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Railway budget a reflection of NDA Government's 'noble' motives: PM Modi

Railway budget a reflection of NDA Government's 'noble' motives: PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the railway budget presented by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was indicative of his government's noble endeavor with respect to the needs of the common man, and added that the proposal is aimed at benefitting the poorest of the poor in the country.

"The railway budget, in the past, had focused on how many coaches would be added, how many coaches would have air-conditioning and how many trains would be added to the existing network. For the first time, we have a railway budget targeting Rs eight lakh crores without raising passenger fares. This is a reflection of the government's noble and accomplished motive," Prime Minister Modi said.

Bedi lauds Jaitley's defense on Land Acquisition Ordinance

Bedi lauds Jaitley's defense on Land Acquisition Ordinance

New Delhi, Feb 26 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi on Thursday showered praise on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his defense of the government's proposed Land Acquisition Ordinance, saying it will make one realise the falsehood been spread on the issue.

"Outstanding defense of Land Acquisition Ordinance in RSabha by @ arunjaitley Pl hear it. Will realise how much falsehood been spread. Tragic!" she tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Jaitley defended the government's proposed Land Acquisition Ordinance and accused the Congress of creating an environment in which the words 'infrastructure and industry' become 'bad words'.

Railway Budget: All North-East states to be connected to Delhi, says Prabhu

Railway Budget: All North-East states to be connected to Delhi, says Prabhu

New Delhi, Feb 26 : Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said that his ministry has a 'comprehensive' plan for the North-East, adding that all state capitals in the region will soon be connected to Delhi.

"We have a very comprehensive plan for the North-East, and we have already decided to connect all state capitals of the region with Delhi. We are making a huge investment; the Prime Minister has visited the region many times and even I have gone with him," Prabhu said at a press conference in the national capital.

"The North East is considered as a special project state so the money for that is also available from multiple sources," he added.

115 fresh cases of swine flu in Delhi

115 fresh cases of swine flu in Delhi

New Delhi: The national capital today reported 115 fresh cases of swine flu, taking the total number of cases so far this year to 2,571.

According to the health department of Delhi government on Wednesday, 594 tests were carried out, of which 115 were tested positive.

No deaths were reported on Wednesday.

On Friday, three people, including a 23-year-old pregnant woman, died of swine flu in the national capital, taking the number of deaths due to H1N1 influenza virus to nine.

The woman, a resident of east Delhi's Krishna Nagar, was admitted to Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash (LNJP) Hospital on February 5 and succumbed to the disease on February 12.

Budget Session: Farmers for more funds, adequate security to crops

Budget Session: Farmers for more funds, adequate security to crops

New Delhi, Feb 25 : Farmers of the country are hopeful of getting more funds and adequate insurance for their crops in the upcoming Budget to be presented to Parliament.

The farmers in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir said that the successive governments have taken some policy decisions to improve the farm output but the benefits have failed to trickle down at the lower level.

"I want to appeal to the federal government that this time they should focus on farmers while preparing the budget. It should cover the insurance of the farmers and their families. It should also include risk coverage for the farmers because farmers suffer badly due to weather," said Sidhu Lal, a farmer.

Samsung leads Indian tablet market in 2014, but losing grip: CMR

Samsung leads Indian tablet market in 2014, but losing grip: CMR

New Delhi: Samsung is still the leader in Indian tablet market with 19.2 per cent share in 2014, but the Korean electronics giant's grip on the segment is slipping, CyberMedia Research (CMR) said on Wednesday.

Overall, the tablet market in India fell by 9.2 per cent to 3.89 million units shipped in 2014 as compared to 2013, it said in a statement.

Of this, 1.93 million were 3G tablets, representing 49.7 per cent of the total shipments and the segment grew at 43.5 per cent as compared to 2013, it added.

"Samsung maintains lead with 19.2 per cent of the total shipments, but shows a decline in market share. Datawind and Micromax emerge at second and third spots, respectively," CMR said.

Besides, mainstream IT vendors like Lenovo, HP and Dell made significant inroads, it added.

Sebi has advised bourses to keep vigil on companies: Minister

Sebi has advised bourses to keep vigil on companies: Minister

New Delhi: Market regulator Sebi has advised exchanges to keep a 'constant and strict vigil' on companies as it has found many firms to be misusing the stock exchange platform for tax evasion, Parliament was informed Tuesday.

