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The Central Government decides to give Special Assistance of Rs.1,976.50 crore to Andhra Pradesh during 2016-17
Aug 19,2016

In order to fulfill its commitment to the people of Andhra Pradesh and to compensate the financial impact arising out of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh the Government of India has decided to provide further n++Special Assistancen++ of Rs.1,976.50 crore to the State during 2016-17. The amount includes Rs.1176.50 for Resource Gap, Rs.350 crore for the development of 7 backward districts covering Rayalaseema & North Coastal region and Rs.450 crore as assistance for the capital city. Thus, with the current sanction of funds, the Central Government has so far provided Central assistance of Rs.8379.50 crore to the State of Andhra Pradesh which includes Rs.4403 crore released during 2014-15 and Rs.2000 crore released during 2015-16 in terms of the provisions under the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act, 2014.

The Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act, 2014 entrusts the Central Government to make appropriate grants in the form of special assistance to the backward areas of successor States, provide assistance for creation of new capital of Andhra Pradesh and to provide assistance to bridge the resource gap arising post-bifurcation.

Accordingly, cumulatively from the enactment of the Re-organisation Act i.e. 2nd June, 2014 till 2016-17, Rs. 3979.50 crore has been released to the successor State of Andhra Pradesh for bridging the resource gap for the financial year 2014-2015, Rs.1050 crore @ Rs. 50 crore per district has been provided for the development of 7 backward districts covering Rayalaseema & North Coastal region, Rs.2500 crore has been provided as assistance for the capital city which includes Rs. 1000 crore released by the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) for sewerage & drainage schemes at Guntur and Vijavada cities respectively and Rs.850 crore released upto 2015-16 for the Polvaram Irrigation Project among others.

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Rules under Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 providing option to declarant the fair market value of immoveable property acquired amended
Aug 19,2016

The Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 (the Scheme) provides an opportunity to persons who have not paid full taxes in the past to come forward and declare their undisclosed income and assets. Income Declaration Scheme Rules, 2016 (the Rules) were notified on 19 May 2016. Representations have been received from various stakeholders to provide an option to value the immoveable property on the basis of the registered value. After due consideration of the representations, the Rules have been amended to provide that where acquisition of an immovable property is evidenced by a registered deed, an option shall be available with the declarant to declare the fair market value of such property by applying the cost inflation index to stamp duty value of the property.

Further, the fifth set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) providing clarification on various issues under the Scheme has been issued and is available on the official website of the Income Tax Department i.e., Some of the important issues clarified therein are as under:

(i) Where loans, creditors, advances received, share capital, payables etc. are disclosed in the audited balance sheet but are fictitious in nature and cannot be directly linked to acquisition of a particular asset, then such fictitious liabilities can be disclosed under the Scheme as such without linking the same with the investment in any specific asset.

(ii) The income declared under the Scheme for an earlier assessment year can be taken into account to explain the related transactions of the subsequent assessment years in assessment proceedings pending before the Assessing Officer provided there is a nexus between the two.

(iii) No adverse action shall be taken against the declarant by FIU or the income-tax department solely on the basis of cash deposits made in banks consequent to the declaration made under the Scheme.

(iv) The period of holding of assets declared under the Scheme shall be taken on the basis of the actual date of acquisition of such asset and not from 1.6.2016 as clarified earlier.

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BRO Launches Ambitious Tree Plantation Drive
Aug 19,2016

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), under Ministry of Defence, which is one of the premier road construction agencies of the country launched a massive tree plantation drive in the Northern & Eastern states of India. The plantation drive was organised simultaneously in the Headquarters in Delhi and all its 18 Project across the country, wherein the employees along with the local populace took part in large numbers.

In the BRO headquarters Lt Gen Suresh Sharma, Director General Border Roads (DGBR) leading the drive said that almost two lakh saplings will be planted across the country under this programme. He said n++This is one of the biggest ever tree plantation drive undertaken by the BRO, organised with the aim to protect the ecology and increase the green cover along the border areas of the Country.n++ He further added that apart from planting of the saplings, the most important thing is to ensure their maintenance and care.

