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Strong earthquake in Afghanistan shakes south Asia

Strong earthquake in Afghanistan shakes south Asia

A major earthquake has hit Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and parts of India, with early reports suggesting extensive damage caused in mountainous areas. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a 7.5 magnitude, with the epicentre in the province of Badakhshan, which borders Tajikistan and China, in the Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan’s far […]

Human rights violations in PoK: NGO report had raised red flag over torture, repression in 2006

Human rights violations in PoK: NGO report had raised red flag over torture, repression in 2006

Even as Pakistan accuses India of large-scale rights violations and repression in Jammu and Kashmir, a recent news report has highlighted ‘massive human rights violations’ in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. CNN-IBN has reported that the Pakistani establishment is using ‘brute force’ to suppress rebellion in the region. This is not the first time that such allegations have […]

Solid US jobs report bolsters case for Fed rate hike

Solid US jobs report bolsters case for Fed rate hike

US employment rose at a solid clip in July and wages rebounded after a surprise stall in the prior month, signs of an improving economy that opened the door wider to a Federal Reserve interest rate increase in September. Nonfarm payrolls increased 215,000 last month as a pickup in construction and manufacturing jobs offset further […]

Bengaluru the cleanest, Patna the dirtiest: Govt data

Bengaluru the cleanest, Patna the dirtiest: Govt data

Mysore has topped the Swachh Bharat rankings among 476 cities in the country with three more places from Karnataka figuring in the top 10. Among urban local bodies in the national capital, Delhi Cantonment was ranked 15th in the list and New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) 16th, while Municipal Corporation of Delhi was at 398th […]

106 cos faced prosecution over PF returns in FY15: Minister

106 cos faced prosecution over PF returns in FY15: Minister

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has launched 106 prosecution cases against defaulting employers for non-submission of returns during 2014-15. However, the number of prosecutions against non-submission of returns has come down substantially over the past five years, the government said in Parliament on Monday. In 2013-14, 414 such cases faced prosecution, 317 in 2012-13, […]

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspends 25 Congress MPs for 5 days

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspends 25 Congress MPs

The Monsoon Session of Parliament continued to be a washout as both the Houses witnessed another day of disruptions and adjournments on Monday. Congress-led opposition parties continued to stall the proceedings of Parliament, inviting the ire of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who went on to suspend at least 25 opposition MPs for five days. […]

Petrol price cut by Rs 2.43/litre, diesel by Rs 3.60

Petrol price cut by Rs 2.43/litre, diesel by Rs 3.60 - If and What

Petrol price was cut by Rs 2.43 per litre and diesel by Rs 3.60 a litre, the third reduction in rates this month, with effect from midnight on Friday. Petrol price was cut by Rs 2.43 per litre and diesel by Rs 3.60 a litre, the third reduction in rates this month, with effect from […]

Hillary, Bill Clinton earn more than $139 m between 2007-14

Hillary, Bill Clinton earn more than $139 m between 2007-14

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, earned more than USD 139 million between 2007 and 2014, according to eight years of federal income tax returns released by her campaign. The returns released today show that the Clintons paid an overall federal tax rate of 31.6 per cent during […]

PM envisions second green revolution in eastern states

PM envisions second green revolution in eastern states

<br /><br /> <img src=”http://ifandwhat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/p” /> Making an appeal to agricultural scientists to take their research from laboratory to the field, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday¬†envisioned “second green revolution” in the eastern states. “I can see clearly that the second green revolution will take place from eastern states like Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, […]

PM launches new scheme for power reforms in rural areas

PM launches new scheme for power reforms in rural areas

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana’ for power sector reforms in rural areas with a view to ensuring round the clock electricity supply to farmers and rural households. Speaking at the launch of the scheme, Modi said that development is the panacea for all problems related […]

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