Budget 2021-22 will fail to curb inflation

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Majority of the people in the country expressed dissatisfaction with the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday, saying it will not be able to bring down inflation, according to the IANS C-Voter Budget Insta-Poll. The poll included a sample size of 1,200 people selected randomly across […]

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Reassuring budget with thrust on healthcare, say industry experts

Bengaluru, Feb 1 (IANS) With no unpleasant surprises, the Union Budget was reassuring as healthcare and well-being received top priority and higher outlay, industry experts said on Monday. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the federal budget for the ensuing fiscal in Parliament on Monday. “A reassuring Union Budget with no unpleasant surprises has buoyed […]

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Budget visionary and pro-poor, says Haryana CM

Chandigarh, Feb 1 (IANS) While hailing the Union Budget as visionary, pro-poor and forward-looking, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday said the focus on farming, healthcare, infrastructure, women and senior citizens would help in improving the lives of people. Congratulating Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for presenting the budget amid the unprecedented pandemic, […]

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Delhi Police chief visits Ghazipur border

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Delhi Police Commissioner S.N. Shrivastava on Monday visited the Ghazipur border and took a stock of the security arrangements. He addressed the Delhi Police personnel deployed in the area and appreciated the hard work done by them. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at the three borders — Ghazipur, Singhu […]

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Budget session of Odisha Assembly from Feb 18

Bhubaneswar, Feb 1 (IANS) The Budget session of the Odisha Assembly will commence from February 18 and continue till April 9, in two phases. As per a notification issued by the Assembly Secretariat on Monday, the session will begin with Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal’s address on February 18. Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari will present the […]

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Pump priming: India sets massive spending target to unleash growth (Consolidated 2nd Lead)

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Centre will go in for a massive spending spree on infrastructure creation, healthcare, education and demand generation to revive India’s pandemic-battered economy. In her third budget presentation to the Parliament, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to unleash the massive fiscal expansion in 2021-22 on the back of high borrowings, fire […]

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Budget is prudent and well-calibrated: FICCI Rajasthan state chief

Jaipur, Feb 1 (IANS) FICCI Rajasthan State Council and Kajaria Ceramics Ltd CMD chairman Ashok Kajaria on Monday said that the budget is prudent and well-calibrated in today’s environment. He said, “The impetus on social and physical infrastructure is commendable. The Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban), Urban Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0, vehicle […]

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Major push for asset monetisation, govt set up dedicated pipeline

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Giving emphasis to asset monetisation amid pandemic-impacted revenue collection and increasing public expenditure, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced setting up of a National Monetisation Pipeline of potential brownfield infrastructure assets. Presenting the Union Budget for 2021-22, the minister noted that monetising operating public infrastructure assets is a very […]

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Punjab sets up helpline to report missing farmers

Chandigarh, Feb 1 (IANS) Amid growing concerns over more than 100 people from Punjab reportedly missing in Delhi-Haryana region since the Republic Day tractor rally, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday announced helpline number 112 to report all such instances. Also, 70 lawyers have been appointed by the Advocate General to provide free legal […]

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Kerala CM interacts with university students

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 1 (IANS) Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan interacted with students at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) on Monday. This was part of a series of interactions with university students and research scholars by the Chief Minister. These interactions are to get a feedback from the youth and to incorporate the suggestions of […]

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National Language Translation Mission to boost Internet access

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) The government on Monday announced the National Language Translation Mission (NTLM) to make governance-and-policy related knowledge available in major Indian languages. The announcement is important to enhance access to digital content to millions of Indian users who are witnessing a spurt in smartphone and Internet usage. Nitin Kunkolieker, President MAIT, […]

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Budget achieves goals of ‘Aatmanirbhar’ India: Shivraj

Bhopal, Feb 1 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has described the Union Government’s General Budget 2021-22 as the budget to achieve the goals of an ‘Aatmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) India. Reacting to the Budget, Chouhan said,”Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken effective steps to achieve […]

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Priyadarshan wraps up ‘Hungama 2’

Mumbai, Feb 1 (IANS) Filmmaker Priyadarshan on Monday wrapped up the shooting for his upcoming film, Hungama 2, featuring Paresh Rawal, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Meezaan Jafri and Pranitha Subhash. “Even after so many years, ‘Hungama’ is still fresh in audiences’ minds and it was a challenge to ensure ‘Hungama 2′ was even more entertaining than […]

