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Kolkata civic polls: Trinamool promises green city, Left slams inefficiency

Kolkata, March 30 (IANS) The ruling Trinamool Congress on Monday released its manifesto for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) polls, promising to build a green and clean city. Claiming to be the main opposition in West Bengal, the CPI-M led Left Front too issued its manifesto for the polls, slamming the Trinamool-run KMC and charging the Mamata Banerjee-led party of being complemen...

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Goodricke to focus on branded teas

Kolkata, March 30 (IANS) City-based tea grower Goodricke Group Ltd on Monday said it will gradually shift its focus towards branded teas as it ensures a steady flow of income. We will now gradually shift our focus to branded teas as this business gives a steady flow of income, though the returns are not high, said MD and CEO A.N. Singh. He said competition in the branded tea seg...

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Canada offers expertise in smart city development to Telangana, Andhra

Hyderabad, March 30 (IANS) Canada can provide expertise to the new states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in building smart cities, a Canadian diplomat said here on Monday. Consul General in Bengaluru Sidney Frank, who is leading a business delegation on a two-day visit to the two states, made the remarks at meeting here. Sixteen Canadian companies on Monday participated in a da...

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Experts discuss how to control money power in polls

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Controlling money in elections, bringing buying of votes within the ambit of law and doing away with corporate donations to political parties are some of the issues which political experts believe can change the structure of Indian polity for the better. At a national consultation on Political Finance and Law Commission Recommendations held here on Monday, repr...

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Minor girl raped in Delhi

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) A nine-year-old girl was raped by an unidentified man at a secluded place on the pretext of conducting religious rituals, police said on Monday. The girl was hospitalised after the incident in east Delhi's Preet Vihar on Saturday. The man took the girl from her house by telling her parents that he wants to feed kanyas (young girls) on the occasion of Hi...

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India needs more spectrum for better connectivity: TRAI chief

Bengaluru, March 30 (IANS) India has to increase the quantum of spectrum (airwaves) for better mobile connectivity and speedy downloads, its telecom regulatory panel chief said on Monday. Unless we have more spectrum, we cannot increase the speed for faster connectivity and quicker downloads, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Rahul Khullar at a consumer outreach progr...

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Germanwings co-pilot had suicide treatment: Prosecutors

Berlin, March 30 (IANS) German public prosecutors said on Monday that the co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane had received treatment for suicide risk several years ago, but there was no proof he had had suicidal tendencies or aggression since then. There is so far no evidence of any organic diseases of the co-pilot, according to medical documentation obtained, prosecutors in the ...

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Efforts on to bring back Indians from Yemen

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) The Indian government was making its best efforts to bring back the 4,000 Indians stranded in Yemen, and 400 of them were evacuated by sea on Monday, the external affairs ministry said. Minster of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh would also be reaching Djibouti on Tuesday to oversee the operations. We have previously made three announcements reques...

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HC asks Delhi Police to curb illegal sale of acids

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Taking strong note of acid attacks on women, the Delhi High Court has termed it a dastardly and cowardly act and directed the city police to curb illegal sale of acid and ensure strong action against those engaged in it. A division bench of Justice G.S. Sistani and Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal said the act of throwing acid should be controlled with an iron hand and ...

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World Women's Chess: Harika draws against Mariya, duel enters tie-breaker

Chennai, March 30 (IANS) Indian chess Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli on Monday drew against Ukraine Women GM (WGM) Mariya Muzychuk in 78 moves in the World Women's Chess Championship 2015 semi-final at Sochi in Russia. In the other return semi-final game, Russian WGM Natalija Pogonina took sweet revenge for her loss on Sunday by defeating Swedish GM Pia Cramling in 38 moves. The c...

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World Women's Chess: Harika draws against Mariya, duel enters tie-breaker

Chennai, March 30 (IANS) Indian chess Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli on Monday drew against Ukraine Women GM (WGM) Mariya Muzychuk in 78 moves in the World Women's Chess Championship 2015 semi-final at Sochi in Russia. ...

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India, Japan reaffirm strong defence ties

Tokyo, March 30 (IANS) India and Japan on Monday reaffirmed their strong defence ties, as visiting Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and also met his counterpart Gen Nakatani. According to an official statement, while calling upon Abe, Parrikar said Japan was the first country he was visiting after assuming office, which clearly conveys the importance ...

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Indians spend over 13 hours each week on cooking: Study

Nuremberg (Germany)/Kolkata, March 30 (IANS) People in India and Ukraine spend just over 13 hours a week cooking, compared to the international average of less than six and a half hours each week, a study revealed on Monday. They are followed by South Africa, where its citizens, on an average spend nine and a half hours on culinary activities, Indonesia where people spend more than eight...

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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, March 30 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $52.93 a barrel on Friday, compared to $54.55 the previous day, the organisation's secretariat said. The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes is made up of Murban (UAE), Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq...

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Rahul to return to action on April 19: Digvijaya

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is likely to attend a farmers' rally here on April 19, senior party leader Digvijaya Singh said on Monday. To be addressed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the rally to protest the Bharatiya Janata Party's failure to implement its poll promises will be attended by all senior leaders of the Congress...When I say senior lea...

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Odisha plans to increase OSIC turnover to Rs.1,000 crore

Bhubaneswar, March 30 (IANS) The Odisha government has decided to prepare an action plan to increase the turnover of the Odisha Small Industries Corporation (OSIC) to Rs.1,000 crore in the next two years. The government has set a target to increase the turnover by providing various services to local Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), mostly in the area of marketing, in the next...

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Defence to give $250 bn business in 7-8 years: Government

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) India's defence sector is expected to provide business opportunities worth $250 billion in the next seven to eight years, a senior industry ministry official said on Monday. If India is going to import $140 billion of defence equipment in the next seven years and homeland security is going to need another $110 billion, this would spell $250 billion worth of bus...

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Singapore to finalise Andhra capital's master plan in 6-8 weeks

Hyderabad, March 30 (IANS) Singapore will finalise the master plan for the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh in six to eight weeks, after incorporating some modifications mooted by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. This was decided on Monday, the first day of Naidu's two-day visit to Singapore. Naidu, who had a breakfast meeting with Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister K. Sh...

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Goa mulling special software to track illegal sex tests

Panaji, March 30 (IANS) The administration here is mulling installing a special software to keep record of every ultrasound machine in Goa, an official said on Monday, following the recent crackdown on errant ultrasound clinics in South Goa district. The move comes at a time when Goa, despite healthy social indicators, has been aggressively trying to better its sex ratio, which has seen ...

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Delhi school principal held for embezzling money

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) The principal of a Delhi government-run school has been arrested on charges of allegedly embezzling Rs.2.7 million meant for students' welfare, police said on Monday. Ashok Kumar Singh was arrested by the Delhi Police Anti-Corruption Branch after a complaint was filed by the Directorate of Education. Singh heads the senior secondary school at Nithari. T...

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