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Govts urged to simplify land laws, procedures

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said there should be minimal interface between people and officials dealing with land issues, to eliminate corruption, and urged the Centre and state governments to simplify land transaction procedures and make them transparent. Releasing a book, titled “Land Registration, Global Practices & Lessons for India”, Naidu also said “age-old” laws require amendments …

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Develop book reading habit: Modi

New Delhi: A week after his Mann Ki Baat monthly radio programme in which he stressed on the importance of book reading, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday again urged people to keep reading books and to share their experiences on the NaMo App. “During MannKiBaat last week, I had talked about a book I read and urged you all …

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13 on Indian boat rescued from Bangladesh waters

New Delhi: A crew of 13 people on board a disabled Indian fishing boat ‘Tara Shankar’ have been rescued from Bangladeshi waters, the Indian government announced on Sunday. The rescue amid rough sea took place on Saturday evening from about 60 nautical mile inside the Bangladesh waters in a coordinated operation between Indian and Bangladesh Coast Guards, the External Affairs …

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Proposal to give proxy voting rights held back for ‘further study’

New Delhi: The government is learnt to have withheld its plan to introduce a fresh bill in Parliament to extend the facility of ‘proxy voting’ to overseas Indians, pending “reconciliation” of varied views on the issue. A similar bill had lapsed following the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month. It was passed by the lower house but was pending …

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Modi slams doubters of $5-trillion economy dream

PTI Varanasi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday dismissed as “professional pessimists” the critics of the Centre’s target to achieve a US $5-trillion economy within the next five years and asserted that the “new India” is on the threshold of sprinting forward. A day after the Union budget was presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Prime Minister shared his …

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Karnataka govt in crisis

PTI Bengaluru The Janata Dal-Secular-Congress government in Karnataka plunged into a crisis on Saturday, with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the Speaker. The Congress accused the BJP of trying to topple the coalition government by “buying” MLAs, but the BJP dismissed the charge saying it had nothing to do with the resignations and the internal feud …

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CBI court convicts former Gujarat BJP MP

IANS Ahmedabad A Special Court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here on Saturday convicted former Gujarat BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki in the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethva. The court also convicted six others in the case. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on July 11. Jethva was shot dead outside the Gujarat High Court on …

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UNSW, Sydney to help Pune become a ‘smart and accessible city’

IANS Pune In a bid to plan a “smart and accessible city”, the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL) has partnered with University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney that would help the city fulfil its digital innovation agenda with big-data analytics. Pune has already established itself as a leader in innovative and sustainable use of information and communications …

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Govt yet to decide on mobile network improvement

IANS Agartala The Indian government is yet to decide on the improvement of mobile networks along the international border areas of the northeastern states due to security reasons, a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) official said here on Saturday. “If the mobile networks along the bordering areas of northeastern states improve then it (system) would be used and misused by …

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BIG Boost to INVESTMENT

PTI New Delhi The Modi 2.0 government’s maiden budget on Friday hiked petrol and diesel prices, raised import duty on dozens of items and increased tax on the super-rich as it sought to spur growth through higher spending and sops for startups, housing and corporates. Presenting the budget for 2019-20, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced further opening up of aviation, …

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