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Economic Survey outlines reformist steps for India to grow faster

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New Delhi, July 09 (IANS): India needs to recast its subsidy regime, raise tax revenues, remove barriers on farm trade and improve the business climate to meet the aspirations of its people, the annual report card on the country's economy said Wednesday, while pegging a higher overall growth of 5.4-5.9 percent for this fiscal.
A day ahead of the national budget for this fiscal, the Economic Survey 2013-14 tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, also suggested a series of measures that must form the next phase of economic reforms to recapture the growth momentum and remove the problems that undermine the country's long-term potential.
India's economic growth fell below 5 percent in the past two consecutive years -- the worst performance in almost three decades. The growth slowdown in the last two years was broad-based, affecting in particular the industry sector, the survey observed.

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Slaughter House at Mawlai to be commissioned within three months

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SHILLONG, July 09: The Animal Husbandry & Veterinary department of the state government Wednesday said the Slaughter House constructed at Mawlai Mawiong will be inaugurated within the next three months.
This was revealed by the Assistant Director of the department Dr KB Sahkhar during an inspection conducted by the executive member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) to the construction site on Wednesday morning.
Speaking to reporters, Dr Sahkhar informed “The department is hoping to make the Slaughter House operational tentatively by October this year.”
The slaughter house was being constructed at a cost of Rs 23 crore.

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Chibinang: A story of pineapple success

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Tura, July 09: The small hamlet of Chibinang, about 90 kms from the town of Tura in West Garo Hills, is a scene of frenetic activity. Trucks line up the dusty roads adjoining the main market and trade is brisk. For three months within the year, June to August, the village will remain a spectacle of activity that will even stretch through nights. The reason for the activity – the pineapple season has begun.
Chibinang has always been famous for the pineapple trade with even Dabur working with a local factory for the procurement of the fruit, given the organic nature of the produce in Meghalaya. The area around the village has been producing the fruit for decades now and traders await the three months when they move into neighbouring villages and buy the fruits from locals. The same goods are then sent to the rest of the country through either the Brahmaputra to Dhubri in Assam and beyond or transported to Goalpara from where it goes by train to everywhere else.

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9 ASAK cadres nabbed in Williamnagar, arms and ammunition recovered

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WILLIAMNAGAR, July 08: In a major boost to police morale in East Garo Hills (EGH), 9 cadres of the A’chik Songna Achakpakiga Kotok (ASAK) were nabbed on Tuesday by the police from the towns of Williamnagar and Rongjeng and a small amount of arms and ammunition were also recovered from them. Interestingly, two of the 9 ASAK cadre caught were Area Commanders of the outfit.
Superintendent of Police (SP) of EGH Davies Marak said, “We received a tip-off about the presence of three members of the outfit near the Williamnagar Forest Gate. Our team went and nabbed one of them from the spot. Upon interrogation, he revealed that there were another two cadres in the Williamnagar Bazar area who were possibly serving demand notes. They too were nabbed”.

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Mankachar holds rally for peace, security of traders sought

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Murdered man identified, family takes body to Assam
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Tura, July 09: The body of the slain cashew nut trader was on Wednesday sent back to Mankachar in Assam after family members identified him. The trader, identified as Abu Hassan, was kidnapped from near Purakhasia in West Garo Hills and killed by his captors. Hassan was shot in the neck after his hands were tied and his mouth clamped with a piece of cloth. The town of Mankachar held a peace rally to protest the killing of the trader with shops remaining closed from 2 pm to 5 pm.
According to the family of the victim, Hassan was abducted on July 5 last with the family getting a demand from his captors for a sum of Rs 30 lakhs. The demand was whittled down to Rs 3 lakh which was agreed upon. A member of the family had then gone to make the payment, however, due to problems of network, the money was not delivered and the person returned with the money. Apparently, the frustrated kidnappers killed Hassan for not receiving the payment.

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Tech, commerce to power Indian Railways in future

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New Delhi, July 08 (IANS): Bullet trains are set to become a reality in India with the first service between Mumbai and Ahmedabad as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government sought to run Indian Railways - one of the world's largest - like a "commercial enterprise but serve like a welfare organization".
In the Railway Budget presented to Parliament on Tuesday, Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda unveiled many new measures to make Indian Railways, which runs about 20,000 trains and ferries 23 million passengers daily, a modern, efficient and commercially viable utility.
He presented proposals, subject to Parliamentary approval, for introduction of 58 new trains, paperless office in five years, digital reservation charts, wi-fi in select stations and trains, wake-up call for passengers, separate freight terminals, office-on-wheels for business travelers, more money for cleanliness and safety, food courts at stations, expansion of rail tourism and better connectivity in hilly areas and northeastern states.

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29 - MDC delegation to demand adequate security for villagers in disputed areas

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KHADC’s ultimatum to State Govt, MDCs to agitate if demands not met
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SHILLONG, July 08: Twenty-nine members of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (KHADC) Tuesday unanimously decided to soon meet the Congress led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA-II) government to demanding urgent need to provide adequate security to the villages living in the disputed border areas with Assam, even as they resolved to visit all border areas falling under Council’s jurisdiction.
The decision was taken at an all party meeting which was attended by the members from the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) and Khasi Hills United Democratic Alliance (KHUDA) held at the chamber of the KHADC CEM Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit on Tuesday here.

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