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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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Haseeb Drabu is Chairman of north zone finance ministers' panel

Jammu, March 23 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu was on Thursday appointed as Chairman of the Empowered Committee of Finance Ministers of North Zone, an official statement here said. According to a communique issued by the Inter-State Council Secretariat here, Drabu will be heading the Empowered Committee of the Finance Ministers of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab...

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Airtel to acquire Tikona's 4G business for Rs 1,600 crore

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced an agreement with Tikona Digital Networks to acquire the latter's 4G business, including the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum and 350 sites, in five telecom circles for around Rs 1,600 crore. However, the acquisition is subject to requisite regulatory approvals. Tikona currently has 20 MHz spectrum in the 2,30...

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Pujara backs Kohli as a 'great leader'

Dharamsala, March 23 (IANS) Ahead of the deciding fourth and final cricket Test against Australia, starting on Saturday, Indian middle order mainstay batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday said the mind games played by the Kangaroos won't work with the side led by Virat Kohli. Hailing the 28-year-old Kohli as a great leader, Pujara, who scored a magnificent double-hundred in the previous ...

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Airtel to acquire Tikona's 4G business for Rs 1,600 crore

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced it has entered into an agreement with Tikona Digital Networks to acquire the latter's 4G business, including the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum and 350 sites, in five telecom circles for around Rs 1,600 crore, a company statement said. Tikona currently has 20 MHz spectrum in the 2,300 MHz band in Gujarat, UP (East),...

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Himachal HC seeks report on industrial pollution

Shimla, March 22 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to respond within two weeks on rising pollution in Baddi industrial area in Solan district. It asked all respondents to submit reports to the Principal Secretary (Environment), who would then file a consolidated report in the court. Taking cognisance of a media report, a division be...

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Key to reviving Punjab lies in revitalising its once industrial cities

The conversation around BJPs electoral win in UP has completely overshadowed the political scenario in the state of Punjab. Political commentators attribute this to Punjab's small electoral share compared to UP, but there is more to it than mere arithmetic. Only a few decades ago, Punjab was a poster boy for development -- a state that was the centre-stage of the Green Revolution and who...

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Work on to reopen Manali-Leh highway

Shimla, March 20 (IANS) The work is now on to reopen the road that connects Manali in Himachal Pradesh with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, after it remained closed for over three months due to heavy winter snow deposits, an official said here on Monday. The road is crucial for the movement of armed forces to areas in Ladakh region that borders both China and Pakistan. The snow-clearin...

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Actress Pankhuri Awasthy slapped a man who touched her wrongly

Dharamsala, March 19 (IANS) Actress Pankhuri Awasthy, who will next be seen playing a rape victim in upcoming TV show Kya Kasoor Hai Amla Ka?, says she gathered the courage to slap a man who touched her inappropriately. She is proud that she stood up against harassment. Mumbai is one of the safest cities in India, if I tell by my experience. I have stayed in Delhi, Chandigarh, Noida, and...

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Himachal replacing senile apple trees with exotic varieties

Shimla, March 19 (IANS) To protect the British-era old apple industry in Himachal Pradesh, the state government has started a project under which old and senile apple plants are replaced with exotic high-yield varieties. About six lakh new saplings have been replanted under the apple rejuvenation scheme covering 5,917 beneficiaries during the past four years, an official with the state H...

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NSE to impart financial literacy to Nagaland students

Kohima, March 18 (IANS) The Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) has joined hands with India's National Stock Exchange (NSE) Academy to impart financial literacy to Class IX students across the state, an official said on Saturday. NSE Academy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE). The NBSE has made the academy's financial literacy...

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Himachal Pradesh CM advocates rooftop solar energy

Shimla, March 18 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh capital is adaptable for tapping rooftop solar energy and it will be a profitable venture, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Saturday. He said the remote district of Lahaul-Spiti also has enormous potential for generation of solar power and the state will soon take the lead in generating solar power. He asked both the state electr...

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Shimla smart city: Proposals worth Rs 2,906 crore prepared

Shimla, March 18 (IANS) Proposals entailing an expenditure of Rs 2,906 crore have been prepared to transform Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla into a smart city, the government said on Saturday. Chief Secretary V.C. Pharka presided over a meeting of the state-level steering committee that approved the proposals submitted by the Shimla Municipal Corporation, an official statement said. <...

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Himachal CM blames centre for reducing revenue deficit grant

Shimla, March 17 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reducing revenue deficit grant, seeking to compensate for the losses incurred by the state. The increase in debt during the recent years was mainly because of the sharp reduction in revenue deficit grant during 2013-14 and 2014-15 coupled with the increased salary bur...

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Ice cream maker mulls entry into dairy industry

Chennai, March 17 (IANS) Creambell ice cream brand's parent company Devyani Food Industries is looking at venturing into the dairy industry, said a top official on Friday. We will be taking a call on venturing into the dairy segment. The milk market is regional in the sense, it has to be sold in the markets near to the plant. We just entered the non-dairy market, CEO Nitin Arora told IAN...

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More snow, rain in store for Himachal

Shimla, March 16 (IANS) The cold tightened its grip over Himachal Pradesh on Thursday as the state's higher reaches had a fresh spell of snow, while the lower hills received rainfall. The weather office has forecast more snow and rain till Sunday. Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees Celsius. The high hills in Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu and Chamba districts ...

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Rohtang tunnel will boost tourism: Himachal CM

Shimla, March 16 (IANS) Tourist footfalls in the picturesque, remote Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh will spike with the construction of the 8.8-km horseshoe shaped Rohtang tunnel, an engineering marvel, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh informed the assembly on Thursday. He said steps were being taken by the government to provide basic infrastructure and other facilities to attract touri...

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Rahul, Manmohan to attend Amarinder swearing-in on Thursday

Chandigarh, March 15 (IANS) Top Congress leaders, including party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, are expected to attend the swearing-in of Amarinder Singh as Punjab Chief Minister here on Thursday. With Z-plus security protectees likely to arrive here on Thursday morning, security in and around Punjab Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh airport and other places ...

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Search operation near Pathankot airbase continues for second day

Pathankot, March 15 (IANS) A massive search operation continued in and around the Pathankot airbase for the second day on Wednesday following intelligence inputs about suspected anti-national elements in the area, police said. Security agencies, including the Punjab Police, Indian Air Force Garuda commandos, Army personnel, Himachal Pradesh Police and para-military forces, had launched t...

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Inflation surges as food and fuel prices rise

New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) A rise in food and fuel prices as well as base effect led to uptrend in the two main inflation gauges of Wholesale Price Index (WPI) and Consumer Price Index (CPI) for February, official data showed on Tuesday. The annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices released by the Commerce and Industry Ministry rose to over a three-year high of 6.55 per cent in...

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