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Essar yacht row: Gadkari says he has done no wrong

New Delhi/Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Union minister Nitin Gadkari Friday denied any wrongdoing after a media report said he had enjoyed a two-day holiday on a yatch owned by the Essar group on French Riviera. An unruffled Gadkari told the media that he had gone just to see the yacht and stressed he never took any money from any corporate entity. While the Congress said the Shashi Ruia...

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Tirumala temple ropes in TCS as technology partner

Tirupati, Feb 27 (IANS) The Venkateswara temple, India's richest shrine located on the hills of Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh's Tirupati, has roped in software giant Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) as the technology partner to provide all online services. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the temple, Friday said TCS would take care of services including of e-...

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Bengal Inc lauds small industry-centric Bengal budget

Kolkata, Feb 27 (IANS) West Bengal's major industry bodies Friday welcomed the state budget saying the proposals on tax revision, especially Value Added Tax, would facilitate the growth of small scale industries. The state budget has further introduced a slew of measures to simplify and reform the taxation system which would stimulate the business and revenue generation for the governmen...

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Modi hits back at critics, ready to bend on land bill

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said his government was willing to bend on the controversial land acquisition bill if there was anything anti-farmer, and pledged not to allow any discrimination against any religion. In a forceful 70-minute speech in the Lok Sabha in which he took on the Congress, Modi justified his foreign visits and called the previous gover...

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West Bengal finance minister presents Rs.4 crore deficit budget

Kolkata, Feb 27 (IANS) West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra Friday presented a Rs. 1,38,370.01 crore budget in the state assembly, with an estimated deficit of Rs.4 crore. The state's own income for the financial year beginning April 1, 2015 is expected to rise by Rs.10,337.4 crore compared to the ongoing fiscal year. As per the budget, West Bengal's income excluding grants fr...

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NHRC notice to Telangana government over child labourers

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The NHRC has sought a report from the Telanagana government on the rehabilitation of around 220 children who were recently rescued from bangle making factories in the state, a statement said Friday. Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report that the children, including girls aged between 12 and 16 years from different parts of Bihar, were being made to work fo...

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Rossouw's energy inspired me: De Villiers

Sydney, Feb 27 (IANS) South African skipper A.B. De Villiers, who cracked 162 from 66 deliveries against West Indies in a Pool B World Cup encounter here, Friday said it was fellow team-mate Rilee Rossouw's energy that inspired him to play such a knock. There're quite a few things that played a role. The credit had to go to the guys upfront and Rilee's energy inspired me. That affected m...

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Finance panel did not redress our problems: Mamata

Kolkata, Feb 27 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has sought to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishing for debt waiver, Friday said she was compelled to take the step as the 14th Finance Commission failed to redress the issue despite assurances from the central government. We were assured that the 14th Finance Commission will address our problem. Since it hasn't, ...

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NGO CPIL seeks probe into political-bureaucratic-corporate nexus

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored probe by an SIT or the CBI into the political-bureaucratic-corporate nexus wherein corporates extend all kind of favours to politicians and bureaucrats to push their business interests. The PIL follows the latest exposure revealing the Essar Group allegedly influen...

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Mamata loses cool after media poser on Mukul

Kolkata, Feb 27 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday lost her cool when asked about her once trusted aide and Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy. Addressing the media after the budget for 2015-16 was presented in the state assembly, Banerjee walked out of the venue the moment Roy's name was mentioned. Please this is about state budget... don't beha...

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Bill to merge PIO, OCI schemes introduced in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) A bill seeking to merge Person of Indian Origin card with Overseas Citizenship of India card was introduced in Lok Sabha Friday. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was introduced by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju to replace the ordinance brought by the government. The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 and provide, among other thin...

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Swine flu toll in Bengal now 7

Kolkata, Feb 27 (IANS) The toll due to swine flu in West Bengal Friday rose to seven with the death of a person at a city hospital while 12 fresh cases were reported to take the total number of positive cases to 112, an official said. One person died today at a city hospital. Since January seven people have died due the infection, said Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Mala...

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Kolkata Open: Duckworth, Albot set up title clash

Kolkata, Feb 27 (IANS) Top seeded Australian tennis ace James Duckworth did justice to his billing as he came back from a set down to prevail over Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans and move into the final at the ongoing Emami Kolkata Open here Friday. Duckworth will clash for the title with Radu Albot of Moldova who got past Chinese Taipei's Ti Chen in a three setter at the BTA Complex court.

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Odisha government gets two more months over 18 mines' fate

Bhubaneswar, Feb 27 (IANS) The Odisha government has been granted another two months by the Supreme Court to decide on the fate of 18 iron and manganese ore mines in the state whose leases are due for renewal, an official said. The state government has been granted time for a second time to take a call on renewal of the merchant mines, awaiting second and subsequent renewal. The previous...

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Justice Roy sworn in as Supreme Court judge

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Justice Amitava Roy was Friday sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court. With the elevation of Roy, who was chief justice of the Orissa High Court, the strength of the apex court has gone up to 29 against a sanctioned strength of 31 judges. Justice Roy will have a tenure of three years. Coming from a family of lawyers and judges from Kolkata, Just...

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Kejriwal to head body to deliver 70-point agenda

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will head a new agency - The Delhi Dialogue Commission - that will implement the AAP's 70-point agenda for the capital's growth, officials said Friday. A meeting of the Delhi cabinet chaired by Kejriwal approved the setting up of a nine-member advisory body to ensure the execution of the Aam Aadmi Party government's vision for gover...

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VHP mulls re-conversion of Christians in Goa

Panaji, Feb 27 (IANS) The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) plans to re-convert Christians in Goa and is in the middle of an expansion drive in the state, a VHP leader said here Friday. Ahead of VHP's golden jubilee function in the state, Dada Bedak, secretary in-charge of the Satsang (Spiritual Discourse) division, told IANS that the senior leaders would discuss issues like re-conversion and ...

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HC asks AIIMS to provide free treatment to genetic disorder patient

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday directed AIIMS to provide free treatment to a two-year-old boy, suffering from Gaucher's disease, a genetic disorder. Justice Rajiv Shakdher also issued notice to union health ministry, Delhi government and AIIMS and sought their response by May 5. It also asked the ministry to consider increasing the health budget. The court w...

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SC notice to government on old age homes

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the centre and the state governments on a plea seeking establishment of at least one old age home in every district across the country with minimum palliative healthcare facilities. The apex court social justice bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit issued notice on a PIL by advocate Sanjeeb Panigra...

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11 killed in Syria car bomb explosion

Damascus, Feb 27 (IANS) A car bomb exploded Friday in a town in the countryside of Syria's capital Damascus, killing at least 11 people, a monitoring group reported. The car bomb tore through the city of Dumair in the eastern countryside of Damascus, more specifically on the road connecting Dumair with Palmira in central Syria, Xinhua news agency reported citing the Syrian Observatory fo...

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