The General Officer also informed the media about the plan of BRO to include 1 percent of cost of project in the estimates for greening of areas along the roads. n++It is our solemn duty to conserve the flora for future generations,n++ the DGBR said. This effort is also aimed at saving the precious life and land from soil erosion and consequent flash floods caused by the incessant rains and also to make the people aware about the importance of tree plantation.

BRO also plans to conduct numerous activities to create awareness amongst the people, by way of organizing community participation, competitions for children and by organizing a mini-marathon with the theme Run for the Roads in the near future.

It was very heartening to see the active participation by the BRO officials and employees in the drive as they aim to plant 10 lakh saplings in the next two years.

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Central Secretariat employees seek pay parity
Aug 18,2016

A delegation of the Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS) Association, called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for parity in pay fixation and related issues.

The delegation led by Shri Raj Kishore Singh submitted a memorandum listing details of their long pending issues and suggesting options to resolve the same. According to the memorandum, while applying Rule 8 of CCS (RP) Rules 2008, the pay of direct recruits and new entrants is fixed at higher stage, when compared to the existing employees who were promoted in the same grade. This leads to discrimination in the fixation of pay of Personal Assistants of one category vis-n++-vis the other category.

The memorandum also stated that the issue has been lingering on in the National Anomaly Committee for the last four years, but it has not been addressed. It pleaded that the mechanism of grant of n++stepping upn++ to certain employees should be provided only in exceptional cases and not resorted to as a routine matter to sort out discrepancies which may affect a large number of employees.

Members of the delegation suggested that their issue can be addressed by incorporating a new provision in the Rules wherein if a promotees pay is getting fixed at a stage lower than that of a direct recruit, then the pay of the promotee should be fixed at the same stage as that of a direct recruit / new entrant. The other option suggested by them was to amend the CCS (RP) Rules so as to appropriately fix the pay in the Pay Band for a particular post carrying a specific Grade Pay.

Dr Jitendra Singh gave a sympathetic hearing to the members of delegation and assured them that DoPT will try to sort out their issue to the maximum extent possible.

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Revenue Secretary and Senior Officers of Department of Revenue and CBEC hold Sectoral Meetings with various stakeholders on GST
Aug 18,2016

Continuing with its commitment to the early and smooth roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and recognizing the role of trade and industry as equal partners and stakeholders in this historic reform, both Department of Revenue and Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) are holding interactive sessions, spread over three days starting from yesterday i.e. 17th August, 2016, with representatives of the various sectors of the economy. Revenue Secretary Dr Hasmukh Adhia along with senior officers of the Department of Revenue and CBEC held meetings with representatives of IT and ITES and Transport Sector yesterday and with the representatives of e-commerce and Communications today. Senior officials of the Department of Revenue and CBEC are also jointly holding sessions with other sectors such as Financial Services, Civil Aviation, Exporters, Professional bodies like Institutes of Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Company Secretaries and Chambers of trade and industry, like FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM and PHD among others. The Interactive Sessions underline the endeavour of the Government in order to understand and address the apprehensions and concerns of the various stakeholders about GST and also provide a platform for business to express their views on important aspects of GST. Ten sessions of two hours each will be conducted over three days. Outcome of the interactions has been very fruitful and productive so far and will help the Government to fine tune and improve the GST law. More such sessions with trade and industry stakeholders are also being planned in near future.

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Supreme Court directs CPCB to receive 1% Environment protection charge from manufacturers/dealers in Delhi & National Capital region
Aug 18,2016

Honble Supreme Court has directed all manufacturers/dealers of Delhi-NCR, selling diesel cars with engine capacity of 2000 cc and above, to pay 1% Environment Protection Charge (1% of Ex-Showroom price of the vehicle). Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has been directed by Honble Supreme Court to open a separate account for this purpose in a Scheduled Public Sector bank. Therefore, CPCB has opened an account for this purpose in Union Bank of India, the details of which are furnished under:

Account Name: CPCB-EPC

Account No.: 532702010008813

Bank: Union Bank of India

While depositing 1% EPC, the following details may be mentioned in pay-in-slip at the bank counter.

