Kerala introduces cess on petrol, diesel and liquor amid financial crunch

Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal announced a cess on petrol, diesel and liquor in the second full budget of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government on Thursday. A social security cess of Rs 2 per litre will be slapped on petrol and diesel. In his budget speech, Balagopal said this is expected to bring in…

Troubled waters: Tension rises between US, Indonesia and China over South China Sea

In an increasingly assertive move, a Chinese coastguard vessel patrolled near the contested waters of the Natuna Sea which lies in the Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ) of Indonesia. The incursion was responded to with a warship, a maritime patrol plane and a drone deployed by Indonesia for reconnaissance in the…

NIA gets mail threatening terror attack in Mumbai by person with Taliban links

 The National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) Mumbai office on Thursday received an email threatening that a person would carry out a terror attack in the financial capital. The email claimed that a person linked to the Taliban would carry out the attack in Mumbai, as reported by PTI. Following the threat, the city…

Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra launched in India: Price, specifications and more 

Samsung Galaxy S23 series is now official in India. The lineup includes three phones — the Galaxy S23, the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra. In India, the Samsung Galaxy S23 is priced at Rs 74,999 while the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra start at a price of Rs 94,999 and Rs 1,24,999…

Explained: Why Adani Group called off flagship company’s FPO

Adani Group called off the Rs 20,000 crore follow-on public offering (FPO) of its flagship firm on Wednesday, just a day after it was fully subscribed. It came as a surprise to the stock market and the investor community as such moves are rarely seen. The Gautam Adani-owned conglomerate came out with a statement,…

‘Would end war within 24 hours’: Donald Trump on Russia-Ukraine conflict

 Former US President Donald Trump has claimed he could negotiate an end to the Russia-Ukraine conflict if he was still in the White House. “If I were President, the Russia-Ukraine war would not have happened. Never in a million years,” he said in a policy video posted on spokesperson Liz…

Budget 2023: Science & Technology gets a boost, space allocation sliced

 The Ministry of Science & Technology has been allocated Rs 16,361 crore in the budget 2023-24 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament on Wednesday. The allocation is over Rs 2000 crore more than what the ministry received in the previous budget. The new figures were released by the…

Tech layoffs 2023: PayPal to fire 2,000 employees across departments to cut costs

The start of 2023 witnessed thousands of employees losing their jobs. The mass layoffs across tech companies proved that even big giants like Google, Microsoft and Amazon are not immune to the challenges posed by the economic slowdown. Companies are taking stricter measures to rescue costs and control expenditure amid…

Pakistan mosque blast killing 100 was ‘revenge attack’ against police: Cops

An explosion at a mosque in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar that killed 100 people, including an imam, and injured over 150 others, was a targeted revenge attack, a police chief told AFP on Tuesday. Around 400 police personnel were present for afternoon prayers at the mosque’s compound on Monday in…

Western allies differ over fighter jets for Ukraine as Russia claims advances

Ukraine’s defence minister is expected in Paris on Tuesday to meet President Emmanuel Macron amid a debate among Kyiv’s allies over whether to provide fighter jets for its war against Russia, after US President Joe Biden ruled out giving F-16s. Ukraine planned to push for Western fourth-generation fighters…