Saturday, September 26, 2020


Protests by farmers disrupts life in Punjab, Haryana

CHANDIGARH: Cutting across party lines, the day-long statewide protests by farmers evoked a good response in Punjab and Haryana as normal life was disrupted, but in Chandigarh it was almost normal.

Capt Amarinder expresses shock at Union gri Minister's atrocious lies against Punjab Govt and Congress

CHANDIGARH: Expressing shock at Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s atrocious lies over Punjab’s and the Congress party’s stand on the controversial Farm Bills, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said the BJP leader had clearly shed even the pretense of fairness and honesty in pursuit of his party’s demonic agenda.

Harley-Davidson plans to close India manufacturing facility

NEW DELHI: Cruiser bikes giant Harley-Davidson on Thursday said that it plans to close its manufacturing facility in Haryana's Bawal and significantly reduce the size of its sales office in Gurugram.

Farmer bodies gear up for 'Bandh' on Friday

NEW DELHI:  Over two dozen farmer organisations have announced support to the 'Bandh' call on Friday to protest against the farm Bills passed by Parliament amid massive protests from 18 political parties.

Imports fall leads to NZ's largest trade surplus in 6 yrs

WELLINGTON: New Zealand imports fell nearly NZ$1 billion ($650 million) in August, leading to the country's largest annual trade surplus since 2014, the Stats NZ said on Thursday.

CITCO Banquet halls in Chandigarh reopen

CHANDIGARH: Now residents of Chandigarh shall be able to enjoy highly nutritive but low-colorie food at affordable price at CITCO Banquet Halls as the management of CITCO has decided to reopen its halls after long time due to COVID 19.  With the Government’s directive  permitting gathering of 100 individuals  in social events from September 21 under Unlock 4.0 , CITCO’s five star property Hotel Mountview and four star property Hotel Shivalikview are opened to register bookings for organizing  Weddings , Conference or any gatherings up to 100 pax.

Microsoft announces Azure Communication Services

SEATTLE:  In an effort to help customers connect better with businesses in the remote working times, Microsoft has announced Azure Communication Services which is the first fully managed communication platform offering from a major Cloud provider.

Punjab Cabinet approves rules for conduct of business of Punjab state police complaints authority

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Sing, on Wednesday approved the rules for governing the conduct of business of the Punjab State Police Complaints Authority, 2020, set up earlier this year to probe allegations of serious misconduct against police officers of the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police/Deputy Commissioner of Police & above.

RS adjourned sine die amid opposition boycott

NEW DELHI:After the completion of its legislative business, the Rajya Sabha was on Wednesday adjourned sine die even as the opposition continued to boycott the session on the third consecutive day after the suspension of eight lawmakers over Sunday's pandemonium.

Manali Petrochem to triple propylene glycol production

CHENNAI:Targeting the domestic market for imported propylene glycol, Manali Petrochemicals Ltd. has decided to more than triple its production capacity to 70,000 tonne per annum (tpa) at an outlay of Rs 150 crore, said a top group official.

LS to adjourn sine die, 3 Bills listed on Wednesday

NEW DELHI:As the Lok Sabha is to adjourn sine die on Wednesday, the government has listed three Bills for the Legislative Business of the day to pass it in the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament.

China pursuing 'Xinjiang-style' forced labour system in Tibet

NEW DELHI:In a shocking revelation, it has been found out that the Chinese government is pursuing a Xinjiang-style system of forced labour in Tibet, a region which, though suffering from suppression, until now has not been subjected to such atrocities.

Stakeholder consultations being held for retail trade policy: Goyal

NEW DELHI:  Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said consultations with stakeholders are afoot for the formulation of a National Retail Trade Policy.

Affluent Indians lead food delivery market recovery: Zomato CEO

NEW DELHI: In a sign that Indians are now no more afraid of ordering food despite a surge in caseloads, Zomato on Wednesday revealed that the food delivery sector has recovered to (and even grown beyond) pre-Covid levels in a number of large pockets of the country, led by some of the most affluent residential areas in the country.

KKR to invest Rs 5,500 cr in Reliance Retail ventures

MUMBAI:Reliance Industries Limited on Wednesday announced that global investment firm KKR will invest Rs 5,550 crore into its subsidiary Reliance Retail Ventures Limited to pick up 1.28 per cent equity in the company.

Punjab CM announces reduction in market & rural development fee for basmati

CHANDIGARH:Paving the way to provide a level playing field for Basmati traders and millers from within and outside Punjab, especially in the light of the provisions of the new Agriculture Bills, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced reduction in the Market Development Fee (MDF) and the Rural Development Fee (RDF) rates, from 2% to 1% each.

Govt lists 4 Bills for passage in LS on Tuesday

NEW DELHI:The Central government has listed three Labour Bills and one Finance Bill for passage in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing session of Parliament on Tuesday.

With trade wars & conflicts, fabled China economy at risk

NEW DELHI:Chinese President Xi Jinping has been forced to acknowledge that his country's economic growth is facing a rising external risk and the export-driven model that established China as the factory for the world has run into rough weather.

As Covid hits Tripura badly, Sarkar targets govt on lawlessness

AGARTALA:Leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Monday slammed the BJP-led Tripura governemtn for a total lawlessness in the state amid spike in the Covid-19 cases.

Rana Sodhi imparts sports managerial skills to IIM students

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Sports, Youth Services and NRIs affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today imparted the sports managerial skills to the newly admitted students of two year Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management of IIM Rohtak.

