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Sushma Swaraj to visit Seoul for India-Republic of Korea joint commission meeting: MEA

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday while addressing a press conference said that External Affairs Minister Shushma Swaraj will be travelling to Seoul from 28th to 30th December for India-Republic of Korea joint commission meeting. He added that efforts to increase bi-lateral trade will be the key subject of the meeting. He further stated that industrialists will be invited to join "Make In India" campaign. Dec 26, 2014
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'Dabbawalas' wield broom on Mumbai streets as part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'

Mumbai, Dec 26 (ANI): World renowned 'dabbawalas' (lunch box carriers) of Mumbai on Friday wielded brooms to sweep streets after Prime Minister Narendra Modi nominated them to join 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'. The 'dabbawalas' are city's lifeline as the team of around 5000 people supply food to around 200,000 office goers every day. They carry hot food in lunch boxes from the houses of Mumbai residents in the morning and deliver them at their workplace. A group of lunch box carriers assembled at Lower Parel area and swept the streets and footpaths with a promise to involve their customers also in this campaign. The dabbawalas, world-famous for their efficiency, co-ordination and hygiene, said they would do their best to ensure cleanliness around. Dec 26, 2014
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Raghubar Das meets Jharkhand Governor staking claim to form govt

Ranchi, Dec 26 (ANI): BJP delegation led by Raghubar Das met Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed on Friday and staked claim to form the next government in Jharkhand. After attending the meeting, Das said that oath taking ceremony will be held on 28th December and it will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dec 26, 2014
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India, Bangladesh begin border talks

Dhaka, Dec 26 (ANI): A four-day conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) began in Dhaka city on Friday. BGB Director General, Major General Aziz Ahmed, led a 23-member delegation and met BSF Director General Devendra Kumar Pathak, who was accompanied by 20-member delegation. Both the countries are expected to discuss issues relating to border security, smuggling, infiltration and curbing trans-border crimes. India, earlier this month, inched closer to settling a long-simmering border dispute with Bangladesh, possibly signaling a softer line from Prime Minister Narendra Modi than when he was in opposition. Dec 26, 2014
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Majority of the States were in favor of early implementation of GST, says Jaitley after pre-budget m

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday after the pre-budget consultation meeting with the finance ministers of the states said that majority of the states were in favor of early implementation of GST. He added that states even suggested that flagships of the centre like Jan Dhan Yojana should be more encouraged. He further stated that all the suggestions will be taken into consideration while formulating the policies. Dec 26, 2014
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Rajnath Singh distributes enhanced compensation cheques for 1984 Riots, says committee formed to hel

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday distributed compensation cheques to some 20 people who have been affected by the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Singh said that a committee has been formed to help relatives of 1984 riot victims and assured the people that Home Ministry will work on complaints and reports of committee. A hike in compensation to five lakh rupees was announced by Rajnath Singh in October, five months after BJP formed its government at the Centre. Dec 26, 2014
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Life disrupted as mercury level continues to dip in Northern India

New Delhi/Moradabad, Dec 26 (ANI): The intense cold climate in northern India continues to affect normal life as trains run late by several hours. In capital New Delhi, the minimum temperature on Friday (December 26) stood at five degrees centigrade with the maximum going up to 16 degrees. The cold has inconvenienced locals on the streets as they struggle to find means to keep themselves warm, often burning scraps of rubbish to create a bonfire. According to reports, at least seven people have died in Uttar Pradesh due to the cold. Fog conditions accompanying the cold wave have also disrupted road, air and rail services. In Moradabad, railway passengers had a tough time as several trains were running late for hours. The sudden dip in temperatures is said to have been caused by snowfall in the Himalayas and has adversely impacted the upper half of the country. Dec 26, 2014
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Arun Jaitley promises simplified tax regime

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday (December 26) promised a simplified tax structure, but did not specify any deadline. Jaitley made the comments while addressing recruits of the Indian Revenue Service in New Delhi. Jaitley also called upon the taxmen to be both "firm and fair" while calculating taxes. Jaitley will be presenting the first full budget during the Narendra Modi led BJP government in February. Dec 26, 2014