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Tata Power to raise total generation capacity by 850 MW

Tata-PowerNew Delhi, April 3 : Leading generator and distributor Tata Power Thursday said it is executing projects that would increase the company’s overall generation capacity by nearly 850 MW.

"Tata Power is in the process of executing a number of power plant projects which, upon completion, are expected to increase the company’s overall generation capacity by 849.2 MW," it said in a statement.


Bharti Airtel is now Nigeria's second largest telecom operator

Bharti-AirtelNew Delhi, April 3 : Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel has become the second largest operator in Nigeria in terms of customer numbers, according to Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the market regulator.

“It is a clear indication of the trust that a growing sector of the population have started to have in us. Nigeria continues to be a very competitive telecom market and our intention is to ensure that we continue to innovate and make life easier for our customers,” Christian de Faria, Airtel Africa's chief executive officer, said in a statement.


Anand Sharma urges people not to waste their votes on any other political party

Anand SharmaNew Delhi, Apr 3 : Senior Congress leader and Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has urged people not to waste their votes on political party that is not beneficial to the country.

"Make sure that this time your votes do not get wasted. Those votes, which will not come in our favour, will strengthen some other party which will not be beneficial for the country," said Sharma.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar has asserted that governance under leadership of Narendra Modi can put an end to misrule of Congress party.


Kejriwal faces protests during road show in capital

KejriwaNew Delhi, Apr 2 : Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday faced protests during his road show aimed at reviving the shrinking base among the common man and to consolidate his Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) position in the upcoming general elections.

Protesters wore black bandanas and shouted anti-AAP and Kejriwal slogans. People said that Kejriwal has betrayed and broken trust of Delhi residents.

"We are against him. He is an escapist. He betrayed us. We gave him votes and he backstabbed us by running away," said an irked protester.


Miss India 2014 crowns unveiled in Mumbai

Miss-India-2014-crownsNew Delhi, April 2 : The crowns for 2014's Miss India pageant were recently unveiled in Mumbai.

Miss India World 2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon , Miss India Earth 2013 Sobhita Dhulipala and Miss India 2013 2nd runner-up Zoya Afroz revealed this year's crown, which has been inspired by Waves of ocean.

The Grand Finale of the fbb Femina Miss India Pageant 2014 will be held on 5th April. (ANI)


SpiceJet launches Re.1 promotional airfare scheme

SpiceJet-AirlineNew Delhi, April 1 : Budget carrier SpiceJet Tuesday launched another promotional fare scheme offering fares starting at Re. 1 excluding taxes, for travel starting July 1 onwards.

According to the airline, the promotional scheme has been launched to introduce the low cost carrier's (LCC) new network of flights which came into effect from March 30.

The new plan comes after SpiceJet launched three discount scheme that led other airlines to offer similar promotional fares. The airline said that under its new fare scheme tickets can be booked April 1-3 for the travel period starting July 1 onwards.


Shailene Woodley wants people to learn lesson from 'Divergent'

Shailene-WoodleyNew Delhi, April 1 : Shailene Woodley has revealed that she wants people to learn a lesson from her upcoming film ' Divergent'.

The 23-year-old actress said that the film is a good platform for people to peep into their actions and understand how they are being reflected on the society, Universal Pictures India reported.

The film, which is directed by Neil Burger, stars Theo James and Kate Winslet along with Woodley and is set to release on 11th April. (ANI)


Most Indians rooting for change, Modi: US survey

narendra-modiNew Delhi, April 1 : The Indian mood is "sour" as 70 percent of the people are dissatisfied and are rooting for a change in political leadership, a prominent US-based research group said Tuesday.

The study also found that 78 percent of its respondents favoured BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as compared to the 50 percent who were supportive of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.


Tata Power names Ramesh Subramanyam as CFO

Tata-PowerNew Delhi, April 1 : Leading power generator and distributor Tata Power Tuesday announced that Ramesh N. Subramanyam has been appointed the company's chief financial officer.

"This is consequent to the superannuation of S. Ramakrishnan, Executive Director (Finance), on February 28," Tata Power said in a statement.

Subramanyam, who was CFO and company secretary of Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd., the Tata Power subsidiary operating the 4,000 MW ultra mega power project at Mundra, Gujarat, took charge as CFO on Monday. He joined the company in 2007. (IANS)


Maruti Suzuki's 2013-14 sales decline 1.4 percent

Maruti-SuzukiNew Delhi, April 1 : Automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki Tuesday reported a decline of 1.4 percent in its total sales for 2013-14 at 1,155,041 units from 1,171,434 units sold in the previous fiscal.

According to the company, domestic sales during the year ended March 31, 2014, marginally grew at 0.3 percent at 1,053,689 units from 1,051,046 units in 2012-13.

Exports during the period under review fell by 15.8 percent at 101,352 units from 120,388 units shipped out in 2012-13.


Kejriwal campaigns in AAP hub Delhi

arvind-kejriwalNew Delhi, April 1 : AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday began a week-long campaign for the Lok Sabha election in the capital, attacking both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and BJP star Narendra Modi.

