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21k cr saved from subsidy transfer on LPG: Govt

The government has saved ₹21,672 crore by directly paying the subsidy on cooking LPG gas connections into consumers' bank accounts in the last two financial years, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Wednesday. The initiative facilitated the elimination of duplicate connections and diversions which saved the money, he added. The scheme was launched across the country from January 1, 2015.

Content discovery app Murmur shuts down: Report

Gurgaon-based content discovery app, Murmur has reportedly shut down. The app used to curate content from blogs and news sites in the form of photos, videos, GIFs, news and serve them in 15-20 bites. The company pivoted to content discovery app in 2015 after shutting its fan merchandise platform Bluegape, founded by Sahil Baghla and Ayush Varshney in 2011.

Sensex down 128 points; Nifty falls 40 points

The BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty on Wednesday extended their losses as they fell 127.97 and 40.45 points to close at 25,101.73 and 7,706.55 respectively amid weak global markets. Market sentiment remained under pressure amid weak Chinese manufacturing data and a downgrade in the Eurozone's growth, reviving worries about slowing global growth, analysts said.

344 candidates in fray for Puducherry polls 2016

The total number of candidates contesting the Puducherry Assembly elections scheduled for May 16 has increased from 187 in 2011 to 344 this year. Compared to six independents last time, there are 97 independents this time. Also, for the first time, votes polled in Puducherry, having 23 out of the 30 segments, would be counted in two centres.

Reliance gets approval for B'desh power plant

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power has received in-principle approval from the Bangladesh government for the first phase of a 3,000 MW Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-based power plant in the country. “This will be the largest foreign direct investment in Bangladesh with a potential investment of over $1.3 billion,” Reliance said. Reportedly, the project is scheduled to be commissioned by 2018-19.

JNU VC terms students' hunger strike as unlawful

As the JNU students' indefinite hunger strike led by Kanhaiya Kumar, against punishments awarded in connection with the February 9 event, entered its seventh day, Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar today called it 'unlawful'. Kumar urged the students to use constitutional methods to put forth their demands and said that hunger strike protests adversely affect the students' health and career.

Saudi women get right to copy of marriage pact

Saudi Arabia's Justice Ministry has announced that brides in the country will now get a copy of their marriage contracts, a privilege that was reserved only to men. The Ministry said this decision aims to “protect the rights of the woman and facilitate procedures for her”. Notably, Saudi women need permission from their male guardians to get married.

Assembly polls in TN, Kerala, Puducherry begin

Polling for the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry began today at 7 am. While 233 seats will go to polls in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will see polling for 140 and 30 assembly seats respectively. The Election Commission launched a smartphone app to help voters find polling stations and give details of polling station queues.

Centre must fulfil the Agenda of Alliance: Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday asked the Centre to take more substantive measures to fulfil the promises made in the Agenda of Alliance. “Mufti Saab was a visionary leader. He joined hands with the Prime Minister... It is now our collective responsibility to implement it and fulfil the promises made with the people,” she said.

Ramadoss urges EC to postpone TN elections

PMK leader Ramadoss has urged the Election Commission to postpone polling in Tamil Nadu scheduled for Monday and demanded that the members of DMK and AIADMK be disqualified. He accused these parties of distributing money to voters in all the 234 assembly seats. Earlier, the EC had postponed the elections in Aravakurichi citing distribution of money.

Pandya's all-round performance help MI defeat DD

Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Daredevils by 80 runs in their Indian Premier League encounter on Sunday. Batting first, Mumbai scored 206/4 powered by Krunal Padnya's 86(37) and Martin Guptill's 48(42). In response, Delhi were dismissed for 126, with Quinton de Kock scoring 40(28), while Jaspreet Bumrah and Pandya finished with the figures 3/13 and 2/15 respectively.

RJD member held in Rajdeo Ranjan murder case

RJD member Upendra Singh has been detained by the Bihar Police for his alleged involvement in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, Siwan district President of RJD Parmatma Ram has reportedly confirmed. Singh is linked to former RJD lawmaker Mohammad Shahabuddin, who is lodged in jail. The police earlier claimed the assailants involved in the murder had links with Shahabuddin.

Shivraj Chouhan likens Modi to Mahatma Gandhi

Madhya Pradesh's CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan today likened PM Narendra Modi to Mahatma Gandhi. “First, the world would keenly listen to everything Mahatma Gandhi said. Today, the world listens to Modiji,” Chouhan said. BJP chief Amit Shah also compared PM's call to give up LPG-subsidy to former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri's appeal to give up one meal during food shortage.

UPA regime left us with empty coffers: Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday alleged that the UPA regime left "empty coffers" which has made it difficult for the NDA government to work for the poor. He further compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for foregoing LPG subsidy to that of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri's call for voluntarily giving up one meal to deal with food shortage.