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  • Government to keep up pace on reforms: Arun Jaitley 3 days ago

    Davos: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley assured that the government will keep up pace on reforms but said he doesn't want to build expectations in the run up to the Budget. "I am not building up the expectations but yes we are going to keep up the pace. I have already...
  • Mango exports may jump up to 50 pc next fiscal, says Agriculture Minister 4 days ago

    New Delhi: India's mango exports are expected to rise by 40-50 per cent next fiscal following lifting of ban on import by the European Union, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Wednesday. "The lifting of ban by the European Union will boost mango exports. The country's overall exports are...
  • Modi government to present its second Union Budget on February 28 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will present its second General Budget on February 28 while the Economic Survey will be out a day earlier on February 27. The Railway Budget will be unveiled on February 26, four days after the start of Parliament's Budget Session. The session will start...
  • Obama calls on US Congress to authorise force against Islamic State 4 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on the US Congress to pass a new authorisation of force against the Islamic State terror group and to not rush into new sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program. Obama said a US led coalition of countries is stopping the advance of...
  • European Union lifts ban on import of Indian mangoes 5 days ago

    London: The European Union on Tuesday decided to lift a ban on the import of mangoes from India after it made significant improvements in plant health controls and certification system, clearing the way for them to return to the 28-member bloc by March. However, the prohibition on the import of...
  • Customs duty may be reimposed in Budget 2015-16: Sources 6 days ago

    New Delhi: In an upsetting news for consumers, the government is likely to reimpose customs duty at 2.25 per cent in the Union Budget 2015-16. The move will effectively reduce the impact of falling international crude prices. According to sources, more excise hike on fuel has also not been ruled...
  • EMIs to fall as banks ready to cut interest rates after RBI's surpise move January 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Soon your EMIs are going to come down with several banks going ahead with a reduction in their interest rates after the Reserve Bank of India itself cut rates in a surprise inter-meeting move on Thursday. United Bank of India on Thursday said it would cut its base rate...
  • About 5000 European Union nationals in Islamic State ranks, says Europol January 14, 2015

    London: Up to 5,000 European Union citizens have joined Islamic State ranks, the head of European police agency Europol told British lawmakers on Wednesday. "We're talking about 3,000, 5,000 EU nationals," Rob Wainwright told a parliamentary committee when asked how many foreign fighters had left from Europe. "We're dealing with a large...
  • Union opposes FDI in Railways, threatens indefinite strike January 10, 2015

    Nagpur: The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) has vehemently opposed the Centre's proposal for FDI in Railways and threatened to go on indefinite strike in June this year. According to NFIR General Secretary M Raghaviah, there is no need for FDI in Railways. "Government's move to slowly hand over the...
  • To live up to 4.1 per cent fiscal deficit target for financial year 2015: Arun Jaitley January 10, 2015

    At CNBC-TV18's 10th IBLA (India Business Leadership Awards) Finance Minster, Arun Jaitely spoke about his government's outlook for India in terms of growth, policy initiatives, reforms. During the discussion, Finance Minister said the government intends to live up to 4.1% FY15 fiscal deficit target. ...
  • Coal strike: Over 75 per cent output hit; Piyush Goyal meets union workers to find solution January 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Over 75 per cent of India's daily coal output has been hit as the five-day strike by workers of state-run miners entered the second day on Wednesday, raising fears of disruption in power supplies. Coal Minister Piyush Goyal met coal union leaders to resolve...
  • Australian brewery apologises but continues to sell Ganesh-Lakshmi beer label January 7, 2015

    Despite apologising and promising to re-design their bottles and packaging and removing the objectionable images from the website in 2013, Brookvale (New South Wales, Australia) based 'Brookvale Union' brewery's ginger beer is still carrying juxtaposed images of Hindu deities Ganesh and Lakshmi; upsetting Hindus worldwide again. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who...
  • 5-day strike to protest against disinvestment, restructuring of Coal India begins today January 6, 2015

    Kolkata/New Delhi: Trade unions on Tuesday began a five-day coal industry strike, terming it as the biggest industrial action for any sector since 1977. The unions have gone on strike to protest against 'disinvestment and restructuring of state-run Coal India' and to press for their other demands including the roll-back of...
  • Spend budgetary allocations evenly: PM Modi to ministries January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked his Council of Ministers to ensure that the budgetary allocations for the respective ministries are spent evenly throughout the year and denounced the practice of utilising funds at the fag end of the financial year. A month before the beginning of the...
  • PM Modi to meet entire council of ministers on Monday, will share idea, vision January 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his entire council of ministers on Monday where he will share his idea and vision. He will also assess the performance of ministers and listen to their problems. Modi will enjoy high tea with his council of ministers at 5 PM. The Prime Minister...
  • All new national highways to be made of concrete: Nitin Gadkari January 1, 2015

