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Over 40 lakh youth in Punjab addicted to drugs: Kejriwal

Chandigarh : AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that over 40 lakh youth in Punjab were addicted to drugs and accused the ruling Akali Dal of spreading a durg network in the state.

"As of today, over 40 lakh youth in Punjab are addicted to drugs. The drugs network has been spread in the state by the Akalis. Within a month of our government formation in the state, we will stop the supply of drugs," Kejriwal said while addressing a rally in Jalandhar district.

India must grow higher to eradiate poverty by 2032: Kant

New Delhi : Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Saturday that India must aim at a higher growth rate of 9-10 per cent to eradicate poverty by 2032.

"Our per capita income is $1,652. If we continue to grow at 7 per cent, by 2032. per capita income will be $4,000. If we grow by 10 per cent, per capita income will be $6,800 and India will have no poverty by 2032," Kant said at the annual general meeting of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here.

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Bihar CM denies meeting BJP chief

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday denied meeting Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah and his alleged efforts to get close to the party.

He said reports in a section of the media in this regard are "either planted or the imagination of someone".

"There is no truth in reports that I am trying to get close to the BJP. It (report) is also baseless that I met Amit Shah," Nitish Kumar, who is also President of the ruling Janata Dal-United in Bihar, told the media here.

Demonetisation politically motivated, says Mayawati, slams PM's 'blackmailing'

New Delhi : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday slammed the Centre over "poor implementation" of the demonetisation of high value currency notes and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "blackmailing citizens by getting emotional everytime".

She also said the government's move to demonetise 500 and 1,000 rupee notes was "politically motivated for political gains".

Old Rs 500 notes valid for stamp purchase in UP till December 15

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to allow old currency notes of Rs 500 for purchasing stamps, an official said on Saturday.

Giving this information, Inspector General of Registration Anil Kumar said that in this regard necessary orders have been issued.

The exemption is only for the old Rs 500 currency notes and would remain valid till December 15. However, the old currency of Rs 1,000 denomination would not be accepted for the purpose of stamp and registration.

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BJP paid in cash for land deals in Bihar: Media report

Patna : The BJP's political woes over its land deals in Bihar ahead of demonetisation aggravated on Saturday as a media report quoting official documents said the party purchased the land in cash, contrary to its leaders' claims on Friday.

The Janata Dal-United and the Rashtriya Janata Dal reiterated their demand for high-level probes, including by a Joint Parliamentary Committee.

Demonetisation most important economic reform, needs support: Ratan Tata

New Delhi : Industrial conglomerate Tata Sons Interim Chairman Ratan Tata on Saturday said the government's demonetisation programme is among the "three most important economic reforms in India's history" and needs the nation's support for implementation.

"Demonetisation is amongst the three most important economic reforms in India's history, along with Delicensing and GST (Goods and Services Tax)," Tata tweeted.

PM's brother performs puja at temple abutting Charminar

Hyderabad : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's younger brother Prahlad Modi on Saturday performed puja at Bhagyalaxmi temple abutting the historic Charminar in Hyderabad city.

The temple management committee and priest welcomed him. Prahlad participated in various rituals.

Prahlad, who was on a sight-seeing visit to the city, said he was happy to be in Hyderabad.

"I have come for darshan of Bhagyalaxmi mataji. I prayed for the well being of the people of the country," he told the media.

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नोटबंदी : मध्य प्रदेश से शुरू हुई सोशल मीडिया पर निगरानी

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net

वाराणसी: नोटबंदी को लेकर धीरे-धीरे बीस दिन पूरे हो चुके हैं और देश के कई हिस्सों में अभी भी स्थितियां चिंताजनक हैं. ऐसे में मध्य प्रदेश के जिले इंदौर के दंडाधिकारी कार्यालय द्वारा जारी किया गया एक आदेश हाल में ही सामने आया है, जिसमें सोशल मीडिया यानी फेसबुक, ट्विटर और वाट्सएप पर नोटबंदी को लेकर की जा रही टिप्पणियों और पोस्टों पर उचित कानूनी कार्रवाई करने की बात कही गयी है.

यह आदेश बीते 14 नवम्बर को जारी किया गया है. आदेश के कागजों के अनुसार यह आदेश आगामी 12 जनवरी तक जारी रहेगा.

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Castro was an inspiration for Kerala Communists

Thiruvananthapuram : Senior Kerala Left leaders on Saturday paid tribute to Fidel Castro, terming the former Cuban President a shining beacon of the Communist movement across the world.

Castro, leader of the Communist revolution, passed away at the age of 90 on Friday.

Former Kerala Minister and senior CPI leader Binoy Viswam said his meeting with the great revolutionary way back in 1984 in Havana is still fresh in his memory.

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