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Tough job in hand for the new expenditure secretary

Tough job in hand for the new expenditure secretary

When Ashok Lavasa was made the environment secretary in September 2014, his mandate was equally tough: pave the way for simpler, faster and smoother clearances of infrastructure projects and bring efficiency in government functioning.      Ashok Lavasa, the new expenditure secretary, has his job cut out: rein in wasteful spending and boost the government’s finances.  This may seem a difficult task, given that the Seventh Pay Commission and One-Rank-One-Pay are ..., 15 minutes ago

Arun Jaitley's niece gets grief from BMC over death certificate

The common man is no stranger to the tardy pace of work at government offices, but it seems the BMC doesn't spare even VIPs this frustration '" not even Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's niece. At a time when she was grieving over the loss of her mother-in-law, the BMC gave Ranjana Jaitley further grief and compelled her to run around for days just to collect the death certificate. Ranjana finally got hold of the death certificate late THursday evening, over a week after she began pursuing ...
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EPL: With three-match ban Tottenham's Alli out for rest of season

Alli was caught on video deliberately swinging his arm into the stomach of West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob during Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane IMAGE: Dele Alli. Photograph: Darren Staples/Livepic/Reuters Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli will miss the rest of the season after he was give a three-match ban for violent conduct by the Football Association on Thursday. The 20-year-old, voted the PFA Young Player of the Year last weekend after a sensational first season in the top ...
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Markets make a smart recovery; Sensex up 100 points, Nifty nears 7,900

  MMarkets have made a smart recovery from day’s low and are trading in positive zone led by renewed buying among Infosys, ONGC, Maruti Suzuki and Axis Bank. At 9:50 am, the S&P BSE Sensex is up 145 points at 25,745 and the Nifty50 has gained 40 points to trade at 7,887. Lupin, Maruti Suzuki, Axis Bank, ONGC and Cipla are the top five Sensex gainers, all surging between 1%-2%. Lupin has strengthened its branded drug portfolio in the US market with the relaunch of a drug to ...
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Kejriwal dares BJP to arrest Sonia Gandhi in chopper scam

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal dared the Bharatiya Janata Party to arrest Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders of the party in connection with the controversial Rs 3,600 core AgustaWestland chopper deal. He also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the issue and wondered why Central Bureau of Investigations raids have not been conducted against Congress leaders in connection with the case. “I dare BJP two arrest Sonia ji and ...
 Rediff.com31 minutes ago Who received kickbacks in chopper deal? Amit Shah asks Sonia  Rediff.com18 hours ago

Rupee inches up 7 paise against dollar

  The rupee recovered by 7 paise to 66.45 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday on fresh selling of the American currency by exporters amid sustained foreign fund inflows. Besides, weakness in the dollar against other currencies overseas supported the rupee, forex dealers said. The rupee lost 8 paise to close at 66.52 against the US dollar on Thursday on month-end demand for the American currency from importers despite a lower greenback ...
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Disgraced cyclist Armstrong asks US judge end government lawsuit

IMAGE: Disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has asked a US judge to decide a more than $100 million lawsuit against him by the federal government without holding a jury trial. The motion seeking a summary judgment in Washington's US District Court is part of a 2013 US government lawsuit against Armstrong. The suit argues that Armstrong's team breached its Postal Service sponsorship contract by doping and made false ...
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Europa League semis: Villarreal jolt Liverpool late, Sevilla held

IMAGE: Villarreal's Adrian celebrates with teammates on scoring the late winner against Liverpool during their UEFA Europa League, semi-final, first leg match at the El Madrigal Stadium, in Villarreal on Thursday. Photograph: Heino Kalis/Livepic/Reuters Villarreal's Adrian Lopez produced a stinging sucker punch in stoppage time to leave Liverpool reeling and move the Spaniards closer to a maiden European final after their Europa League last four first leg clash finished 1-0 on Thursday.
 Rediff.com57 minutes ago Villarreal Vs. Liverpool Live Stream — Watch The Europa League Semi-Final Online  Mail.com10 hours ago

Phase one of Bengaluru Metro to be launched today

  So far, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation has been carrying around 20,000 passengers a day on two separate lines -- Byapanahalli to MG Road and Peenya to Malleswaram A bus journey on the 18-km route from Byapanahalli to Nayandahalli in this city takes an average of two hours, snaking through the busiest localities. The same journey on the metro rail, with 4.8 km underground, would cover the distance in 40 minutes. The first phase of the Metro rail project will be inaugurated on Friday.
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China has given India business deal, says activist after visa was denied

Chinese activist Lu Jinghua, who alleges that she was about to board a flight to New Delhi at New York's JFK airport on Monday when she was told that her visa had been cancelled, says India is the first country to deny her entry after China. "I 100 per cent believe it's the Chinese government's pressure on India. I think China has given an economic business deal to India in exchange, she was quoted as saying by NDTV. Lu Jinghua, a leader of the Tiananmen Square student protests, has ...
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