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Government will pursue amendment on labour laws after unanimity: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that union government will pursue any amendment on labour laws only after unanimity among all the stake holders and agreed that the issue of minimum wages has to be given serious thought.

"Government will pursue any amendment on labour laws only after bringing unanimity among trade unions, employers' organisations and state governments," Jaitley told a delegation of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the labour wing of the RSS.

Modi government is anti-farmer: Yogendra Yadav

Bhopal : Swaraj Abhiyan convener Yogendra Yadav on Thursday termed the Narendra Modi government "anti-farmer".

Addressing reporters on completion of the Modi government's two years in power, Yadav said the ruling BJP at the Centre has been anti-farmer since the time it came to power.

"The BJP, in its election manifesto, had promised to serve farmers in many ways but when the party came to power, it failed to deliver on its promises," he said.

Commenting on the union budget, Yadav said it is aimed to favour industrialists and not farmers.

JNU doctored video: Court asks Delhi Police to file report

New Delhi : A court here on Thursday asked Delhi Police to file a status report on investigation being carried out in the JNU sedition cases while hearing a complaint against three news channels which allegedly ran doctored videos of the controversy.

Rains, landslides disrupt rail, road links to Manipur, Tripura

Agartala : Rail and road traffic remained disrupted on Thursday in southern Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and western Manipur due to incessant rains and landslides.

Tripura has also been cut off from the rest of the country for the past two weeks as its lifeline -- the National Highway-8 -- was severely damaged in adjoining southern Assam.

A Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) official in Silchar said: "Due to torrential rains over the past several days, coupled with landslide, rail services have been disrupted in southern Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and western Manipur."


Five killed in Maharashtra chemical factory blast

Thane (Maharashtra) : At least five workers were killed and around 125 others injured when in a massive blast when a boiler at a private chemical company in the MIDC industrial complex here on Thursday morning, police said.

The blast in Probace Enterprises around 11 a.m. caused a devastating fire at the factory, located in the Phase II of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) complex, on the outskirts of the Dombivali city, said an official of the Manpada police.

Faux Pas: Police verify Rahul Gandhi as resident of Indirapuram

Ghaziabad : Does Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi live in Indirapuram locality of Ghaziabad?

Obviously not. But the local police have ended up verifying his address as a servant or a driver.

The police post of Shipra Sun City under Indirapuram police jurisdiction verified the personal details of the tenant written as Rahul Gandhi, son of late Rajiv Gandhi who was originally resident of house number 12, Tughlak Lane, New Delhi. The profession mentioned against his name is politics and marital status as unmarried.

Bajrang Dal leader sent to 14-day judicial custody

Lucknow : The Faizabad convenor of Bajrang Dal, Mahesh Mishra, was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a city court on Thursday, police said.

Mishra was arrested on Wednesday for calling a certain community terrorists during 'Shaurya Diwas' celebrations.

Mishra was also accused of exhorting, at a rally at Karsewakpuram a few days back, the Hindu community members to stockpile weapons and arms to take on the “terrorist” community.

Soon after Mishra's arrest, hundreds of his supporters had gathered and raised anti-police slogans.

Madhya Pradesh BJP sends 12 names for Rajya Sabha polls

Bhopal : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday decided to forward a panel of 12 names for the Rajya Sabha polls to the central party leadership.

This was decided at a meeting of the party's state election committee here.

State party leader Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said that during the meeting they brainstormed over the possible candidates and came up with the 12 names, which they have submitted to the BJP central leadership. The selected candidates' names will be announced soon, he said.

Spell out norms for devolving Nirbhaya fund to states, SC tells centre

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the central government to spell out the manner in which Nirbhaya fund - for safety and empowerment of women - would be given to the states, saying that otherwise it would be reduced to a "lip sympathy".

"How you propose for the devolution of (Nirbhaya) fund to the States. What is the manner how this fund is going to be devolved to the states? Otherwise it would be lip sympathy," said a vacation bench of Justice Prafulla C. Pant and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud.

Kerala government unhappy over Italian Marine being allowed to leave

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday expressed the state government's displeasure and blamed the Centre after the Supreme Court cleared the decks for Italian Marine Salvatore Girone to leave India.

Girone, alongwith Sergeant Massimiliano Latorre, is accused of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala's coast in February 2012.

Addressing reporters here in the state capital, Vijayan who assumed office on Wednesday said that they "have always been unhappy" with the way the case was handled by the Centre.