The portal was launched in May 2018 to bring transparency in power purchase transactions between generators and discoms.
The portal was launched in May 2018 to bring transparency in power purchase transactions between generators and discoms.

Power gencos outstanding dues on discoms rises 57% to 73K cr in July

  • According to PRAAPTI portal, distribution companies owed a total of 46,779 crore to power generation companies in July 2018
  • Overdues of independent power producers amount to over 23.57% of the total overdue of 54,342 crore on discoms

Fires burn in the distance after a drone strike by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group on Saudi company Aramco's oil processing facilities, in Buqayq. (Reuters)
Fires burn in the distance after a drone strike by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group on Saudi company Aramco's oil processing facilities, in Buqayq. (Reuters)

Saudis race to restore oil output after Aramco attacks

  • State energy producer Saudi Aramco lost about 5.7 million barrels per day of output
  • Aramco could consider declaring force majeure on some international shipments if the resumption of full capacity at Abqaiq takes weeks

The committee was set up in April on mines, minerals and coal sectors to identify key challenges and negate their impact. (Photo: Bloomberg)
The committee was set up in April on mines, minerals and coal sectors to identify key challenges and negate their impact. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Tata, Vedanta mining leases end in March; Govt to reject leases of many firms

  • Mining industry had sought extension of leases of all operational non-captive mines for a period of 10 years beyond 2020
  • The move will impact about 334 mines belonging to companies such as Tata Steel, Vedanta Limited and others

Meanwhile, the labour minister Sunday said that the youth are not outraged because of his statements and blamed Congress for creating an issue Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Meanwhile, the labour minister Sunday said that the youth are not outraged because of his statements and blamed Congress for creating an issue Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Labour minister Gangwar says ‘no shortage of jobs’, sparks political criticism

  • 'Recruiters who visit north India complain of facing dearth of quality people for the posts they need to fill,' said Gangwar on Saturday
  • Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the govt was trying to escape blame for the job losses due to economic slowdown by such 'insulting' comments

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A file photo of Rajnish Kumar, SBI chairman (Photo: PTI)

SBI shelves IPO plans for general insurance arm, card JV to hit market in Q4

  • SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar said the bank has dropped its plan to take its general insurance arm public as there is no need for additional capital now
  • SBI General, valued at over 12,000 crore recently, is a joint venture between SBI and Insurance Australia Group with a 26% ownership

A drone policy 2.0 is being worked out to open up the use of UAVs to carry payloads by businesses. (Photo: Reuters)
A drone policy 2.0 is being worked out to open up the use of UAVs to carry payloads by businesses. (Photo: Reuters)

Is India prepared to deal with drone-based terrorist attacks?

  • Under the new regulations, every UAV that weighs above 250g and can fly over an altitude of 50 feet has to be registered and regulated through an online platform called Digital Sky
  • Experts feel that the govt should first try to have some kind of an anti drone system in place physically in the sky which can shoot or bring down rogue drones quickly

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FM Sitharaman said the existing schemes for refund of duties and taxes to exporters will continue till the end of this year (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
FM Sitharaman said the existing schemes for refund of duties and taxes to exporters will continue till the end of this year (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Modi govt seeks to lift housing market, exports to arrest economic downturn

  • Sitharaman announced a host of steps to support housing and export sectors in a bid to create more jobs and to reverse an economic downturn
  • The measures announced, include easing of foreign borrowing norms to facilitate low cost funds for affordable housing, overhaul of tax refund schemes for exporters, priority sector tag for export credit

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (Photo: Reuters)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (Photo: Reuters)

Pakistan could lose conventional war with India: Imran Khan

  • Khan ruled out the possibility of dialogue with India in the aftermath of the country's decision to abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to J&K
  • He told Al Jazeera that a war could be consequential considering the two neighbouring countries are nuclear-armed

Typically, it takes about 15 days to carry out the verifications and process a home loan application. (Photo: iStock)
Typically, it takes about 15 days to carry out the verifications and process a home loan application. (Photo: iStock)

Soon, you will be able to track your loan application status online

  • Given the complexity and the long process involved before a loan is sanctioned, tracking its status can help you save time and plan your next course of action accordingly
  • Some lending institutions already have a loan application tracking facility on their websites, but the service is limited to few specific type of loan applications

