TMC removes Mukul Roy from All India General Secretary Post

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): In a major party reshuffle, Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy was on Saturday removed from the post of all India general secretary of TMC. Roy said that it is the prerogative of party to constitute and reconstitute and that the power lies with the Chairperson. However, Roy declined the reports of him joining the BJP. Reportedly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had called for an urgent meeting at her residence after reports of Roy's meeting with the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had surfaced. Roy was not present at the party meeting. Thereafter, Roy was stripped from the post of All India General Secretary. Feb 28, 2015

PM Modi congratulates Jaitley for 'farmer and poor friendly budget'

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for union budget that is 'farmer and poor friendly'. Modi said that the budget addresses issues of farmers and senior citizens and also has provisions on pensions among other things. Jaitley today presented the annual budget 2015-16 in Lok Sabha where he also said that NDA is a 'round the clock, round-the-year government'. Feb 28, 2015

Security forces kill two militants in Tral

Tral, Feb 28 (ANI): Security forces killed two militants in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from them. One of the militants has been identified as Shabir Ahmed Mir of the Hizbul Mujahedeen outfit and a resident of Kashmir's Tral district. Reportedly, a search operation was launched by the army and local police of Kashmir's Tral district following specific intelligence inputs. Earlier this week, security forces had gunned down three militants in a similar encounter in Kashmir's Shopian district. Two soldiers and one officer were injured in the gun battle. Feb 28, 2015

Star Trek fans react to Nimoy 'Spock' death

Veteran actor Leonard Nimoy, who delighted sci-fi fans worldwide with his iconic turn as the pointy-eared half-human, half-Vulcan Mr Spock in the "Star Trek" television series and films, dies aged 83. Feb 28, 2015

Budget will provide social security, eliminate poverty: Amit Shah

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday lauded the Union Budget 2015-16 and said that it would provide both social security and eliminate poverty. Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Shah said that the budget is 'lower class friendly' budget and that it contains 'Jan Dhan Yojana' for the poorest of the poor. The BJP president also welcomed the announcement of strict law enforcement on black money saying that it will help in identifying black money stashed abroad. Feb 28, 2015

Science, technology expo in Vishakhapatnam to mark National Science Day

Visakhapatnam, Feb 28 (ANI): India's Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) put out its best machinery at display in an exhibition to celebrate National Science Day in Visakhapatnam. NSTL, a premier underwater systems laboratory of country's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), organised a two-day open house-cum-exhibition themed 'Science for Nation Building' to commemorate Nobel laureate CV Raman's birth anniversary. Director of Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), CD Malleswar, said the objective of expo is to generate interest among students. The visitors had a walk around advanced scientific test facilities such as high-speed towing tank, cavitation tunnel, wind tunnel, sea-keeping and manoeuvring basin, shock, noise and vibration test, shock tank, anechoic room, vibration exciters, CNC machine centre, and Radar Cross Section measuring instrumentation. A film depicting various advances in technologies was also screened at the auditorium. Feb 28, 2015

Union Budget is practical, pragmatic and prudent: PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the Union Budget for 2015-16 is a budget with a clear vision, and one that is progressive, positive, practical, pragmatic and prudent. "Budget 2015 has a distinct focus on farmers, youth, poor, neo-middle class and the Aam Nagrik. It delivers on growth, equity and job creation," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. "Budget is investment friendly and removes all doubts on tax issues. It assures investors that we have a stable, predictable and fair tax system," he added. "From housing for all, jobs, health, education and total electrification, FM laid down goals to be achieved by 2022, India's Amrut Mahotsav ," he tweeted. Prime Minister Modi congratulated Jaitley for doing an excellent job in respecting the aspirations of the states and at the same time delivering on national priorities. Feb 28, 2015

Union Budget 2015-16: Surcharge of 2% on super-rich replaces wealth tax

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the budget in the Lok Sabha on Saturday asked rich and wealthy to pay higher tax. Jaitley abolished the wealth tax but increased the surcharge to 2% on individuals earning Rs 1 crore and above annually and on firms with an annual income of Rs 10 crore or more. Feb 28, 2015

Jaitley ends Union Budget with tax reforms, says NDA is round the clock govt

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Asserting that the Union Budget has historically become a significant opportunity to indicate the pace and direction of India's economic policy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the NDA-led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a 'round the clock, round the year government'. Presenting the NDA Government's first full-fledged budget in the Lok Sabha today, Jaitley turned lyrical and said that much more needs to be done for the improvement of Indian economy. He also introduced various tax reforms. Jaitley further said that his proposals, therefore, lay down the roadmap for accelerating growth, enhancing investment and passing on the benefit of the growth process to the common man, women, youth and child; those whose quality of life needs to be improved. Feb 28, 2015

Market experts applaud Jaitley's Union Budget 2015-16, calls it a 'balanced budget'

New Delhi/Mumbai, Feb 28 (ANI): Market experts on Saturday applauded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's Union budget 2015-16. Market Expert Sunil Shah said that it is a good budget and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has started to implement the promises they had made during the general elections. FICCI's Former President Sidharth Birla called it a 'balanced budget'. He added that the budget talked about less governance which will have good impact in the long run. Feb 28, 2015