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India aims for at least 1,500 biotech start-ups

IANS   KOLKATA India aims to scale up start-ups in the biotechnology sector to at least 1,500 in the next two to three years to boost technological interventions in the health and agriculture sectors, a senior biotechnology department official said. “We presently have around 500 start-ups in the biotech sector. It is less in comparison with other sectors. We plan …

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US-India trade group welcomes liberalised FDI norms

WASHINGTON The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has applauded the Indian government’s latest reforms liberalising FDI norms in industries that are starved for capital and enable the ease of doing business in the country. “Putting more FDI proposals through the automatic route is clear signal that the government is living up to the mandate of minimum government and maximum governance,” USIBC …

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EU, India have new role to play, saying grouping’s new envoy

PTI   NEW DELHI The European Union and India have a new role to play in a world that is now quite different from what might have been imagined just a few decades ago, the new envoy of the 28-nation grouping said here on Friday, adding that he will work to make the ties more result-oriented. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of …

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Encourage kids to dream big: Pranab

PTI   NEW DELHI President Pranab Mukherjee today said children should be encouraged to “dream big” about the future of the country and explore their potential to the full. In his message to the Ministry of Women and Child Development on the eve of Children’s Day, Mukherjee said the future of the country depended on children. He said by providing …

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OROP not govt’s but BJP promise: Parrikar

PTI ARAKKONAM The implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme is a fulfillment of BJP’s poll promise and it has been ensured that the veterans get maximum benefit, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. Stating that the protesting ex-servicemen were well within their rights to demand more, the minister said they should approach the judicial committee for their …

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US ‘reasonably certain’ ISIS’ Jihadi John killed

PTI WASHINGTON The US military on Friday said it was “reasonably certain” that ISIS militant ‘Jihadi John’ was killed in its air strike in Syria, describing his death as a “significant” blow to the Islamic State terror group. “We are reasonably certain that we killed the target that we intended to kill, which is ‘Jihadi John,’” Colonel Steven Warren, spokesman …

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Diversity our strength: PM

PTI LONDON Facing attack back home over the issue of intolerance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India’s diversity was the country’s “strength and pride” and underlined the importance of peaceful co-existence. Modi also said that there is no reason for India to remain poor, asserting. “we harbour poverty for no reason.” “India is full of diversity. This diversity …

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RP-2021: final decision likely by November 20

NT NETWORK PANAJI The government, in all probability, will take a final decision on the Regional Plan 2021 by November 20. This was stated by Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, who also holds the Town and Country Planning (TCP) portfolio, on Friday. In an attempt to resolve the issue of the regional plan, a crucial meeting was held late evening …

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Infusion of oxygen to help St Inez creek breathe easy

ABDUL WAHAB KHAN | NT PANAJI In a project aimed at reviving the polluted St Inez creek with the help of aeration technique, the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) will aerate about 1.5 km of the total 2.5-km stretch of the creek so as to provide oxygen for the fish to breathe. The aeration process will also play a …

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Mickky to fight 2017 elections on his own

NT NETWORK MARGAO Nuvem MLA Francisco Xavier Pacheco alias Mickky on Friday said that the Goa Vikas Party (GVP) will not ally with any other political party in the state to fight the 2017 assembly election even though some politicians in the Salcete taluka are in favour of an alliance on the lines of Bihar. “I have seen the national political parties. It’s time to go …

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