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Centre Asks Odisha To Strengthen Efforts To Combat COVID-19

New Delhi: With a surge in COVID-19 cases in Odisha, the Union health ministry has said the state to make renewed efforts to contain transmission of the virus and keep case fatality rate below one per cent. With Odisha imposing lockdown anew, the health ministry emphasised that the restrictions should be utilised to focus on […]

India could've seen 8.2L COVID-19 cases by Apr 15 sans lockdown, containment steps: Health ministry

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Saturday said that the number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in the country could have increased to 8.2 lakh by April 15 had India not implemented a lockdown and other containment measures. Addressing a daily briefing on the coronavirus situation of the country, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry […]

Indian Overseas Bank Gets Rs 4360 Cr Capital Infusion

New Delhi: Public sector Indian Overseas Bank has received capital infusion of Rs 4,360 crore from the government. In a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges, the bank said it has received the amount as contribution of the government in preferential allotment of equity shares during the financial year 2019-20 as government’s investment. The bank […]

Govt Eases Rules For Setting Up Petrol Pumps, Allows Non-Oil Companies In Business

New Delhi: In the biggest reform in the fuel retailing sector in almost two decades, the government on Wednesday relaxed norms for setting up petrol pumps, allowing non-oil companies to venture into the business – a move that could help private and foreign firms to enter the world’s fastest-growing market. At present, to obtain a […]

Govt hikes wheat MSP by Rs 85/qtl; pulses up to Rs 325/qtl

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday increased the minimum support price (MSP) for wheat by Rs 85 to Rs 1,925 a quintal and for pulses by up to Rs 325 per quintal, official sources said. A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), headed by […]

Govt convenes all-party meet on Pulwama terror attack

New Delhi: The Union government has called an all-party meeting on Saturday in the wake of Thursday’s terror attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Sources said the meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Parliament Library Building. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to […]

Government exploring 'options within Constitution' for Ram temple: Adityanath

Ayodhya: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the union government was working on “various options within the ambit of the Constitution to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya”. On the second-day of his visit to the temple town of Ayodhya, the monk-politician prayed at the Hanumangarhi temple and declared that Ayodhya was […]

50 more outposts on India-China border

Surajpur (Greater Noida): The Union Government is considering a proposal to build 50 more border outposts on the India-China border, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday. He also said that Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel deployed on the border were being taught Chinese language during their training to remove communication hurdles during face-offs with […]

Petrol, diesel to get cheaper as Centre slashes excise duty

Bhubaneswar: In a move that could possibly help in taming spiraling prices, the Union Government on Tuesday announced a reduction in the basic excise duty levied on petrol and diesel. As per the decision, the basic excise duty rate on petrol and diesel (both branded and unbranded) will be reduced by Rs 2 per litre. […]

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Low on stocks, government to begin wheat procurement in active mode

New Delhi: The Union government is set to begin procuring wheat from farmers in an “active” mode as stocks with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) have plummeted to 6.5 million tonnes — less than half the average maintained — due to the drought in the 2015-16 season. Food Ministry officials said the procurement process will […]