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The Indian Air Force has signed an over  ₹250 crore contract with Israel with Mark 84 warhead and bombs which can destroy buildings completely. (ANI )
The Indian Air Force has signed an over 250 crore contract with Israel with Mark 84 warhead and bombs which can destroy buildings completely. (ANI )

Indian Air Force receives Spice-2000 'building blaster' buster bombs

  • The Indian Air Force has signed an over 250 crore contract with Israel with Mark 84 warhead and bombs which can destroy buildings completely
  • During the Balakot strikes, the Air Force had dropped Spice-2000 bombs from Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Photo: Raj K. Raj/HT (Raj K. Raj/HT)
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Photo: Raj K. Raj/HT (Raj K. Raj/HT)

Association with IIM-Lucknow will help UP become $1 trillion economy: Adityanath

  • For the second consecutive Sunday, Chief Minister Adityanath, all ministers of his government and IAS officer of the Secretary rank attended a day-long session on leadership development in IIM Lucknow
  • This was the second of the three-part programme that the ministers and bureaucrats are attending to learn management skills

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The window will provide the much needed last mile funding for housing projects which are non-NPA and non-NCLT projects (Photo: Mint)
The window will provide the much needed last mile funding for housing projects which are non-NPA and non-NCLT projects (Photo: Mint)

Rs20000 cr last mile affordable housing package to benefit 3.5 lakh house owners

  • FM Sitharaman announced a last mile 20,000 cr affordable housing package to benefit around 3.5 lakh home owners
  • The govt will contribute around 10,000 cr to this fund on the lines of NIIF, while investors like LIC, private capital, sovereign funds, DFI will contribute the remaining 10,000 cr

The department is also mapping the entire flood plains of the river Ganga, up to 25 km on each side (Mint file)
The department is also mapping the entire flood plains of the river Ganga, up to 25 km on each side (Mint file)

Government set to digitally map India

  • The project is being undertaken by the Survey of India, with support from Department of Science and Technology for a period of 2 years
  • The work has already begun in three states — Maharashtra, Karnataka and Haryana

Some companies even saw the foreign investors lowering there bets on them over a period of time (Photo: Bloomberg)
Some companies even saw the foreign investors lowering there bets on them over a period of time (Photo: Bloomberg)

Here are stocks investors avoided in 2019 so far, even at rock bottom pricing

  • Traders have resorted to panic selling, often at rates even less than a rupee, some over reports of allegations of fraud and others over poor corporate governance
  • Cox & Kings turned out to be the biggest wealth destroyers

The incident took place in the evening, following which the train was halted for a precautionary check. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
The incident took place in the evening, following which the train was halted for a precautionary check. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Chinese manjha hits overhead power line of Delhi Metro; services hit

  • The incident took place in the evening, following which the train was halted for a precautionary check
  • The Red Line connects Rithala in Delhi to Shahid Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar (Photo: ANI)
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar (Photo: ANI)

People of Pakistan treat all Indians as relatives, says Sharad Pawar

  • Justifying his contentions, the former defence minister pointed out that he had visited Pakistan several times and was always accorded warm hospitality
  • Pawar called upon the Muslim community in India to come forward and counter these goings-on in the country

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Aramco lost about 5.7 million barrels per day of output after 10 unmanned aerial vehicles on Saturday struck the world’s biggest crude-processing facility in Abqaiq
Aramco lost about 5.7 million barrels per day of output after 10 unmanned aerial vehicles on Saturday struck the world’s biggest crude-processing facility in Abqaiq

Aramco tells Indian refiner it will get oil: Report

  • Aramco said it will deliver crude to Indian refinery from other sources and had adequate inventory
  • Aramco has lost half of its production capacity after attacks on its facilities on Saturday

In the fund,  ₹10,000 crore will be contributed by the central government and roughly the same amount will come from outside investors (Mint )
In the fund, 10,000 crore will be contributed by the central government and roughly the same amount will come from outside investors (Mint )

