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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to meet farmers

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will meet a delegation of farmers from different states a day before the Congress’ 'Kisan-Khet Mazdoor' rally on Sunday. In the meeting, Rahul Gandhi will hear the views of farmers regarding changes in land law made by UPA government. This meeting is being held to galvanize protests against NDA’s land acquisition law.

Digvijay Singh hints at Significant Changes in Congress

Senior Congress leader and former CM of Madhya Pradesh Digvijaya Singh said that with the return of Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Indian National Congress is going to witness some major changes in the party’s organisation. It is also learnt that Rahul along with other important members of the party including Jairam Ramesh and Digvijay Singh is all set to meet farmers tomorrow as the Congress prepares for showdown with the Union Government on contentious Land Acquisition Amendment Bill by launching Kisan Rally on 19 April. During AICC meeting today, senior leaders took stock of Kisan Rally’s preparation.

Rahul Gandhi to take Stock of Kisan Rally Preparation at AICC Meeting

All India Congress Committee met today, a day after Rahul Gandhi, Vice President of INC, returned yesterday from Bangkok ending a 57-day sabbatical. Sources say that during the AICC meet, leadership will review preparations for the Kisan rally that the party is going to organise on 19 April against the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill, a day before the Lok Sabha reconvenes on 20 April. Rajya Sabha, where government is in the minority and is still unsuccessful in passing the contentious bill, reconvenes on April 23. Rejuvenated Rahul is all set to lead the rally and spread the issue to villages and small towns to regain Congress’s lost ground.    

CBDT eliminates the need to post paper acknowledgment of I-T returns

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) added an ease to taxpayers as they no longer have to send the paper acknowledgment by post if they have Aadhaar card. As per a new authentication system, the document will be authenticated by an Aadhaar-based electronic verification code via a One Time Password. A new column in the I-T returns for 2015-16 has been introduced by the IT department. 

TCS announces One-Time Bonus of Rs. 2,628 crore for its Employees

IT company Tata Consultancy Services's move to pay one-time bonus to all eligible employees, on the occasion of completing 10 years of its first ever IPO listing will cost the company Rs. 2,628 crore and hit its bottomline during Q4 of 2014-15. As Per IFRS standards, net profit of TCS during Q4 2014-15 was Rs. 3,858 crore, a fall of 29 per cent. In fact, the announced Q4 result also made the TCS stock bleed in the stock market. At 3pm IST, Tata Consultancy Services Limited stock was trading at 2478.60, a fall of 104.20 points (which is a fall of more than 4 per cent).

Cameco to Start Supply of Uranium to India from Second Half of 2015

Cameco, the Canadian company that signed an agreement with India for supplying uranium, is all set to deliver uranium to India from second half of 2015. Tim S Gitzel, President and CEO of Cameco, said that they will deliver uranium as per schedule and as agreed in the agreement signed by Cameco and India’s Department of Atomic Energy during Indian PM’s Canada visit. Reports say that according to the contract, Cameco is going to supply uranium over the coming five years that will cost India 350 million Canadian dollars. Tim S Gitzel also told media that Canadian apprehensions on India’s usage of uranium have become “history”.  

Mukesh Ambani-led RJIL plans to launch 4G services

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) is planning to provide fourth generation (4G) services. Mukesh Ambani-led telecom firm will do this through integrated system and use LTE (long-term evolution) in 800MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,300MHz bands. RJIL has pan-India Unified Licence and the only private company to have Broadband Wireless Access in all the 22 telecom circles of India. 4G services will provide really fast internet connectivity.

CERN Felicitates Gyalwang Drukpa for his Contribution to Science and Spiritualism

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research at Geneva, has felicitated leader of the Drukpa-order of Buddhism, his Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, during the event "Science Meets Buddhism: Great Minds, Great Matters" for his contribution to both science and spirituality. During the event, Gyalwang Drukpa said that there are some common grounds between modern scientific principles and Buddhist philosophy and both the disciplines try to understand perceptions of reality as well as understanding of natural world in a deeper manner. Gyalwang Drukpa recently walked 800kms (from Varanasi to Lumbini) in support of PM Narendra Modi’s Clean India Movement.

India's First Location-Based Fashion Discovery Platform for Android Launched

Fashalot has created a unique mobile platform/application that is the first location-based fashion discovery platform in India. Available information shows that with the help of this new Fashalot web platform cum app, Indian consumers will be able to check out the best available prices of accessories, footwears, and apparels from the finest labels available in the stores situated in a nearby location. As per reports, at the event launch of the app on Android, Co-Founder of Fashalot Amit Khosla said that this new initiative will give Indian consumers first-of-its kind virtual experience of checking out prices and look of the products at nearest stores even before walking into it.

Delhi Daredevil won match against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Skipper JP Duminy's brilliant all-rounder performance helped Delhi Daredevils to win against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam. For Delhi Daredevils it is the second win of the season. Daredevils made 167 for four and Duminy scored 54 off 41 balls. Sunrisers started well but were restricted to 163 for eight.

SAI to Send More than 100 Athletes to Rio Olympics 2016; Expects 10-15 Medals

Injeti Srinivas, Director General of Sports Authority of India, told the media that their own assessment is that more than a hundred athletes will qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics. While talking about the internal assessment of SAI, Srinivas went on to say that they are expecting anything from 10 to 15 medals in the grand tournament, to be held next year. SAI DG also stressed on the fact that anything below ten medals is absolutely unacceptable. Sources say that the disciplines from where Sports Authority of India is expecting to get medals include tennis, archery, wrestling, badminton, boxing, and shooting.

Sourav Ganguly may become Indian Cricket Team's Next Coach

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly may replace Duncan Fletcher as the coach of the Indian cricket team in the coming days. As per reports, Duncan Fletcher’s term ended after ICC World Cup 2015. Reliable sources at Cricket Association of Bengal said that Sourav already had an informal discussion on the matter with the newly elected BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and reportedly expressed his desire for the coveted position. Reports say that Dalmiya has not given any assurance on the matter but Sourav’s personal cricketing achievements in addition to his tactical knowledge on cricket makes him a strong contender for the post.

52 percent polling in Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls

Around 52 percent voting took place in the first six hours of polling for the 144-ward Kolkata Municipal Corporation. A few incidents of violence were reported. Opposition party is blaming the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for adopting violent ways but ruling party is denying any such activity and stated that the polling was peaceful. As per media reports, a state Election Commission official said that many acts of violence have been reported and they are verifying these complaints. In these civic polls, a total of 3,742,019 voters, including 17.52 lakh women, will use their right to vote across 4,704 polling stations.

Police say security forces violated SOP

Police killed a teenaged boy Suhail Ahmad Bhat, a student of class 9, in Jammu and Kashmir in a firing to disperse demonstrators protesting the arrest of separatist leader Masarat Alam at Narbal in north Kashmir. Police later said that that boy was killed because the security personnel violated the standard operating procedure (SOP). As per the guidelines, security forces are allowed to use only non-lethal weapons and use of any lethal or live weapons is prohibited to control crowd.

TIME Magazine Lauds India and China's "Forceful" Leaders

TIME magazine has opined that the emerging economic giants India and China are governed by strong and forceful leaders who want to leave their mark in history. The renowned global magazine has specifically mentioned that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style of leading from the front is helping India come out of the decade-long “increasingly listless rule” by his predecessor Manmohan Singh, media reports stated. TIME lauded PM Narendra Modi’s Madison Square Garden event where he delivered speech in front of a packed audience, not an easy task for any foreign leader. Both Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping figured in the TIME 100 list.