Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs the fifth meeting of the NITI Aayog's Governing Aayog, in New Delhi on Saturday (ANI)
Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar addresses a press conference after the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on Saturday (PTI)
Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar addresses a press conference after the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on Saturday (PTI)

Niti Aayog sets up task force to brainstorm on agriculture reforms

  • The task force will include state chief ministers and central ministers. The timeframe for making recommendations will be announced shortly
  • The task force will examine ways of improving productivity in farming and the changes needed in legislation

Doctors participate in a rally in protest against an attack on a junior doctor in West Bengal, at AIIMS in New Delhi on Saturday (PTI)
Doctors participate in a rally in protest against an attack on a junior doctor in West Bengal, at AIIMS in New Delhi on Saturday (PTI)

West Bengal doctors in no mood to relent despite CM Mamata Banerjee's offer

  • Chief minister Mamata Banerjee urged agitating doctors to resume work and said her government had accepted all their demands
  • Bengal governor KN Tripathi wrote to Mamata Banerjee, advising her to take immediate steps to provide security to the medicos and find out a solution to the impasse

New Delhi repeatedly delayed raising tariffs as the two nations engaged in trade talks (Mint file)
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A person being injured after a poll violence during the fourth phase of Lok Sabha election at Bardhaman in West Bengal
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (Mint file)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (Mint file)

Take immediate steps to ensure security for doctors, WB governor advises CM

  • Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that she apprised the governor about the steps taken by the state government to resolve the impasse in hospitals
  • Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi advised her to take the doctors into confidence about the arrangements of their security

Retail sales of PVs fell by just 1% y-o-y, with manufacturers cutting wholesale dispatches
Retail sales of PVs fell by just 1% y-o-y, with manufacturers cutting wholesale dispatches

Production cuts restrict decline in retail sales of vehicles to 7.5% in May

  • Demand slump in both urban and rural markets led to a year-on-year decline of 8.6% in sales of two-wheelers
  • Customers’ decision to wait for the general elections results before making a big-ticket purchase, also contributed to the demand slowdown

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Imports too rose by 4.31% to $5.35 billion, widening the trade deficit to $15.36 billion in May. (AP)
Imports too rose by 4.31% to $5.35 billion, widening the trade deficit to $15.36 billion in May. (AP)

May trade deficit widens to a six-month high

  • Rising crude oil prices could further increase imports and put pressure on India’s current account deficit
  • Rising crude oil prices, amid sanctions on Iranian oil imports, could further increase imports and put pressure on India’s current account deficit

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Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri meets Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank Uday Kotak during the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Council Meeting in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri meets Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank Uday Kotak during the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Council Meeting in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Government promises to fix issues plaguing Indian airline industry

  • Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri says domestic carriers deserve a level playing field
  • There has also been an airline capacity shortage problems following the grounding of Jet Airways

US President Donald Trump (AFP file)
US President Donald Trump (AFP file)

Opinion | Trump’s trade tantrums and a delicate balancing act for India

A retaliation by India could provoke more US action, but not acting too could be perceived as a sign of weakness

Huawei Technologies Co. (AP)
Huawei Technologies Co. (AP)

Huawei to countries: Welcome us in and we'll invest big time

  • Huawei will invest heavily in those countries where we are welcome: Andrew Williamson vice president—public affairs and communications, Huawei
  • Huawei is working with every major carrier, including AT&T Inc. and America Movil SAB

GOQii health devices would again be available on Flipkart (Mint file)
GOQii health devices would again be available on Flipkart (Mint file)

Flipkart, GOQii settle dispute over sharp discounting

  • GOQii, a seller of smartwatch-type health devices, sued Flipkart last month, alleging its devices were discounted by around 70% to the retail price, much more than the two sides had agreed
  • The court had, as an interim measure, ordered device sales to be halted on Flipkart

Members of Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of AIIMS wearing bandages on their heads during a protest over violence against doctors in West Bengal at AIIMS. Photo: ANI
Members of Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of AIIMS wearing bandages on their heads during a protest over violence against doctors in West Bengal at AIIMS. Photo: ANI

AIIMS doctors issue 48-hour ultimatum to Mamata Banerjee to end ongoing strike

  • RDA issues an ultimatum of 48 hours to the West Bengal government to meet the demands of the striking doctors, says AIIMS RDA
  • Safdarjung Hospital RDA president Parakash Thakur also echoed a similar stand on the matter

