Free Press Journal
  • tax

    Govt orders quick issue of I-T refunds under Rs 50,000

    New Delhi: In good news for lakhs of taxpayers awaiting their IT refunds, the government has directed the taxman to “expeditiously” settle claims involving less than Rs 50,000. According to government data, over Rs 5,400 crore is locked in pending refunds, which has become a major grievance for taxpayers. Officials said instructions in this regard were issued early this week after a review meeting was held by Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia with senior

  • Govt imposes anti-dumping duty on kitchenware products

    New Delhi: Finance Ministry has imposed an anti-dumping duty of up to USD 1,732.11 per tonne on import of ‘melamine tableware and kitchenware products’ like dinner sets and mugs from China, Thailand and Vietnam with an aim to protect domestic industry from cheap shipments. The anti-dumping duty in the range of USD 582.85 – 1732.11 per tonne will remain in effect for five years, a Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) notification

  • Nitin Gadkari

    For Gadkari, bamboo is a goldmine waiting to be tapped

    New Delhi: Bamboo can prove to be a great “economic change agent”, so believes Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who has lined up big plans to tap its potential. “We will shortly make a presentation before Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A bamboo sub-group is likely to be constituted under the Niti Aayog… Bamboo can give employment to at least 50 lakh people in rural areas,” Gadkari told PTI.

  • Housing

    Serious developers to enter affordable housing sector: Experts

    Mumbai: Even though there is very little progress on creating affordable housing, the sector is likely to witness new generation of serious developers who will give priority to clear titles, transparency and delivery, industry experts believe.

  • Flood-hit residents of Chennai being taken to safer areas on Friday- AFP

    Chennai rains: DHFL, others waive off penalty on EMI delay

    New Delhi: In view of difficulties faced by people of flood-hit Chennai, many financial institutions, including DHFL, have decided not to impose any penalty on the city’s customers for delay in EMI payments. “We understand the current difficulties that our customers would be facing and would like to extend our support to the families by assuring them on the housing finance front,” DHFL CEO Harshil Mehta said.

  • GST

    Progress on GST to set the trend for equity markets: Analysts 

    Mumbai:Domestic macro-economic data, coupled with progress on getting the goods and services tax (GST) bill through parliament will determine the trajectory of the equity markets in the week ahead, market observers say.

  • Canada sends first consignment of uranium to India

    Toronto: Canada has sent the first uranium consignment of 250 tonnes to India for its nuclear power reactors, over two years after the civil nuclear deal signed between the two countries came into force. “The first lot of 250 tonnes of Canadian uranium has been received in India,” a senior government official said.

  • Top nine cos take Rs 47,139.45 cr hit in market valuation

    New Delhi: The combined market valuation of top nine Sensex firms plunged by Rs 47,139.45 crore last week amid an overall weakness in the broader market. Over the past week, the BSE benchmark index Sensex lost 490.09 points or 1.87 per cent to end at 25,638.11.

  • Irdai to launch portal for health insurance plans information

    Mumbai: With a view to bring all relevant information regarding health insurance policies at one place, Irdai chairman T S Vijayan will launch here tomorrow a portal ‘Registry of Hospitals in Network of Insurers’ (Rohini). The portal will be having all the information like treatment facility, cost of treatment and cost of claims among others relating to the 35,000 hospitals which are registered by Irdai-promoted Insurance Information Bureau (IIB).

  • No worry till judiciary’s independence is maintained: CJI

    New Delhi: Terming the debate on intolerance as a “political issue”, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur today said there is no need to fear or worry till the judiciary is “independent” and upholds the rule of law. “Yeh siyasi pahlu hain (this is a political issue). We have a Rule of Law. So long as Rule of Law is there, so long as there is an independent judiciary and so long

  • Intermittent rains add to people’s misery

    Chennai: Intermittent rains in the Tamil Nadu capital since early Sunday have added to the misery of hundreds of thousands already hit hard by the unprecedented floods, residents said. The situation appeared to be no different in the other districts of Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Cuddalore where the heaviest rains in almost 100 years and floods have claimed around 325 lives. Despite the rains, however, the water level was receding all over Chennai but

  • Veteran CPI leader Ramashraya Prasad Singh passes away

    Patna: Veteran CPI leader and former MP Ramashraya Prasad Singh died following a protracted illness at a private hospital here. He was 93. Singh passed away last evening, his family said. He had represented Jehanabad parliamentary seat for four terms between 1984 and 1996, besides being a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Ghosi Assembly seat in the same district during an illustrious political career lasting over four decades.

  • Sushma Swaraj

    Sushma chairs fifth meeting of Board of Trustees of IDF-OI

    New Delhi: Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Sushma Swaraj chaired the fifth meeting of the Board of Trustees of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians IDF-OI here yesterday. She is the chairperson of (IDF-OI), a not-for-profit Trust set-up by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to facilitate philanthropic contributions by overseas Indians to social and development projects in India.

  • Builder suicide: 2 more corporators remanded in police custody

    Thane: Two corporators of Thane Municipal Corporation, accused of abetting the suicide of builder Suraj Parmar, were today remanded in police custody till December 14 by a special Anti-Corruption Bureau court here. The duo – Sudhakar Chavan (independent) and Hanumant Jagdale (NCP) – had along with two other corporators Vikrant Chavan (Congress) and Najib Mulla (NCP) yesterday surrendered before Investigating Officer ACP Dileep R Gore here, as per the directions of Bombay High

  • Road-Accident

    3 women among 4 killed in accident on NH-10

    Hansi (Har): Four persons including three women were killed while two others were injured when the vehicle they were traveling in was hit by a truck on national highway-10 near Garhi village here today, police said. “The truck was coming from wrong direction when it hit the vehicle near Garhi village. Three women were among the four dead while two others were seriously injured and have been shifted to hospitals at Hisar and

  • Rape

    Minor girl raped in Odisha village by married man

    Jajpur (Odisha): A 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a married man at Naguan in the district, police said today. The accused, Dusmanta Sahu (25), who belongs to Dhanmandal village, was arrested yesterday, police said.

  • Kejriwal hails Chief Justice support to car restrictions

    New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said Chief Justice T.S. Thakur’s support to the decision to allow even and odd number cars to ply in Delhi on alternative days from January 1.

  • “Indian cinema has huge influence on Latin American films”

    Thiruvananthapuram: Highlighting the influence of Indian cinema on Latin American film industry, veteran Peruvian Director Juan Daniel F Molro has noted that movies have the capability to cross oceans and communicate to people irrespective of language, culture and creed.

  • Chennai author’s debut book contributes to flood victims

    New Delhi: In a heart-warming gesture, a New Delhi-based publishing house has decided to donate a part of the sale proceeds of its latest book, which was launched here last night, to help Chennai flood victims. Rs 20 from the sale of every copy of the collection of short stories ‘Of Bridges Among Us’, written by Chennai-raised, US-based Neeru Iyer, to the relief fund. Her debut book, whose 25 copies were sold at

  • B R Ambedkar

    Parties exceed allotted time during Constitution debate

    New Delhi When the Constitution was discussed in Rajya Sabha last week, most of the parties exceeded the time limit allotted to them. Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party were closest to the deadline as their members exceeded the limit by just 23 per cent, according to an analysis.