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Increase Income Tax Revenue, Jaitley tells IT Commissioners

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked the senior officers of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) not to lose sight of domestic black money keeping in view its tax collection targets. The Finance Minister was speaking at a Review Meeting of Principal Chief Commissioners, Principal Directors General , Chief Commissioners and Directors General of Income Tax in Delhi on ...

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Annual Austerity Measure Again, Govt Axes First Class Privileges to Officials

As is the case every year, the Department of Expenditure in Finance Ministry has issued austerity instructions to cut down non-developmental expenditure, a year after the last one issued on 18th September 2013. “Such measures are intended at promoting fiscal discipline, without restricting the operational efficiency of the Government,” defended the government while issuing the guidelines. Cut in Non-Plan expenditure: ...

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Japan Offers Know-how in Quake-Proof Construction, Intelligent Transport System in Cities

Japan has offered to help India in developing Intelligent Transport Systems(ITS) for its urban transportation, which is often crippled by inadequate infrastructure. India and Japan have already identified areas of cooperation in urban development sector at the end of the day long meeting of the India-Japan Joint Working Group, that concluded recently in Delhi. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and ...

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Why Inviting Pak PM Sharif, not Narendra Modi to Jama Masjid Event? Shahi Imam at Pains to Explain

The Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Thursday said he was inviting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but not Narendra Modi to mark his son’s annointment as the Naib Imam, saying the Indian prime minister was yet to win the confidence of the country’s Muslims. Syed Ahmed Bukhari, however, said he had invited four Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including ...

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India gets its ‘spook’ on as Halloween Nears

"Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldronbubble," said the three witches in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The day of the dead, better known as Halloween, will be celebrated all across the world Friday and Indian restaurants, cafes and nightclubs are in full swing to get their "spook" on. The concept of Halloween is fast becoming a catchy routine in ...

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Kerala High Court Upholds Liquor Ban, What Next?

In another blow to the bar owners and brewing firms in Kerala, the high court on Thursday upheld the UDF government’s decision to shut down bars, except five-star hotels and government-owned retail stores (Bevcos) in the state. In his verdict, Justice K Surendra Mohan pronounced the verdict after around 80 petitions were filed by owners of bar hotels in the ...

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Malala Wins 2014 World’s Children Prize in Sweden, Donates Money to Gaza Schools as Sweden’s Recognition of Pa lestine Coincides

Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who won the 2014 World’s Children Prize that she received in Mariestad near Stockholm on Wednesday, said she would donate the $50,000 to rebuilding damaged schools in Palestine, which incidentally was recognised by the host country Sweden as a state on the same day. Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize this year ...

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India’s Second Mars Mission to Be Launched in 2018

After the successful launch of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), its plans to revisit the planet in 2018, possibly with a lander and rover to conduct more experiments, a space official said Wednesday. "We plan to launch a second mission to Mars in 2018, probably with a lander and rover, to conduct more experiments for which we have to develop ...

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How Chimpanzees Plan, Risk and Relish Fruity Breakfast?

Not only humans but even chimpanzees are adept at planning their breakfast and taking into consideration the time, menu and their social gathering, said a new study conducted in in the west-African Tai National Park in Cote d’Ivore. Led by Karline Janmaat from Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, the study showcase the kind of competition among the ...

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Telengana, Andhra Fight Over Water, Electricity

The worst fears of united Andhra Pradesh’s last chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy appear to be coming true with Telangana and residuary state of Andhra Pradesh indulging in no-holds-barred war over sharing of electricity and river water. Ever since Telangana took birth as India’s 29th state in June, the two Telugu states have quarreled on every issue, be it the ...

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Ham Radio Operators Ready for ‘Nilofar’ Cyclone in Pakistan, India

After their laudatory efforts during cyclone ‘Hudhud’, amateur radio operators (hams) from West Bengal and Hyderabad are on alert and ready to roll their services to establish radio communication in case their help is sought in the wake of cyclone ‘Nilofar’ scheduled to hit Gujarat Friday. Cyclone ‘Nilofar’, which developed over the Arabian Sea, is likely to make landfall in ...

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NASA Cargo Spacecraft Explodes Minutes After Launch

In a shocking incident, an unmanned commercial rocket carrying crucial scientific cargo for the International Space Station (ISS) exploded moments after lift-off Tuesday evening. Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island Facility in Virginia, just six seconds after lift-off. “While NASA is disappointed that Orbital Sciences’ third contracted re-supply mission to the International ...

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Manoj Manchu ‘Current Theega’ with Sunny Leone All Set for Big Time Release in 31 Countries, 2,000 Screens

Manoj Manchu’s upcoming film ‘Current Theega’ (Electric Wire) is going to be a mega-release for the Telugu film industry with reports saying the Sunny Leone-starrer will hit screens on Oct. 31, Friday, not only India and the USA but also in 31 countries in total, targeting all the Telugu-speaking population world over. The release include USA, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda, Tanzania, ...

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Sensex Surges at 124 points riding on auto sector gains

Sensex, the benchmark index of Indian equities markets on Wednesday was trading 124.06 points or 0.46 percent up as auto stocks gained and all the sectors were trading in green and the rally was led by auto, capital goods, IT and healthcare sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 27,017.44 points, ...

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‘Happy New Year’ Box Office Collections Cross Rs.230.85 Crore in 4 Days But Fall by 50% on 5th day

Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’, riding on a box office collection that crossed Rs.200 crore and racing towards Rs.300 crore this weekend, has been roaring with success that the HNY team came together to release another dance to the song “Sharabi” that went viral but removed alter on allegations of copyrights violation. With virtually no competition in Bollywood to ...

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Antaras Racket Explodes Mid-air; 5000 Pounds of Supplies, Instruments to ISS Damaged

An unmanned spaceship operated by private firm Orbital Sciences Corp’s aboard Antares rocket with Cygnus cargo spacecraft blew up mid-air at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The mid-air accident occurred at Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, said NASA in a statement. The contractor of the porject Orbital Sciences Corp. said ...

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Google-owned YouTube to go Netflix Way, Paid Subscription on Anvil: CEO Susan

Google-owned YouTube global video site will soon be charging premium clients like Bollywood and Hollywood productions among others for the kind of viewership they enjoy and create buzz for their upcoming films, opening a new avenue of paid subscription for YouTube videos. It may even result in users opting for paid videos on YouTube like Neflix. Currently, YouTube is earning ...

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