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50% subsidy, no penalty for those who defaulted on electricity bills: Manish Sisodia

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party led government will reward Delhi People who refused to pay inflated bills and joined Arvind Kejriwal's campaign against power distribution companies last year. People who joined the campaign will have to pay only half their bills, without any penalty. The move will cost the government six crores. Consumers who did pay whatever was charged, will get no refund. The announcement was made on Wednesday by senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia. Feb 12, 2014
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Indo-Pak cross border trade remains suspended

Poonch, Feb 12 (ANI): Cross border trade between India and Pakistan remained suspended since last month after the arrest of a Pakistani truck driver in connection with the smuggling of brown sugar. The custodian, Chakan Da Bagh, Bashir Ahmed Loan, said that the decision of Indian and Pakistan governments on the trade standoff was keenly awaited. Efforts by India and Pakistan to increase trade and ease tension in disputed Kashmir suffered a blow when Indian police claimed they seized more than 100 kg (220 lb) of heroin concealed in a truck full of nuts coming from the Pakistan side. Feb 12, 2014
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Salvadoran castaway returns home

Jose Salvador Alvarenga, the castaway who says he spent 13 months adrift in the Pacific ocean, arrives home in El Salvador. Duration: 01:19 Feb 12, 2014
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Narendra Modi- Nancy Powell meet draws varying reactions by politicos

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): US envoy Nancy Powell’s meeting with Narendra Modi brought about varying reactions by the politicos. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar and KC Tyagi said that it is unfortunate that Modi needs US certificate to prove himself and that even if he does, Modi will fail to reach the Red Fort. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that now is the time when not only US, but Pakistan and China will also be soft on India and Modi too. Feb 12, 2014
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Politicos condemn Raj Thackeray's 'rasta roko' agitation

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday condemned MNS Chief Raj Thackeray's 'rasta roko' agitation. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that MNS is famous for such violence since its inception and that they are always indulged in creating ruckus. Meanwhile, NCP General Secretary DP Tripathi said that this is a wrong step against the people's welfare. Following the suit, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that this is always done by MNS but the state government also has never taken any action against them and have bent before them every time. Feb 12, 2014
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Pakistan among most dangerous countries for journalists

Pakistan remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, according to a report by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, with the restive province of Baluchistan a hotspot for violence. Duration: 02:20 Feb 12, 2014
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Gas pricing issue being raised for years, no new allegations: Sitaram Yechury

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that his party has been raising the issue on gas pricing for years in the parliament and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is late in his decision to order a probe in the case. Kejriwal directed anti-corruption branch to file criminal cases against Oil Minister Veerappa Moily, former Oil Minister Murli Deora, Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani and others following complaints of irregularities in pricing of natural gas. Yechury also added that Third Front parties have always been against the hike in gas prices and on their insistence an empowered group of ministers, to be headed by the President, was formed to look into the matter. Feb 12, 2014
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China expresses interest in developing stronger bond with India

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Chinese state councillor, Yang Jiechi, said that China looks forward to strengthen bilateral ties with India and to work in harmony with India on the five principles of peaceful co-existence - a pact formed by the two countries 60 years ago. Speaking at the launch ceremony of the "year of China-India friendly exchanges",in New Delhi, Yang said that border talks with India have yielded "initial results", facilitating peaceful relations. Meanwhile, Yang also said that he had held a meeting with India's National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon to discuss additional confidence building measures and the meeting had yielded positive results. Feb 12, 2014
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Trade deficit narrows on 77 percent drop in gold imports

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): India's trade deficit narrowed in January, helped by a 77 percent drop in imports of gold and silver while exports ticked up, improving the outlook for the country's fragile current account balance. The Trade Ministry said it had recommended easing curbs on gold imports, prompted by the brighter trade picture. Feb 12, 2014
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Polio free India to get WHO certification

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): India patted itself on its back, marking three years since its last reported case of polio, paving the way for it to be declared free of the virus and boosting efforts to wipe out the disease globally. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pranab Mukherjee, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi, Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad and the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Margaret Chan, attended an event held in New Delhi to celebrate India’s ‘victory over polio’. WHO would officially declare India as polio-free by the end of March, when the legal process for certification is completed. Meanwhile, Singh shared a proud moment with the country’s people and said that it was a big achievement. However, Sonia Gandhi, who also expressed happiness, said that it was still very important to be cautious as the neighbouring countries still had the disease prevalent. Feb 12, 2014

Kejriwal is a CM and not a street politician who can point finger at anyone: Khurshid

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Commenting on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's statement regarding the filling of FIR's against Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily and Reliance Industries Ltd. Chairman Mukesh Ambani over gas pricing issue, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that Kejriwal is a CM and not a street politician who can point finger at anyone. Feb 12, 2014