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Farmers will get justice: Ramdas Athawale on Budget

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Lauding the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, various political leaders on Monday emphasized that the announcements are for the benefit of the farmers. Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said that the budget assured “increased allocation” for the farmers. “Farmers and labourers will get justice,” he said. Amid the […]

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Gurugram schools reopen for classes 6 to 8

Gurugram, Feb 1 (IANS) Schools in Gurugram for classes 6 to 8 reopened on Monday with strict Covid-19 protocols. The school timings have been fixed from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., according to an order released by Haryana’s Department of School Education. Earlier, the Haryana government reopened the schools for students of classes 10 and […]

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Nitish welcomes ‘balanced’ Union Budget

Patna, Feb 1 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has welcomed the Union Budget presented on Monday by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, describing it as a “balanced” Budget. Nitish reacted to the Union Budget saying, “Despite the Covid epidemic and problems in revenue collection, a balanced Budget was presented by the central government. It […]

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Raj educationists hail Budget focus on NEP

Jaipur, Feb 1 (IANS) Educationists in Rajasthan on Monday praised the Union Budget 2021-22, saying that it is focussed on the National Education Policy (NEP) which will improve the education sector. “The Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has duly focused on the key areas — health and education — providing robust infrastructure to […]

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Lucknow University to provide consultancy service

Lucknow, Feb 1 (IANS) Subject experts from Lucknow University will now provide consultancy services to private and public sector organisations against a fee. The service will be provided through the varsity’s consultancy clinic (LUCC) named ‘Paramarsh’. Paramarsh has already got four clients – one from the government sector and three private ones – hours of […]

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Pak receives 1st batch of Chinese Covid vaccines

Islamabad, Feb 1 (IANS) Pakistan on Monday received the first batch of China’s Sinopharm vaccine against the novel coronavirus. This batch, brought to Islamabad aboard a special Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft, contains 500,000 doses of the vaccine, Dawn news reported. Taking to Twitter, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health (SAPM) Faisal Sultan […]

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Yogi govt aims to make PDS free from corruption

Lucknow, Feb 1 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government has digitised the process of distributing ration and has also increased the monitoring of the implementation of the schemes. This has been done to make the Public Distribution System (PDS) transparent and free from corruption. According to the government spokesman, the government has implemented the online ration […]

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Sitharaman proposes 3 new dedicated freight corridors in Budget

By Anand SinghNew Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) With focus on the industry and better connectivity for freight transportation, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced three new Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs) of approximately 4,000 km. While presenting the Union Budget for 2021-22, the finance minister also announced the extension of the Eastern Dedicated Freight […]

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Health sector hails increased allocation, new schemes

Hyderabad, Feb 1 (IANS) The health sector on Monday hailed the Union Budget 2021-22 for increased allocation to the sector and new schemes. Some leading private healthcare providers here welcomed the announcements made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to give a push to the health sector post-pandemic. “Budget 2021-22 presented under unprecedented circumstances surely has […]

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FM proposes 34.5% increase in FY22 Capex

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday proposed to increase the capital expenditure by 34 per cent in comparison to Budget Estimate (BE) of the previous fiscal. Accordingly, the FM proposed to increase the capital expenditure to Rs 5.54 lakh crore from Rs 4.12 lakh crore in BE FY21. Besides, more […]

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Below Zero: Chaotic, compelling, claustrophobic tension (IANS Review; Rating: * * *)

Below Zero (Spanish film); Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Alex Monner, Patrick Criado, Florin Opri?escu; Direction: Lluis Quilez; Rating: * * * (three stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY The Spanish action thriller Below Zero (Bajocero in Spanish) is an old-school, uncomplicated mix of suspense and violence that avoids too much focus on details or subtexts. The idea works […]

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Israel extends ongoing lockdown

Tel Aviv, Feb 1 (IANS) The Israeli cabinet has decided to extend an ongoing 36-day nationwide lockdown until Friday in an effort to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Late Sunday night, the Ministers voted in favour of extending the measure at least until Friday, a government spokesman confirmed to Xinhua news agency on Monday. The lockdown, […]

