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Audi Q3 Dynamic launched in India at Rs 38.40 lakh

Audi Q3 DynamicNew Delhi: German luxury car maker Audi on Thursday launched Audi Q3 Dynamic with Audi drive select in the Indian market priced at Rs 38,40,000 (ex-showroom Mumbai).

The Audi Q3 is the largest selling luxury SUV in India and this new addition will further strengthen the brand's dominance in the luxury SUV segment, the company said in a statement.

PM Modi receives Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong

New Delhi, Sept 10 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who received the Emeritus Senior Minister ( ESM) of Singapore Goh Chok Tong here on Wednesday, conveyed India's keen desire to partner with Singapore.

Goh was accompanied by the Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry S Iswaran and Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee.

Goh congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his emphatic victory in the elections and for presenting an ambitious vision of India's economic and social transformation. He also encouraged Prime Minister Modi to work towards developing India as a global manufacturer through a combination of skill development, standard setting and access to the global market.

Domestic car sales up 15.16%, bikes 14.45% in Aug

domestic car salesNew Delhi: Domestic passenger car sales grew by 15.16 percent to 1,53,758 units in August this year as compared to 1,33,513 units in the same month of 2013.

According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), motorcycle sales during the month grew by 14.45 percent to 9,10,312 units as against 7,95,411 units in August last year.

Total two-wheeler sales in August 2014 grew by 19.22 percent to 13,45,506 units from 11,28,631 units in the same period of the previous year.

Total sales of commercial vehicles were down by 5.59 percent to 48,473 units from 51,344 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said.

Finance Ministry may ratify 8.75% interest rate on EPF next week

Finance Ministry may ratify 8.75% interest rate on EPF next weekNew Delhi - The Finance Ministry is likely to give its concurrence next week to retirement fund body EPFO's trustees' decision to provide 8.75 percent rate of interest on PF deposits to over five crore subscribers this fiscal.

"It has been almost two weeks since the trustees decided to pay 8.75 percent. The Finance Ministry is most likely to give its concurrence next week to the decision as payment of 8.75 percent in 2014-15 will leave a surplus of Rs 242.26 crore," an official said.

FIIs pump in Rs 9,000 crore in first week of September

FIIs pump in Rs 9,000 crore in first week of SeptemberNew Delhi - Continuing their bet on the government's reforms agenda, overseas investors have poured in nearly Rs 9,000 crore in the Indian capital market in the first week of the month.

Net investments by foreign investors in the equity market were Rs 3,972 crore (USD 656 million) from September 1-5, while they infused a net amount of Rs 5,013 crore (USD 828 million) in the debt market during the period, taking the total to Rs 8,986 crore (USD 1.5 billion), as per the latest data.

IPO market remains sluggish; 23 firms raise Rs 538 cr this year

IPO market remains sluggish; 23 firms raise Rs 538 cr this yearNew Delhi - The IPO market seems to have remained untouched by the bullish sentiments in the overall stock markets, as less than Rs 550 crore have been raised collectively by 23 companies through their respective initial public offers so far in 2014.

Besides, just one IPO is currently underway, wherein Sharda Cropchem is aiming to raise over Rs 350 crore through a public offer scheduled to close on Tuesday.

President congratulates Sania for winning US Open Mixed Doubles

Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi, Sept 6 : President Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated Sania Mirza for winning the US Open Mixed Doubles tournament.

"Please accept my hearty congratulations on having won the US Open Mixed Doubles tournament, making it your third Grand Slam title," said President Mukherjee in his message.

"You have done India proud through this achievement and your success is an example of what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. I wish you the very best for all future endeavours," he added.

Music launch of 'Khoobsurat' held in Mumbai

sonam-kapoor-fawad-khanNew Delhi, Sept 6 : Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan hosted the music launch of their forthcoming movie " Khoobsurat" in Mumbai recently.

Keeping in tone with the fun and groovy music of their upcoming film, Sonam and Fawad were seen in a party mood at the launch.

Sonam looked drop dead gorgeous in a black crop top with a floral printed flared skirt and black jacket. Hair braided from one side, black printed heels, and a pink lip completed her look.

Fawad looked as handsome as ever in a grey suit paired perfectly with a black shirt.