In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, the “Remain” campaign focused entirely on the economic costs of leaving the European Union (Reuters file)
In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, the “Remain” campaign focused entirely on the economic costs of leaving the European Union (Reuters file)

Opinion | How populists gain electoral traction and win

Populism appeals to the growing cohort of those who are disillusioned with existing arrangements

US President Donald Trump (Reuters file)
India cricket team. (Photo:Reuters)
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Photo: AFP
India's Yuzvendra Chahal (2L) celebrates with teammates India's Hardik Pandya (C) Rohit Sharma (L) and captain Virat Kohli (R) after dismissing Australia's David Warner during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. (Photo: AFP)
India's Yuzvendra Chahal (2L) celebrates with teammates India's Hardik Pandya (C) Rohit Sharma (L) and captain Virat Kohli (R) after dismissing Australia's David Warner during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. (Photo: AFP)

ICC cricket World Cup 2019: Predicted India line-up against Pakistan

  • The match between the two nations at the 1999 cricket World Cup was also played at Old Trafford, Manchester; where India went on to beat Pakistan by 47 runs
  • India have never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup match

Owners of affected Pioneer 1000 units should contact a certified dealer. Photo: Bloomberg
Owners of affected Pioneer 1000 units should contact a certified dealer. Photo: Bloomberg

American Honda recalling all 2016-2019 Pioneer 1000 vehicles

  • Japanese automaker cited a possible malfunctioning with the side-by-side vehicle’s throttle pedal which could result in 'loss of vehicle control'
  • Earlier this year, Honda said it would recall more than a million vehicles in the US to replace a batch of faulty air bag parts

 (Photo: iStock)
(Photo: iStock)

Know your equity, debt funds

  • The average one-year returns of close ended schemes are 6.86% and three-year returns are 8.97%
  • The average one-year return of open-ended debt schemes is 8.06%, three-year returns 7.2% and average five-year returns is 7.85%

Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the Pre-Budget consultation with the Economists, in New Delhi on Friday. Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog Dr. Rajiv Kumar is also seen.  (ANI )
Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the Pre-Budget consultation with the Economists, in New Delhi on Friday. Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog Dr. Rajiv Kumar is also seen. (ANI )

Nirmala Sitharaman meets economists for budget suggestions

  • Sitharaman is expected to present budget on 5 July
  • Economists present at the meeting suggested reforms pertaining to import duty, maintaining fiscal consolidation

Historically, an average of 40% of the total spectrum put up for sale has been sold (Photo: Mint)
Escalations that materially disrupt Middle East oil supplies are relatively rare. Photo: Reuters
Pakistan's Babar Azam bats during an indoor net session at Old Trafford Cricket Stadium in Manchester. (AFP )
Pakistan's Babar Azam bats during an indoor net session at Old Trafford Cricket Stadium in Manchester. (AFP )

A Pak batsman has a strategy to defeat India: Watching Virat Kohli's videos

  • Pakistan suffered a 124-run defeat against India in the opening match of the Champions Trophy but hit back by crushing their arch-rivals in the final
  • Babar said his side would take inspiration from their Champions Trophy final victory over India two years ago

The company would seek approval on the appointments at the ensuing 32nd Annual General Meeting of the company on 31 July, 2019. (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
The company would seek approval on the appointments at the ensuing 32nd Annual General Meeting of the company on 31 July, 2019. (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

TechM to appoint Shikha Sharma, Haigreve Khaitan as independent directors

  • The company would seek approval on the appointments at the ensuing 32nd Annual General Meeting of the company on 31 July
  • Tech Mahindra also said that R Ravi Kulkarni and Anupam Puri, who are currently independent directors on the board, have opted not to be re-appointed

Sensitive factors such as financial performance, sector concerns need to be disclosed, Sebi tells rating agencies
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For an engaged team, leaders need to invest in coaching their managers. (Photo: iStock)
For an engaged team, leaders need to invest in coaching their managers. (Photo: iStock)

Think your manager doesn’t know what you do? You may be right

  • There are lessons for Indian managers too as the observations cover strategy, culture, employment brand, coaching, and the future of work
  • The study finds that only 34% of employees say their managers are aware of what project or tasks they are doing

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Value of debit and credit card transactions at PoS devices rose by 2.3% in May to Rs441.2 billion from Rs431.4 billion in the previous month. Photo: Mint
Value of debit and credit card transactions at PoS devices rose by 2.3% in May to Rs441.2 billion from Rs431.4 billion in the previous month. Photo: Mint