a. CPCB-EPC, Account No. 532702010008813

b. By DD/Cash towards Vehicle VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

c. Dealer details

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India Post Payments Bank Incorporated
Aug 18,2016

The India Post Payments Bank has received the Certificate of Incorporation from the Registrar of Companies, Ministry of Corporate Affairs yesterday under the Companies Act 2013. This would be the first PSU under the Department of Posts. This has happened in the wake of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modis Independence Day address, raising the expectations of the people from the soon to be set up India Post Payments Bank. With this move the Department of Posts has cleared an important milestone on this journey.

With the incorporation, the Board of the India Post Payments Bank is likely to be constituted soon. The incorporation of the IPPB Ltd is a significant step forward as this also paves the way for the bank to begin hiring of banking professionals to set up the bank and begin its operations in 2017. The Department of Posts is expected to complete the roll out of its branches all over the country by September 2017. This could be the fastest roll out for a bank anywhere in the world.

The aspiration for the India Post Payments Bank is to become the most accessible bank in the world riding on state of the art banking and payments technology. Coupled with the physical presence across 1.55 lakh post offices and the reach of n++The Dakiyan++, the India Post Payments Bank aims to become a powerful and effective vehicle of real financial inclusion in the country. It is poised to create a national payments architecture riding on a modern payments platform and ubiquitous information and communication technologies that can be accessed by all users and service providers like never before. The stakeholders of the India Post Payments Bank within the Government and outside are looking at this new entity as a catalyst to social and financial inclusion.

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Enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters under the SwatantrataSainikSamman Pension Scheme
Aug 18,2016

The existing pension scheme for Central freedom fighter pensioners and their eligible dependents has been restructured as per the table below: Sl. No. Category of freedom fightersPresent amount of pension n++(per month)Enhanced amount of pension(per month) 1.Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners/ spousesRs. 24,775Rs.30,0002.Freedom fighters who suffered outside British India/spousesRs. 23,085Rs. 28,0003.Other Freedom Fighters/ spousesn++ including INA Rs. 21,395Rs. 26,0004.Dependent parents/ eligible daughters (maximum 3 daughters at any point of time)Rs. 3,380 (dependent parents)

Rs. 5,070 (daughters)

50% of the sum that would have been admissible to the Freedom Fighter i.e. in the range of Rs. 13,000 toRs. 15,000

The revised scale shall take effect from 15 August 2016.

The existing Dearness Relief system based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers, which was hitherto applied to freedom fighter pensioners on annual basis, is being discontinued and replaced by the Dearness Allowance system applicable to Central Government employees twice a year.

All freedom fighters and spouses and dependent parents/eligible daughter pensioners of deceased freedom fighters drawing pension under the SwatantrataSainikSamman Pension Scheme, 1980 would be benefitted by the decision. So far, total 1,71,605 freedom fighters and their eligible dependents have been sanctioned pension under the scheme. At present 37,981 freedom fighters and their eligible dependent pensioners are covered under the scheme. Of these, 11,690 are freedom fighters themselves, 24,792 are spouses(widows/widowers) and 1,499 are daughter pensioners.

In 1969, Government of India introduced the Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners Pension Scheme to honour the freedom fighters who had been incarcerated in the Cellular Jail at Port Blair. In 1972, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of our Independence, a regular scheme for grant of freedom fighters pension was introduced. Thereafter, with effect from 01.08.1980, a liberalized scheme, namely the SwatantrataSainikSamman Pension Scheme is being implemented. Besides the freedom fighters, spouses (widows/widowers), unmarried and unemployed daughters (upto maximum three at any point of time) and parents of deceased freedom fighters are eligible for pension under the scheme.

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National Steering Committee to be setup on Fodder Development
Aug 18,2016

Government has decided to constitute a National Steering Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and a Technical Committee headed by Director, National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP) Banguluru, on issues related to Feed and Fodder Development in the country.

