New Delhi: The Union cabinet in its meeting on Wednesday would take up proposals to relax foreign direct investment (FDI) in various sectors, including single brand retail and digital media, as announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden Budget last month. The liberal FDI regime is expected to attract foreign players to invest in the country which is facing a slowdown. Seeking to make India more attractive FDI destination globally, Sitharaman had said that government would examine suggestions of further opening up of FDI in aviation, media (animation) and insurance sectors in consultation with all stakeholders. The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi may also consider approving an ordinance to roll back surcharge on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). Sources said it had been decided to take ordinance route to scrap the higher surcharge. In a sort of mini Budget which included a flurry of measures to boost economy, Finance Minister had … [Read more...] about Cabinet May Relax FDI In Retail, Okay Ordinance To Roll Back FPI Surcharge
Barack and Michelle Obama recently took to Twitter to share their summer playlist. Tweeting a list of 44 songs, the former US President, wrote, "With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy." The playlist features artists ranging from Drake and Beyoncé to Steely Dan and Frank Sinatra. With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, som… https://t.co/f41MILYSBr— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) 1566660956000 The former President and First Lady spent the summer jamming to recent hits like the 'Old Town Road' remix, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes's hit 'Senorita', and 'Juice' by Lizzo. They also stuck to some old favourites, like the iconic 'I've Got You Under My Skin' by Frank Sinatra and 'Happy' by The Rolling Stones. 'Too Good' by Drake ft. Rihanna topped the list, and 'MOOD … [Read more...] about The Obamas spent summer listening to these songs; how many made it to your playlist?
Email By political reporter Henry Belot Updated November 21, 2017 20:10:40 Photo: The House of Representatives will not return until December 4. (ABC News: Timothy Stevens) Related Story: Banks' 'disregard' for the law may lead Government MPs to back inquiry Related Story: Same-sex marriage divisions within Government reignite push for banking inquiry Map: Australia The Federal Government has cancelled a sitting week for the House of Representatives to allow the Senate to finish debating the same-sex marriage bill before it goes to the Lower House. Key points:Christopher Pyne says delay necessary so Senate could finish debating same-sex marriage before bill is passed to House of RepresentativesPushes back December 1 deadline for all politicians to disclose citizenship statusGovernment denies suggestions the cancellation is an effort to protect its numbers in Lower House The leader of the Government in the House of Representatives, Christopher Pyne, said once it had … [Read more...] about Government cancels sitting week to deal with SSM vote, clean up citizenship mess
'We have severely under-invested in waste water treatment.' IMAGE: Pollution and excessive usage has transformed the Ganga into a toxic drain. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters Earlier this year, a NITI Aayog report rang loud alarm bells. It claimed that 21 cities in India, including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad, would run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting around 100 million people. The report also said 40% of India's population would have no access to drinking water by 2030. However, no one could verify where these numbers came from or how this conclusion was arrived upon. While there is no denying that India needs to take charge of its water management, it is far from clear what exactly needs to be done. After finishing her BTech from Mumbai, Veena Srinivasan did an interdisciplinary master's degree at Boston University and followed it up with a PhD on urban water systems in Chennai at Stanford University. At the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, … [Read more...] about Why we need to pay more for the water we use
The nominations for the Grammy Awards, the highest honours in the music industry, were announced on Wednesday. Following is a list of nominations in key categories. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony hosted by Alicia Keys in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. Album of the Year “I, I” — Bon Iver “Norman F***ing Rockwell!” — Lana Del Rey “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — Billie Eilish “Thank U, Next” — Ariana Grande “I Used to Know Her” — H.E.R. “7” — Lil Nas X “Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)” — Lizzo “Father of the Bride” — Vampire Weekend Record of the Year: “Hey, Ma” — Bon Iver “Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish “7 Rings” — Ariana Grande “Hard Place” — H.E.R. “Talk” — Khalid “Old Town Road” — Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus “Truth … [Read more...] about Grammy Awards 2020: Key Nominations