BS-III Vehicles to be Banned after 1 April, says Supreme Court
As per reports, BJP chief Amit Shah attacked the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday alleging that corruption has taken a new shape under Kejriwal government and people should take a call on it.
He further addressed the BJP workers and said that a win in the civic elections will help in improving Delhi’s condition.
As per reports, 19 MLAs created ruckus on the state budget day, following which all of them were suspended till 31 December by Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade on Wednesday. The MLAs were seen playing cymbals displaying banners and raising slogans.
Among the 19 MLAs, nine are from Congress and 10 are from NCP.
As per reports, Manipur chief minister Biren Singh won the trust vote and proved his majority in the 60-member state Assembly on Monday. 32 legislators voted in favour of him through a voice vote, while 27 were against him. On Sunday, BJP lawmaker V Hangkhanlian was sworn in as the Protem Speaker.
As per reports, Japanese giant SoftBank has called for a merger between Flipkart and Snapdeal. SoftBank is likely to acquire around 15% shares in the merged entity of Snapdeal and Flipkart. SoftBank currently owns 30% shares in Snapdeal being the largest investor. Flipkart which is based out of Bangalore is estimated to be valued at $10-11 billion.
Flipkart would be getting a strong anchor investor in form of SoftBank’s arrival giving it the required footing to battle Amazon.
As per reports, Kumar Mangalam Birla is going to be the chairman of Vodafone-Idea merged entity. Over a period of time, both the companies will have equal stakes, said sources.
As both the companies are strong brands, Vodafone and Idea will be operating separately.
GSM Association has conducted a global survey across 56 countries on mobile usage trend. In the GSMA Intelligence Consumer Survey 2016, the Association has categorically mentioned that in terms of smartphone adoption, India will lead the race with the net addition of 350 million connections during the period 2016-2020. The report also says that the smartphone adoption rate will be highest in countries such as India, China, and Indonesia.
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As per reports, Truecaller partnering up with ICICI bank launched a service called Truecaller Pay which lets Android users transfer money securely using mobile phones.
Truecaller is a popular call monitoring and spam call identification app based in Stockholm. At an event on Tuesday in New Delhi, they announced a refreshed design of their mobile app Truecaller 8, introducing two new features for flagging spam SMS and make mobile payments.
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Xiaomi is all set to launch its newest budget phone – Xiaomi Redmi 4A - in India on March 20 at an estimated cost of around Rs. 6,000.
Reports say that Redmi 4A will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. Other important features include 2GB RAM, 16GB internal support, microSD card storage compatibility, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and 3,120mAh battery.
Redmi 4A will come with MIUI 8 interface (based on older Android Marshmallow).
The well awaited smartphone is expected to be Reliance Jio compatible (4G VoLTE support) and will be exclusively available on Amazon.in.
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Kishore Jayaraman, President of Rolls Royce (India and South Asia), while delivering a lecture at National Institute of Technology (Trichy) during their annual techno-managerial festival Pragyan-2017, has said that his company will build combat aircraft engines in India soon. While stressing on his company’s commitment towards technological innovations, Jayaraman said that Rolls Royce is the only company to produce white body aircraft engines. While charting out his company’s future plans in India, he said that they are all set to make Bangalore their next generation technology hub in India.
Sundargarh district administration of Odisha is finding it difficult to identify encroachment-free land of 150-200 acres for building Manipur-based National Sports University (NSU). Sundargarh district administration has been asked by the Sports and Youth Affairs Department for identifying land for the proposed NSU campus. Reports say Sundargarh district administration has said that it has become very difficult for earmarking a single patch of land that is more than 100 acres.
As per reports, BCCI has received a petition from the Kerala High Court on Friday for lifting the ban which was imposed on S Sreesanth. The step was taken after Sreesanth had sent a petition to court requesting the same.
Sreesanth is one of the cricketers who was charged for spot-fixing during the IPL 6 in 2013.
As per reports, Ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai bagged the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event for the third podium finish of India in ISSF World Cup. In the eight man final, Rai shot a total of 216.7 and finished the third on the podium.
Rai in an interview said that initially he was in doubt if he would be able to win. But as it started, he climbed the ladder one by one.
Famous Bollywood director-producer Karan Johar has become proud father of twin babies - a girl named Roohi and a boy named Yash. Karan made the public announcement on Sunday morning through his official tweeter handle saying "two most wonderful additions to my life and lifelines". Reports say the children were born at Masarani Hospital of Mumbai through surrogacy. This is the same hospital where AbRam, third child of Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, were born with the help of a surrogate mother.
Energy Minister of Rajasthan, Pushpendra Singh, assured a section of Rajput community that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Padmavati will not be released in the state until screened to the community members. The announcement comes a month after a Rajput group, Karni Sena, roughed up Bhansali and his crew while they were shooting at Jaigarh Fort. While Rajputs allege distortion of historical facts by Bhansali, many historians including Irfan Habib say that Padmavati (or Rani Padmini) is only a work of fiction, whose earliest mention can be found in epic poems of Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
While many personalities from the Sports and Bollywood fraternity have criticised Gurmehar Kaur for her post against the ABVP student organisation, Vidya Balan when asked in an interview said that everyone's individuality should be respected and she does not want to comment further as everyone has the freedom to express themselves. Apart from Vidya, the other Bollywood stars who have expressed their support to Gurmehar are Javed Akhtar, Pooja Bhatt, Shirish Kunder and Vishal Dadlani.
As per reports, the Supreme Court on Wednesday mentioned that vehicles which are not Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) compliant will not be sold after 1 April.
The government’s submission to permit sale of BS-III vehicles has been rejected by the bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur.
Separate petitions against the continued sale of BS-III vehicles after 1 April had been filed by Bajaj Auto Ltd as well as the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).
As per reports, massive fire broke out at Pune’s National Chemical Laboratory in Pashan area on late Monday evening and led to the loss of property. However, casualties or injuries were not reported.
The reason of the blaze is still unknown; however, a committee has been set up to probe the reason of the fire.
10 fire tenders and 50 jawans rushed to the spot and fought fire for around an hour.
As per reports, Supreme Court on Monday mentioned that for the welfare schemes it offers, government cannot make Aadhaar card compulsory. On the other hand, it also mentioned that for other schemes like filing of income tax and opening bank accounts, Aadhaar card is mandatory.
This came after government’s recent announcement of making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards and income tax returns.