New Delhi [India], Dec. 4 (ANI): The Income Tax Department has rejected two sets of declarations of Rs.2 lakh crore and Rs. 13,860 crore made from Mumbai and Ahmedabad, respectively, after an inquiry found that declarants were "persons of suspicious nature" and "very small means" and the declarations could have been misused. "It was announced that declarations totalling Rs. 65,250 crore were received from 64,275 declarants, subject to reconciliation. After final reconciliation, the revised figure of actual declarations received and taken on record was Rs. 67,382 crores, which had been made by 71,726 declarants," said the statement.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec. 4 (ANI): Huge crowd gathered outside Apollo Hospital here after the news of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa having suffered a cardiac arrest broke on Sunday evening. Many supporters were seen wailing and praying for the well-being of the Chief Minister. An Apollo Hospitals statement today said the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister suffered a cardiac arrest and is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and the critical care specialists.
New Delhi [India], Dec. 3 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday assured that the government would initiate action against the culprits, who allegedly gang-raped a U.S. woman at a five-star hotel near Connaught Place earlier this year. "I have seen the media reports about gang rape of an American tourist in Delhi in March this year. The External Affairs Minister's assertion came after the Delhi Police received an e-mail complaint from the woman claiming that she was gang-raped by five men at a five-star hotel.
New Delhi [India], Dec. 3 (ANI): In a major relief to Vinodanand Jha, popularly known as Swami Omji Maharaj, a Delhi Court on Saturday quashed the non-bailable warrant issued against him in connection with the theft case lodged by his brother. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Satish Kumar Arora had earlier on December 3issued the Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) directing Maharaj to appear before the court. Earlier, Maharaj was asked to appear before the court on November 8 and November 21.
New Delhi [India], Dec. 4 (ANI): The office of Union Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday dubbed reports stating that 50 chartered flights will ferry VIPs for his daughter's wedding as 'mischievous and incorrect'.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Dec. 3(ANI): The Mumbai Crime Branch Unit-10 on Saturday detained seven people with 9 kg gold worth Rs. 2.25 crores, and impounded two cars from their possession. Police suspected that the seven accused, who hail from Mumbai, were planning to sell the gold for more than the market value. Divulging details, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP-Crime) Shahikant Satav told the media, "A man was carrying 9-10 kg of gold, which a seller was about to buy by paying in old high currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000, which are no more legal tender.
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday rated the current Indian team as the best in the world, asserting that the national squad reminds him of the batch of 2002-03. To me, it is the best side in the world," Tendulkar said during an interactive session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here. The 43-year-old, who retired from Test cricket in 2013, also maintained that the team only needs "direction" and has the best man to guide them in current coach Anil Kumble.
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) With private consumption being grossly affected by the cash crunch because of the demonetisation of high value bank notes, industry chamber Assocham on Sunday urged the government to ramp up expenditure in order to partly limit the major impact on India's GDP. "With 86 per cent of the cash out of circulation and replenishment facing difficulties, the Private Final Consumption Expenditure (PFCE) in the third quarter is expected to see a sizeable reduction to the extent of at least 35-40 per cent and slightly lower in the fourth quarter," the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India said in a statement here. "In terms of expenditure, PFCE, popularly known as -- India consumption story -- accounts for close to 60 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product at current prices and 55 per cent at constant prices (base 2011-12)," it said pointing to the enormity of the figures involved in case of the GDP.
Amritsar (Punjab) [India], Dec. 4 (ANI): Warding off allegations that "Pakistan is promoting and sheltering terrorism", Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz on Sunday said there is a "need to have a holistic and objective view of terrorism instead of pinning the blame on one country". The security situation in Afghanistan is very complex. "My participation in the event, despite escalation on the Line of Control (LoC) and the working boundary with India is a testimony to Pakistan's unflinching commitment for lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region.
Secundrabad [Telangana], Dec. 4 (ANI): All police stations of Telangana's north zone have taken up the concept of 'Cheyutha', under which employment and skill development opportunities would be offered to the youth registered under the initiative. Telangana Home Minister Nayini Narsimha Reddy was present at the event marking 'Cheyutha' initiative at a school in Secunderabad's Lalaguda district. On the occasion, Reddy praised the Deputy Commissioner of Police, North Zone, B. Sumathi saying that a good programme was organised by him.
New Delhi [India], Dec. 3 (ANI): The Supreme Court today will hold a special hearing of the Nirbhaya gang rape case. The death sentence of four of the convicts- Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh was upheld by the Delhi High Court. In the last hearing on November 7, the top court's Amicus Curiae in the case, Raju Ramachandran, had asked the apex court to set aside the death penalty awarded to the accused.
Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Dec.3 (ANI): In a veiled attack on opposition parties, especially the Congress, which has been vocal against the government for forcing people to stand in queues post the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that earlier people were rotting away in queues because of the people who ruled for 60 years, but his decision has created a queue enough to end all other queues in the country. "People had to stand in queues to buy sugar, to buy kerosene. Thanks to those who ruled for 60 years, this country was rotting away in queues, but what I have done is that I have started a queue to end all queues," he said.
Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Dec. 3 (ANI): After a group of around 100 women and social activists entered the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali Dargah earlier on November 29, Bhumata Brigade activist Trupti Desai and others are set to visit the holy place today. It was a historic victory for women and I am sure there will be no problem," Desai told ANI. After a series of legal battles that lasted for five years, the women activists entered the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali Dargah on November 29.
New Delhi [India], Dec. 3 (ANI): Lashing out at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the Income Tax department's prosecution complaint in a foreign assets tax evasion case, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday said the former has conspired against him with a sense of revenge. The Income Tax Department has filed a chargesheet against the former Punjab chief minister. This pertains to a probe against him and his son Raninder Singh in a case of alleged untaxed foreign assets.
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) The government on Sunday revised upwards the amount of black money disclosed under Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) to Rs 67,382 crore, even as it did not take into account two high-value disclosures. "After final reconciliation, the revised figure of actual declarations received and taken on record was Rs 67,382 crore which had been made by 71,726 declarants," the Finance Ministry said in a statement here on IDS 2016. "On Oct 1, 2016, it was announced that declarations totalling Rs 65,250 crore were received from 64,275 declarants, subject to reconciliation," it said.
New Delhi [India], Dec. 4 (ANI): It cannot be denied that demonetisation has affected the day-to-day life of every other person. Be it tea seller or vegetable vendor, everyone is finding it difficult to carry out basic transaction after the government imposed a ban on Rs.500 and Rs. 1,000 notes. Following demonetisation, E-rickshaw pullers in Kanpur were facing the same problem that every other small vendor was going through.
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said those guilty in an alleged gang rape of an American woman in March this year at a luxury hotel here won't be spared and has asked Delhi Police to register a case. Taking cognizance of media reports about the alleged rape, Sushma Swaraj in a series of tweets said she spoke to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Indian Ambassador in US Navtej Sarna about the matter. "I have seen the media reports about gang rape of an American tourist in Delhi in March this year," she said.
Mumbai [India], Dec. 3 (ANI):The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) has alleged that the opposition in unison is trying to murder democracy and running away from any discussion in parliament inspite of the Centre's plea to have a constructive debate on demonetisation. "It is a planned effort by the opposition to murder democracy. Centre has been open for any positive and constructive debate," BJP leader Prem Shukla told ANI here.
New Delhi [India], Dec. 4 (ANI): A day after a 56-year-old man died while standing in an ATM queue in Hooghly, Kolkata, women activist Neelam Katara on Sunday asked the government to establish a first-aid unit near ATMs to ensure that no untoward incident takes place in future. "A first-aid unit should be set up near the ATMs to ensure that there are no more deaths," she told ANI. Expressing grief over the untoward incident, Sharma said that this episode was quite astonishing as West Bengal is known for its hospitality.
Amritsar (Punjab) [India], Dec. 4 (ANI): Stressing that silence and inaction against terrorism will further embolden terrorists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a veiled attack on Pakistan today called for resolute action against those supporting and financing the extremist organisations. Terrorism, externally induced instability, poses gravest threat to Afghanistan's peace, stability and prosperity," he said while speaking at the inauguration of the sixth 'Heart of Asia' conference here. Extending India's support to Afghanistan in combating terrorism, Prime Minister Modi said, "As such, support for voices of peace in Afghanistan alone is not enough.
New Delhi [India], Dec. 4(ANI): A national level shooterhas alleged that she was raped by her coach, following which an FIR was lodged against the accused. An FIR was registered against the shooter on the basis of the complaint filed at the Chanakyapuri police station yesterday. The woman also said that she has been training for the national championships at the shooting range of the Sports Authority of India and the accused, who had competed in international events, used to guide her.
New Delhi [India], Dec. 4 (ANI): A day after a national-level shooter alleged rape by her coach, former National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamata Sharma on Sunday questioned the safety of girls while demanding stringent action against the accused. Condemning the double-standards of the society, Sharma said, "On one hand we talk about women empowerment, while on the other we commit such heinous crime." Women activist Neelam Katara also criticized the incident, saying that a woman should be careful about her safety. A national-level shooter has accused her coach of raping her on the pretext of marriage.
New Delhi [India], Dec. 3(ANI): The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Saturday said the army deployment issue will be raised again in parliament and the government will have to give a convincing explanation. CPI leader D. Raja said the issue of army deployment was raised in Rajya Sabha.
Amritsar, Dec 4 (IANS) An international conference on Sunday named Pakistan-based terrorist groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad as grave threats to peace in the region after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unambiguously dubbed the neighbour as a terror sanctuary, sharing India's concern over cross-border violence. In a major diplomatic victory for India, the joint resolution adopted at the 6th ministerial 'Heart of Asia conference - Istanbul Process on Afghanistan' said among other terror groups propagating "high level of violence" were "the Taliban, Daesh (Islamic State) and its affiliates, the Haqqani Network, Al Qaida ... Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan...". Earlier, Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke in the presence of Islamabad's top diplomat Sartaj Aziz at the start of the summit held in this Punjab city near India's border with Pakistan.