SEBI bans RIL from equity derivatives market for a year (00:03)
Mumbai, March 25 (IANS) The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Friday banned Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and 12 others from equity derivatives trading for one year and directed RIL to disgorge nearly Rs 1,000 crore for alleged fraudulent trading in a 10-year-old case.

Delhi hit-and-run: Minor's father chargesheeted (00:00)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Delhi Police on Friday chargesheeted the father of a minor driver involved in a hit-and-run case in which a business consultant was killed, court sources said.

Sonia returns from US after health check-up (Lead) (23:36)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi have returned from the US where Sonia Gandhi had gone for health check-up, the party said on Friday.

Pakistani fishing boat seized off Gujarat (23:30)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Indian Coast Guard on Friday seized a Pakistani fishing boat in its territorial waters off the Gujarat coast, officials said.

Law Commission recommends changes to IPC to curb hate speech (23:16)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Law Commission has proposed amendments to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to curb hate speech, an official statement said on Friday.

SBI to initiate IPO offer of its life insurance arm (23:12)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) India's largest lender, the State Bank of India on Friday said it would initiate the process for selling 10 percent of its shares in its life insurance arm through an initial public offering (IPO).

Terrorism sponsored by Pakistan threat to India, entire humanity: Rajnath (23:12)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday termed terrorism sponsored by neighbouring Pakistan not only a threat to India but to entire humanity, an official statement said.

Bengal finance firm director arrested for cheating investors (23:02)
Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) The newly-formed Directorate of Economic Offences of the West Bengal government on Friday arrested the director of private financial company Equinox Infratech Ltd for defrauding its depositors by not giving assured returns, a directorate source said.

GVK sells 33 per cent stake in Bangalore airport to Fairfax (22:56)
Bengaluru, March 24 (IANS) Infrastructure major GVK Ltd on Friday announced selling 33 per cent of its 43 per cent equity stake in the Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) to Canadian investment firm Fairfax for Rs 2,202 crore ($336 million).

Indian woman, son found dead in US, family suspect son-in-law (Lead) (22:54)
Vijayawada/New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The parents of an Indian woman who along with her seven-year-old son found dead in their home in New Jersey, suspect the involvement of their son-in-law.

Barred by airlines, Sena MP takes train to Mumbai (22:50)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) After being barred by airlines for assaulting an Air India employee, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had to take a train to Mumbai where he has been summoned by his part chief Uddhav Thackeray.

'Indian chemical industry to surge to $226 bn in three years' (22:44)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) The Indian chemical industry is expected to surge to $226 billion by 2020, up by nearly 35 percent from $147 billion in 2015, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Friday.

SC notice to poll panel on alleged tampering of EVMs (22:40)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Election Commission on a PIL seeking investigation by software experts into the allegations of tampering of EVMs in the recently-concluded state assembly elections.

Shiv Sena MP 'grounded' for hitting AI staffer, FIR lodged (Intro Roundup) (22:40)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) In an unprecedented step, Air India and all private carriers on Friday refused to fly Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for assaulting an airline employee. The Delhi Police has booked him for attempted culpable homicide.

HDFC raises Rs 3,300 cr through Masala Bonds (22:20)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) The Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (HDFC) on Friday announced it had raised Rs 3,300 crore ($504 million) through rupee denominated bonds from overseas investors (Masala Bonds) under its $750-million Medium Term Note programme.

Punjab assembly session begins, Badals absent (Lead) (22:18)
Chandigarh, March 24 (IANS) The first session of the newly-elected 15th Punjab Assembly began here on Friday, with swearing-in of the new members. Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and ex-Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal remained absent.

Army wants next war fought with Indian technologies: General Rawat (22:14)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday said it wants to fight the next war with Indian technologies.

Excess iron in body may cause liver damage: Doctors (22:14)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Excess build-up of iron in the body -- Hemochromatosis --can damage the liver. This action is genetic and the excess iron, if left untreated, can damage joints, organs, and eventually be fatal, said doctors on Friday.

'Bad loans problem can't be solved by banks' recapitalisation' (22:04)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) There is no "political economy consensus" on tackling the mounting problem of bad loans of banks, which cannot be resolved by their simple recapitalisation, a former head of India's central bank said on Friday.

Attorney General to be consulted on SYL, says Rajnath (22:02)
Chandigarh/New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Union Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday assured a delegation of political leaders from Haryana that further action on the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal will be taken after seeking legal counsel from the Attorney General.

Defence Minister hands over three DRDO indigenous systems to Navy (22:02)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday handed over to the Navy three systems indigenously developed by the DRDO, including a sonar that is likely to be fitted on the Arihant class submarines.

'Hunar Hubs' to be set up for artisans from minorities: Naqvi (21:56)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said that "Hunar Hubs" will be established in all the states to provide a market opportunity for master artisans from minority communities to preserve and propagate their heritage.

Fire at Meghalaya petrol pump (21:52)
Shillong, March 24 (IANS) A fire broke out at a petrol pump here on Friday, police said. There were no details about any casualties yet.

Tata Motors to raise up to Rs 500 cr via NCDs (21:48)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) Automobile major Tata Motors on Friday said it would raise up to Rs 500 crore by issuing non-convertible debentures.

Area-specific strategy needed for disadvantaged states: President (21:44)
Patna, March 24 (IANS) Disadvantaged regions like Bihar and Jharkhand require a strategy for development that can harness productive forces of the economy and not just blindly follow path of industrialisation, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday.

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