India to tighten screws on banks’ ‘window dressing’ of accounts

NEW DELHI: The government is set to overhaul annual targets for public sector lenders this month, ending a focus on size that has long encouraged banks to inflate their loans and deposits at the year-end to hit growth objectives. Banking and government sources said the new targets, to be discussed at meetings with top state […]

Kashmir Apple Production Stagnant

SRINAGAR: The state’s per-hectare production of apple has remained stagnant since 2007-08, the government said Wednesday. “The present average yield of apple, which is 10 MT per hectare, has remained stagnant since 2007-08,” the government said in an official handout issued here. The information was given to the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in a […]

J&K to Introduce Crop Insurance Scheme

SRINAGAR: Minister for Horticulture, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri today visited several hailstorm-hit areas of dis-trict Anantnag and took on-the-spot stock of the damages caused to the fruit crop. During his extensive tour of the affected areas, the Mi-nister visited Dachanipora , Khoripora, Budroo, Saller, Kolar, Awoora, Wullarhama, Seer Hamadan, Hutmuda, Kiribal, Bo-ninumbal and other villages. […]

DLRC meeting held at Baramulla

BARAMULLA: In order to set up various income gene-rating units Rs.701.50 crores have been advanced by various financial institutions in Baramulla district during 2014-15. During the time various self help groups were established which stands linked with various banks. This was disclosed during a District Level Review Com-mittee (DLRC) meeting held at Dak Bungalow Baramulla […]

Death toll from Saudi airstrikes on Sa’ada rises to 42

SANAA: The death toll from the recent Saudi aerial offensive in the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada has risen to 42, including eight children. According to reports by the Yemeni media, eight more bodies were recovered from the site of the airstrikes in the town of Sahar on Thursday, increasing the number of the victims […]

Millions Pledge Allegiance To Islamic Republic’s Founder

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the gathering at Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum in southern Tehran TEHRAN: Millions of people across Iran marked the 26th anniversary of the demise of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Seyyed Rouhollah Khomeini. Supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addressed the gathering at the shrine where late Imam’s  grandson Seyyed […]

Google Apologises to PM for Image Search Results

NEW DELHI: India’s Twittersphere erupted in outrage upon finding their Prime Minister’s photo show up in a Google ‘Top 10 Criminal’ image search. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image was found in top 10 criminals of the world in a Google search engine late on Wednesday. Prime Minister Modi’s image appeared along with those of underworld […]

President’s motorcade involved in accident in Sweden

Stockholm : Swedish police say the motorcade of visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee was involved in a traffic accident that left nine people with minor injuries. Uppsala police spokesman Christer Nordstrom says the president and other top dignitaries were unharmed in Tuesday’s accident, which happened as Mukherjee was heading to an event at Uppsala University. […]

250 laid off at Disney, replaced with Indian workers holding H1-B visas

NEW YORK: Entertainment giant Walt Disney has laid off about 250 employees and replaced them with Indians holding H1-B visas, raising new questions on how outsourcing companies are using the temporary visas to bring immigrants into technology jobs in the US, according to a media report.  The layoff comes amid the continued debate over immigration […]

Mufti urges doctors from JK to return, contribute to health sector

Inaugurates Consensus Conference on Bariatric Surgeries at SKIMS  SRINAGAR– Promising to accord health sector Government’s highest priority, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today said the delivery system across the State will be upgraded in terms of manpower and equipment so that institutes like Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) primarily focus on advancement of research […]

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