Category: India

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BJP gives nod to Nuke Liability Bill

The Bharatiya Janata Party has agreed to the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill as the government has increased the cap on compensation from the proposed Rs. 500 crore to Rs. 1,500 crore with a provision for further increase as and when necessary.

The government had come in for severe criticism over this issue as people were agitated over the compensation cap fixed at only Rs. 500 crore. The bill coming up when the scars of the Bhopal tragedy were re-opened following the court verdict, made it difficult for the government to push the bill.

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PM promises to restore Leh

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh announced a package of Rs. 120 crore for restoration of ravaged Leh and promised its inhabitants that all the damaged houses would be rebuilt before the onset of winter.

Following a day long visit to this region that was ravaged by flash floods, Dr. Singh announced the package from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for reconstruction of the town and neighbouring villages.

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Decks cleared for Sonia’s election as Congress chief

The Congress Working Committee while clearing all decks for electing Sonia Gandhi as the party president at a meeting on Monday, took digs at two of its important allies in the UPA alliance ruling the country.

The two allies targeted are Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir which has seen a revival of violence in recent times and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee who has stormed into the Maoists stronghold holding the banner of peace.

Vedanta diversifies into oil even as mining found illegal

Vedanta Resources diversified into oil business by taking over 60 per cent stake in Cairn India which is owning India’s largest oilfield at Mangala in Rajasthan.
The deal is expected to be completed over a period of three months and Sesa Goa, the leading Goan mine field which was taken over by Vedanta earlier, will have a 20 per cent stake in the new venture.

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No Century, but Victory

Verender Sehwag led India to a six wicket win against Sri Lanka at the on going tri-series but was denied a century though he had crossed that mark only because it was a no ball.

India needed just five runs to win and Sehwag who was at the crease, just one ball to score a century. Suraj Randiv bowling the 35th over gave four byes and then two dot balls. His next was a big no-ball which Sehwag smashed outside the boundary but since it was a no-ball his score remained at 99.

MPs to get higher pay

Despite an all party consensus to hike the salary of MPs, the Union Cabinet today deferred a decision on this as a result of which the Bill scheduled to be introduced in the Parliament this week will be deferred.

At the moment an MP gets Rs. 16,000 as a monthly salary while a secretary to the government is paid Rs. 80,000 per month. Given this disparity, it was proposed to increase the MPs salary to at least Rs. 50,000 per month.

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Let’s talk: PM to Maoists, Separatists

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in his Independence Day address to the nation urged Maoists and Kashmiri separatists to enter into a dialogue with the government, while at the same time warned neighbouring Pakistan to stop abetting terrorists.

While appealing to Naxalites to give up violence and enter into a dialogue, the Prime Minister also asserted that the government firmly deal with any violence and called for closer co-ordination between the Centre and States facing Naxalites problem.

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J&K CM Omar Booted

Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdulla joined the ranks of then USA President George Bush, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Home Minister P C Chidambaram, when a disgruntled policemen placed under suspension flung a boot at him at the Independence Day rally.

As Omar rose to deliver his address, Abdul Ahad Jan a policeman under suspension who was seated in the third row of the VIP gallery removed his shoe and flung it at the Chief Minister. However, the shoe missed its target and security personnel were quick to pick up Abdul.

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East India Company in Indian hands

The East India Company that entered India as traders and facilitated the rule of the British empire over this land has now come into the hands of an Indian following...

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The Taj Mahal Palace re-opens

The Taj Mahal Palace, the showpiece hotel of the Taj group that was ravaged in the terrorist attack on 26th November 2008 finally re-opened on India’s Independence Day.

Showers of red rose petals, cheers and loud applause greeted the announcement of its reopening as Tata Sons’ Chairman Ratan Tata stood with the staff on the grand cantilever staircase for a keepsake photograph that symbolises the fighting spirit of Indians.