Disappointed with govt's measures to boost real estate: CREDAI

  • CREDAI President Satish Magar termed the government's announcement as 'half-hearted attempt' to revive the ailing real estate sector
  • The Credai Chairman said the government should remove the unit price cap of 45 lakh for availing the additional deduction of 1.5 lakh on home loan interest

The new menu will be also cost effective, the airline said (Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint)
Smoke is seen following a fire at an Aramco factory in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia on Saturday. (Photo: Reuters)
Smoke is seen following a fire at an Aramco factory in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia on Saturday. (Photo: Reuters)

Attacks on Saudi facilities threaten spare oil capacity, price hikes

  • The Iranian-backed Houthis group in Yemen claimed responsibility for attacks that shut two plants at the Abqaiq facility
  • Crude prices could spike by several dollars per barrel when markets open Sunday night

FM Sitharaman said she will be meeting heads of public sector banks on 19 September (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
FM Sitharaman said she will be meeting heads of public sector banks on 19 September (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Inflation under control, clear signs of revival in factory output: FM Sitharaman

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said inflation is under control and there is a clear sign of revival of industrial production
  • Sitharaman said the steps announced to increase credit flow to NBFCs, including the partial credit guarantee scheme, has started showing results

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Will implement NRC in Haryana, says Khattar

  • On August 31, the final NRC in Assam was released, leaving out 19 lakh people
  • Several political parties, including the BJP in the northeastern state, have voiced their dissatisfaction with the final document

An Air India spokesperson told PTI, 'We are introducing healthy special meals for all crew'. (Mint)
An Air India spokesperson told PTI, 'We are introducing healthy special meals for all crew'. (Mint)

Tinda Masala to Palak Matar Bhurji: Air India's low-fat meals

  • In 2018-19, Air India incurred losses of around 7,600 crore
  • An Air India spokesperson told PTI, 'We are introducing healthy special meals for all crew'

Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik (Photo: PTI)
Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik (Photo: PTI)

PM asked me to make J&K shine so that people of PoK want to come here: Malik

  • The J&K Governor said that the Centre was eager to help the people of the region and urged them to come forward with their demands
  • The Central government has given J&K 8 medical colleges this year alone, which is more than what has been given to any other state in the country, says Malik

According to police, people are not really aware about the purpose of the helpline and make unnecessary requests (Photo: Bloomberg)
According to police, people are not really aware about the purpose of the helpline and make unnecessary requests (Photo: Bloomberg)

80% requests on Delhi railway police helpline are about pizza, mobile recharge

  • The Delhi Railway Police Control Room receives 200 phone calls on an average on its 1512 helpline daily
  • Passengers either request the staff to get eatables such as pizzas and burgers delivered to them or enquire about railway jobs, police said on Sunday

India’s biscuit market is estimated at over  ₹31,200 crore and sees the participation of large companies (Photo: Reuters)
India’s biscuit market is estimated at over 31,200 crore and sees the participation of large companies (Photo: Reuters)

Ahead of GST Council meet, biscuit makers hope for rate cut

  • Manufacturers are hoping for a reduced tax burden on lower-priced biscuits or those priced below 100 per kilo from the current 18% to 5%
  • India’s biscuit market is estimated at over 31,200 crore and sees the participation of large companies

Chairman of State Bank of India Rajnish Kumar addresses a press conference in Kolkata on Sunday. (ANI )
Chairman of State Bank of India Rajnish Kumar addresses a press conference in Kolkata on Sunday. (ANI )

SBI to move RBI to offer fixed-floating rate home-loans: Rajnish Kumar

  • Rajnish Kumar said the bank does not have adequate liabilities linked to the floating rate which makes such a floating product difficult
  • Rajnish Kumar said there is a lack of clarity on how it can go ahead with the fixed rate products, after the RBI’s new regulations on floating rates

Air India is to start flying to Toronto from 27 September and to Nairobi in November.
Air India is to start flying to Toronto from 27 September and to Nairobi in November.

