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President uses buggy to arrive at Parliament

President uses buggy to arrive at Parliament

New Delhi, Jan 31  President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday used the traditional gold-plated horse-drawn buggy to arrive at Parliament House to address a joint sitting of both houses, marking the opening of the Budget session.Mukherjee, seated on the teak...

Privatise civil aviation, banking to push reforms: Economic Survey

New Delhi, Jan 31  The Economic Survey 2016-17 tabled in Parliament on Tuesday by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called for more privatisation in the civil aviation, banking and fertiliser sectors to further the economic reforms process. “India...
Fast remonetisation, tax rates cut to help in growth: Economic Survey

Fast remonetisation, tax rates cut to help in growth: Economic Survey

New Delhi, Jan 31  The Economic Survey 2016-17 has advocated fast remonetisation, a cut in tax rates and stamp duties and reining in over-zealous tax administration to make India the world’s fastest growing major economy again. The survey, tabled...

Modi looks forward to ‘fruitful’ budget session

New Delhi, Jan 31  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hoped that the budget session of parliament that got underway on Tuesday would be “fruitful” and all political parties would ensure a healthy debate in the larger public interest.“In...
Parliament’s budget session historic: President

Parliament’s budget session historic: President

New Delhi, Jan 31  President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the Budget Session of Parliament was historic as it heralded the advancement of the budget cycle as also the merger of the railway budget with general budget.“This is a historic session...
India’s Economic Survey pegs next fiscal’s growth at 6.75-7.5%

India’s Economic Survey pegs next fiscal’s growth at 6.75-7.5%

New Delhi, Jan 31  India’s Economic Survey for 2016-17 has pegged the country’s growth at between 6.75 per cent and 7.5 percent, while going by the 7.1 percent expansion for the current fiscal provisionally projected by the Central Statistics...
Government assures healthcare for all: President

Government assures healthcare for all: President

New Delhi, Jan 31  President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that the government has taken several initiatives to provide healthcare to all, including an immunisation programme that helped 55 lakh children.“My government has taken several initiatives...
India gave ‘fitting reply’ with surgical strike: President

India gave ‘fitting reply’ with surgical strike: President

New Delhi, Jan 31  India gave a “fitting reply” to Pakistan by conducting a surgical strike on terror launch pads in Pakistani territory, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday.“My government has taken decisive steps to give a fitting...
‘Nearly 13 cr poor covered under social security’

‘Nearly 13 cr poor covered under social security’

New Delhi, Jan 31  Observing that financial inclusion was the key to poverty alleviation, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said close to 13 crore poor have been covered under various social security schemes of the Narendra Modi government.Addressing...
35 nomination papers rejected in Uttarakhand

35 nomination papers rejected in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, Jan 31  Thirty-five nomination papers have been rejected in Uttarakhand, the Election Commission said on Tuesday.This leaves 687 candidates in the fray for the 70-seat assembly. Uttarakhand votes on February 15. Wednesday is the last day for...
Palestine President visits Pakistan

Palestine President visits Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 31  Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday began a three-day visit to Pakistan, officials said.Abbas, accompanied by a 17-member delegation including five ministers, will inaugurate the new Palestine embassy complex here, Xinhua...
Farmer-oriented schemes resulted in increase of crop yield: President

Farmer-oriented schemes resulted in increase of crop yield: President

New Delhi, Jan 31 President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the “favourable monsoon” supplemented by “farmer-oriented schemes” of the government has resulted in increased crop yields.“A favourable monsoon supplemented by...
Rs 2 lakh crore provided for micro entrepreneurial units: President

Rs 2 lakh crore provided for micro entrepreneurial units: President

New Delhi, Jan 31  President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the government has provided over Rs 2 lakh crore for the development and refinancing of micro entrepreneurial units under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.Addressing the joint session of the...
Government will welcome EC decision on simultaneous polls: President

Government will welcome EC decision on simultaneous polls: President

New Delhi, Jan 31  President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the government will welcome any decision taken by the Election Commission on simultaneous polls to the assemblies and Lok Sabha, in consultation with political parties.Addressing the joint...
1.4 lakh Indian villages, 450 cities declared open defecation free: President

1.4 lakh Indian villages, 450 cities declared open defecation free: President

New Delhi, Jan 31  President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday hailed the nation for declaring “over 1.4 lakh villages, 450 cities, 77 districts and three states as open defecation free”.“My government salutes the strength of the janashakti...

Modi greets NDRF on its 12th Raising Day

New Delhi, Jan 31  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday commended the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for its efforts in disaster response, rescue and relief.Modi’s remarks came on the occasion of the 12th Raising Day celebrations of...
Trump likely to issue executive order to limit H1-B visas

Trump likely to issue executive order to limit H1-B visas

Washington, Jan 31  US President Donald Trump is preparing to issue executive orders on the H1-B and other visas that are the life blood of Indian technology companies in the US, his spokesperson Sean Spicer has indicated raising the likelihood of stringent...
Now, book tickets online for Delhi’s major attractions

Now, book tickets online for Delhi’s major attractions

New Delhi, Jan 31  Now people visiting the national capital will be able to book tickets for the city’s major tourist attractions online as the Delhi government on Monday reached an agreement with BookMyShow for an online ticketing platform.Delhi...
India extends NRs 249 mn aid for Nepal road project

India extends NRs 249 mn aid for Nepal road project

Kathmandu, Jan 31  India on Monday handed over to Nepal a cheque for NRs 249 million to help four road projects in the Himalayan country.Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae handed over the cheque to Nepal’s Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister...
Equities drop ahead of Economic Survey 2017-18

Equities drop ahead of Economic Survey 2017-18

Mumbai, Jan 31 Caution ahead of the Economic Survey 2017-18 and the Union Budget presentation a day later pulled the Indian equities markets lower during the early morning trade session on Tuesday.Besides, investors’ sentiments were subdued by negative...