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Production loss hits Indian tea exports

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Indian tea exports declined in 2014 as Assam Orthodox variety suffered 20-million kg production loss due to delayed rains, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Wednesday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman said that though India ranked second in production and fourth in exports, lower demand in Iran, Russia and the US, lower p...

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Will take this experience into next game: Afghanistan skipper

Perth, March 4 (IANS) Having slumped to a heavy defeat against the Australians in a World Cup Pool A game at the WACA on Wednesday, Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi said they would take all these experiences to their next game against New Zealand. We played well in the last three games. We won against Scotland. We'll take the experience going into the next game, said Nabi after his side...

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RBI officials, Kolkata police discuss fake notes racket

Kolkata, March 4 (IANS) The Kolkata Police, which recently busted a fake currency printing racket, on Wednesday held a discussion with the Reserve Bank of India officials over the issue. The Kolkata Police's Special Task Force (STF) on Monday had busted the currency racket arresting Chandrasekhar Jaiswal, a scrap dealer. Besides Rs.10 crore in fake Indian currency notes, the pol...

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US offers to develop Aviation City in Andhra

Hyderabad, March 4 (IANS) The US has come forward to develop the Aviation City in Andhra Pradesh, the state government said on Wednesday. This was discussed during a meeting between Henry Steingass, regional director for south and south east Asia at the US Trade Development Agency (USTDA), and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu here on Wednesday. An airport and Aviation City wil...

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AAP ousts Bhushan, Yadav from top body in split decision

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) In a move that brought into the open the schism within, Delhi's ruling AAP Wednesday ousted senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from its top decision-making body, after weeks of infighting that pitted the two against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. With 19 of the 21 members attending the Aam Aadmi Party's National Executive, 11 voted to drop Bhush...

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'India has among lowest tax/GDP ratios, no room for sops'

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Pointing to the problematic fiscal deficit situation, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said the government has little room for tax concessions with India's very low tax-to-GDP ratio. Our tax-to-GDP ratio is simply not acceptable. If we want to run a modern 21st century state, and if we want to deliver to our people the public goods and ser...

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Turkish plane skids off runway in Kathmandu, airport closed

Kathmandu, March 4 (IANS) All 224 passengers on board a Turkish Airlines flight had a narrow escape when their Airbus A330 aircraft skidded off the runway at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) here early on Wednesday morning. The terminal, Nepal's only international airport, was ordered shut till 4 p.m. on Thursday as the airport does not have equipment to relocate the aircraft from the ru...

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India should boost exports to China: Government

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Indian businessmen and industrialists should identify opportunities to increase their share in the world market, especially China where the economy was doing well, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Wednesday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman told lawmakers that as China's economy was not receding, Indian businessmen and i...

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Gauhati HC allows prisoners to watch cricket World Cup

Guwahati, March 4 (IANS) The Gauhati High Court Wednesday directed the Assam government to provide cable connections to TV sets in Guwahati Central Jail so that inmates can watch news, entertainment programmes and matches of the ongoing cricket World Cup. The direction came while the court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by seven prisoners, who had appealed to the ja...

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Europe lifts ban on Indian mangoes

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The European Commission (EC) has lifted the ban on the import of Indian mangoes but not vegetables, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Wednesday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman told the lawmakers that the ban on mangoes from India was lifted through a notification by EC on February 12. Ban on import of vege...

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India, Africa should come up with common vision: Experts

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) India and Africa should come up with a common vision for the region and translate it into concrete action, experts agreed at the Third India-Africa Strategic Dialogue here. People-oriented policies should be encouraged to bring India and Africa closer. India can help in human resource development and capacity building in Africa through training, education and tr...

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Six highway development projects cleared

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The union cabinet Wednesday approved six highway development projects, worth Rs.12,646 crore, spanning several states, an official statement said. The projects under various phases of National Highways Development Project (NHDP) would be carried out on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode. The projects include four-laning of Ghaghra B...

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Cabinet nod for fuel, freight subsidy extension till fiscal-end

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved extending the public distribution (PDS) kerosene and cooking gas (LPG) subsidy scheme and the freight subsidy for far-flung areas scheme, both originating from 2002, upto March 31, 2015. The approval will help in reducing the under-recovery, or losses, of state-run oil marketing companies (OM...

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Insurance bill passed by Lok Sabha, suspense in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi/Chennai, March 4 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the insurance sector amendment bill, which seeks to hike the foreign equity cap on domestic companies from 26 percent to 49 percent, despite opposition protests. Formally called the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, it seeks to replace an ordinance that was promulgated earlier. The bill now faces a crucial test in...

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Swine flu cases reach 167 in Bengal

Kolkata, March 4 (IANS) A total of 21 fresh cases of swine flu have been detected in West Bengal, taking the total number of positive cases to 167, an official said on Wednesday. So far, the H1N1 influenza has claimed eight lives in the state. The total number of cases has now reached 167 while there have been no new deaths, principal secretary for health and family welfare Malay...

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Restoring BCCI's image my first priority: Dalmiya

Kolkata, March 4 (IANS) Asserting that restoring the BCCI's image was his first priority, newly elected Indian cricket board president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Wednesday called for properly conducting the Indian Premier League (IPL). My first priority is to ensure that the image of the BCCI is restored. Also, we would have to make certain that the IPL, which would be commencing shortly, is co...

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Document leak: Delhi Police on lookout for three more persons

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The Delhi Police Wednesday said they were looking for three employees of different private firms in its ongoing probe into the leak of government documents from the coal, power and petroleum ministries. Two employees of energy consultant firms-- Infraline Energy and Sigma-- and one from Sahara Group are on police radar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch...

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Clarke hails batting effort

Perth, March 4 (IANS) Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday hailed his batsmen for their efforts as they posted the highest One-Day International score -- 417 -- in a World Cup match against Afghanistan. Sent in to bat in a Pool A contest at the WACA, Australia registered a mammoth total of 417 for six from their 50 overs as David Warner (178), Glen Maxwell (88) and Steven Smith...

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2G money laundering case: Raja, others to answer 400 questions

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) A special court on Wednesday supplied a draft copy of the questionnaire of 400 questions to former telecom minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in a money laundering case related to 2G spectrum allocation. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini supplied the draft questionnaire -- that runs into about 225 pages -- to the accused w...

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Centre assisting states on swine flu, Delhi HC told

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The central government on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it has been assisting state governments affected by swine flu, by providing logistic support for drugs and masks. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw was also informed by the Centre that it has been regularly advising the state governments to deal with the viral di...

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