A section of shops across the state remained closed on Wednesday in response to a strike call given by `Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopanasamithi` to protest the new e-declaration policy and other policies of the government.
Global oil prices traded in mixed fashion ahead of the weekend Friday, with Brent slightly higher as traders watched developments in the jihadist-led offensive in Iraqi, OPEC`s second-largest oil producer.
With an eye on assembly elections after the drubbing it got in the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress-NCP state government Thursday presented a Rs 4,103.3 crore deficit Budget for 2014-15 with a slew of sops for farmers, traders and professionals.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray today appealed to the traders, who have been protesting against imposition of Local Bodies Tax (LBT), to open their shops so that common people do not suffer.
The Bihar government is going to implement a social security plan for traders as part of which those paying regular taxes would be given a Rs 2 lakh assistance in the event of death in accident, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said.