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Rail budget set to be presented in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : Minister Suresh Prabhu was set to present his maiden railway budget in the Lok Sabha Thursday amid expectations that his proposals will re-energise one of the largest railroad networks in the world, while seeking to improve passenger amenities and safety.

Even as the minister has ruled out any lowering of passenger fares, a clear direction is awaited on how he proposes to capitalise on the decision six months ago of allowing 100 percent foreign equity in some big-ticket projects of the railways, and greater public-private partnerships.


PM approves Rs.426.83 crore for Jammu and Kashmir flood relief

Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday approved financial aid of Rs.426.83 crore from his relief fund for assistance to the owners of severely and partially damaged houses during last year's devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir.

A Raj Bhavan spokesman said here Wednesday: "This aid will benefit the 1.87 lakh owners of houses damaged in the floods."

Govt ducks questions on Kundu Comm contents; says referred to other ministries for views

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New Delhi: Four months after it submitted the report, the government on Wednesday said it has sought views of different ministries and the NITI Aayog on the findings of the Kundu Committee.

NDA programmes replicate those of UPA: Congress

New Delhi : Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad Wednesday alleged the NDA programmes were a copy of the UPA programmes and questioned the government's silence on communalism.

Participating in the debate on motion of thanks to President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the joint session of parliament, the Congress leader said the government was publicising more and doing less.

"The Swachch Bharat programme was there in the form of Nirmal Bharat. Jan Dhan Yojna was known as financial inclusion, many accounts were already opened.


Land bill: Shiv Sena to launch awareness drive for farmers

Mumbai : Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday asked party workers to travel across Maharashtra to aware farmers about the Centre's proposed land reforms bill, party sources said here.

Thackeray's decision came after a series of meetings Wednesday with senior leaders, legislators, parliamentarians and district-level activists about the ramifications of the land acquisition bill which could prove detrimental to the farmers' interests.

Sena MP Sanjay Raut termed the bill as 'anti-farmer and anti-poor' and said that it would oppose the bill.


Mamata wishes to meet Modi for debt waiver

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said she has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging a debt waiver and seeking an appointment with him to discuss the issue.

"We have long been pursuing with the Central government for waiver of the huge debt burden left upon us by the previous government in West Bengal. We have waited for more than three-and-a-half years with no results," Banerjee said on her official Facebook page.


Mamata's dream of seeing nephew as king will fail: Trinamool leader

Kolkata : Dissent in West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress escalated Wednesday with a party leader saying Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's dream of passing the mantle to her nephew will not succeed.

Trinamool leader from Murshidabad district and former state animal resources development minister Humayun Kabir also said that the widening gulf between party's national general secretary Mukul Roy and the leadership will eventually lead to the Bengal government's downfall.


Congress gets recharged with land bill ammo

New Delhi : After suffering a series of mortifying poll reverses, the smile was back in the Congress as senior party leaders launched a full-scale attack against the BJP-led NDA government on the land acquisition ordinance here Wednesday.


Nitish Kumar unhappy with 14th Finance Commission recommendations

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction over the 14th Finance Commission's recommendations accepted by the Narendra Modi government with reference to states, particularly Bihar.

He also made it clear that demand for a special status for Bihar is very much relevent, unlike the central government's stand that it was not required.


Himachal MP thanks PM for enhanced grant

New Delhi : Himachal Pradesh BJP MP Anurag Thakur Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the enhanced grant of Rs.40,625 crore to the revenue deficit hill state as recommended by the 14th Finance Commission.

"The prime minister is aware of problems faced by the hill states and therefore even if it meant the straining of its own finances, the central government has accepted the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission in letter and spirit," he said in a statement.