PTI.
  • Passengers To Grade Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi Trains On Cleanliness, Hygiene
    Passengers will now be involved in judging the cleanliness level of popular trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto as well as major stations across the country. Focusing on cleanliness and hygiene on its premises, which has been an area of concern, the Railways will undertake a detailed survey and audit of 407 busy stations and about 200 trains soon. A passenger can send photos related to the cleanliness in trains and stations to a central control room to be set up soon, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the cleanliness drive.
  • Green Panel Pulls Up Volkswagen Over Recall Of Over 3 Lakh Cars In India
    The National Green Tribunal has directed German auto major Volkswagen, embroiled in an emission scandal, to submit a road map with regard to recall of over 3.23 lakh vehicles in the country. Volkswagen India had in December 2015 announced recall of 3,23,700 lakh vehicles to fix the emission software after Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) conducted tests on some models and found "on road" emissions from its cars were 1.1 times to 2.6 times higher than applicable BS-IV norms. The automobile giant had admitted use of "defeat device" in 11 million diesel engine cars sold in the US, Europe and other global markets that allowed manipulation of emissions tests by changing the performance of vehicles to improve results.

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