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Govt to loosen its pocket to avert petrol price hike?

New Delhi, April 05: The government has sent feelers to oil companies that it might cut the excise duty on petrol to lower their under-recoveries, a move that will benefit the consumers as well. As per reports, the finance ministry is actively considering a proposal from the oil ministry to slash the excise duty. It is learnt that the reduction ...

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Obama signs bipartisan JOBS Act into law

Email Print Order Reprint Share This Share Text tool name tool goes here By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY – Tribune Washington Bureau By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill aimed at giving small businesses more access to capital, touting the measure as a step toward job creation and a sign of hope for bipartisan cooperation ...

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Job creation is top priority for Palestinian wealth fund

Dubai The Palestinian sovereign wealth fund is aiming to boost the private sector and wean the strife-torn region off aid, with investments in sectors such as tourism and power generating profits despite difficult relations with Israel, its boss told Reuters. While most other, much larger, sovereign wealth funds invest heavily abroad in a bid to spread risk and maximise returns, ...

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Burma calls on US and EU to honour ‘promise’ to lift sanctions

Burma has called on the United States and European to honour its “promise” to lift economic sanctions after staging a series of by-elections in which Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide victory. Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters celebrate in Yangon after the by-elections Photo: AP By Dean Nelson, South Asia Editor 5:26PM BST 05 Apr 2012 Free and fair ...

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Afghanistan: 3 US troops among dead in suicide bombing

At least 13 people were killed, 3 U.S. troops among them, and another 25 wounded when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked them yesterday in the Faryab province. The attack happened in a park in Maimanah, the capital of Faryab province. The troops were in the park taking pictures and filming interviews when the attacker rode in on a ...

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Diplomats: UN backs Syria pullout by April 10

EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement endorsing the April 10 deadline for Syria to halt the use of troops and heavy weapons in cities and towns. The presidential statement, obtained by The Associated Press, raises the possibility of “further steps” if Syria doesn’t implement the peace ...

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ICC rejects Libya’s request over Gaddafi son surrender

AMSTERDAM/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday ordered Libya to immediately hand over for trial Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader, but Libya’s new authorities said they still wanted to try him themselves. The court in The Hague ordered Tripoli to “comply with its obligations to enforce the warrant of arrest” and surrender ...

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Myanmar kids maids in Nagaland H. CHISHI Kohima, April 4: A large number of children …

Myanmar kids maids in Nagaland H. CHISHI Kohima, April 4: A large number of children is trafficked from Myanmar to Nagaland to work as domestic help in gross violation of international human rights, a Myanmarese NGO working here claimed today. The Kohima unit of the Eastern Nagaland Christian Fellowship, Myanmar, today said the gravity of the situation was such that ...

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Anonymous says it hacked Chinese government sites

BEIJING — China was struggling Thursday to restore several government websites that international hacking group Anonymous says it attacked in an apparent protest against Chinese Internet restrictions. On a Twitter account established in late March, Anonymous China listed the websites it…

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UN peacekeeper due in Damascus for ceasefire talks

Beirut: A senior Norwegian UN peacekeeper flies into Damascus on Thursday to try to broker an agreement that will allow observers to be deployed across Syria to monitor a ceasefire demanded by an international peace plan. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accepted the plan, which calls for him to withdraw heavy weapons from cities, and his ally Russia…

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