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Modi hopes for productive winter session of parliament

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday expressed confidence that the winter session of parliament beginning Monday will be as productive as the budget session.

Addressing an all-party meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minster M.Venkaiah Naidu here, he said his government will continue to talk to the opposition and other parties during the session.

Modi also his referred to his Independence Day speech in which he had sought to give credit for work done during the budget session to both the government and the opposition.

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Congress planning to block parliament business: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi : Ahead of the winter session of parliament beginning Monday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday warned that the Congress party was planning strategies to block official business and legislation in parliament,

"The Congress Party had damaged the national economy while in power and wants to pursue the same destructive direction while in opposition." Jaitley wrote in his latest Facebook post.

He had said the same Friday at the Hindustan Times Leadeship Summit here.

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Six months later, Modi to meet SAARC leaders again in Kathmandu summit

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who travels Tuesday to attend the 18th SAARC summit at Kathmandu, will be again meeting leaders of South Asian countries six months after he had invited them to his own swearing-in.

During the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit meeting, Modi would convey India's vision of harnessing the development potential of the region.

Will continue to speak my mind, says Manjhi

Patna : Ignoring warnings and advice of his party JD-U over his controversial remarks in recent days, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Sunday said that he will not bow before anyone and he would continue to speak as usual.

Manjhi also hinted that his days as chief minister are numbered and he may be removed in November itself.

"I am not going to bow before any one and would continue to speak as usual to express my views before the people," he said at a function of Scheduled Caste/Tribal doctors here.

CBI probe politically motivated, says BJD

Bhubaneswar : The BJD Sunday said the CBI's probe into the multi-thousand-crore-rupee chit fund scam was politically motivated. The accusations came a day after a close aide of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was interrogated.

Saroj Sahu, the coordinator of the chief minister's programmes and political secretary of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), was quizzed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Saturday for his alleged involvement in the scam in Odisha.

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Trinamool retaliates to Jaitley's charges, calls NSA RSS sympathiser

Kolkata : With Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of not taking any action against her party leaders involved in ponzi schemes, the Trinamool Congress Sunday hit back seeking to know the source of BJP's massive funds spent during the elections.

In a statement, Trinamool Rajya Sabha chief whip Derek O'Brien dubbed National Security Advisor Ajit Doval a "known RSS sympathizer" and reiterated the Oct 2 Burdwan blast was a "devious BJP master game plan".

Jaitley slams Mamata over Saradha, Burdwan blast; Trinamool hits back

New Delhi/Kolkata : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday attacked at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her reactions to arrest of her Trinamool Congress's leaders in the Saradha chit fund scam and on her statements in the Burdwan blast case. The Trinamool hit back, seeking to know the source of BJP's massive funds spent during the elections.

West Bengal's ruling party also dubbed National Security Advisor Ajit Doval a "known RSS sympathizer" and reiterated the Oct 2 Burdwan blast was a "devious BJP master game plan".

Campaigning for first phase polling in Jharkhand ends

Ranchi : Congress chief Sonia Gandhi addressed two election rallies in Jharkhand Sunday, the last day of campaigning for the first phase of polls in the state.

Besides Sonia Gandhi, her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi also addressed two rallies Saturday.

Polling will be held in the state in five phases. In the first phase Nov 25, voting will be held for 13 of the 81 seats.

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Haryana ministers assure toll fee exemption in Gurgaon

Gurgaon : Haryana cabinet minister Rao Narbir Singh and Minister of State Vikram Thekedar Sunday assured the local populace here of exemption from toll charges for their vehicles passing through Kherki Daula on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.

Narbir Singh said: "We will ensure that people from villages near Kherki Daula gate should be exempted from toll charges. We will speak to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar regarding this issue."

Thekedar and BJP MLA Randhir Singh Kapriwas echoed his sentiments.

Local residents met the ministers at a function here.

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BJP responsible for spread of Maoism in Jharkhand: Sonia Gandhi

Ranchi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the spread of the Maoist problem in Jharkhand.

"Due to wrong policies of the BJP government in Jharkhand, the Maoist menace spread from two-three districts to the entire state," Gandhi said while addressing an election rally in Gumla district ahead of the state assembly polls.

"The BJP's rule also is responsible for the misery of the state. The BJP has ruled the state for a long period of time," she said.

Besides, Gandhi appealed to the Maoists to shun violence.

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