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Breakiing  Petrol price cut by Rs 3.77 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.91 per litre from midnight tonight

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Breakiing Petrol price cut by Rs 3.77 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.91 per litre from midnight tonight

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : India’s oil marketing companies today cut petrol price by Rs 3.77/litre and diesel by Rs 2.91/litre following the fluctuations in crude prices which have been swinging between the push and pull from coordinated output cuts by major producers on one side, and rising US stockpiles on the other. The new prices will be effective from midnight tonight.
The three state-run oil marketing firms – Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum Corp and Hindustan Petroleum Corp review retail fuel prices periodically and usually revise them every fortnight to pass on the impact of global crude oil prices on their purchases.
OPEC (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Companies) and other major oil producers of the world in November agreed to trim output to help balance the markets and provide a support to falling prices. OPEC, a group of 13 oil producing nations, decided on November 30 to cut global crude oil output by 1.2 million barrels per day. It was first such agreement between these producers since 2008.
Oil has mostly traded above $50 a barrel since OPEC and 11 other countries started trimming supply in January, recently falling to a three-month low as simultaneous revival in US shale drilling offset the OPEC cuts. The rise in prices was recorded after Saudi Arabia said 80% of the agreed cuts have been achieved since the deal became effective on January 1, before falling again in the most recent trading sessions, as the drilling in the US climbing to highest in a year countered OPEC’s efforts to limit the supply.
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Brent crude fell 53 cents to $52.43 a barrel on Wednesday. The price of Indian basket of crude oil has risen to $53.7/bbl for the fortnight of March 16, from $53.05/bbl on January 15, when the last revision was done. Though, the rupee, which has appreciated against the US dollar in recent trading sessions, takes some of the pressure off Indian buyers. The Indian basket of crude oil comprises sour grade (Oman & Dubai average) and sweet grade (Brent dated) of crude oil processed in Indian refineries in the ratio of 71.03:28.97.
Petrol to cost more in Goa from April 1
The petrol price in Goa will go up by almost Rs 5 per litre from midnight tonight. The hike will be on account of an increase in value added tax (VAT) on the fuel announced in the budget presented in the assembly last week by the new BJP-led government. The oil companies, which are selling petrol in Goa at an average price of Rs 60 per litre, will have to hike the rate by Rs 5 per due to an 8 per cent increase in VAT notified by the government. The VAT on petrol has been raised from 7 per cent to 15 per cent from April 1. “The price of petrol in the state would be around Rs 65 per litre,” Paresh Joshi, President, All Goa Petrol Pump Dealers Association, told PTI. There are a total of 110 petrol pumps run by oil PSUs in the coastal state.
With agency inputs
Now, as the global crude oil prices have started sliding on the back of rising output in the US partly offsetting the cuts by OPEC and other major producers, Indian oil refiners may find room to extend the cut in retail fuel prices in the coming fortnight. This may be further aided by the recent rebound in rupee against dollar after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP’s landslide win in UP state elections. However, inventories stockpiled in recent weeks at higher prices may weigh on the Indian oil companies.

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Punjab police withdraw 800 cops deployed with VIPs

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Punjab police withdraw 800 cops deployed with VIPs

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

Chandigarh  : About 800 personnel deployed with VIPs, including politicians, have been withdrawn by the Punjab police following a review of the security cover provided to various protectees in the state.

“About 800 police personnel have been withdrawn from various protectees. The security has been reviewed on the basis of threat perception, intelligence and norms,” a senior police official said in Chandigarh on Friday.

However, those who were being given ‘Z plus’ and ‘Y plus’ security cover will continue to get the same, he said, adding fresh threat perception reports were also being prepared to ascertain the threat level to various individuals as part of security review exercise.During the previous SAD-BJP regime, several political leaders were allegedly enjoying police security more than the prescribed norms.

The new Congress-led Punjab government has committed to end VIP culture and prune their security which was being shown as a status symbol by many political leaders.

After Amarinder Singh formed the government, the director general of police Suresh Arora had constituted a state-level review committee (SLRC) under the chairmanship of DGP (law and order) Hardeep Singh Dhillon to review the security provided by the state police to various ‘protectees’.

The committee has mandate to carry out a comprehensive review of the security provided to constitutional or public functionaries, officers as well as private individuals.

An interim report and two supplementary reports on review of security cover have already been submitted to the Punjab DGP, the official said.

Other members of the committee are ADGP intelligence Dinkar Gupta, ADGP security BK Bawa as member secretary and IGP (special protection unit) Pramod Ban.

