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Prasad Harichandan appointed Odisha PCC president

Bhubaneswar : Ending months-long speculation, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Monday appointed former state minister Prasad Harichandan as Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president.

He will take the baton from incumbent president Jaydev Jena. While the Congress is sinking in the state after remaining out of power for the past 14 years, Prasad has been anointed as a youthful figure to lead the faction-ridden party.

The newly nominated president hopes to keep the flock together and revive the party from the grassroots in the coming days.

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Lok Sabha passes bill amending law for eviction from public premises

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha Monday passed a bill amending the law for eviction of occupants of public premises which redefines such places to include companies in which at least 51 percent of the paid-up share capital is held by the central or state governments and which carries business of public transport including metro railway.

Replying to the debate on the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2014, Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that essence of bill was on public transport.

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Zero tolerance of graft doesn't mean no graft: Goa BJP leader

Panaji : Zero tolerance to corruption does not mean ending corruption totally, Goa state BJP vice president Wilfred Mesquita said Monday.

Speaking to reporters at the Bharatiya Janata Party state headquarters here, Mesquita said zero corruption is impossible in a country like India.

He made the observation when asked about recent remarks by Director General of Police T.N. Mohan that corruption has reached "unacceptable levels" in the police department.

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Gogoi's visits to 18 countries cost exchequer Rs.43 lakh

Guwahati : Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's official overseas trips to 18 countries since assuming office in 2001 cost the state exchequer Rs.43,44,353 but yielded just one MoU, the Assam government has revealed.

Replying to a question on behalf of the chief minister, state Agriculture Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka gave a detailed account of the expenditure on the CM's trips in the state assembly on the first day of the five-day winter session here Monday.

He said Gogoi officially visited 18 countries till last November.

Himachal set to replace 'toothless' Lokayukta

By Vishal Gulati,

Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh assembly has finally given the ombudsman autonomy and comprehensive powers to conduct independent inquiries, a prosecution wing and also powers to punish for contempt on a par with the high court.

But it took over two and a half years to get the law passed, to replace the existing "toothless" Lokayukta system that has been in force in the state since 1983, say political observers.

The bill, passed unanimously Dec 12, is to get the president's assent.

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Build Ram temple: Shiv Sena member

New Delhi : Shiv Sena's Chandrakant Khaire Monday said in the Lok Sabha that the grand Ram Temple at Ayodhya should be built as the BJP-led government has a majority in parliament.

Raising the issue as a matter of urgent public importance, Khaire said the oldest litigant in the Ayodhya title suit, Hashim Ansari, had also said that a temple should be built at Ayodhya.

Khaire said the issue was linked to the faith of Hindus.

"We have also performed kar seva. A Ram temple should be built," he said amid interruptions from opposition members.

Graft accused minister will go to jail: Ex-Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Finance Minister K.M. Mani, facing charges of receiving a Rs.1 crore bribe to re-open the closed bars in the state, will go to jail despite the government's efforts to shield him, leader of opposition V.S. Achuthanandan said here Monday.

"The law will finally catch up with Mani and he will eventually have to cool his heels in the Poojapura Central Jail (the prison here)," Achuthanandan told a protest march of opposition Left parties here.

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Trinamool protests West Bengal minister's arrest

New Delhi : Trinamool Congress MPs Monday protested the arrest of West Bengal Minister Madan Mitra in the Saradha chit fund case both inside and outside parliament.

The lawmakers, draped in black shawls, staged a protest outside the Parliament House and accused the central government of misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

They held up placards with slogans like "PM, Amit Shah, Bengal is angry" and also flashed some photographs of Sahara group chief Subrata Roy shaking hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Pro-Islamic State tweeter did not recruit for IS: Rajnath

New Delhi : Pro-Islamic State (IS) tweeter Mehdi Masroor Biswas was not involved in recruiting for the terror group and his role seemed to be limited to putting material on social networking sites, the Indian government said Monday.

Punish those who plundered Jharkhand: PM to voters

Ranchi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday appealed to people of Jharkhand to punish through votes those who plundered the state.

Addressing an election rally in Dumka, he said: "As a mother punishes her children who commit mistake to ensure that the mistake is not committed again. People of Santhal region should also punish the leaders who plundered the state."

"If the leaders are not be punished, then they will get embolden to do more mistakes. The state has been plundered by those who ruled the state...," said Modi.

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