- In election year, BJP eyes new turf, Congress and others look at retaining strength
This time, the party has put all its might to capture the eastern front of West Bengal and add a new territory which could pave the way for other states like Odisha in the future.
- ByteDance to pay $92 million in US privacy settlement
The federal lawsuit alleged that TikTok broke the Illinois biometric privacy law, which allows suits against companies that harvest consumer data without consent, including via facial and fingerprint scanning.
- View: India’s investment migration market is growing, with more smart destinations to choose from
The concept of an alternative residency as a means of hedging one’s sovereign risk is new in India. While India is an exciting destination enough for business activities, commercial growth for corporations and high yielding investments, it is rather uncertain on where it stands from a wealth preservation perspective.
- View: The city-building never sleeps
Strong institutional mechanisms are key to urban governance. A concerted, integrated effort has been made to strengthen local governments in cities. All these initiatives have emphasised on property tax reforms through specific measures to make municipalities financially self-reliant.
- US drops demand for 'safe harbour' in global tax talks
“Secretary Janet Yellen announced that we will engage robustly to address both Pillars of the OECD project, and that the United States is no longer advocating for ‘safe harbour’ implementation of Pillar 1,” a US Treasury official said.
- AAP wins 27 seats in the municipal corporation polls, Kejriwal holds roadshow
With the Congress drawing a blank across 120 seats in Surat, the AAP has emerged as the opposition in the corporation.
- HC grants bail to labour rights activist Naudeep Kaur, released from Karnal jail
Naudeep Kaur was released from a Karnal jail around 7.30 pm, almost six weeks after she was booked for attempt to murder and other criminal offences.
- US welcomes Indo-Pak move for ceasefire along LoC
“United States welcomes the joint statement between India and Pakistan, that the two countries have agreed to maintain strict observance of a ceasefire along the Line of Control starting on February 25,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said. “This is a positive step towards greater peace and stability in South Asia, which is in our shared interest and we encourage both countries to keep building upon this progress.”
- Non-food credit grows 5.7% in January: RBI data
Loans to industry contracted by 1.3 per cent in the reporting month as compared to 2.5 per cent growth last year in the same period mainly due to contraction in credit to large industries, the data showed.
- US to release report blaming Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jamal Khashoggi murder
According to leaks, the report asserts that Prince Mohammed directed the assassination in which Khashoggi, a Washington Post writer and US resident, was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, then killed and cut into pieces.
- DGCA extends suspension of int'l commercial passenger flights till March 31
Amid the suspension, special international flights have been allowed under the Vande Bharat Mission since May last year and under bilateral "air bubble" arrangements with select countries since July.
- Can vaccinated people still spread the coronavirus?
Deborah Fuller is a microbiologist at the University of Washington working on coronavirus vaccines. She explains what the science shows about transmission post-vaccination - and whether new variants could change this equation.
- Can’t brush sexual harassment allegations under carpet: Supreme Court
The judicial officer had challenged his disciplinary proceedings on the ground that the accuser, a junior lady officer, had withdrawn her sexual harassment complaint against him. The HC was wrong in initiating disciplinary proceedings against him a second time, argued senior advocate R Balasubramaniam, representing Shambhoo Singh Raghuvanshi.
- Pakistan PM Imran Khan's visit fails to win hearts of Lankan Buddhists
It was not just fear of Khan launching a tirade against India that forced the Lankan authorities to cancel the Pak PM’s proposed address at the Parliament. There were apprehensions that he could even target the Buddhist majority in the country from the floor.
- India, China install hotline for foreign ministers
The decision to establish a hotline was taken when foreign minister S Jaishankar spoke with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday. The conversation lasted 75 minutes. The new hotline will be in addition to the existing hotline between the Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations and China’s Western Theatre Command.
- Bodoland People's Front to contest in upcoming Assam assembly election
The BPF has decided to contest the polls alone despite offers from the Congress-led opposition alliance and regional front of two parties.
- Oil drops on dollar strength and OPEC+ supply expectations
Brent crude futures for April, which expire on Friday, fell 69 cents, or 1%, to $66.19 a barrel by 1442 GMT. The more actively traded May contract slipped by 80 cents to $65.31.
- Bots hyped up GameStop on major social media platforms, analysis finds
PiiQ Media's analysis of Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc, Instagram and YouTube posts, however, found that bots used the platforms to push GameStop and other "meme" stocks, although it is unclear how influential they were in the overall saga.
- GameStop shares on track to triple for week as options trading spikes
GameStop shares hovered around $105 in late-morning trading, off 3%, but are up nearly 200% for the week to date despite a broader market selloff that has erased nearly all the gains in the Nasdaq Composite Index for the month.
- Who is Arora Akanksha, the 34-year-old running for UN Secretary-General?
Arora Akanksha is less than half as old as the incumbent she wants to replace, Secretary-General António Guterres, 71, the veteran Portuguese statesman and former U.N. High Commissioner for refugees.
