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Modi announces Rs 1.25 lakh crore investment package for poll-bound Bihar

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A day after a Rs.1.25 lakh crore financial package was announced for poll-bound Bihar, the Finance Ministry on Wednesday declared tax incentives for five years to set up manufacturing facilities in 21 notified backward districts — including capital Patna.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a rally at Arrah in Bihar on Tuesday, announced an economic package of Rs.1.25 lakh crore in a measure taken to woo voters in the state which is headed for assembly polls later this year.

The tax benefit will be available during the five-year period from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2020, according to an official release issued here by the Finance Ministry.

Besides Patna, the other districts are Nalanda, Bhojpur, Rohtas, Kaimur, Gaya, Jehanabad, Aurangabad, Nawada, Vaishali, Sheohar, Samastipur, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Purnea, Katihar, Araria, Jamui, Lakhisarai, Supaul and Muzaffarpur.

During the period, the manufacturing units established in such areas will enjoy 15 per cent additional depreciation and 15 per cent investment allowance under the Income Tax Act on the total cost incurred.

The aforesaid incentives are in addition to other tax benefits available under the Income-tax Act, the release said.

“…Thus a manufacturing undertaking/enterprise set up in any of these areas during the aforesaid period will be eligible for 35 per cent (instead of 20 per cent) of additional depreciation.

“This would be over and above the normal depreciation of 15 per cent,” it said.

Besides, a company engaged in manufacturing will also be eligible for 30 percent (instead of 15 percent) of investment allowance if its investment in new plant and machinery during the period April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017 exceeds Rs 25 crore.

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)