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'Muslim' meal on Air India to protect Hindus from 'Halal'

On an Air India flight from London, the hostess walked down the aisle taking orders for dinner. She leaned over and asked almost conspiratorially. May I serve you your Muslim meal now? Muslim meal? I asked with a start, casting a glance at my equally puzzled wife. The hostess was embarrassed. A new detail had been added to her hospitality protocol and she was not accustom...

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Orient Cement plans to invest Rs 2,000 cr for expansion in Telangana

Hyderabad, July 21 (IANS) Orient Cement Ltd, a part of C.K. Birla Group, plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore to expand the capacity of its plant in Telangana, the state government said on Saturday. The company will expand the capacity of its factory at Devapur in Mancherial district from current 3.05 million tonnes to 7.5 million tonnes of cement per annum. Deepak Khetrapal, Managing ...

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Odisha reduces tax on personal vehicles

Bhubaneswar, July 21 (IANS) The Odisha cabinet on Saturday decided to amend the Odisha Motor Vehicle Taxation Act to reduce tax on personal vehicles, proposing to reduce the tax slabs to three - 6 per cent, 8 per cent and 10 per cent, an official said. As per the decision of the Cabinet, car owners will have to pay 6 per cent one-time tax on vehicles costing up to Rs 5 lakh. Similarly, o...

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39 teams to compete in RFC from Sunday

Dona Paula (Goa), July 21 (IANS) A total of 39 teams, each consisting of a driver and a co-driver, will compete at the fifth edition of the Isuzu Rainforest Challenge (RFC) India off-road motorsport event, starting from Sunday. Out of the 39 contenders, 10 of them are from Kerala, while Chandigarh and Delhi are sending three teams each. Four teams hail from Goa, while Hyderabad has seven...

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'Pained' Chandrababu says PM shouldn't talk about petty things

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday objected to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks, saying he was pained to hear Modi comparing him with corrupt politicians and talking about petty things during his reply to the TDPs no-confidence motion in Parliament. As a Prime Minister of this country, you should not talk like that...you should ...

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Saha to undergo shoulder surgery in Manchester: BCCI

Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha will undergo surgery on his right shoulder in Manchester at the end of this month or starting of August, the BCCI confirmed on Saturday. Wriddhiman Saha has sustained a posterosuperior labral tear. This injury will require surgery, a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) read. A timeline was als...

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Modi as PM shouldn't talk about petty things: 'Pained' Chandrababu

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said he was pained to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi comparing him with corrupt politicians and talking about petty things during his reply to the TDPs no confidence motion. As a Prime Minister of this country, you should not talk like that. As the Prime Minister, you should not talk about petty t...

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Air fares on many routes cheaper than railways' premium trains: CAG

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Tickets on the Indian Railways' premium trains were much higher as compared to airfares, says a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, tabled in parliament on Friday. Coming down heavily on the flexi-fare scheme of the Indian Railways, the CAG report said: For the 120 advance reservation period (ARP) of 120 days, travel by air was found to be cheapest mod...

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TDP MP Jayadev names Mahesh Babu's film in LS

Hyderabad, July 20 (IANS) TDP MP Galla Jayadev, who initiated the debate on the no trust motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday, mentioned Telugu blockbuster Bharat Ane Nenu of his brother-in-law and popular actor Mahesh Babu. The industrialist-politician kicked off the debate with the mention of the movie to stress the point before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government that promises shou...

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NCLT nod for revival of Sirpur Paper Mills

Hyderabad, July 19 (IANS) The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved the proposal for the revival of Sirpur Paper Mills in Telangana, state Industry Minister K. T. Rama Rao said on Thursday. With this, JK Paper Ltd will take over the 80-year-old mill located in Kaghaznagar town in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district. The state government extended certain incentives to JK P...

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Thinkwide to expand operations in 3 cities

Hyderabad, July 19 (IANS) Hostels and paying guest (PG) accommodation-finding tech startup Thinkwide on Thursday announced its plans to venture into three new cities this year. The Hyderabad-based developer of PGO (Paying Guest Online) mobile and web application platform currently lists 40% of hostel and PG properties with over 20,000 users. The company rolled out technology plat...

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The future of plastic? Scientists explore bioplastics from sorghum

Kolkata, July 19 (IANS/Mongabay) In the early 1940s, Henry Ford experimented with making plastic parts for automobiles. He came up with what was called the plastic car made from soybeans. Since that decade, when mass plastic production began from oil-based materials, its use has surged dramatically, becoming a big part of our daily lives. The resulting unwanted plastic pollution crisis a...

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Shoulder injury further dents Saha's recovery prospects

Kolkata, July 19 (IANS) Already out of the Indian squad for the first three tests against England due to a left thumb injury, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is now nursing a shoulder problem which he picked up while rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). It has been learnt from sources close to Saha that the 33-year old stumper picked up the knock during a gym session at the...

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Gurtej, Chhuantea and Kamaljit to continue with FC Pune City

Pune, July 19 (IANS) Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City retained defenders Gurtej Singh and Lalchhuanmawia Fanai and goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh for the 2018-19 season, it was announced on Thursday. Gurtej who began his football career with JCT, played for Pailan Arrows, Churchill Brothers, Bengaluru FC and Fateh Hyderabad. Last season, he made 18 appearances and scored his first ...

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Discount offers push India's June air passenger traffic higher

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Discount offers lifted India's domestic air passenger traffic by 18.36 per cent in June, official data showed on Wednesday. According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), 1.13 crore passengers were ferried by the domestic airlines during the month under review, up from 95.68 lakh reported during the corresponding month of 2017. However, o...

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Parliament nod to bill for merger of subsidiary banks with SBI

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Parliament has approved the bill to merge six subsidiary banks with the State Bank of India (SBI) with the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday clearing the State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017. The bill repeals the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959, and State Bank of Hyderabad Act, 1956 besides amending the State Bank of India (SBI) Act, 1955.

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Parliament nod to bill for merger of subsidiary banks with RBI

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Parliament has approved the bill to merge six subsidiary banks with the State Bank of India (SBI) with the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday clearing the State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017. The bill repeals the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959, and State Bank of Hyderabad Act, 1956 besides amending the State Bank of India (SBI) Act, 1955.

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Tata Motors to supply electric vehicles to Cognizant

Hyderabad, July 18 (IANS) Automobile manufacturer Tata Motors on Wednesday said that it will supply Tigor electric vehicles (EVs) to professional services company Cognizant. According to the automobile major, Cognizant will deploy the EVs in its Hyderabad campus as part of its commitment to a sustainable environment. Tata Motors has partnered with Volercars, a leading mobility s...

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Rana Daggubati extends KWAN South to Chennai

Chennai, July 18 (IANS) After Hyderabad, actor Rana Daggubati has expanded the footprint of KWAN South -- which aims to herald a new era for the entertainment ecosystem of south India -- to Chennai. A year ago KWAN Entertainment entered into an agreement with production powerhouse Suresh Productions -- heralded by Rana Daggubati -- and introduced a specialised division -- KWAN South. ...

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Tough draw for Indians at Badminton Worlds

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) India's competitors in the BWF World Badminton Championships 2018 in Nanjing, China, have been handed a difficult path in the draw. Men's singles fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth has been clubbed in the fourth section which also has Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei, means they could clash in the quarter-finals. Srikanth will open against Ireland's Nhat Nguyen ...

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