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Major outcome of Durban climate talks

Durban, Dec 11 The UN climate change talks in Durban Sunday arrived at a four-pronged Durban Package to save the planet by controlling emission of greenhouse gases. The main outcome of the Durban talks: * To extend the Kyoto Protocol: To extend for another...

Govt, to expand banking, insurance services in northeast

Kolkata, Dec 10 (IANS) Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Saturday said the government will expand the banking and insurance networks in the eastern and northeastern states. “Government is keen to expand the network of banks in eastern states, particularly...

SBI expects Rs.30-40 bn capital infusion soon

Kolkata, Dec 10 India’s biggest lender, State Bank of India (SBI) Saturday said it expects a capital infusion of Rs.30 to 40 billion in December this year or at the latest by March 2012. “We are expecting Rs.3,000 crore to Rs.4,000 crore (capital...

Mamata urges banks to hike agriculture, SME credit in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 10 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday urged public sector banks to increase the flow of credit to agriculture and micro and small enterprises sectors in the state. “I would request the banks to look into the following...
Rising raw material cost dampening manufacturing growth: Ficci

Rising raw material cost dampening manufacturing growth: Ficci

New Delhi, Dec 11 Fewer orders, moderate exports and rising raw material costs have dampened the manufacturing sector, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) says in its latest quarterly survey. According to Ficci’s survey,...
India’s forex reserves rise by $2.48 bn

India’s forex reserves rise by $2.48 bn

Mumbai, Dec 11 India’s foreign exchange reserves climbed by $2.48 billion to $306.84 billion for the week ended Dec 2, rising for the first time in five weeks due to an increase in the value of foreign currency assets and gold reserves, official...
Punjab farmers end agitation; road, rail blockade ends

Punjab farmers end agitation; road, rail blockade ends

Chandigarh, Dec 11 Road and railway traffic limped back to normal across Punjab Sunday as agitating farmers, demanding waiving of power bills among other things, lifted their blockade of highways and railway tracks after five days. “The agitating...

Bengal’s no defers resumption of night train services

Ranchi, Dec 11 Night train services of the East Coast Railways, halted since May last year, were to resume Sunday but have been further deferred after the West Bengal government expressed its inability to provide security, official sources said Sunday. The...

Iran finds large gas deposit in Caspian Sea

Moscow, Dec 11 A large natural gas deposit with reserves of 50 trillion cubic feet , or over 1.40 trillion cubic metres was discovered in the Iranian part of the Caspian Sea, an Iranian TV reported quoting the country’s Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi...

Russia launches two telecom satellites

Moscow, Dec 11 Russia Sunday launched two telecommunications satellites –Luch-5A and Amos-5 — from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan. A Proton-M carrier rocket with two telecommunications satellites onboard blasted off from the Baikonur...

Hot season triggers 100 bn tonnes Greenland ice loss

Washington, Dec 11 According to a latest finding, an unusually hot melting season in 2010 triggered ice loss of 100 billion tonsin southern Greenland. Large portions of the island’s bedrock rose an additional quarter of an inch. This is the finding...

Himachal launches green policy on used CFL lamps

Shimla, Dec 11 Worried over the environmental hazard posed by discarded and fluorescent lamps, the Himachal Pradesh government is working on a policy to make firms manufacturing and trading in them to buy back used lamps from consumers for their safe...

India gets its way as climate summit closes

Durban, Dec 11 An impassioned speech by Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan capped the finale of the UN climate summit that ended here early Sunday with a Durban Package, after she warned that India “will never be intimidated by any threat or...

Anna gets Left, right support for strong Lokpal

New Delhi, Dec 11 Leaders of various political parties Sunday came out strongly in support of social activist Anna Hazare, who was on a day-long fast for a strong anti-corruption Lokpal that would include the prime minister and entire bureaucracy under...
President releases stamp on Kavi Ravidas

President releases stamp on Kavi Ravidas

President Pratibha Patil releasing postage stamp on Kavi Pradeep
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