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flipkart and ebay merger

Flipkart is in the process of raising US$2 billion in an effort to stave off an increasingly aggressive Amazon and a potential threat from Alibaba, in future. The present drive to raise the first US$1 billion is being led by software giant Microsoft and Chinese technology major, Tencent. Another US$1 billion is expected to be raised from the market. US-headquartered eBay, is reported to be showing interest in participating in the fund raising and with [...]

time to write off congress

Even after his party’s bad performance in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and its failure to form governments in Goa and Manipur, Congress leader C P Joshi appeared unfazed before the media on March 16. And in response to a reporter’s query whether his party would last until the 2019 parliamentary election, he said his party would pose a “formidable challenge” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next Lok Sabha polls. By [...]

India's Job Crisis Getting Worse

A reforms-oriented government, a plethora of social security ‘yojanas’, predicted economic growth of between 7.5 and 8 percent (at a time when global growth is hovering around the 3 percent mark), numerous black money and tax evasion measures, and above all, no new reports of corruption, or scams. Everything seems to be well with India, doesn’t it? Look again. One of the key indicators of prosperity and socio-economic well-being in a country is its unemployment [...]

Smart Villages of India

India’s dismal record in extending electrification to all villages in India stood as a major challenge when Narendra Modi took office as India’s Prime Minister in 2014. The legacy of the power ministry was in shambles. Power project implementation had come down to a crawl as the coal scam took centre stage, towards the end of the UPA-II regime. Power transmission and distribution required urgent modernisation, along with expansion into rural India, and modernisation and [...]

Cabinet Scraps NSEBC

The Dalits and Other Backward Classes (OBC) of Uttar Pradesh played an important role in the recently concluded state assembly elections. The Jat agitation of Haryana is causing quite a stir and the Patel agitation in BJP-led Gujarat is far from being over. The NDA government has given its assent to a proposal that will lend constitutional backing to a new commission that will look into OBC issues and concerns. The National Commission for Backward [...]

Phillauri Review

Phillauri Movie Review Cast – Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, Mehreen Pirzada Directed by – Anshai Lal Produced by – Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma, Parasmaan Written by – Anvita Dutt Screenplay by – Anvita Dutt Background Score by – Sameer Uddin Production house – Fox Star Studios, Clean Slate Films Duration – 2 hours 18 minutes Genre – RomCom, Drama Censor Rating – U/A Phillauri, Anushka Sharma’s Rs 21 crore home production, is a [...]

23 March - Shaheed Diwas

The date March 23 is etched in the pages of history as the day when freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar attained martyrdom in the pursuit of independence for India from the British. This year marks the 86th martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, the most revered figures of the anti-colonial movement. Bhagat Singh attained martyrdom at the young age of 23 and became an inspiration and the face of [...]

Finance Bill 2017

The Finance Bill, 2017, was passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday. The bill is not a new piece of legislation but a bunch of 40 amendments to existing laws. A number of issues such as current taxation laws, returns filing and IT raids, Aadhaar card linkage, cash transaction limits, mergers of public tribunals, etc. have been addressed by the bill. Major Amendments Here are some of the major amendments coming through with passage of the [...]

cbse Introduced Uniform Assessment From Class-VI Onwards

The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) method of assessing a student, which was introduced in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools all over India in 2009, has now been junked. CCE will now be replaced by a new format, ‘uniform system of assessment, examination and report card’ for classes VI-to-IX from the academic year 2017-2018. CBSE aims at standardising the pattern of education and evaluation across the schools in India. This step is [...]

Lving status to Ganga, Yamuna

It has been about a week since New Zealand legislators passed a legislation that granted the Whanganui River the status of a “legal person”. The Whanganui, a river sacred to the native Maori tribe, was given “its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person”. The move, a first in the world, was hailed by environmentalists and people from across the globe. Ganga and Yamuna: Living Entities Not [...]