The decision has been taken in a review meeting held by the Secretary (ADF), Shri Devendra Chaudhry with National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP) Banguluru, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi, National Dairy Development Board, Anand and ICAR, here on Tuesday. The issues of increasing the nutritious fodder within the available resources were also discussed at length.

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Banks have to make themselves socially relevant to stay in the reckoning: RBI Dy. Governor, R Gandhi
Aug 18,2016

Mr. R. Gandhi, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India, exhorted banks to take full advantage of technological developments and tailor them to the needs of the customer. He called for a positive shift by banks towards becoming socially relevant entities, else the run the risk of being edged out.

Mr. Gandhi urged banks to pull up their socks and address the emerging trends in the banking sector which were being dictated by technology, regulation and customers.

He said technology and customer expectation have chunked away banking functions from banks. This was because banks no longer do banking exclusively, non-banking institutions and fintech companies were getting into their domain strongly. This does not bode well as it had all the potential to de-grow banks and ultimately decimate them, he cautioned.

Mr. Gandhi said the millennials crave for instant gratification and have a no loyalty approach. The banking industry would therefore have to change the way it conducts business to cater to the needs of Gen X. He said the solutions offered by fintech companies were effective and therefore they possess a disruptive power that banks would have to contend with.

The Deputy Governors mantra was to n++make yourselves socially relevantn++ to avert the onslaught of technology, regulation and customer preferences.

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Gartner Says Public Sector CIOs Can Lead a Citizen Services Revolution
Aug 18,2016

Public sector organizations could harness digital disruption in times of change to bring about a revolution in citizen services, said Gartner, Inc. These efforts are often hindered by top-down hierarchies, cultural legacies and the lack of a compelling vision. There are, however, successful examples that can be replicated.

Public sector organizations often have cultural and organizational mechanisms to buffer them from rapid swings in the political or economic landscape, said Elise Olding, research vice president at Gartner. While this provides stability, it also makes large-scale organizational change a difficult prospect.

Frequently, public sector CIOs who champion change are challenged by a risk-averse culture and a resource allocation that is restricted to discrete outputs rather than holistic outcomes. They also face short election and budget cycles that are out of phase with organizational needs. Public sector leaders n++ including CIOs n++ must create a culture that is less averse to change, unified in vision and direction, and that can manage change more effectively over longer time frames.

None of these challenges are insurmountable, said Ms. Olding. Based on our conversations with public sector CIOs who have seen success in their digital transformation, Gartner has identified three key recommendations.

1. Promote a Compelling Vision

In an ideal scenario, a CIO will receive clear direction on the strategic intent of the organization and the role IT will play in that. Too often, however, public sector organizations lack a clear business strategy to which the CIO can align IT investments. Yet, in either case, its vital the CIO formulates a vision of how technology investments will achieve a desired future state for the organization.

The best kind of vision should fit on a postcard, said Ms. Olding. It expresses in clear, nontechnical terms on one page what is wrong with the status quo, and outlines a set of activities and investments that will improve things.

A vision like this allows for engagement with executive leaders, so they can affirm, revise or reject and replace the strategic direction the CIO has outlined for the IT organization. If clear executive direction was lacking from the outset, this engagement may serve as a catalyst to improve the strategy outside the IT organization. If a clear direction was in place, the vision will still affirm and provide a template for ITs role in bringing it to reality.

2. Make Change Inclusive

Getting executive buy-in is just the first step; the vision is the cornerstone for action, said Ms. Olding. Its critical to communicate the vision to midlevel management and frontline workers in a way that demonstrates how their role fits into the vision, and how the completed vision will improve their role. A credible answer to the question, Whats in it for me? builds caring and belief.

Its also important that the vision shows how it builds on the good work of earlier efforts. This will not be the first vision seen by most employees. Many of them will have invested in one or more previous visions, only to see them swept away or discredited by a new round of leaders. They may be justifiably skeptical of a new picture. To win their support CIOs must avoid hyping their vision as a panacea, but rather present it as an iteration and expansion of previous achievements.

