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Exports projected to touch $750 bn by 2018-19

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Boosted by a forthcoming foreign trade policy, India's exports are expected to cross the $350 billion mark in 2014-15 and reach $750 billion by 2018-19, the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said Thursday. I am much optimistic that we would be able to cross $350 billion mark in 2014-15. Since the new foreign trade policy is likely to be announced ...

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Hemant Soren third CM booed at Modi event, Congress terms it orchestrated

New Delhi/Ranchi, Aug 21 (IANS) After Congress' Prithviraj Chavan and Bhupinder Singh Hooda, it was the turn of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren to be booed by BJP supporters Thursday while sharing the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, prompting the Congress to accuse the ruling party of orchestrating the jeering. Maharashtra Chief Minister Chavan, who was heckled last week wh...

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Notice on plea for quashing Badminton Association polls

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the central government and the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on a PIL seeking quashing of recently-held elections in the sports body. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw, in the notice Wednesday, sought response, along with sports ministry and the BAI, from BAI's new president Akhile...

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Chitrangada dazzles the ramp in traditional attire

Mumbai, Aug 21 (IANS) Dusky beauty Chitrangada Singh dazzled the ramp showcasing traditional attire for designer Harshita Chatterjee Deshpande at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014. I was told that this collection is inspired by temples and it is very different. I love the vintage and traditional collection and I am a huge fan of Indian style. Even the small detailing that she has do...

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Call to check industrial pollution in Ganga

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation ministry and the environment, forests and climate change ministry Thursday said they will jointly check industrial pollution of the Ganga river. This was decided in a meeting Thursday between Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, a statement said. The m...

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'Average global temperature has risen 0.8 degrees'

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) There has been a gradual warming of the atmosphere due to human activity, and the average global temperature has risen about 0.8 degree Celsius over the past 100 years, an expert said Thursday. Major studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have carefully examined over 100 years of measurements and concluded that the average global temperature has...

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Congress attacks Modi over heckling of opposition CMs

New Delhi/Ranchi, Aug 21 (IANS) With Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren being heckled at a function attended by Narendra Modi, the Congress Thursday stepped up its attack on the prime minister with a party leader advising opposition chief ministers to avoid public functions attended by the premier. The Bharatiya Janata Party described the sloganeering as a reflection of unpopularity o...

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34 child labourers rescued in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Thirty-four minors, aged between nine and 17 years, were Thursday rescued from several jewellery-making units in the capital, police said. Police arrested 11 employers and sealed nine units in Karol Bagh area of central Delhi. The raids were conducted Thursday in Adarsh Nagar and Karol Bagh areas, based on inputs by a non-governmental organisation.

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Acceleration of economy likely this fiscal: RBI

Chennai, Aug 21 (IANS) Standing on the crossroads, the Indian economy could travel down the bumpy lane to a faster highway but for the current fiscal (2014-15), the growth is expected to be around 5.5 percent, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said Thursday. In its annual report for 2013-14 released Thursday, the RBI said some acceleration in the economy is likely this fiscal, taking the g...

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RBI's FY15 agenda: Strengthen, reform, develop financial sector

Chennai, Aug 21 (IANS) India's central bank Thursday said its agenda for 2014-15 is to contain consumer price index (CPI) inflation, strengthen banking structure, reform financial markets to deepen and widen them and improving the financial systems' ability to cope with distress. Outlining its agenda for the current fiscal for the first time, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in its annua...

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Over 70 percent voting in Madhya Pradesh by-polls

Bhopal, Aug 21 (IANS) Over 70 percent balloting was recorded in by-elections in three assembly constituencies of Madhya Pradesh Thursday, officials said. Polling was peaceful, but voters in one polling booth stayed away to press their various demands. Voters Thursday decided the fate of 25 candidates in Vijayraghavgarh, Bahoriband and Aagar constituencies. Ten candidates each tri...

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Record turnout in Karnataka assembly by-polls

Bangalore, Aug 21 (IANS) An average of 78 percent voting was reported Thursday in by-elections to three legislative assembly constituencies in Karnataka where polling was held peacefully amid tight security, a top official said. Voting percentage at 6 p.m. when polling ended officially was 86 in Chikkodi-Sadalga, 72 in Bellary (reserved) and 71 in Shikaripura, state chief electoral offic...

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New guidelines for e-rickshaws

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The South Delhi Municipal Corporation Thursday issued new guidelines for battery operated e-rickshaws, saying the civic body will fix the fares and also put a speed limit of 15 km per hour on the vehicles. The guidelines are yet to be passed by the standing committee, a municipal official said. The e-rickshaws will also have to abide by the traffic rules ...

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Delhi HC refuses to relax ban on e-rickshaws

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Refusing to relax its order banning plying of e-rickshaws, the Delhi High Court Thursday said this did not bar the authorities from issuing an executive order to regulate them till a proper amendment in law was made to place them under the ambit of Motor Vehicles Act. A bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul made the observation while refusing t...

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Release of controversial Punjabi film blocked

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The government Thursday blocked the release of controversial Punjabi film Kaum De Heere which reportedly glorifies the assassins of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. The decision was taken by the information and broadcasting ministry, the home ministry and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after watching the film. We saw the film and decid...

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BFI condemns FIBA's patka stand

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) Thursday strongly condemned the action of world body FIBA's technical commission against Sikh player Anmol Singh for playing with a turban. The BFI in a statement also asked FIBA to stop discriminating against Sikh athletes representing India at international levels. Anmol was forced to remove his patka Wednesday ...

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Two denied bail in Syndicate Bank bribery case

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) A court here Thursday refused to grant bail to Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of Prakash Industries Ltd Ved Prakash Agarwal and its Director Vipul Agarwal in the Syndicate Bank bribery case. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Swarna Kanta Sharma dismissed the bail plea of Ved Prakash Agarwal and Vipul Agarwal. Both are in judicial c...

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Need for legal framework to regulate surrogacy: CSR

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) There is an urgent need for a rights-based legal framework to regulate surrogacy in India, an organisation working for social causes said Thursday. The unregulated reproductive tourism industry of 'procreating' through surrogacy is rapidly increasing in India while there is still no legal provision to safeguard the interests of all the major stakeholders involved...

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Rajnath satisfied at India-Bangladesh border situation

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday expressed satisfaction at the situation on the India-Bangladesh border as the two border forces are taking necessary confidence building measures and carrying out joint patrolling along the border. Attending the border co-ordination conference here between the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF), he n...

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Indian hockey team keen to end 16-year wait for Asian Games gold

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) India hockey captain Sardar Singh and chief coach Terry Walsh Thursday expressed the hope that the team would end its 16-year-long wait for the Asian Games gold at the South Korean city of Incheon next month. The India team has been clubbed in Pool B with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Oman and China for the Asian Games Sep 19-Oct 4. India's gold medals at the Asian Games ...

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