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Hyundai launches SportZ Edition of Grand i10

Hyundai-Grand-i10-SportzNew Delhi: Hyundai Motor India Ltd on Wednesday launched 'SportZ Edition'of its compact car Grand i10 to celebrate its first anniversary.

The Grand SportZ variant would available in two variants -- U2 1.1 litre CRDi diesel engine and 1.2 litre Kappa petrol engine.

Launched in September 2013, Grand i10 has been sold to over 1.1 lakh customers, Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) said in a statement.

Grand SportZ Petrol is priced at Rs 5.11 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and Grand SportZ Edition Diesel Rs 5.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Australian PM to reach India tomorrow on two-day visit

Tony-AbbottNew Delhi, Sept 3 : Australian Prime Minister Tony Abott will reach New Delhi on Thursday on a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Abott will meet Prime Minister Modi at the Hyderabad House here on Friday evening after which some agreements are expected to be signed between the two nations.

The Australian Prime Minister will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari during his stay in New Delhi.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will call on the visiting dignitary. (ANI)

Africa can follow India's example in AIDS prevention, says Datta Ghosh

AIDS-prevention-IndiaNew Delhi, Sept 3  : Meenakshi Datta Ghosh, Senior Consultant, Independent Evaluation Government of India, today commended the private sector for its initiative in the prevention and treatment of AIDS in India and emphasized that the African community could follow India's lead and successfully curb the spread of the disease.

Former CJI accepting governor's post compromises judciary's independence: Bhushan

Prashant-BhushanNew Delhi, Sept 3 : Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) leader and lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday said the NDA Government's reported move to appoint former Chief Justice of India (CJI) P. Sathasivam as the Governor of Kerala could compromise the independence of the judiciary.

Debutante producer Piggy Chops feels 'more responsible' for 'Madamji'

Priyanka-ChopraNew Delhi, September 03 : Priyanka Chopra who is not only playing the protagonist in Madhur Bhandarkar 's next production titled ' Madamji ' but is also set to co-produce the film, feels more responsible for the new venture.

Speaking at an event, the National Award winning actress said, "This is my first production, I feel more responsible towards it and more than anything Madhur and I share a very good work relation, so fingers crossed .We will get to it once I am done with 'Mary Kom'".

India to sign free trade agreement with Asean soon: Kher

Rajeev KherNew Delhi: India on Wednesday said it has received the free trade agreements on services and investments with ASEAN and it will "shortly" sign the pact.

Signing of the two pacts - FTA in services and investments - were scheduled during the India-ASEAN Economic Ministers meeting in Myanmar last week. But the meeting was postponed as Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was not able to attend the meet due to domestic compulsions.

India and the 10-nation ASEAN had concluded the negotiations for FTA in services and investments in 2012.

Maruti Suzuki India to open bookings for Ciaz from tomorrow

Maruti Suzuki CiazNew Delhi: Seeking to make a mark in the big car segment, the country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India will open bookings of its upcoming mid-sized sedan Ciaz from tomorrow.

Ciaz will be available in petrol and Diesel fuel options powered by a 1.4 litre and 1.3 litre engines respectively.

"The global launch of Ciaz is planned during the forthcoming festival season," the company said in a statement.

Ciaz' main competitors will be Honda City, priced between Rs 7.19 lakh and Rs 11.05 lakh, and Hyundai Verna tagged between Rs 7.39 lakh and Rs 11.72 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).

Coal scam: Govt to re-auction 218 coal blocks, may 'exempt' 40

Coal scam: Govt to re-auction 218 coal blocks, may 'exempt' 40New Delhi : Government Monday told the Supreme Court that it "wants re-auction all of 218 coal blocks" declared as illegal allocation but sought its indulgence to "exempt" 40 of them which are functional and ready for the end use power plants.

United Bank of India declares Vijay Mallya as wilful defaulter

Vijay-MallyaNew Delhi: State-run United Bank of India on Monday became the first lender to declare debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines and its promoter Vijay Mallya as wilful defaulters.

"We have declared Vijay Mallya and three other directors of Kingfisher Airlines as wilful defaulters," United Bank of India Executive Director Deepak Narang said.

The Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC) of the bank has declared directors Ravi Nedungadi, Anil Kumar Ganguly and Subash Gupte as wilful defaulters.

Diesel under-recovery decreased to Rs 0.08 per litre for fortnight commencing Sept. 1

Diesel-PriceNew Delhi, Sep 1 : Diesel under-recovery has been decreased to Rs. 0.08 per litre for a fortnight commencing from today.

Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), effective September 1, are now incurring a combined daily under-recovery of about Rs 195 crore on the sale of diesel, PDS kerosene and domestic LPG. This is lower than the Rs. 230 crore daily under-recoveries during the previous fortnight. The under-recoveries for the financial year 2014-15 are projected to be Rs. 91,665 crore, while the figure was Rs. 1, 39,869 crores in 2013-14.

