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CCI looks to beef up manpower for investigative works

New Delhi: The Competition Commission plans to hire people for nearly two dozen vacancies at its investigative arm as the fair trade watchdog continues to grapple with staff crunch. Candidates will be hired on a deputation basis for seven joint director general and 13 deputy director general posts, according to a communication issued by the Competition Commission of India (CCI). These positions are at the DG office. The appointments will

Kovind says we are diverse yet one

New Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as India’s 14th President today at a ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament. Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ambassadors and other diplomats, MPs and senior civil and military officers were among those present. In his maiden address after taking charge as President, Kovind said, “I am accepting this

Nifty breaches 10,000 mark for first time

Mumbai: Creating history, the NSE Nifty today breached the 10,000 level for the first time while the BSE Sensex hit another record high of 32,374.30 in opening trade led by rally in metal, banking, realty and FMCG stocks. The 50-issue Nifty breached the historic 10,000 level by gaining 44.90 points, or 0.45 per cent, to trade at an all-time high of 10,011.30, surpassing its previous intra-day high of 9,982.05 touched

Majority of telemetry stations non-operational

New Delhi: Nearly 60 per cent of the 375 telemetry stations set up between 1997 and 2016 are non- operational which defeats the purpose of investing in modernisation of flood forecast network, a CAG report has said. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report tabled in Parliament on Friday said the Central Water Commission (CWC) has to depend on manual collection of data for flood forecast as the telemetry stations

New railway catering policy after CAG report

New Delhi: Ministry of Railways, on Sunday, highlighted their New Catering Policy with an objective to provide quality food to passengers after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) came out with reports slamming the Railways for serving food which they deemed to be unfit for consumption. The CAG in its report claimed that unpurified water was being used to make beverages, rats and cockroaches were found in the pantry and

J&K: Army foils infiltration bid

Srinagar: A terrorist has been gunned down as the Indian Army on Sunday foiled an infiltration bid at Machhal Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. The area has been cordoned off and counter-operations are in progress. Troops monitoring the area noticed suspicious movement along the LoC and immediately challenged the intruders. One terrorist was shot down in the ensuing gun battle. The incident comes after

Youth shoots himself dead with father's pistol

Lucknow: An Armyman’s son allegedly shot himself dead at his house in the Cantonment area here, police said today. Ashish (19), who was pursuing his graduation, shot himself with his father Vikram Singh’s licensed pistol yesterday. He was alone in the house at the time of the incident, they said. The boy was rushed to the Command hospital, where he was declared brought dead, police said, adding the body has

Coromandel gets green nod for expansion project

New Delhi: Coromandel International, the country’s second largest phosphatic fertiliser player, has received environmental clearance for raising production capacity of its facility at Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The environment clearance to Rs 225-crore expansion project is subject to the compliance of specific and general conditions, the environment ministry said in a letter issued to the company. The company’s proposal is to raise phosphoric acid production capacity from 700 tonnes per

NCP Kerala prez Uzhavoor Vijayan passes away

Kochi/Kottayam: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Kerala State president Uzhavoor Vijayan passed away this morning at a private hospital in Kochi, a hospital spokesman said. He was 60 and is survived by his wife and two daughters. Vijayan, a prominent figure in the state’s CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF), had been undergoing treatment for liver related diseases at Aster Medicity hospital since 11 July. He had been put on ventilator support

CBEC officials unhappy with Bengal e-bill

Kolkata: Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the nodal national agency for administering customs and GST, was unhappy with West Bengal’s introduction of e-way bill system without waiting for it being launched by the Centre across the country. “West Bengal is one of the two States in the country which has already introduced e-way bill. We have urged the State to keep the procedure on hold until it is

Free Jio 4G phones for 100 crore people

In yet another big announcement on Jio, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) CMD Mukesh Ambani Mukesh Ambani today announced the launch of free JioPhone. Speaking at the 40th Annual General Meeting of the company, he said it is a ‘Made in India’ feature phone with an inbuilt 4G VoLTE facility. On the price of the new phone, Ambani said, “Jio Phone will be available for an effective price of Rs 0, or free. You have to pay