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Latest NewsChina holds massive military parade
04/09/2015
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Beijing, September 04-In an unprecedented show of military might, China today displayed long-range "aircraft carrier-killers" and latest weaponry to mark the 70th anniversary of its victory over Japan in World War II but made a surprise announcement of slashing troop numbers by 3 lakh.Amid bitter territorial disputes with neighbours, the 2.3-million strong Chinese military put up a well-coordinated show rolling out its latest armaments ranging from intercontinental ballistic  [ ... ]


Latest NewsSensex crashes 521 pts in early trade on profit booking
04/09/2015
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Mumbai, September 4-Indian stocks plunged in early on Friday as retail investors booked profits after amid sustained capital outflows by foreign funds, with BSE Sensex losing 521 points and the NSE Nifty falling below 7,700-mark.A weak trend on other Asian markets as investors turned cautious ahead of the US job data which will be released later in the day, also triggered selling by participants.The 30-share barometer, which gained 311.22 points in the previous session, tanked 521.63 points, [ ... ]


Latest NewsOROP deadlock: Veterans say open to 2-yr revision
04/09/2015
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New Delhi, September 04-The government and protesting soldiers are inching closer to a final formula on the “one rank, one pension” (OROP) scheme. While some ground has been covered, gaps remain and possibility of the government “unilaterally” notifying the scheme on its own terms exists.A group of ex-servicemen  today met Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and said they could agree to a biennial (once in two years) revision of pension. The tenure of revising  [ ... ]


Latest NewsElite commando, 4 militants killed in Handwara encounter
04/09/2015
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Srinagar, September 04-In a second firefight in less than 24 hours, four suspected Pakistani militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba and an elite para commando of the Army were killed in a gunfight in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Three soldiers were injured in the overnight gunfight.The encounter broke out on Wednesday evening in the forests of Sochalwari Vilgam in Handwara, nearly 85 km from Srinagar, when joint teams of the police and the Army launched a search operation in the area after  [ ... ]


Latest NewsGovt to auction 69 oil, gas fields
03/09/2015
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New Delhi, September 3-The Cabinet today cleared auction of 69 idle oil and gas fields of state-owned ONGC and Oil India to private firms on a new revenue sharing model and unified licence which is expected to monetise Rs 70,000 crore of resources. This decision is expected to stimulate investment as well as higher domestic oil and gas production.From coal to telecom to radio, the government is moving to an auction driven process for natural resources. While the auction of small and ma [ ... ]


Latest NewsPunjab cane farmers paralyse traffic for 7 hrs
03/09/2015
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Jalandhar, September 03-Road and rail traffic remained paralysed in the region as thousands of farmers from across the state squatted on the Jalandhar-Phagwara national highway near Rama Mandi and Dhanowali railway crossing for more than seven hours today.The farmers had been protesting the alleged government inaction over a raw deal meted out to cane growers by millers by not disbursing their Rs 250-crore dues last year and announcing to shut down their mills in the coming season.The prot [ ... ]


Latest NewsArmy jawan, four militants killed in North Kashmir's Handwara encounter
03/09/2015
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Srinagar, September 3-Four suspected militants and an Army jawan were killed in an overnight gunfight in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.  The encounter broke out last evening in Sochalwari Vilgam at Handwara, nearly 85 kms from here, when joint teams of police and the Army launched search operation in the area after a tip off about the presence of militants.“In the overnight firefight, four militants and an Army jawan of 9 Para were killed,” police sources sa [ ... ]


Latest NewsBanking, transport services hit as 10 Central trade unions go on strike
02/09/2015
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New Delhi, September 2-Normal life was affected in various parts of the country, including West Bengal, Tripura, Kerala and Karnataka, as 10 Central trade unions today went on a day-long nationwide strike to protest against changes in labour laws and privatisation of PSUs.Trade union leaders claimed that around 15 crore formal sector workers are on strike in support of their 12-point charter of demands. The BJP-backed BMS and NFITU, however, stayed away from the strike.The strike affec [ ... ]


Latest NewsOROP: Jaitley says no to annual pension revision
01/09/2015
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New Delhi,SEP 01-For the first time, the Union Government offered its own perspective on the contentious ‘one rank, one pension’ for the retired soldiers with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying the pension could not be revised annually. The Centre could not give “unreasonable concessions” merely on emotions, the minister said.Apparently laying down rules for implementing the scheme, a pre-poll promise of the BJP, Jaitley said the definition of the OROP in the govern [ ... ]


Latest NewsIndia may miss growth target as GDP dips to 7%
01/09/2015
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New Delhi, SEP 01-India’s GDP growth has slowed to 7 per cent in the April-June quarter from 7.5 per cent in the previous quarter amid deceleration in the agriculture, services and the manufacturing sectors. The development may be a cause for concern for the government, which had claimed the growth would pick up in the remaining part of the year. The Union Finance Ministry officials had even cited several indicators to support its claim on a higher growth. he Centre had set a target of [ ... ]


