Triple Talaq a monumental obstruction to gender equality

The most insidious truth in the picture headlining the story had escaped me, at least for a moment. Countless centuries of the male privilege in my genes must have been responsible for my momentary inability to recognise the picture for what it was. But then the realisation dawned, like lightening from the heavens above striking deep into my brain, my whole being. It was what has been happening from time immemorial: Men, particularly old men,…

"Triple Talaq a monumental obstruction to gender equality"

Service charge at hotels and restaurants ‘totally voluntary’, govt issues guidelines

Service charge on hotel and restaurant bills is “totally voluntary” — and not mandatory, food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Friday after the government approved the relevant guidelines. Hotels and restaurants will not decide on service charge to be levied, but it will be at a customer’s discretion, the minister said, adding these guidelines will be sent to states for necessary action. “The government has approved guidelines on service charge. As…

"Service charge at hotels and restaurants ‘totally voluntary’, govt issues guidelines"

Red beacons banned on VIP vehicles, including PM Modi’s; emergency services exempt

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to ban the use of red beacons atop vehicles of dignitaries and government officials, including the Prime Minister and the President. The decision comes into effect from May 1. The move means beacons — the blue flasher — will be allowed only on vehicles belonging to the fire service, police, army and ambulances, to ensure passage through traffic. “In a historic decision, the Cabinet has decided that beacon lights…

"Red beacons banned on VIP vehicles, including PM Modi’s; emergency services exempt"

Digital gains after note ban overstated: RBI data

Pune: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data shows that Niti Aayog overstated digital transaction volume and value gains, which have not even doubled across a range of digital channels in March 2017 as compared with October, the month prior to demonetisation. On Friday, Niti Aayog in a statement on “Digital Payment Revolution: Facts & Figures” said that post-demonetisation “volume of all digital transactions had increased by about 23 times” with 63,80,000 digital transactions for…

"Digital gains after note ban overstated: RBI data"

Will Narada investigation be neutral

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) naming as many as seven MPs, three ministers (including the mayor of Kolkata) and two MLAs of the Trinamool Congress in the Narada scandal is possibly the best news Bengal’s opposition has heard since 2011. But for the state BJP, the most formidable among all opposition forces at the moment, it is also an acid test. Ever since the BJP launched its offensive at the hustings – a phenomenon…

"Will Narada investigation be neutral"

Fuel pumps in eight states to be shut on Sundays from May 14

Beginning May 14, fuel outlets in eight states will be shut every Sunday following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to conserve oil, a fuel pump owners’ body said here today. “We had planned to shut our outlets on Sundays a few years back. But oil marketing companies had then requested us to reconsider our decision. Now we have decided to shut the outlets on Sundays,” said Suresh Kumar, an executive committee member of the consortium…

"Fuel pumps in eight states to be shut on Sundays from May 14"

Sexiness is in what you cover, not what you show: Krystle D’souza

With her hit supernatural TV show Brahmarakshas behind her, Krystle D’souza is currently footloose and fancy-free. The actor says she is enjoying her break. “The show ended in February, so it has been over a month. I am going to be on a break for a while. It is necessary to rejuvenate. But I will be visible, as I have signed a few ads and even done some photo shoots,” she says. Krystle says she…

"Sexiness is in what you cover, not what you show: Krystle D’souza"

CBI filed an FIR against 12 Trinamool Congress leaders

West Bengal’s opposition parties on Monday tore into the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress after the CBI filed an FIR against 12 of its frontline leaders in the Narada sting footage case. However, the Trinamool claimed that the timing of the FIR has raised doubts in the people’s minds. The scam refers to a series of sting videos shot by Naradanews.com over a period of two years, which show several ministers and MPs of the TMC…

"CBI filed an FIR against 12 Trinamool Congress leaders"