Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visit to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka from 10th of this month.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to embark on a three nation visit to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka from 10th of this month.

The Prime Minister will have bilateral discussions with Seychelles President James Alexis Michel to strengthen India's maritime ties and enhance development cooperation.

The Prime Minister will also have extensive meetings with Mauritius Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on 11th-12th of this month to further enhance the special and unique relations between the two countries.

In Sri Lanka the PM will have meetings with President Maithripala Sirisena and other senior leaders across the political spectrum on 13th and 14th March.

Meanwhile, ahead of the Prime Minister visit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday held discussions with Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. 


Schools in Liberia officially reopened on Monday after a seven-month closure caused by the deadly Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 9,000 people, mainly in West Africa, by mid-April.Teachers have been trained to implement and monitor safety measures, while soap and other hygiene materials have been distributed and mass mobilisation campaigns on Ebola prevention have been conducted nationwide.

Some schools were re-opened a month ago.


At least 30 miners were killed Wednesday in a blast at a coal mine in a rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine, a senior politician and a mining union spokesman said. 

The blast took place near the bombed-out shell of Donetsk airport. The city has been the focus of a nearly year-long conflict between government forces and pro-Russian rebels. 

"A terrible tragedy took place this morning at Zasyadko (mine). There are victims, currently numbering 32," Volodymyr Groysman, chairman of the national parliament told the assembly in Kiev, calling on lawmakers to observe a minute's silence. 

A spokesman for Ukraine's Independent Miners Union, Mikhail Volynets, said 207 miners were underground at the time of the incident, with 53 in the part of the mine rocked by the explosion. 

Ukraine's coal mines are considered among the world's most dangerous, with many of them poorly financed and employing outdated Soviet-era equipment. 


Iran foremost state sponsor of terror: Netanyahu

Calling Iran the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned the US against a potential deal with Iran and insisted he had a moral obligation to speak up about its dangers as there is still time to avert them. 

Netanyahu said this in his address to a Washington audience on the eve of his address to the joint session of the Congress. 

However, Netanyahu's visit to Washington has been criticised as a breach of diplomatic protocol. 


Bond between US & Israel unbreakable: Obama 

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that the bond between the U.S. and Israel is unbreakable, despite tensions over differences in opinion with regard to efforts to seal a landmark atomic deal with Iran.

In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress opposing the Iran deal on Tuesday was a distraction that would not be "permanently destructive" to U.S. Israeli ties. 


Iranian FM hopes nuclear talks can make progress

A deal on Iran's nuclear programme could be concluded if the US and other Western powers agree to remove all sanctions on Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council session in Switzerland.

Zarif didn't mention the Iranian nuclear issue while addressing the opening ceremony of the council's annual session, but stressed the importance of international cooperation, saying Zero-sum thinking in this global age will only result in loss at all sides. 


CCEA approves six highway projects

The government on Wednesday approved four-laning of six highways, spread across five states, including Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, having a total length of 712 km at a cost of Rs 12,646 crore.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, has approved four-laning of two projects in the Ghaghra Bridge-Varanasi stretch in Uttar Pradesh with a total cost of Rs 2,295 crore.

The three packages approved for the Rewa-Katni-Jabalpur stretch in Madhya Pradesh would cost Rs 3,101 crore.

Besides, Jabalpur-Lakhnadon stretch of the state would be four-laned for a cost of Rs 1,244 crore, official statement said.

In Odisha, Baharagora-Singhara stretch would be developed into four-lanes for Rs 1,283 crore.

The 39-km stretch connecting Parwanoo and Shimla on the National Highways 22 would also be developed into four-lanes for Rs 1,247 crore.

Two packages on the Ghoshpukur-Salasbari stretch in West Bengal would also be developed at a total cost of Rs 3,476 crore.

All projects would be developed through Engineering, Procurement and Construction mode under the National Highways Development Project, it said.

PDS kerosene, LPG subsidy scheme extended till March 2015

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved extension of the PDS Kerosene and Domestic LPG Subsidy Scheme and Freight Subsidy (for far-flung areas) Scheme for a further period of one year.

Under the scheme, Government provides a subsidy of Rs 22.58 per 14.2 kg LPG cylinder and Rs 0.82 per litre on PDS kerosene.

Besides, freight subsidy was also being provided to PDS kerosene and domestic LPG consumers in far-flung areas under the Freight Subsidy (for far-flung areas) Scheme, 2002.

These two schemes ended on 31st March 2014 and have now been extended till 31st March 2015, an official statement said on Wednesday.

Free health camps for women

In a major initiative towards ensuring better health for women of the country, a three-day special nationwide campaign is being launched by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry from the 8th to the 10th of March.

The Union health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda said that special health check-up camps will be held at the District Hospitals, Sub-district Hospitals and Community Health Centers on the three days.

These will offer free of charge health check-up to all women, including pregnant women across the country.

BJP dominates municipal polls in Assam

The BJP on Thursday is poised to swept the municipal elections in Assam winning 340 wards and getting a majority in 30 municipal boards and town committees.

The results of 702 of the 743 wards have been declared so far while that of Golaghat and Silchar was yet to come in, Assam State Election Commissioner H N Bora said on Thursday.

The BJP won in 340 wards followed by Congress winning 232, AGP-39, AIUDF-8, NCP-4, BPF and CPM with one each while independents captured 77 wards.

Out of the 74 municipal boards and committees, BJP got a majority in 30 bodies, Congress in 17, AGP in two, NCP in one while there was a tie between two parties in four and no majority in ten bodies, he said.

More than 73 percent of an estimated 14 lakh voter exercised their franchise in the polls held on 9th February to decide the fate of 2,900 candidates.

Repoll was held in a booth of Ward No-2 in Hojai municipality following complaints regarding anomalies in ballot papers by the candidates.

Election was adjourned in three wards under Demow town committee following a Gauhati High Court order.

The Congress had swept the urban body polls in 2009, winning 400-plus wards with the AGP and the BJP finishing a distant second and third respectively.


Adarsh Scam: HC refuses to remove Ashok chavan's name from accused list

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected former Maharashtra chief Minister and Maharashtra PCC Chief Ashok Chavan's plea to drop his name from the list of accused in the Adarsh Housing Society scam case.

Chavan had approached the High Court in December 2014, a month after Justice Tahaliyani refused CBI the permission to delete his name from the charge sheet.

He pleaded that certain observations in the order were on the points which had not been argued and he had not got the opportunity to address these.


RBI eases norms for home loans

Giving a boost to affordable housing, the RBI on Thursday eased the norms for home loans for up to 10 lakh rupees by allowing banks to include stamp duty and registration charges to the cost of a unit. These charges form around 15 per cent of the cost of the house and place a burden on borrowers.

As per the current practice, banks do not include stamp duty, registration and other documentation charges in the cost of housing property.

The RBI also said that in cases of projects sponsored by government, statutory authorities, banks may disburse the loans as per the payment stages prescribed by such authorities, even where payments sought from house buyers are not linked to the stages of construction.
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