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No artificial under-valuation of land by PSUs

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Denying that public sector undertakings engage in artificial under-valuation of land in their books, the government on Thursday told parliament that they are free to get their assets assessed at current market value while accessing bank finance. PSUs are free to get their assets, including land, assessed at current market value as per accounting standards while...

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First Tizen developer summit begins in India

Bengaluru, July 30 (IANS) Linux Foundation on Thursday said that over 1,000 developers participated in the Tizen Developer Summit (TDS), which began in Bengaluru from Wednesday. TDS is being held in India for the first time and has attracted companies and organizations such as InMobi, Unity, Airtel and Nasscom, said Linux Foundation. TDS is an annual global event sponsored by Sa...

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RFP for 126 Rafale jets withdrawn, negotiation on for 36: Parrikar

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) A Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the defence ministry for purchase of 126 Rafale jets has been withdrawn after a government to government deal for buying 36 of the medium multi role combat aircraft (MMRCA), Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told parliament on Thursday. The RFP issued earlier for procurement of 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) ...

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Parliament logjam: Government may call meeting with opposition

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The BJP and the Congress on Thursday targeted each other over the parliament logjam, as the government indicated it could convene a meeting with the opposition to break the impasse. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday accused the Congress of petty political interest and said it was not allowing discussion on the Dinanagar terror attack in parliament. <...

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Elli Avram wants to do a biopic on Marilyn Monroe

Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) Micky Virus sensation Elli Avram, who threw a big bash here to celebrate her turning 25, said she wanted to be part of a biopic on screen siren Marilyn Monroe. The Swedish-Greek actress, who appeared in Hindi film Mickey Virus and participated in the Indian reality TV show Big Boss, said she was overwhelmed at the love she got at Wednesday's party for which her fam...

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Afghan Taliban confirm death of Mullah Omar

Kabul, July 30 (IANS) The Afghan Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of their leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, but did not say when and where he died. Leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the name of the ousted Taliban regime) and the family of late Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid... today announced that Amir al-Muminin (Commander of the Faithful) Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid h...

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Odisha aims to sell power by 2016-17

Bhubaneswar, July 30 (IANS) Odisha plans to be self-reliant in the power sector and has set a target to sell surplus power generated in the state to other states by 2016-17, an official said on Thursday. The state expects to avail 32,059 million units of power after the commissioning of many new power plants and as part of the state share from the Centre by 2016-17. This was reve...

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Vyapam case: Rs.4 crore irregularity in forms sale

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) There were financial irregularities of more than Rs.4 crore just in the sale of application forms and examination fees in conducting 14 entrance examinations by Vyapam in 2006-07, an RTI query has revealed. The application forms were sold from Vyapam's cash counters, nationalised banks and authorised institutes. The RTI reply received by Ajay Dubey in Ma...

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Glass mosque library in Meghalaya to be named after Kalam

Shillong, July 30 (IANS) Authorities of the Madina Masjid, the only glass mosque in the northeast, have decided to christen its library in honour of the people's president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. We have decided to name our library on the top floor of the mosque in honour of Kalam's rich contribution to the nation, Shillong Muslim Union general secretary Sayeedullah Nongrum told IANS on Thur...

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Pardon convicted legislator, Goa government urges governor

Panaji, July 30 (IANS) In what could be an unprecedented development in the history of Goa, the state's BJP-led coalition government has resolved to grant pardon to convicted legislator Francisco Pacheco, who is serving a six-month sentence for assault, and has forwarded a petition in this regard to the governor. Deputy Chief Minister Francisco D'Souza to IANS on Thursday that he has sig...

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States to be penalised for delay in transfer of AMRUT funds

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The central government on Thursday said states and union territories will be penalised for any delay in transfer of funds to the local bodies under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). States and UTs shall release the central assistance along with the state and UT share to the urban local bodies within seven working days of the rel...

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Follow rules of protest, don't show placards: Speaker to members

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday said she has urged members to express their protest following the rules and not show placards in the house. Talking to media persons after a meeting of leaders of the Lok Sabha convened by her to ensure orderly functioning of the house, Mahajan said a beginning has to be made to give up practices being followed but w...

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Congress harming India's democracy: Jaitley

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the country's democracy would suffer if the Congress continues with its disruptive strategy in parliament. Congress MPs have become captive of ill advice of their leaders, he said in an interview to a TV channel, adding that their disruptive politics was harming the country's interests. He, however, expresse...

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Political war of words erupts over Memon's execution

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) A political war of words erupted on Thursday over the execution of 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon and the issue of terrorism, with a section of opposition leaders speaking against the death sentence and the government hitting back. The recriminations began when Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Shashi Tharoor and Mani Shankar Aiyar expressed displeasure ov...

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Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death

Kabul, July 30 (IANS) The Afghan Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of their leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, a media report said. The terror group, however, did not say when and where Omar died, Xinhua reported. The confirmation came a day after the Afghan government announced his death. ...

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Swachh Bharat: Delhi to get 480 pubic toilet seats at 80 locations

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Stressing the need for speedy action under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the urban development ministry has decided to install 480 public toilet seats at 80 locations in Delhi in the next three months. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by Madhusudan Prasad, Urban Development secretary, chief executives of New Delhi Municipal Corporation, the three Munici...

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150 million Re.1 notes to be printed every year

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The Indian government has decided to print 150 million currency notes of Re.1 denomination every year from January 1, 2015, parliament was told on Thursday. Government has issued gazette notification dated December 15, 2014 to print Re.1 currency notes with effect from January 1, 2015, under the provisions of the Coinage Act, Minister of State for Finance Jaya...

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Compound archer Rajat in final at Worlds

Copenhagen, July 30 (IANS) Indian archer Rajat Chauhan will compete for the gold medal as he entered the final of the individual compound men's event at the World Championships at the Sundby Idrettspark here on Thursday. Women archer Laxmirani Majhi will fight for the bronze medal while compatriot Deepika Kumari failed to get past her Chinese opponent in the third round of the individual...

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India needs to consider Africa as a single market: Ghanian envoy

Kolkata, July 30 (IANS) India needs to consider Africa as a whole and not simply focus on individual countries as places for investment, the Ghanian envoy to India said here on Thursday. India needs to look for strategic investment in Africa and consider the entire continent as a single market, Ghanian High Commissioner Samuel Panyin Yalley said at an event organised by CII. Whil...

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Industry stakeholders bat for women in top management

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) A fortnight after the Indian stock exchanges cracked the whip on companies not having a woman director, industry stakeholders on Thursday said women must become a critical part of the top management because of business necessity rather than to fulfil a legal obligation. Women possess a balanced view and are better at management, SpiceJet founder Ajay Singh said ...

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