In addition to honoring the culture and legacy of an organization and how it contributes to the future vision, CIOs must cultivate change agents. These are employees who clearly understand the vision and its benefits, and champion it among their peers. CIOs can better harness the creativity and insights of the entire organization when they constantly invite, encourage and support employees at all levels who show desire to make the vision a reality.

3. Alter Leadership Practices

Embracing change will require changes for everyone, and that starts with leadership. Organizational cultures can foster myths that are comfortable yet counterproductive. Such myths are rooted in the language of thats how weve always done things, which reinforces a victim mentality and smothers innovation.

The CIOs who succeed in transforming the business actively confront ingrained behaviors, traditions and legacy processes, said Ms. Olding. They challenge leadership and are successful in instilling a clearly defined sense of urgency around their vision that gains the trust and support of the entire organization, from leadership to frontline workers.

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Under-served SME sector needs timely delivery of bank credit and customised products & services, say bank and industry professionals
Aug 18,2016

The SMEs sector, the driver of growth, requires special handholding efforts by banks, needs timely delivery of credit and customised products and value added services through digital innovations.

This prescription was held out by eminent panellists to foster the growth of SMEs which are seen as drivers of growth.

Ms Usha Ananthasubramanian underlined the need for segmentation of different groups of customers as women and youth entrepreneurs were joining the ranks of borrowers and laid stress on creating products to cater to each segment. Timely delivery of credit, she said, was critical as SMEs were not averse to paying half a percentage more as interest. The sector needs handholding since the entrepreneurs lack financial acumen but are excellent technocrats. Measurement of customer satisfaction, she said, was done by banks on a quantitative basis and there was need to factor in intangible parameters for assessing satisfaction.

Mr. Rakesh Singh stressed the need to cut turnaround time for SMEs to allow them to churn their turnover speedily. He called for collaboration amongst different service providers to integrate technology for the benefit of the customers. He said the survey concept for measuring customer satisfaction was followed by foreign banks and some independent surveys go deeply into the quality of service by banks.

Mr. Rajat Verma said that the industry should remain aware of the fact that the lowest level of NPAs were in micro finance and the highest in financing large corporates. He said that with the transition to digital paperless transactions is a revolution in Indian banking and now all banks, Indian or foreign, enjoyed a level playing field.

Mr. Sanjay Bhatia said the MSME sector was constrained by high interest rates and paper-intensive lending process. He called for re-scheduling of repayments by this sector as current repayments were restricted to between three and five years without considering the status of the project. The MSME sector, he emphasised, needed to be nurtured as it was the single largest employer after agriculture.

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Environment Minister Dedicates Facilities to People under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana in Madhya Pradesh
Aug 18,2016

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave, dedicated a number of facilities the people of Jahanpur Gram Panchayat in district Sihor in Madhya Pradesh under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. The village houses about 100 families.

The Minister dedicated a night shelter, particularly for the benefit of people performing a circumambulation (Parikarama) of River Narmada. A toilet has also been constructed to prevent people from defecating in the open.

Shri Dave also inaugurated a water filter plant, with an objective to provide 20-25 litres water per day per family. An auditorium, with a view to encourage people to organize cultural activities and a Panchayat Bhawan, have also been dedicated to the people. The Environment Minister also planted a sapling on the occasion. He distributed school uniforms to children of the village and held discussions with women members of NGOs.

Shri Dave also held a review meeting with officers of the concerned departments to review the various works being undertaken.

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Differential duty structure a big challenge for toy industry: ASSOCHAM
Aug 18,2016

Due to Inverted Duty Structure, Indias Toy Industry which is dominated by the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), is struggling hard for their survival due to heavy imports duty, reveals ASSOCHAM latest statement.

The paper on Indian toy industry brought out by ASSOCHAM has stated that though the toys, games, sports equipments, parts & accessories are classified under HSN Chapter Heading 95, many of the raw materials used in the manufacture of these toys fall under different Chapters and are levied different rates of Import Duty, thereby, the input cost of toy manufacturing in India is way high compared to imported toys.

