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India, Nepal ink nine deals; Modi inaugurates trauma centre, bus service

Kathmandu : Nepal's happiness "gives us joy", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here Tuesday on his second visit to the Himalayan country in 100 days as both sides inked nine agreements, further cementing their close ties.

Modi, who in his departure statement said the fact that he was visiting Nepal twice in the six months since he took over "reflects the importance we attach to our unique and special relations with Nepal", also held delegation-level talks with his Nepali counterpart Sushil Koirala.

Gadkari flags off India-Nepal bus service in Delhi

New Delhi : Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari Tuesday flagged off the Delhi-Kathmandu bus service here and said the government was planning to start similar services to every neighbouring country soon.

"This initiative by the central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to extend good relations between India and Nepal, which has existed since its independence," Gadkari told reporters while flagging off the bus from the Ambedkar Stadium bus terminal here.

DDA announces housing draw winners

New Delhi : The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Tuesday organised a computerised draw of lots for its housing scheme for 2014 at its headquarters here. The names of the winners were later posted on its website.

Launched Sep 1, the housing scheme was hugely popular and over 10 lakh people applied for over 25,000 flats across five categories - janata flats, one bedroom flats, EWS flats, two and three bedroom flats - with prices ranging from Rs.5.4 lakh to Rs.1.2 crore.

Only those who did not own property in Delhi individually or jointly were allowed to apply.

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Rajya Sabha passes bill simplifying law for small establishments

New Delhi : Rajya Sabha Tuesday passed a bill which simplifies labour law procedures for establishments employing up to 40 workers.

Moving the Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Amendment Bill, 2011 Labour Minister Bandaru Dattareya said the main purpose of the amendment is simplification of laws.

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Workshop engages students to solve water crisis

Kolkata : College and university students brainstormed at a unique workshop here Tuesday to come up with ideas and practical solutions to manage water resources intelligently and solve the water crisis.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University organized an inter-university competition and workshop on water resource management at the Loreto College, Kolkata, with 50 students participating.

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Saarc leaders to meet amid hopes of South Asian integration

Kathmandu : The 18th Saarc Summit begins here Wednesday with focus on deeper integration among the eight South Asian neighbours, amid high hopes that the leaders of India and Pakistan will meet to break their diplomatic ice.

With speculation mounting that Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan may meet on the sidelines of the summit, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj briefly met and shook hands with Sartaj Aziz, the national security adviser to Sharif, Tuesday.

E-toll collection to enable fuel savings worth Rs.86,000 crore: Gadkari

New Delhi : Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari Tuesday said that the country can expect to save Rs.86,000 crore annually after electronic toll collection (ETC) system becomes operational pan-India by December.

Gadkari, who was addressing an awards ceremony organised by Ficci (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), quoted a study conducted by IIM (Indian Institute of Management) Kolkata.

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Congress to corner BJD on chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar : Intensifying its attack against the state government over the chit fund scam, the Odisha Congress Tuesday decided to hold protest rallies and dharnas at district headquarters demanding CBI inquiry against chief minister and his resignation.

The party will stage dharnas at every district headquarter 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov 29 and submit memorandum to the district collectors addressed to the Odisha governor.

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Jan Dhan Yojana collection touches Rs.6,000 crore

New Delhi : Banks in India have opened around 7.9 crore accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) and collected over Rs.6,000 crore, an official statement said Tuesday.

Giving the updated figures, Snehlata Shrivastava, additional secretary, financial services in the union finance ministry said that there are various benefits attached with PMJDY like RuPay Debit Cards with Rs 1 lakh accidental insurance to all the account holders,an official statement.

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Modi hands over Dhruv chopper to Nepal

Kathmandu : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday handed over the indigenous Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv to his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala here for use by the Nepal Army.

Built by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in Bengaluru, the multi-utility chopper's mark-3 version is fitted with Shakti engines, advanced glass cockpit and avionics.

Modi is in Kathmandu to attend the two-day Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit starting Wednesday.

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