Air India posts 4,600 crore operating loss in 2018-19

  • Air India posted an operating loss of around 4,600 crore in the last financial year mainly due to higher oil prices and foreign exchange losses
  • The airline is projected to post an operating profit of 700 to 800 crore in 2019-20, an official said

The 30-year-old remembered 2016 T20 World Cup match against Australia and said that Dhoni made him run like in fitness test. (@imVkohli)
The 30-year-old remembered 2016 T20 World Cup match against Australia and said that Dhoni made him run like in fitness test. (@imVkohli)

With Dhoni picture tweet sparking rumours, Kohli learns a social media lesson

  • For Virat Kohli, the T20 International against Australia was one match he has not really talked about much in last three years unlike his other knocks
  • The 30-year-old remembered 2016 T20 World Cup match against Australia and said that Dhoni made him run like in fitness test

Surviours of a boat which capsized in the swollen Godavari river in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh (PTI)
Surviours of a boat which capsized in the swollen Godavari river in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh (PTI)

Andhra Pradesh: 11 dead after boat capsizes in Godavari River

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced 10 lakh ex-gratia for bereaved families
  • He has also ordered the ministers in the district to supervise the rescue works

The aim is to reduce the resale of lost/stolen phones by blocking the IMEI number
During the last week, the Sensex advanced 403.22 points or 1.09%. (Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint)
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced slew of measures to boost export (PTI)
Alex Pompe says Facebook don’t publish this social network data to humanitarian organisations as the absolute truth
Alex Pompe says Facebook don’t publish this social network data to humanitarian organisations as the absolute truth

How data is helping Facebook provide disaster management maps?

  • Facebook’s Data for Good initiative aims to use the vast amounts of data the social network gets to help in various humanitarian issues
  • Alex Pompe said the moment a disaster strikes, disaster map is generated for 14 days and updated every eight hours

Facilities at Abqaiq and the nearby Khurais oil field were attacked at 4 am local time (Photo: Reuters)
Facilities at Abqaiq and the nearby Khurais oil field were attacked at 4 am local time (Photo: Reuters)

Saudi oil output cut in half after drones strike Aramco site

  • Saudi Aramco had to cut production by as much as 5 million barrels a day as a precautionary measure after the attack on the Abqaiq plant
  • Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have launched several drone attacks on Saudi targets, claimed responsibility

Reserve Bank of India is expected to cut interest rates yet again in October. (Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint)
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The spotlight is on 20 September, when the GST Council is to meet and the uncertainty on the rate cut would come to an end. (Photo: Mint)
The spotlight is on 20 September, when the GST Council is to meet and the uncertainty on the rate cut would come to an end. (Photo: Mint)

Automobile sector woes and the conundrum of the GST rate cut

  • In August, CV sales dropped by 39%, PVs by 32% and two-wheelers by 22%
  • Investors in the auto universe seem to be optimistic either of a GST rate cut or that the worst is behind

CII is the number used to arrive at the inflation-adjusted cost of acquisition of assets and investments while calculating LTCG from such assets (Photo: iStock)
CII is the number used to arrive at the inflation-adjusted cost of acquisition of assets and investments while calculating LTCG from such assets (Photo: iStock)

How cost inflation index helps you bring down your tax liability on LTCG

  • The CBDT has set the CII for FY2019-20 as 289, from 280 in FY2018-19. The base year for CII was changed from 1981 to 2001 through the Finance Act, 2017
  • You can bring down your tax liability on LTCG, by adjusting the investment amount against the CII value of the relevant financial years of purchase and sale

Overall PV sales during the April-August of the current fiscal stands at 11,09,930 units as compared to 14,51,647 units. (Photo: Reuters)
Overall PV sales during the April-August of the current fiscal stands at 11,09,930 units as compared to 14,51,647 units. (Photo: Reuters)

Maruti Suzuki's PV market share shrinks in April-Aug; Hyundai, Mahindra gain

  • Maruti sold 5,55,064 units this fiscal as compared with 7,57,289 units during April-August previous year
  • Despite selling less this fiscal, Hyundai's market share has risen from 15.59% last fiscal to 18.36%

A file photo of Hamza bin Laden (Photo: AP)
CBI crime manual, which is currently being updated, will now factor in important changes (Mint)
CBI crime manual, which is currently being updated, will now factor in important changes (Mint)

This is what the CBI’s crime manual entails

  • CBI’s crime manual dictates the working of the investigative agency and lays down procedures
  • The current crime manual of the CBI was updated in 2005, prior to which it was updated in 1991