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National Skill Mission to develop youth employability

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The government Saturday announced the launch of a National Skill Mission to develop youth employability, especially for those below 25 years of age. National Skill Mission to be launched, to develop employability of youth, especially below 25 years of age, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said while presenting the union budget in parliament. He also announce...

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Shutdown over ban on Togadia hits normal life in Kandhamal

Bhubaneswar, Feb 28 (IANS) The day-long shutdown called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to protest against the ban on the entry of its top leader Pravin Togadia hit normal life in Odisha's Kandhamal district Saturday, police said. People and commercial vehicles stayed off the roads in most places including the district headquarter town of Phulbani. Shops, hotels and business establish...

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Rs.150 crore for research under Atal Innovation Mission

Kolkata, Feb 28 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday announced the Atal Innovation Mission with an initial fund of Rs.150 crore for research and development. The platform will also provide a network of world class hubs...The initial sum of Rs.150 crores will be earmarked for this purpose, Jaitley said while presenting India's national budget for the next fiscal. With the...

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Ashoka Charka gold coin soon

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) India will soon have its own gold coin, with the Ashoka Chakra minted on it. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday proposed to produce gold coins domestically with the Ashoka Charka emblem to help the government recycle gold internally. I propose to mint gold coins with the Ashoka Charka which will help to recycle gold internally in India, he told the Lo...

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Budget Highlights - 12

* In last nine months several steps taken to effectively deal with problem of black money * Comprehensive new law to be brought against black money * New structure to be put in place in banking sector for seamless integration of data * Adequate provision for defence with Rs.246,727 crore earmarked this year * Fully IT-based student-help facility for needy stu...

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Raghu's character was difficult for Varun: Dinesh Vijan

Mumbai, Feb 28 (IANS) Producer Dinesh Vijan, who is basking in the success of his latest co-production Badlapur, feels relieved that not only the film but actor Varun Dhawan's new avatar was also appreciated by all stratas. He is more than happy that Varun pulled off the difficult and challenging role of Raghu with great conviction. Raghu's character is very difficult to play bec...

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Two game changing reforms on the anvil: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) In line with the expectation of major reform measures by the government, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday announced that two more game changing reforms are coming up. Two more game changing reforms are on the anvil in the form of a state-of-the art indirect tax system the GST (Goods and Services Tax) and the JAM to implement the direct benefit transfer sche...

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Jaitley recites couplet on government's achievements

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Highlighting the achievements of his government, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday recited a couplet in parliament that elicited loud approval from the treasury benches. Kuch to gul khilaye hain, kuch abhi khilane hain, par baagh mein ab bhi kaante kuchh puraney hain, (We have made some progress and are working towards achieving more goals but there are some...

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Budget Highlights - 11

* Adequate provision for defence with Rs.246,727 crore earmarked this year * Fully IT-based student-help facility for needy students * Eastern states to be given opportunity to develop faster. Special boost to Bihar and West Bengal as in the case of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana * Good progress in DMIC corridor and other infra-projects. Rs.1,200 crore earmarked and add...

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Budget Highlights - 10

* Procurement law to be drawn up to ensure transparency and remove corruption * Centenary of Deen Dayal Upadhyay to be celebrated; committee for this to be set up soon * During 2015-16 AIIMS-like institutes to be set up in Jamu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh; Bihar to get second AIIMS-like institution * Karnataka to get an IIT; Indian School of Mines...

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Two lakh km of roads to be built

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the government intends to build two lakh km of road network. This includes one lakh km already under construction and sanctioning another one lakh km of roads. The minister was presenting the budget for 2015-16 in parliament. ...

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Neetu Chandraa injured on sets of 'Vaigai Express'

Chennai, Feb 28 (IANS) Actress Neetu Chandraa, who is currently shooting for Tamil musical thriller Vaigai Express, got bruised while performing an action sequence on the sets of the film here. Neetu got injured in a struggle sequence. She was left bruised and her left eye was swollen. The director quickly called off the shoot as Neetu was suffering with pain. Following some medical atte...

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Budget Highlights - 9

* To discourage transactions in cash, Rupee debit card to incentivise credit transactions * In line with 'Act East Policy', steps to catalyse investment in this sector through a project development company to oversee investments in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam * Tourism has increased after Visa on Arrival introduced for 43 countries. This facility to be increased to 150 countries...

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UAE elect to bat against India

Perth, Feb 28 (IANS) United Arab Emirates (UAE) captain Mohammad Tauqir won the toss and elected to bat against India in a cricket World Cup Pool B contest at the WACA here Saturday. Squads: UAE: Amjad Ali, Andri Berenger, Krishna Chandran, Khurram Khan, S.P. Patil, Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed, Mohammad Naveed, Mohammad Tauqir (captain), Manjula Guruge. Indi...

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Lyricist Thamarai stages protest over missing husband

Chennai, Feb 28 (IANS) Tamil lyricist Thamarai, who is popular for her work in films such as Minnale and Yennai Arindhaal, says she has decided to launch a protest to find out the whereabouts of her husband who went missing a few months back. Thamarai staged a protest here Friday with her son to locate her husband Thyagu. I don't know if he's missing or has absconded. It's been n...

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Karnataka beat Mumbai to enter Ranji final

Bengaluru, Feb 28 (IANS) Defending champions Karnataka completed the formalities to register a 112-run win over Mumbai and enter the final of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament for the 14th time here Saturday. Mumbai, chasing a victory target of 445, were all out for 332 about an hour into the fourth and penultimate day of the semi-final when seamer Sreenath Arvind had overnight batsman...

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Budget Highlights - 8

* Public Debt Management Agency to be created to strengthen the bond market * Gold Monetisation Scheme to be introduced; sovereign gold bonds to be introduced; working on developing Indian gold coin with Ashok Chakra on face * Vision of making India cashless society * Foreign Investment in alternative investment funds to be permitted * Ports in public sector to ...

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Barsana's 'Laathimaar' Holi draws massive crowds

Mathura/Vrindavan Feb 28 (IANS) Thousands of devotees and pilgrims watched the famous Lathimaar Holi of Barsana with keen excitement and boisterous cheers. Dressed in colourful costumes, the singers from Nandgaon arrived Friday afternoon after consuming 'bhaang' (a preparation from the leaves and flowers of the female cannabis plant) and 'thandai' (a cold drink prepared with a mixture of...

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Jaitley says Indian economy fastest-growing in the world

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Presenting the national budget for the next fiscal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the state of the country's economy was better placed today with its credibility re-established by a series of measures taken by his government. I am presenting the union budget in an economic environment which is far more positive than in the recent past. While major e...

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Government plans to bring down fiscal deficit: Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The government targets to bring down the fiscal deficit to 4.1 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014-15 and further down to 3 percent in three years. We plan to bring down the fiscal deficit to 4.1 percent in 2014-15, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said while presenting the Union Budget in parliament Saturday. We intend to achieve to achieve ...

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