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"70 pc malaria cases in SE Asia reported from India"
Govt New Delhi, About 70 per cent of malaria cases reported from the South East Asia Region (SEAR) are from India, where the number of cases and deaths due to the vector-borne disease in 2014 saw an increase as compared to 2012, the government said today.
Kanhaiya didn't raise any slogan: JNU security
A security guard at JNU campus and a policeman, said to be eyewitnesses in the sedition case, have been seen saying Kanhaiya Kumar did not raise any slogan.
Crop productionn dips in Gujarat for second consecutive year
There has been a considerable decrease in cultivation area as well as overall production of food crops and non-food crops in Gujarat in 2015-16 vis-a-vis the previous year, as per the latest estimates presented in the Socio-Economic Review of Gujarat.
President to launch five key projects in Kerala tomorrow
President Pranab Mukherjee will launch five key projects, including declaration of Kerala as the first digital state and dedication of the UL CyberPark to the nation, here tomorrow.
Cultivable land has declined: Govt
Cultivable land in the country has marginally declined but the trend of increasing agricultural production is still expected to continue, the government today said.
No case of Zika virus reported in India: Govt
Till date, no case of Zika virus disease has been reported in India even as dengue-hit states of Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have been alerted as the same type of mosquito spreads both the viruses, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
Nearly 9-cr children given deworming tablets in '15
With more than 24 crore children at risk of getting parasitic intestinal worms, the government has launched a major drive under which nearly nine crore children were given deworming tablets last year, Lok Sabha was today told.


Only Musharraf be tried for treason: Pakistan SC
Spelling further trouble for military ruler Pervez Musharraf, Pak SC ruled that only he should be tried on the charge of treason for subverting the Constitution in 2007.
Two killed as small plane crash-lands in Nepal
From Shirisih B Pradhan Kathmandu, A small plane carrying 11 people today crash-landed in a remote area in western Nepal, killing both pilots in the second aviation tragedy in the country within three days.
US Senators slam H-1B visa programme
From Lalit K Jha Washington, Top US lawmakers today slammed the popular H-1B visa programme and demanded strict action against companies abusing it to replace Americans with low-paid foreign workers, including from India.
Iran votes in vital elections after nuclear deal
Iranians vote in polls billed by moderate president as vital to curbing conservative dominance in parliament and speeding up domestic reforms after a nuke deal with world powers.


NITI Aayog to interact with public on General Budget
Government think tank NITI Aayog, which provides policy support to the Centre and the states, will interact directly with citizens on the Union Budget.
Budget: Hotel industry hopes for tangible resolutions
Ahead of the Budget, the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has urged the government to rationalise taxes and amend policies for aligning the tourism sector.
Govt offloads 1.6 lakh tonnes pulses seized from hoarders
About 1.16 lakh tonnes of pulses seized from hoarders have been disposed off in the open market so far to boost supply and contain rising prices.
Sensex retakes 23k on Eco Survey
Benchmark Sensex broke its 3 days of losing spell by gaining over 178 pts after Eco Survey days before Union Budget projected economy to grow at 7-7.75 per cent in 2016-17.
Survey backs EET taxation system for savings
Amid a move to lower interest rate on small savings schemes to reduce cost of funds, the Economic Survey today advocated scrapping tax benefits for savings like PPF and taxing investments at time of withdrawal saying the incentives are availed mostly by the well-offs.
'Prepare contingency plans for poor monsoon'
El Ni o, which is held responsible for extreme weather events across the country last year, is unlikely to repeat this year, the Economic Survey has said but suggested that the government should still be ready with the contingency plan to deal with any eventuality.
Railways looks for innovative financing, FDI
Faced with a plethora of challenges, railways is making all efforts to tap innovative methods of financing, besides generating internal surplus and attracting FDIs.
"Remove regulatory cholesterol to create more jobs"
India needs to create a large number of formal sector jobs and deal with regulatory issues that force firms to opt for contract workers due to slow labour reforms, Economic Survey said today.
Min faults rail bud for not starting new project in NE
Tripura Transport minister Manik Dey today criticised this year''s railway budget for not launching any new project in the north-eastern states and termed it as "direction-less" and "pro-corporate".
'Need to balance probity with bonafide decisions'
Some provisions of anti-corruption law seem to scare the honest without deterring the corrupt, the Economic Survey today said while calling for an amendment to the legislation to prevent graft in order to improve economic policy-making by public servants.
"Govt needs to reduce subsidised cylinders to 10"
Advocating rationalising LPG subsidy, the pre-Budget Economic Survey has called for cutting supply of below-market priced cooking gas to 10 cylinders per household in a year from 12 bottles, at present.
Govt's LED drive to save over Rs 45,000 crore
Government''s plan to change 77 crore conventional bulbs and 3.5 crore conventional street lights with LED range would save Rs 45,500 crore by reducing 21,500 MW electricity demand, said the Economic Survey 2015-16.
Reliance Industries tops CSR spending chart: Govt
Reliance Industries has emerged as the top company in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR), having spend over Rs 760 crore, followed by state-owned ONGC and IT giant Infosys, Parliament was informed today.
"FTAs have pushed up imports more than exports"
Free trade agreements which India has implemented so far have pushed up imports more than the country''s exports, the Economic Survey 2015-16 said today.
Govt takes steps to facilitate 'exit' for failed ventures
Likening the Indian economy in the 21st century to the Charkravyuha legend of the Mahabharata - the ability to enter but not exit - the Economic Survey 2015-16 today cautioned that the country is facing adverse consequences due to the lack of a way out for failed ventures.
Pay hike unlikely to destabilise prices: Survey
The hike in wages under the Seventh Pay Commission is unlikely to destabilise prices and will have little impact on inflation, the Economic Survey said today.
Survey calls for big changes in agri-sector
Stating that Indian agriculture has become a "victim" of its own success, the Economic Survey has favoured the use of hybrid and GM seeds along with better MSP, irrigation and national market facilities to boost crop yields and for bringing in major transformation in the sector.
USL appoints M K Sharma as new chairman
The Diageo-controlled United Spirits (USL) today announced the appointment of M K Sharma as its new chairman, a day after the embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya resigned from the post.
Apple asks judge to vacate order on locked iPhone
Apple Inc has asked a federal magistrate to reverse her order that the company help the FBI hack into a locked iPhone, accusing the federal government of seeking "dangerous power" through the courts and of promoting a "boundless" interpretation of the law.
German govt approves loan proposal for KMRL proj
The German government has given its nod for a loan proposal relating to Kochi Metro Rail Limited''s (KMRL) Rs 741 crore-project to create an integrated water transport system in and around the coastal city.
Google CEO meets with EU anti-trust chief
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai met with the European Union''s top anti-trust official Margrethe Vestager today in an effort to narrow differences ahead of a landmark competition decision on the company.


Sania-Hingis 41-match winning streak comes to a halt
Indian tennis star Sania and Martina Hingis'''' 41-match winning streak came to halt after world number one women's doubles pair went down fighting in quarters of Qatar Open
Mumbai extend Ranji dominance with 41st title
Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy for a record 41st time with a comprehensive innings and 21 run victory over Saurashtra on day three of the five-day final here on 26.02.2016.

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