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Bangladesh to tackle BNP's extremism with 'resilience'

Dhaka, March 4 (IANS) Bangladesh on Wednesday told the UN Human Rights Council that it will handle the BNP-sponsored violent extremism with its characteristic resilience and determination. Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali told a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday that the alliance of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami was promoting a violent extremist agenda in the name ...

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I-League: Mohun Bagan go on top of table again

Fatorda (Goa), March 4 (IANS) A point for Mohun Bagan saw them go ahead of Pune FC on goal difference to sit at the top perch of the I-League table as they earned a hard fought draw against Dempo at the Fatorda stadium here on Wednesday. Striker Balwant Singh's opened the scoring just after half an hour for Bagan which was followed by the sending off of Haitian medio Sony Norde in the dy...

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Eight people chosen for Independence Award in Bangladesh

Dhaka, March 4 (IANS) Late finance minister Shah A.M.S. Kibria, matinee idol of yesteryears Abdur Razzak and professor emeritus Anisuzzaman were among eight people nominated for Bangladesh's highest civilian honour, the Independence Award. The Cabinet Division on Wednesday released the list of nominees chosen for their contributions to the nation and during the 1971 Liberation War, bdnew...

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Varanasi-Kathmandu bus service flagged off

Lucknow, March 4 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday flagged off the India-Nepal bus service which will connect Varanasi and Kathmandu. The first bus was flagged off from police lines in Varanasi. The bus will facilitate trips between the two cities to Buddhist and other religious tourist stops, an official said. For security and safety of passengers, ...

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India: Make election of UN secretary-general more democratic

United Nations, March 4 (IANS) With Ban ki-Moon's second term as secretary-general ending next year, India has called for making the election of his successor more democratic and open by giving the UN General Assembly (UNGA) a greater say and ending the Security Council permanent members' near total control of the process. Bhagwant S. Bishnoi, India's deputy permanent representative, sai...

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Russian n-fuel firm signs contract with DAE

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Russian nuclear fuel company TVEL has signed a contract with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for supply of enriched uranium fuel pellets for the Tarapur nuclear power plant, a statement said on Wednesday. A series of shipments of the enriched uranium fuel pellets is planned in 2015 to the Nuclear Fuel Centre in Hyderabad, a fuel assembly production site fo...

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Task forces set up to make three cities smart

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has set up three task forces to develop Ajmer in Rajasthan, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh as smart cities in collaboration with the US. The task forces will have representatives from the urban development ministry, external affairs ministry, respective sate governments and cities...

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Cabinet paves way for expanding Swacch Bharat Kosh

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The union cabinet on Wednesday cleared some enabling provisions to encourage participation of individuals and companies in the Swachh Bharat Kosh (SBK), sources said. They said the cabinet had cleared the provisions to enable people living in India and abroad and companies give funds to SBK. The SBK was set up in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi'...

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46 infrastructure projects in 33 cities underway: Venkaiah

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) To augment urban infrastructure in 33 cities across India, 46 projects were at various stages of implementation under the public-private partnership, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday. Replying to a question from Nimmala Kistappa in the Lok Sabha, Naidu said the total cost of the projects underway was Rs.25,902.84 crore.

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100,000 scholarships to students to prevent school dropout

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The government awards 100,000 scholarships to selected meritorious students of Class 9 from economically weaker sections in order to prevent them from dropping out of school, the human resource development ministry said on Wednesday. The Department of School Education and Literacy is administering a centrally-sponsored National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme...

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India's spectrum auction elicits Rs.60,000 crore in six rounds on Day One

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) A total of six rounds of bidding took place on Day One of the auctions of radio frequency spectrum, or airwaves, for telecom operators with a total offer for Rs.60,000 crore, sources said on Wednesday. We have received bids in all bands. There was some good bidding in the 800 MHz and 1,800 MHz bands, whereas 2,100 MHz is yet see some traction. Auction will conti...

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CBSE helps students, parents deal with exam related stress

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) offers counselling services to students and parents of CBSE affiliated schools to help them deal with examination and result related stress. The service is a community outreach programme provided free of cost through telephonic counselling, online counselling and question answer columns in national newspapers, acco...

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Orissa energy regulator revokes licenses of three firms

Bhubaneswar, March 4 (IANS) Three electricity distribution companies in Orissa managed by Reliance Infrastructure, whose licences were revoked by the state's power sector regulatory commission on Wednesday, have decided to move the tribunal for redressal. We are concerned on revocation of our licence by the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission. We have always complied with statutory ...

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Swine flu death toll rises to 295 in Rajasthan

Jaipur, March 4 (IANS) The death toll in swine flu is inching towards the 300 mark in Rajasthan as nine more deaths were reported on Wednesday. An official told IANS that the death toll Wednesday stands at 295. The task force set up by the state government on swine flu has directed the authorities across the government hospitals to remain vigilant inspite of the drop in positive ...

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Production loss hits Indian tea exports

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Indian tea exports declined in 2014 as Assam Orthodox variety suffered 20-million kg production loss due to delayed rains, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Wednesday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman said that though India ranked second in production and fourth in exports, lower demand in Iran, Russia and the US, lower p...

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Will take this experience into next game: Afghanistan skipper

Perth, March 4 (IANS) Having slumped to a heavy defeat against the Australians in a World Cup Pool A game at the WACA on Wednesday, Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi said they would take all these experiences to their next game against New Zealand. We played well in the last three games. We won against Scotland. We'll take the experience going into the next game, said Nabi after his side...

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RBI officials, Kolkata police discuss fake notes racket

Kolkata, March 4 (IANS) The Kolkata Police, which recently busted a fake currency printing racket, on Wednesday held a discussion with the Reserve Bank of India officials over the issue. The Kolkata Police's Special Task Force (STF) on Monday had busted the currency racket arresting Chandrasekhar Jaiswal, a scrap dealer. Besides Rs.10 crore in fake Indian currency notes, the pol...

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US offers to develop Aviation City in Andhra

Hyderabad, March 4 (IANS) The US has come forward to develop the Aviation City in Andhra Pradesh, the state government said on Wednesday. This was discussed during a meeting between Henry Steingass, regional director for south and south east Asia at the US Trade Development Agency (USTDA), and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu here on Wednesday. An airport and Aviation City wil...

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AAP ousts Bhushan, Yadav from top body in split decision

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) In a move that brought into the open the schism within, Delhi's ruling AAP Wednesday ousted senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from its top decision-making body, after weeks of infighting that pitted the two against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. With 19 of the 21 members attending the Aam Aadmi Party's National Executive, 11 voted to drop Bhush...

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'India has among lowest tax/GDP ratios, no room for sops'

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Pointing to the problematic fiscal deficit situation, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said the government has little room for tax concessions with India's very low tax-to-GDP ratio. Our tax-to-GDP ratio is simply not acceptable. If we want to run a modern 21st century state, and if we want to deliver to our people the public goods and ser...

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