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‘Problems faced by industry will be solved in next 10 days’

NT NETWORK Panaji To sort out the various problems faced by Goan industry, the government on Wednesday constituted a core committee headed by Nila Mohanan, industry secretary, to resolve the situation speedily. Stating that the core committee is empowered to take all the decisions, Vishwajit Rane, industry minister, said that, its mandate is to take up issues separately and resolve …

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‘Direct tax collection target fixed at `13.35L cr is achievable’

PTI New Delhi The government has re-calibrated and fixed the direct taxes collection target for this financial year at Rs 13.35 lakh crore, a task that the CBDT chief said is difficult but achievable. He also said that the government can only think of further “lowering” corporate tax rates once the exemptions and deductions in this sector are phased out. …

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More than 20 killed in Papua New Guinea

AP Canberra Police and soldiers have been sent to Papua New Guinea’s highlands to make arrests and provide security after more than 20 people, mostly women and children, were slain in recent tribal violence over a feud that has lasted for years, officials said Wednesday. In the latest attack, 16 women and children were killed this week by assailants armed …

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India demands Security Council action against Dawood, D-Company

IANS United Nations India has demanded Security Council action against mafia don-turned terrorist Dawood Ibrahim sheltering in Pakistan and his D-Company terror organisation behind the 1993 wave of bombings in Mumbai that killed 257 people declaring they posed “a real and present danger”. Following up on India’s diplomatic success in getting a Council sanctions committee to declare Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) chief …

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Nepal SC stays govt move to roll back pesticide testing on vegetables, fruits

PTI Kathmandu Nepal’s Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the government’s move of rolling back its earlier decision to check for permitted levels of pesticides in vegetables and fruits imported from India. A single bench of Justice Anandamohan Bhattarai issued the ruling, ordering the government not to backtrack on its previous decision to conduct pesticide residue tests on vegetables and fruits …

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Convicted people will not be allowed media space: Pak govt

PTI Islamabad The Pakistan government has decided that media should not be allowed to promote the narrative of convicted or under-trial persons, in a move that aims to curtail the space given by the press to jailed politicians like Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. A Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed the Pakistan …

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UN nuclear watchdog holds special meeting on Iran

IANS Vienna The UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday held a special meeting on Iran after the Islamic Republic announced its second breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers. It prompted criticism from the Iranian president, who said the focus should be firmly on US policies. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-nation board of governors held talks in Vienna …

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Onus on Pak to create environment for normal relations: govt

PTI New Delhi India has conveyed to Pakistan that it wants normal neighbourly relations with it in an atmosphere free from terror, and the onus is on Islamabad for creating such an environment, the government said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. In a written reply to a question, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan listed a number of …

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Cabinet nod to set up single tribunal to adjudicate river water disputes

PTI New Delhi The Union Cabinet Wednesday gave its nod to set up a single, permanent tribunal to adjudicate all interstate river water disputes, subsuming existing nine, with an aim to resolve grievances of states in a speedy manner. Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Cabinet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said there are nine tribunals functioning …

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Three dead in Assam floods, over 2 lakh affected

IANS Guwahati At least three persons have died in the last 24 hours in floods and landslides in Assam and over two lakh people have been affected, officials said on Wednesday. Two people died due to floods and one person was killed in a landslide here. The situation is expected to worsen as the meteorological department has predicted more rain …

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