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Crop damage: Punjab CM seeks bonus for farmers

Chandigarh, April 1 (IANS) Seeking personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday demanded that farmers, who had suffered crop damage due to unseasonal rains, should be compensated by giving Rs.100 per quintal as bonus over the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat. In a letter to Modi, Badal pointed out that the MSP fixed for...

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Indian Inc. welcomes new foreign trade policy

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) India Inc. on Wednesday welcomed the slew of measures announced by the government in its new five-year foreign trade policy. The new policy, which is in line with the government's other initiatives like 'Make in India' and 'Digital India' was announced by Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman here. The new policy focuses on simplifying old schemes and pro...

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AAP has right to set up new Lokpal: Gopal Rai

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said on Wednesday that it had every right to constitute a new Lokpal, a decision that led to the exit of retired admiral L. Ramdas as its ombudsman. AAP has rightfully constituted a new internal Lokpal. The party has all the rights to do this, Delhi Transport Minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai said in a statement. His comments ca...

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Hope Bengal doesn't take another 25 years to win Ranji: Ganguly

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, who was only a 17-year-old making his debut when Bengal won the Ranji Trophy for the last time in 1990, on Wednesday hoped the team would not take another 25 years to win the coveted domestic tournament. Asked about the recent performances of the team, Ganguly said: I hope they do not take another 25 years to win the t...

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Vadra hits out at Giriraj Singh

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra on Wednesday lashed out at union minister Giriraj Singh after he made racist remarks about her white skin. Appalled to read the comments by a union minister on the Congress president, my mother-in-law, said a post on Vadra's Facebook page. Describing her as a woman of immense dignity, Vadra said:...

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Andhra's new capital named Amaravati

Hyderabad, April 1 (IANS) Amaravati will be the name of the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced on Wednesday. He told reporters after a cabinet meeting that it was unanimously decided to name the new capital Amaravati. The new capital is being built in Vijayawada-Guntur region and Amaravati, the ancient town on the banks of the Krishn...

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Alipurduar to get Bengal's first integrated administrative complex

Alipurduar (West Bengal), April 1 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday interacted with tea garden workers and school students in Alipurduar, and announced setting up of the state's first integrated administrative complex in the northern district. Today on my way to Alipurduar, I have met tea garden workers and school students. In my first public distribution pro...

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Two Bodo militants killed in Assam

Guwahati, April 1 (IANS) Two hardcore Bodo militants were killed in a joint operation by security forces in Assam's Sonitpur district, an official said on Wednesday. Based on intelligence inputs that militants were taking shelter in the area, a joint team of Assam Rifles and Assam Police carried out an operation leading to a fierce gun battle on Tuesday night, Guwahati-based defence spok...

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Goa CM denies sexist remark about women paramedics

Panaji, April 1 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday denied making sexist remarks about protesting women paramedics, and named a legislator, school principals and a junior bureaucrat as witnesses during an interaction on Tuesday where he is alleged to have made the comments. Addressing a press conference at the state Secretariat, Parsekar said he had only asked the p...

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Mamata government bans Togadia from entering Bengal

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) The West Bengal government on Wednesday issued prohibitory orders banning the entry of VHP international vice president Praveen Togadia, saying his presence could lead to communal tension and disturb public tranquillity. A press note issued by the state home department said the prohibitory orders under section 144 of the criminal penal code were promulgated by the...

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Embarrassing to have convicted minister in cabinet: Goa CM

Panaji, April 1 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday said it was embarrassing to have a convicted minister in his cabinet and hinted that minister Francisco Pacheco could be dropped soon. Archives and Archaeology Minister Pacheco's conviction in a 2006 assault case was upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday. Asked at a media briefing at the state secretariat i...

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India's new trade policy merges all export schemes into two

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) With Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India initiative in the backdrop and a target of raising India's exports to $900 billion by 2020, a new five-year Foreign Trade Policy was unveiled Wednesday that recasts all external commerce programmes into two schemes. The new five year Foreign Trade Policy, 2015-20 provides a framework for increasing exports of goo...

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Vatican in landmark financial information deal with Italy

Vatican City, April 1 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican on Wednesday signed a key agreement to exchange tax and financial information with Italy, both sides announced. It is the first of its kind with any country for the city state and part of a major transparency drive. In the landmark deal, the Holy See pledged full cooperation and transparency with its neighbour, paving the way for the end of de...

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Chinese couple jailed for trafficking own baby

Beijing, April 1 (IANS) A couple in south China's Guangdong province have been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail for selling their own baby, in the latest case of child-trafficking in the country. The No.2 Zhongshan People's Court in Zhongshan city also fined the couple 10,000 yuan ($1,599) each, Xinhua news agency reported. According to a court statement issued on Wedne...

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New FTP to nudge domestic procurement

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The new five-year foreign trade policy (FTP) unveiled here on Wednesday will nudge procurement of capital goods from indigenous manufacturers under the Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) scheme by reducing specific export obligation to 75 percent of the normal export obligation. The new FTP was unveiled by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitha...

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Palestine now full member of International Criminal Court

The Hague/Gaza, April 1 (IANS) Palestine joined the International Criminal Court (ICC) with full membership on Wednesday, a development chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat described as a historic day in the struggle for justice, freedom and peace. Palestine becoming a full ICC member comes after its accession to the Rome Statute went into force, allowing it to file cases of war crim...

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Keep your dogs out of cars in summer: PETA

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Ahead of sweltering days and rising temperature in the city, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has warned against keeping dogs inside cars, as during summers they can succumb to heatstroke within a few minutes. The animal rights organisation said that even under a relatively mild 28 degrees Celsius, the temperature inside a car can climb to 32 d...

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World Homeopathy Summit opens in Mumbai on April 11

Mumbai, April 1 (IANS) The potential of homeopathic medicine to successfully treat dreaded diseases like AIDS, TB and hemophilia will be among the host of topics to be discussed at the two-day second 'World Homeopathy Summit' opening here on April 11, a top official said on Wednesday. Around 25 scientists and speakers plus nearly a thousand delegates from around the world will attend the...

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Salman hit-and-run case: Prosecution questions driver's claim

Mumbai, April 1 (IANS) The prosecution in the Salman Khan hit-and-run case made a fervent plea to the court on Wednesday to reject the claim by the Bollywood actor's driver Ashok Singh that he was driving the killer vehicle during the 2002 accident in which a pavement dweller was killed. Rejecting and disbelieving Salman's submission that he was not driving the vehicle, and the subsequen...

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Fertiliser industry lauds pooling domestic, imported gas prices

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The fertilser industry on Wednesday hailed the cabinet approval to the supply of gas at uniform price through a pooling mechanism, but said it does not address other issues troubling the sector. The price pooling policy is a step in the right direction, but will not affect the farmers, Satish Chander, secretary general of the Fertiliser Association of India, tol...

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