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2G money laundering case: Raja, others to answer 400 questions

New Delhi : A special court on Wednesday supplied a draft copy of the questionnaire of 400 questions to former telecom minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in a money laundering case related to 2G spectrum allocation.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini supplied the draft questionnaire -- that runs into about 225 pages -- to the accused which they have to answer as part of their statement in the case.

"The process of drafting of questionnaire is completed by today itself," the court said.


Apprised Modi about Teesta deal: Mamata

Kolkata : Ahead of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said she has apprised the centre about her recent Dhaka visit and talks concerning the Teesta water sharing deal.

Banerjee is slated to leave for New Delhi on March 8 for her first one-on-one meeting with Modi after he came to power last year.


Bihar cabinet stays Manjhi's 36 decisions

Patna : The Bihar cabinet on Wednesday stayed 36 decisions taken by the government of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi last month, officials said here.

"All the 36 cabinet decisions taken by Manjhi in three cabinet meetings last month were rolled back by the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar," an official said.

Nitish Kumar, who assumed charge last month amid high drama, has told the media that he would review all decisions of the erstwhile cabinet without any "prejudice or ill-will".

'Insurance FDI hike to bring in Rs.50,000 crore capital'

Chennai : The passage of the Insurance Bill in the Lok Sabha is most welcome as it would spur the sector's growth and penetration of insurance, and bring in Rs.50,000 crore capital, said a top official of Life Insurance Council.

"We have been wanting this for a very long time for industry's betterment. Life insurance is capital intensive and needs large doses of the same for the industry to grow," V. Manickam, secretary general, Life Insurance Council told IANS.


AAP ousts Bhushan, Yadav from top body in split decision

By Gaurav Sharma,

New Delhi : In a move that brought into the open the schism within, Delhi's ruling AAP Wednesday ousted senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from its top decision-making body, after weeks of infighting that pitted the two against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

With 19 of the 21 members attending the Aam Aadmi Party's National Executive, 11 voted to drop Bhushan and Yadav from the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) while eight voted against, party sources said.


Time to get Bengal's dues: Mamata on Modi meet

Kolkata : Ahead of her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been seeking a waiver on the debt burden, on Wednesday asserted it was time to get the state's dues.

Banerjee, who would be having a one-on-one meet with Modi on March 9 for the first time since the BJP came to power last year, said she was compelled to take the step as the 14th Finance Commission failed to redress the issue of loan waiver despite assurances from both the erstwhile UPA and the incumbent NDA governments.


Jitan Ram Manjhi: Will he succeed in his gamble?

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Though the outgoing Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi earned political martyrdom, yet it is debatable who inflicted more wounds on him. True, the last bullet was fired by his mentor-turned-tormentor Nitish Kumar, the injuries caused to him by the BJP in the first seven months of his nine-month regime proved no less fatal.

Insurance bill passed by Lok Sabha, suspense in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi/Chennai : The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the insurance sector amendment bill, which seeks to hike the foreign equity cap on domestic companies from 26 percent to 49 percent, despite opposition protests.

Formally called the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, it seeks to replace an ordinance that was promulgated earlier.

The bill now faces a crucial test in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not enjoy a majority.

PMO app development contest launched

New Delhi : The government along with online search giant Google launched on Wednesday a nationwide contest to develop a mobile app for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here.

Google will partner MyGov in this contest to build the PMO mobile app.

“This is the government, which not only engages, it also acts upon the suggestions,” the minister said while launching the app.


Lok Sabha passes coal allocation bill

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the coal allocation bill providing for vesting mining leases to successful bidders through a transparent bidding process.

Replying to the debate on the bill, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said there was no provision for denationalization and workers interests will not be compromised.

He said the bill has been brought to ensure continuity in coal mining operations and for promoting optimum utilization of coal resources.