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Maruti Suzuki sales down .40 percent in February

Maruti-SuzukiNew Delhi, March 1 : India's largest passenger car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki Saturday reported a .40 percent decline in total sales including exports for February, which stood at 109,104 units due to a fall in exports.

The company had sold 109,567 units in February 2013.

There was a sharp drop in the company's exports. Maruti Suzuki exported just 9,346 units last month, which was 19.50 percent less than 11,612 units sold overseas during the corresponding month of 2013.


Joining BJP is the requirement of the day: V.K Singh

V-K-SinghNew Delhi, Mar 1 : Former army chief General (Retired) V. K Singh reached India Gate before heading towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters to formally join the right-wing political entity along with a number of former armed services personnel. He said that his decision to join the BJP was the requirement of the day.

"It is the requirement of the day and a national alternative. At the moment, I think all people who want good and stable governance that will propel India towards more development, may be looking forward to the BJP," said Singh.


Petrol hiked by 60 paise/litre, diesel by 50 paise

Petrol-diesel-hikedNew Delhi, Feb 28 : Petrol price was raised Friday by 60 paise a litre, minus taxes, while the diesel rate was hiked by 50 paise per litre. The revised prices will take effect from midnight, it was announced.

Diesel prices were last increased by 50 paise per litre on Jan 31, while petrol price was kept unchanged.

Allowing for local taxes, the price of petrol per litre will be Rs. 73.16 in Delhi, Rs. 80.96 in Kolkata, Rs. 82.07 in Mumbai and Rs. 76.48 in Chennai, while that of diesel per litre for the four metros, respectively, will be Rs. 55.48, Rs. 60.09, Rs. 63.86 and Rs. 59.17.


Iran minister calls on Vice President Ansari

Mohammad-Javad-ZarifNew Delhi, Feb 28 : Iran External Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is on a two-day visit to India to boost mutual cooperation on energy, port and transit of goods, met Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari here on Friday.

Zarif is in India to hold bilateral talks as well as regional and international issues with the country's officials during his visit.

The two nations will boost cooperation in the fields of oil and banking.


Piggy Chops tweets her opinion on social media

Priyanka-ChopraNew Delhi, Feb 28 : Priyanka Chopra recently tweeted about her bitter experience while reading tweets, articles and peoples' comments on Twitter.

The 'Fashion' actress wrote, "It amazes me how vulnerable people are on social media now. When I joined it I always told my peers it was such a great way of spreading love".

"Had a moment of feeling sad for what the world is turning into. Let people live their lives guys. And smile a lil. Don't hate so much", she added. (ANI)


GM appoints Arvind Saxena as president-India operations

Arvind-SaxenaNew Delhi, Feb 28 : General Motors Friday appointed Arvind Saxena as its president and managing director for India operations with effect from March 1 next.

According to the company, Saxena will succeed incumbent Lowell Paddock, who is moving to GM International Operations (GMIO) as vice president, planning and programme management.

“GM is committed to India and with Arvind’s leadership, we look forward to recognizing the long-term growth potential of the market,” said Stefan Jacoby, president, GM International Operations.


Mahindra rolls-out electric vehicle e2o in Bhutan

Mahindra-e2oNew Delhi, Feb 27 : Industrial conglomerate Mahindra and Mahindra Thursday rolled out its electric vehicle e2o in Bhutan.

The launch followed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that it entered with government of Bhutan.

"With the Mahindra e2o we are taking the lead in not only creating a comprehensive ecosystem to nurture sustainable mobility solutions, but also partnering Bhutan to redefine the future of urban mobility," said Pawan Goenka, executive director and president, automotive and farm equipment sectors, Mahindra and Mahindra.(IANS)


Vidya Balan, Farhan Akhtar promote 'Shadi Ke Side effects'

farhan-vidyaNew Delhi, Feb 27 : Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar were spotted promoting their latest movie 'Shadi Ke Side Effects' in New Delhi.

Speaking about the film, 'The Dirty Picture' star said, "Firstly, I would like to underline the fact that I don't know more about marriage than anyone else, I am just experiencing it. I have been married for 14 months. But I will say that a lot of people around have said this and I think I have read it that today probably people have run out of patience in their relationships. They do not want to give it more time, even more effort to make a relationship work".


Competent people crucial in Lokpal panel: Arun Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Feb 27 : Commenting on eminent jurist Fali Nariman's refusal to join the Lokpal search committee panel, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that it was crucial to bring in the most competent people for the Lokpal panel, and added that the government was not making any efforts in this direction.

"We are creating an institution of Lokpal for the first time, and we are doing this after 40 years of long struggle. So, we must bring in the most competent people for the Lokpal panel," said Jailtey.


Deepika, Farhan reunite for ad

Deepika-FarhanNew Delhi, Feb 27 : "Karthik Calling Karthik" co-stars Deepika Padukone and Farhan Akhtar have come together to share the frame yet again. The duo features in a new advertisement for a soft drink brand, and they will be seen celebrating "the little joys of life".

