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Parliament passes warehousing corporation amendment bill

New Delhi : Parliament on Tuesday passed the warehousing corporation amendment bill which seeks to remove the provision about the central government's responsibility of being a financial guarantor to the corporation.

The bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha in March, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Moved for consideration and passage by Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ramvilas Paswan, the bill seeks to amend the Warehousing Corporation Act, 1962.

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Bengal civic polls: BJP, Congress put up brave front

Kolkata : Despite its inability to make much headway in 91 civic bodies across West Bengal and bagging just seven seats in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, the BJP on Tuesday asserted it was continuing to gain ground in the state.

Describing the April 18 KMC polls and the April 25 polls to 91 civic bodies as a "farce", state Bharatiya Janata Party chief Rahul Sinha said "only the Trinamool's muscle power" and the BJP's political strength increased in the poll battle.

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Government watching China's activities: Parrikar

New Delhi : The government has been keeping a constant eye on China over its activities in the Indian Ocean, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the minister said the government was not aware of any base established in Seychelles by China.

"As per the information available, no naval base has been established by China in Seychelles," Parrikar said.

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Land issue will get bigger: Rahul

Ambala (Haryana) : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the land acquisition issue will get bigger.

"It is a central issue (land acquisition ordinance brought by the Narendra Modi government). I have said that those (farmers) who provide food to this country, their lands are being snatched from them," Gandhi told the media while travelling by train from Delhi to Ambala.

"This is wrong and we will counter this," he said.

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Sack Delhi law minister: BJP

New Delhi : The BJP on Tuesday sought the immediate sacking of Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar for furnishing a "fake" provisional certificate of his law degree.

"The law minister of the state (Delhi) has been found with a fake certificate. The people who propagate value-based politics, their law minister has been found to have a fake certificate," BJP MP from Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi told the media here.

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Rahul takes train to Punjab to listen to farmers' woes

Sirhind (Punjab) : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday travelled in a general compartment of the Sachkhand Express from Delhi to Ambala en route to Sirhind and Khanna towns of Punjab to listen to the woes of farmers.

Farmers are facing hardship due to their wheat stocks not being lifted from the grain markets by government agencies.

Gandhi was mobbed by party leaders and supporters as he got off the second class general compartment at the Ambala Cantt station.

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Rahul begins Maharashtra tour on Wednesday

Mumbai : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will launch a protest against the ruling central and state government during his two-day visit to the Vidarbha region of eastern Maharashtra, starting here on Wednesday.

State Congress president Ashok Chavan said that Gandhi will arrive in Nagpur Wednesday evening and start a padayatra (footmarch) from Amravati the following morning.

"He will launch the Congress' protest against the land acquisition bill, the problems of the farming community and other major issues during his visit here," Chavan told media.

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My degree 100 percent genuine, won't resign: Tomar

New Delhi : Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar said on Tuesday his degree was 100 percent genuine and there was no reason for him to resign over the issue.

"My degree is 100 percent genuine. I have all the documents to prove it so I will not resign from the post," the minister said at a press conference here over the fake degree allegations.

Earlier on Tuesday, Congress leader Ajay Maken said on Twitter: "AAP Delhi law minister's law degree found fake. Should be sacked immediately and vacate assembly seat for fresh election!"

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Civic polls victory answer to opposition's slander: Mamata

Kolkata : With West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress sweeping the civic polls in the city and the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that the victory was an answer to the opposition's slanderous campaign against her.

Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Communist Party of India-Marxist for their strike call for April 30, Banerjee warned of administrative action against those participating in the shutdown.

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Delhi law minister should be sacked: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress demanded on Tuesday that Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar be sacked immediately.

Congress leader Ajay Maken said on Twitter: "AAP Delhi law minister's law degree found fake. Should be sacked immediately and vacate assembly seat for fresh election!"

The comments came after a Bihar-based university from where Tomar claimed to have obtained his degree, on Monday told the Delhi High Court that the provisional certificate was not "genuine" and "does not exist in the university's record".

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