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Increased tax refunds fuelling fiscal deficit: Jaitley

New Delhi : The higher fiscal deficit in the current financial year, that has touched 83 percent of the full year's target, is the result of increased tax refunds, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday.

"Higher tax refunds are getting reflected in fiscal deficit number. This year there were pending tax refunds estimated around Rs.120,000 crore," he told reporters here.

"It would be challenging to achieve the indirect tax aim. Direct tax target would be achievable. We would strive to achieve fiscal deficit aim for this fiscal," he added.


SC to hear plea for regulatory authority on environment

New Delhi : The Supreme Court will hear Nov 14 a plea for setting up of a regulatory authority to look into environmental matters including the impact, assessment and the enforcement of the National Forest Policy as was directed by the court in 2011.


Russian deputy PM to visit India Nov 5

New Delhi : Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin arrives in India Nov 5 for an inter-governmental meet, ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in December.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at a media briefing that Rogozin was arriving to attend the Indo-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation, which is co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Rogozin had visited India in June and also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Judge orders action on Bengal policeman for accused's double arrest

Kolkata : West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee regime, which has on several occasions faced a rap from the courts, Friday was yet again at the receiving end of judicial ire, as a judge ordered removal of a police officer for showing the arrest of an accused twice before him.


Workshop Saturday on new concepts for shoulder reconstruction

New Delhi : With the rise in the number of Indians undergoing shoulder reconstructions, the Indian Spinal Injuries Center along with the Delhi Orthopaedic Association will Saturday host a day-long workshop on new technologies from across the world that cause minimal invasion and inconvenience to the patients.


Will appeal Sri Lankan death sentence to fishermen: India

New Delhi : India Friday indicated there may have been "miscarriage of justice" in the death sentence handed down to five Indian fishermen for alleged drug trafficking in Colombo and said it will appeal.

New Delhi also said that under a bilateral "legal architecture", a similar death sentence for two Indians was commuted to life imprisonment after a Sri Lankan presidential pardon.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, answering a query on the matter, said the Indian government's concern in the matter has been conveyed to the Sri Lankan authorities.


Merchant vessel scrapes Indian Navy ship

Visakhapatnam : INS Kora suffered minor damage when it was scraped by a merchant vessel off the Visakhapatnam coast, the Indian Navy said in a statement Friday.

The navy said there has been no damage to the watertight integrity of the ship or any injuries or loss of life.

INS Kora was scraped by the merchant vessel Madelieine Rickmers in the wee hours of Friday, nearly 300 nautical miles off the Visakhapatnam coast.

INS Kora, accompanied by INS Gaj, was on a passage from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair.


Teachers scam: Ajay Chautala's bail extended

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday extended, till Nov 7, the interim bail of Ajay Chautala, sought on health grounds.

Justice Siddharth Mridul extended the bail plea of Ajay Chautala, who has been out on bail after being sentenced to 10 years in prison in the teachers' recruitment scam case.

His father and Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala, who was also sentenced to 10 years imprisonment but out on bail, surrendered after Oct 10 court's order.


Compensate African woman for midnight raid: NHRC

New Delhi : The NHRC Friday asked the Delhi government to pay Rs.25,000 each to the African women "victims of racial prejudice and unlawful acts" by former law minister Somnath Bharti in a January midnight raid.

"The commission viewed that human rights of the 12 African women were violated and hence it was a fit case for award of monetary relief," said a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) statement.


Indian Navy ships reach Mauritius

Port Louis (Mauritius) : On a two-month-long overseas deployment, Indian naval ships Mumbai, Talwar and Deepak arrived in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, Friday, a statement said.

Under the Command of Rear Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, the three ships, along with INS Teg, will be going to different parts of east Africa and the south Indian Ocean region.

The visit aims at bolstering ties and reinforcing cooperation in maritime security between India and Mauritius.