Debit cards continue digital payment dominance

  • Debit card transactions in April record 1.21 billion transactions worth 3.39 trillion
  • Out of this, 808.91 million transactions worth 2.84 trillion took place via ATMs, with the rest through point of sale (POS) terminals

Representations of the Ripple, Bitcoin, Etherum and Litecoin virtual currencies.  (Reuters )
Representations of the Ripple, Bitcoin, Etherum and Litecoin virtual currencies. (Reuters )

Hottest crypto is up 360% this year and its name isn’t Bitcoin

  • This year’s top-performing cryptocurrency is up almost fourfold and you’ve likely never heard of it
  • Cryptocurrencies are undergoing a renaissance this year on the back of wider acceptance from mainstream institutions and increased attention from Wall Street

Bitcoin  (Reuters)
A retail consultant says Amazon Flex will help the company handle demand peaks and improve service performance (Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
The telecom watchdog had recommended in August last year that price bands be lowered for some telecom airwaves to make them more viable (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
The telecom watchdog had recommended in August last year that price bands be lowered for some telecom airwaves to make them more viable (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

India hopes to rake in $84 billion from airwaves auction in 2019

  • The telecom watchdog had recommended in August last year that price bands be lowered for some telecom airwaves to make them more viable
  • Spectrum auctions -- a significant source of revenue for the national exchequer in the past

Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran during the Annual General Meeting of Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai.  (PTI )
Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran during the Annual General Meeting of Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai. (PTI )

N Chandrasekaran hints at more collaboration among Tata group firms

  • Chandrasekaran, a career TCSian who rose to the top of the group, said there is a case for senior employees at the largest software exporter to be paid more
  • The $100-billion plus group is working on a comprehensive plan to get down its water usage and carbon footprint

The channel, which has sold most of its ad inventory for the match, is now charging more than 50% premium for booking last-minute ad spots
The channel, which has sold most of its ad inventory for the match, is now charging more than 50% premium for booking last-minute ad spots

Star looks to earn 100 crore from India-Pakistan World Cup match through ads

  • Star is charging 25 lakh for 10 second ad slots during the match, up from 16-18 lakh for other India games
  • With about 5,500 seconds of total inventory, Star is expected to generate as much as 100 crore from the India-Pakistan match alone

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with Minister of State Anurag Thakur holds a pre-budget consultation meeting with the representatives of Financial Sector & Capital Markets, in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with Minister of State Anurag Thakur holds a pre-budget consultation meeting with the representatives of Financial Sector & Capital Markets, in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

NBFC liquidity, AIFs figure in FM's pre-Budget meet with financial sector

  • With a view to give boost to Indian markets, the representatives of financial sector and capital markets submitted several suggestions
  • The representatives suggested capital infusion in regional banks, review of interest rates of the government’s small savings schemes

A Rosneft-operated Bombardier 6000 aircraft - with tail number M-YOIL - carrying a passenger, believed to be Chief Executive of Rosneft Igor Sechin, flies after taking off at Palma de Mallorca airport, Spain.  (Reuters )
A Rosneft-operated Bombardier 6000 aircraft - with tail number M-YOIL - carrying a passenger, believed to be Chief Executive of Rosneft Igor Sechin, flies after taking off at Palma de Mallorca airport, Spain. (Reuters )

Business and pleasure - How Russian oil giant Rosneft uses its corporate jets

  • Sechin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin and head of the world's largest listed oil company by production
  • The jet with tail number M-YOIL is operated by a Singapore-registered company called AV Asia Developments Pte Ltd

Cyclone warning signal 10, which signifies that very severe cyclone is expected to cross was hoisted at the Nagapattinam port. ( Photo: AP)
Cyclone warning signal 10, which signifies that very severe cyclone is expected to cross was hoisted at the Nagapattinam port. ( Photo: AP)

Agni, Aakash, Bijli, Vayu: How cyclones get their names

  • Fani was the longest lasting cyclone over Bay of Bengal lasting for over 11 days
  • As per the existing list, the next cyclone that forms over the Indian Ocean will be named Hikaa

You can make final withdrawal of your EPF accumulations on retirement or two months after ceasing to be an employee. (Mint)
Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is under repair after it was badly damaged by a huge fire. Photo: AFP
Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is under repair after it was badly damaged by a huge fire. Photo: AFP

Paris's Notre-Dame to celebrate first mass after fire

  • Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will host its first mass on Saturday
  • For safety reasons, the mass led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit will be celebrated on a very small scale