Athens, June 19 (IANS) Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday urged the European Union (EU) nations to not make distinction between "good" and "bad" terrorism and called for their partnership in battling terror taking root in the region between then.
Addressing a Greek foreign policy think tank on the topic 'India and Europe in a Changing World', Kovind underlined India's commitment to "world peace" and cited the steps it has taken to further it.
"India and the EU (European Union) must persuade the world to not distinguish between so-called 'good' and 'bad' terrorists, to shame and sanction state sponsors of terrorism, and to strengthen multilateral platforms such as the Financial Action Task Force and the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum," he said at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), as per an official statement.
The President said that radicalisation and terrorism are pressing global concerns and pockets of instability and extremism can be found in the region to Europe's east and India's west.
"They are a worry for both Europe and India," he said.
Kovind assured the Europeans also of India's sincerity in combating the global pollution and promises made in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
He said India's share of non-fossil fuel usage will be up from "current 31 per cent to 53 per cent by 2027" and that it is targeting 175 gigawatts of renewable energy, of which 100 gigawatts will be solar energy.
Kovind said India-Greek trade at $530 million is way below its potential and with some efforts, this can easily be made to cross $1 billion.
He invited Greek industries to invest in various Indian enterprises and said that Greek shipping industry will find "lucrative opportunities" in India's ambitious Sagarmala project.
The President, who is on a visit to Greece, Suriname, and Cuba, ended his first leg, departing for the South American nation of Suriname later in the day.
Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday enhanced the housing loan limits under priority sector lending (PSL) to Rs 35 lakh in metropolitan centres under the affordable housing scheme.
The RBI in its Second Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2018-19 had decide to enhance the limit for eligibility for PSL under the scheme.
"With a view to bringing convergence of the Priority Sector Lending guidelines for housing loans with the Affordable Housing Scheme, and to give a filip to low-cost housing for the economically weaker sections and low income groups...," the RBI said in a notification.
"... the housing loan limits for eligibility under priority sector lending will be revised to Rs 35 lakh in metropolitan centres (with population of ten lakh and above), and Rs 25 lakh in other centres, provided the overall cost of the dwelling unit in the metropolitan centre and at other centres does not exceed Rs 45 lakh and Rs 30 lakh, respectively."
Furthermore, the RBI said that existing family income limit of Rs 2 lakh per annum, for loans to housing projects exclusively for the purpose of construction of houses for EWS and LIG, has been revised to Rs 3 lakh per annum for EWS and Rs 6 lakh per annum for LIG, in alignment with the income criteria specified under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
In addition, loans to individuals up to Rs 28 lakh in metropolitan centres and Rs 20 lakh in other centres, will be eligible to be classified under priority sector, "provided that the cost of dwelling unit does not exceed Rs 35 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, respectively".