HAS THE GOVT. FAILED TO CONTROL PETROL PRICES?

Petrol, Diesel Prices Hiked For Sixth Day In A Row, Soar To New Highs Petrol and diesel prices were hiked on Tuesday amid firming global crude prices, the sixth day of hike in a row. Oil marketing companies revise petrol and diesel prices every day at 6 am according to the daily price revision process. Petrol prices remained above 4-year high level in Delhi while diesel prices touched a new high. The price of non-branded petrol was increased by 11-13 paise per litre in metro cities on Tuesday while diesel by 13-14 paise, according to Indian Oil, the biggest oil retailer in the country. Petrol retailed at Rs. 73.95 in Delhi, the highest since September, 2013, when rates had hit Rs. 76, according to Indian Oil website. In other metro cities, petrol retailed at Rs. 76.66 in Kolkata, Rs. 81.8 in Mumbai and Rs. 76.72 in Chennai. On the other hand, diesel retailed at a record high of Rs. 64.82 a litre in Delhi. In Kolkata, diesel retailed at Rs. 67.51 in Kolkata, Rs. 69.02 in Mumbai and Rs. 68.38 in Chennai. Besides global crude prices and rupee-dollar exchange rate, domestic petrol and diesel prices depend on government taxes, both at the...

HAS PM MODI’S POPULARITY DECLINED IN THE LAST ONE YEAR?

Disenchantment rising but PM Modi still first choice of people NEW DELHI: Disenchantment with the Narendra Modi government is rising, but Modi is still the first choice for Prime Minister and the BJP-led coalition will comfortably form the government if the Lok Sabha elections were held now, a survey has revealed. According to the Mood of the Nation (MOTN) survey conducted by ABP News-Lokniti-CSDS, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will bounce back to power with 301 seats and a 34 per cent vote share, though the Congress-led UPA is projected to double its tally compared to the 2014 elections. Unemployment and lack of jobs is currently the biggest reason for dissatisfaction among the public, the survey found. The survey found that in the event of a snap Lok Sabha election in the country today, the BJP-led NDA may get a total of 293-309 seats. This is about 30 seats less than what the NDA won in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The UPA is expected to bag 122-132 seats. In 2014 the BJP alone won 282 seats leading the NDA which in total captured 336 seats. If the NDA loses 30 seats out of the 336 it won in the 2014 elections, it...

HAS ROHIT SHARMA EXHAUSTED HIS CHANCES IN TEST CRICKET?

Rohit Sharma's talent overseas is like Anil Kapoor in Mr India: Twitter roasts batter after another failure Indian middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma got roasted by Twitterati after another failure in the first innings of the second test match in Centurion Park on Sunday. Rohit missed out on a big innings getting trapped lbw off Rabada. He scored only 10 before getting out. In this series so far, Rohit has scored only 11, 10 and 10 in the three innings. Rohit was picked ahead of Ajinkya Rahane in this Test series, and clearly Kohli's bold selection hasn't gone down well with Indian cricket fans. Rohit came into the series with a rich vein of form including an ODI double century against Sri Lanka last month. On the other hand, test Vice Captain Rahane had a poor test series against the Lankans. That forced Rohit's selection but so far he hasn't lived up to his potential. In a reasonably batting-friendly Centurion pitch, Rohit missed out and Twitter was brutal in calling him out and Captain Kohli's alleged bias towards Mr. Talent. SOURCE - DNA Opportunity for Rohit Sharma to Stamp Authority After Slip Cordon Lets India Down Again Cape Town: Filling big boots is...

HAS THE ADHAAR CARD SECURITY ISSUE BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION?

FIR against Tribune reporter over Aadhaar data breach story A deputy director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has registered an FIR against The Tribune newspaper and its reporter Rachna Khaira following her report on how anonymous sellers over WhatsApp were allegedly providing access to Aadhaar numbers for a fee. The FIR also names Anil Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Raj, all of whom were mentioned in The Tribune report as people Khaira contacted in the course of her reporting. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Alok Kumar confirmed that an FIR had been registered and an investigation launched. The FIR has been lodged with the Crime Branch’s cyber cell under IPC Sections 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document), as well Section 66 of the IT Act and Section 36/37 of the Aadhaar Act. When contacted, The Tribune’s editor-in-chief Harish Khare refused to comment on the FIR. In the FIR, the complainant, B M Patnaik, who works with UIDAI’s logistics and grievance redressal department, states: “An input has been received through The Tribune dated January 3, 2018, that the ‘The Tribune purchased’ a service being offered by anonymous sellers over...

Where we stand economically: Much Awaited Union Budget 2018-19 – By Areesha Fatma

According to the first advance estimates of national income for 2017-18, the growth in Real GDP is estimated at 6.5% as compared to the growth rate of 7.1% in 2016-17. While, the anticipated growth of real GVA at basic prices in 2017-18 is estimated at 6.1% as against 6.6% in 2016-17. Also, the growth rate in per capita income is estimated at 5.3% during 2017-18, as against 5.7% in the 2016-17. Although the mining and construction sector are expected to grow at 2.9% and 3.6% respectively in FY 2017-18, however, the low growth figures for agriculture and manufacturing sector at 2.1% and 3.6% during the same year is worrisome. United Nation in its report on World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 has projected GDP growth is projected to accelerate from 6.7 % in 2017 to 7.2 % in 2018 and 7.4 % in 2019. However, Asian Development Bank has revised down the forecast for economic growth in 2017 to 6.7% from 7% and growth projection for FY2018 from 7.4% to 7.3%. On the macro-economic front, some of the lead indicators have registered a growth. However, Index of Industrial Production (IIP) declined from 4.14% in September 2017 to 2.2% in...

