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Govt yet to decide on mobile network improvement

IANS Agartala The Indian government is yet to decide on the improvement of mobile networks along the international border areas of the northeastern states due to security reasons, a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) official said here on Saturday. “If the mobile networks along the bordering areas of northeastern states improve then it (system) would be used and misused by …

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BIG Boost to INVESTMENT

PTI New Delhi The Modi 2.0 government’s maiden budget on Friday hiked petrol and diesel prices, raised import duty on dozens of items and increased tax on the super-rich as it sought to spur growth through higher spending and sops for startups, housing and corporates. Presenting the budget for 2019-20, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced further opening up of aviation, …

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Push to PPP model to run railways

PTI New Delhi Railways received a budgetary allocation of Rs 65,837 crore and highest ever outlay for capital expenditure amounting to Rs 1.60 lakh crore in  the budget for the year 2019-20 presented on Friday, which includes a whopping 200 per cent increase in funds for passenger amenities. Last year, the outlay for the railways was Rs 1.48 lakh crore …

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For every rupee in govt kitty, 68 paise come from taxes

PTI New Delhi For every rupee in the government coffer, 68 paise will come from direct and indirect taxes while states’ share of taxes and duties is the single-largest expense head accounting for 23 per cent of total spending, budget documents showed. According to the Budget for 2019-20 presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Goods and Services Tax …

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AYUSH ministry gets Rs 1,939.76 crore

PTI New Delhi The Modi government’s aim to provide a fillip to traditional alternative medicine reflected in the Union Budget 2019-20 on Friday as the AYUSH Ministry saw around 15 per cent hike in budgetary allocation from the last fiscal. An outlay of Rs 1,939.76 crore has been earmarked for the Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) …

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8% growth needed to achieve $5-tn economy dream: survey

PTI New Delhi India’s economic growth will rebound from a five-year low this year, but would need a huge boost in spending and reforms to accelerate higher rate of expansion to double the economy’s size to US $5 trillion by 2024-25, the pre-budget economic survey said on Thursday. Stepping up private investments, exports and job creation will be key to …

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Nitesh Rane arrested for mud attack on official

PTI Mumbai Congress MLA Nitesh Rane and his 16 supporters were on Thursday arrested for attacking a deputy engineer with mud in Maharashtra, days after a BJP legislator assaulted an official with a cricket bat in Madhya Pradesh. Nitesh Rane, the son of BJP Rajya Sabha MP and former chief minister Narayan Rane, and his supporters were held for the …

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Same sex marriage in Varanasi sends shock waves

IANS Varanasi In a bold step, two cousin sisters here in Uttar Pradesh married each other against the wishes of their families. The girls then posted a photograph of their marriage on the social media which sent shock waves in the holy city. This is probably the first same sex marriage in Varanasi. The girls, residents of Rohaniya, reached a …

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UAE Foreign Minister to visit India amid Gulf tensions

IANS New Delhi In a move to take growing bilateral relations forward and further strengthen their Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be on a three-day official visit to India from July 7. Sheikh Abdullah, who is also the Minister for International Cooperation, will be accompanied by a senior-level delegation. He will hold …

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23 feared dead after dam breach in Ratnagiri

PTI Mumbai Twenty-three persons are feared dead after a dam in Maharashtra’s coastal Konkan region breached following incessant rains leading to flood-like situation in downstream villages, officials said on Wednesday. Bodies of 11 persons have been recovered so far, a police official said. The total toll would be 23, he added. The Tiware dam in Chiplun taluka of Ratnagiri district …

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