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AAI's non-aeronautical revenue up 52 percent

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The government Monday said the non-aeronautical revenue of state-run Airports Authority of India has increased 52 percent in three years from Rs.819.10 crore in 2010-11 to Rs.1,241 crore in 2013-14. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma informed the Lok Sabha that the non-aeronautical revenue of AAI increased by 52 percent in three years. T...

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Probe all fraudulent chit funds, Left tells Modi

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) A Left delegation Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to have all fraudulent chit funds operating in eastern India thoroughly investigated. Only then would the alarming financial irregularities and fraud committed by 186 financial companies or chit funds in West Bengal be understood, the delegation said in a memorandum submitted to Modi.

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Coldest Dec 22 in Delhi in five years

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) It was the coldest Dec 22 in five years in the national capital, with the minimum temperature dipping four notches below average to 4.2 degrees Celsius. Dense fog affected the movement of nearly 100 flights and over 150 trains. The Met department has forecast a clear Tuesday. A cold wave swept across the capital, making the condition worse for the city's ...

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Sonia Gandhi's condition improving: Doctors

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi is feeling better and her condition is improving, the hospital treating her for an infection in her lower respiratory tract said Monday. The health condition and test reports of (Sonia) Gandhi were reviewed today (Monday) morning by treating doctors. Her test results are showing progressive improvement and there is decline in her i...

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Pakistani courts suspend seven execution orders

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Two Pakistani courts Monday suspended the execution of seven convicted terrorists citing various grounds even as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed the country's attorney general to take legal steps to get such suspension orders revoked. The Lahore High Court's (LHC) Rawalpindi bench Monday suspended the convictions of five prisoners who were handed the death p...

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Post FIR on website within a day: Himachal HC to government

Shimla, Dec 22 (IANS) Copies of FIRs (first information reports) should be uploaded on the police website within a day of filing of the case, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the state government. The direction for uploading the FIR on the (police) website shall be given effect from Jan 26, 2015, Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan said in an order made available to the media Monday...

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Yuvraj, Gambhir dropped from BCCI contract list

Mumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) A few weeks after they were left out of the 30-member preliminary squad for the 2015 World Cup, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh were Monday dropped from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) contracts list while medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was promoted to a Grade A contract. Pacer Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu and Ajinkya Rahane have been promoted from...

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Hull City recall Ince and Figueroa from loan spells

London, Dec 22 (IANS) English Premier League club Hull City have recalled Tom Ince and Maynor Figueroa from loan spells in order to reinforce the squad and climb out of the relegation zone. Tom Ince and Maynor Figueroa have been recalled from their loan spells with Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic respectively, said a statement on the club's website Monday. Both players will ...

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States told to use funds meant to curb encephalitis: Nadda

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The central government will ask of all five states - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu - where Japanese encephalitis cases are reported to utilize funds meant for the disease's prevention, union Health Minister J.P. Nadda told parliament Monday. Replying to a calling attention motion in the Lok Sabha on the deaths of children due to the drea...

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Venice curator praises Kochi Muziris Biennale

Kochi, Dec 22 (IANS) The Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB) has made India an important centre for contemporary art with its assembly of beautifully installed exhibits that are well-chosen in their narration and materiality, said curator critic Okwui Enwezor. The KMB 2014 feels incredibly familiar in a powerful way, the 51-year-old Nigerian said Monday, adding that the 108-day festival took hi...

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Badal rules out Majithia's resignation

Chandigarh, Dec 22 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday said there was no question of Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majitha resigning over his alleged involvement in a drug racket. I have never demanded resignation from anybody, Badal said when journalists wanted to know if Majitha would be asked to step down till the investigation into the charges against him got over...

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Protest against government over conversions, unfulfilled promises

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Thousands of people from different parts of the country thronged the national capital Monday protesting against the central government over various issues, prominent being religious conversion and the government not acting on its promises. The protesters, mostly from the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh, gathered at Jantar Mantar and Parliament street and accu...

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Conversion row continues to rock parliament

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The row over religious conversion continued in parliament Monday, with the Rajya Sabha being stalled again, while the Congress staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha. In the Rajya Sabha, which saw the whole of last week being washed out except for half of Friday, the disruptions continued. In the Lok Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said...

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Jet Airways raises $150 mn loan from four Middle East banks

Mumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) Jet Airways Monday said here it has concluded a five-year syndicated loan agreement of $150 million from a consortium of four Middle East banks. The syndicate loan - offered by a group of lenders or syndicate who work together to provide funds for a single borrower - has been sanctioned by the group comprising Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC, Commercial Bank Interna...

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Police rescue 26 stray dogs from Delhi house

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Twenty-six malnourished stray dogs that were confined to a house in the capital were rescued by Delhi Police, officials said Monday. Police registered a case and launched a hunt to nab the house owner, identified as Gokul Nair. The 32-year-old Nair, who works with a multinational company, had a habit of keeping stray dogs, police said. A neighbour...

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Seoul declares war on Uber taxi business

Seoul, Dec 22 (IANS/EFE) Kim Kyung-ho, the head of South Korean capital Seoul's traffic division, Monday filed a lawsuit against the Uber mobile application which connects riders to private car owners, promising to punish drivers cooperating with the taxi-hailing service. In statements to the local Yonhap news agency, the capital's head of traffic claimed that the service violated South ...

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How many alliances are possible in Kashmir?

Srinagar, Dec 22 (IANS) Amid the uncertainty of what will be the election result Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir, two things are certain: there will be no alliance between the BJP and the Congress and none between the National Conference and the PDP. A few other things can be said with some certainty. The Peoples Democratic Party, which had 21 seats in the outgoing state assembly, ...

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Azure Power to build 1,000 MW solar project in Rajasthan

Jodhpur/Kolkata, Dec 22 (IANS) Azure Power Monday said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Rajasthan government to develop a 1,000 MW solar power project. The power plant is the largest capacity project won under the ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission -Phase II (JNNSM) which was launched by the central government in 2010 to generate 20,000 MW of sola...

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Vikram Bhatt's scripts to turn into novels

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt's three scripts, including forthcoming Khamoshiyan, will now be available in novel form. The writer of Khamoshiyan is simply thrilled as his other films 1920 and 1920 - Evil Returns too will turn into novels with never before published pictures and never known facts, which Bhatt will disclose in the book. I'm simply thrilled. More s...

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'Roy' music to be launched on Hungama.com

Mumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) The music and videos of Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Roy will be launched on on-demand digital entertainment store-front Hungama.com, making it accessible to users of Hungama's web, WAP or mobile apps. The film's music is produced by T-Series. 'Roy' is one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, and it gives us great pleasure to be the first to bring their music to...

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