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Mulayam for Mayawati's ouster after court order on sacked cops

By IANS,

Lucknow : Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Monday sought the ouster of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the wake of the apex court's order to reinstate 18,000 policemen who were summarily dismissed by her government two years ago. There was also much jubilation and relief among the sacked policemen and their families.

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Pawar back at Krishi Bhavan with new agro focus

By IANS,

New Delhi : Sharad Chandra Govindrao Pawar was back at Krishi Bhavan here Monday as the cabinet minister in charge of agriculture, food, public distribution and consumer affairs - the same portfolios he had held in the previous government.

He got down to work, presiding over a meeting with key officials, during which he called for a second green revolution in the country - an initiative in mid-1970s and 1980s that combined irrigation and better seeds to make India self-sufficient in food production.

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Mulayam now wants to concentrate on national politics

By IANS,

Lucknow : Keen to play a larger role in national politics after his election as MP, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Monday decided to concentrate his activities in Delhi.

Formally announcing his resignation from the membership of the state assembly, Mulayam Singh told mediapersons: "I will concentrate on the national parliament."

He has anointed his younger brother Shivpal Yadav to succeed him as leader of the opposition in the state assembly.

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Budget tops Mukherjee's agenda at meeting with aides

By IANS,

New Delhi : Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday formally assumed charge of his portfolio and "immediately" convened a meeting with officials to discuss budget issues, which a ministry official said would be finalised before July-end.

"There was a closed room meeting with the officials of both the CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) and the finance ministry," the official said requesting anonymity.

"The finance ministry is planning to complete the budget proposal latest by second week of July," he added.

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Punjab chief minister calls all party meet over violence

By IANS,

Chandigarh : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday decided to hold an all party meeting here Tuesday to discuss the violence in the state following the death of a Sikh religious leader in a clash in Vienna and also called for the closure of all commercial establishments in the state.

Government spokesperson Harcharan Bains told reporters here that all business establishments will be closed Monday to express solidarity with the victims of Sunday's clash between two Sikh groups in the Austrian capital.

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Five ministers take charge, map out priorities

By IANS,

New Delhi : India's new coalition government got down to business Monday with five of six key cabinet ministers formally assuming charge and holding meetings with senior officials.

It was a busy day for External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, with North Korea testing a nuclear weapon and a clash at a gurdwara in the Austrian capital Vienna triggering violence in Punjab. "We are determined to ensure that the perpetrators of this completely mindless and wanton violence (in Vienna) are brought to justice," Krishna told reporters at his office.

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Sharad Pawar is back at Krishi Bhavan

By IANS,

New Delhi : Sharad Chandra Govindrao Pawar was back at Krishi Bhavan here Monday as the cabinet minister in charge of agriculture, food, public distribution and consumer affairs - the same portfolios he had held in the previous government.

He got down to work, presiding over a meeting with key officials, during which he called for a second green revolution in the country - an initiative in mid-1970s and 1980s that combined irrigation and better seeds to make India self-sufficient in food production.

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Shibu Soren unlikely to be inducted in union cabinet

By IANS,

Ranchi : Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Shibu Soren is likely to be kept away from the union cabinet as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is not in favour of inducting tainted MPs in his government, Congress party sources said here Monday.

According to the sources, Soren had proved to be an embarrassment to the Manmohan Singh government on two occasions when he was inducted in the cabinet as the coal minister after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) won the elections in 2004.

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Mukherjee begins work on budget

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New Delhi : Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee formally assumed charge of his portfolio - an office he returns to after a quarter of a century - Monday and immediately got down to business with a meeting with top officials on the preparation of the national budget.

"Immediately after assuming charge, Mukherjee had a series of meetings with all senior officers of the ministry and reviewed the status of various programmes and issues related to all departments of the ministry," said an official statement.

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Congress MPs from Tamil Nadu lobbying to become ministers

By IANS,

Chennai : Hectic lobbying is on by the Congress MPs from Tamil Nadu to get into the Manmohan Singh government, a party source said Monday.

According to the source, with P. Chidambaram getting the home ministry, three more ministerial berths - one cabinet and two ministers of state - may be given to MPs from the state.

Speaking to IANS on condition of anonymity, a Congress leader said the second cabinet berth may go to G.K. Vasan who was a minister of state with independent charge in the earlier government.

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