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Security concerns over raising defence FDI will be taken care of: Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, July 15 : Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said all security concerns related to the raising of the cap on foreign investment in defence will be taken care of, and added that a security manual has been prepared for private sector defence item manufacturing units.

In a written reply to Dr. Bhalchandra Mungekar in Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said: "Since defence companies having foreign investment will have Indian management and control and foreign investment in such companies will be approved through FIPB route, security concerns are duly taken care of.


Sunny Leone walks for 'Apala' by Sumit Sawhney at IIJW 2014

Sunny-LeoneNew Delhi, July 15 : Sunny Leone recently sashayed down the runway for Apala by Sumit Sawhney on Day 1 of the India International Jewellery Week (IIJW) 2014 in Mumbai.

The 'Ragini MMS 2' actress seemed excited to become a "royal tribal queen" on the ramp. The collection named 'The Royal Tribe' showcased tribal and royal styles.

Leone is currently busy hosting MTV Splitsvilla 7 on MTv India. (ANI)


Personal laws left best untouched, says Congress leader Manish Tewari

Manish-Tewari_New Delhi, July 15 : Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday warned the Centre not to tinker with the Uniform Civil Code, and instead, advised it to keep personal laws untouched.

"The Uniform Civil Code has been on the agenda of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ever since its inception. But let's not forget the fact that India is a diverse country, where people follow their own personal laws which have been evolved through traditions and customs going back thousands and thousands of years," Tewari told ANI


Govt. has nothing to do with Vaidik's meet with Hafiz Saeed, says Sushma Swaraj

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, July 15 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said here on Tuesday that the government has nothing to with senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik's meet with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

"Categorically and unequivocally I would like to state, that the government has nothing to do with Mr. Vaidik's meet with Hafiz Saeed," said Swaraj in Lok Sabha.

The statement came amidst discussion in the lower house, over the controversy looming around Vaidik's meeting with Saeed on July 2 in Lahore Pakistan after his pictures with the Pakistani Islamist leader emerged on social media..


Xiaomi to make India debut with Mi3 smartphone launch today

XiaomiNew Delhi - Chinese handset maker Xiaomi, touted as the 'Apple' of China, will make its debut on Flipkart today.

The company is expected to launch the Mi3 at an event today. It is also expected to launch two other smartphones. While it is reported that Mi3 will be priced at Rs 14,999, nothing is confirmed about its other two smartphones. The Mi3 will be up for pre-order from today onwards.

Xiaomi had launched its official website in India earlier last month, announcing its entry into the fiercely competitive Indian smartphone market in the next few weeks.


Gold price snaps 4-day gaining streak, falls by Rs 280 to Rs 28,450 per 10 gm

Gold price snaps 4-day gaining streak, falls by Rs 280 to Rs 28,450 per 10 gmNew Delhi - Snapping its four-day rising streak, gold prices fell by Rs 280 to Rs 28,450 per 10 grams in the national capital today on slackened demand at prevailing higher levels amid weak global cues.

Silver also dropped by Rs 400 to Rs 45,600 per kg on reduced offtake by industrial units and coin makers.


Looking into unauthorised digital certificates issue: Govt

Looking into unauthorised digital certificates issue: GovtNew Delhi: The government on Monday said it is looking into the matter raised by tech giants Google and Microsoft which have said that the National Informatics Centre (NIC) has issued unauthorised digital certificates.

The Controller of Certifying Authorities issues licences and regulates the working of Certifying Authorities, who issue digital certificates for electronic authentication of users.

Digital certificate is like an electronic passport that allows a person, computer or organisation to securely exchange information over the Internet.


AI restructured operations to Dammam since 2012: Govt

Air-IndiaNew Delhi: Air India withdrew and restructured several domestic and international flights, including those to and from Dammam, Toronto and Sharjah, since 2012 as it was not able to recover fuel and other variable costs on these routes.

Since 2012, the national carrier has restructured operations to Dammam and launched daily frequencies from Delhi which enabled the airline "to reduce its losses to a very large extent", Minister of State for Civil Aviation G M Siddeshwara said in the Lok Sabha.


WPI inflation eases to 4-month low of 5.43% in June

WPI inflation eases to 4-month low of 5.43% in JuneNew Delhi: Inflation receded to four-month low of 5.43 percent in June, although bleak situation of the South-West monsoon continues to remain a cause for concern.

The Wholesale Price Index based inflation declined in June after touching 5-month high of 6.01 percent in May. It was 5.16 percent in June 2013.


Mukherjee announces appointment of new Governors for five states

Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi, July 14 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday appointed new governors for Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland.

"Ram Naik appointed as governor of Uttar Pradesh, Balramji Dass Tandon appointed as governor of Chhattisgarh, Keshari Nath Tripathi appointed as governor of West Bengal and Om Prakash Kohli appointed as governor of Gujarat", a Rashtrapati Bhavan release said.

