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  • Centre allocates Rs 410-cr for drought affected districts

    New Delhi, Sept 2: Aiming to minimise the impact of deficit monsoon, the Centre has allocated Rs 410 cr to 20 states and union territories this year under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). Agriculture Ministry said, 219 dists in the country are frequently affected by drought. Realising the gravity of situation, Centre has made an effort for the first time to identify the most vulnerable areas that require immediate attention for water conservation, harvesting & ground water recharge, Agriculture Ministry said in a statement. The funds are being utilised to improve the condition of underground water, soil moisture regime & to create micro water storages in these areas. The maximum amount of Rs 69 cr has been allocated to Rajasthan, followed by Rs 64.42 cr to Tamil Nadu, Rs 46.36 cr to Punjab and Rs 40.96 cr...

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  • Normal life hit as trade Unions on one-day strike

    New Delhi/Bhopal, Sept 2: Normal life has been affected in various parts of the country including the state capital Bhopal today with ten central trade unions, with a combined membership of 15 crore workers in public and private sector, observing one-day nationwide strike. In some regions, informal sector workers have also joined strike. Trade unions have called this strike over a 12-point charter of demands, including withdrawal of the proposed changes in the labour laws and stopping the disinvestment and privatization of PSUs. A high-level group of senior ministers had met the top union leaders to convince them of withdrawing the strike call and had also promised to look into their various demands, including minimum wages, contract labour and social security. Across the country around 500,000 bankers - workers and officers...

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  • USIBC praises Indian government's ruling on MAT

    Washington, Sept 2: US-India Business Council (USIBC) has praised Indian government's ruling on Minimum Alternative Tax, MAT, and said that the tax certainty will promote long-term investments in India. USIBC President Mukesh Aghi said the announcement demonstrates the Government of India's commitment to attracting long term foreign investment into the country by providing greater tax certainty and ensuring ease of doing business for the global investment community. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced Tuesday the govt's decision to accept the AP Shah Committee's recommendation that the Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT) provisions do not apply retrospectively to FIIs before April 1, 2015. The govt, he said, has decided to amend the I-Tax Act to clarify the issue with regard to levy of MAT on FIIs & in the meantime CBDT field officers...

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  • Ban Ki-moon calls for 'direct dialogue' between India & Pak

    United Nations, Sept 2: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for a 'direct dialogue' between India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions between the two nuclear-armed South Asians neighbours. The UN Chief had earlier expressed regret over the calling-off of the planned meeting on August 23-24 between the NSAs of India & Pakistan and had hoped that leaders of the two countries will use "all opportunities" to resume talks at an early date. Notwithstanding the cancellation of NSA talks, heads of border guards of India and Pakistan will meet in New Delhi from 9th Sept to discuss ways to have peace on the frontier which has been volatile over the last several months. The DG-level talks will take place from 9th to 13th Sept in New Delhi. BSF & Pak Rangers have handed over to each other the agenda papers, in which both want to discuss the issue of repeated ceasefire violations.

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  • Overall flood situation continues to remain critical in Assam

    Guwahati, Sept 1: In Assam, the overall flood situation remains critical for the consecutive third day today. Official sources said that over 8 lakh people have been submerged in 18 dists. Several rivers including Brahmaputra are maintaining a rising trend at many places. Ferry services between Guwahati and North Guwahati has been suspended. Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner said that, situation still remains critical at Dibrugarh city. He said that relief material has been given in affected areas. Roads communications disrupted in flood affected districts. A mother & her daughter were killed in landslide at Amingaon near Guwahati this morning while another death has been reported due to drowning in Tinsukia district. Over 51 thousand people are staying at 183 relief camps. Surging water overtopped national and state highways at many places. Wild animals have shifted to highland areas.

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  • Dhoni, Sehwag to be part of charity match in London on Sept 17

    London, Sept 2: India ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will join compatriot Virender Sehwag and a host of other international cricketers for a charity match at the Kia Oval here on September 17. They will be part of the team christened 'Help for Heroes XI' captained by England Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss and managed by the great Ian Botham. They will take on a Rest of the World XI containing Brendon McCullum, Matthew Hayden, Mahela Jayawardene and Graeme Smith as well as players such as Kiwis Scott Styris and Daniel Vettori and charismatic Afghan Shapoor Zadran. The team will be coached by Gary Kirsten and managed by the legendary Indian Sunil Gavaskar. The game will be preceded by a Twenty20 match between the incredible Help for Heroes Cricket Club and the England Physical Disability Team.

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Weather, 04 February
New Delhi Weather

High: +23° Low: +9°

Humidity: 100%

Wind: NW - 10 KPH

Mumbai Weather

High: +31° Low: +22°

Humidity: 39%

Wind: NNE - 10 KPH

Bhopal Weather

High: +25° Low: +12°

Humidity: 96%

Wind: NE - 8 KPH