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No political clash in Birbhum: Mamata

Kolkata : Accusing a section of the media of distorting facts, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday claimed there were no political clashes in Birbhum district as being claimed by the opposition.

Terming "old" the footage of the alleged clashes between activists of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party aired by news channels, Banerjee asserted there was no violence in Sattore area in the district.


Clarify on highway project scam, BJP tells Congress

New Delhi : The BJP on Friday asked the Congress to clarify on a news portal's allegation that the UPA government bent rules to enhance Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) highway project, and whether monetary benefits reached its senior ministers of time and officers.

The Bharatiya Janata Party also asked the Congress if the benefits of the alleged scam reached party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.


Rahul Gandhi to visit Kerala

New Delhi : Taking forward his proactive role, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi would undertake a two-day trip to Kerala next week, during which he is scheduled to meet fishermen and rubber growers.

Gandhi, who would visit the state on May 26-27, would begin the Kerala visit by addressing a youth Congress rally on May 26 evening in Calicut city.

"On May 27 morning, he will interact with fishermen in the coastal town of Chavakkad at Thrissur district," senior Congress leader P.C. Chacko said.


NDA able to bridge gap between government, people: BJP

Guwahati : The BJP on Friday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the centre was able to bridge the gap between the government and people, which was disrupted during the rule of the previous Congress-led government.

The NDA government, which completes one year in office on May 26, was successful in removing the "trust deficit" among the people, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said.


Modi government has betrayed farmers: Rajiv Shukla

Chandigarh : Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Shukla on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of betraying the farmers.

Dubbing the amendments to the land acquisition legislation as the 'Life Acquisition Act', he said the one-year rule of the Modi government could appropriately be described as "Kisan Virodhi, Narendra Modi" (anti-farmer, Narendra Modi).


Modi's one year: Maharashtra Raj Bhavan staff to get flats

Mumbai : The first anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi assuming office on next Tuesday will be memorable for 63 Raj Bhavan employees and their families.

On that day, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will give them keys to their swanky flats in a 14-storeyed high-rise near Raj Bhavan premises, overlooking the Arabian Sea shore, an official said here on Friday.

Fadnavis will inaugurate the newly-constructed building for the staffers at a function to be presided over by Governor C.V. Rao.


Still an year for assembly polls, says Mamata

Kolkata : Putting rest to speculations that the West Bengal Assembly polls - due next year- may be advanced, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said there was still a year left for the polls.

Presenting the budget speech for the home department in the assembly, she slammed the erstwhile Left Front government and stressed on the development initiated by the ruling Trinamool Congress since coming to power in 2011.


Congress mass connect campaign in Punjab from June 1

Chandigarh : Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Friday said that his party would launch a public connect campaign in the state from June 1 that would culminate in a 1,000-km "padyatra".

"We will launch a public connect programme from June 1. The idea is to apprise the masses about accumulation of disproportionate assets by the Badal family, open conflict of interests due to positions held by them in the government and mounting farm distress and concerns over women safety, especially of Dalits," he said in a statement.


UPA's land Act was against rural areas: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday that the land Act enacted by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was against rural areas whereas the bill introduced by the NDA government had sought to make necessary corrections in the law.


Chaotic scenes at Vigyan Bhavan before Modi's arrival

New Delhi : It was a chaotic scene at Vigyan Bhavan here on Friday as hundreds of people with valid passes, including some media persons, were denied entry to a function on poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar.

Since the function was to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, people were expected to reach the venue half an hour before the commencement of the programme due to security reasons.

The entry of people was put on hold because of non-availability of seats and space inside the main hall of Vigyan Bhavan.