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Jayant Sinha Advises IITians To Develop Passenger Drones To Help Decongest Cities

New Delhi: Minister of State for Civil Aviation JayantSinha has said the passenger drones can help decongest the choked city roads and students from the premier IITs could do a lot in developing such tools, has said.
Addressing the Techfestorganised by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay, Sinha said the government is working on bringing in regulations for the drones sector which will help faster and better development of such technologies.

"Drones are a massive opportunity. Like electric vehicles, drones will also use the same electric motors and batteries, but the only difference is that they will be in the sky. We are working on bringing in some set of regulations for drones that will help make the technology more progressive," the minister said.

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'Perform Or Perish': Air India Chief Tells EmployeesIn New Year Message

New Delhi: Air India chief Pradeep Singh Kharola has said in New Year message to employees that "we have to perform if we do not want to perish".

Kharola, who took over as chairman and managing director of the disinvestment-bound national carrier earlier this month, also said the onus to steer the company out of turbulence lies on everyone.

"We have to adopt a professional and productive work culture which will hold the key for our turnaround ... your hard work has helped Air India to improve in some of the key operational parameters in recent times, but still, we have miles to go," the AI chief said.

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ICAI Tells Govt To Make PAN Mandatory For Overseas Package Tours

New Delhi: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has recommended the government to make PAN compulsory on air-ticket bookings for overseas package tours to bring high value transactions into the data system.

In its pre-Budget memorandum with regards to direct taxes, the Chartered Accountants' apex body also recommended an independent audit provision which may be inserted to provide for a comprehensive audit of all TDS returns filed.
ICAI also said the scope of filing return should be widened so as to include in its ambit the persons who are frequent international flyers.

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Pope Says 2017 Was Marred By War And Lies In His Year-End Message

New Delhi: Pope Francisin his year-end message said that 2017 had been marred by war, lies and injustice, and he exhorted people to take responsibility for their actions.

At his last public event of the year, an evening vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica, the pontiff said that humanity had "wasted and wounded" the year "in many ways with works of death, with lies and injustices".

While war was the most obvious sign of "unrepentant and absurd pride", many other transgressions had caused "human, social and environmental degradation".

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No Begging Please,Chairman Naidu Directs Ministers

New Delhi: RajyaSabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has once again directed ministers not to use the term ‘beg’ while tabling the listed official papers in the House.

Normally, the ministers say "I beg to lay the papers ... listed against my name in today’s order paper."
Naidu had on the opening day of the winter session advised the ministers and members to shed the "imperial mindset" of using "I beg to lay..." the papers in the House.

He had said that instead they should say "I rise to present the papers listed against my name..."