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MPs' duty to ensure inclusive, transparent administration: Lok Sabha Speaker

Patna, Feb 18 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday said it was a crucial responsibility of the parliamentarians to ensure responsible, inclusive, participatory and transparent administration for development. Speaking at the conclusion of the 6th Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's (CPA) India Region, Mahajan emphasised on focusing on knowledge-building an...

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Reliance to launch 4th Industrial Revolution from Maharashtra: Mukesh Ambani

Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) In a bonanza for Maharashtra, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Sunday announced plans to launch the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' in the state with an investment of Rs 60,000 crore and collaboration of over 20 global conglomerates. He said that the initiative will take forward the flagship Jio Movement with the ambitious new plan for a New India and Ne...

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Rajnath meets J&K youngsters touring country

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday met a group of youngsters from Jammu and Kashmir who are currently on a nationwide tour, and urged them to take back the message of peace and unity to their militancy-hit state. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been organising 'Watan Ko Jano' tour to ensure the exposure of Jammu and Kashmir youngsters to cultural ...

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Parrikar may not attend Assembly session, panel to decide on curtailment

Panaji, Feb 18 (IANS) Hospitalised Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar may not attend the Assembly Budget Session beginning Monday, even as the Speaker said that a house panel will decide whether the session needs to be curtailed. Parrikar, who also holds the finance portfolio, is admitted in a Mumbai hospital for treatment of mild pancreatitis. South Goa MP and Bharatiya Janata ...

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Marilyn Manson abruptly ends show after meltdown

New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Singer Marilyn Manson, who was marking his return to the stage after four months due to an onstage injury, had to end his show due to meltdown. Manson resumed his Heaven Upside Down tour here on Thursday, performed The reflecting God, Deep six and This is the new s**t before things began to go south. He started telling the crowd to show him more love if they wante...

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Keep out PNB top management till fraud probe is completed: AIBEA

Chennai, Feb 18 (IANS) The Central government should remove the top management of the $1.8 billion fraud-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) till the probe is completed, demanded a top banking employees union leader. It is not known at up to what level the management of PNB is involved in the scam. However the bank management has shown haste in suspending 20 employees and transferring a Gener...

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Hamas blames Israel, US for escalating Gaza crisis

Gaza, Feb 18 (IANS) Hamas blamed on Sunday both the US and the Israeli administrations for Gaza's escalating humanitarian crisis. It also rejected the US claim of the Islamic group's responsibility, saying the US allegations are a green light for Israel to continue its aggression against our people. It accused Israel of continuing the policy of US administration that bears respon...

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CM presence in Goa Assembly session doubtful, panel to decide on curtailment

Panaji, Feb 18 (IANS) Hospitalised Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar may not attend the Assembly Budget Session beginning Monday, even as the Speaker said a house panel will decide whether the session needs to be curtailed. Parrikar, who also holds the finance portfolio, is admitted in a Mumbai hospital for treatment of mild pancreatitis. South Goa MP and Bharatiya Janata Party...

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Hilton celebrates b'day with family, Paris Jackson

New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Socialite Paris Hilton celebrated her 37th birthday at a party in Manhattan with family, including sister Nicky Hilton Rothschild and aunt Kyle Richards, and friends like Paris Jackson. Hilton posted photographs and videos from her bash, including a selfie of her and the 19-year-old model on Instagram, reports eonline.com. Paris and Paris, Hilton wrote.

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Parrikar's attendance at Goa budget session doubtful

Panaji, Feb 18 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar may not attend the budget session of the state legislative assembly which begins on Monday due to health reasons, an official said on Sunday. The development raises doubts about Parrikar's medical condition. Speaker Pramod Sawant told reporters on Sunday that a meeting of the assembly's business advisory committee had been...

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Aviation sector set to soar in India: PM

Raigad (Maharashtra), Feb 18 (IANS) Posting orders for over 900 aircraft during the past one year, the aviation sector in India is poised for a huge growth in the coming years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Sunday. Presently, there are a total of around 450 aircraft operating in the country, but that will be more than tripled with over 900 new aircraft to be deployed over the...

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PM lays foundation stone for new Mumbai airport, inaugurates port terminal

Raigad (Maharashtra), Feb 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the Rs 16,000-crore Navi Mumbai International Airport and inaugurated the country's largest container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, constructed at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore here. He performed the ground-breaking ceremony and the inauguration electronically in the presence of ...

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Afghan Army defuses 234 IEDs, landmines

Kabul, Feb 18 (IANS) Around 234 different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and landmines have been detected and defused over the last 24 hours, the Afghan Defence Ministry said on Sunday. Afghan National Army engineering teams and bomb disposal units launched operations to clear landmines in different provinces since early Saturday. They found and defused 234 different IEDs a...

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Make Pluto a planet again, 6-year-old girl urges NASA

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Six-year-old Cara O'Connor of Ireland, who dreams of becoming a NASA astronaut one day, wrote a letter to the space agency urging it to reclassify Pluto as a planet, The Washington Post reported this week. Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet in 2006 by the governing body of astronomy, the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The decis...

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GST good for logistics but GSTN glitches, compliance major issues: Ficci

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has had a positive impact on the logistics of businesses, while glitches in the GSTN portal, cumbersome procedures and cost of compliance remain major areas of concern, industry body Ficci said on Sunday, citing its survey in this regard. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) had cond...

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Get over yourself for Indian cinema's progress: KJo to filmmakers

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Filmmaker Karan Johar is bursting with pride as he is representing Indian cinema at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. He feels that to achieve a global impact and for Indian cinema to progress, fellow filmmakers need to go beyond themselves and focus on the industry. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in partnership with Confederation ...

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CII-IBA Q4 Financial Conditions Index up over 2016-17, falls below Q3

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) While the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-Indian Banks' Association (IBA) Financial Conditions Index for the current fourth quarter at 53.2 is showing an increase over the same period a year ago, it marks a fall over the previous quarter and there is also a decrease in the cost of funds index, CII said on Sunday. Launched in April 2015, the CII-IBA Financi...

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Humans would be 'pretty upbeat' to news of alien life: Study

New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Have you wondered how would people react if scientists ever detect alien life in the universe? Humans would be pretty upbeat and welcome the news, finds a study. Various studies have in the past speculated about how humans might respond to this kind of news, but until now, there has been almost no systematic empirical research. In a pilot study, scientists...

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Weighty reading: Books which provide physical exercise too

Someone once quipped that the universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle and devoted book readers know it too well. Any of the (sadly-diminishing) tribe would be familiar with responses of wonder over the fact that they manage to read even a modestly-long work in a day or two. Wonder what these amazed people would make of a book termed a doorstopper?

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PNB fraud: Assocham calls for privatising PSBs

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) In light of the massive Rs 11,300 crore ($1.8 billion) scam allegedly involving jeweller Nirav Modi that has hit state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), industry chamber Assocham said on Sunday that the government should surrender its majority control of banks, which should be allowed to function like private sector lenders. In a regulatory filing earlier this week...

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