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Dhanush to reunite with 'Kodi' director

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Dhanush on Tuesday said he will reunite with his Kodi director Durai Senthil Kumar for another project. Yes. After blockbuster 'Kodi', Durai Senthil Kumar is writing his next for me. Too early to disclose further details. Thank you, Dhanush tweeted. In last year released Kodi, a political thriller, Dhanush played dual roles. With alr...

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At least 17 Bengal children fall prey to child trafficking

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) At least 17 untraceable children are believed to have fallen victims to child trafficking with an international footprint, in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. The state police have arrested two women including a primary school headmistress, and are on the lookout for a BJP leader in connection with the case. The matter came to light after the Criminal In...

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Gujarat budget provides for subsidised computer tabs for students

Gandhinagar, Feb 21 (IANS) The Vijay Rupani government's maiden as well as the last budget before the December 2017 elections, presented by Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Tuesday in the state assembly, promises freebies and schemes for people. While no new taxes have been proposed, Patel, who holds the finance portfolio, promised subsidised computer tablets to 3.5 lakh first-year c...

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IndiGo to transport life-saving drugs to Manipur

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Tuesday said that it will deliver medical aid, including insulin, vaccines, serum and hormones, on a priority basis to Manipur. According to the low-cost carrier, the initiative will help those affected by an 80-day-old highway blockade imposed by the Union Naga Council (UNC) on NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur) and NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam) t...

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Castrol India's Q4 net profit up 11%

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Automotive and industrial lubricant manufacturer Castrol India on Tuesday reported a rise of 10.7 per cent in its net profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. The company informed the BSE that its net profit during the quarter under review increased to Rs 155.8 crore from Rs 140.8 crore. On the contrary, the automotive and industrial lubricant manufa...

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CSR spend to help double income of rural masses: Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the idea of mandatory corporate social responsibility (CSR) spend, though initially resisted, has taken off well and it will contribute to doubling of rural population's income. Conventionally, corporate philanthropy was lesser known in India. But looking at the past 2-3 years, it has begun well as an institutio...

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GNLA Chairman released on bail in Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb 21 (IANS) Chairman of the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Champion R. Sangma was released on bail from Shillong district jail on Wednesday. The Court of District and Sessions Judge, Shillong granted bail to Sangma against two surety bonds of Rs one lakh each and he has been instructed not to leave the jurisdiction of the court until further notice, Sangma's co...

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Talks with Jats stalled as Haryana 'can't take back CBI cases'

Chandigarh, Feb 21 (IANS) Talks between the state government and Jat leaders hit a roadblock on Tuesday as the Haryana government made it clear that it has no jurisdiction to withdraw cases being investigated by the CBI against Jat leaders over violence during the agitation last year. Withdrawal of cases, including those on sedition charges, against Jat leaders is one of the eight demand...

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Trump's men outline plan to crack down on illegal immigrants

Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) US Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday officially laid out the Trump administration's plans for enforcement of immigration laws. The department released guidance memos signed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly issued to heads of key agencies, which describe how the government plans to implement two executive orders President Donald Trump signed in ...

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'Lion': Little Sunny completely overshadows Dev Patel

Film: Lion; Director: Garth Davis; Cast: Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Dev Patel, Roony Mara and above all, Sunny Pawar; Rating: ****(4 stars) Apart from the all-encompassing luminosity of little Sunny Pawar -- so young yet so wise -- the one aspect of this soul-stirring journey into the incandescent side of the diaspora, is just how Indians are at heart. This film about a boy from a remo...

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Bengal nod for JV with GAIL for piped gas supply project

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) West Bengal's Cabinet Committee on Industry on Tuesday gave green signal to a joint venture between state-owned Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation (GCGSC) and GAIL (India) to supply piped natural gas to households in greater Kolkata, a senior minister said. Finance and Industries Minister Amit Mitra said the committee, headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,...

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India, Bangladesh to strengthen border management

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) India and Bangladesh have decided to implement the Coordinated Border Management Plan in letter and spirit to curb the menace of trans-border crime, including smuggling of arms, drugs, and fake currency. In a joint press statement here on Tuesday, Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) discussed various issues concerning border management...

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SC to hear illegal Bangladeshi migrants' children status in May

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) A constitution bench will hear in May whether the children of illegal Bangladeshi migrants to Assam born here can avail the benefit of citizenship under the existing law, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday. A bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice S.K. Kaul said it would hear the case during summer vacation when four const...

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Millions vote in crucial Maharashtra civic elections

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Millions of voters exercised their franchise on Tuesday in Maharashtra to elect members of 10 major civic bodies, including India's largest and richest civic body BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) where many Bollywood celebrities cast their votes. The elections to 11 Zila Parishads and 118 Panchayat Samitis also are widely seen as a referendum on Chief Minist...

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West Bengal to recognise Kurukh, Rajbongshi languages

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) The West Bengal government will recognise Kurukh and Rajbongshi/Kamtapuri languages, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Tuesday on the occasion of International Mother Language Day. On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, we announce that the state government will recognise Kurukh language and its alphabet Tolong Siki. The language was declar...

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Panel comes up with format for accurate reporting of accidents

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) For more accurate reporting of road accidents, an expert panel has suggested a uniform accident recording format with different sections like location, road condition, vehicles involved and victim details, designed to capture all relevant information. The panel, set up by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, said that police need better understanding of a...

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Varun Dhawan is a nice, happy person: Aparshakti Khurrana

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Actor Aparshakti Khurrana who will be seen sharing screen space with actor Varun Dhawan in his upcoming film Badrinath Ki Dulhania praises his co-actor Varun as extremely nice human being. Most of the scenes in Badrinath, I have with Varun. So certainly, I have interacted more with him. To be a good actor, it is extremely important to be a good human being. Varun ha...

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Government considers cutting MDR charges on card payments

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The government is looking to reduce Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges to encourage digital payments, Niti Aayog Chief Executive Amitabh Kant said on Tuesday. We are pushing digital transactions. Our aim is to bring down MDR charges. Also, if volume of transactions increase, MDR charges will come down, Kant told reporters here while briefing about the Lucky Gr...

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'Indian electronics' market to be $228 bn in 2020'

Bengaluru, Feb 21 (IANS) India's booming electronics' market is projected to more than double to $228 billion in three more years from over $100 billion in fiscal 2016-17, said the industry's trade body on Tuesday. India's ESDM (Electronics System, Design & Manufacturing) sector is poised to reach $228 billion by 2020 from $100 billion in 2016-17, growing at 16-23 per cent annually, ...

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AIIMS announces Rs 10 lakh compensation for death of nurse

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday said it will give Rs 10 lakh compensation to the next kin of a pregnant staff nurse who died earlier this month due to negligence by the doctors treating her. An amount of Rs 10 lakh compensation shall be paid to the next of kin of Nursing Officer, Rajbir Kaur, after due administrative approval. The compa...

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