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Stop rights violation of Kashmiri Pandits: UKPC

The United Kashmiri Pandit Conference (UKPC) on Saturday accused the Centre and the state of failing to take adequate steps to stop human rights violation of Kashmiri pandits, who have been forced to leave the Valley, and ensure their return and r

Muivah arriving in New Delhi Saturday night, says Home Secy

The NSCN (IM) general secretary T Muivah would arrive tonight in New Delhi to carry forward the stalled Naga peace process, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said in Dimapur on Saturday. "Muivah accepted the invitation from the Governme

NHRC concerned over lack of mental hospitals

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed concern over the inadequacy of mental health hospitals in the country. After attending the recent North Eastern Regional review meeting on mental health in Guwahati, commissi

UP makes alcohol costlier

Tipplers in Uttar Pradesh will have to shell out more on alcohol from April 1 as the state has increased licencing fee and duty on country-made alcohol, Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and beer. As per the new excise policy approved by t

Srikrishna Committee is a farce: Venkaiah Naidu

Describing as "farce" the Justice Srikrishna Committee set up by the Centre to resolve the Telangana issue, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that it does not serve any purpose and was a waste of public money. &

Budget allocates over 25 percent more for education

The government has increased the allocation to the education sector by over 25 per cent this year as it gears up to implement the Right To Education Act from April. The Budget raised the total allocation for education from Rs 36,400 crore i

PM leaves for three-day Saudi Arabia visit

Amid his keenness to impart "strategic character" to India-Saudi Arabia ties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today embarked on a visit to Riyadh during which the two sides will sign an Extradition Treaty and a number of other pacts.

It`s a "tired man`s budget": Swaraj

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said the government has presented a "tired man`s budget" which lacked dynamism and the vision to overcome food insecurity and price rise. "This is a tired man`s

Karunanidhi demands diesel price hike rollback

UPA ally DMK on Saturday demanded an immediate rollback of the fuel price hike, saying it would have a "cascading effect" on food prices at a time when the Centre and states were "grappling with high food inflation." In

Double-digit growth soon: FM

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday exuded confidence the economy would soon break the double-digit growth barrier and said the stimulus measures will not be fully withdrawn until a robust recovery is achieved. Mukherjee, however

Four-pronged strategy to spur farm sector growth

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, in his budget speech, has outlined a four-pronged strategy to spur growth in the farm sector. He said the government would focus on raising agriculture production, reduction in wastage, credit support to farmers

Experts welcome budget, say it is balanced, focussed

Financial sector experts, in their initial reactions to the Budget, have described it as a "positive and pragmatic" one. The Sensex zoomed over 350 points backed by strong technicals and a friendly budget which focused on maintai

Nilekani to head new Technology Advisory Group

The government Friday proposed the setting up of a technology advisory group to be headed by UIDAI chairman Nanadan Nilekani for creating reliable and tamper-proof IT projects. The announcement was made by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee

Budget exceedingly good, a job well done: PM

Terming as "exceedingly good", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said the Budget would help the economy to return to nine per cent growth while allaying the fears that it would fuel "inflationary" expectation. &qu

Budget in nutshell

The Union Budget this year has aimed to focus on inclusive growth and insuring food security. These concerns for aam aadami have gone hand in hand with credible measures for improving investment climate, strengthening infrastructure and fiscal con

Income tax rates cut; more money in your hands

In a relief to individual tax payers, the government on Friday changed the slabs cutting the rate to 10 percent for income up to Rs five lakh, while leaving the threshold limit for tax-free income unchanged at Rs 1.6 lakh. Income between R

Oppn walk out in LS over hike in petro product duties

The proposed changes in duties related to petroleum products in the Budget stirred a hornet`s nest on Friday with the entire Opposition walking out from the Lok Sabha and warning that they will not allow Parliament to run till a rollback is announ

Fiscal deficit for 2010-11 pegged at 5.5% of GDP: Pranab

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday pegged the fiscal deficit for 2010-11 at 5.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The fiscal deficit, which is the difference between total expenditure and revenue, as percentage of GDP w

Only four percent hike in defence budget

The government on Friday allocated Rs.1,47,344 crore towards defence in 2010-11 budget, a paltry four percent increase from last year`s Rs 1,41,703 crore. Of the allocation provided, Rs 60,000 crore would go for capital expenditure, Financ

Pranab prunes tax rates

Income up to Rs 1.6 lakh - nil Income above Rs 1.6 lakh and up to Rs 5 lakh - 10 percent Income above Rs 5 lakh and up to Rs 8 lakh - 20 percent Income above Rs 8 lakh - 30 percent. New tax rates would offer relief

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