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Jan Dhan Yojana launched in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, Aug 28 (IANS) The NDA government's flagship Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) was launched in Uttarakhand Thursday and the first 10 bank passbooks were handed over to the new account holders. The PMJDY is a mega financial inclusion plan under which bank accounts and debit cards with an inbuilt insurance cover of Rs.1 lakh will be provided to people with no access to formal...

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Committee on freedom fighters' problems to meet Sep 3

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) A committee set up to look into the problems of freedom fighters will meet at Port Blair next week to formulate ways for fast redressal of grievances, the home ministry said Thursday. The meeting of the ministry's Committee of Eminent Freedom Fighters would be held Sep 3 under the chairmanship of Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, said a home ministry state...

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PM Jan Dhan Yojana launched in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal Thursday launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the national mission for financial inclusion, here. The PMJDY will provide bank accounts to each household and make available basic banking services like withdrawal and deposits, money transfer, balance enquiry, debit card and mobile banking. Financial inclusi...

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Asiad-bound India women lose football friendly

Shanghai, Aug 28 (IANS) The Asian Games-bound Indian women's football team went down 0-3 to Century Park FC in their first practice match here Thursday. India conceded on both sides of halftime with their best chance coming in the second period when newly-appointed captain Bembem Devi failed to convert from the penalty spot. India took time to adjust to the conditions at the Cent...

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President to present national sports awards Friday

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will present the National Sports Awards at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan Friday. The Dhyanchand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports and Games, Arjuna Awards, Dronacharya Awards, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy and the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given at the function.

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Adani buys Australian mine future royalty rights for $145 mn

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) Adani Enterprises Thursday agreed to pay Australian dollars 155 million ($145 million) to Linc Energy of Australia to buy out the Australian firm's rights to future royalties from Adani's Carmichael coal project. According to a Linc Energy statement, Adani will pay it A$155 million in two instalment -- A$90 million in cash within five days of the exercise of the opt...

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Breather for MSO Kal Cables

Chennai, Aug 28 (IANS) In a brief respite for the city-based multi-system operator (MSO) Kal Cables Pvt Ltd, the Madras High Court Thursday has allowed the company not to run a scroll that its services would be cut in 15 days' time. However, a question mark hangs over the households who have invested in set-top boxes (STB) to receive their satellite channel signals from Kal Cables affili...

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Odisha CM launches Rourkela-Jagdalpur road project

Bhubaneswar, Aug 28 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday launched the 656-km long expressway project that will provide better connectivity between Rourkela in the state and Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. The project is named after his late father Biju Patnaik and would be implemented at a total cost of Rs.3,200 crore in two phases, an official of the Chief Minister Office, to...

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IS captures, executes dozens of Syrian soldiers

Cairo, Aug 28 (IANS/EFE) Militants of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation have executed dozens of Syrian soldiers captured after the rebels seized al-Tabaqa military airport from government forces earlier this week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported Thursday. SOHR said the soldiers were executed Wednesday after they tried in vain to hide somewhere be...

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RBI relaxes foreign transaction norms for buying government bonds

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Thursday said foreign investors can now buy government bonds in secondary markets from mutual funds, banks or other dealers. The RBI, in a notification on Purchase and sale of securities other than shares or convertible debentures of an Indian company by a person resident outside India, said foreign investors can buy government bonds ...

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Stakeholders should make most out of ISL: Tendulkar

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who is the co-owner of Kerala Blasters, Thursday said it was important for the stakeholders of Indian football to come forward and make the most out of the Indian Super League (ISL). Tendulkar thanked Nita Ambani, chairperson of Football Sports Development (FSD), which owns the ISL, and All India Football Federation (AIFF) president ...

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Badal hails move to allow states to market themselves abroad

Chandigarh, Aug 28 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday welcomed the move by the central government to allow states to directly market their own products and services to other countries. The move marks the fulfilment of a long standing demand raised by Punjab to decentralize the export process, a spokesman of the chief minister's office said here. Mr Badal h...

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Number of Ebola cases may reach 20,000: WHO

Geneva, Aug 28 (IANS/EFE) The number of people infected with the Ebola virus in Western Africa could reach 20,000, six times more than the current estimates, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Thursday. This is one of the main conclusions the WHO presented Thursday in its assessment of the epidemic, in which suggestions and guidelines to contain the virus are included. To...

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Minor gang-raped by five people in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) A 16-year-old girl was gang-raped by five people at knife point, police said Thursday. Three of the accused, including two juveniles, have been nabbed. The victim was lured by two of the accused, who were known to her, near the railway track in Madhu Vihar area in east Delhi late Wednesday. The other three men were already present at the place. They took ...

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NCC girls to scale Himalayas

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) A mountaineering expedition team of girls from the National Cadet Corps (NCC), going to the high peaks of Himalayas, was flagged off Thursday from Delhi. This is the 73th mountaineering expedition being conducted by the NCC. The team will go to Mt. Rudugaira peak near the Gangotri glacier. The team will be first visit the Garhwal Hills near Gangotri and w...

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Turkish Cargo launches freighter service on Hyderabad-Istanbul route

Hyderabad, Aug 28 (IANS) Turkish Cargo has commenced its operations between Istanbul and Hyderabad with the first cargo flight landing at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here Thursday. Turkish Cargo will operate its Airbus A330-200F freighters twice a week from next month. This will connect Hyderabad and its catchment area to 260 destinations in Europe, North and Latin ...

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National drag racing gets 250 entries

Coimbatore, Aug 28 (IANS) Over 250 cars and bikes will be seen in action in the first two rounds of the JK Tyre-FMSCI Indian National Drag Racing Championship to be held at the Kari Motor Speedway near here this weekend. The event is being conducted by Spitfire Motorsports in association with Speedway Motorsports (Hyderabad). The practice sessions will be on Thursday and Saturday for the...

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Coal blocks allocation cancellation may disrupt investor trust: Ficci

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court judgment that coal blocks allocated since 1993 onwards were illegal may disrupt restoration of investors' trust in the country, Sidharth Birla, president, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) said Thursday. This latest judgment has once again brought to the fore concerns about the country's policy regime and has the pote...

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Himachal relaxes norms for buying industrial plots

Shimla, Aug 28 (IANS) To attract industrial investment in Himachal Pradesh, the state government Thursday relaxed land rules which will enable prospective investors to buy plots offered by the state industrial department without following a lengthy procedure. The cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, decided that in case industrial plots were allotted by the industrie...

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Hazare writes to Modi over Lokpal, Lokayuktas

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate steps for the appointment of Lokpal and Lokayuktas. In a letter to Modi in Hindi, he said: Today (Aug 28), three years have been completed of my hunger strike but the Lokpal and Lokayukta could not be appointed so far. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill-2013 was...

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