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Over 40 killed as Iraqi forces battle IS

Baghdad, Feb 28 (IANS) At least 41 people were killed and over 100 injured in Iraq Saturday, as Iraqi forces and allied militiamen clashed with Sunni jihadi group Islamic State, security sources said. In the deadliest militant attack, three suicide car bombers backed by dozens of IS militants attacked positions of the Iraqi army and allied Shia militia in Iraq's Salahudin province, Xinhu...

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Defence ministry clears mine sweepers, trainer aircraft deals

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) India's defence ministry Saturday cleared a project worth Rs.32,000 crore for 12 mine sweeping vessels to be made in the country, along with some other projects including one for buying 38 basic trainer aircrafts. In a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, the government also cleared acquisition of 38 Pilatus bas...

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Heroin worth Rs.50 lakh sized, two held

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Two drug traffickers, including a woman, were arrested in two separate raids and 500 grams heroin worth Rs.50 lakh in the international market seized from them, police said Saturday. The duo were apprehended in two separate raids conducted by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police at two different places in the city. Darshana, 25, was arrested Thursday from Pe...

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Hamas slams terror tag decision by Egypt court

Gaza, Feb 28 (IANS) The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas Saturday slammed an Egyptian court's decision listing the movement as a terrorist organisation, according to media reports. The decision is a coup on history, said Hamas, adding that the decision is shocking and dangerous and directly targets the Palestinian people and their armed resistance, Xinhua reported. The Cairo C...

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Police identify gunman in US shooting

Washington, Feb 28 (IANS) Police Saturday identified the gunman who killed seven people before committing suicide in a shooting spree in the US state of Missouri earlier this week. The attacker was identified as 36-year-old Joseph Jesse Aldridge, who had a minor criminal history, Xinhua reported citing police. Aldridge, armed with a handgun, reportedly shot and killed seven peopl...

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Child dies of swine flu in Bengal, toll 8

Kolkata, Feb 28 (IANS) The toll due to swine flu in West Bengal Saturday rose to eight with the death of a two and-a-half-year old child at a city hospital while three fresh cases were reported, taking the total number of positive cases to 115, an official said. A child died today (Saturday) at a city hospital. Three fresh cases were detected. The total number of cases has reached 115, s...

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Special assistance announced for Bihar, Bengal

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) In a move apparently dictated more by politics, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday proposed a series of sops for Bihar and West Bengal, which are set to hold assembly polls this year and in 2016. Presenting the union budget for 2015-16, Jaitley announced special assistance for the two eastern states on the lines of a package provided to Andhra Pradesh.

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India to build five ultra mega power projects, economists sceptic

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said his government plans to build five new ultra mega power projects totalling 20,000 MW which will unlock investment of up to Rs.1 lakh crore. Economists, however, seemed sceptic. The step has been planned with the aim of electrification of the remaining 20,000 villages in the country by 2020. The government propos...

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Information and broadcasting ministry outlay up by 16.8 percent

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The information and broadcasting ministry has been allocated Rs.3,711 crore in the 2015-16 union budget, marking an increase of 16.8 percent over the last fiscal, where the revised budget outlay was Rs.3,176.80 crore. In the 2015-16 budget, the total grants-in-aid allocated to Prasar Bharati is Rs.2,869.55 crore, out of which Rs.45 crore is allocated for the Kisa...

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Another temple attack in US spreads concern among Hindus

New York, Feb 28 (IANS) A Sanatan Dharam temple was vandalised in Washington state with windows broken and the word Fear painted on it, less than a fortnight after another temple was attacked. Members of the the Sanatan Dharma Temple in Kent, about 30 km from Seattle, who came for worship Friday were greeted by shards of broken glass after vandals targeted the building, KING5-TV, a Seatt...

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Allocation to smart cities project lowered

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Prime Minster Narendra Modi's pet project of building 100 smart cities has only been allotted Rs.143.05 crore in the union budget Saturday - down from Rs.7,016 crore. Of the Rs.7,016 crore allocated, however only Rs.924 crore have been used. However, the urban development inistry - entrusted with the task of implementing the project - has seen an increas...

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Samajwadi Party, CPI-ML slam union budget

Lucknow, Feb 28 (IANS) The Samajwadi Party and the CPI-ML Saturday slammed the union budget, saying it had disappointed the common man. Samajwadi Party spokesman and cabinet minister Rajendra Chowdhary said people were looking forward to the budget with hope, especially that some relief would be given in various tax regimes and to control inflation. The budget dashed the hopes o...

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Tamil Nadu leaders term budget disappointing

Chennai, Feb 28 (IANS) Tamil Nadu's major political leaders Saturday expressed their disappointment at most proposals made by union finance minister Arun Jaitley in his 2015-16 budget while welcoming a few. In so far as our hopes and expectations have not been fully met, we have to say that the budget has fallen short of expectations, ruling AIADMK's general secretary J.Jayalalithaa said...

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Budget pro-rich, pro-corporate: Assam CM

Guwahati, Feb 28 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogol Saturday termed the union budget for 2015-16 pro-rich and pro-corporate, while regional political party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) said it was a depressing one for Assam and the northeast. Industry bodies of the region, however, hailed the budget as a well-balanced one, taking care of the economy and at the same time emphasising on s...

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Black money abroad? Be ready for jail, huge fines

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday unveiled a slew of stringent steps to battle black money stashed abroad, including a new law that will entail rigorous imprisonment of up to 10 years and a penalty of 300 percent on its perpetrators. Those evading tax by sending money to foreign countries will not be allowed to approach the Settlement Commission too, Jaitley...

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Bhutia hits out at East Bengal for sacking Colaco

Kolkata, Feb 28 (IANS) Former India skipper Bhaichung Bhutia Saturday criticised city football giants East Bengal for sacking Armando Colaco in the middle of their I-League campaign. Don't think it is fair to sack a coach after just six matches. That means the club officials made a wrong decision in picking the coach in the first place. One should have given some more time to Colaco, he ...

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Nod for Odisha's Rs.101 crore investment plan

Bhubaneswar, Feb 28 (IANS) Odisha's State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) Saturday approved a Rs.101 crore investment proposal in the state, an official said. The SLSWCA, in a meeting held under the chairmanship of state chief secretary Gokul Chandra Pati, gave nod to the proposal of Himadri Chemicals and Industries Ltd. to set up manufacturing of Coal Tar Pitch at Kengh...

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66-year-old cinema shuts in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 28 (IANS) A 66-year-old cinema in Pakistan has shut down -- mainly due to declining clientele. The Taj Mahal cinema in Abbottabad city, built in 1948, was being dismantled after its owner recently sold the property, the Dawn reported Saturday. Mohammad Saeed Khan, who ran the cinema for the last four decades, said business was at full swing till 2010, providing ent...

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Home ministry gets Rs.62,124 crore in budget

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The union home ministry was Saturday allocated Rs.62,124.52 crore in the budget for 2015-16, an increase of Rs.5,752.07 crore from that of the last fiscal. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while presenting the budget here in the Lok Sabha, said the central government was committed to the overall development of the country. Relief and rehabilitation of Jamm...

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Chandrababu Naidu to meet Modi over 'injustice' to Andhra

Hyderabad, Feb 28 (IANS) Unhappy over the raw deal meted out to Andhra Pradesh in the union budget, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Saturday decided to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek justice for his state reeling under the impact of bifurcation. Naidu, who is also president of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a partner in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, tol...

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