IPA Special

Why Muslim Headcount In Indian Army Necessary?

The Indian army is expected to remain a truly secular institution, without any prejudice or bias towards any religion, caste or creed. The Chiefs of this national army have come from different religious backgrounds. But interestingly, none came from the Muslim community. The Sachar Committee which was formed...

Mar 15 · >

Protest Lodged With Pak About Bunkers, Antony Tells RS

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister AK Antony today told Parliament that India has time and again lodged protest with Pakistan about construction of new bunkers and watch towers along its border region. “Protests have been lodged with the Pakistan Rangers and flag meetings of Field Commanders are held in all...

Mar 15 · >

Sinking Of Ins Khukri: Military Tribunal Dismisses Survivor's Petition

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh bench of military tribunal has dismissed a petition filed by one of the survivors of the Indian Navy frigate INS Khukri seeking probe about its sinking, observing that the issue raised by the petitioner has essence of public interest litigation (PIL) and the tribunal cannot entertain...

Mar 15 · >

Local Regulations Keep Foreign Pharma Companies On Tenterhooks

NEW DELHI: The grant of the country’s first compulsory drug licence and recent attempts at populist policy initiatives have raised fears of overseas pharmaceutical firms. The companies say that local regulations may stifle their business but domestic firms and health groups say the government’s moves strike a balance between...

Mar 15 · >

Most Economists Expect Rbi Governor To Pause, Not Cut Key Rates

MUMBAI: Reserve Bank of India Governor Duvvuri Subbarao, who has resisted calls for an interest rate cut for months, may persist with his policy on Thursday as he awaits government finances forecast for the next fiscal, and get a handle on inflation, which is rearing its head again. The...

Mar 15 · >

Want Money? Shun Non-Core Activities, Says FinMin To Banks

MUMBAI: Banks receiving capital support from the government will have to think twice before putting money in non-core businesses. This is a condition that has been laid down by the finance ministry which, however, has not spelt out the activities that can be described as non-core. This was indicated...

Mar 15 · >

Direct Tax Collection Shortfall Puts India Inc Under Pressure

NEW DELHI: The shortfall in direct tax collection target is now pinching the corporates. They have come under pressure from tax officials who are asking companies to pay more as last installment of advance tax so that gaps in targeted collection could be narrowed. Besides, various commissionerates of the...

Mar 15 · >

Budget Signals Good Ride For Wagon Companies

Companies that depend on railways for business are cheering railway minister Dinesh Trivedi’s move to significantly increase allocation for locomotives and wagons, which boosts business opportunities. The minister painted a bright long-term picture for the wagon industry, saying annual procurement would rise to 29,000 units by 2020 from the...

Mar 15 · >

DMK competes with AIADMK in Parliament

NEW DELHI: Competitive politics saw UPA ally DMK and political rival AIADMK on the same side, trying to corner the Congress-led UPA government over the issue of atrocities against Sri Lankan Tamils. For a second day in a row, proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were disrupted as both...

Mar 15 · >

Akhilesh to be sworn-in as UP chief minister today

LUCKNOW: It was in 1994 that Akhilesh, then around 20, was clicked with his chief minister father Mulayam Singh Yadav for the first time ever during a special photo shoot for a news magazine. A little over 18 years later, Akhilesh will be clicked with Mulayam once again on...

Mar 15 · >