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Excise duty cut on auto fuel: Petrol price slashed by Rs 8.69/ltr, diesel by Rs 7.05/ltr
India

Excise duty cut on auto fuel: Petrol price slashed by Rs 8.69/ltr, diesel by Rs 7.05/ltr

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also stated that the government will give Rs 200 per cylinder subsidy to the poor who got cooking gas connection under the Ujjwala scheme

Wheat export ban: Indian farmers and traders fume as prices soar abroad
India

Wheat export ban: Indian farmers and traders fume as prices soar abroad

India is the world's second-biggest wheat producer, but the government said it chose to protect food security for its mammoth population despite inflation concerns

Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe struggles to form a unity government
World

Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe struggles to form a unity government

Wickremesinghe insists he has enough support to govern and approached several legislators to join him, but three opposition parties have already said his premiership lacks legitimacy

North Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, declares 'severe national emergency'
World

North Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, declares 'severe national emergency'

North Korea has never admitted to a case of COVID-19, with the government imposing a rigid coronavirus blockade of its borders since the start of the pandemic in 2020

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett's government limps into new parliament session
World

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett's government limps into new parliament session

Less than a year after taking office, Bennett has lost his parliamentary majority; his own party is crumbling and a key governing partner has suspended cooperation with the coalition

Sri Lanka lawyers urge President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to repeal state of emergency
World

Sri Lanka lawyers urge President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to repeal state of emergency

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a fresh state of emergency on Friday after weeks of protests demanding his government step down over its mismanagement of the crisis

Delhi government gives Rs 1 crore each to families of two frontline workers who died of COVID-19
India

Delhi government gives Rs 1 crore each to families of two frontline workers who died of COVID-19

Delhi government had announced that it would provide financial assistance of Rs 1 crore to the families of all the frontline workers who contracted COVID-19 on duty and died

UK ministerial ethics advisor clears Rishi Sunak of meddling with wife's tax status
World

UK ministerial ethics advisor clears Rishi Sunak of meddling with wife's tax status

The probe also covered further revelations around Sunak having a Green Card two years after being appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK Cabinet

China economy accelerates in first quarter but government warns of 'significant challenge'
World

China economy accelerates in first quarter but government warns of 'significant challenge'

Virus restrictions in March have already gouged at retail sales, as consumers shied away from shopping, and drove up unemployment

Government likely to ban PFI over Ram Navami violence
Politics

Government likely to ban PFI over Ram Navami violence

The Popular Front of India (PFI), a controversial Islamic outfit, has been blamed for plotting violence and triggering communal tension in some parts of the country on Ram Navami

Governments maligning judges is new, unfortunate trend, says Chief Justice N V Ramana
India

Governments maligning judges is new, unfortunate trend, says Chief Justice N V Ramana

The observation was made by a bench headed by the CJI while hearing two separate appeals filed by the Chhattisgarh government and an activist respectively challenging the high court's decision to quash an FIR against a former IAS officer

Sri Lanka's fuel pumps may go dry by April end; India's $500 million credit line exhausting rapidly
World

Sri Lanka's fuel pumps may go dry by April end; India's $500 million credit line exhausting rapidly

The public anger has prompted nearly all Cabinet ministers to quit, and scores of lawmakers to leave President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's government.

India pursuing release of 83 missing personnel including PoWs of 1965, 71 wars from Pakistan: Centre
India

India pursuing release of 83 missing personnel including PoWs of 1965, 71 wars from Pakistan: Centre

The government through the MEA has filed an affidavit on a plea filed by the mother of an Army officer seeking direction from the Centre to take immediate steps through diplomatic channels for repatriation of her son, who is lodged in jail in Pakistan for over 24 years

Sri Lanka appoints advisory panel to help resolve growing debt crisis, engage with IMF
World

Sri Lanka appoints advisory panel to help resolve growing debt crisis, engage with IMF

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa is yet to appoint a new minister of finance. The country's Finance Minister Ali Sabry on Tuesday resigned, a day after the President appointed him after sacking his brother

Sri Lanka economic crisis: New Cabinet to be sworn in as government tries to tackle public anger
World

Sri Lanka economic crisis: New Cabinet to be sworn in as government tries to tackle public anger

The country is grappling with what is said to be its worst economic crisis since independence from the UK in 1948. It is caused in part by a lack of foreign currency, which is used to pay for fuel imports

Unviable populist schemes by states can lead to Sri Lanka-like situation, senior bureaucrats tell PM Modi
India

Unviable populist schemes by states can lead to Sri Lanka-like situation, senior bureaucrats tell PM Modi

The prime minister held a four-hour-long meeting with secretaries of all departments at his camp office at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg

Expert advisory committee set up to recommend syllabus, scheme for online test for govt jobs, says Centre
India

Expert advisory committee set up to recommend syllabus, scheme for online test for govt jobs, says Centre

The officers or officials posted in the NRA include chairman, secretary-cum-controller of examinations, director and deputy secretary

GST Council may consider proposal to raise lowest slab to 8%, rationalise tax slabs
Business

GST Council may consider proposal to raise lowest slab to 8%, rationalise tax slabs

A panel of state finance ministers is likely to submit its report by this month end to the Council suggesting various steps to raise revenue, including hiking the lowest slab and rationalising the slab.

Govt has released Rs 87.65 crore till date for National Sports University in Manipur, says Anurag Thakur
Sports

Govt has released Rs 87.65 crore till date for National Sports University in Manipur, says Anurag Thakur

National Sports University, established in Manipur, is aimed at promoting education in the areas of sports sciences, sports technology, sports coaching, besides functioning as the national training centre for selected sports disciplines

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Sweden won't send any government representatives to Games due to COVID-19
Sports

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Sweden won't send any government representatives to Games due to COVID-19

"This is not a diplomatic boycott," sports minister Anders Ygeman told Swedish news agency TT.