Economy

FinMin registers 3.8% growth in GST collection; Declares to have counted Rs 97,597 cr of gross GST revenue

The total GST tax collected by the Central and the State government stands at Rs 97,597 crore for the month of March, 2020 as against the Rs1.25 trillion target for the month, amid an economic slowdown. In the April-March period of FY 20, GST revenue collection grew by 3.8% to Rs 12.2 trillion from the year ago period, as revealed by the official data on Wednesday. ..

Humble appeal! Companies can fulfill CSR obligations by donating to PM CARES Fund, MCA reiterates

Companies can fulfill their corporate social responsibility (CSR) obligations through donations to the newly formed Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund, the Corporate Affairs Ministry re-clarified on Monday...

RBI Governor Press: Here are 10 important highlights you need to know -

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a huge 75 basis points rate cut on March 27, bringing it to 4.40 percent from 5.15 percent. Announcing a series of measures to ensure liquidity and stability in the country’s financial system as India battles coronavirus, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the monetary policy committee (MPC) met almost a week ahead of the scheduled date...

Will India slip into recession amid the corona? Know here after RBI reduced repo rate by 75 basis points to 4.4%

Expressing rising probability that large parts of the world will slip into recession amid the corona chaos, the Monetary Policy Committee today reduced the repo rate by 75 basis points to 4.4 per cent and reverse repo-rate by 90 basis points to 4 per cent...

'No one will go hungry', FinMin announces corona virus relief package worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore; Highlights here

Nirmala Sitharaman and head of the Coronavirus Task Force formed under directions of the prime minister today announced a corona virus relief package worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore in a bid to contain the deadly COVID spread. "The package will also include a medical insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh per person to those at frontlines of fighting virus", she said while addressing a press conference...

COVID-19 Economic Task Force to soon announce economic relief package, FinMin reassures!

"COVID 19 Economic Task Force will soon announce an economic relief package", reassured FinMin Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday while the Centre has announced a slew of measures to provide relief to people and business community by relaxing the compliance and regulatory norms in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. ..

Economic package for COVID-hit sectors to be announced ASAP; Know how FinMin carves to manage..

"Economic package for the Corona virus-hit sectors will be announced as soon as possible", announced FinMin on Friday after meeting ministers and officials of civil aviation, animal husbandry, tourism and MSME ministries to take stock of the situation following the Covid-19 outbreak. ..

'India is not immune to COVID-19 outbreak', RBI warns India to suffer further if corona virus persists longer

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday announced two-step mechanism to fight the global effects of the new corona virus while addressing a hurried press meet as the market mayhem continued due to COVID-19...

'Do not worry; Everybody's money is safe', FinMin asks Yes Bank depositors to stay calm and trust RBI amid crisis

A day after the Reserve Bank of India placed the capital-starved Yes Bank under a moratorium, further capping deposit withdrawals at Rs 50,000 per account for a month, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday has made sure to the Yes Bank depositors that their money is safe. "RBI Guv has assured me that the matter will be resolved soon", she said while addressing the private channel. ..

After PMC, its Yes, the Yes Bank! RBI places the capital-starved under moratorium; Supersedes board

In a rare move, capital-starved Yes Bank was on Friday placed under a moratorium, with the RBI capping deposit withdrawals at Rs 50,000 per account for a month and superseding its board. With this, the Yes Bank now will not be able to grant or renew any loan or advance, make any investment, incur any liability or agree to disburse any payment...

Resurgent economy to make govt go forward with more confidence, says FinMin Sitharaman

"Economy is doing well in difficult circumstances. This will make government go forward with more confidence", asserted Finanace Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while addressing the delegates at a private news channel's awards event in Mumbai yesterday...

Knowledge is gained only by listening, contemplating and then practicing, says Dalai Lama

Gaya, January 6: Tibetan religious teacher Dalai Lama said that happiness is achieved only by doing well to others. If you bless someone, it will definitely be good for you. Reflect on it after listening. Knowledge will be gained only by listening, contemplating and then practicing. We should also abandon the bad company. Just and only listening will do nothing. These things were said by the Dalai Lama on Sunday during the discourse at the Kalachakra Maidan in Bodh Gaya. ..

Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s sacred message for humanity

This widely used exposition elucidates the journey of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in this world 550 years ago. His teachings, as expounded by the Sikh religion, have as much (if not more) relevance in today’s world’s as they had when he first espoused them to bring about a socio-religious change in a society tearing apart due to dogmatism and inherent contradictions. ..

