New Delhi, Feb 27 : Egencia, the business travel brand of the Expedia Group, has, through its commitment to innovative technology and service offerings for Indian corporations and business travellers, reported an increase of 200 per cent in new contracts signed in 2013, compared with the planned target for the year.
In addition to new sales, customer satisfaction was at its peak with 100 per cent retained clients, 100 per cent in renewed contracts and 95 per cent of customers corporate travel spend spent with Egencia.
New Delhi, Feb 27 : India's largest automobile company Tata Motors is exploring the possibility of setting up a manufacturing plant for Jaguar and Land Rover in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf kingdom's industry minister said Thursday.
Addressing an India-Saudi Arabia Business Forum meeting here, Saudi Arabia Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfig Fawzan Alrabiah said the proposed plant would be the third largest for manufacturing of high-end Jaguar and Land Rover cars.
The minister said the plant is proposed to be set up eastern province of Saudi Arabia.
New Delhi, Feb 27 : Defence Minister AK Antony has assured the Services that the Government was fully committed to implement the One Rank, One Pay (OROP) policy and that required funds will be made available to ensure its implementation.
Chairing a meeting of the top brass of the Services and senior officials of MoD, here, last evening, Antony said the Finance Minister had clarified that the figure of Rs 500 crores made available to implement the scheme was only 'indicative'.
New Delhi, Feb 27 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday asked traders to adopt more technology and switch to online trade model whenever necessary.
"We have to convert challenges into opportunities. Do not be afraid of new challenges. Adopt technology and create virtual malls in your shops. Now, even people in smallest towns are looking for branded goods. Use technology to cater to that. If necessary do workshop to learn the way out, but do not run away," Modi said while addressing the All India Traders Convention here.
New Delhi, Feb 27 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said here Thursday that he does not "appreciate" External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid's "impotent" remark on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Khurshid at a rally Feb 25 in his Farrukhabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh, called Modi "impotent" in failing to protect the people during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
"I do not appreciate this kind of language," Gandhi told the media here.
Other Congress leaders also said that the party does not support the use of such language.
New Delhi, Feb 26 : The Competition Appellate Tribunal (Compat) Wednesday suspended the penalty of Rs. 1,773 crore imposed by the fair trade watchdog on state miner Coal India (CIL) for abusing its market dominance.
Compat, which disposes appeals against orders passed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), ordered the suspension would be subject to CIL depositing Rs. 50 crore in three weeks’ time. The matter has been slated for hearing next on March 13.
New Delhi, Feb 26 : The Supreme Court Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against Sahara group chief Subrata Roy for failing to appear before it in person as directed at the court's last hearing. Roy was also given till March 4 to comply with the court's order.
An apex court bench of Justice K. S. Radhakrishnan and Justice J. S. Khehar, while noting that a plea was made Tuesday seeking exemption from personal appearance, said this was reiterated Wednesday but would not be accepted. The case relates to the non-refund of money to investors.
New Delhi, Feb 25 : Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Tuesday clarified that he did not threaten to crush the country's electronic media and was instead referring to the social media.
"I have specifically said that social media incited violence against students from the northeast in Hyderabad and Karnataka. I have not said anything against journalists. My comments were misinterpreted," he said.
Shinde created controversy Sunday for allegedly threatening to "crush" the country's electronic media as he said a section of it was portraying the Congress party negatively.
Govt. has never targeted any reporter or media house, opposition more reactive to media criticism: TewariSubmitted by Sarthak Gupta on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 21:59.
New Delhi, Feb 25 : Commenting on Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's remark about crushing elements of the media that were spreading false propaganda about the Congress, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday said the UPA Government has never targeted any reporter or media house over their criticisms, and added that it is the opposition and other political parties which repeatedly threatens the media.
"The Union Home Minister has given a clarification on his statement. I think, there is nothing left beyond this," Tewari said in response to a query regarding Shinde's remark.
New Delhi, Feb 25 : India's largest drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories Tuesday said it has halted temporarily drug ingredient production at two of its facilities in the country as a "precautionary measure".
