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Trinamool sacks Mukul Roy as general secretary

Kolkata, Feb 28 (IANS) The Trinamool Congress Saturday sacked Mukul Roy - once party supremo Mamata Banerjee's second-in-command - as its national general secretary. Banerjee's close aide Subrata Bakshi, who was appointed national general secretary a few days back, will be the only one to hold the post. Subrata Bakshi has been appointed as the national general secretary, Trinamoo...

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Almeria face penalty over non-payment for player

Madrid, Feb 28 (IANS) La Liga outfit UD Almeria could find their battle to avoid relegation seriously affected as the result of a decision taken by FIFA to sanction the Spanish club by the deduction of three points as the result of non-payment of a transfer fee for a former player. The governing body of world football Friday ordered the Spanish Football Federation to deduct three points ...

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Age no bar for life and love at 'Marigold'

Washington, February 28 (IANS) How many lives do you have, asks the elderly co-manager, Muriel, in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, set in India's Pink City of Jaipur. As many as you like, replies the equally greying long-time guest Evelyn. Life is what you make of it. It's never over. And anything is possible and everything is possible. What it says is something which peop...

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I give my best without thinking of results: Ashwin

Perth, Feb 28 (IANS) India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was Man-of-the-Match in the World Cup Pool B match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) here Saturday, said he only aims to put in his best effort in every game without thinking about the results. Ashwin clinched his career best One-Day International (ODI) figures of 4/25 from 10 overs to bowl out UAE for a paltry 102, whi...

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Pachauri's resignation from PM's climate panel accepted

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday accepted the resignation of noted environmentalist R.K. Pachauri from the PM's Council on Climate Change. ...

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TDP 'very disappointed' with budget

Hyderabad, Feb 28 (IANS) The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a partner in the NDA government, Saturday said it was very disappointed over the 2015-16 union budget. TDP parliamentarians and Andhra Pradesh cabinet ministers said injustice was done to the state as there was no clarity with regard to the special status promised in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. TDP, which is the ru...

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Delhi Police get Rs. 5,372 crore for upgrading force

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Delhi Police have been allocated Rs. 5,372.88 crore for upgrading the force during the 2015-16 financial year, according to the interim budget proposals presented in the Lok Sabha Saturday. Of the total amount, Rs. 390 crore was earmarked for plan and Rs.4,979.48 for non-plan expenditure. An amount of Rs. 7 crore has been allocated for developing the traf...

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MGNREGS given boost in budget

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Putting to rest doubts about the continuation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday announced an initial allocation of Rs.34,699 crore for the programme. In addition, the minister said he would allocate an additional Rs.5,000 crore to MGNREGS if he gets more revenue due to tax buoyancy.

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Jaitley breaks ice, walks up to opposition before budget

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The government sought to reach out to the opposition ahead of the budget presentation in the Lok Sabha Saturday with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley walking up to the opposition benches and chatting with senior leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Jaitley entered the house a good 10 minutes before his budget speech and spoke with Gandhi and other lea...

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Pakistan sends aid to Afghanistan for avalanche

Islamabad, Feb 28 (IANS) Pakistan sent relief goods Saturday to the avalanche-hit people in Afghanistan, officials said. Afghan officials say avalanches in Panjshir valley have killed nearly 250 people and displaced thousands of others. To express solidarity with our Afghan brethren, two C130 aircraft were dispatched carrying relief goods for victims of avalanche-hit areas of Pan...

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Real Madrid to face under-strength Villarreal in La Liga

Madrid, Feb 28 (IANS) Real Madrid continue their quest for the La Liga title with one of the most difficult games that remains for them at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Sunday night. Sixth-placed Villarreal CF visit the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium looking to strengthen their challenge for a possible top-four finish, or to move ahead of Sevilla, who are just one point above them in the tabl...

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India, Iran push to boost bilateral trade

Tehran, Feb 28 (IANS) Bilateral trade between India and Iran will receive a fillip with the signing of a preferential trade agreement, the head of the Trade Promotion Organisation of Iran said Saturday. Valiollah Afkhami Rad made the remarks in a meeting with visiting senior Indian commerce ministry official Rajani Ranjan Rashmi here, IRNA reported. During the meeting, the Irani...

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MEA gets 18.5 percent higher allocation

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The external affairs ministry saw an 18.5 percent increase in its budgetary allocation for 2015-16, with embassies and missions getting higher allocation as well as cooperation with the ASEAN as part of India's Act East policy. In the union budget presented Saturday, the MEA allocation was increased from Rs.12,620 crore to Rs.14,966.83 crore. Under the h...

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Unseasonal rain cools Mumbai

Mumbai, Feb. Feb 28 (IANS) Unseasonal showers and drizzle in large parts of Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and other parts of Maharashtra brought down temperatures here Saturday, weather officials said. The heavily overcast skies since morning gave way to drizzles and gentle showers in most parts of Mumbai and surrounding areas with people virtually deserting the streets and preferring to watch t...

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Jaitley favours procurement law to prevent scams

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday advocated a procurement law to check wrongdoings by officials in public procurement. I believe parliament needs to take a view soon on whether we need a procurement law and, if so, what shape it should take, Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha, presenting the union budget for the fiscal 2015-16. Asserting that his go...

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Jaitley proposes gold bonds, monetisation schemes

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday proposed steps to monetise the yellow metal by introducing a gold bond and a monetisation scheme besides announcing plans to make indigenous gold coins. Presenting the Union Budget 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said an estimated 20,000 tonnes of gold stocks in India were neither traded nor monetised. The minister...

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Rs.150 crore for research under Atal Innovation Mission

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday announced the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), an innovation promotion platform in the NITI Aayog, with an initial fund of Rs.150 crore for research and development. Named after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, AIM will be an innovation promotion platform involving academics, entrepreneurs and researchers. T...

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India beat UAE, earn third World Cup win

Perth, Feb 28 (IANS) India achieved their third consecutive victory of the cricket World Cup when they comprehensively beat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by nine wickets in a Pool B encounter at the WACA here Saturday. After bowling out the UAE for a 102, the lowest total of the current World Cup, in 31.3 overs, India achieved the paltry target in 18.5 overs with opener Rohit Sharma top...

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UN climate panel prepares for new leadership post-Pachauri

United Nations, Feb 28 (IANS) After the sudden departure of environmentalist Rajendra K. Pachauri as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN climate panel is preparing for a new leadership and plans on another assessment of climate science. Pachauri is under investigation following allegations that he sexually harassed a colleague at The Energy and ...

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CPI-M must attract honest people: Sarkar

Agartala, Feb 28 (IANS) The CPI-M's membership in Tripura has risen but honest, efficient people must be included in the party, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has said. Party members have increased in large numbers in Tripura. Most entered the party after 1993. But their quality is not at the expected level, he said here Friday night. He urged party leaders to be more pro-active to ...

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