Where Sita took Bhu-Samadhi: Uttarakhand plans to build grand temple in Pauri

Uttarakhand plans to build a grand Sita temple in Pauri area. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said in his address as chief guest at the Sharadotsav held in Pauri that the proposed Sita Mata circuit would prove to be a milestone in the development of Pauri. He said that work has also been started on this...

With echoes of Har Har Mahadev, Kedarnath closes its portals

On the auspicious occasion of Bhaiduj, the sacred portals of the Kedarnath shrine were closed for the winter. The doors of Kedarnath Dham were closed for the winter at 8.30 am according to the Lagna. Baba's Panchmukhi Bhogamurthy left for the Omkareshwar temple in winter with Army band tunes. Doli will rest at Rampur at the first stop today. On 31 October, Baba's Bhogamurti will be seated in the Omkareshwar temple for six months of worship...

Badrinath temple to be closed for public from November 17

The holy portals of the Badrinath temple in Uttarakhand will be closed to the public for winter. The ancient shrine will be closed on November 17. "Portals of the temple will be closed on November 17 for the winter season," said Chief Priest Ishwari Prashad Nambudiri...

LRO urges Meghalaya to remove Bible copies placed in Shillong hospital; Are evangelist’s targeting medical institutes?

Maligning the secular nature of medical facilities and placing religious entities before everything, the Shillong Civil Hospital has moved way ahead hinting on manipulating people to convert their religion. Following the newly established 'NIT Idol Precedent', Legal Rights Observatory has lodged a complaint to Meghalaya CS, Health Secretary and DC Shillong. The complaint intends to draw attention towards the ill practises of conversion in the name of medical facilities which also violates the spirit ..

For safe Kanwar Yatra, Uttarakhand gets ready with some rules

In order to have safe Kanwar Yatra starting from July 17, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Friday chaired a high-level meeting. The Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage of Lord Shiva's devotees. The Kanwarias (pilgrims) visit Haridwar, Gaumukh, and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch holy waters of River Ganga...

Shri Amarnath Yatra: A pilgrimage of great sanctity requiring discipline in conduct

The annual pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath in Kashmir, for this year, is scheduled to commence on 01 July and culminate on 15 August, the auspicious day of “Raksha Bandhan. The Yatra (pilgrimage) is an event that probably rivals the Kumbh Mela’s in terms of sanctity and religious significance. ..

Adding essence of bhakti from Karnataka, Ayodhya unveils 7 feet high Lord Ram's statue

Adding more essence of bhakti from Karnataka, the birthplace of Lord Rama Ayodhya unveiled seven feet in height wooden Idol of Lord Ram at Tulsi Upawan today. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiled the idol while on the visit to Ayodhya today and where he took part in various programmes. This Idol is brought from Karnataka. Lord Ram's world’s highest Idol is yet to be set up at River Saryu bank in future...

On the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, Jharkhand gifts five-storeyed Haj House

On the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das inaugurated the Haj House on Tuesday. Inaugurating the 50 crore rupees Haj House, which can accommodate about 1,000 people for offering Namaaz, CM Das said his government has faith in winning the confidence of all the people...

More than 1 lakh pilgrims touch Lord Kedarnath’s feet

Since the sacred Char Dham Yatra has opened its portals for darshan, the number of pilgrims visited is very impressive. In the last 12 days, the number of pilgrims who reached Kedarnath Dham has crossed one lakh. 10 to 15 thousand people are reaching every day. However, during the same period last year, one lakh 43 thousand passengers had arrived...

Marking birth anniversary of a prince who sacrificed everything to teach non-violence, peace, compassion and service to humanity ‘Lord Buddha’

A prince who left his home in search of peace and meditated for 49 days continuously is the 4th largest religion in the world. Buddha, also known as ‘The Awakened One’ or ‘The Enlightened One’ embarked on his beautiful journey to self-discovery after he witnessed human suffering in the world. As the world today celebrates Buddha Purnima to mark his birth anniversary, it is also that today he attained Nirvana under the Mahabodhi tree at Bodh Gaya. ..

Sacred Portals of Badrinath shrine opens today

Finally the Char Dham Yatra has started in full swing as the portals of Badrinath Shrine have been thrown open early this morning amid chants of Vedic Hymns after a six-month-long winter break. Governor Baby Rani Maurya performed Pooja Archana on the auspicious occasion...

