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Army distributes free textbooks to flood-affected children in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 27 (ANI): Indian army distributed free textbooks to children, hit hard by last year’s devastating floods, in Jammu and Kashmir. The initiative is part of ‘Operation Sadbhavana’ of Indian army under which it has been helping people in the areas of education, health care, community development, among others. More than 200 sets of books of class IX and X were distributed among the children at a function in state’s summer capital Srinagar. Students also thanked the army for its noble gesture. Feb 27, 2015
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Japanese delegation meets Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi to boost business ties

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): A Japanese delegation led by the chief executive officer (CEO) of Japanese multinational company Hitachi limited, Hiroaki Nakanishi, met Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi on Friday to boost business ties between the two nations. Speaking at the meet, Naidu thanked Japanese companies for helping India in executing various projects, including construction. He also boasted of India’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model and relaxation in Foreign Direct Index (FDI), a step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government. Last year in September, Modi visited Japan in a bid to strengthen diplomatic relations and both the nations agreed to boost defence ties. Feb 27, 2015
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Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for maid abuse

A Hong Kong woman is jailed for six years for beating and starving her Indonesian maid and keeping her prisoner, as the judge calls for action over laws which leave domestic workers exposed to abuse. Duration: 01:19 Feb 27, 2015
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Economic Survey says GDP growth to top 8% in FY16; politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): The Economic Survey, tabled in Parliament today expects the economy to grow by over 8 per cent under a new calculation method that makes India the world's top-growing big economy. India has reached an economic sweet spot, which should allow for some big bang economic reforms, the Economic survey report said. Meanwhile, politicos from rival parties said that the statistics are manipulative as the base year was changed. Feb 27, 2015
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Politicos react as Jaitley to present Economic Survey 2014-15 in Parliament today

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to present the Economic Survey 2014-2015 in the Parliament this afternoon. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that he will see how the government keeps the financial context of the country. SP leader Naresh Agarwal alleged that number game is played in the economic survey. The survey reviews the developments in the Indian economy over the past year. It highlights the performance on major development programmes and policy initiatives of the government, say reports. The survey also points out the prospects of the economy in the short to medium term and is presented to both Houses of Parliament. Feb 27, 2015
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Politicos react as Pak army chief warns India ahead of Jaishankar's visit

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif warned India that any provocations on its part would exact a "befitting response" from Pakistan. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that it is Pakistan which regularly violates ceasefire. Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that Pakistan should stop threatening India as it knows that what is India. The warning came ahead of India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar visit to Pakistan next week. Reportedly, the visit is an effort to resume talks between the two sides following a six-month break. Feb 27, 2015
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Differentiating reactions come in as Hashim Ansari's 'out of court settlement proposal' on Ayodhya i

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Feb 27 (ANI): Differentiating reactions come in on Friday as Hashim Ansari's proposal for 'out of court settlement' on Ayodhya issue receives continuous jerk by both the community leaders. BMAC Convenor Zafaryab Jilani said that the Muslim working committee decided that the matter cannot be sorted out with understanding and that it should be left to the court. Muslim Cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali also opined that the Supreme Court's decision should be followed. Shiv Sena Spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that commended the approach and said that out of the court settlement is a good step. NCP leader Tariq Anwar also supported the move. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the fundamentalists from both the communities have created such situation. Feb 27, 2015
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Finance Minister Jaitley to present Economic Survey 2014-2015 in Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is all set to present the Economic Survey 2014-2015 in the Parliament on Frriday. The documents of the economic survey has already reached the Parliament and is being inspected and checked by the security officials along with sniffer dogs. The survey reviews the developments in the Indian economy over the past year. It highlights the performance on major development programmes and policy initiatives of the government, say reports. The survey also points out the prospects of the economy in the short to medium term and is presented to both Houses of Parliament. Meanwhile, investors have maintained cautious stance ahead of the Economic Survey even as sensex gains over 150 points. Feb 27, 2015
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British high commissioner to India commemorates queen Elizabeth IIs 63 years on throne

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): British High Commissioner to India, James Bevan in a lavish celebration, commemorated the 63rd year of monarch Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. The High Commissioner invited important Indian delegates to his residence in New Delhi to not only celebrate Elizabeth’s reign but to mark 200 years of service of the Gorkhas of the Indian Army with the British Army and also 800 years of the Magna Carta that laid foundations for laws in both countries. Bevan added Elizabeth retained a great affection for India and wished Her Majesty many more years in office. Bevan also said Britain was looking forward to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country. Feb 27, 2015
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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed meets PM Modi ahead of taking over as J&K CM

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): People's Democratic Party chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. Sayeed said that during the meet both the ministers finalized the modalities of government formation in the state. Sayeed, also formally invited Prime Minister Modi for his oath-taking ceremony. Over the last few days, leaders of both the parties were engaged in hectic talks in a bid to iron out differences. Mufti will be sworn-in as chief minister on Sunday. BJP’s Nirmal Singh is likely to be deputy chief minister. Feb 27, 2015