- 8-phase polls in WB: 3 ex-CECs say EC's decision must have been based on law and order situation assessment
Referring to seven-phase voting in West Bengal during 2016 assembly polls, former CECs --O P Rawat and N Gopalaswami-- noted that whenever the EC feels there is enhanced security requirements based on ground realities, it takes these precautions.
- Government extends deadline for filing declarations under VsV scheme till Mar 31, payment till Apr 30
As many as 1,25,144 cases have so far opted for the Vivad se Vishwas (VsV) Scheme, which is 24.5 per cent of the 5,10,491 cases that were pending at different legal fora.
- Forex reserves up by $169 mn to $583.865 bn
In the previous week ended February 12, the reserves had declined by $249 million to $583.697 billion. It had touched a record high of $590.185 billion in the week ended January 29 this year.
- InVITs, REITs can conduct unitholders' annual meetings through video conference till Dec
For annual meeting of unitholders to be conducted during calendar year 2021, the facility of Video Conferencing (VC) and Other Audio-Visual Means (OAVM) will be available till December 31, 2021, Sebi said in a circular on Friday.
- Political violence has reached "new high" under TMC govt: Rajnath Singh
Noting that the TMC has "politicised the atmosphere in such a way that it is harming people of Bengal," Singh said, as a result many central projects for poor, backwards, tribals are yet to be implemented in the state.
- Domestic air traffic may be back to full pre-COVID-19 level by summer, says Puri
"Contrary to prophets of doom and gloom, we have not only been able to navigate the pandemic turbulence, (but) today in terms of domestic civil aviation, we are almost at the pre-COVID-19 level.
- Sebi bans Indira Trading Company, 7 individuals
According to an order, Indira Trading Company and individuals were providing investment advisory services and research analyst services without obtaining registration from the regulator.
- WHO DG thanks PM for support to COVAX, Modi says India committed to sharing resources
"Thanks India & Prime Minister @narendramodi for supporting Vaccine Equity. Your commitment to COVAX and sharing COVID-19 vaccine doses is helping 60+ countries start vaccinating their health workers and other priority groups. I hope other countries will follow your example," the World Health Organisation Director-General said in a tweet late Thursday.
- Nirmala Sitharaman highlights India's policy response to COVID at G20 meet
Speaking at the virtual meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, she said India's domestic policies have been based broadly on supporting citizens through measures such as credit guarantees, direct transfers, food guarantees, economic stimulus packages and accelerating structural reforms.
- Bombay High Court rejects Gadkari's application to dismiss poll plea
The court struck down a slew of submissions and allegations made in the election petition pertaining to income earned by Gadkari's family members and land owned by them as well as other points regarding expenditure made during the election process.
- GDP in positive trajectory a promising sign: India Inc
Industry bodies expressed confidence that the GDP will improve further in the coming months on the back of positive growth stimuli emanating from the Union Budget and initiatives like the Production Linked Incentive scheme unveiled by the government.
- DLF plans to raise up to Rs 395 cr via issue of debentures
In a regulatory filing, the company informed that the proposal will be discussed on March 3 at a meeting of the finance committee of the board of directors.
- PLI scheme: Government approves 19 applications for domestic manufacturing of APIs, key drug intermediates
Five applications with a committed investment of Rs 3,761 crore have already been approved under Target Segment I, the official statement said.
- TMC, others question 8-phase polls in Bengal; BJP welcomes EC decision
Central forces’ availability may have been EC’s concern and reason behind call on month-long Bengal election.
- Sovereign gold bond issue price fixed at Rs 4,662 per gram
Sovereign Gold Bonds 2020-21 (Series XII) will be open for subscription from March 1 to 5, 2021.
- Second phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive from March 1: All you need to know
Training will be provided to the health workers and other staff who will administer the vaccination and other standard procedures in the centres for the next two days, the health ministry said.
- BSE bulk deals: ICICI Bank offloads shares of Gammon Infra
ICICI Bank sold 8,283,072 shares of Gammon Infrastructure, of which 5,000,000 were bought by Geeta Chetan Shah.
- Bangalore-based realty firm Vaishnavi group ventures into warehousing space
The first warehousing project will come up in the outskirts of Bangalore spread around 700,000 sft. "The legal due diligence is completed and we expect to complete the acquisition by the end of March. There is huge potential for warehousing in the country as the ecommerce is just a fraction as compared to developed countries and has huge potential," said CN Govindaraju, managing director, Vaishnavi Group.
- ICC Board Meet: BCCI opposes ICC's EOI policy for global meets
During an ICC board meet on Thursday, the BCCI made it clear that they are completely against the idea of the global body issuing EOI and demanding money from any potential hosting nation.
- More than 1.37 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered: Government
While the countrywide inoculation drive was rolled out on January 16, vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2.