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Government hikes FDI limit in pension sector to 49 percent

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Indian government on Monday raised the limit of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the pension sector to 49 percent in line with the FDI cap raised recently in the insurance sector. In pursuance of the enactment of Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority Act, 2013, government has decided to permit FDI in the pension sector. The decision will take ...

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Nepal's death toll soars to 3,815

Kathmandu, April 27 (IANS) The death toll from the 7.9-magnitude temblor that struck Nepal was on Monday placed at 3,815, with Kathmandu accounting for nearly 1,000 deaths. The home ministry said in a statement that another 6,515 people were injured. Saturday's earthquake, the worst to hit Nepal since 1934, had its epicentre in Gorkha district. According to the home ministry, 32 ...

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'5,400 Indians evacuated from quake-hit Nepal'

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) A total of 5,400 Indians have been evacuated from quake-hit Nepal, officials said on Monday. These many people have been evacuated from Nepal till now, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told a press conference here. Of these, 2,100 people were brought in by Indian Air Force planes and the rest by civilian aircraft and vehicles, he said. The foreig...

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IPL fan park moves to Surat, Warangal

Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) Following successful hosting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) fan parks at Nadiad in Gujarat and Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, the weekend carnival moves to Surat and Warangal. The two cities will host the IPL fan parks on Saturday and Sunday. The gates for the same will open at 2 p.m. on both days, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thaku...

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Nepal quake: Virtual media drives 'real' rescue operations

New Delhi/Bengaluru, April 27 (IANS) Considering the popularity and reach of social networking sites in the modern world, the Indian government is pro-actively using Twitter and Facebook to reach out to those affected in quake-ravaged Nepal. From giving information about missing people to offering aid, the government and netizens have gone all out to utilise the power of the social media...

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Petronet being probed over gas purchase contracts

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) State-run Petronet LNG is being investigated for alleged irregularities in gas purchase contracts, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told parliament on Monday. Complaints regarding alleged irregularities in respect of long term liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts executed by Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL) for import of 7.5 mtpa (million tonnes per annum) with Ras...

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PM donates a month's salary to quake relief fund

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi donated one month's salary to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for assistance to those affected in India by the quake that devastated Nepal, an official statement said on Monday. The government on Sunday announced a compensation of Rs.6 lakh each for the families of the people killed in the earthquake that also shook parts ...

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Weather, traffic delay Indian flights to Kathmandu

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Two days after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Indian carriers continued to face air traffic congestion and parking constraints at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), leading to delayed departures and arrivals, airline officials here said on Monday. However, air traffic over Nepal reduced a little by evening on Monday thus allowing departure...

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Education policy to be within parameters of constitution: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Countering accusations of saffronisation of education, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Monday said the new education policy would be within the parameters of the constitution. Replying to a debate on the demands of grants of her ministry in the Lok Sabha, Irani said the education policy was earlier formulated on the basis of the advice of a ...

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Documents leak case: Court denies bail to Saikia

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) A Delhi court on Monday dismissed the bail application of former journalist Santanu Saikia accused in connection with petroleum ministry documents leak case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal dismissed the bail application of Saikia, who argued for his bail application himself in the documents leak case as none of the advocates are appearing due to...

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108 people from Bengal still missing in Nepal: Mamata

Siliguri, April 27 (IANS) At least 108 people from West Bengal were missing in earthquake-hit Nepal, where 336 others from the state have been trapped after the devastating natural calamity, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Monday. Banerjee also said the series of quakes and aftershocks have affected 62 blocks in her state. As many as 62 blocks of West Bengal have been...

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5.1-magnitude quake hits Bihar

Patna, April 27 (IANS) Two days after an earthquake jolted Bihar, another temblor, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, rocked the state on Monday. Damage to property was reported from various places, but there was no report of any casualty, an official here said. With the earthquake again rocking Bihar on Monday at 6.05 p.m., it has created further panic among the people and strengthened...

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Plea against Kamal Haasan's 'Uttama Villain' dismissed

Chennai, April 27 (IANS) The Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a petition by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) seeking a stay on the release of superstar Kamal Haasan's Tamil film Uttama Villain along with the deletion of a song about Lord Vishnu. Pointing out that there was no merit in the plea, Justice T. Raja dismissed the writ petition. According to the petitioner, the lyri...

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Nepal's death toll soars to 3,815

Kathmandu, April 27 (IANS) The death toll from the 7.9 magnitude temblor that struck Nepal was on Monday placed at 3,815, with Kathmandu accounting for nearly 1,000 deaths. The home ministry said in a statement another 6,515 people had been injured. The Saturday earthquake, the worst to hit Nepal after 1934, had its epicentre in Gorkha district. The highest death toll of 1,021 am...

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AFC Cup: Key game for Bengaluru FC

Male (Maldives), April 27 (IANS) Needing just a draw to qualify for the pre-quarter-final of the AFC Cup, Bengaluru FC take on Maziya Sports and Recreation Club at the National Football Stadium here on Tuesday. The Blues sit second on the Group E table with nine points from four games, five more than third-placed Maziya who have played an equal number of games. Indonesia's Persipura Jaya...

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Quake toll in India goes up to 72

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The toll in India following Saturday's earthquake has gone up to 72, with Bihar accounting for 56 deaths, a top official said on Monday. Home Secretary L.C. Goyal, addressing the media at a joint press conference with Defence Secretary R.K. Mathur and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, said 12 people died in Uttar Pradesh following the earthquake. The num...

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Indian-origin NBA player Sim Bhullar to visit India in May

Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) Sim Bhullar, who became the first Indian-origin player to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the US, will visit India from May 2 to 7 to promote basketball and inspire children to stay active and healthy by playing the game. The seven-feet-five-inch-tall centre player will help train the top 140 youth from across India who participated in the Rel...

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Air India shuts down 23 booking offices

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) India's national airline is downsizing its booking operations to bring down operating expenses and has closed down 23 such offices across India, parliament was told on Monday. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma informed the Lok Sabha that Air India has closed down 23 booking offices across India, leaving 54 operational. It is also planning to re...

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CPI-M urges poll panel to ensure fair civic poll counting

Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) The CPI-M urged the West Bengal State Election Commission to take proper steps so that there was no foul play during Tuesday's counting of votes for the just concluded civic polls. There is a need to ensure flawless counting of votes. We have asked the state election commission (SEC) to install CCTVs in the counting centres, Communist Party of India-Marxist state...

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Optimisation of net neutrality needed for citizens' welfare: Assocham

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Stressing the importance of net neutrality in India, industry chamber Assocham on Monday said it has to be optimised for the maximum welfare of the citizens. India urgently needs net neutrality but one that is optimised for the maximum welfare of its citizens keeping in mind our own constraints and state of digital development, Assocham said in a statement. ...

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