The chamber further states that almost all parts used in toys are specifically classified in classification other than toys parts, so each toy part must fall under its specific classification such as, a toy motor must fall under the classification of motors are not toy parts; same is true for screws etc. The duty on such parts can be 0,5,7,5 and 10 percent + CVD. Also the Customs duties on toys may vary from 0 to 10% with exceptions.

There is an anomaly n++importing of toy attracts 5% duty, whereas importing raw materials for domestic manufacturing attracts 20-30% duty, making domestic production costlier,n++ said Mr. Sunil Kanoria, President ASSOCHAM.

It may be interesting to note that for a zero duty on parts, the effective rate of duty on such a part is more than twice that of a finished toy, said Mr. Kanoria.

Due to non-availability of many quality raw materials in the country, manufacturers have to import them to maintain quality of the finished product. It may be seen that in all these cases, the effective difference for manufacturing toys in India using these raw materials are very high and this has a negative impact on the growth of Indian toy manufacturing sector. Rather than earning foreign exchange through exports, the country is losing so much through imports. Unless immediate corrective measures are taken, Tiny & Small manufacturers cannot survive.

The Indian toy industry caters to nearly four crore kids in the age group of 12 years across the country but domestically manufactured toys account for a meagre 15 per cent of the market and the rest of the market is flooded with imported toys from countries like China, the United States (US), the UK, Korea and Malaysia among others.

The toy industry in India is highly fragmented, unorganised and is predominantly dominated by micro, small and medium scale manufacturers. Besides, there are nearly 2,000 units in the organised sector. The toy industry employs nearly 25 lakh people both in the organised and unorganised sector. Nearly 70 per cent of toy market in India is unorganised.

Emergence of video games has dented the toy business across the world as there is an evident shift from traditional toys and games to video games. As a result, international toy manufacturers have also expanded their operations in the video game segment.

ASSOCHAM suggests the government should undertake some training programmes and set up training centres for these workers to train them so that they are able to increase their efficiency and productivity. Marketing tie-ups for the toy industry both at the state as well as the national levels are suggested by ASSOCHAM.

The government should provide easy credit facilities to the toy industry and marketing assistance like bar coding and ISO certification to the Indian toys. ASSOCHAM suggests that the government should create ways and means by which talented toymakers, innovating educationists and committed designers team up to salvage the sector of our design heritage.

There should be cluster based development programmes for the toy industry as it is highly fragmented and unorganized. Special assistance, grants and financial support by the government is suggested by ASSOCHAM to enhance the industrys technological, research and developmental facilities to match with its international counterparts.

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Need to promote research & innovation in homeland security on PPP mode: Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
Aug 18,2016

There is a need to promote homeland security in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode and encourage research and innovation to speedily tackle threats posed by terrorism to internal security, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said at an ASSOCHAM event.

n++Though we are employing manual force in the form of huge army but when it comes to equipment, we need the co-operation of industry which needs to focus on carrying out research and innovation to thwart various methodologies used by terrorists,n++ said Mr Ahir while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM conference on Homeland Security.

n++We want to promote industry and the Prime Minister and governments ambitious Make in India project offers you plenty of opportunities in the homeland security sector,n++ he said.

n++We want to put an end to Chinas supremacy in the homeland security sector,n++ added the minister.

On the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that the government will take concrete steps in this regard. n++Everyone knows that it is the game plan of the neighbouring country and though it is not the right time to attack but India can very well protect itself from terrorist activities.n++

He said that over the years, our security forces have shown a lot of restraint. About 4,000 soldiers have got injured due to stone pelting and it is concerning that people are even raising voice against use of pellet guns.

Terming Pakistan as coward and very weak from within, the minister said that though Pakistan does not let any opportunity to tease India but it never highlights what action it has taken against the terrorists.

Mr Ahir also said that government will work towards police modernisation.

On Pakistans invitation to India to talk on Kashmir, he said n++The Prime Minister has made it very clear to Pakistan that from now on there will be no more talks on Kashmir but only on PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) and he will take a decision on the same most effectively.n++

Sharing his viewpoint on the same, Mr Ahir said, n++Though there has been a tradition of going for talks but Pakistan has not kept its word as such we are yet to take a decision in this regard.n++

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