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    Untreated sewage from Varthur Lake spills out on Bangalore roads

    Bangalore: Huge quantities of white froth spouted from the Varthur Lake in Bangalore on Tuesday morning and spilled on to the roads, causing a traffic jam. The polluted water emanated a foul stench, causing discomfort to residents.

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    Israel to help ‘reduce’ farmer suicides: Devendra Fadnavis

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said senior Israeli leader Shimon Peres has agreed to mobilise the country’s technology to help ‘reduce’ suicides by farmers in the western Indian state. Fadnavis made the announcement in a tweet after meeting the 92-year-old two-time prime minister and former president on Wednesday afternoon during his trip to Israel.

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    Maharashtra government plans to give more power to SRA for slum-free state

    Mumbai: With a view to make Maharashtra slum-free by 2022, the state government has proposed amendments to the Maharashtra Slum Areas Act that will give more teeth to the Slum Rehabilitation Authority to ensure stringent implementation of the scheme. “The government has proposed certain amendments to the Maharashtra Slum Areas Act, 1971 to introduce stricter provisions and fix time frames. These amendments will ensure that the SRA takes pro-active steps to implement the scheme in a very transparent and effective manner,” SRA Chief Executive Officer

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    Hawkers attacked in Mumbai; four booked

    Mumbai: A group of people allegedly attacked hawkers and vandalised their stalls in suburban Jogeshwari here, police said today.  According to police, the incident took place last evening in Jogeshwari East where the hawkers were allegedly beaten up and threatened to leave the spot. Four persons–Priyesh Jaisawal, Navnath Kadam, Sohan Sahu and Lahu–were booked for beating, rioting and intimidating the hawkers following the incident, police said.

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    Bengal government, opposition on warpath over strike

    Kolkata: Even as the West Bengal government and the ruling Trinamool Congress seemed to be going all out to foil the strike and shutdown called by the Left Front and the BJP on Thursday, the communists have threatened a “war” if the administration tried to thwart the protests. As the political parties indulged in a slugfests, industrialists complained that the strike and shutdown would not serve any purpose. With May 1 being an official holiday in the

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    Jogindernagar to be first Himachal town with wi-fi facility

    Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday announced free wi-fi facility for Jogindernagar town along with installation of CCTV cameras at public places. He said it would be the first town in the state to possess these facilities. “This would not only help in keeping close tabs on anti-social elements but also ensure cleanliness in the town,” he said at a public meeting in Jogindernagar, 202 km from here. The chief minister also announced the upgradation

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    India announces e-tourist visa for 31 more countries

    New Delhi: India’s e-tourist visa scheme, earlier known as tourist visa on arrival, will be extended to 31 more countries from May 1, it was announced on Wednesday. The central government said the facility, started on November 27, 2014 to 45 countries from nine designated Indian airports, is being extended to 31 more countries, including Canada and France. “This facility is being extended to 31 more countries from May 1,” it said in a statement.

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    Protests over poor relief as Nepal toll crosses 5,000

    Kathmandu: Anger over poor governmental relief ignited protests in Nepal on Wednesday as the death toll from the horrific temblor crossed 5,000, with thousands battling for life. Four days after the deadly quake, more shops opened here and traffic returned to Kathmandu’s roads. Authorities also restored electricity while telephones began to function in more areas.

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    Flight schedules from India to Nepal returning to normalcy

    Kolkata: Even as airport congestion due to quake relief operations is causing flight delays to and from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, flight operations between India and its Himalayan neighbour is heading towards normalcy again, operators said on Wednesday. “The situation is slowly improving and returning to normalcy. Flights are operating as per schedule and at the moment, there is no need for emergency flights,” an official with Air India told IANS.

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    Lok Sabha passes demand for grants; to take up Finance Bill tomorrow

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha today passed a bill allowing the central government to withdraw Rs 62.03 lakh crore from the Consolidated Fund to meet its expenditure during 2015-16, thus completing the second phase of the budgetary exercise. The House approved the Appropriation Bill, 2015, after the demands for grants for several ministries were collectively put to vote and passed by applying guillotine. The Bill, moved by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, was passed by a voice vote.

