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ONGC to pay Rs 8.7K cr subsidy as FinMin gives only Rs 5,085 cr

ONGC to pay Rs 8.7K cr subsidy as FinMin gives only Rs 5,085 cr

New Delhi: ONGC and other state-run explorers may have to pay about Rs 10,900 crore in fuel subsidy after Finance Ministry has agreed to provide only Rs 5,085 crore in cash subsidy for the December quarter.

Out of the Rs 15,981 crore of revenue losses fuel retailers incurred on selling LPG and kerosene at government-controlled rates in October-December, the Finance Ministry has agreed to make good only less than one-third or Rs
5,085 crore by way of cash subsidy, sources said.

The remaining Rs 10,896 crore will now have to be borne by Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd. ONGC may have to shell out close to 80 per cent of this amount (Rs 8,716 crore).

As many as 216 swine flu deaths registered due to Swine flu in February: Health Ministry

As many as 216 swine flu deaths registered due to Swine flu in February: Health

New Delhi: As many as 216 swine flu deaths registered throughout the country in first ten days of February and the claimed the lives of 407 people across India this year, the health ministry said Wednesday.

During the period Jan 1 to Feb 10, the total number of H1N1 cases was 5,157 and the number of deaths was 407, the ministry said in a statement.

Most cases were from Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, whereas the deaths were largely from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Telangana.

The cases were discussed at a high-level meeting chaired by union health secretary B. P. Sharma.

Manish Sisodia to be deputy CM of Delhi

Manish Sisodia to be deputy CM of Delhi

New Delhi: Senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia, a close confidant of party chief Arvind Kejriwal, is all set to be the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi.

The decision to make Sisodia the Deputy CM was taken at a meeting of AAP's Political Affairs Committee (PAC) Wednesday night at Kejriwal's residence in Kaushambhi, party sources said.

Sisodia is being given the responsibility so that Chief Minister-designate Kejriwal can focus on building the party at the national level, they said.

Sisodia is credited with strengthening AAP at the grassroot level after it lost all the seven parliamentary constituencies in the Lok Sabha elections last year.

Kejriwal meets Rajnath Singh, invites latter for oath-taking ceremony

Kejriwal meets Rajnath Singh, invites latter for oath-taking ceremony

New Delhi, Feb 11 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the latter's residence on Wednesday and invited him for his swearing-in ceremony which is to take place on February 14 at Ramilia Grounds.

Party leader Manish Sisodia was also present at the meeting.

"We requested him ( Rajnath Singh) to attend the oath-taking ceremony on Saturday. We also requested him for his support that Delhi gets full state rights, and that both the state government and the Centre should work constructively together for Delhi," said Sisodia.

Kejriwal, who was unanimously elected as the leader of the legislative party yesterday, met Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu earlier in the day.

He is also scheduled to meet President Pranab Mukherjee today.

Jacqueline Fernandez wants you to celebrate Valentine's Day with 'Roy'

Jacqueline Fernandez wants you to celebrate Valentine's Day with 'Roy'

New Delhi, Feb 11 : Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is all excited for her upcoming movie 'Roy' and was recently in the national capital to promote the flick.

The 'Kick' star suggested that all love birds must go and watch the movie this Valentine's Day, as it will be an ideal date plan for the day.

"I hope everyone has an amazing Valentine's Day. I do hope that everyone will go and watch 'Roy' because it will just complete their Valentine's Day".

The movie is a romantic thriller drama and has Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez in the lead roles.

Talking about her V-Day plans, the Sri Lankan beauty said, "Actually Arjun has asked me for Valentine's Day, so we will watch ' Roy'."

RIL challenges oil ministry taking away 5 gas finds

RIL challenges oil ministry taking away 5 gas finds

New Delhi: Reliance Industries has slapped an arbitration notice challenging oil ministry's decision to take away 814 square kilometer of its eastern offshore KG-D6 area that contained five gas discoveries. As per norm of giving up non-discovery area, RIL had in 2013 offered to give up 5,385 sq km out of a total 7,645 sq km area in Krishna Godavari basin KG-D6 block. But the ministry on October 30, 2013 ordered 6,198.88 sq km of total area to be taken away as the time allocated for producing from these had expired.

RIL on January 14 challenged this order stating the 814 sq km of additional area that the ministry had taken away contained five gas discoveries holding close to 1 trillion cubic feet of reserves.

India's spirit is unity amidst immense diversity, says Swaraj

India's spirit is unity amidst immense diversity, says Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 11 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that India's spirit is unity amidst the immense diversity and traditions of non-violence and tolerance.

