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Maruti Suzuki logs 33 percent profit growth
Passenger car major Maruti Suzuki India Ltd on Monday said it had closed the last fiscal with 33.4 percent increase in profit and 14 percent growth in net sales.
 
In a statement issued here, the company said it had posted a net profit of Rs.3,711 crore, a gain of 33.4 percent compared to 2013-14.
 
The company registered net sales (net of excise) of around Rs.48,605 crore, a gain of 14 percent over the previous year.
 
Last fiscal, the company sold a total of 1,292,415 units during the year, a growth of 11.9 percent over the previous year. Of this, exports were at 121,713 units, a gain of 20.1 percent.
 
The board of directors recommended a dividend of Rs.25 per share of face value Rs.5 for 2014-15.

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ICICI Bank net up by 14 percent
Private sector ICICI Bank on Monday said it closed last fiscal logging 14 percent growth in net profit.
 
The company's board of directors declared a dividend of Rs.5 per equity share having a face value of Rs.2 each.
 
In a statement, ICICI Bank said its standalone after tax profit for the year ended March 31, 2015 grew by 14 percent to Rs.11,175 crore from Rs.9,810 crore logged during the previous fiscal.
 
The net interest income increased 16 percent to Rs.19,040 crore for the period under review up from Rs.16,475 crore earned during the previous fiscal.
 
The bank's non-interest income went up by 17 percent last fiscal to Rs.12,176 crore, while the provisions too went up Rs.3,900 crore last fiscal up from Rs.2,626 crore during the corresponding period of the previous year.
 
According to ICICI Bank, the total advances increased by 14 percent year-on-year to Rs. 387,522 crore at March 31, 2015 from Rs. 338,703 crore at March 31, 2014.
 
ICICI Bank's net non-performing assets (NPA) went up to Rs.6,325 crore as at March 31, 2015 from Rs.3,301 crore at the end of corresponding period previous year.
 
According to the bank, its total deposits increased by nine percent year-on-year to ` Rs.361,563 crore at March 31, 2015.
 

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Nepal quake: Virtual media drives 'real' rescue operations
Soon after the 7.9-magnitude temblor jolted Nepal and parts of India on Saturday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) started the twitter handle "@MEAcontrolroom" in order to inform people about latest rescue efforts and sharing helpline numbers
 
Considering the popularity and reach of social networking sites in the modern world, the Indian government is pro-actively using Twitter and Facebook to reach out to those affected in quake-ravaged Nepal.
 
From giving information about the missing ones to offering aid, the government and netizens have gone all out to utilise the power of social media, also known as virtual media, to offer a helping hand to the ones in need.
 
Soon after the 7.9-magnitude temblor jolted Nepal and parts of India on Saturday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) started the twitter handle "@MEAcontrolroom" in order to inform people about latest rescue efforts and sharing helpline numbers.
 
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj promptly swung into action by responding to queries of families and friends of those missing or stranded in the Himalayan country.
 
And this prompt response by the government is garnering praise from the twitterati.
 
"Well done Sushma Swaraj for making MEA cool and proactive! Huge Respect for @adgpi, @IAFIndia, NDRF and doctors," tweeted Amit Kumar, an IT consultant.
 
Desperate Amritansh Dash contacted the government seeking help to find a 78-year-old man by posting his image and details on Twitter, and in less than 20 minutes his post was acknowledged by MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
 
"Thank you for the information. We are communicating this to our officials on the ground," said Swarup.
 
People are using hashtags like #Nepalearthquake, #ThankyouPM, #OpMaitri, #NepalQuake, #IndiawithNepal to show solidarity and offer help to the people in quake-ravaged country.
 
"Sir/ma'am, me and my volunteers are ready to fulfill all the blood requirements for Nepal," posted BloodDonorsofIndore, a blood donors group, addressing the tweet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
 
Similarly, another Twitter user, eager to help the people, came forward and said: "What's the site for donating money for earthquake victims?"
 
Apart from this, the government is also keeping the world updated through pictures about the aid it is sending to Nepal.
 
People also took to Facebook to share information helpful for those in crisis.
 
"Nurses in and around Bir hospital trauma centre. Please immediately report. Due to lack of assistance surgeries are on hold ! If you know anyone who is a nurse please pass this message," posted Max Dipesh Khatri from Bir Hospital, Kathmandu.

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