KOLKATA - The imposition of excise duty of one percent on coal, proposed in the general budget 2011-12, will push up cement prices, a top executive of leading cement maker Birla Corporation Limited said Tuesday.

KOLKATA/NEW DELHI - Pointing to the existence of a supply-demand gap in foodgrain which is causing prices of essentials to soar, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday said he has given priority in the budget for 2011-12 to increasing production of foodgrain to contain inflation.

KOLKATA - Three days after being showered with goodies by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, poll-bound West Bengal Monday reaped rich dividends from the budget for 2011-12 presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

KOLKATA - Conceding that West Bengal lagged in drawing investments from the pharmaceutical sector, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Monday stressed the need for the growth of the biotech industry in the state.

KOLKATA - In a never before initiative, prospective candidates in the upcoming West Bengal assembly polls will have to give their permanent account number (PAN) and and tax returns in the declaration form required to be submitted before filing of nominations, officials said Monday.
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