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Courts can examine reasonableness of bank interest rate on rural loans: SC

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court has said that provision of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, that prohibits courts from examining the reasonableness of rate of interests charged by banks, will not operate in states with debt relief laws for agriculturists. Section 21A of the Act says that the rates of interest charged by banking companies will not be subject to scrutiny by cou...

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Government thoroughly investigating PNB fraud: Minister

Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla on Saturday said the government is thoroughly investigating the $1.8 billion bank fraud allegedly involving absconding billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and will take steps for his extradition from abroad. We are thoroughly investigating the PNB (Punjab National Bank) fraud case. We will not spare anyone involved ...

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India, Iran sign connectivity, double taxation avoidance agreements

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) India and Iran on Saturday signed nine agreements, including on connectivity and double taxation avoidance, following delegation-level talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani here. A lease contract was signed between Port and Maritime Organisation (PMO), Iran, and India Ports Global Limited (IPGL) that envisages IPGL taking ...

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India, Iran sign nine agreements, agree to stop terror forces

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) India and Iran on Saturday pledged to stop the forces of terrorism and extremism, delinking it from religion and agreed that there should be an end to terror sanctuaries even as the two countries broad-based their relationship by signing nine agreements, including one on connectivity relating to the strategic Chabahar port. Reflecting the deepening of ties betwee...

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Double taxation avoidance agreement to give fillip to India, Iran trade

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Enforcement of the double taxation avoidance agreement and extension of preferential tariff would give a fillip to trade and investment between Iran and India , Masoud Karbasian, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, Iran said here on Saturday. Karbasian was addressing an interactive meeting with Indian and Iranian business leaders, organised by the Federatio...

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For Modi, road to 2019 will be steeper

For the Bharatiya Janata Party's supporters, the growing belief that the party is no longer as favourably placed as before must be both bewildering and disheartening. They must be wondering what could have gone wrong when the BJP was looking forward to not only a comfortable victory in 2019 but was also planning to celebrate the 75th year of India's independence in 2022. The talk...

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IFAD, Sudan invest $47.5m to help farmers

Rome, Feb 16 (IANS/AKI) The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development and Sudan signed a $47.5 million dollar accord aimed at boosting farmers' incomes and resilience to climate change in four of the African country's states, IFAD said on Friday. IFAD's approach will be to enhance food security and reduce poverty in poor rural households through investment in crop pr...

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Mamata accuses banks of not lending to farmers, SHGs

Kolkata, Feb 16 (IANS) Amid the nationwide uproar regarding the $1.8 billion banking fraud, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday accused banks of not providing credit to farmers and self-help groups who repay loans while defaulters are always obliged by the lenders. Banks are not providing loans to farmers who used to repay their debt. But lenders are providing advances t...

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Iranian President calls for unity among Muslims

Hyderabad, Feb 16 (IANS) With a call for unity among Muslims across the world and the announcement of his readiness to simplify visa procedure for Indians, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday wound up the first leg of his India visit. In a rare gesture, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is a senior Shia cleric too, visited the historic Makkah Masjid, a Sunni mosque, to offer F...

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PM to inaugurate India's largest container terminal in Mumbai

Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the country's largest container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust here on Sunday, an official said on Friday. The JNPT's Fourth Container Terminal (FCT)'s Phase I has been completed in a record time at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore and is expected to boost container trade and logistics in a big way. In October 20...

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Agriculture Ministry to hold conference on doubling farm income

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) The Agriculture Ministry will hold a National Conference, Agriculture 2022 - Doubling Farmers' Income, here on February 19-20 to identify various critical farm-related issues and to find their solutions. The main aim of the conference is to build a consensus around appropriate recommendations that will help in shaping and sharpening the vision of the government o...

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Agriculture, infra development focus of Rs 4.28 lakh cr UP budget

Lucknow, Feb 16 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday presented a Rs 4,28,384.52-crore budget for the financial year 2018-19 that focuses on the agriculture and allied sectors in a big way. The annual budget, presented by state Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal in the assembly, has 11.4 per cent higher budgetary provisions this time than the previous budget and proposes Rs 14,341.8...

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Chouhan assures relief to hailstorm-hit farmers

Sagar, Feb 16 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday announced relief of Rs 30,000 per hectare and an equal amount under the crop insurance scheme to farmers whose crops were damaged due to hailstorm earlier this week. The state government will give additional Rs 25,000 for the marriage of farmers' daughters, Chouhan assured farmers during a survey in Bina d...

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Wheat production to be 98 mn tonnes this year

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Total production of wheat this year is expected to be 98 million tonnes, which is as same as last year, a top official said on Friday. Last year it was 98 million tonnes. We hope we will match it this year, Union Agriculture Secretary S.K. Pattanayak told reporters here. He however said there could be variation in the output owing to possible changes in w...

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Iran ready to simplify visa procedure: Rouhani

Hyderabad, Feb 16 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday announced that Tehran is ready to simplify visa procedures and hoped India will reciprocate to facilitate easy movement of people between the two countries. Stating that India and Iran share many commonalities, he called for further strengthening bilateral ties. Addressing a gathering after Friday prayers at the ...

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Gadkari kicks off 'new age in transport sector'

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Union Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the steps taken towards electric mobility in the country marks a new age in the transport sector and a big boost to the agrarian economy. This is a start of a new age in transport sector, said Gadkari after inaugurating three electric vehicle charging stations at Niti Aayog, the think-tank of In...

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Like Swachch Bharat, need a clean air mission: TERI

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Calling for a clean air mission on the lines of the Swachh Bharat mission, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), in a report launched Thursday, warned that even if it is implemented right away, particle pollution will increase till 2030 and only fall thereafter. The report, that identified air pollution as the fifth largest killer in India, also called for d...

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Successive TN governments neglected farm sector: Kamal Haasan

Chennai, Feb 15 (IANS) Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan hit out at Tamil Nadu governments - current and earlier ones - for neglecting villages, the farm sector and putting the farming community in a crisis. Haasan, who earlier said he would adopt a village and make it into a model village, revealed that his recent visit to the US was to tap to achieve his goal the technology and know...

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Modi in Arunachal, targets Congress for corruption

Itangar, Feb 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh and poll-bound Tripura, took a dig at the Congress over what he said was leakage of funds meant for the poor during its rule. There is no dearth of funds in our country. But when a bucket carrying water has a hole, it will leak. That was the situation in our country earlier, Modi told a rally he...

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Untapped vegetable, fruit growers to get export market soon

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Quality agriculture commodities that have remained unnoticed by the outside world are set to foray into the international markets as the government wants to tap unexplored areas to boost exports and ensure better returns for their farmers. Our plan is to tap the areas where the quality of vegetables and fruits is worth exporting but farmers do not have required m...

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