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Converted water schemes into solar, Inland waterways need to be developed: Gadkari

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday addressed a news conference and highlighted the government's efforts towards cleanliness and provision of safe drinking water. Gadkari said that the government has worked towards transforming the water purification schemes converting them into solar. He added that monitoring and accountability mechanisms have been set up in the drinking water sector to increase efficiency in work. He also said that developing of inland waterways and ports is government's priority and it can contribute to at least 2% to GDP growth of the country. Sep 15, 2014
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SC asks Prashant Bhushan to reveal name of whistle-blower in Ranjit Sinha case in sealed envelope

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday directed lawyer Prashant Bhushan to disclose the source of his information in the 2G scam case about CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha. The court asked Bhushan to submit the name and address of the whistle-blower in a sealed envelope. The CBI chief, defending himself, has said that 90 per cent of entries in the register are forged while some entries may be genuine. However, Bhushan said that this infringes on the privacy of the whistle-blower and therefore needs permission from the same. The court thus gave a week's time to Bhushan and the next hearing is to take place next Monday. Sep 15, 2014
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Flood alert issued in four districts of Bihar and Jharkhand

Bihar, Sep 15 (ANI): The Governments of Bihar and Jharkhand have sounded a flood alert in the four districts of Rohtas, Aurangabad, Arwal and Bhojpur following the release of three lakh cusecs of water from the Rihand Barrage after heavy rainfall. According to reports, both governments are keeping a close watch on the evolving situation. The water level in the Sone River is yet to rise to the danger mark. It is expected that the situation may change after the water reaches the Inderpuri Barrage in Rohtas District. Sep 15, 2014
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Hungry flood victims look forward to food supply with repaired roads in Kashmir

Rajouri, Sep 15 (ANI): Road repair in Kashmir made rapid progress as people stranded in the flood waters in Rajouri district awaited desperately for access to food and medicine. Authorities of Border Road Organisation (BRO) worked on a war footing to revive the roads damaged by landslide and facilitate communication with the rest of the state. Border Road Organisation and Army with the help of the locals have been working day and night to make temporary arrangement to address the immediate need of the people. Sep 15, 2014
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Political leaders condemn BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj's'madarsa remark' even as BJP calls it'personal opin

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Sep 15 (ANI): Political party leaders condemned BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj's remark on Madarsas wherein he said that these institutions are imparting education on terrorism and that Muslim men are getting paid to convert Hindu girls. Congress leader Manish Tewari questioned on the silence of prime minister and Muslim leaders in the party over the matter. SP leader Naresh Agarwal and CPI leader D Raja condemned the remark and said that BJP is trying to polarize the nation. Former Samajwadi Party leader Kamal Farooqui said that such leaders should either get proof for their statements or should be prosecuted for the same. Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that this was his'personal opinion' and there is no need to call it communal. Sep 15, 2014
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Politicos react on Maneka Gandhi's'animal slaughter funding terror' remark

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Sep 15 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted after Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said that cow slaughtering is funding terrorist activities. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that if a union minister makes such allegation, he/she must substantiate with evidence. Sandeep Dikshit taking a dig at Gandhi said she must have thought that the PM is himself communal, so he would like her making such provocative statements. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that BJP is trying to spread communalism and the people of our country will never accept this. Sep 15, 2014
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President receives warm welcome on arrival in Vietnam

Vietnam, Sep 15 (ANI): President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, received a warm welcome on arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, on a four-day visit to strengthen bilateral ties. The visit will mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Mukherjee was also given the ceremonial guard of honour. He is scheduled to hold talks with the Vietnam Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung and his counterpart, Truong Tan Sang, on issues of international, regional and bilateral importance. Mukherjee, during the visit, will also gift a sapling of the holy 'Bodhi Tree' to the country to symbolise the strong and growing partnership between India and Vietnam. Sep 15, 2014
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Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt to resign after losing to Left opposition

Sweden, Sep 15 (ANI): Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt concedes his defeat after opposition center-left alliance, led by the Social Democratic Party, beat the incumbent center-right government in the 2014 parliamentary election. Reinfeldt is to resign on Monday after the defeat. He also told supporters in Stockholm late yesterday that he will also step down as leader of the conservative Moderate Party next year. According to Swedish Parliament website, the final election results are expected to come out on September 20 and the newly elected parliament will convene on September 29. Sep 15, 2014
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Congress- BJP reacts as Manmohan Singh says 'I did my duty' over 2G scam allegations