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This is a presidency of broken promises: Ro Khanna on Donald Trump

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This is a presidency of broken promises: Ro Khanna on Donald Trump

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

Washington : Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for failing to fulfil his campaign promises like bringing back jobs and reviving the country’s manufacturing sector.
“(It is) a Presidency of broken promises,” Congressman Khanna, 40, who served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Department of Commerce in the previous Obama administration told PTI.

Khanna, who represents the hub of Silicon Valley in the US Congress, said that Trump has not lived up to the promises he made.

“He (Trump) promised to help expand coverage in healthcare and lower costs. He proposed a bill that would have cut coverage and increased premiums. He promised to help working families and not Wall Street. He has proposed budgets that would slash funding from working families and give tax breaks for Wall Street,” he said.

“He promised to invest in American cities and broadband and infrastructure. He has curtailed the expansion of broadband and he has not fulfilled the promise to invest in infrastructure. So, he has not lived up to the promises he made to Americans across this country,” Khanna said in response to a question.

Khanna, author of “Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future”, in his book laid out a blue print for reviving the country’s manufacturing sector.

“If he was serious about creating manufacturing jobs, he would fund manufacturing, extend partnership, instead of defunding it,” he said.

“He would fund apprenticeship programmes across this country, like Switzerland does. The Swiss apprenticeship programme prepares the workforce for manufacturing. He would make sure that we were ending corporate deferral and require companies to pay tax on their overseas earnings so that it would incentivise to bring back those jobs to the US,” he said.

“So, I share the goal of bringing manufacturing back to the US. I’ve written a book on it, but it’s not going to happen through his policies,” Khanna said referring to the book he wrote in 2012.

“I have always believed that America remains the greatest superpower of innovation. Khanna is a leading thinker on how to make US manufacturing more competitive across this country, whether it comes to making high-technology planes, cars, steel bars, fire suits, or even blenders.

“The unconventional ideas in this book chart the path America can take to lead the world for years to come,” Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla wrote after reading the book.

Khanna said he is very passionate about helping take Silicon Valley’s vision and creating tech jobs and partnering with communities across the country, figuring out how to make partnership programmes and jobs programmes for the jobs of the 21st century.

“How do we make sure that entrepreneurship is not just in Silicon Valley but across this country? How do we make sure that we are rewiring labour markets to adapt to the needs to jobs in the future?” he said.

“I am also passionate about improving our healthcare system and for medicare for all. But making sure that we provide a wage increase for working families. We can do that by massive expansion of the earned income tax credit, making sure that we’re making college debt-free. So having a progressive economic vision and apprenticeship programme for jobs of the 21st century,” Khanna said.

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Syrian government forces take back areas near Hama: Monitor

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Syrian government forces take back areas near Hama: Monitor

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

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Beirut : The Russian-backed Syrian army has recaptured 16 villages lost to insurgents last week near the city of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Friday.
Syrian government forces have been counter-attacking in the area that is of critical importance to President Bashar al-Assad. The rebel assault has been spearheaded by Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of jihadist groups including al Qaeda`s former affiliate in the Syrian war, the Nusra Front.

Free Syrian Army rebel groups are also taking part.

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WWE Wrestlemania 33: Full Match Card, TV listing, Live streaming, Date, Time, Venue

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WWE Wrestlemania 33: Full Match Card, TV listing, Live streaming, Date, Time, Venue

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

WWE Wrestlemania 33: Full Match Card, TV listing, Live streaming, Date, Time, Venue

Bengaluru : This Monday (April 3) we will witness the ‘Ultimate Thrill-ride’ of the year known as Wrestlemania. The Camping World Stadium, also known as the Citrus Bowl will be the host to it. The event will be streamed as PPV basis only on the WWE Network. However, the good news is it will be streamed live in India, as well.

Here is the schedule: Kick-off show live streaming – Ten 2/Ten 1 HD (Monday, 3rd April, 2.30 AM) Wrestlemania Main show live streaming – Ten 2/Ten 1 HD (Monday, 3rd April, 4.30 AM) Repeat – Ten 1/ Ten 1 HD (Monday, 3rd April, 6 PM) Repeat – Ten 1/ Ten 1 HD (Wednesday, 5th April, 9 PM) Repeat – Ten 1/ Ten 1 HD (Sunday, 9th April, 2 PM)

Match Card for the Night: Gallows-Anderson (c) Vs Sheamus-Cesaro Vs Enzo-Big Cass (Raw tag team championship ladder match) Prediction: The champions should retain considering the Hardy Boyz’ confronting them, afterwards Neville (c) Vs Austin Aries (Cruiserweight championship)

Prediction: Neville will retain after an exciting match since Aries was inserted into this as a part-timer Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (30-men elimination match) Prediction: Braun Strowman should win this one. Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler are considered to be the dark horse. Dean Ambrose (c) Vs Baron Corbin (Intercontinental championship) Prediction: Corbin should win the title to end the nightmare title run that Ambrose is having. Chris Jericho (c) Vs Kevin Owens (United States championship) Prediction: Jericho might take a time off after Wrestlemania. So, Owens becomes new US champion.