The two factories, located in Toansa in Punjab and Dewas in Madhya Pradesh, produce active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), the key components to medicines.
New Delhi, Feb 24 : President Pranab Mukherjee said faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth is an "impending reality for India".
"As the number of middle-class consumers continues to swell, the market is likely to become more attractive for global business," he said while addressing participants of the reunion of owner/president management programme of Harvard Business School at Rashtrapati Bhavan Sunday, a statement said Monday.
New Delhi, Feb 24 : Reacting to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's comment that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was playing the politics of blood, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said the people had lost trust in whatever the Congress is saying, and that their agenda should be corruption and bad governance, as it would sound more believable.
New Delhi, Feb 24 : At a time when overall demand in the economy continues to remain subdued, delaying an economic recovery, the interim budget presented by the Finance Ministry on 17th February is expected provide some relief. However, rising cost of credit is a top concern for Indian industry.
New Delhi, Feb 22 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Saturday recommended auction of CDMA or 800 MHz band airwaves at Rs. 2,685 crore per megahertz reserve price, an official release said here.
The recommendation said the entire available spectrum with the Department of Telecom (DoT) in the 800 MHz band should be put to auction. "The authority recommends that the reserve price for the forthcoming auction of 800 MHz spectrum should be fixed at 80 percent of the average valuation," the recommendation said.
New Delhi, Feb 22 : General Motors India Saturday launched a new variant of its Sail hatchback and sedan.
The new hatchback is priced between Rs. 4.21 lakh and Rs. 6.54 lakh, while the sedan is priced at Rs. 5.07-7.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
"By offering bold new feature additions at no additional cost, we are confident that the two carlines will be even more appreciated by our esteemed customers," said Rajesh Singh, vice president, sales, marketing and after sales, General Motors India.
New Delhi, Feb 22 : Calling Rahul Gandhi a late entrant on the anti-corruption plank, the Bharatiya Janata Party Saturday said the Congress vice president should have spoken on the issue much earlier.
"He (Rahul) is a late entrant and he should have spoken on the anti-graft bills much earlier," said Arun Jaitley, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
After the 15th Lok Sabha's last session Friday, Gandhi has accused the BJP of blocking passage of anti-graft bills in parliament.
BJP has however rejected the charge saying it was members of the Congress who disrupted parliament proceedings. (IANS)
New Delhi, Feb 22 : All India rural GSM subscribers increased 4.14 million in January 2014, which was 1.5 percent up from previous month, according to data released by the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) here Saturday.
All India GSM Rural subscriber figures as of January 2014 stood at 285.35 million.
Telecom service provider Airtel has the maximum rural subscription at 91.40 million in January 2014 followed by Vodafone, Idea, Aircel and Telewings.
New Delhi, Feb 21 : The Supreme Court Friday declined to interfere with the Delhi High Court order refusing to stay the grant of further clearances for operationalising airlines AirAsia India - a joint venture between Tata Sons and Malaysia-based AirAsia.
Asking the Delhi High Court to hold final hearing in the matter March 5, a bench of Justice B. S. Chauhan and Justice A. K. Sikri said that any further step to give effect to AirAsia India deal will be subject to the outcome of the hearing before the high court.
New Delhi, Feb 21 : Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Friday said the 15th Lok Sabha may have had many disruptions but it passed some of the landmark bills.
Addressing the house on the last sitting of 15th Lok Sabha, Swaraj wished luck to all the members in the parliamentary elections, saying they were opponents not enemy.
"The opposition is based on issues. We criticise them, but the sharpest of criticisms do not come in the way of personal relations... Advani ji always advised me to behave according to the dignity of the house," the leader of opposition said.
New Delhi, Feb 21 : Shailene Woodley recently revealed getting career advice from her senior and Oscar winner Kate Winslet.
Talking about the career tip she received from the Oscar winning actress, 21-year old Woodley said, "Kate said something to me once, 'People make it harder on themselves than they need to be. In life in general, but especially actors. They take themselves too seriously,'" Universal Pictures reported.
Oscar winning actor Kate Winslet and young Shailene Woodley will soon be seen together on one screen in their upcoming film ' Divergent '.