"What is this spirit of India? I believe it is our unity amidst the immense diversity of India, it is our traditions of non-violence and tolerance. It is the age old concepts of Vasudhaiva kutumbakam (the world is a family) and Sarva dharma sambhav (equal respect for all faiths)," said Swaraj.

"It is adherence to these ideas and ideals which has made India the oldest continuous civilization in the world, with a history going back five thousand years. Most of the old civilizations of the world are dead and gone, but India has continued to maintain, developed and enrich its cultural heritage," she added.

Swine Flu: Toll crosses 100 in Rajasthan, 40 in Maharashtra

Swine Flu: Toll crosses 100 in Rajasthan, 40 in Maharashtra

New Delhi, Feb. 11 - The swine flu toll in Maharashtra and Rajasthan has reached 100 and 40 respectively.

According to reports, six deaths have been recorded in Mumbai due to the H1N1 virus outbreak while five more casualties were reported in Rajasthan on Tuesday.

A total of 205 swine flu cases have been recorded in Maharashtra, according to the state authorities, while 49 fresh cases were reported in Delhi with the total number of cases due to the disease going up to 488 this year.

Reports add that all civic hospitals in Mumbai have been asked to keep at least two ventilators on standby for H1N1 patients and an adequate stock of Tamiflu has been procured.

The BMC has also reportedly started a helpline over the outbreak.

Delhi polls: 5 AAP candidates win by more than 50,000 votes

Delhi polls: 5 AAP candidates win by more than 50,000 votes

New Delhi, Feb 10 : With the Aam Aadmi Party sweeping the Delhi assembly elections, winning 67 out of the 70 seats on offer, five candidates of the Arvind Kejriwal-led party won by a margin of more than 50,000 votes.

The highest margin of victory was achieved by Vikas Puri candidate Mahinder Yadav of the AAP, who beat his nearest rival, Sanjay Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party by 77,665 votes.

The others candidates who won big were Ved Parkash, who beat Gugan Singh (BJP) by 50,023 votes in Bawana; Sanjeev Jha, who beat Gopal Jha (BJP) by 63,122 votes in Burari; Prakash, who beat Arvind Kumar (BJP) by 63,937 votes in Deoli; and Amanatullah Khan, who beat Braham Singh (BJP) in Okhla by 63,657 votes.

I am a simple nice girl like my 'Roy' character 'Ayesha', says Jacqueline

I am a simple nice girl like my 'Roy' character 'Ayesha', says Jacqueline

New Delhi, Feb 10 : Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who was in the national capital to promote her upcoming flick ' Roy', said she relates a lot to her character 'Ayesha' in the movie.

"I do relate to Ayesha a lot, she is quite fun loving and a free spirited girl, she is a nice simple girl. So, it was easy for me to connect with her," she told ANI in an exclusive interview.

Jacqueline will be seen playing a double role as Ayesha Aamir, a bohemian filmmaker, and Tia, a glamorous globetrotter, in this movie.

Directed by debutant Vikramjit Singh, the flick stars Jacqueline, Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor. By Rachna Kapoor (ANI)

Kejriwal back at helm of affairs in Delhi as AAP sweeps to 67 seat-poll win

Kejriwal back at helm of affairs in Delhi as AAP sweeps to 67 seat-poll win

New Delhi, Feb 10 : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which was heavily criticised for stepping down from office after 49 days in power last year, on Tuesday made an impressive come back in the assembly elections, winning
67 of the total 70 seats in Delhi.

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal won from the New Delhi constituency securing 57,213 votes.

AAP's Narayan Dutt Sharma emerged victorious from Badarpur constituency (HOW MANY VOTES), Ajay Dutt won from Ambedkar Nagar with 66,632 votes, Akhilesh Pati Tripathi from Model Town with 54,628 votes, Alka Lamba won from Chandni Chowk with 36,756 votes and Gopal Rai has won from Babarpur with 75,928 votes

Domestic car sales rise over 3% in January

Domestic car sales rise over 3% in January

New Delhi: In a slow start to the year 2015, domestic passenger car sales rose 3.14 percent in January, which industry body SIAM described as "realistic levels" considering the current economic situation.

As per the latest data released by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), car sales in India in January stood at 1,69,300 units as against 1,64,149 units in the year-ago month.

"The 3-5 percent growth rate is realistic in view of the current economic situation. December sales were an aberration due to the excise duty cut coming into play from January," SIAM Director General Vishnu Mathur told reporters here.

Emotional Kejriwal thanks Delhi public for historic win

Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, Feb. 10 - Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday turned emotional as he thanked the people of Delhi for his party's historic win in the assembly polls and vowed to always walk on the path of truth.

