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UP unveils new tourism policy, woos investors with sops (2 minutes ago)
Lucknow, Feb 19 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday announced a new tourism policy to increase footfalls as well as investment in the state.

CBI questions, books Rotomac directors as loan default is seen to touch Rs 3,695 cr (Lead) (26 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi/Kanpur, Feb 19 (IANS) The Rotomac loan default case would touch Rs 3,695 crore,including interest, according to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials who are looking into the case.

BJP names candidates for three Lok Sabha bypolls in UP, Bihar (Lead) (16:30)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi/Lucknow, Feb 19 (IANS) The BJP on Monday announced candidates for the by-elections to the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araria in Bihar, scheduled to be held on March 11.

Arrested PNB official illegally accessed Level-5 SWIFT password, shared it with firm (16:16)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The arrested deputy manager of Punjab National Bank (PNB) has told investigators that he had unauthorisedly obtained Level-5 password to the SWIFT system to authorise issuance of money through Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) and Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs).

India, Indonesia joint military drill begins in Bandung (16:08)
Jakarta, Feb 19 (IANS) The Indian and Indonesian armies on Monday began the sixth edition of their annual military exercises in the West Java province of the archipelago country.

India best placed to leverage technology: PM (Lead) (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Hyderabad, Feb 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that with one of the most tech-friendly populations, India was best placed to leverage the power of technology and leapfrog into the future.

Nasscom launches platform to upskill 2 million professionals (15:52)IANS Photo Service
Hyderabad, Feb 19 (IANS) The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) on Monday launched a platform to upskill two million IT employees and skill two million youth in eight technologies starting with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Documents show larger conspiracy behind Gandhi's murder, SC told (15:30)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Pankaj Phadnis, who has sought the reopening of a probe into the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, on Monday told the Supreme Court that he has accessed documents that show a "larger conspiracy" behind the murder.

Not only PNB, other banks also involved in scam: Mamata (15:26)IANS Photo Service
Baharampur (West Bengal), Feb 19 (IANS) Continuing her attack on the Centre over the multi-crore PNB fraud, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that there are "other banks" involved in such money laundering cases with their chiefs being protected by the BJP government.

Karnataka legislator's son surrenders in assault case (15:24)IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Feb 19 (IANS) Karnataka Congress legislator N.A. Haris' son and expelled state Youth Congress leader Mohammed Nalapad surrendered a day after he was booked on Sunday in an assault case, police said on Monday.

PNB fraud: ED raids over 40 locations in several cities on Monday (15:24)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday conducted searches at over 40 more locations in several cities across India in connection with the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, an official said.

The sublime joy of translations (Translating India-10) (14:56)IANS Photo Service
(ATTN EDITORS: This is the last in a 10-part "Translating India" series where noted translators -- in articles written exclusively for IANS -- share their experiences of translating from their respective languages.)

Sudin Dhavalikar chosen Goa House leader (14:44)
Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader and Goa PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, member of the ruling coalition, has been chosen the leader of the House in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Irrespective of caste, creed, sex, religion India is one: Naidu (14:36)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that we should be proud of being Indian and there is a requirement to stop thinking on the lines of caste, creed, sex and religion.

Parrikar can be sent to US, if need be: Goa Deputy Speaker (14:14)IANS Photo Service
Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is being treated at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital for a pancreas-related ailment, can be shifted to the US for further treatment, "if need be", Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo said on Monday.

'Jharkhand Chief Secretary should not get extension' (13:56)
Ranchi, Feb 19 (IANS) The opposition in Jharkhand on Monday demanded that Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma, who is set to superannuate on February 28, should not be given the extension as she has been named in several graft cases.

Want to shock, disturb people with my work: Filmmaker Q (IANS Interview) (13:50)
By Sugandha RawalIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) His films don't release in a theatre near you, and neither does he think they're meant to be enjoyed with cola and popcorn.

BJP names candidates for three Lok Sabha by-elections in UP, Bihar (13:40)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The BJP on Monday announced candidates for the by-elections to the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araira in Bihar, scheduled to be held on March 11.

Journalist who wrote about Parrikar's health barred from Goa assembly (13:34)IANS Photo Service
Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) A journalist was on Monday barred from entering the precincts of the Goa legislative assembly, two days after he sent across a message about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's ill-health and later retracted it.

Karnataka lawmaker, farmer leader Puttannaiah dies (13:10)IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Feb 19 (IANS) Karnataka's regional party lawmaker and popular farmer leader K.S. Puttannaiah has passed away. He was 69, an official said on Monday.

Hardik may campaign for MP polls (13:06)IANS Photo Service
Bhopal, Feb 19 (IANS) Gujarat's Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Monday dropped hints that he may campaign for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections to be held later this year and also stated his intent to work for the youth and farmers.

India best placed to leverage technology: PM (13:00)IANS Photo Service
Hyderabad, Feb 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India with one of the most tech-friendly populations, was best placed to leverage power of technology and leapfrog into future.

For India's debt markets, covered bonds could be a game-changer (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:52)
By Taponeel MukherjeeIANS Photo Service
Innovation in the Indian capital markets is needed to both boost growth and resolve the balance sheet issues of banks. Besides improving the corporate bond market and lending standards, work needs to be done to create a covered bond market to assist better lending standards.

Prosenjit's priority changed from 'screen time to substance' (12:38)
By Arundhuti BanerjeeIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) National Award-winning Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee says he is more interested in being a part of content-driven films where his role offers more substance than the length of his screen presence.

Veteran Odia actress Aparajita Mohanty joins BJP (12:34)
Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) Veteran Odia actress Aparajita Mohanty joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Monday.

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