The WhatsApp forward was dramatic, with images of cash-filled boxes and an underground tunnel, all allegedly discovered by a raid on politician V K Sasikala. When Sadhna C's father received it, he called her for a fact-check. The Hyderabad-based IT professional found that “they were pictures from two completely unrelated news stories. The hoax had already been debunked online by then. I forwarded a clarification to my father,
NEW DELHI - As part of a Rs 9,400-crore package for electric and hybrid vehicles, the gover nment may offer incentives of up to Rs 2.5 lakh to those scrapping old petrol- or diesel-fired vehicles along with sops for investment to manufacture parts such as motors in the country. Buyers of electric twowheelers that cost up to Rs 1.5 lakh will receive incentives of around Rs 30,000, a draft policy formulated by the government has proposed.
NEW DELHI - Delhi Police on Monday filed a chargesheet in a court in Sunanda Pushkar's suicide case, accusing her husband and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor with abetment to suicide, a charge he dubbed "preposterous" and his party called "baseless". The chargesheet was filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh here. It mentions that the body of Pushkar bore "scuffle marks" when it was found in a luxury hotel room...
NEW DELHI - Here's some good news for consumers struggling to get a mobile phone SIM without an Aadhaar card. The government has issued instructions to operators to accept alternative identification documents such as driving licence, passport and voter ID card. Mobile companies have been asked to follow the instructions “immediately” so that consumers are not inconvenienced, said telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan.
NEW DELHI - India on Thursday urged the US to take "corrective actions" with regard to the latter's reported imminent plans to prohibit spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in America. Tightening of norms relating to eligibility for an H-1B visa for highly skilled workers are also on the anvil, as announced by the administration of US President Donald Trump. "The US decision to put certain restrictions on visas is quite disappointing and we hope that...
MUMBAI - Former Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar has apparently been given a waiver from the "cooling off period" for bureaucrats, as Tatas have announced his appointment as their Groups President of Global Corporate Affairs. Announcing the appointment, Tata Sons said Jaishankar will report to N Chandrasekaran, executive chairman of Tata Sons in his new role. Last week, IANS had reported that Jaishankar,
NEW DELHI - President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday approved an ordinance to provide death penalty for those convicted of raping girls younger than 12 years besides clearing another ordinance to confiscate property of fugitive economic offenders. The President promulgated The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, approved by the Cabinet on Saturday that seeks to provide effective deterrence against rape and instil a sense of security...
MUMBAI - Three Indians, including Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani and human rights lawyer Indira Jaising, feature in Fortune magazine as the 50 Greatest Leaders of 2018, released on Thursday. Architect Balkrishna Doshi is the third Indian in the list of the American magazine "of the thinkers, speakers, and doers who are stepping up to meet today's challenges" and includes Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook,
NEW DELHI - The Central government and the Unique Identification Authority of India on Wednesday defended Aadhaar, saying that there were no instances of its duplication and cited the fiscal benefits of linking it with various subsidies, benefits and services. Asserting that duplicate Aadhaar cards are "non-existent", Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, arguing for the government and the UIDAI,
JODHPUR - Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison after a court here convicted him for killing two rare blackbucks, putting an end, at least for now, to a legal battle that ran for 20 years. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, while pronouncing the guilty verdict in the case of killing the protected antelopes, called Salman, 52, a "habitual offender" under the wildlife protection laws of the country.