Her re-election as Chancellor comes with huge challenges domestically and globally Angela Merkel’s return for a fourth consecutive term as Chancellor, with a much-reduced mandate for her Christian Democratic Union, marks a watershed moment in Germany’s post-War history. For the first time since 1949, a far-right nationalist party, the Alternative for Germany (Afd), is in the Bundestag, posing a
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A year after the surgical strikes across the Line of Control, India must recover its role as a regional stabiliser “The surgical strike was a point we wanted to drive home, that the Line of Control is not a line that cannot be breached. When we want to, we will be able to breach it,
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In this system, girls are ‘married’ to deities, live in temples Taking cognizance of a complaint, the National Human Rights Commission on Monday issued notice to Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh over the “inhuman treatment” of girls and women in the name of the Devadasi system. According to the complaint, girls and women are taken
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Basavraj, an expert in explosives and military techniques, is likely to succeed him Is the elusive Muppala Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathi, General Secretary of the banned CPI (Maoist), on his way out? Documents gathered by the intelligence agencies from various encounters and exchanges of fire between the security forces and the Maoists in the Andhra-Odisha
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Says welfare of the poor is linked to the identity of the NDA government The welfare of the poor is linked to the identity of the NDA government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Monday. He was speaking at the launch of a Rs. 16,000 crore scheme, Saubhagya, under which households across the country
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Banks’ share in new credit fell in FY17, as corporate bond issuances rose 56% and NBFCs lent more With the banks busy chipping away at their mountain of bad loans and operating on precarious levels of capital, who will fund the credit needs of Indian businesses? Reserve Bank of India’s recently released annual report for
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The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is all set to enhance the competitiveness of the almost five crore Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that account for 25% of employment, 40% of industrial output and 45% of exports of the country. This, by making them a part of organised commerce and offering them a level-playing
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In a private limited company, it will be difficult for investors to sell their stake to rivals In a significant move, an overwhelming majority of shareholders of Tata Sons, the holding company of the $105-billion cars-to-software group, last week voted in favour of changing the legal status of the firm to a private limited company
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Of the total 87.33 lakh registered businesses on the GSTN, which manages the IT infrastructure of the new tax regime, 68 lakh were eligible to pay taxes in August. GST Network (GSTN) has tweaked some of the features on its portal over the past month to make the system more robust and allow glitch-free tax
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Anti-immigration AfD wins 13% of votes; Social Democrats not to form grand coalition with Merkel German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right. The
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