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Rs.7 lakh crore to be collected as income tax this fiscal

Kolkata, March 2 (IANS) India will meet its projected target of collecting Rs.7 lakh crore in income tax in the ongoing 2014-15 fiscal, an income tax official said here on Monday. I am sure we will meet this target of collecting Rs.7 lakh crore in income tax by the end of the fiscal, principal chief commissioner for West Bengal and Sikkim C.L. Denzongpa told IANS on the sidelines of a CI...

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India should play role in Nepal peace process: Former PM Bhattarai

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Amid political instability in Nepal, former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai said on Monday that India should continue to play a role in Nepal's peace process, but added that New Delhi should not be directly involved. Addressing a roundtable on Current Developments in Nepal, Bhattarai - leader of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) - who is meeting pol...

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Jagmohan Dalmiya: Wily cricket administrator makes a comeback

Kolkata, March 2 (IANS) At the peak of his career, cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya's detractors rued that such was the man's resilience that he had it in him to swim back to the shore if thrown deep into the sea, or rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes. The 74-year-old's almost unbelievable comeback at the head of the country's premier cricket body has only reinforced the notion...

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Bangladesh court warns government on blockades

Dhaka, March 2 (IANS) The Bangladesh High Court on Monday asked the government why its lack of action in imposing reasonable restrictions on blockades and shutdowns should not be declared illegal. A bench of justices Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Abu Taher Md. Saifur Rahman also asked why the blockades should not be declared unconstitutional. The observations came after the initial hea...

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Study material for train blast accused: Government seeks time

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) The government on Monday informed the Delhi High Court that it needed more time to decide on providing study material and publications on homoeopathy free of cost in jail to a prime accused in the 2006 Mumbai serial train blasts. Justice Rajeev Shakdher posted the matter for May 15 after the central government sought four weeks to respond to the issue. T...

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L&T executes two large substations in Maharashtra, Rajasthan

Mumbai, March 2 (IANS) Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has commissioned country's first 765 KV Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) in Pune in an agreement with a Korean firm and executed 765 KV transmission line in Air Insulated Substation in Rajasthan. The project in Pune is part of the transmission system associated with the Krishnapatinam UMPP (ultra mega power project) to strengthen the grid ...

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Free treatment for swine flu in Maharashtra

Mumbai, March 2 (IANS) Maharashtra has decided to provide free treatment for swine flu across the state, following the death of nearly 150 people due to the viral disease, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced here on Monday. The state government will bear all medical expenses related to treatment of swine flu (H1N1) patients in government or private hospitals, Fadnavis said.

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Kerry wants Iran to 'make difficult decisions' for n-deal

Geneva, March 2 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Iran to take more decisive steps to meet the requirements for reaching a final deal over its nuclear programme even as he said that that any such deal will make Israel safer than it is today. Unless Iran is able to make the difficult decisions that are required, there won't be a deal, Xinhua news agency quoted him as...

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K.K. Sharma to be Delhi's new chief secretary

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) The home ministry on Monday approved the name of K.K. Sharma as Delhi's next chief secretary, official sources said. K.K. Sharma's name has been approved to be the next chief secretary of Delhi, a home ministry official told IANS. Sharma, who is presently the chief secretary of Goa, was the second choice of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had r...

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Six teenagers hit by car, two dead

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Two teenagers were killed while four suffered injuries when they were hit by a speeding vehicle driven by a drunk man early on Monday, police said. The accused driver was arrested. The accident occurred around 1 a.m. in east Delhi's New Ashok Nagar area, where the victims were standing on one side of the road. Siva, 15, and Dileep, 13 fell into the roads...

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Railways launches India's first customer complaint mobile app

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Indian Railways on Monday became the first company in the country to provide customer complaint services on a mobile app besides providing the facility online by launching a complaint management system (Coms). The Coms comprises the mobile app, an online portal backed by a centralised grievance redressal monitoring system and a mobile network messaging facility....

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Ajay Maken made Delhi Congress chief

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) The Congress on Monday appointed Ajay Maken as chief of the party for Delhi, replacing Arvinder Singh Lovely, who resigned as Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) head after the party's rout in the February 7 assembly polls. Maken too had resigned as All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary after the drubbing, as he was heading the party's election camp...

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UKIP names Sikh shopkeeper as candidate for British polls

London, March 2 (IANS) A Sikh man has been unveiled as the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) candidate for Hull North in the British county of Yorkshire in the upcoming general election, media reported Monday. Sergi Singh, a shopkeeper and the party's Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire branch vice-president, stood unsuccessfully as a councillor for the Holderness ward in 2014. As the ...

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CAG has full right to audit discoms: Delhi government to HC

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) The city government told the Delhi High Court on Monday that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has full right to carry out comprehensive audit of private discoms as the issue involves public interest. There is public interest in settling the issue and conducting the audit. Discoms are involved in distribution of power which is a public function and, so t...

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Wipro partners with Dutch firm for analytics solutions

Bengaluru, March 2 (IANS) Wipro Ltd. on Monday announced a partnering with the Netherlands-based Flytxt to jointly develop solutions for mobile consumer analytics. As a specialised firm in monetising mobile consumer data through big data analytics, Flytxt offers customer experience and revenue enhancement solutions worldwide. With Flytxt's mobile consumer analytics technology and...

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India's fiscal deficit exceeds budget estimates in 10 months

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) India's fiscal deficit continued to exceed the budget estimates in the first 10 months of the current fiscal, data showed Monday, at a time when the government has recovered ground somewhat by earning around Rs.28,000 crore from its disinvestments till date. Latest data by the Controller General of Accounts shows that deficit during April-January was Rs.568,00...

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Chinese firms launch world's first graphene phones

Beijing, March 2 (IANS) Two Chinese firms have beaten global competition to launch phones with touch screens, batteries and thermal conduction incorporating graphene, a recently isolated material with outstanding electrical, chemical and mechanical properties. A batch of 30,000 such phones was jointly put on sale by the Moxi and Galapad technology firms on Monday in southwest China's Cho...

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Kerry urges Iran to 'make difficult decisions' for n-deal

Geneva, March 2 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Iran to take more decisive steps to meet the requirements for reaching a final deal over its nuclear programme. Unless Iran is able to make the difficult decisions that are required, there won't be a deal, Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying at a press conference after addressing the High-Level Segment of the Hum...

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Lok Sabha passes bill to amend Citizenship Act

New Delhi/Jammu, March 2 (IANS) The Lok Sabha Monday passed a bill that allows the central government to notify that Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card-holders shall be considered Overseas Citizen of India card-holders. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which was passed by a voice vote, seeks to replace the ordinance brought by the government in January. The bill seeks to ...

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Odisha to provide meal for Rs.5 to urban poor

Bhubaneswar, March 2 (IANS) In order to provide an affordable meal in five urban areas of the state, the Odisha government is all set to introduce Aahar scheme from this April, an official said here on Monday. Under the scheme, the government would provide a meal for five rupees to the urban poor in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Rourkela. The menu of the meal ...

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