Bayley (c) Vs Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte vs. Nia Jax (Raw Women’s championship elimination match) Prediction: Bayley will retain the title to start a feud with Sasha, going forward Alexa Bliss (c) Vs Mickie James vs. Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Becky Lynch vs. Naomi (Smackdown Women’s championship six-pack challenge) Prediction: Becky Lynch should get a championship coronation as the face of the Smackdown women’s division. Shane McMahon Vs AJ Styles Prediction: AJ Styles should win this one which might steal the show. John Cena and Nikki Bella Vs The Miz & Maryse Prediction: Cena is supposed to propose Nikki on live television, after the match. So, they should win. The Undertaker Vs Roman Reigns Prediction: Reigns is expected to win in what could be the final match for the Deadman.

Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Randy Orton (WWE championship) Prediction: Wyatt had a short stint as champion and a lot to prove. Hence, he should retain. Goldberg (c) Vs Brock Lesnar (WWE Universal championship) Prediction: Brock Lesnar almost guaranteed to win since Goldberg’s contract with WWE will be over after Wrestlemania. OneIndia News

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Supreme Court cuts highway liquor ban distance from 500 m to 220 m

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Supreme Court cuts highway liquor ban distance from 500 m to 220 m

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday modified its order banning liquor vends within 500 metres on national and state highways, reducing the distance to 220 metres in areas having a population of up to 20,000.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, however, made it clear that its December 15, 2016 order banning such vends within 500 metres of highways shall remain operative for areas other than specified in today’s order.

The Bench, also comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and LN Rao, said that the verdict was given keeping in mind road accidents owing to drunken driving.It clarified that licences given to liquor vendors prior to the December 15 judgement would be valid up to September 30 this year.

The other liquor vends will have to be shut down from tomorrow (April 1) as per the December 15 judgement.

The 220-metre criterion for allowing liquor vends along highways will also be made applicable to hill states like Sikkim, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh.

The apex court’s decision came on pleas seeking a relook at its verdict banning liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways from April 1 with Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi having said that the judgement needs rectification as the “budget of the states will go for a six”.

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Sena MP Gaikwad made 3 failed bids to fly Air India using aliases

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Sena MP Gaikwad made 3 failed bids to fly Air India using aliases

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Barred from flying by domestic airlines and booked by police for assaulting an Air India staffer, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has tried at least thrice to book a seat on the national carrier, using a new alias each time.

Earlier this week, a staff member of the Sena politician dialled Air India’s call centre to book flight AI 806 from Mumbai to Delhi for the following day, i.e. Wednesday, and dictated the passenger’s name as Ravindra Gaikwad. The ticket was promptly cancelled, an airline source said.Thereafter, a seat was booked on flight AI 551 from Hyderabad to Delhi in the name of Professor V Ravindra Gaikwad. This ticket was cancelled too.

A third attempt was made the next day for travel from Nagpur to Delhi via Mumbai when the MP’s staff contacted a travel agent to book a flight for “Professor Ravindra Gaikwad”.

The travel agent immediately contacted the local station manager and the information was forwarded to Air India’s headquarters here, the source said.

The airline had earlier issued a “non-acceptance order” to all its station managers and booking offices, instructing them to ensure that “restriction on acceptance and travel of potentially unruly and unsafe passengers is being followed on Air India flights for Mr Ravindra Gaikwad”.

In an unprecedented step in Indian aviation history, the Sena MP was earlier barred from flying by all major domestic airlines for assaulting an elderly Air India employee last Thursday.

The MP was angry at not being given a business class seat though he had boarded an-economy flight.

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Terror threats transform China’s Uighur heartland into security state

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Terror threats transform China’s Uighur heartland into security state

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

Kashgar/Hotan : Three times a day, alarms ring out through the streets of China’s ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, and shopkeepers rush out of their stores swinging government-issued wooden clubs.
In mandatory anti-terror drills conducted under police supervision and witnessed by Reuters on a recent visit, they fight off imaginary knife-wielding assailants. Armoured paramilitary and police vehicles circle with sirens blaring.