Urging all his party MLAs and workers to avoid being arrogant post the win, Kejriwal said, "It's very scary, the kind of support that the people of Delhi have given us. I would like to tell all workers and MLAs don't be arrogant."

"I am sure together with the people we can make Delhi a place of which everyone will be proud. We will always walk the path of truth. We have to get together and serve Delhi. I cannot do anything alone," he added.

He said the people of Delhi have achieved something spectacular through Tuesday's vote count.

Domestic car sales up 3% in January

Domestic car sales up 3% in January

New Delhi: Domestic passenger car sales increased 3.14 per cent to 1,69,300 units in January 2015 as compared with 1,64,149 units in the year-ago month.

Motorcycle sales last month declined 5.85 per cent to 8,68,507 units as compared to January 2014, according to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

Total two-wheeler sales in January rose 1.07 per cent to 13,27,957 units.

Sales of commercial vehicles rose 5.30 per cent to 52,481 units in January this year, SIAM said. Vehicle sales across categories registered an increase of 1.66 per cent to 16,50,382 units from 16,23,429 units in January 2014, it added.--PTI

PNB raises Rs 1000 crore through long term bonds

PNB raises Rs 1000 crore through long term bonds

New Delhi: Public sector lender Punjab National Bank on Tuesday said it has raised Rs 1,000 crore through long term bonds on private placement basis.

"The bank has raised Rs 1000 crore long term bonds at an annual coupon of 8.23 percent on private placement basis on February 09, 2015, through five arrangers," the company said in a BSE filing.

During the third quarter ended December 31, 2014, the company reported a marginal 2.5 percent increase in net profit to Rs 774.56 crore.

This was against a net profit of Rs 755.41 crore for the October-December quarter of the 2013-14 financial year.

Jaitley emphasises need for archiving books in digital form

Jaitley emphasises need for archiving books in digital form

New Delhi, Feb 9 : Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley on Monday emphasised the need for the availability of books and other knowledge products in digital form, keeping in mind the advance of technology.

Speaking at the launch of the 'India: 2015 Reference Annual' at the national capital, Jaitley stated that the digital medium would provide enhanced accessibility and affordability of information to a wider audience.

The minister also started that the digitization of printed books carrying information on India's development will be a useful reference material for people worldwide, with e-books providing enhanced accessibility and affordability of facts to a wider audience

Swine flu too reaches 81 in Gujarat

Swine flu too reaches 81 in Gujarat

New Delhi, Feb. 9 - 10 more persons succumbed to swine flu In Gujarat taking the toll in the state since January to 81.

Two deaths each were reported from Kutch, Ahmedabad and Surat district, while one death each was recorded from Vadodara, Dahod, Narmada and Surendranagar district.

The disease has killed 191 people in the country in January alone with southern state of Telangana being worst hit. So far, 2,038 people have been afflicted by the virus.

Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems.

Black money: Govt to disclose 60 names

Black money: Govt to disclose 60 names

New Delhi - The government is expected to disclose the names of close to 60 Indians and entities as it has recently initiated tax evasion prosecution proceedings against them as part of its crackdown on black money accounts as reported in the HSBC bank's Geneva branch list.

Sources said that those against whom legal action has been initiated include some corporates, business houses and other individuals as the Income Tax department has completed its probe and filed prosecution complaints against these entities, on the directions of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to tackle black money and illegal assets held by Indians abroad.

They said the total amount in these accounts is estimated to be to the tune of Rs 1,500-1,600 crore.

'Let us forge a model of cooperative, competitive federalism': PM Modi

'Let us forge a model of cooperative, competitive federalism': PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 8 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon the Chief Ministers of various states to work with the Centre in order to build a model of cooperative federalism, whereby the Centre and the state government can come together to resolve differences and chart a common course to progress and prosperity.

Terming the first gathering of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog as the potential to bring about historic changes, Prime Minister Modi said that the meet would help advance the national cause 'as we jointly define it'.

Centre to infuse Rs.6990 crores in public sector banks

Centre to infuse Rs.6990 crores in public sector banks

New Delhi, Feb 7 : The Centre has decided to infuse Rs. 6990 crores in nine public sector banks (PSBs) for which orders are being issued.

This year, the Centre has adopted a new criteria in which the banks which are more efficient would only be rewarded with extra capital for their equity so that they can further strengthen their position.

The methodology for arriving the amount to be infused in these banks has been based on efficiency parameters. First of all, weighted average of return on assets (ROA) for all PSBs for last three years put together was arrived at and all those who were above the average have been considered.



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