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    Money laundering cases rise to record high in Switzerland

    Geneva: Long considered a safe haven for suspected black money, Switzerland has reported a sharp rise in the ‘suspicious activity reports’ received by its Money Laundering Reporting Office to a record high level of 1,753. The quantum of the funds involved in these cases has also risen by 12 per cent to more than 3.3 billion Swiss francs.

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    Indian government committed to non-discriminatory internet access for all

    New Delhi: Amid a debate on net neutrality, the government said it is committed towards providing equal internet access to all and will ensure non-discriminatory availability, Parliament was informed today. “Government notes with assurance the growth of internet in India and wide platform it has offered for innovation and creativity. Government strives for non-discriminatory access to internet for all citizens of the country,” Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

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    Flipkart acquires mobile marketing firm Appiterate

    New Delhi: Online marketplace Flipkart today said it has acquired mobile marketing start-up Appiterate as the eCommerce firm looks to strengthen its mobile platform. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. In line with its ‘Mobile First’ focus, this acquisition strengthens Flipkart’s presence in the area of mobile technology, Flipkart said in a statement. Post the deal, Appiterate’s mobile marketing automation platform will be integrated into Flipkart’s mobile app, which will help the Bangalore-based eCommerce firm in targeting users based on their activity

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    Vivo plans manufacturing plant in India

    Hyderabad: Chinese phone-maker Vivo plans to set up a manufacturing plant in India, a top company official said here on Wednesday. Vivo, which is China’s third largest smartphone manufacturer, is looking to set up the manufacturing facility at Gurgaon in three-to-four years. The Shenzhen-headquartered company, entered India in December last year, opened its first exclusive brand store in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

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    Financial inclusion to remain ‘pipe dream’ sans broadband: TRAI

    New Delhi: Advocating deeper broadband penetration to ensure success of Jan Dhan scheme, telecom regulator TRAI’s chief Rahul Khullar today said financial inclusion will otherwise remain a “pipe dream” and merely opening bank accounts will not serve the purpose. “We have Jan Dhan Yojana in place. I have been told that magnificently large number of bank accounts have been opened and I am also told that large number of those accounts are dormant,” Khullar said here while speaking at an Assocham event on financial

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    New telecom service quality parameters soon: TRAI chief Rahul Khullar

    New Delhi: India’s telecom regulator is likely to announce new parameters for improvement of quality of service for telecom operators in a month’s time to tackle call dropping and other problems being faced by customers, its chairman Rahul Khullar said here on Wednesday. He was speaking at the 2nd National Summit on ‘IT & Mobile Banking: Digital Transformation of Indian Banking; Enabling Financial Inclusion’, organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

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    Mercedes-Benz launches road safety campaign in India

    New Delhi: German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz today launched a campaign to emphasise awareness on road safety in India in association with its four group companies working in the country. Named as ‘Safe Roads’, the campaign is a joint CSR initiative of Mercedes-Benz global headquarter and its group firms operating here, in which the message is spread through visual aids, physical demonstrations and research projects.

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    FDI inflows in manufacturing rose by 45%, says govt

    New Delhi: FDI inflows in the manufacturing sector rose by almost 45 per cent between October last year and this February, compared to the same period in the previous financial year, government said today. The FDI inflow in October 2014-February 2015 stood at USD 6,916.99 million compared to USD 4,770.94 million in the corresponding period of previous financial year, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Rajya Sabha during Question Hour.

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    ISS resupply mission ‘fails’, craft hurtling to Earth

    Washington: An unmanned Russian spacecraft loaded with cargo for the International Space Sation has gone out of control and is probably going to crash into the earth’s atmosphere soon, said media reports and NASA on Wednesday. The spacecraft is carrying 6,000 pounds or 2721.5 kg of food, fuel and materials for scientific experiments for the crew at the International Space Station (ISS). But the failed attempt will not put the six ISS crew members at risk.


    Air India Express marks 10th anniversary with slew of offerings

    Dubai: Air India Express, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, today celebrated its 10th anniversary of its operations by offering several freebies to its passengers. To mark the occasion, the airline has enhanced free baggage allowance to 30 Kilos for travels by its services from Gulf to India, up to May 31st.