China says it faces a serious threat from Islamist extremists in this far Western Xinjiang region. Beijing accuses separatists among the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority there of stirring up tensions with the ethnic Han Chinese majority and plotting attacks elsewhere in China.

A historic trading post, Kashgar is also central to China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Initiative, President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign and economic policy involving massive infrastructure spending linking China to Asia, the Middle East and beyond.
China’s worst fears are that a large-scale attack would blight this year`s diplomatic setpiece, an OBOR summit attended by world leaders planned for Beijing in May.

State media say the drills, and other measures such as a network of thousands of new street-corner police posts, are aimed making everyone feel safer.

But many residents say the drills are just part of an oppressive security operation that has been ramped up in Kashgar and other cities in Xinjiang`s Uighur heartland in recent months.

As well as taking part in drills, shopkeepers must, at their own expense, install password-activated security doors, “panic buttons” and cameras that film not just the street outside but also inside their stores, sending a direct video feed to police.

For Uighurs like the owner of an online multimedia company facing one of Kashgar’s main streets it is not about security, but mass surveillance.

“We have no privacy,” said the business owner who, like almost everyone Reuters spoke to in Kashgar, did not want to give his name. “They want to see what you`re up to.”

A Chinese security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the new security measures in Xinjiang were not politically motivated, but based on fresh developments and intelligence. He declined to elaborate.

The Xinjiang government and the State Council Information Office, which doubles as the Communist Party spokesman’s office, did not respond to requests for comment.

China routinely denies pursuing repressive policies in Xinjiang, and points to the vast sums it spends on economic development in the resource-rich region. Xinjiang

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Govt slashes interest rates on small saving schemes

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Govt slashes interest rates on small saving schemes

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : The government has lowered interest rates on small saving schemes like PPF, Kisan Vikas Patra and Sukanya Samriddhi scheme by 0.1 per cent for the April-June quarter, a move that would prompt banks to cut their deposit rates.

For April-June, these have been lowered by 0.1 per cent across the board compared to January-March. However, interest on savings deposits has been retained at 4 per cent annually.

Since April last year, interest rates of all small saving schemes have been recalibrated on a quarterly basis.

A finance ministry notification said investments in the public provident fund (PPF) scheme will fetch lower annual rate of 7.9 per cent, the same as five-year National Savings Certificate. The existing rate for these two schemes is 8 per cent.

Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) investments will yield 7.6 per cent and mature in 112 months.

The one for girl child savings, Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme, will offer 8.4 per cent annually, from 8.5 per cent at present, while it will be the same at 8.4 per cent for the 5-year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme. The interest rate on the senior citizens scheme is paid quarterly.

Term deposits of 1-5 years will fetch a lower 6.9-7.7 per cent that will be paid quarterly while the 5-year recurring deposit has been pegged lower at 7.2 per cent.

“On the basis of the decision of the government, interest rates for small savings schemes are to be notified on a quarterly basis,” the ministry said while notifying the rates for the fourth quarter of 2016-17 starting from April 1, 2017.

While announcing the quarterly setting of interest rates, the ministry had said the rates of small saving schemes would be linked to government bond yields.

The move is expected to prompt banks to lower the deposit rate in line with the small savings rate as offered by the government.

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22 killed, 50 injured in blast in northwest Pakistan

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22 killed, 50 injured in blast in northwest Pakistan

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

Peshawar : At least 22 people were killed and 50 others injured today in a suicide blast outside a Shiite imambargah at a busy market in Pakistan’s restive northwest tribal region.
The bomber driving a car blew himself up near the main gate of the imambargah in the central bazar of Parachinar, Kurram Agency.

At least 22 people were killed and 50 others wounded in the blast, Dawn News reported, citing hospital sources. Women and a child were among the dead.

The condition of the majority of those injured was stated to be critical. Scores of vehicles were also damaged in the blast.
No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Security forces cordoned off the area while emergency services were dispatched to the site.

The administration has declared an emergency at all hospitals in the area.

An Army medical evacuation helicopter has also been flown to Parachinar for evacuation of the injured, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief over the blast and condemned the attack. “It is our responsibility to continue the war against terrorists,” he said.

Sharif reiterated his government’s resolve to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country at all costs.

“The network of terrorists has already been broken and it is our national duty to continue this war until the complete annihilation of the scourge of terrorism from our soil,” he said.

The Prime Minister directed the relevant authorities to extend all possible assistance to the local administration.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar ordered an inquiry into the blast.

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