MINISTRY OF TOURISM
I-T refunds of Rs 1.7 lakh cr to hurt FY20 direct tax mop-up
Refunds have increased largely due to ease of online return filing and pre-filled form facility along with Aadhaar one-time-password authentication. Combined with a 10% increase in personal tax collections, this makes for a notable increase in refunds. Gross collections stood at Rs 9 lakh crore this year against Rs 9.11 lakh crore in the same period last year.
Home Ministry habitually taps phone of opposition, alleges Sanjay Raut
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader alleged that Home Ministry is habituated...
NTPC Board okays acquisition of govt stake in NEEPCO, THDC
The Board of Directors of NTPC Ltd, in its meeting held today has noted that the i...
Coast Guard ship 'Annie Besant' arrives at Chennai port
The ship has been named in honour of theosophist and champion of women's rights during the freedom movement, Annie Besant. The ship was received with 'pomp' and 'splendour' on her arrival to her base port at Chennai by top officials of the Coast Guard. The 48.9 metre long ship is equipped with state-of-the-art navigational and communication equipment and sensors.
View: India should have friendly, sensitive foreign policy for Bhutan
Indian tourists will be required to arrange their travel through a Bhutanese ground handler who will process e-permits, arrange certified guides and local transportation. A detailed itinerary will need to be agreed to by both sides – Indian tourist group as well as the Bhutanese authorities.
Health Ministry urges people to come forward and report coronavirus symptoms, sets up helpline
Govt urged those with travel history to China since Jan 1 to report themselves if they experience symptoms.
Govt to reward travellers visiting 15 tourist spots a year: Minister
"Tourism Ministry will fund the travel expenses of tourists who visit 15 destinations in the country in a year and submit the photos to our website," Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said.
Rajya Sabha panel suggests breaking encryption to trace distributors of child sexual abuse content
The panel also stated that that gateway internet service providers must bear a significant liability to detect and block websites showing child sexual abuse content, and all search engines must ensure that such websites are blocked during the search and report any website to authorities.
Govt pegs 7 per cent rise in onion output this yr; sees production fall in major fruits
Besides onion, production of potato -- another important kitchen staple -- is estimated to rise to 51.94 million tonne this year from 50.19 million tonne last year, while tomato production is also pegged slightly higher at 19.32 million tonne as against 19 million tonne in the said period. The ministry has projected marginal drop in production of beans, parwal, pumpkin and tapioca this year.
Shah to sign pact with banned Bodo group today
An agreement will be signed by home minister Amit Shah and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the four National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) factions, aimed at safeguarding the Bodo language and culture. Before providing ‘special’ political rights to Bodos, a commission is likely to be set up for talking to a few people in Assam.
Centre to release report card of 'smart cities' in June
It will help cities in moving towards data-driven governance that will eventually improve liveability.
Telecom gear maker ITI to invest Rs 150 cr to boost solar panel capacity
The company is expecting at least Rs 500 crore from the government in the next fiscal for meeting its various capital expenditure (capex) requirements.
Govt moves to green 2 lakh telco towers
An oil ministry dossier has pitched an idea for a gas-driven economy that can reduce diesel consumption and cut the carbon footprint. The quantity of diesel saved is equivalent to roughly four days’ consumption in Delhi, the country’s largest automobile market. If all the identified towers are converted, it will save four days’ emission in Delhi.
Renewable-thermal power plan may find few takers
The advantage of the proposal is that while renewable energy is irregular, varying according to the intensity of the sun or the speed of the wind, thermal power is not. Therefore, a blended supply assures a minimum transmission of power at all times.
Pension for senior citizens under BPL likely to go up
In the senior citizen category, pensions could go up to Rs 1,000 per month from Rs 500 now for those above 80 years of age and to Rs 500 per month from Rs 200 now for people up to 79 years. The proposed revamp of the rural development ministry’s programme will also see linking of pension rates to inflation and using the SECC data to identify beneficiaries.
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