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Mizoram Geology and Mineral Resources Minister H Rohluna Friday told the state assembly that ONGC has discovered hydrocarbon (gas) deposit at Meidum village in Kolasib district.


Four Border Haats will be set up in Mizoram to facilitate border trade with Myanmar, State Commerce and Industries minister H Rohluna said on Friday.


The Union government is formulating a national food processing policy for overall growth of this sector and providing remunerative return to farmers.


The Union government Friday said the panel on iron ore pricing will submit its recommendations by the month-end. The government is also likely to finalise the National Steel Policy by next month.


The GST rollout and strong macro-economic fundamentals are likely to revive private investments from the second half of this year, industry stalwarts Deepak Parekh and Adi Godrej said on Friday.


There is no proposal "at present" to replace Income Tax with Banking Transaction Tax or BTT, the government said on Friday.


As one time measure, the Union government has decided to write off outstanding taxes of 21.54 lakh taxpayers who owe Rs 100 or less.
This was stated by Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

MLAs meet today
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Suspense remained on BJP's chief ministerial pick in Uttar Pradesh as newly-elected MLAs were all set to meet here tomorrow to elect the leader, with Union Minister Manoj Sinha among the frontrunners.


In a bid to encourage government doctors to serve in remote areas, the government plans to provide them with reservation in PG courses, the Lok Sabha was informed today.


India has taken up with Pakistan the matter of head priest of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah and his nephew going missing in that country, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.


India has made it clear to Pakistan that the solution to Siachen issue is part of the larger issue which includes Pakistan's support to terrorism in the country, the government today said.


The UP polls saw a total of over Rs 5,500 crore spent on campaign by various parties, including about Rs 1,000 crore towards 'note for vote', with nearly one-third voters admitting to cash or liquor offer, a survey claimed on Friday.


National security is not an issue on which political parties should attack each other, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha on Friday.


Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today described himself as a "son of India" and hailed the secularism prevailing in the country.


National Conference president Farooq Abdullah today termed Kashmir as a "political" issue which cannot be resolved through financial packages and other concessions but only through political means.

Barnali Das

Take any project from the Mars Orbiter Mission to the simultaneous launch of 104 Satellites, the contribution of Indian women scientists in their success is being hailed and celebrated not only by India but also across the globe. Scientists like Dr. Tessy Thomas, N. Valarmathi, Minal Sampath, Anuradha TK, Ritu Karidhal, Moumita Dutta, Nandini Harinath have made every Indian feel extremely proud.

Barun Das Gupta

The day the Manipur Assembly election results were out and it was found that the people had given a fractured mandate resulting in a hung Assembly, everyone knew the game of Aya Rams and Gaya Rams would begin now – Aya Rams to the BJP and Gaya Rams from other parties. The ruling Congress emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats, followed by BJP with 21, Naga People’s Front and National People’s Party with four each, Trinamool Congress one and one independent. Then the real game began – the game of turning a minority into majority.

A vibrant democracy needs not only a strong ruling party that can hold the country together and take it forward, it also needs a strong opposition party which can keep the functioning of the ruling party within constitutional bounds and prevent arbitrary acts of the government. The Congress was the ruling party for many decades. It has lost power at the Centre and in most of the States. Its importance, even as an effective opposition party, is on the wane in national politics.


The UK government is set to introduce a new criminal record check requirement for workers from specific professions from non-EU countries like India from next month.


Military action by the United States against nuclear-armed North Korea is an "option on the table" if the threat from the rogue regime escalates, Washington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson said today.


British Prime Minister Theresa May today rejected a call for a referendum on Scottish independence before Britain leaves the European Union, a move condemned as a "democratic outrage" by Scotland's nationalist leader.


A second person was being held today over a shooting at a French school where a heavily armed teenager opened fire, injuring three fellow pupils and a teacher, a judicial source said.


In an unusual move, Britain's intelligence and security organisation today dismissed as "utterly ridiculous" Donald Trump's allegations that it helped Barack Obama wire-tap him during the US presidential elections.


Syria's army said today it shot down an Israeli plane that had been carrying out pre-dawn raids on a military target near Palmyra, the famed desert city it recently recaptured from jihadists.


The US today said the premium processing of H-1B visas, which are popular among Indian IT firms and professionals, has been suspended temporarily to handle the huge rush of applications for the work visas in the first week of April.


Japan launched a new spy satellite today, the country's space agency said, as the region grows increasingly uneasy over North Korea's quickening missile programme.


Pakistan's political parties have agreed to revive the controversial special military courts for trying "hardcore" militants for a period of two years amidst a surge in terror attacks across the country.


Pakistan has sought help from the FBI, Facebook and other social media platforms to combat blasphemy which is a very sensitive issue in the Muslim- majority country.


A day after being sworn in as minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu today said if the Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, had asked him to serve as an MLA, he would have done so.


A day after winning the trust vote in Goa Assembly, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today asserted that his government will complete its tenure.