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Govt working towards making entire system innovation-friendly to create 'new India': Modi
AHMEDABAD, Jan 17 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that his government is making efforts to create systems that are innovation-friendly. Speaking after he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated to the nation a centre for entrepreneurship and technology in Deo Dholera village near Ahmedabad, he said that the motive to establish the iCreate centre was to provide maximum benefit to the Indian youths from Israel's experience and their startup environment. Called the International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology, a public-private partnership (PPP) venture, iCreate was set up to nurture entrepreneurs by providing them funds, space, mentors and other facilities. "When I went to Israel last year, I made up my mind that this foundation shoul...
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No subsidy on Haj from this year, confirms Modi government
NEW DELHI, Jan 16 (Agencies): Muslim pilgrims will no longer be given subsidy for Haj from 2018. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the "Subsidy on Haj is over from this year. The minister added that 1.75 lakh Muslims, highest ever number, will go on Haj this year. He also said that the removal of the subsidy would not affect the cost of the travel for Haj. He further added that the money saved will be used for the education of minorities, particularly girls. "Haj subsidy funds will be used for educational empowerment of girls and women of minority community," Naqvi said. The Ministry of Minority Affairs had in 2017, constituted a committee to review the Haj policy and suggest a framework for a new Haj policy for 2018-22. Naqvi had then said: "A constitutional be...
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CJI continues Constitution Bench without 4 senior rebel judges
NEW DELHI, Jan 16 (Agencies): Four days after four rebel Supreme Court judges publicly questioned the Chief Justice of India of assigning cases of importance to select benches, a five-judge bench was announced on Monday which continued to include judges of lower seniority. Despite the grave accusations, CJI Misra did not include the four senior-most justices – Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph. The five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by CJI Misra, consists of Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. The bench will commence the hearing on a range of crucial matters from Wednesday, January 17. It will listen to top cases including the validity of the Aadhaar Act, 2013 judgement re-criminalising gay sex between consenting ad...
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Airtel, Amazon join hands to offer one year of Amazon Prime membership
JAMMU, Jan 15: Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s largest telecommunications services provider, and Amazon India (“Amazon”) have come together to ring in an entertaining and exciting new year for customers. Under a first of its kind offer in India, new and existing Airtel Postpaid customers with an Infinity plan of Rs.499 or above will get a one year Amazon Prime membership, worth Rs.999 and includes unlimited access to Amazon Prime Video, as part of their plan benefits (at no additional cost). “We are thrilled to come together with Airtel to make Amazon Prime benefits directly available to more customers,” said Akshay Sahi, Director and Head of Amazon Prime India. “This move enables seamless access to Amazon Prime for Airtel Postpaid customers, providing a world of new video streaming...
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Jio hosts Indian Digital Open Summit
JAMMU, Jan 15: Reliance Jio is hosting the India Digital Open Summit 2018, an Open Source Networking (OSN) Day being organised in partnership with the Linux Foundation and supported by Cisco Systems. The January 19th, 2018 event marks the inaugural India Digital Open Summit, a meeting of the top technologists, academia, startups, and industry leaders focused on how open source networking systems and platforms would transform and foster innovation and leadership across the entire digital ecosystem. Open source is being embraced by leading organisations globally, not only due to its cost advantage, but to leverage the development advantages open source communities offer. By its very essence, open source fuels enterprising organizations, because unlike proprietary systems, it enables great...
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Smugglers milk Rohingya crisis Rs 25k per person to cross border, with family discount
KOLKATA, Jan 15 (Agencies): In West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, several Rohingya refugees sit in makeshift tin structures, awaiting basic facilities. "Mamata government has promised to help," says a Rohingya Muslim man, who's been living in India for a while now. Most of these refugees reached the state after crossing India-Bangladesh border illegally, paying massive sums to escape atrocities bellowed out to the stateless community. In an effort to expose the large network operating around the India-Bangladesh border that helps Rohingyas cross over into India, Zee News team reached a certain refugee camp in South 24 Parganas district. The Rohingya refugees explained how cattle smugglers are acting as agents to help cross over to Malda district, in exchange for few thousand...
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Google Doodle salutes writer-activist Mahasweta Devi on her 92nd birthday
NEW DELHI, Jan 14 (Agencies): Search engine Google on Sunday celebrated the 92nd birth anniversary of notable writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi. Born on January 14, 1926, in Bangladesh's Dhaka, Devi made a mark for herself as a social activist by crusading for the rights of the tribals, especially in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. A writer of eminence, Mahasweta Devi was bestowed with Ramon Magsaysay award. Regarded among South Asia's most decorated authors, she was also honoured with Padmashri and Padma Vibhushan. Following a prolonged illness, the Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi awardee breathed her last on July 28, 2016, in Kolkata. Devi, whose writings brought in focus the marginalised communities of the country and served as the voice of the oppressed, had in her la...
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Friend' Benjamin Netanyahu's India visit 'special and historic': PM
NEW DELHI, Jan 14 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday broke protocol to personally receive his 'friend' and Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu with a warm hug as he arrived here to begin a 'special and historic' six-day visit to India. During his stay in India, the visiting Israeli PM will also go to Mumbai and Gujarat. As Netanyahu and his wife Sara stepped on the red carpet, a smiling Modi embraced the Israeli leader and then shook hands with the couple. "Very much appreciate the gesture," the Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying. Before embarking on the flight, Netanyahu had said, "We are strengthening the relationship between Israel and this important world power. This helps us with security, the economy, trade, tourism and many other aspects.'' "It is a ve...
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ED found nothing, so took few documents to justify themselves: P. Chidambaram
NEW DELHI, Jan 13 (Agencies): Congress leader and former finance minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials found nothing during the raid at his son's Karti Chidambaram's residence, therefore, took away a few documents to justify themselves. Chidambaram said the ED has "no jurisdiction" to conduct such searches under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). "They (ED officials) searched and found nothing but since they had to justify themselves they took papers of a statement made by the government in the Parliament, a few years back. The ED has no jurisdiction to investigate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)," Chidambaram told the media here. He also said that there is no FIR concerning a scheduled crime by the Cent...
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We are the govt, not Navy & Defence: Gadkari
NEW DELHI, Jan 11 (Agencies): Union minister Nitin Gadkari today said "not an inch" of land would be given for Navy housing in south Mumbai, wondering why all their personnel here want to stay in this posh area when they should be at Pakistan border. Gadkari, who is the minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, made the remark while voicing his disappointment at the Navy's objection to a floating jetty plan at Malabar Hill in south Mumbai, where a floating hotel and seaplane service are planned. The remark was made at a public event in Mumbai in the presence of Western Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Girish Luthra. "Actually, Navy is needed at the borders from where terrorists sneak in. Why does everyone (in the Navy) want to stay in South Mumbai? They (N...
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