The former Delhi chief minister also said while campaigning in Chandni Chowk constituency that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wanted early assembly polls in Delhi.

Asked why Modi had branded him "a Pakistani agent" and an "AK-49", Kejriwal shot back: "Why doesn't Modi talk about issues I have raised instead of calling me a Pakistani agent?


RBI keeps key policy rates unchanged

RBI keeps key policy rates unchangedNew Delhi, April 1 - The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left key interest rates unchanged in its first bi-monthly monetary policy review Tuesday.

The repo rate or the interest that banks pay when they borrow money from the RBI to meet their short-term fund requirements, is left unchanged at 8 percent, while the reverse repo rate, or the interest that the RBI pays to commercial banks when they park their surplus short-term funds with the central bank, is adjusted to 7 percent. (IANS)


Smriti Irani to contest against Rahul Gandhi

Smriti Irani to contest against Rahul GandhiNew Delhi, April 1 - Actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani will be the BJP's candidate against Rahul Gandhi and apex court lawyer Ajay Aggarwal against Sonia Gandhi, the party announced Monday.

Irani will face the Congress vice president in Amethi constituency of Uttar Pradesh and Aggarwal will taken on Congress president in Rae Bareli in the Lok Sabha election.

The decisions were taken by Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) central election committee in a meeting late Monday.

The party also announced candidates for some seats in Tamil Nadu.


Jindal Power starts second 600 MW unit of Chhattisgarh plant

Jindal-Steel-PowerNew Delhi, March 31 : Jindal Power Ltd, a subsidiary of Jindal Steel & Power, has commenced production at the second 600 MW unit of the Tamnar power project at Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, JSPL said Monday.

“With the commissioning of this plant, the total capacity of Jindal Power Ltd has now reached 2,200 MW,” JSPL said in a statement here.

The third unit of the 4X600 MW project is ready for synchronisation, while the fourth unit should be commissioned by October, the statement added.


Indian economy more stable; deficits will come down: Chidambaram

P-ChidambaramNew Delhi, March 31 : Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Monday said the Indian economy is more stable than it was 20 months back and the government is hopeful of meeting major macro-economic targets, including fiscal and current account deficits.

“The economy today is far more stable and far stronger than it was 20 months ago,” Chidambaram said at a media conference here.

“Nobody is talking about downgrades today,” he stressed.

He said the country's current account deficit is estimated to come down to $35 billion in the 2013-14 financial year from a record high of $88 billion in the previous year.


President presents Padma awards

Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi, March 31 : President Pranab Mukherjee Monday presented the prestigious civilian awards, the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri at a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

India's second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan was presented to scientist Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, while actor Kamal Haasan and former badminton player Pullela Gopichand were among the 12 who received the Padma Bhushan awards.

A total of 53 Padma Shri awards were presented by the president and the awardees included actor Vidya Balan and fashion designer Wendell Rodricks.


Congress will join any 'secular party' to avoid BJP at Centre, says Antony

AK AntonyKasargod (Kerala)/New Delhi, Mar 31 : Senior Congress leader and Defence Minister A K Antony has hinted at the possibility of the formation of a fresh secular front to keep the BJP out of power.

"This time we will get a better number in the Parliament, still we may not be able to form a government, but to avoid a disaster, any party who are contesting against Congress and UPA and are ready to share or join us on secularism grounds we will join hands to avoid the disaster," Antony said while addressing a rally here yesterday.


Jaswant Singh expelled from BJP

Jaswant SinghNew Delhi, March 30 - Veteran leader Jaswant Singh was Saturday expelled from the BJP after he refused to withdraw his nomination as an independent from Rajasthan's Barmer parliamentary constituency, party sources said Saturday.

He has been expelled for six years.

Singh was upset over ex-Congress leader Sona Ram Choudhary being given the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket from Barmer, his home turf, and filed his nomination as an independent Monday, daring the party to sack him. "I will not say goodbye till the party says goodbye," he said.


Rajiv Gandhi was the architect of resurgent India

Rajiv GandhiNew delhi, Mar 29 : It was my good fortune to be the spokesman of the Government of India during the prime ministership of Rajiv Gandhi. He was known to have ushered India into the 21st Century.

I was a witness to the circumstances under which he was chosen as the prime minister of India following the assassination of his mother, Indira Gandhi, on October 31, 1984.

The firmness with which he took decisions in a turbulent India as soon as he assumed office surprised many, and he was able to bring an explosive situation under control in a matter of days.


Rita Bahuguna Joshi defends party candidate Masood

Rita-BahugunNew Delhi, March 29 : Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi Saturday defended party member Imran Masood, arrested earlier in the day for threatening BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, and said removing him won't be a "wise" decision.

"I don't think it is wise to replace a candidate seven days before the election," said the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president.

Masood, whom the Congress has fielded from the Saharanpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested for his hate speech targeting Narendra Modi.


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