Smriti Irani asks JSS to empower people through Jan Dhan Yojana

Smriti IraniNew Delhi: HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday asked the Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) to empower the people through the Jan Dhan Yojana recently launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"I would ask the JSS as to how you can empower the people through this scheme. If you have any suggestion, please let our officials know. Our officials will also announce new guidelines," she said inaugurating an exhibition on literacy and livelihood here.

The exhibition was organised by National Literacy Mission Authority.

Censor Board should be consistent: Deepika Padukone

Deepika-PadukoneNew Delhi: Deepika Padukone's dialogue 'I am a virgin' in her upcoming quirky comedy 'Finding Fanny' has not gone down well with the Censor Board which has objected to the use of the 'virgin' word and has asked the film's makers to replace it.

The 28-year-old actress questioned the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for not being consistent in its guidelines as it gave a green signal to the word in the trailer of the film.

'We must not deprive our children of technology': PM Modi

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, Sept 05 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed on the importance of technology, saying depriving the children of technology is a crime.

"Importance of technology is increasing every day. We must not deprive our children of technology. It is a social crime if we do so," he said while addressing the students and teachers across the country on the occasion of Teacher's Day.

The Prime Minister also emphasized on the need for physical activity, saying that besides watching television and working on computers the children should engage themselves in physical activity.

PM Modi and I wish to be known as infrastructure PMs, says Tony Abbott

Tony-AbbottNew Delhi, Sep 5 : Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said here on Friday that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi both wish to be known as the infrastructure Prime Ministers.

"Both PM Modi and I wish to be known as infrastructure PMs and the G20 will focus on mobilizing private capital to address the world's infrastructure deficit," PM Abbott said while addressing a Business Meet in New Delhi.

Google celebrates 'Teacher's Day' with colorful doodle

Google celebrates 'Teacher's Day' with colorful doodleNew Delhi, Sept 5 - Google has paid tribute to all the teachers worldwide by dedicating its doodle to Teacher's Day.

The doodle shows colorful letters spelling 'google,' each portraying teachers for different subjects like math, sports, science, music etc., and on clicking the doodle, it takes the visitor to Google search result page for news on Teacher's Day.

The day, which has been celebrated since 1962, marks birthday of former Indian President, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was born on September 5. (ANI)

Tata Value Homes sells 85 houses worth Rs 40 cr on Snapdeal

Tata Value Homes sells 85 houses worth Rs 40 cr on SnapdealNew Delhi - Tata Value Homes, focused on affordable housing, has sold 85 houses worth Rs 40 crore in six days under its partnership with e-commerce major Snapdeal.

On August 28, Tata Value Homes launched an exclusive offer on Snapdeal, offering Rs 10,000 per month for a year as an assured rent (whether owners stay on premise or lease it out).

Congress not accepting India moving towards development, says BJP

Mukhtar-Abbas-NaqviNew Delhi, Sep 4 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that the Congress does not want to accept that the country is moving towards better administration and development.

Naqvi was reacting to the statement made by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan.

Aus PM Abbott arrives in New Delhi

Tony-AbbottNew Delhi, Sep 4 : Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott , in India for a two-day visit, has arrived in New Delhi.

Abbott, whose visit is the first accorded the status of a State Visit since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected, hopes to sign a nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries, enabling uranium sales by Australia to India. (ANI)

Home Ministry assures Jammu and Kashmir all possible help in floods

Rajnath-SinghNew Delhi, Sep 4 : The Ministry of Home Affairs today issued a statement expressing grief over the loss of precious lives in Jammu and Kashmir due to floods and assured the state government that it would l provide all necessary help .

Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah , who briefed him about the flood situation in the state.

Rajnath Singh was also briefed about a bus with 50 passengers being washed away.

Akshay Kumar returns to small screen with 'Dare 2 Dance'

Akshay-KumarNew Delhi, Sept 4 : Akshay Kumar is returning to the small screen with an all new reality show titled 'Dare 2 Dance'. This danced based adventurous reality show is a one of its kind and is happening for the first time in the world. Kumar and the show's makers launched it at an event held here.

CCI begins public scrutiny of Sun-Ranbaxy deal; seeks comments

CCI begins public scrutiny of Sun-Ranbaxy deal; seeks commentsNew Delhi - In the first-ever public scrutiny of an M&A deal in India, fair trade watchdog CCI on Thursday invited comments from all stakeholders, including general public, on finer details of USD 4-billion merger of Ranbaxy Labs into rival drugmaker Sun Pharmaceuticals.

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).

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