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Congress takes dig at Modi government's move on merger of budgets

New Delhi : The Congress on Wednesday took a dig at the government for its move to merge the railway and general budgets, saying it was an attempt to divert public attention from the government move to make rail travel expensive.

"We are least concerned about cosmetic, superficial and no substantive changes. What we are concerned with is that the government should spell out through the media point-wise benefits to the 'aam aadmi' (common man) from the so-called merger," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters here.

Kejriwal, named in FIR, targets Modi

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after police named him in an FIR regarding alleged illegalities in the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).

"Don't know why my name is in the FIR," the Aam Aadmi Party leader told reporters here. "Without the Prime Minister's approval, a Chief Minister's name doesn't figure in an FIR."

Shiv Sena demands Parrikar's sack over constant Goa visits

Panaji : The Shiv Sena in Goa on Wednesday demanded that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar be sacked immediately, claiming that the former Chief Minister of Goa was more concerned about the BJP's organisational affairs in Goa than the safety of the country's borders.

First International Sikh Conclave begins on Thursday in Bihar

Patna : Nearly 150 Sikh luminaries from all walks of life from India and abroad are likely to participate in the first three-day international Sikh conclave in Patna, beginning on September 22.

Talking to media persons here, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said the state government is organising this conclave ahead of the 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru, in Patna Sahib.

आदिवासी बच्चों को उनकी जड़ों से अलग करते बस्तर के ये स्कूल

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net

दंतेवाड़ा/सुकमा (छत्तीसगढ़) : बस्तर में चल रहे स्कूल ज्ञान के केंद्र होने के बजाय अज्ञान के कीड़े साबित होते जा रहे हैं. ऐसा मानना हमारा नहीं, बल्कि यहां रहने वाले आदिवासी मानते हैं. ज्ञान की रोशनी बिखेरनी वाले आदिवासी क्षेत्र के इन स्कूलों में शिक्षा के नाम पर बच्चों को भगवाकरण का टॉनिक पिलाया जा रहा है. ऐसा टॉनिक जो उन्हें समझदार इंसान व आदिवासियों का हमदर्द होने के बजाय अपने मां-बाप से नफ़रत करने वाला, बेहद ही कट्टर और रूढ़िवादी हाड़-मांस के टुकड़ों में तब्दील कर चुका है. और यह सब राज्य सरकार की शह पर हो रहा है.

CPI-M's students bodies sweep Tripura college elections

Agartala : The student bodies affiliated to the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) swept the Student Council polls in all 22 government-run degree colleges in Tripura, an official said on Wednesday.

Of the 22 colleges, candidates of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and Tribal Students Union (TSU) were earlier elected unopposed in 13 Student Councils in as many colleges. Elections were thus held for only nine councils.

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Kejriwal figures in FIR, targets Modi

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his name was included in a FIR regarding alleged illegalities in the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).

"Don't know why my name is in the FIR," the Aam Aadmi Party leader told reporters here. "Without the Prime Minister's approval, a Chief Minister's name doesn't comes in an FIR."

President greets Mali on National Day

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday extended his greetings to Mali on the eve of the country's National Day.

In a message to the his Malian counterpart, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Mukherjee said: "On behalf of the government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the government and people of the Republic of Mali on the occasion of your National Day."

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Government urges procurement agencies to reach out to farmers on pulse MSP

New Delhi : The central government has directed procurement agencies Food Corporation of India (FCI), NAFED and SFAC to publicise their procurement activities among farmers through various modes in pulse producing states so that farmers get the benefit of Minimum Support Price (MSP).

The central government is procuring pulses form farmers as it wants to encourage them to grow lentils in the ensuing winter/rabi season beginning October, an official source said.

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90-year-old widow raped in Kerala

Kollam (Kerala) : In a shocking incident, a 90-year-old widow, who is a cancer patient, has been raped here in Kerala by a man who was armed with a knife, police said on Wednesday.

The woman too told the media that the crime was committed by someone who knew the layout of her house.

"The accused entered my house through the back door. This can be done only by someone who knows the house well," she said.

"I pleaded with him not to harm me but he did not listen... I want the police to arrest the accused," she said.

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