Does the traffic system in India require a complete revamp?

Hawk eyes to smartly check Delhi traffic NEW DELHI: The capital is all set to get its first fully integrated intelligent traffic management system this month, more than eight years after it was conceptualised by the Centre. The Union road transport and highways ministry, Maruti Suzuki India and Delhi Police will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday to install the first phase of the system on the Ring Road stretch between Sarai Kale Khan and Dhaula Kuan. In the Rs 10-crore first phase, 160 cameras will be installed at 10 major intersections. The system will be made operational in a fortnight and will be on trial for a year, said sources. The police deploy about 150 men to manage traffic between Sarai Kale Khan and Dhaula Kuan through the day. The MoU will be signed by police commissioner Amulya Patnaik and Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India, in the presence of Union transport minitser Nitin Gadkari and Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal. Special commissioner (traffic) Dependra Pathak said the aim was to have a synchronised traffic corridor with minimal human intervention. "This will help instil discipline among road users without intervention of traffic policemen. We selected the...

WILL THE GOVT. WAKE UP TO THE POLLUTION ISSUES IN 2018?

Delhi Begins New Year With 'Hazardous' Levels of Pollution NEW DELHI: The first day of New Year was not very happy for Delhi as air pollution levels showed a sharp rise. The levels of lethal particulate matter hovered around the danger mark. If they rise further and stay there for four days, emergency pollution control measures like odd-even road rationing scheme and ban on construction activities will have to be brought back. On Monday, the average Particulate Matter or PM 2.5 was recorded at 292 micrograms per cubic metre - which comes under the 'very poor' category. The levels of PM10 were at 444 micrograms per cubic metre, which is 'severe' according to Central Pollution Control Board guidelines. The Graded Response Action Plan or GRAP laid out by a Supreme Court-monitored panel recommends strict action when PM2.5 and PM10 levels turn 300 and 500 and persist for 48 hours and weather conditions indicate that they will be there for at least two more days. Delhi currently has three plans to control pollution and while one is being followed, there is no clarity on what is to be done with the other two -- one by the National Green Tribunal and the other...

WILL THE BITCOIN BUBBLE BURST ?

The Great Bitcoin Scam At the outset, let me clarify that Bitcoin itself is not a scam, but how Bitcoin is being sold is a scam. More about that below. To start out, it is important to understand what Bitcoin really is. It would be easy to bore you with a discussion of the technology, about peer-to-peer servers and sophisticated algorithms, but that is not what you need to know. What you need to know about Bitcoin is that distilled to its technological essence, each Bitcoin is simply a number. That's it: A number. It is simply a series of digits, with each number being assigned to each Bitcoin. To illustrate, I'll randomly pull a $1 bill from my wallet, which bears No. L88793293J. Assuming some minimal level of competency by the U.S. Treasury, no other bill bears that number. The face value of a $1 bill is, of course, just $1 dollar. But two people could privately agree that No. L88793293J is actually worth $5,000. To illustrate Fred wants to buy Joe's golf clubs, but Fred doesn't want his wife to know -- at least just yet -- that he spent $5,000 for golf clubs. So, Fred and Joe agree that No. L88793293J is...

WILL THE 2G SCAM SENTENCE BE A WARNING TO ALL CORRUPT NETAS?

2G scam case: CBI court likely to deliver verdict today New Delhi: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court is likely to deliver its verdict on Thursday on alleged irregularities in the 2008 allocation of 2G telecom spectrum and licences—a scandal that contributed to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance’s electoral downfall in 2014. Special judge O.P. Saini reserved the verdict on 26 April after hearings ended in related cases involving political figures, bureaucrats and telecom executives. Saini has presided over the trial for six years. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has estimated a presumptive loss of Rs1.76 trillion because of flawed allocation of spectrum when A. Raja was telecom minister in the UPA government. The so-called 2G scam, together with a scandal over the allocation of coal blocks that surfaced later, cast its shadow over much of the UPA’s second term in office, exposing it to charges of corruption that became a key electoral issue in the 2014 general election which the coalition lost. Raja, fellow Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) politician Kanimozhi and 15 others are accused in the 2G case, in which they have been tried on charges ranging from cheating and criminal conspiracy to abuse of public office. Former telecom secretary...

Is India ready for a digital revolution? – BY AREESHA FATMA

Despite our Dear Modi Ji has been focusing his hearts out for the promotion of his flagship programme “ Digital India” among masses, the audacity of situation was taken upto an extent that a major demonetization drive was announced on 8th November 2017 to kick off black money from the system and to move towards digital transactions. While, this effort has been taken into an extent that ministers are visiting rural areas of India to compel rural-ites to do as much digital transactions as they can through mass rallies (while the hidden motives of these rallies is something which we all know). Another thing which is being done is easing out the process of opening bank accounts primarily jandhan accounts, getting debit cards, (getting credit card is still tiresome for obvious reasons), linking adhar cards, payment gateways, single window mechanisms etc. However, nobody is focusing towards the rising cyber crime in India. According to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the numbers of cyber crimes in India are rising at an alarming rate as the number of cyber crime cases filed in 2014 rose to 11,592 in 2015 and 12, 317 in 2016. The situation is so stressed...

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