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Tourism ministry gets 33 percent hike in budget

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) — An amount of Rs.1,573.07 crore has been earmarked for the tourism ministry for 2015-16,... (more...)

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India, Iran push to boost bilateral trade

Tehran, Feb 28 (IANS) — Bilateral trade between India and Iran will receive a fillip with the signing of a preferential... (more...)

MEA gets 18.5 percent higher allocation

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) — The external affairs ministry saw an 18.5 percent increase in its budgetary allocation for... (more...)

AirAsia crash: Indonesia officially ends search operations

Jakarta, Feb 28 (IANS) — An Indonesian official Saturday said the search operation for bodies and wreckage of the AirAsia... (more...)

Visa on arrival now for 150 countries

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) — India will provide visa on arrival (VoA) to visitors from 150 countries — a sharp... (more...)

India s new budget aims to balance high economic, infrastructure growth with welfare spending

By Muneeza Naqvi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI — India’s finance minister announced the government’s new... (more...)

Consolidated Budget Highlights

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) — Highlights of the budget for 2015-16 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok... (more...)

Budget Highlights – 16 last

* Changes in excise on tobacco items, including cigarettes, paan masala and gutkha * Tax exemption for contributions to... (more...)

Budget Highlights – 15

* Wealth Tax to be abolished and additional two percent tax on super rich to yield Rs.9,000 crore annually * Excise duty... (more...)

Budget Highlights – 14

* Quoting PAN essential in property transactions * Splitting of transaction not to be permitted * Tax regime to be rationalised *... (more...)

Budget Highlights – 13

* Non-Plan expenditure in 2015-16 estimated at 1,312,200 crore; Plan expenditure estimated at Rs.465,277 crore * Tax collection... (more...)

Budget Highlights – 12

* In last nine months several steps taken to effectively deal with problem of black money * Comprehensive new law to be... (more...)

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U.S. mom with 2 kids celebrates one-month birthdays of rare identical triplet boys (with photos)

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VANCOUVER DESI A 25-year-old Indian groom who was dumped by his bride-to-be for a wedding guest after he suffered an alleged seizure has accused his…
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Vancouver woman sues hot yoga guru Bikram Choudhury for sexual assault

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Meet Burnaby-born Indian classical vocalist Akhil Jobanputra

NINA BUDDHDEV SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Born in 1997 in Burnaby, BC Canada, Akhil Jobanputra is an upcoming Canadian Indian classical vocalist of the Mewati…
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From Mr. Modi: At last a glimmer of hope

UJJAL DOSANJH SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Some weeks ago I wrote what some felt were scathing bolgs; Modi: A Madari or A Nation Builder? on…
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End Gang Life: How parents can play a role in gang prevention

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God keep our land glorious and free: Bill C-51 a timely script to end terrorism on Canadian soil

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‘Heartbreaking’: Father sobs as children who died in tragic Alberta pesticide poisoning laid to rest

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Health Canada issues warning about bedbug control products after Alberta children deaths

THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — The federal government is warning Canadians of what it calls the “extreme danger” of using unregistered products to fight bedbugs….
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Two Fort McMurray children still in critical condition after pesticide poisoning

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Indian city bans big public gatherings over swine flu fears, as deaths surpass 900 nationwide

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Merck gives free license allowing cheap versions of its HIV drug for children in poor nations

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