Category Archives: NATIONAL

Center Issues urgent advisory to States over China Pneumonia

Union Health Ministry has advised all the states and Union Territories to immediately review public health and hospital preparedness measures in view of the increasing cases of pneumonia in China. The Union Health Secretary — in a letter to all the States and Union Territories — advised them to immediately review the preparedness measures in […]

Partial withdrawal from Public Provident Fund (PPF): All you need to know

New Delhi: The Public Provident Fund or PPF account although has a lock-in of 15 years, it provides loan and partial withdrawal facility before the end of tenure. While a loan from PPF account can be availed between the third and sixth financial year of opening the PPF account, partial withdrawal facility from PPF is […]

Vodafone And Airtel Now Charging For Calls Made to Jio Numbers: What Changed?

Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) and Bharti Airtel have announced the new prepaid tariff plans which become applicable from December 3, and there are significant changes for prepaid mobile users to wrap their calculations around. The biggest, and perhaps the most important change, is that Vodafone Idea and Airtel will now charge for calls made outside […]

Pensioner Alert! Get PPO number recorded by bank in passbook. Here’s why

New Delhi: As a pensioner, you need to ensure that your bank records the Pension Payment Order (PPO) number in the passbook. PPO is a 12 digit number in which the first five digits indicate the code number of PPO Issuing Authority, next two digits indicate the year of issue, and after this, the four digits […]

Lost money in e-wallet fraud? Here’s what you need to do

New Delhi: Digital wallets have become increasingly popular among the urban population and youngsters because of convenience and cashback offers. Several digital wallets have popped up in the last few years and more are coming in. With just a few taps, one can book tickets, pay bills, shop, send money, receive money, all thanks to digital […]

FASTag mandatory for all vehicles from Dec 1: Here’s how to buy, activate it

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that FASTags will become mandatory for all vehicles, private and commercial, from 1 December 2019. According to an Economic Times report, vehicles without FASTags will have to cough up twice the normal rate at toll gates. Therefore, it’s important that you get one fast for your […]

India Post ATM cum debit card facility: Here are five key things to know

New Delhi: India Post or Department of Posts provides a host of financial and retail services to its customers. Just like commercial banks, it offers savings account, fixed deposit account, monthly income scheme, senior citizen savings scheme, recurring deposit (RD), Kisan Vikas Patra, Sukanya Samriddhi account, etc. One can open a savings account in India Post […]

Cabinet approves Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2019

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal for introducing the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in order to replace the Ordinance. All economic developments after the enactment of the Finance (No. 2) Act, 2019 along with the reduction of rate of corporate income tax by many countries world […]

EPF Alert: Here’s how you can nominate PF beneficiaries online

New Delhi: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) now offers the facility of submitting EPF nomination details of your employee’s provident fund (EPF) account online through its official website. Note that earlier, you could only submit your nomination details through the offline mode by providing the details to your employer. If you have an active EPF […]

Passport 2019: How to calculate passport application fees online

New Delhi: Getting a passport is a lengthy and protocol-driven process as relatively compared to obtaining other national identities including a voter’s ID card, driving license, UIDAI-controlled Aadhaar card, Income Tax Department-issued PAN card etc. But, nowadays, the exercise of acquiring a passport has become slightly easier with the advent of Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs). […]

IRCTC foreign tourist quota: Ticket booking charges, cancellation & refund rules

New Delhi: The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) offers the ticket booking facility to all the foreign tourists having a valid passport. With the foreign tourist quota, all the foreign nationals including non-resident Indians (NRIs) can reserve seats on the trains operated by the Indian Railways. IRCTC levies different charges for the registration […]