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Aircel-Maxis case: Chidambaram approved investment beyond his mandate, says CBI

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The CBI listed on Thursday former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram as an accused in the Aircel-Maxis case, alleging that he had power to approve foreign investments only up to Rs 600 crore but he cleared Rs 3,200-crore investment without referring the matter to CCEA. The revelation was made in the charge-sheet the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed in a ...

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IITs to jointly scout for faculty: Javadekar

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The IITs have been asked to collectively bargain for faculty hiring from Indians abroad to abridge the teachers' shortage, Parliament was told on Thursday. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on what the government is doing to overcome shortage of faculty, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedekar said that his ministry has asked the IITs to is...

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Andhra government partners with EY on new digital initiative

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) In partnership with global consultancy firm EY, the Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday launched the ePragati Core Platform, a new initiative to accelerate the digital transformation journey in the state. This initiative will help connect the citizen to 34 departments, 336 autonomous organisations and to over 745 services, EY, also known as Ernst & Young, ...

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7 arrested in Malaysia for suspected IS links

Bangkok, July 19 (IANS) Police in Malaysia have arrested seven people for alleged links with the Islamic State (IS) terror organisation, including a man who threatened to assassinate the Malaysian King and the Prime Minister, police said on Thursday. Four Malaysians, including one woman, and three Indonesians were arrested during operations between March 12 and March 17, Efe news quoted ...

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ED names former IAF chief among 34 in AgustaWestland charge sheet

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday filed a supplementary charge sheet in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal against 34 individuals and foreign and Indian companies including former IAF chief S.P. Tyagi, his two cousins, advocate Gautam Khaitan and Italians Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke. While filing the charge sheet before special ju...

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Bangladesh appoint McKenzie as batting consultant

Dhaka, July 18 (IANS) Former South Africa international Neil McKenzie was appointed the Bangladesh batting consultant until next year's ICC World Cup in England and Wales, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced on Wednesday. McKenzie was earlier scheduled to join the team on July 7 but according to BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury, he will now team up with the squad in the ...

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Never felt competition, insecurity with my contemporaries: Sukhwinder Singh

Mumbai, July 17 (IANS) Singer Sukhwinder Singh says he never intends to compete with other playback singers and he has few lifetime friends from the film industry. I have never felt any competition and insecurity with my contemporaries. I always intend to work on my singing, my practice and my voice. It takes so much energy and I feel connected to myself and the Almighty that I really do...

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Agusta case: Indian authorities fail to produce evidence against Michel in UAE court

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) In a setback to efforts to extradite British national Christian Michel James -- one of the alleged middlemen in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case -- Indian authorities failed to produce any evidence before the UAE courts within the stipulated time, according to the lawyer of the accused. The Indian government was supposed to produce eviden...

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Dolphin population declines in India's only dolphin sanctuary

Bhagalpur, July 17 (Thirdpole/IANS) The population of the endangered Gangetic river dolphin has declined at the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary (VGDS) here, Indi's only sanctuary for its national aquatic animal. A survey conducted in December 2017 by Vikramshila Biodiversity Research and Education Centre (VBREC) -- in partnership with researchers from Ashoka Trust for Research on ...

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India invites investments from Omani companies

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Indian government on Monday invited Omani companies to invest in India and benefit from Make in India programme aimed to encourage manufacturing, an official statement said. The invitation was made by Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu during the 8th India-Oman Joint Commission meeting in Muscat, where he highlighted several steps taken by the government to pro...

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Croatia showed that small nations can dream big, says coach Dalic

Moscow, July 16 (IANS) Croatia chief coach Zlatko Dalic said his side's appearance in the World Cup final should provide inspiration to other small national teams striving for international football success. With a population of around 4.5 million, Croatia became the smallest European nation to reach the World Cup final in the 88-year history of the competition. But their thrilli...

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Evocative artworks on display at Jor Bagh metro station

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Through evocative art works, poetry and prose, an ongoing exhibition at the Jor Bagh metro station decodes and amplifies actions that slowly tear and restructure the fabric of our cities. Death of Architecture, is a part of Habitat Photosphere, India Habitat Centre's year-long photography festival on sustainable development curated by Alka Pande. The ex...

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After SC order, officers' mindset has changed: Delhi minister

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Ten days after the Supreme Court clipped the powers of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam says peoples perception about the Delhi government has changed. Aam Aadmi Party's MLAs and ministers are feeling more confident, he told IANS. The Supreme Court has said the Lt. Governor is bound to act on the aid and advice...

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Rosatom starts work on unit 2 of Bangladesh n-project

Dhaka, July 14 (IANS) The first concrete ceremony marking the beginning of main construction of the second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Project (RNPP) in Bangladesh took place on Saturday at Rooppur, Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom said in a statement. Rosatom, who are the equipment suppliers and consultants for the India's Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil N...

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Equity indices surged over 2% this week; Sensex touched new high

Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Supportive global cues and a healthy start to the earnings season lifted the key Indian equity indices over 2 per cent in the week ended Friday, with the BSE Sensex setting fresh benchmarks and the NSE Nifty50 closing over the 11,000-mark. On Thursday, the barometer 30-scrip Sensex touched a record high of 36,699.53 points, only to surpass the level the very next d...

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Probe demanded into foreign health NGOs in India

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Raising a red flag against foreign NGOs including Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) on Friday demanded central and state governments to review their work for conflict of interest in India's health sector. Review working of international NGOs like BMGF and Global Health Strategies (GHS) for conflict of intere...

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PM to visit Uttar Pradesh to unveil various projects

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Varanasi, Azamgarh and Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday and Sunday where he will unveil and lay the foundation stone of various projects. In Varanasi on Saturday, the Prime Minister will dedicate and lay the foundation stone of important projects, cumulatively worth over Rs 900 crore. Among the projects to ...

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Urban observatories: A kaleidoscope for cities

The Karnataka government annually organises the Bengaluru Innovation Challenge, covering diverse subjects. One such recent challenge focused on solving Bengalurus traffic congestion and water-scarcity problems. Congested roads, leading to hours of delay, is a symptom of a problem on multiple fronts. These include inadequate infrastructure planning as well as the behavioural aspect of com...

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RIL's market-cap re-enters $100-bn mark; shares hit 52 week high

Mumbai, July 12 (IANS) Supported by a surge in share prices, stocks of Reliance Industries hit $100-billion market capitalisation (m-cap) mark on Thursday, for the second time after first reaching the landmark level on October 18, 2007. At closing, the company's m-cap stood at Rs 685,725.09 crore or $99.98 billion. The share price of the company on the BSE Sensex surged to a 52-w...

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Sensex hits record high, Nifty trades over 11,000 mark

Mumbai, July 12 (IANS) The benchmark BSE Sensex touched an all-time high of 36,699.53 points on Thursday, tracking gains in the Asian markets. The previous record level of the Sensex was of 36,443.9 points on January 29, 2018. In line with its bullish trend, the wider Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded over the 11,000 mark during the day. In the Asian markets,...

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