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Reliance Power Q1 net profit up at Rs 237 cr

Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) Reliance Power (RPower) on Saturday posted a 3 per cent rise in its net profit at Rs 237 crore for the first quarter ended June, the company said in a statement here. The company had registered a profit after tax of Rs 230 crore during the same quarter of last year. RPower earned a total income of Rs 2,371 crore during the quarter in consideration. ...

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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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'Sanitary napkins to be exempt from GST'

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Sanitary napkins will be exempt from GST, Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Saturday after a meeting of the GST Council. Sanitary napkins are taxed 12 per cent tax under the one-year old GST regime, which attracted serious criticism from various quarters. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 28th GST Council meeting, the mi...

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Outside food in cinema halls: Celebs speak

Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) As the Maharashtra government has allowed movie watchers to carry home-cooked or outside food at cinema halls, Bollywood celebrities have raised concerns on how it could be a security nightmare and a discomforting experience for film enthusiasts. Veteran actress Poonam Dhillon said in a statement: It will definitely create an issue with alcohol, as security will ha...

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'Barberic' penalty: Maharashtra teacher suspended for snipping student's hair

Pune, July 21 (IANS) In a shocking incident, a schoolteacher here has been suspended for snipping off a student's hair in front of the entire class, officials said. The 'barberic' incident happened on July 17 at the Vishrantwadi Pune International School, shocking the academic community and parents in Maharashtra's educational hub. A Class 6 student, Aryan Amit Waghmare, 10, was ...

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Maharaj shatters records with career-best Test figures

Colombo, July 21 (IANS) South African spinner Keshav Maharaj on Saturday shattered a few records when he ripped through the Sri Lankan line-up in the first innings on Day 2 of the second and final Test at the SSC Stadium here. Maharaj returned career-best figures of 9/129, to become the 19th overall and only the second South African after Hugh Tayfield to achieve the rare feat. T...

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Nepal, China military drill to be held in September

Kathmandu, July 21 (IANS) Nepal and China will hold their second joint military exercise in China's Sichuan province from September 17, the Nepali Army announced on Saturday. Nepali Army personnel and a squad of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will take part in the 10-day Sagarmatha Friendship-2 exercise in Chengdu, the Kathmandu Post reported. The first joint exercise...

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New 100-rupee note poses fresh headaches for ATM operators

Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) announcement launching a new series of 100-rupee denomination notes has been greeted with trepidation by the major companies engaged in the manufacture and supply of Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) in the country. Like the new post-demonetisation Rs 2,000, Rs 500, Rs 200 and the new Rs 50 notes and Rs 10 notes, even the new lavend...

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All-India truck, bus strike paralyses transportation

New Delhi/Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Transportation services across the country were severely impacted on Friday as private bus and truck operators began an indefinite strike to press for their various demands, including a reduction in diesel prices. According to the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), transportation services to and from ports, refineries and industrial units have be...

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Delhi HC seeks police' response to plea for CBI probe against Daati Maharaj

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the city Police to file its response to a woman's plea for a CBI probe against self-styled godman Daati Maharaj. The woman has accused Daati of sexual assault. Justice Mukta Gupta listed the matter for further hearing on August 30. The victim's advocate Pradeep Tiwari has demanded the immediate arrest of the accused. ...

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All-India truck, bus strike paralyses transportation

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Over 90 lakh trucks and around 50 lakh buses, tempos and tourist vehicles went off the roads on Friday as their owners began an indefinite strike to press for their various demands, including reduction in diesel prices, an official said here on Friday. The strike response is very good... all economic activities like movement of goods and people are virtually paraly...

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Fear of poaching gives sleepless nights to Kashmir's politicians

Srinagar, July 20 (IANS) Beware of predators and poachers, take care of your flock. This is the classic warning for shepherds while they graze their flock in the Himalayan meadows. In Kashmir's political meadow of expedient opportunities, the same warning is now visiting mainstream politicians. After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew from the ruling alliance in Jammu and Kashmir,...

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Omung Kumar turns to painting for a cause

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Filmmaker, art director and anchor Omung Kumar has a soft side for dogs, especially strays and abandoned ones. It is because of this that he agreed to design the 2019 calendar for an NGO committed to welfare of animals. Animal Matters To Me (AMTM) works towards the welfare of cats, dogs, birds and more. Omung and his wife Vanita have been supporting the organisatio...

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HyperloopTT inks pact to build high-speed test track in China

San Francisco, July 19 (IANS) US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) is set to build the first Hyperloop system in China as the company struck a deal in the country to build a test track in Guizhou province. The agreement was signed with China's Tongren Transportation and Tourism Investment group for an initial 10-km track, HyperloopTT said in a statement on Wednesd...

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Actual sugarcane FRP hike is Rs 6, not 20: Agri activists

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The government's decision on Wednesday to increase the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for sugarcane for 2018-19 (October-September) season by Rs 20 to Rs 275 for a quintal comes with a rider that the new rate will be applicable only when the recovery rate is 10 per cent. The recovery rate -- of sugar from sugarcane -- was 9.5 per cent when the government had ...

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Committee on formation of Legislative Council in Odisha to submit report soon

Bhubaneswar, July 18 (IANS) A special committee constituted for the proposed Odisha Legislative Council will submit its report to the state government soon, said Transport Minister and Chairman of the committee Nrusingha Sahu on Wednesday. The committee has returned to Odisha after visiting Bihar and Telangana. It had earlier toured Maharashtra and Karnataka in 2015 to study the operatio...

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Parrikar retort: Should I enter your stomach to check if fish safe?

Panaji, July 18 (IANS) Badgered by media over the safety of the fish sold in Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar snapped back at a journalist, asking if he should enter the reporter's stomach to check the fish he had eaten. Should I look into your stomach? Should I enter your stomach and tell you if it (fish) was safe or not? What we tested the other day, we gave you the report. You go ...

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Parrikar bans fish imports for 15 days, evades queries on use of formalin

Panaji, July 18 (IANS) Refusing to clarify whether the fish from neighbouring states contained formalin, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday banned the entry of fish consignments into the state for 15 days. The decision comes a day before the upcoming monsoon session of the Goa Legislative Assembly, even as the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government has faced criticism ...

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JSW Steel likely to complete expansion at Dolvi by 2019 end

Kolkata, July 18 (IANS) JSW Steel, which is working on doubling capacity at its unit in Maharashtra's Dolvi to 10 million tonnes per annum at an estimated cost of Rs 15,000 crore, is expecting to complete the expansion project by end 2019, an official said here Wednesday. The facility at Dolvi is undergoing an expansion. One full unit with a capacity of five million tonnes per annum is b...

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All about emotions at India's 1st transgender poets' meet

Kolkata, July 18 (IANS) Poignant pieces of verse kept the audience in a thrall as Kolkata organised the country's first 'Transgender Poets' Meet' here. Eight transgender poets and writers from West Bengal participated in Tuesday's event, organised by Sahitya Akademi, the country's national academy of letters under the Union Culture Ministry. Ekti Patar Mrityu (Death of a leaf) by...

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