'Jihadi John' naming hailed by Middle East media


Kuwait's Al-Ra'i quotes Emwazi as saying he feels "like a prisoner without a cage in London"

Middle Eastern media welcome the news that the identity of an Islamic State (IS) militant known as "Jihadi John" has been revealed. But some wonder why the man from west London is still at large.

The masked Islamic State militant, who has been pictured in the videos of the beheadings of Western hostages, was named on Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Briton from west London.

Modi is "allergic" to me: Anna

New Delhi, Feb 27 (PTI) Stepping up his attack on the government over the land acquisition bill, Anna Hazare today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "allergic" to him due to which he does not expect any talk with Modi on the issue.

Hazare also said that he will launch a three-month long padyatra from Maharashtra's Wardha to Delhi which he said would culminate with a "jail bharo andolan" in the capital.
Source - pti news

Rail Budget 2015: In simple words


Highlights of the Railway Budget 2015-16:

  1. IR to become prime mover of economy once again
  2. Resource Mobilization for higher Investments
  3. Decongestion of heavy haul routes and speeding up of trains: emphasis on gauge conversion, doubling, tripling and electrification
  4. Project delivery
  5. Passenger Amenities
  6. Safety
  7. Transparency & System Improvement.
  8. Railways to continue to be the preferred mode of transport for the masses
  9. Sustainability

This one table shows why Indian Railways is in dire need for private capital

The world’s largest passenger carrier (23 million a day), fourth-largest freight carrier (1 billion tonne a year) that operates 19,000 trains daily covering a 65,000 kilometres of route length, the Indian Railways truly is a story of scale. However, another story that has run alongside and grew every passing year is the one of stagnation, thanks to the perennial dilemma of whether it should operate as a commercial enterprise or serve as a welfare organization.

The table below charts the railways’ financials over the past seven years. Railways has managed to just about meet its expenses and create some bit of surpluses, as can be seen in the gross receipts and working expense figures.

Table

But the surplus, a few thousand crores every year, is a drop in the bucket compared to the capital required for railways to meet their expansion projects. For ongoing projects alone, capital worth Rs 1.57 lakh crore needs to be infused.

Rupee higher at 61.93 in noon trade



Indian rupee has appreciated on Thursday against US dollar. Indian currency went up 4 paise or 0.06 percent against dollar to trade at 61.93.
Rupee has witnessed a high of 61.91 and a low of 61.99. Its 52-week range was 58.34-63.89.

Budget 2015: Does Modi govt mean business?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint The next three days will shape the short-term future of the stock market, have a bearing on investor and consumer confidence, and provide another opportunity for just about anyone to make up their mind on the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The business end of the ongoing budget session of Parliament starts on Thursday with railway minister Suresh Prabhu presenting the rail budget. On Friday, the government will release the Economic Survey, reflecting its thinking on the state of the economy. And on Saturday, finance minister Arun Jaitley will present his government’s first full-year budget.

Hope Bollywood will benefit from this year's budget, says Shah Rukh Khan



Mumbai: As Arun Jaitley is set to present the Union Budget on 28 February, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan hopes that the film industry will be taken into consideration by the Finance Minister.

"It is weird when people ask an actor about budget. Please do not ask me about it. I respect it. It is very important for our economy," replied the 49-year-old actor when asked to comment about the upcoming budget.

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Sexual harassment case: Delhi court to hear bail plea of RK Pachauri today

Sexual harassment case: Delhi court to hear bail plea of RK Pachauri today
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday will hear the bail application of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) director general RK Pachauri, against whom a sexual harassment complaint has been registered by a research associate working in his office.

Pachauri, 74, Wednesday quit as chairman of UN's prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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