Modi govt gives freedom to corporates to rob farmers by enacting black laws: Sunil Jakhar

BASSI PATHANA(Fatehgarh Sahib) CHANDIGARH:Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Sunil Jakhar said that by enacting “black-laws” on agriculture the Modi government gives freedom to corporates to rob the farmers.

The Esports Club launches pro league for Counter-Strike

BENGALURU: The Esports Club, a Bengaluru-based esports tournament platform, has announced its latest esports event, the Dell Gaming TEC Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

ASUS enters commercial PC market in India with 11 products

MUMBAI:  ASUS India, the Indian arm of Taiwanese IT major, on Monday forayed into the commercial PC market in India with launching "Expert Series" brand with 11 devices across laptops, desktops and All-in-Ones, targeting the key enterprise segments in the country.

IOC bets big on petrochemicals, forward integration into textile biz

NEW DELHI:Country's largest oil marketing company Indian Oil Corporation proposes to leverage its growing petrochemical operations to expand textile business as it looks to diversify operations and offset risks associated with oil operations.

New law to define agricultural products, trade areas

NEW DELHI:Aiming to double farmers' income by 2022, the Modi government has enacted a new law to provide an alternative channel for the sale of farm produce, apart from the agri markets operated under Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Acts of the respective states.

Govt to move six Bills in LS for passage on Monday

NEW DELHI:The central government is slated to move six Bills, including four pertaining to ordinances, for passage in the Lok Sabha on Monday. These Bills will be moved soon after the House assembles for the day at 3 pm.

K'tka CM proposal to cut down session to 3-day irks the opposition

BENGALURU:Even before the Legislature session commenced, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday hinted that the state was contemplating to reduce the legislature session from eight to three days owing to Covid-19 pandemic.

Visa, IfundWomen grant to empower Indian women entrepreneurs

MUMBAI:Visa along with its global partner IFundWomen on Monday announced a grant programme to empower women entrepreneurs in India.

Google Pay adds tap to pay feature for Axis, SBI card users

NEW DELHI:Google Pay in collaboration with Visa and banking partners on Monday rolled out tokenisation across its platform, enabling users to safely transact with their cards and use Tap-to-pay feature on near-field communication (NFC)-enabled point of sale (POS) terminals and online merchants.

Google Pay rolls out NFC-Based tokenised card payment in India

NEW DELHI:Google Pay in collaboration with Visa and banking partners on Monday rolled out tokenisation across its platform, enabling users to safely transact with their cards and use Tap-to-pay feature on near-field communication (NFC)-enabled point of sale (POS) terminals and online merchants.

AgustaWestland case: Hearing deferred to Sep 25

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Monday deferred the hearing to Friday on cognizance of supplementary charge sheet filed in connection with the alleged corruption in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.

Oracle, Walmart rescue TikTok in US with Trump's 'blessing'

SAN FRANCISCO:In a surprise move, Oracle and Walmart have come together to save TikTok from the ban, forming a new company called TikTok Global which will be headquartered in the US. President Donald Trump said he has given the deal his blessing.

Pak opposition parties form alliance to oust govt

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan's major opposition parties announced that they have formed an alliance to demand the ousting of the incumbent Imran Khan-led government, it was reported on Monday.

Chinese Communist Party announces plan to take control of private sector

NEW DELHI:China's President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party's Central Committee have laid out a plan in which the party has better control over private business in China.

Ericsson acquires Cradlepoint for $1.1bn to boost 5G presence

BENGALURU: Swedish telecommunication giant Ericsson has acquired Cradlepoint, the US-based market leader in Wireless Edge WAN 4G and 5G Enterprise solutions, for $1.1 billion.

Woman alleges gang-rape in Delhi 5-star hotel, one held

NEW DELHI:A woman, working as a tourist guide-cum-ticket booking agent, alleged that she was gang-raped in a five-star hotel in Delhi's Connaught Place after being enticed there on the pretext of providing her a loan at subsidised rates.

Mass suicide in Jaipur, 4 of jeweller's family found hanging

JAIPUR: In a shocking incident, the bodies of four members of a jeweller's family - a man, his wife and their two children - were found hanging at their residence in Jaipur on Saturday, said police officials.

Sangrur police busts two gangs of cyber scamsters for duping bank customers, six arrested

CHANDIGARH: In a coordinated operation, Punjab Police has busted two gangs of inter-state cyber scamsters and arrested six persons, who had defrauded a large number of innocent bank customers of their hard-earned money by impersonating as bank officials. Police have recovered Rs. 8.85 lakhs in cash 11 mobile phones, 9 handsets and 100 sim cards from their possession.

Modi government deceiving people by passing anti-farmer bills: Cabinet Minister Vijay Inder Singla

CHANDIGARH: School education and public works minister Punjab Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, on Saturday, lashed out at the Modi government for deceiving people by passing three bills stating agriculture reforms as these bills will break the backbone of Punjab which is the food basket of India. The cabinet minister termed the bills anti-farmer and said that these bills would pose a major threat to the people connected agriculture, directly or indirectly. Mr. Singla said that to justify their move, BJP leaders were continuously distorting facts as per their political convenience.

TikTok says disappointed with US move to ban app from Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO:Video-sharing social networking platform TikTok said it felt disappointed with the decision announced by the US Commerce Department blocking the download and update of the company's popular application starting Sunday.