With echoes of Har Har Mahadev, Kedarnath opens its portals

Today one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, Lord Kedarnath opened its portal after a six-month-long winter break for the devotees who come from every corner to have the glimpse of their dear Lord Shiva. The gates of the temple decorated with flowers opened at 6.15 am in the presence of priests and scores of devotees. The idol of Lord Shiva, which was moved to his winter abode Omkareshwar Temple at Ukhimath, was reinstalled at Kedarnath after performing Bhairavnath puja...

Char Dham opens its sacred portals today

Today the sacred portals of the world-renowned and much awaited Chardham yatra were opened. On the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya, Gangotri and Yamunotri Dhams have been opened for pilgrims. Gangotri Dham's sacred portal was opened at 11.30 in the morning whereas Yamunotri Dham portal at 1.15 in the afternoon. A large number of devotees was present to witness the grand opening of the shrines and offered pujas. The doors of Kedarnath and Badrinath will be opened on May 9 and 10 respectively...

Vase of Auspicious omen: Akshay Tritiya

Today the whole country is celebrating, Akshay Tritiya or Akha Teej, a Hindu occasion that falls on the Lunar day (3rd Tithi) of Shukla Paksha of the Indian month of Vaisakha. Considered to be one of the luckiest days for Hindus, it has fallen on May 7 this year. As per the Hindu almanac, Akha Teej falling on a Rohini Nakshatra is even more auspicious. ..

Uttarakhand all set to welcome pilgrims for Char Dham Yatra

With just about a fortnight left for the Char Dham Yatra to commence, the state administrative machinery and medical department have started preparations to not just ensure the success of the annual pilgrimage but also to make sure that the number of deaths of pilgrims due to extreme cold conditions prevalent in the four shrine towns are minimised...

49-day long Kumbh Mela formally concludes in Prayagraj

In Uttar Pradesh, Kumbh 2019 the largest religious congregation in the world, concluded on Monday with over one crore devotees taking the holy dip at Sangam in Prayagraj on the occasion of 'Mahashivratri'...

Enlightening perspective to Mahashivratri: Sadhguru and followers to stay awake the whole night like our Jawans do

Giving an enlightened perspective to Mahashivratri, Isha foundation founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev connected with people with a message that ‘Staying awake and alert the whole night may be a new concept for you. But not for our brave jawans! This Mahashivratri night let us stay awake and meditate for eliminating the enemy within.’..

Sangam witnessing the last dip of the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj

The Sangam is witnessing the last dip of the Kumbh Mela on the occasion of Mahashivratri at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh today. The day symbolises the last holy bath of the Kalpvasis and is directly related to Lord Shiva...

From forceful conversion to silent persecutions, displaced Hindu from Pakistan asks ‘who am I?’

Highlighting atrocities of Hindu minority, a documentary by Prakash Jha ‘Who am I?’ rightly targets the plight of displaced Hindus from Pakistan. Forced conversion to Islam, especially targeting young girls have led tremendous fear among the people who are going through ‘silent’ religious persecution in Pakistan. The issue is big, as Hindu community of Pakistan, has been subjected to the gravest human rights violations in Pakistan and deprivation of basic amenities and lack of support...

Know the weather during Kumbh Mela via these stations

If you are the one who is going to visit Kumbh Mela which is going to be held from January 15 then you will be safe from weather side as a special weather service for Kumbh Mela has been launched...

Sabarimala issue for Dummies

Sabarimala devotion is holding Kerala Hindus together, where there is no caste or any other discrimination. They know the day they can break Hindu faith, Breaking India forces can have a free run, like it was done in Kashmir valley...

The story of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh

Some acts and deeds are so profound that they change the course of history! One such is the martyrdom of the two younger sons of the tenth master of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji! The young and innocent boys, Sahibzada (Prince) Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh attained martyrdom on 26, December, 1705, when they were brutally murdered by Wazir Khan the Mughal Governor of Sirhind. ..

Swaminarayan Sansthan manages to transform 30 years old church into a Hindu temple

A 30-year-old church has recently been transformed into a Hindu temple in the Portsmouth, Virginia in the United States. The Swaminarayan Sansthan who has made this miracle happen will conduct the Pran-Prastistha or consecration ceremony for the idols once the church is restored as a temple. ..

