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No AIIMS for Kerala; NISH to be made university

No AIIMS for Kerala; NISH to be made university

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the full-fledged budget of the NDA government said that the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) in Thiruvananthapuram would be made as a university. However, there was no mention of AIIMS to be set up in Kerala this time too. Jaitley said AIIMS campuses would come up in […]

Govt to set up Mudra Bank for priority to SC/ST entrepreneurs

Govt to set up Mudra Bank for priority to SC/ST entrepreneurs

The government will a create a refinance agency, Mudra Bank with an initial corpus of Rs 20,000 crore to provide credit facilities to SC/ST businesses, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. “I propose to create a micro units development refinance agency, Mudra Bank with a corpus of Rs 20,000 crore and credit guarantee corpus of Rs […]

GDP in 2015-16 to be 8-8.5%, says Jaitley

GDP in 2015-16 to be 8-8.5%, says Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said growth in the next financial year will rise to 8-8.5 per cent and clock double-digit level in the subsequent years. “Growth in 2015-16 is expected to be between 8-8.5 per cent. Aiming for a double digit rate seems feasible very soon,” he said while presenting the Budget for 2015-16 in […]

New Zealand beat Australia in thriller

New Zealand beat Australia in thriller

New Zealand became the first team to enter the Cricket World Cup quarterfinals, clinching a nerve-wrecking one-wicket triumph over four-time champions Australia after dismissing them for their second lowest tournament total in a pool A thriller in Auckland on Saturday. In a low-scoring match that went right down to the wire, the nervous Kiwis huffed […]

Rs 25 cr sanctioned for Paddy procurement: Minister

Rs 25 cr sanctioned for Paddy procurement: Minister

Civil Supplies Corporation has been allotted an additional amount of Rs 25 crores for paddy procurement, State Finance Minister K.M Mani said. “A total amount of Rs 180 crore has been earmarked for the purpose in current year’s budget. Sanction for the additional amount of Rs 25 crore was approved by the Finance Department,” Mani […]

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead

Boris Nemtsov, one of the most senior leaders of Russia’s political opposition, was shot dead in central Moscow on Saturday in what his associates said was a political murder and President Vladimir Putin decried as a ‘provocation’. The fatal attack on Nemtsov, 55, came less than two days before a planned opposition protest against Russian […]

AB de Villiers hits fastest 150 in ODI history

AB de Villiers hits fastest 150 in ODI history

AB de Villiers hit the fastest ever 150 in one-day internationals as South Africa condemned West Indies to a crushing 257-run defeat in Sydney. de Villiers took 64 deliveries to reach 150, beating the previous best, set by Australia’s Shane Watson, of 83 balls. He finished 162 not out from 66 balls as South Africa made […]

RBS to shut down its banking operations in India

RBS to shut down its banking operations in India

Britain’s largest state-owned bank, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has decided to shut down its banking operations in the country but will be retaining the back office. “We are looking at running down the India business but we will be retaining the back office. We will have to sit down and take a final call […]

Modi denounces communalism, says his govt stands for all

Modi denounces communalism, says his govt stands for all

Breaking his silence in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi denounced communalism and asserted that his government stood for unity wherein all religions prosper within the framework of the Constitution. “My government’s only religion is ‘India first’, my government’s only religious book is ‘Indian Constitution’, our only devotion is ‘Bharat Bhakti’ and our only prayer is […]

Solar aircraft successfully completes test flight in UAE

Solar aircraft successfully completes test flight in UAE

Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered aircraft, completed its first test flights in Abu Dhabi on Thursday ahead of its round-the-world journey. With Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg taking turns in the cockpit, the single-seater aircraft will attempt the flight around the world beginning in March from the UAE capital. Si2, the first airplane […]

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