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Meghalaya to form House panel to inspect uranium boreholes

Shillong, March 24 (IANS) The Meghalaya government on Thursday conceded to the demand of opposition Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) to constitute an Assembly Committee to inspect the 1,500 boreholes drilled for exploration of uranium in Meghalaya's South West Khasi Hills district. HSPDP legislator Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit, who moved a resolution to veto any attempt of gover...

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Rs 5,021-crore central assistance to disaster-affected states

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) A high-level committee chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday approved a total of nearly Rs 5,021-crore assistance to 10 states affected by natural disasters. Andhra Pradesh will get Rs 584.21 crore, Assam Rs 269.40 crore, Bihar Rs 822.96 crore, Himachal Pradesh Rs 152.28 crore, Karnataka Rs 171.69 crore, Manipur Rs 19.11 crore, Rajasthan Rs 3...

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YSR Congress to move no-confidence motion against Andhra Speaker

Amaravati, March 23 (IANS) The YSR Congress Party on Thursday decided to move a no-confidence motion against Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly Speaker K. Sivaprasad Rao. Leader of Opposition Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy announced that his party will move the motion as they have lost confidence in the Speaker. He alleged that the Speaker is working only at the behest of the Chief...

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Mother Dairy eyes Rs 10,000 cr revenue in next two years

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), is expecting to touch Rs 10,000 crore turnover in the next two years with its expansion plan towards the eastern and western parts of India, a company official said on Thursday. We should be reaching Rs 8,000 crore revenue by end of this fiscal year (2016...

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Unmanned electric buses to ply in new Andhra capital

Amaravati, March 22 (IANS) Unmanned electric buses will run on the roads of this upcoming city, one of the nine planned in the residual Andhra Pradesh after Telangana was carved out of it. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said that only electric buses and vehicles will be permitted to ply in the city to prevent pollution. Naidu held a meeting here with Foster and ...

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SC summons Chief Secretaries of 10 drought-affected states

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Chief Secretaries of 10 States to be present before it for their failure to comply with its order to provide relief to the drought-affected areas of their states. While asking the Chief Secretaries to be personally present before it, the bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice N.V. Ramana directed them to file an aff...

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Documentary on Tirumala Tirupati on TV soon

Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Inside Tirumala Tirupati, a documentary about Tirumala Tirupati, will bring the story behind the temple to the small screen. The National Geographic documentary will premiere on March 27, giving a 360-degree view of one of the world's most iconic temples. Inside Tirumala Tirupati will also unravel the stories of devotion, belief and love of the people who ...

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SBI officials held for violating RBI guidelines

Hyderabad, March 22 (IANS) The CBI has arrested two senior State Bank of India (SBI) officials for misappropriating funds of around Rs 12.40 lakh by violating the RBI guidelines imposed during demonetisation, an official said on Wednesday. Senior Special Assistant M. Sultan Mohiuddin and Deputy Manager (Operations) I.J. Raja Sekhar, employed at SBI's Buchireddypalem branch in Andhra Prad...

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Hindustan Petroleum to upgrade units using Honeywell technology

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) State-run oil marketer Hindsutan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) has selected Honeywell's technologies for the expansion and modernisation of its refinery at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, according to the American software-industrial company. Honeywell said in a statement here that the project includes licensing, basic engineering design and other associated servi...

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'HK investors putting money in start-ups, more keen on India'

Hong Kong, March 22 (IANS) Investors based in Hong Kong are putting more money in start-ups and are increasingly looking at India as an investment option due to its strengths in areas such as information technology, a senior official has said. Jimmy Chiang, Associate Director-General InvestHK, told IANS that investors based in Hong Kong, including venture capitalists, private equity comp...

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Chennai mining baron arrested for money laundering

Chennai, March 21 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested sand mining baron J. Sekhar Reddy on charges of money laundering, three months after the CBI held him for exchanging crores of demonetised currencies. We arrested Reddy and his two associates K. Srinivasulu and Premkumar under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) here on Monday night for converting Rs 34-cror...

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Chennai sand baron Reddy arrested for money laundering

Chennai, March 21 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested sand mining baron J. Sekhar Reddy and his two associates for allegedly exchanging Rs 34-crore old notes into new currency notes (Rs 2,000), said an official on Tuesday. We arrested Reddy, K. Srinivasulu and Premkumar under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) on Monday for converting Rs 34-crore old not...

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Majority find chewable tobacco easily available despite ban: Survey

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) A survey participated in by more than 10,000 people found that majority of them have chewable tobacco easily available in their cities despite a Supreme Court ban on the product. In September 2016, the Supreme Court had banned the sale of all forms of chewable tobacco and nicotine, and directed the authorities to strictly enforce its directions. Citizen...

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Centre declined Andhra offer to turn INS Viraat into hotel

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The longest serving aircraft carrier INS Viraat, which was recently decommissioned, could have been converted into an aircraft museum and a hotel, but the Defence Ministry was not ready for a 50:50 partnership with the Andhra Pradesh government, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. In a written reply to a question in the Upper House, Minister of State for D...

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Women lawmakers in Andhra nearly came to blows

Amaravati, March 21 (IANS) Women legislators of the ruling TDP and the lone opposition YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh nearly came to blows in the premises of the legislative assembly here on Tuesday. There was heavy pushing and jostling between the two groups as they tried to snatch mikes from each other. Trouble broke out when TDP's V. Anitha tried to stop YSR Congress member G....

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Men more aware about HIV/AIDS, yet more affected

Men are more likely than women to have comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS; yet the disease is more prevalent among men, an analysis of government data shows. The National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4) takes comprehensive knowledge to mean knowledge regarding consistent use of a condom during every sexual intercourse. Nationwide, 21 per cent of women and 32 per cent of men hav...

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Indian packaging market expected to reach $32 billion by 2020

Hyderabad, March 20 (IANS) The Indian packaging market is expected to reach $32 billion by 2020, said N.C Saha, Director, Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP). The Indian packaging industry constitutes about 4 per cent of the global packaging industry. The per capita packaging consumption in India is quite low at 8.7 kg, compared to countries like Germany and Taiwan where it is 42 kg and ...

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Xiaomi unveils second manufacturing unit in India

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Reaffirming its commitment to 'Make in India' after logging $1 billion in revenue in the country last year, Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi on Monday announced its second manufacturing unit in partnership with Taiwanese electronics major Foxconn in Andhra Pradesh. With the new manufacturing plant also at Sri City, in Andhra Pradesh, more than 95 percent of Xiao...

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Xiaomi unveils second manufacturing unit in India

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Reaffirming its commitment to 'Make in India' after logging $1 billion in revenue in the country last year, Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi on Monday announced its second manufacturing unit in partnership with Taiwanese electronics major Foxconn in Andhra Pradesh. With the new manufacturing plant also at Sri City, in Andhra Pradesh, more than 95 percent of Xiao...

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Tobacco farmers urge ministries to keep low tax under GST

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The Federation of All India Farmers Associations (FAIFA) on Monday urged the Health and the Finance ministries to levy low taxation on tobacco crops under the new GST regime as it will affect the economic condition of the farmers. The livelihood of nearly 4.6 crore farmers depends on the tobacco crop, which already sees imposition of high taxation due to the he...

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