Love, kindness, compassion and tolerance are qualities common to all...

Dalai Lama..

Sabarimala: Lord at the Mercy of Lordship

When faith gets pitted against the Constitution, one is bound to ask that if such a situation has aroused by choice or chance. The Sabarimala Temple in the state of Kerala has been at the eye of the storm that has torn the social fabric of the state. The recent Supreme Court judgement has changed the long-standing tradition of allowing only women below 10 and above 50 years to visit the shrine in the dense forests, at the Periyar Tiger Reserve. ..

Kerala govt favours 2 Days exclusively for women at Sabarimala Temple

The Kerala government is in favour of keeping two days exclusively for women pilgrims to offer prayers at the Sabarimala temple, a law officer of the state government told the High Court on Friday...

Chardham Yatra ends after closure of Badrinath temple gates for winters

The portals of Uttarakhand's Badrinath Shrine have been closed for winter season amid chants and hymns on today evening. The shrine has been decorated with flowers for the closing ceremony which will be witnessed by a large number of devotees gathered for the occasion from India and abroad...

Hajj pilgrimage opens digital gate; Online application begins, register now!

Announcing dates and schedule for Hajj 2019, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi slated the dates for online application process to commence from October 18, Thursday. The Union Minister also noted that the offline application process will start from October 22, 2018. ..

Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution…

Gaur Gopal Das..

Hinduism should not be viewed through the narrow prism of Marxism

Tarnishing the image of Hinduism is the main goal of the Mainstream Media (MSM) and the intellectuals who view at it from Western angles...

Kerala women too protest SC verdict on Sabarimala entry

Ironically though, thousands of women and men on Tuesday marched in protest of the Supreme Court verdict removing the age restrictions and allowing entry to all the female devotees at the Sabarimala Temple in the state...

SC opens gates of Sabarimala Temple for women

The Supreme Court today paved the way for the entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in its 4:1 verdict, said banning the entry of women into the shrine is gender discrimination and the practice violates rights of Hindu women. It said religion is a way of life basically to link life with divinity...

Outer peace is possible only when there is inner peace & the way to create inner peace is through meditation & an attitude of service…

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar..

We think that happiness is like some kind of commodity... No, when your life comes to ease, happiness is a natural consequence…

Sadhguru..

Knowledge is a combination of facts and concepts. Facts are not concepts.You can measure facts, not concepts…

Devdutt Pattanaik..

Jain Monk Tarun Sagar passes away at 51; Prez Kovind, PM Modi condoles

Jain Monk Tarun Sagar passed away on Saturday after a prolonged illness at the age of 51 years. Tarun Sagar took his last breathe at around 3 AM on Saturday at Radhapuri Jain temple in east Delhi’s Krishna Nagar area...

#DigitalIndia on religious path; now book darshan, ritual timing for Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Taking a Digital India Mission a further step ahead, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh has initiated a single window system from today for devotees. From now on any devotee can do advance booking of rituals related to Lord Shiva...

Despite OPEN and CLOSE being opposite words, we only OPEN our hearts to someone CLOSE to us...

Gaur Gopal Das ..

'Seva Bhoj Yojna' launched; lessening burden on religious institutions offering food free of cost

Union Ministry of Culture has launched a scheme to reimburse the central share of CGST and IGST on food, Prasad, langar or Bhandara offered by religious and charitable institutions on Wednesday...

Only when you begin to experience one as something more than a person, only then they will be your Guru, till then they may not…

Sadhguru..

Security Forces showed thumbs up by evacuating all stranded Mansarovar Pilgrims in U’khand

Our Security forces on Tuesday said “Mission Accomplished” when they evacuated all the stranded pilgrims of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in Uttarakhand's Gunji. And also the normal movement of Yatris has again started...

Sharia courts will be dangerous for Muslim women and the country; VHP demands dissolution of AIMPLB

The VHP says that the establishment of Sharia Courts in all the districts of the country will be detrimental not only for the Muslim women but the entire nation. ..

Millions dreams coming true! India’s first group of Kailash Mansarovar Yatris enters China through Nathula Pass

Close to the much awaited destination of Kailash Mansarovar, many dreams have about to come true. India’s first officially organized group of Indian pilgrims has entered China through Nathula Pass. The Tibet autonomous region welcomed the pilgrims on Wednesday...