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): Congress and BJP react as Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that he did his duty during his tenure. Singh said this while replying to Former CAG Vinod Rai's allegations on his role in the 2G allocation scam. Congress leader Sandeep Dixit supported Singh and said that he definitely did his duty what was required of him. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra questioned Singh on the same and asked whose orders was he obeying. Sep 15, 2014
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Ananth Kumar calls for introduction to lifestyle diseases in school curriculum

Bhopal, Sep 15 (ANI): Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Ananth Kumar, asked the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, to become the first state in the country to introduce a chapter on lifestyle diseases in school curriculum to combat cardiovascular diseases and obesity. The minister, while addressing a gathering at a workshop on echocardiography, emphasised on the need to create awareness about lifestyle diseases among school students. Chouhan, who was also present at the workshop, said they would like to go ahead with the proposal. Kumar said a pharmaceutical park will also come up in Madhya Pradesh. Sep 15, 2014
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BJP offers equal number of seats to Shiv Sena for polls in Maharashtra

Pune, Sep 15 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) offered equal number of seats to its key ally, Shiv Sena, for state polls in Maharashtra after nearly concluding seat-sharing talks with four smaller parties. Maharashtra goes to polls on October 15. The BJP and its ally are expected to get majority in 288-member house after 15 years of rule by Congress and its ally. However, the Shiv Sena that had contested large number of seats than BJP in the past is not comfortable with the proposal. BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said they are offering equal number of seats to Shiv Sena and are waiting for the response. Sep 15, 2014
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Sikh committee prepares food packets for flood-hit Kashmir

Poonch/ Amritsar, Sep 15 (ANI): The Sikh organisation, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), prepared food packets for the people of flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir as thousands of families starve. Members of SGPC, the apex religious body of Sikhs, in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir made deep-fried breads and cooking vegetables for the food packets which will be airlifted to Srinagar on Monday. Meanwhile, Deputy Director of Amritsar Airport, Sunil Dutt said 400 tonnes of rice has been sent to Srinagar through the aircrafts of Air Force and they have also initiated a helpline number. Sep 15, 2014
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Automatic weather observing system inaugurated in flooded Kashmir

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh inaugurated an automatic weather observing system, which will help forecasting much more accurately and before time than old observation tools, in the flooded Jammu and Kashmir state. Talking about the system, LS Rathore, Director General of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said this new system in Katra, will help visitors know about the weather condition beforehand. A special weather forecast is issued by IMD for Amarnath temple pilgrims during the pilgrimage period and same is made available on the IMD website. This has saved the pilgrims from the vagaries of weather en-route to the temple. Sep 15, 2014
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Harsh Vardhan visits flood-hit Kashmir, Omar Abdullah assures relief to people

Srinagar, Sep 15 (ANI): Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visited a relief camp and a hospital to meet flood victims and take stock of the situation in Srinagar. Vardhan said the government has taken a number of steps to prevent water-borne diseases as water recedes from the residential areas. Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, assured to provide relief and to rescue people stranded in the floods in the valley. Abdullah said paramilitary and defence forces are pressed into service to rescue people stranded on rooftops and to reach them with relief materials including food packets. Meanwhile, Director General (DG) of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), OP Singh, said 23 teams of NDRF have been deployed with boats to carry out rescue operations in flood-hit areas. Sep 15, 2014
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Unemployed youth avail benefits of skill development training in Manipur

Imphal, Sep 15 (ANI): Some 30 unemployed youth are currently undergoing training and designing at the Apparel Training and Designing Centre at Porampat in Imphal East. Launched recently by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, the centre has latest machinery to provide training in garment making. Ministry of Textiles runs ATDC centres across the country whose popularity has reached manifold in the northeast. As of now some 300 youth have taken advantage of these centres in Manipur after the launch in 2013. Apart from basic 2-month course, the Centre provides advanced courses, which includes pattern making and embroidery. The training not only helps unemployed people improve their socio-economic standards but also boosts their self-esteem and confidence. Over the years, the government has been emphasizing on empowering the youth through various schemes and projects. Sep 15, 2014