Coca-Cola's new campaign - 'Chhoti ho ya badi, har khushi mein Coca-Cola', urges consumers to revel in the big and small joys of life.

This is the first time that Farhan and Deepika have worked together in a series of ads, directed by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.


Egencia records 200 pc increase in new business travel contracts in India in 2013

Egencia records 200 pc increase in new business travel contracts in India in 2013New Delhi, Feb 27 : Egencia, the business travel brand of the Expedia Group, has, through its commitment to innovative technology and service offerings for Indian corporations and business travellers, reported an increase of 200 per cent in new contracts signed in 2013, compared with the planned target for the year.

In addition to new sales, customer satisfaction was at its peak with 100 per cent retained clients, 100 per cent in renewed contracts and 95 per cent of customers corporate travel spend spent with Egencia.


Tata Motors to set up Jaguar Land Rover plant in Saudi Arabia

Tata-MotorsNew Delhi, Feb 27 : India's largest automobile company Tata Motors is exploring the possibility of setting up a manufacturing plant for Jaguar and Land Rover in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf kingdom's industry minister said Thursday.

Addressing an India-Saudi Arabia Business Forum meeting here, Saudi Arabia Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfig Fawzan Alrabiah said the proposed plant would be the third largest for manufacturing of high-end Jaguar and Land Rover cars.

The minister said the plant is proposed to be set up eastern province of Saudi Arabia.


Government committed to provide required fund to implement OROP: Antony

AK AntonyNew Delhi, Feb 27 : Defence Minister AK Antony has assured the Services that the Government was fully committed to implement the One Rank, One Pay (OROP) policy and that required funds will be made available to ensure its implementation.

Chairing a meeting of the top brass of the Services and senior officials of MoD, here, last evening, Antony said the Finance Minister had clarified that the figure of Rs 500 crores made available to implement the scheme was only 'indicative'.


Modi bats for online trade

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, Feb 27 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday asked traders to adopt more technology and switch to online trade model whenever necessary.

"We have to convert challenges into opportunities. Do not be afraid of new challenges. Adopt technology and create virtual malls in your shops. Now, even people in smallest towns are looking for branded goods. Use technology to cater to that. If necessary do workshop to learn the way out, but do not run away," Modi said while addressing the All India Traders Convention here.


Don't appreciate such language: Rahul on 'impotent' remark

Rahul-GandhiNew Delhi, Feb 27 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said here Thursday that he does not "appreciate" External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid's "impotent" remark on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Khurshid at a rally Feb 25 in his Farrukhabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh, called Modi "impotent" in failing to protect the people during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

"I do not appreciate this kind of language," Gandhi told the media here.

Other Congress leaders also said that the party does not support the use of such language.


Tribunal suspends Rs.1773 crore fine on Coal India

Coal-IndiaNew Delhi, Feb 26 : The Competition Appellate Tribunal (Compat) Wednesday suspended the penalty of Rs. 1,773 crore imposed by the fair trade watchdog on state miner Coal India (CIL) for abusing its market dominance.

Compat, which disposes appeals against orders passed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), ordered the suspension would be subject to CIL depositing Rs. 50 crore in three weeks’ time. The matter has been slated for hearing next on March 13.


SC issues non-bailable warrant against Sahara chief Subrata Roy

Subrata-RoyNew Delhi, Feb 26 :  The Supreme Court Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against Sahara group chief Subrata Roy for failing to appear before it in person as directed at the court's last hearing. Roy was also given till March 4 to comply with the court's order.

An apex court bench of Justice K. S. Radhakrishnan and Justice J. S. Khehar, while noting that a plea was made Tuesday seeking exemption from personal appearance, said this was reiterated Wednesday but would not be accepted. The case relates to the non-refund of money to investors.


Shinde clarifies remark on media

Sushil-kumar-ShindeNew Delhi, Feb 25 : Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Tuesday clarified that he did not threaten to crush the country's electronic media and was instead referring to the social media.

"I have specifically said that social media incited violence against students from the northeast in Hyderabad and Karnataka.  I have not said anything against journalists.  My comments were misinterpreted," he said.

Shinde created controversy Sunday for allegedly threatening to "crush" the country's electronic media as he said a section of it was portraying the Congress party negatively.


Govt. has never targeted any reporter or media house, opposition more reactive to media criticism: Tewari

Manish-TewariNew Delhi, Feb 25 : Commenting on Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's remark about crushing elements of the media that were spreading false propaganda about the Congress, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday said the UPA Government has never targeted any reporter or media house over their criticisms, and added that it is the opposition and other political parties which repeatedly threatens the media.

"The Union Home Minister has given a clarification on his statement.  I think, there is nothing left beyond this," Tewari said in response to a query regarding Shinde's remark.


Ranbaxy stops API production at two plants

Ranbaxy stops API production at two plantsNew Delhi, Feb 25 : India's largest drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories Tuesday said it has halted temporarily drug ingredient production at two of its facilities in the country as a "precautionary measure".

The two factories, located in Toansa in Punjab and Dewas in Madhya Pradesh, produce active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), the key components to medicines.


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