Creating an air bridge, Indian Air Force airlifts Kailash Mansarovar pilgrim’s yatra through helicopter

Hindering the journey of many pilgrims to the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra due to landslide and unfavorable weather conditions, the Indian Air Force came in as a rescue squad. The Indian Air Force worked as an air bridge between Pithoragarh and Gunji in effort to airlift 1,080 registered passengers to Gunji for annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra...

Har Har Mahadev! General V K Singh flags off first batch of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra

Hoping the pilgrims of the much awaited Kailash Manasarovar yatra 2018 conclude their journey smoothly, Union Minister of External Affairs general V K Singh flagged off the first batch comprising 60 yatris...

Kedarnath breaks its record: More than 5 lakh pilgrims seeks darshan in just one month

The fast-pious devotees who have reached the Kedarnath shrine in the last one month have been convinced that the number of pilgrims who reached Kedarnath Nath Dham this time will be much higher than the previous years...

This part of brain makes you experience ‘Spirituality’

Scientists have identified a possible neurobiological home for the spiritual experience—the sense of connection to something greater than oneself...

Giving relief to charitable trusts who provide free food, new scheme ‘SevaBhojYojna’ introduced

The Charitable trusts who provide Food/Prasad/Langar (Community Kitchen)/Bhandara free of cost without any discrimination to Public/Devotees, for them government has introduced a new scheme named ‘SevaBhojYojna’ in which envisages to reimburse the Central Government share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on purchase of raw items such as ghee, edible oil, atta/maida/rava/flour , rice pulses, sugar, burra/jiggery etc which go into preparation of food/Prasad..

Difference between Religious Propagation and Conversion

I implore all patriots, if his or her religion happens to be Christianity, to look deep into the meaning and significance of the act of conversion; the convert learns to look down upon his parents’ religion and culture; the significance of conversion is divisive for the family of the convert and the society at large. ..

Lord Kedarnath extends his Darshan timings: 2 hours increased due to impressive increase in Yatris this year

Looking at the wreath of devotees in Kedarnath, time of observation has been extended in the afternoon. For the first time after the calamity of 2013, such a large number of passengers are reaching Kedarnath. Mangesh Ghildiyal, District Magistrate of Rudraprayag, said that after watching the number of passengers, Badrinath-Kedar in the afternoon, after the talk of the temple committee, the time of Darshan has been extended for more than one and a half hours...

When meditating, You change world with your vibes

Sri Sri Ravi shankar ..

Faith has no boundaries: Hindu festival Narasimha Chaturdashi celebrated with grace and devotion in Pakistan

Faith has no boundaries whether it may be physical or geographical; the true devotion towards religions makes any environment sacred. Something same happened on the land of Pakistan on April 28th as in Karachi celebrated a Hindu festival that is Narasimha Chaturdashi with grace and devotion...

Char Dham Yatra opens its sacred portals: U’khand fully prepared to facilitate the devotees

Much awaited Char Dham Yatra has been started for its devotees as the Two Dhams that is Kedarnath and Badrinath have opened their holy portals and now all the four temples are open for pilgrimage...

Juna Akhada designates a Dalit Sadhu as Mahamandaleshwar

A sanyasi from the ‘Dalit’ community will be designated as “Mahamandaleshwar” of the Juna Akhada for the first time in the history of this largest organisation of the sadhus...

Devotion goes online: Now offer donation to Badri-Kedar dham via Paytm

We have seen many things going online like shopping, entertainment etc but now even religion goes online as the Badri-Kedar Temple Committee has opened the option of worshiping this year for devotees online. Not only this, devotees can now send donations and offerings to these Dhams through Paytm from anywhere in the country and the world...

Shri Hanuman: Symbol of true devotion, true friendship and backbone of powerful soul

Today, worshippers will be seen queuing up carrying small, tiny vessels of oil to have a single glimpse of super strong, a symbol of strength deity, Hanuman. Full moon day of Chaitra month marks as the birth anniversary of Hindu Deity Hanuman. He is the symbol of true devotion, true friendship, and backbone of a powerful soul...

Last Tirthankara of Jainism Lord Mahavira: Take a vow on his birth anniversary to follow these 5 preaching

Mahavira Jayanti, a significant day for the Jain community across the world, is being celebrated today this year. The festival is considered to be the most important one for Jains and marks the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the last and 24th Tirthankara...