2009, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)
Booster III Excise
duty, service tax cut by 2 pc New Delhi, February
Toeing the populist line,
the Centre today announced a slew of sops for the ailing auto
and cement sectors, reducing both excise duty and service tax
rates by two per cent each to further stimulate the economy in
the wake of a global financial crisis. UPA’s third economic
stimulus package comes few days after Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee presented an Interim Budget in the Lok Sabha, evoking
cold response from the industry.
Chargesheet today 20 more
Pak names likely Mumbai, February 24
The names of around 20 more
Pakistan-based terrorists, including LeT top guns Yousuf
Muzzamil and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, were likely to figure in the
chargesheet to be filed in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai
terrorist strikes tomorrow, police said today.
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turns down Pak offer to resume dialogue New Delhi, February 24
India today turned down
Pakistan’s proposal to resume the bilateral dialogue process, saying
Islamabad must do more to dismantle the terror infrastructure on its
soil and punish the masterminds of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
must maintain sanctity of safe zone’ New Delhi, February 24
Seeking to mollify the agitated UPA
allies from Tamil Nadu, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today
said India has requested the Sri Lankan government to facilitate
evacuation of civilians caught in the ongoing conflict to safe zones
through sea and land routes in the presence of international observers.
detain a student during a protest against Sri Lankan President
Mahinda Rajapakse in Chennai on Tuesday. — Reuters
dates on March 4 New Delhi, February 24
The Election Commission (EC) in
consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the security agencies
has almost prepared the schedule for the general elections that could
run-up to six phases. This would entail large-scale movement of security
personnel across the country and putting forces on the alert along the
border and on the coastline.
first IIT takes shape Ropar, February 24
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,
known for his outbursts against the Congress-led UPA government for
“giving a step-motherly treatment” to Punjab, today thanked union
HRD minister Arjun Singh for “bestowing” the state with an IIT. He
was speaking during the stone-laying ceremony of the IIT, Ropar, which
already has its first batch students taking lessons at the IIT, Delhi,
the mentor institute.
test for kabaddi players Jalandhar, February 24
With the use of performance
enhancing drugs among kabaddi players on the rise, all players from
Punjab playing in Canadian, U.K. and European Punjab style kabaddi
circuits will be subjected to dope tests before leaving abroad. The
kabaddi season in Canada, UK and other parts of the Europe will begin in
May and end in August.
math exam cancelled Bhiwani, February 24
The Haryana Board of School
Education cancelled mathematics paper of class X, second semester,
scheduled to be held today. According to reports, as the exam started,
students were shocked to see the paper of the first semester. They
protested against it and superintendents at the examination centres
immediately contacted the board authorities.
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