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Indian Muslims: Dilemmas and Panacea (Part 2)

By Asad MirzaFor their community’s benefit, Muslim leaders will have to adopt a pragmatic approach and identify path-breaking alternatives for the community’s progress. Fostering a Community psyche The Indian Muslims, as a community, do not possess a common community psyche. They are divided in many factions and no faction is ready to tolerate the other. […]

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Budget FY22: FM proposes to turbo-charge economy via mega spending push (Ld)

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday proposed to unleash a massive fiscal expansion in 2021-22 to revive India’s pandemic-battered economy. Accordingly, she proposed to increase the capital expenditure by 34 per cent in Budget 2021-22 in comparison to the previous fiscal BE (Budget Estimate). She presented the Budget in Parliament […]

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Team India’s ‘spectacular success’ in Aus finds mention in FM’s budget speech

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Indian cricket team’s “spectacular” Test series victory in Australia found a mention in Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget 2021-22 Speech in the Parliament on Monday. “I can’t help but recall the joy that we as a cricket-loving nation felt after the Team India’s recent spectacular success in Australia,” Sitharaman […]

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Airlines offered discounts to use Iranian airspace

Tehran, Feb 1 (IANS) Iran is offering discounts to major international airlines amid efforts by the government to boost transit income by increasing the number of flights through the countrys airspace, Transportation Minister Mohammad Eslami said. In a statement on Sunday, the Minister saud that the government had already approved a plan by Iran Airports […]

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Meet these teen authors from India

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, Feb 1 (IANSlife) For the talented, age is just a number – even in the literary world. As challenging it is to write a book, two Indian wunderkids – Saranya Bhattacharjya, 16, and Nikki Khanna, 15 – have already begun their journeys in school. Saranya’s collection of poetry, ‘Clash with Reason’, […]

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Now, an online course on Urdu vocabulary

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, Feb 1 (IANSlife) In an initiative to familiarize Urdu language enthusiasts and budding poetry appreciators with the fundamental vocabulary used in Urdu poetry and conversations, Rekhta Foundation has launched an online learning course titled ‘Alfaaz’. Majority of the people who are enthusiastic towards Urdu poetry and language are the ones whose […]

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Yosemite National Park in California to reopen

San Francisco, Feb 1 (IANS) The Yosemite National Park in California will reopen on Monday to visitors with reservations, according to authorities. “To better manage heavy visitation in the Yosemite National Park while California continues to experience the Covid-19 pandemic, reservations will be temporarily required to enter Yosemite every day beginning February 8,” the park […]

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JGBS advisory board calls for stronger academia-industry connect

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) The high-profile expanded international advisory board of the Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) at O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) held its first meeting in January 2021. The JGBS International Advisory Board comprises leaders from industry and academia around the world, including senior industry professionals like (Rajiv Inamdar (former head, Heidrick […]

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Pak Navy to host multinational maritime exercise

Islamabad, Feb 1 (IANS) More than 40 countries are expected to participate in a multinational maritime exercise to be hosted by the Pakistani Navy, an official said here. The exercise under the theme of “Together for Peace” is expected commence from February 10 and the participating countries will bring forth their assets and delegations, Xinhua […]

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How can we get common sense back?

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Companies and organisations, it seems, have become so entangled in their own internal issues, so beset by invisible red tape, so handicapped by frozen screens, that they’ve lost sight of their purpose and culture — replaced with a pipeline of bureaucracy leading straight into our bedrooms, writes Danish author and […]

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India’s first Budget amid Covid pandemic

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) India’s first Budget post the onset of Covid-19 pandemic will be presented to Parliament on Monday. Accordingly, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her third and most significant Finance Bill to Parliament. This year’s Budget assumes significance as the Centre has to play a balancing act between inducing fiscal expansion, […]

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Minimum temperatures improve across J&K, Ladakh

Srinagar, Feb 1 (IANS) Light snowfall and a nightlong cloud cover on Monday resulted in improvement in the minimum temperatures in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh with the meteorological (MET) department forecasting inclement weather till February 4. “The minimum temperatures in J&K and Ladakh though continues to remain below the freezing point in the Kashmir […]

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