Maruti's August sales rise 27% to 1,10,776 units

Maruti sales riseNew Delhi: The country's largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki India on Monday reported 26.9 percent increase in its total sales in August at 1,10,776 units as against 87,323 units in the same month of previous year.

Domestic sales during the month stood at 98,304 units, up 29.3 percent from 76,018 units in August of previous year, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.

Sales of mini passenger cars, including Alto, A-Star and WagonR were up 8.3 percent at 34,686 units as against 32,019 units in the previous year.

Rajnath Singh to attend SAARC Home Ministers' meet in Nepal

Rajnath SinghNew Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Nepal on September 18 and 19 to attend the SAARC Home Ministers' conference, during which he is likely to have a separate meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

During the visit, apart from attending the SAARC Home/ Interior Ministers' meet, Singh will have bilateral meetings with his counterparts of other SAARC member countries.

The Home Minister is also likely to have a separate meeting with Nepal Deputy Prime Minister, who is also country's Home Minister, Bamdev Gautam, besides others on the sidelines of the SAARC convention, official sources said.

Jaitley should apologise for fooling nation about inflation: Sandeep Dikshit

Sandeep-DikshitNew Delhi, Aug 30 : Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Saturday said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley should apologise to the nation for fooling them about inflation.

"I am surprised that he has suddenly realized this. When it used to happen under the Congress government, he used to give exactly an opposite observation to it. His own people, lots of his party spokespersons used to go on TV channels and severely and bitterly criticize the Congress and almost call us as an ineffective government. Now, they have realized the reality of the government and why inflation comes and does not come," Dikshit told ANI here.

Over 800 passengers being tracked for Ebola

passengers-tracked-for-EbolaNew Delhi, Aug 30 : A total of 887 passengers, most of them from Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are being tracked by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme for suspected cases of Ebola.

During past 24 hours, 161 passengers from the affected countries have arrived at the Airports of Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.

Three passengers from Sierra Leone admitted to the quarantine cum isolation facility at Delhi airport yesterday were tested negative and released from this facility.

High-end defence technology cooperation possible with Japan: PM Modi

Narendra ModiNew Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India sees possibility of a new era of cooperation with Japan in high-end defence technology and equipment and noted that progress has been made in parleys on civil nuclear agreement and amphibious aircraft deal between them.

"In the field of defence and security, I feel time has come for us to upgrade our relations. I see in the recent changes in Japan's defence export policies and regulations a possibility to engage in a new era of cooperation in high-end defence technology and equipment.

April-July fiscal deficit at $53.7 billion

indian-currencyNew Delhi: The fiscal deficit touched 61.2 percent of full year Budget Estimates or over Rs 3.24 lakh crore in end July.

During the April-July period of 2013-14 fiscal, the deficit was 62.8 percent of Budget Estimates (BE) of that year.

The data released by the Controller General of Accounts today shows that the total expenditure of the government during April-July was over Rs 5.03 lakh crore or 28.1 percent of the entire year estimates.

Of the total expenditure, plan spending was over Rs 1.32 lakh crore and under non-plan head it was Rs 3,71 lakh crore.

JAL places orders for 15 jets with Embraer SA

Embraer-Japan-AirlinesNew Delhi, Aug 29 : Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a firm order with Brazilian aircraft manufacturers Embraer SA for 15 jet planes, comprising the E170 and the E190 jets models. JAL has also enquired about an additional twelve jet options. The planes are scheduled to be delivered starting from 2015.

Vedanta for an independent regulator for oil and gas sector

Vedanta for an independent regulator for oil and gas sectorNew Delhi - As government debates on gas price hike and a new contract for oil and gas exploration, Vedanta Resource today said domestic rates should be linked to international markets and an independent regulator be set up.

Speaking at an Oil & Gas Seminar organised by Indian Chambers of Commerce, Vedanta chief executive Tom Albanese said "the current policy environment fostered uncertainty and did not encourage intensified exploration and production of domestic resources."

Sun-Ranbaxy deal: CCI raises concerns about molecules market

Sun RanbaxyNew Delhi: The Competition Commission, which has put the multi-billion dollar Sun-Ranbaxy deal for public scrutiny, on Friday said the major issue is whether the combination would result in high market concentration of certain molecules.

"This is the first case" of combination where the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has gone for a public scrutiny, the fair trade watchdog's Chairman Ashok Chawla said.

In April this year, Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy had announced a USD 4-billion deal that would create one of the top five largest speciality generics company in the world.

Four directors on IOC board appointed in UPA regime sacked

Four directors on IOC board appointed in UPA regime sackedNew Delhi : After Governors, the Narendra Modi government is removing independent directors appointed by the previous UPA regime on PSU boards, beginning with sacking of four directors on the board of Indian Oil Corp (IOC).

IOC, the nation's largest company, in a filing to the stock exchanges said, "K Jairaj, Nesar Ahmad, Sunil Krishna and Sayan Chatterjee have ceased to be Independent Directors on the Board of the company on August 27, 2014."



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