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Lok Sabha passes 10% job quota bill for upper caste poor; also covers private education institutions

The Lok Sabha has passed a Constitution amendment billthat aims to provide 10 per cent reservation for general category poor. The bill provides reservation in the central as well as educational government jobs, which also includes private higher educational institutions, to those belonging to the economically weaker sections from the upper castes. The bill will now be presented in the Rajya Sabha today. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the bill will stand legal scrutiny. The bill was passed after discussion for about five hours

Flipkart's Myntra narrows consolidated losses to Rs 178.7 crore for 2017-18

Online fashion retailer Myntra has narrowed its consolidated losses to Rs 178.7 crore for 2017-18, compared with a loss of Rs 655.8 crore in the previous fiscal. The Flipkart-owned company saw its total income grew nearly threefold to Rs 427.4 crore in 2017-18

5G rollout: DoT asks technical body to finalise IoT, M2M standards in 2 months

The Department of Telecom has asked its technical body to finalise standards for Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine technology in two months as the country aspires to roll out 5G services at par with the rest of the world. The Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) under the department is preparing finalising standards for telecom equipment and devices for 5G services.
 
Grand Orange Bag Days sale: Online grocery platform Grofers offers cashback of Rs 5,000

In a bid to outpace competitors in the emerging segment, online grocery platforms such as Grofers, BigBasket, Amazon Pantry have been rolling out discounts and cashbacks. The latest similar offer comes from Grofers who are claiming to give 100% cashback. Called the Grand Orange Bag Days, customers will have to join the programme to avail the cashback of up to Rs 5,000 and the deadline to join the programme is January 12

WhatsApp to soon introduce fingerprint authentication feature on Android

Facebook-owned messaging platform, WhatsApp, has finally started working on a fingerprint locking mechanism for Android phones. The new authorisation method will make the third party locking apps, which were very popular, redundant

Agri loans worth Rs 10,253-crore disbursed by Syndicate Bank turned into NPAs in 5 years


Agriculture loans worth Rs 10,253 crore disbursed by Syndicate Bank have turned into non-performing assets (NPAs) in the last five fiscal years until March 2018, revealed an RTI query. The NPA of the public sector bank increased in the last three fiscals, with the bad loans soaring to Rs 3,851 crore in 2017-2018

Private FM channels permitted to broadcast AIR news; Naxal areas kept out of ambit

Prasar Bharati on Tuesday permitted private FM radio broadcasters to carry All India Radio news in English and Hindi free of cost on a trial basis till May 31 this year. The broadcasting agency, however, refrained FM channels to broadcast news in Naxalism-affected areas.

After quota for general category, govt likely to announce tax, housing loan exemption for middle class


A day after the Narendra Modi government played a masterstroke to woo the upper castes by announcing 10 per cent reservation in jobs, the government could soon offer more surprises, especially for the middle class. The finance ministry is mulling on a couple of measures like increasing the savings limit under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, providing tax benefits to pensioners and lowering of interest rates on housing loans