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Modi condoles death of Karzai's cousin

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday wrote to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, condoling the assassination of his cousin Hashmat Karzai.

In his letter, he reiterated that terrorism remained the biggest threat to Afghanistan, while also hoping that Hamid Karzai would continue his effort to contain it.

"Incidents such as this only deepen our conviction that terrorism remains the main threat to peace and security in Afghanistan," he wrote.


More FDI in insurance will cause trouble: CPI-M

New Delhi : The government decision to hike the FDI cap to 49 percent in the insurance sector will inject "volatility and vulnerability of the deregulated financial system" into India, the CPI-M has said.

The cabinet's approval of the raising of the FDI cap from 26 percent is the Narendra Modi government's "welcome gift to John Kerry, the US Secretary of State who is visiting India", it said.

An amendment to the insurance laws will be placed in this session of parliament, the CPI-M said in an editorial in "People's Democracy", its weekly journal.


Don't make tipplers Congress office bearers: Kerala chief

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala state Congress chief V.M. Sudheeran Thursday made a passionate plea to party leaders not to include people who imbibe alcohol or use drugs as office bearers.

The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee has announced an organisational revamp from the grassroots to the district level.

"Tipplers, or those under the influence of drugs, in no way should be elected to the post of office bearers at any level," Sudheeran told reporters here after a high-level meeting of party leaders.


Intensify public interaction to win polls: Amit Shah

New Delhi : BJP president Amit Shah Thursday exhorted his party parliamentarians to work for the upcoming assembly polls in four states, and suggested they should intensify public interaction to ensure that the faith reposed by the people in them in the general election is not diluted.

He said the Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarians should set up public-interaction cells in their respective constituencies.

"Party MPs should use 'contact, coordination and dialogue' as a medium to learn about people's grievances and work towards their redressal.


Parliamentary approval for Delhi budget

New Delhi : Parliamentary approval was Thursday accorded to the budget for the national capital with the Rajya Sabha adopting the measure through voice vote and returning it to the Lok Sabha.

The Delhi budget was passed by the Lok Sabha Wednesday.

The task, normally carried out in the Delhi assembly, had to be taken up by parliament as the capital city is under president's rule.


Hold impartial probe into Pune deaths: CPI-M

New Delhi : The CPI-M Thursday demanded "an impartial enquiry" into the Pune landslides which it alleged had claimed "at least 200 precious adivasi lives".

The CPI-M said in a statement that the deaths should be blamed on a network of operators of excavators working on neighbouring hills with the sanction of corrupt officers and local leaders.

The authorities have admitted to 30 deaths in Malin village in Pune district in the landslides caused by heavy rains.


Halt migrant inflow into Delhi: Vijay Goel

New Delhi : The inflow of migrants into Delhi needs to be stopped to solve the problems of the capital, BJP leader Vijay Goel said in the Rajya Sabha as the upper house debated the Delhi budget.

"Every day more migrants come to Delhi... Most of them are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. They come here because they don't have employment opportunities in their states," Goel said.

"These migrants settle in slums, which later become unauthorised colonies. If we have to solve the problems of Delhi, we need to stop this inflow of migrants," he said.


No files from PMO went to Sonia, says Manmohan

New Delhi : Former prime minister Manmohan Singh Thursday denied that any files were sent from the Prime Minister's Office to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's office as claimed by former party leader Natwar Singh in his new book.

Manmohan Singh also told the media that "private conversations should not be misused for capital gains".

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, earlier in the day, refuted the allegations made by Natwar Singh in his book and said she would write her own book to tell the truth.


Goa Catholics upset over deputy CM's comment

Panaji : Catholics living in Goa can be called Indian Christians but not Hindu Christians, the Catholic Association of Goa said Thursday criticizing Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza's comments.

"We, their heirs (of Hindu ancestors) are now Christians. We can be surely called 'Indian Christians'. When one does not know what one is talking about, then it is better to remain silent. In this way we can at least conceal our ignorance," the association's spokesperson Brig. (retired) Ian da Costa said in a statement here.

Efforts on to check dog, monkey menace in parliament

New Delhi : Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu Thursday said that efforts are being made to tackle the monkey and dog menace inside and around Parliament House.

"The measures being taken include scaring the monkeys away by trained persons who disguise themselves as langurs," Naidu stated in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

He said that the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has hired 40 young people for this purpose.

"NDMC also acquired rubber bullet guns for scaring away the monkeys," he added.