    Mumbai: Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said all new road projects of the Centre will use concrete. "All the new roads which we will be constructing will be of concrete," Gadkari told reporters. Against the prevalent rate of Rs 350 per bag of cement, Gadkari said the Ministry had found a...
  • E-toll system to save Rs 88,000 crore, cut waiting time: Nitin Gadkari January 1, 2015

    Mumbai: The electronic toll (e-toll) collection system introduced in the country will help save Rs 88,000 crore and cut waiting time at toll plazas significantly, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday. Citing a Transport Corporation of India-IIM Kolkata study that said Rs 60,000 crore was lost on...
  • Film fraternity urges Tamil Nadu government to erect a statue in memory of late filmmaker K Balachander December 31, 2014

    Chennai: The members of the Tamil Nadu Film Directors Union (TANTIS) have urged Tamil Nadu government to erect a statue in memory of legendary filmmaker K. Balachander, who passed away here last week. "Balachander sir deserves to be remembered for many generations. We were moved to see how many people showed...
  • Bodo community continues to fight for a separate identity in Assam's conflict zone December 29, 2014

    Guwahati: Assam is relatively calm with no fresh reports of violence but with thousands remaining in relief camps. They say they wont go back home until they get police protection. Sections of Adivasis and Bodos, two ends of the political spectrum fled from their villages to take shelter in these...
  • Cabinet nod for Rs 5 lakh compensation to 1984 riot victims December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: A proposal to give Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, triggered after assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has been approved by the government on Wednesday night. The decision has been taken by the Union Cabinet at a meeting...
  • Makers of 'Shandaar' have cleared dues: Workers union December 10, 2014

    Mumbai: The makers of upcoming movie 'Shandaar', which stars Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, have cleared the dues of the workers associated with the film, said the workers union General Secretary Gangeshwar Shrivastav. Director Vikas Bahl's 'Shandaar' shooting was put on hold after the members of The Film Studio Setting and...
  • Bhopal gas tragedy: What former Bhopal SP Swaraj Puri saw at the Union Carbide plant December 9, 2014

    Bhopal: Swaraj Puri was the Bhopal Superintendent of Police when the deadly Methyl IsoCyanate gas leaked from the Union Carbide factory in the middle of the night of December 2, 1984. Puri has faced criticism for safely escorting the then the Union Carbide Corporation chairman and CEO Warren Anderson to...
  • Bhopal gas tragedy: How it happened December 8, 2014

    Bhopal: Thirty years after the catastrophic leak of lethal Methyl Isocyanate from the Carbide plant in Bhopal, T R Chouhan who was the Chemical Plant Operator and in charge of storage tank 610 till November 25, 1984, returns to its crumbling remains to tell us how India's worst industrial disaster...
  • Bhopal gas tragedy: The man who tried to expose Union Carbide and the warnings that were ignored December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Journalist Rajkumar Keswani shot into fame in the aftermath of the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984. His passionate stories in 1982, warning of the disaster waiting to happen were ignored. Keswani was so convinced about the threat the pesticide plant of UCIL posed to Bhopal that he wrote...
  • Watch: Photographer Raghu Rai recounts the horror of the Bhopal gas tragedy December 3, 2014

    Acclaimed photographer Raghu Rai recounts the horror 30 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy left over 10000 dead and crippled for generations to come. "The burial of an unknown child became an iconic image as a symbol of Bhopal Gas tragedy," said Raghu Rai. ...
  • Behind the scenes of 'Bhopal: A prayer for rain' December 3, 2014

    Ravi Kumar directed Bhopal: 'A prayer for rain' talks about the biggest disaster in human history that claimed 10,000 innocent lives within a few hours. It is after 30 years that a film tells us the truth of that fateful night of December 3, 1984. ...
  • Reliving the Bhopal gas tragedy: Disaster that could have been averted December 3, 2014

    The Bhopal tragedy was a disaster in the making as several warnings were ignored. The carbide plant at Bhopal was inferior in design to the one at Virginia and local administration had no information about the nature of the toxic gas that had leaked. ...
  • Sri Lanka welcomes EU decision to appeal against LTTE delisting December 3, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka welcomed the EU decision to appeal against the LTTE's delisting as a terrorist entity by a European court. "The action taken by the Council of the European Union (EU) demonstrates commitment for the fight against terrorism at a time when this threat is increasingly posing a significant...
  • 30 years of Bhopal gas tragedy: Gas Devi and Zahar Lal still question us, seek justice December 2, 2014

    The gory night of December 2-3, 1984 still haunt the memories of a poor inhabitant of Oriya Basti, a slum area unfortunate to have been very close to infamous Union Carbide plant in Bhopal. Although 30 years have passed but it seems as if it was just yesterday that the...
  • Former Union Minister AR Antulay passes away at 85 December 2, 2014

    Mumbai: Senior Congress leader A R Antulay passed away in Mumbai on Tuesday after a prolonged illness. He was 85. Antulay, who was former Maharashtra chief minister and a minister in UPA-I government, was suffering from kidney ailment. He breathed his last at the Breach Candy hospital where he was admitted...