Union Budget 2018: Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies not legal, govt to eliminate their use

Union Budget 2018

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said all cryptocurrencies, which includes bitcoin, are illegal and the government will take measures to eliminate their use. “The government does not consider crypto currencies as legal tender or coin and (will) take all measures to eliminate the use of crypto assets…,” he said while presenting the Union Budget 2018-19 in the Lok Sabha. Last year, Jaitley had informed Parliament that there are no regulations governing virtual currencies in India and the RBI has not given any licence to any entity/company to operate such currencies.…

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Rocket Man Who Sent 104 Satellites Into Orbit Is New ISRO Chairman

isro chairman 2018

HIGHLIGHTS He is currently Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum His expertise gave ISRO ability to send 104 satellites in a single missio He is overseeing launch of refurbished PSLV, which will blast off Friday Rocket specialist K Sivan has been appointed Chairman of India’s space agency ISRO for a three-year term. He replaces current ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar, whose term ends January 14. Mr Sivan is currently Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum and had mastered the development of cryogenic engines for India. A…

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Tribune Aadhaar data breach story: Govt says committed to press freedom, FIR against unknown

Aadhaar data breach story

As outrage, especially among journalists, grew over the FIR filed against The Tribune newspaper and its reporter Rachna Khaira, the government today said it is committed to the freedom of press, and that the police report has been filed against unknown people. “The government is fully committed to freedom of press as well as to maintaining security and sanctity of Aadhaar for India’s development. The FIR is against unknown (sic). I’ve suggested @UIDAI to request Tribune and its journalist to give all assistance to police in investigating real offenders,” Union…

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Bengal Man Arrested For Allegedly Harassing Sachin Tendulkar’s Daughter On Phone

The man called on the landline, made obscene comments about her and even threatened to kidnap her.

Mumbai: A 32-year-old man from West Bengal has been arrested for allegedly harassing Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter. The man, identified as Debkumar Maity, has called at least 20 times on the ex-cricketer’s landline number since January 2, police said. He made obscene comments about Sara Tendulkar and even threatened to kidnap her, a senior officer added. The former skipper filed a complaint at Bandra police station after which the cyber cell of the Mumbai police traced the number to Mahishadal in East Midnapore district. The West Bengal police were informed and the…

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Marlboro-maker Philip Morris’ new year resolution to ‘give up cigarettes’

Philip Morris

HIGHLIGHTS Marlboro maker Philip Morris have taken out full-page ads in newspapers in the UK saying that their ‘New Year’s resolution’ is to “give up cigarettes” Philip Morris’ website also focuses on use of e-cigarettes which they say term as “less harmful, yet satisfying, alternatives to smoking” NEW DELHI: Makers of leading cigarette brand Marlboro- Philip Morris have taken out full-page ads in newspapers in the UK saying that their ‘New Year’s resolution’ is to “give up cigarettes”. “It won’t be easy. But we are determined to turn our vision into a reality,” the…

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