Starting April 1, many private banks like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank have announced a hike in charges ahead of the new rules kicking in for penalty on non-maintenance of minimum average balance in savings accounts.
Hike Messenger, the homegrown free messaging application that was launched in 2012, is growing at a rapid pace with more than 35 million active users at present. Hike also introduced free internet calls in January this year.
Both the treasury benches and the Left opposition in the Kerala assembly Monday agreed that the recent hike in rail passenger and freight charges announced by the Narendra Modi government last week will have a "negative impact" on the state.
Criticising the hike in railway passenger fares announced by the central government Friday, the Trinamool Congress said the step was taken without "bothering about parliament" and it would "overburden" the common man.
Actor Akshay Kumar, who is said to be endorsing about 13 brands, has raised his fee for endorsement, and says it is a give-and-take relationship and therefore no harm in hiking his fees for such endorsements.
Maharashtra government on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that it would not take any decision on increasing the fares of auto rickshaws and taxis until June 12 when the High Court would hear a PIL challenging the hike.