Besides, 83 entities have come under the scanner of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) during current fiscal for raising funds from public through illicit schemes.

Sebi, which has conducted preliminary inquiries, has prima-facie observed that companies acting in concert with each other have misused the stock exchange system to generate fictitious long-term capital gains tax, which is tax exempt.

These companies have indulged in these activities to evade tax.

Reform policies to determine India's credit profile: Moody's

Reform policies to determine India's credit profile: Moody's

New Delhi: Reform measures undertaken by the government to accelerate growth and address fiscal and supply side constraints will determine India's sovereign credit profile, rating agency Moody's said today.

The declining inflation also calls for a policy rate cut to boost investments, it added.

"... Fiscal and structural reform policies will determine the extent to which accelerating growth will buttress the sovereign credit profile," it said in a report titled 'GDP Revisions Underscore Economic Strength, But Are Credit Neutral'.

In 2015, benign global oil prices are likely to keep India's inflation and current account pressures in check, the report said, adding "this could allow for more accommodative monetary policy which, in turn, would revive investment growth".

States should use extra funds to develop productive assets: Jaitley

States should use extra funds to develop productive assets: Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 24 : Stressing that states play an important role in the national economy, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that the 14th Finance Commission has increased the share of states in the divisible pool from 32 percent to 42 percent.

"If the Chief Ministers of states are being empowered with additional resources, then we have every reason to believe that this money will be well spent. The money will be well spent on poverty, infrastructure and therefore every spending within the territory of India, whether by the central or the state government is going to add to the growth process," Jaitley told the media.

Govt to take call on green nod to hydro-power projects this week

Govt to take call on green nod to hydro-power projects this week

New Delhi - The Environment Ministry is likely to take a call this week on giving a green clearance to Jindal Power Ltd for setting up 3,097 mega watt hydro electric project in Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh.

It is also expected to decide on granting green nod to two major irrigation projects - the Lower Penganga Inter-state Irrigation project in Maharashtra and construction of flood carrier canal project in Tamil Nadu.

These three proposals are listed for environmental clearances before the 82nd meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Environment Ministry, which is scheduled to be held on February 26-27, sources said.

Bahrain Foreign Minister calls on PM Modi

Bahrain Foreign Minister calls on PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 23 : Bahrain Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa on Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the national capital.

The two leaders shook hands and exchanged pleasantries before discussing matters of mutual concern to both nations.

A release by the Prime Minister's Office stated that the visiting dignitary expressed the deep 'emotional bonds of friendship' that exists between Bahrain and India, reiterating his nation's commitment towards deepening bilateral relations, especially in the fields of defence, security, counter- terrorism and trade and investment sectors.

Inflation at record low due to decisive measures: President

Inflation at record low due to decisive measures: President

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee today said inflation has fallen to a record low due to a number of decisive steps taken by the government and the economy is again on a high growth trajectory.

Delivering his address to the joint sitting of Parliament, whose budget session commenced today, he said, "Inflation and food inflation, in particular, are at a record low due to a number of decisive measures taken by the government."

Wholesale inflation turned negative for the second time in three months as fall in petroleum and food prices dragged it to a five-and-a-half year low of (-) 0.39 per cent in January.

The overall food inflation was at eight per cent.

Gujarat: Swine flu toll reaches close to 200

Gujarat: Swine flu toll reaches close to 200

New Delhi, Feb. 22 - Swine flu has claimed 11 more lives in Gujarat, taking the total death toll in the state to 197 since January this year.

In Surat and Vadodara , three deaths were reported; while two deaths each were reported from Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar. One person also reportedly died in Sabarkantha district.

In view of the swine flu rush, the central government last week had placed an order to increase the national stock of diagnostic kits to test for the virus.

Authorities are also procuring additional masks and doses of the anti-viral drug Oseltamivir.

Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. Symptoms for swine flu include high fever, headache, muscle pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain and internal and external bleeding. (ANI)

Consistent SSP Chowrasia takes two-stroke lead at India Open

Siddikur Rahman

New Delhi : A late bogey was the only blemish in SSP Chowrasia's card as the Indian golfer turned in a sedate two-under 69 on the third day to jump to a two-stroke lead over defending champion Siddikur Rahman after the penultimate round of the Hero Indian Open, here on Saturday.

