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New Delhi: Aiming to expand the number of startups in India, Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that his government will put a new tax regime for startups.

Claiming that the tax regime would usher in a new era for the startups, he further said, “it is a final break from the conventional License Raj of India”.

Underlying the importance of startups, the finance minister said that these small business organizations would serve as an alternate engine of growth during the poor phase of the world economy.

The Human Resource Development Ministry and the Department of science and Technology have agreed to jointly assist an initiative to set up 75 startups.

Notably, the HRD Ministry was already assisting the startup incubation centers in the NITS, IITs and IISERs.

‘Startup India’, held at Vigyan Bhavan witnessed the presence of over 1500 top entrepreneurs across the country.

During his address, Jaitley said “I must confess that we normally have a large number of formal launches in this plenary hall of Bigyan Bhawan. But this one is with a difference. Because it is probably the first time I see a large number of potential entrepreneurs here, most of whom I am not familiar with. Otherwise, at the formal launches, we always have the usual suspects.”

Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of Soft Bank, and Travis Kalanick, founder of Uber were among the other speakers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet with the entrepreneurs.(Inputs from agencies)



The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.

NEW DELHI - India Navy sending four ships for exercises and port visits with the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, its navy said Wednesday, as China's maritime power grows in the area.

The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.

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The UK government on Thursday announced that it will move India from the red to the amber list on Sunday, in the country's latest update to the 'Red-Amber-Green' traffic light ratings for arrivals into England amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means the visit visas for the UK from India are open, in addition to other long-term visas that have remained open. But travellers from India arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying (not mandatorily quarantine in a managed hotel).

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Pakistan has failed miserably to protect Hindus, their interests.

A Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province was reportedly vandalized by hundreds of people after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated at a local seminary, received bail, a media report said on Thursday.

According to the Dawn news report, the incident took place on Wednesday in Bhong town, about 60 km from Rahim Yar Khan city.

Besides the vandalization, the mob also blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), the report added.

Citing sources, Dawn news said that a case was registered against the minor on July 24 based on a complaint filed by a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, of the Darul Uloom Arabia Taleemul Quran.

The sources said that "some Hindu elders did tender an apology to the seminary administration saying the accused was a minor and mentally challenged".

But, when a lower court granted him bail a few days ago, some people incited the public in the town on Wednesday and got all shops there closed in protest, the report quoted the sources as further saying.

A video clip showing people wielding clubs and rods storming the temple and smashing its glass doors, windows, lights, and damaging the ceiling fans went viral on social media.

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