Cellphones, cars and motorcycles, fruit juices, perfumes, and footwear are among the several items that will become costlier after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday hiked customs duties on them in Union Budget 2018-19. However, select items such as imported raw cashew nuts, solar tempered glass and raw. . . . .
India's ranking in Democracy Index 2017, released by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), has slipped down to 42nd spot from 32nd last year and classified among "flawed democracies". India 's overall score has fallen to 7.23 points, even though it scored well on electoral process and pluralism (9.17). However, it has. . . . .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first Khelo India School Games in the national capital and exhorted the nation to usher in a sporting revolution. The mission aims to develop a sporting culture in the country, identify talents from grassroots and groom them for international success. The National Capital. . . . .
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley delivered his Budget 2018 speech, with the government focusing on the agricultural sector and farmers' income. Signalling that fiscal prudence has gone off track, Jaitley proposed a fiscal deficit target of 3.3 percent of GDP for 2018-19. The target he had set for 2018-19 last year. . . . .
The government and World Bank signed a $100 million (about Rs 6,400 crore) loan agreement to promote rural economy in selected blocks of Tamil Nadu across 26 districts, benefiting over 4 lakh people. The Tamil Nadu Rural Transformation Project will create an enabling environment for producer. . . . .
Celebrating the game, Football Delhi honored the Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri announcing his birthday to be celebrated as Delhi’s Football Day. Football Delhi took the decision during their first executive meeting of the year, chaired by president Shaji Prabhakaran. The 33-year-old, who had spent his initial. . . . .