Latest NewsMehrishi new Home Secy as Goyal bows out
01/09/2015
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New Delhi, SEP 01-The government today appointed Rajiv Mehrishi as the new Union Home Secretary, while RP Watal was made the Finance Secretary. Incumbent Union Home Secretary LC Goyal, who was just seven months into his two-year tenure, has taken voluntary retirement. Rajiv Mehrishi, a 1978-batch Rajasthan cadre officer, has taken his place.Watal, who took over as the Finance Secretary, is a 1978-batch Andhra Pradesh cadre officer. Meanwhile, Shaktikanta Das, 58, took over as the Secretary [ ... ]


Latest NewsBase MSP on Swaminathan formula, Badal urges Modi
01/09/2015
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New Delhi/Chandigarh, sep 01-Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a hiatus of over 11 months to put forward a string of demands, including the implementation of the Swaminathan formula to determine the minimum support price (MSP) of crops—an issue that has deep resonance with the Opposition.Badal last met Modi one-on-one at 7, Race Course Road, on September 22, 2014. Raising the Swaminathan formula issue in the run-up to the Bihar Assem [ ... ]


Latest NewsOppn claims win on vexed land Bill
31/08/2015
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Patna, August 31-Coming together for the first time ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections, top leaders of the 'grand secular alliance', including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, today claimed victory on the vexed land Bill as they tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi over "unfulfilled promises” and "insult" to Bihari pride.On a day when faced with stiff resistance, Modi announced that the government will not re-promulgate the controversial land acquisition ordin [ ... ]


Latest NewsFear was instilled about land Bill among farmers, says Modi
31/08/2015
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New Delhi, August 31-In a decision that is being seen as an attempt by the BJP to counter a united opposition in the crucial Bihar Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the government would not re-promulgate the controversial land ordinance, set to expire tomorrow. The Prime Minister said the government would instead include 13 points in the land acquisition Bill to provide direct financial benefits to the farmers. The NDA government had repeatedly failed to get the Bil [ ... ]


Latest NewsAnother Punjab BJP leader held in drug-trafficking case
31/08/2015
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Ferozepur, August 31-The BJP, which has been hitherto confronting its coalition partner and long-term ally—the SAD — on terror links and drugs, seems to have been caught on the wrong foot with its several leaders getting booked in similar cases over the past sometime.In the latest development, BJP (Rural) Minority Morcha district president Jarnail Singh (alias Judge Nimana) of Sodhinagar in Ferozepur was arrested by the Rajasthan Police for drug trafficking, along with his three  [ ... ]


Latest News Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions leave 5 dead
30/08/2015
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Kabul, August 30-Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five dead in southern Afghanistan, a top official with the insurgent group said today as its members meet in Pakistan to resolve a leadership crisis following the death of its former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.It was the first confirmed report of deadly Taliban infighting after an announcement last month that Mullah Omar had been dead for more than two years. Mullah Omar’s family objected after his former deputy, [ ... ]


Latest NewsMalaysians rally to demand reform, PM Najib’s ouster
30/08/2015
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Kuala Lumpur, August 30-Tens of thousands of Malaysians marched in a massive anti-government rally here today demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak following weeks of simmering anger over corruption allegations against the premier.Online reports said there were at least 40,000 protesters in the rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur.Unfazed by hundreds of police which had declared the rally as unlawful, thousands carrying placards joined the protest organised by Bersih, a coaliti [ ... ]


Latest NewsIran nuclear deal will ‘fuel terrorism’, says Netanyahu
30/08/2015
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Florence (Italy), August 30-The deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme will bolster Tehran’s ability to fund global terrorism by providing the Islamic state with “billions of dollars” in sanctions relief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared.“Iran will get hundreds of billions of dollars from sanctions relief and investments to fuel its aggression and terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa and beyond,” Netanyahu—who is bitterl [ ... ]


Latest NewsChina arrests 12 as Tianjin blasts toll rises to 145
28/08/2015
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Beijing, August 28-China has arrested 12 people, including top executives of a warehouse, in connection with the twin blasts in Tianjin as authorities intensified a probe against 11 officials for alleged dereliction of duty in the country’s worst industrial disaster that claimed 145 lives.The arrested people include chairman of Tianjin International Ruihai Logistics Co Ltd chairman Yu Xuewei, vice-chairman Dong Shexuan and its three deputy general managers who were “criminally de [ ... ]


Latest NewsUneasy calm in Gujarat; toll rises to 10
28/08/2015
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Ahmedabad, August 28-An uneasy calm prevailed in Gujarat today after two days of violence during the OBC quota stir of the Patel community even as the death toll rose to 10 and a defiant Hardik Patel vowed to intensify the agitation.Notwithstanding appeals for peace by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, Hardik, who is spearheading the agitation, today upped the ante asking farmers of his community not to supply essential commodities like vegetables and milk to c [ ... ]


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