"The above appointments will take effect from the dates the incumbents assume charge of their respective offices," the release added.


TRAI Bill: Law should not be amended on individual preference: Shashi Tharoor

Shashi-TharooNew Delhi, July 14 : Referring to the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) Amendment Bill, former union minister Shashi Tharoor said Monday that the law should not be changed on the basis of an individual's preference, which in this case was the Prime Minister of India.


Senior VHP leader Giriraj Kishore passes away at 94

Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Giriraj KishoreNew Delhi, July 14 - Senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Giriraj Kishore died here on Sunday evening following prolonged illness. He was 94.

VHP Delhi unit spokesperson Vinod Bansal said Giriraj had joined the RSS at an early age and was one of its senior most pracharaks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Berlin on his way to Brazil for the BRICS Summit, condoled the passing away of Giriraj.

Paying homage, the Prime Minister tweeted that Giriraj devoted his life to service of Motherland. (ANI)


Parsvnath to explore raising foreign funds as govt eases rules

ParsvnathNew Delhi: Realty firm Parsvnath Developers will consider raising foreign funds in two commercial projects in the national capital that have now become FDI compliant after the government eased rules in the Budget.

At an investment of about Rs 600 crore, the company is developing a commercial project on KG Marg near Connaught Place and a shopping mall at Rohini here.

The company would also explore listing of about 12 Delhi Metro malls through Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) as tax sops offered in the Budget for this instrument have paved the way for its launch in the Indian market.


CIL Board looks into third party sampling mechanism

Coal IndiaNew Delhi: The board of state-run Coal India (CIL) is looking into the quality issue, amid Power Ministry alleging that stones and boulders are still present in the fuel being supplied to power plants even after introduction of a third-party sampling mechanism.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during his budget speech last week had said that stringent mechanism for quality control of coal were being put in place.

"During CIL board meeting, the issue of third party sampling mechanism for coal quality was discussed," a source close to the development said.


Rise in tomato prices leaves consumers exasperated

Rise in tomato prices leaves consumers exasperatedNew Delhi, July 13 - With onion prices hitting the roof at around Rs 50 per kilo, consumers in the city are exasperated and hoping that the government reins in the soaring cost.

Shoumik Guha, a consumer, told ANI, "Rates have increased because of multiple factors. However, the government should try to control the prices. Retail outlets must be even more costly as the rates in wholesale are already so high. They should attack the hoarding so that price hike should not be severe."


City doctors remove 'largest' salivary gland tumor

salivary gland tumorNew Delhi: Doctors at the city-based Lok Nayak Hospital have removed a 420 gram salivary gland tumor, and claimed it was the largest of its kind extracted so far.

"So far, the largest tumor reported in medical literature weighed only 87.3 grams. The tumor we removed is seven times bigger in cuboid volume and weighs 420 gms," said Dr Vikas Malhotra, associate professor of ENT and head of neck surgery at Maulana Azad Medical College.

ENT surgeons at Lok Nayak Hospital, who operated on the 28-year-old patient last month and removed the tumor, now plan to get it published in medical journals.


More tax concessions when economy improves: Finance Minister

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today promised more concessions in income tax when the economy improves. "We do not want a high taxation regime. It was because of the high taxation regime of the previous government that inflation rose.

"I think there was never a Union Budget since 1947, which gave relief up to Rs 50,000 across all three classes of tax payers -- right from lower to the middle and higher income brackets," he told a news channel, according to a release issued by the channel.


Modi to leave on Sunday for VIth BRICS Summit in Brazil

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, July 12 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on July 13 on a four-day visit of Brazil, where he is scheduled to take part in the VIth BRICS Summit.

The summit, which will be the Indian Prime Minister's first multilateral interaction abroad, will held in Fortaleza and Brasilia from July 14 to 16.

During his visit, Modi will be interacting with the heads of Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa. He is also scheduled to have important bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 14.


Congress manipulating to get LoP post in Lok Sabha: Naqvi

Mukhtar-Abbas-NaqviNew Delhi, July 12 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday accused the Congress of trying to secure the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha through manipulation.

"The condition of the Congress, and the embarrassment it has caused them, has made them mad. They ran the government through a lot of fixes and manipulation, and now they want to get the LoP post in a similar way," said Naqvi.


Rise in industrial production provides glimmer of hope: CII

CII Chandrajit BanerjeeNew Delhi, July 12 - Commenting on IIP figures released for May 2014-25, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII said that the rise in industrial production for the second month in a row provides a glimmer of hope that the economy could be bottoming out and recovery could be on the anvil.

He further said in a statement that the favourable base effect of last year and the double digit export growth experienced during the month could have also contributed in boosting industrial activity during the month, but the overall trend is positive.


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