Older than 60, younger than 8 to get 10 percent rebate in passport fee


NEW DELHI, JUNE 23: The External Affairs Ministry today announced ten percent rebate on passport fee for applicants who are either older than 60 years or younger than eight years. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made this announcement and said that it would be implemented from Saturday. Addressing the Passport Day function here, Swaraj said, “In the recent past the ...

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Jammu, Srinagar among 30 new Smart Cities announced


NEW DELHI, JUNE 23: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu during the announcement of 30 new smart cities, also announced Srinagar and Jammu, today. Thirty new cities were added to the Centre’s Smart Cities Mission and total investment of Rs. 57,393 crore was announced by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today, taking the total number of smart cities to 90. ...

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Champions Trophy win helps Pakistan earn Rs 14 crores; India settle for Rs 7 crores


London, June 21: Pakistan’s 180-run win over arch-rivals and defending champions India, guided them to their maiden Champions Trophy title. This was also Pakistan’s first 50-overs title since Imran Khan had captained the side to their first World Cup in 1992. The victory over arch-rivals also helped Pakistan improve their ICC ODI rankings and saw them leapfrog to sixth place. With ...

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D&FCO Intensifies Market Inspection, Suspends 54 Licenses Of Chemists


JAMMU, JUNE 21: Intensifying its special drive to conduct checking of chemist outlets to ensure quality and safe drugs for the consumers in the market, the Drugs & Food Control Organization have carried out systematic inspections across the Jammu division. During the week-long special drive, the Organization conducted 278 inspections, lifted 104 samples of different medicines, issued show cause notice ...

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GST to be launched on June 30 midnight in Parliament


New Delhi, June 20: The new indirect tax regime — The Goods and Services Tax (GST) — will be launched at the midnight of June 30 in the Central Hall of Parliament in an hour-long event that will evoke memories of the “Tryst with Destiny” moment of 1947. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former ...

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Jammu and Kashmir may miss July 1 deadline for GST implementation


SRINAGAR, JUNE 19: A special session of the state assembly held on Saturday to discuss implementation of the new tax regime was adjourned indefinitely after the house descended into chaos. Unlike other states, it would take a legislative amendment to adopt GST in Jammu and Kashmir. Taking this into consideration, speaker Kavinder Gupta concluded that the state would take a ...

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To fulfil father’s dream, Valley girl takes business to new heights


Srinagar, June 19: Meral Kathwari, a 22-year-old Kashmiri girl, is taking the journey of her late father forward by expanding his carpet business and using technology to reach every corner of the globe.In the early 1980s, Meral’s father Tariq Kathwari started a carpet business in the Valley at Srinagar’s posh Polo View market when the situation was peaceful.“I was born ...

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RBI Issues New Rs 500 Notes With Inset Letter ‘A’


NEW DELHI, June 13: The Reserve Bank of India has issued a new batch of Rs 500 denomination notes, an official said here on Tuesday. The central bank, in a statement, said this was in continuation of the Rs 500 denomination bank notes in Mahatma Gandhi (new) series from time to time which are currently legal tender. “A new batch ...

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