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Pay more for lower berth?

New Delhi: Railway passengers could be shelling out more for choosing lower berths and travels during festive seasons, if the recommendations of a fare review committee are approved by the Railway Board. The panel constituted to review the flexi-fare system in premium trains has recommended that the transport behemoth adopt the dynamic pricing model followed by airlines and hotels, sources said. Like flyers pay more for front-row seats, railway passengers

All Rs 10 coins are valid, says RBI

New Delhi: Amid the reluctance on part of traders and members of public to accept Rs 10 coins due to suspicion about their genuineness, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reiterated its stand by issuing a press release. “‘It is clarified that the Reserve Bank puts into circulation, the coins minted by mints, which are under the government of India. These coins have distinctive features to reflect various themes

Coffee: Drink of PM's vision for New India

New Delhi: The Coffee Board wants to make India a coffee nation and position it as the drink for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of New India, a top official of the board said. Speaking at the inaugural event of the Seventh India International Coffee Festival,Coffee Board secretary  Srivatsa Krishna said, ‘We are positioning coffee as the drink for Prime Minister’s vision of New India.’ “Chai (Tea) has been the

'Did not campaign against Sabarimala in other States'

Thiruvananthapuram: The  BJP in Kerala rubbished Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran’s charge that it had campaigned in neighbouring States against devotees going to Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and that the government was taking away collections from the shrine. “The BJP demands to know from the Minister what kind of campaign we carried out against the Sabarimala pilgrimage. He should come out with evidence on his charge,” BJP State president Kummanom

Evasion of GST by dealers cause revenue dip: Sushil

Bengaluru: GST evasion by dealers by suppressing turnover has caused a revenue slump under the composition scheme in the last two months, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and GST network panel head Sushil Kumar Modi said here. “We are surprised to find out that the total revenue collected was just Rs 310 crore in the last two months, despite 7.5 lakh composition dealers having filed returns,”he told reporters after a Group

Bitcoin price plunges, other cryptocoins also crash

New Delhi: Bitcoin, the best known of hundreds of ‘virtual’ coins, slumped today to a six-week low below $12,000 as analysts blamed a rush by various jurisdictions to regulate the sector. The final weeks of last year were marked by bitcoin mania as the unit topped $20,000, but it lost some 20 per cent in today trading which saw most of its fellow cryptocurrencies similarly wilt. “Bitcoin has dropped below

Patanjali takes tech route

New Delhi: Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved announced partnership with several leading e-tailers and aggregators to give a big push to online sales of its swadeshi range of FMCG products. Patanjali Ayurved has announced tie-up with online websites including- PayTM Mall, Big Basket, Flipkart, Grofers, Amazon, netmeds, 1mg and Shopclues through which its range of products will be available on various online platforms. At a function in New Delhi, founder Ramdev

Kerala CM opposes 2 different colours for passports

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked the Centre to “rectify” its decision to allot two different colours for passports, saying it amounted to violation of the Fundamental Right to Equality guaranteed to a citizen under the constitution. In a Facebook post, Vijayan said Articles 14 to 18 explain about a citizen’s right to equality and treats all citizens as equal. As per a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement

Cong, IUML slam decision to stop subsidy for Haj

Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress and IUML in Kerala came out against the Centre’s decision to stop subsidy for Haj pilgrims from this year. Kerala PCC President M M Hassan said the decision was the latest example of the Centre’s “enmity” towards the minority community and asked it to retract its decision. The decision to stop subsidy for Haj from this year was announced by Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi at

Kerala cop held for sexual assault of minor girl

Alapuzha (Kerala): A probationary sub-inspector was arrested here yesterday in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a minor girl at Mangalam town in the district over a six-month period. The accused, Laiju, was attached to Mararikulam police station, the police said. “With today’s arrest, five persons, including two police personnel, have been nabbed in connection with the case,” Alapuzha deputy superintendent of police P V Baby, who has formed a

Hope govt will use funds for education of minorities: Cong

New Delhi: The Congress said that by abolishing the Haj subsidy, the Centre was only implementing the Supreme Court’s decision, and hoped that the Modi government would utilise the funds for the education and development of the disempowered among the minorities. Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced that there will be no subsidy for Haj pilgrimage from this year. Congress’s senior spokesperson Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government had