Two-time European tour winner, Chawrasia picked up birdies at the first, second and 13th holes before dropping a shot for the first time in last three days at the 17th hole at the tricky Delhi Golf Course to take his total to 12-under
201.

Australia's Marcus Frasar fired a flawless four-under 67 to lie at the third position with a total of seven-under 206.

Virat Kohli 2nd most followed Indian sportsperson on FB, crosses 20m

Virat Kohli 2nd most followed Indian sportsperson on FB, crosses 20m

New Delhi: Star batsman Virat Kohli on Friday became the second most followed Indian sportsperson on 'Facebook' behind iconic Sachin Tendulkar as he crossed the 20-million mark, the social networking site said.

26-year-old Kohli, the first Indian batsman to score a century against arch-rivals Pakistan in a World Cup match in the 76-run victory on February 15, currently has 20,002,000 followers on Facebook. He is the second Indian sportsperson to cross 20 million benchmark behind Tendulkar who currently has 24,775,138 followers.

Globally, Kohli is listed at 20th position, while Tendulkar occupies 13th spot in the list of sportspersons who have maximum followers on Facebook.

ICC World Cup 2015: Jonty Rhodes predicts South African win against India

ICC World Cup 2015: Jonty Rhodes predicts South African win against India

New Delhi: India might have begun their World Cup campaign with a morale-boosting win over Pakistan but former Protea batsman Jonty Rhodes feels that South Africa are a better all-round side and tipped them to win their high-profile clash against the defending champions in Melbourne on Sunday.

Jonty said despite a strong performance by India in their comprehensive win over arch-rivals Pakistan, South Africa's strong batting, lethal bowling attack and all-round fielding capabilities would give the Proteas the edge.

Swine flu death toll at 703; cases cross 11,000 mark

Swine flu death toll at 703; cases cross 11,000 mark

New Delhi: Forty more deaths due to contagious swine flu were reported in the country taking the toll to 703 as the virus continued to spread its tentacles to new states, including Mizoram, with the number of cases crossing the
11,000 mark Thursday.

This prompted Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth to chair a high-level meeting during which he asked the states to ensure setting up of necessary helplines and round-the-clock functioning of outbreak monitoring cells.

Those infected with H1N1 virus are 11071, a new high in recent years, with number of cases showing increase in states Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi and Telangana.

Petroleum Ministry leaked documents: Reliance Industries man among five arrested

Reliance

New Delhi: In a possible case of corporate espionage, the Delhi Police have detained two Petroleum Ministry employees and three others for allegedly leaking confidential government documents.

As per reports, the Delhi Police carried out raids at Shastri Bhavan and nabbed the two - one a peon and the other is a clerk.

However, they are said to have had access to the offices of senior officials in the ministry. Of the the other three, one has claimed to be a journalist.

Media reports said that the detained men are being questioned and will be put under arrest. The reports added, the five have allegedly leaked official documents to business houses.

Swine flu: 'No need to panic', says Ajit Seth

Swine flu: 'No need to panic', says Ajit Seth

New Delhi, Feb 19 : Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given instructions to ensure sufficient medical supplies and necessary treatment to patients affected by the H1N1 virus , Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth on Thursday said there is no need to panic as there is sufficient stock of medicines for supply.

"There has been an increase in the cases on swine flu in the past few weeks and there have been a few deaths as well. However, the government is trying its best to tackle it. The whole situation has been reviewed. The Prime Minister has given instructions to ensure that medicines are available and that patients get the necessary treatment," said Seth.

I love wearing sunglasses, says Sonakshi Sinha

I love wearing sunglasses, says Sonakshi Sinha

New Delhi, Feb 19 : Sonakshi Sinha, who was recently announced as the brand ambassador of Foster Grant Eyewear in Mumbai, said that she loves wearing sunglasses.

"I think it's a very big style statement today. I personally love sun glasses. It's my favorite accessory. I can step out of my home without necklaces and all, but I can't step out without my sunglasses. So, I think it's very important and an integral part of the style statement today", the 27-year old actress said.

Wearing a pastel Amy Billmoria sheath, the 'Lootera' star attended a press meet announcing the launch of an eyewear brand.

Sinha was last seen in movie 'Tevar' along with actor Arjun Kapoor. (ANI)




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