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Congress says govt notice over party headquarters Delhi's Akbar Road not for 'eviction'

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Congress leader Motilal Vora on Friday said that the notice served by BJP led central government allegedly to vacate its national headquarter in New Delhi’s Akbar Road was not for ‘eviction’. Vora said that the notice had come from the Urban Development Ministry and the party had replied to the same. He also said that if the ministry has any query, the party will respond to the same. Feb 20, 2015
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Two more people arrested for allegedly leaking documents from petroleum ministry, to be interrogated

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Delhi Police arrested two more people on Friday apart from five others involved in leaking confidential papers from the petroleum ministry, said police commissioner BS Bassi. He said that the two others will be interrogated and further details will be provided thereafter. Bassi also said that the investigation is on in the case and that names of the companies involved can be exposed after detailed information. He also said that the documents will also have to be examined in consultation with the concerned officers regarding its confidentiality. Feb 20, 2015
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Manjhi says he resigned to save his MLAs as they were threatened ahead of trust vote

Patna, Feb 20 (ANI): Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday stepped down as the Bihar Chief Minister, hours before he was to seek a vote of confidence in the state assembly. Manjhi had earlier met Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Governor's House here. While addressing a press conference, Manjhi said that he tendered his resignation for the safety of his MLAs as they were being threatened and bribed ahead of the trust vote in the assembly. Manjhi was locked in a showdown with former Bihar chief minister and senior Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar, who had handpicked him to take his place last year. Feb 20, 2015
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Displaced in Ukraine rely on food vouchers

Two Ukrainian children say a prayer before starting their lunch. They've recently fled their home and have to rely on food vouchers for their meals. Their mother Irena is brought to tears at the Feb 20, 2015
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PM Modi assures progress for Arunachal in next five years

Itanagar, Feb 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while speaking at the 29th Statehood Day celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh assured the people that they would witness much more progress in the coming five years than they had in the past 28 years. Prime Minister Modi said Arunachal Pradesh must progress at a rapid pace so that the entire north-east gets inspiration from it. Feb 20, 2015
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Pakistan imprisoned fishermen return to their homes in Gujarat

Veraval, Feb 20 (ANI): The 173 Indian fishermen imprisoned in Pakistan have returned to their homes in Gujarat, days after their release at the border. The fishermen, who were arrested for illegal fishing in Pakistani waters, were released through the Wagah border in Punjab, in a ‘goodwill gesture’. Their families were overjoyed as the train entered the platform at Veraval in Gujarat on Thursday. Fishermen said they were asked by the remaining imprisoned fishermen to urge the government for their release, adding they were given shoes and money upon their departure by Pakistani non-profit social welfare programme, Edhi. An in-charge of the fishermen said they were given directions to bring back boats belonging to the fishermen back to India. In Gujarat’s Rajkot city too, the train brought back the men, earlier in the day. Feb 20, 2015
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Petroleum ministry document leak: Dharmendra Pradhan says everything would be clear once independent

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): A day after five people, two of them officials of the Petroleum Ministry, were arrested for allegedly leaking confidential government documents to energy consultants and corporates, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that independent enquiry is going on and things would become clear once it ends. At least 25 people have been detained for questioning, the Delhi police said. The recepients of the classified information have also been identified and are being questioned, Delhi Police Chief BS Bassi said. Feb 20, 2015
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Reactions from political circle on Jitan Ram Manjhi's resignation

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday stepped down as the Bihar Chief Minister, hours before he was to seek a vote of confidence in the state assembly. Manjhi had earlier met Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Governor's House. Manjhi was locked in a showdown with former Bihar chief minister and senior Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar, who had handpicked him to take his place last year. Meanwhile, reactions poured in from the political bigwigs on the matter. The BJP had asked its 87 MLAs to vote in favour of Manjhi today while the JD (U), RJD, Congress and CPI had issued a whip to its legislators to vote against him. The JD (U) and BJP have accused each other for the current political crisis in Bihar. Feb 20, 2015
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BJP's game plan has been exposed: Nitish Kumar on Bihar CM's resignation

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): After reports emerged that Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday stepped down as the Bihar Chief Minister, hours before he was to seek a vote of confidence in the state assembly, former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that their point of having majority has been vindicated. He also added that the BJP’s game plan was exposed as the party had asked its 87 MLAs to vote in favour of Manjhi while the JD(U), RJD, Congress and CPI had issued a whip to its legislators to vote against him. Feb 20, 2015
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Manjhi resigns as Bihar CM hours before floor test

Patna, Feb 20 (ANI): Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday stepped down as the Bihar Chief Minister, hours before he was to seek a vote of confidence in the state assembly. Manjhi had earlier met Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Governor's House. Manjhi was locked in a showdown with former Bihar chief minister and senior JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar, who had handpicked him to take his place last year. The BJP had asked its 87 MLAs to vote in favour of Manjhi today while the JD(U), RJD, Congress and CPI had issued a whip to its legislators to vote against him. The JD (U) and BJP have accused each other for the current political crisis in Bihar. Feb 20, 2015
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Politicos react as Manjhi faces floor test in Bihar Assembly against Nitish Kumar

New Delhi/ Patna, Feb 20 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday react as Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is to face floor test in Bihar Assembly against JD (U) senior leader Nitish Kumar. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi blames BJP for the political crisis in Bihar and said that Nitish Kumar will prove majority. Party leader Ajay Alok also accused BJP for the situation in the state. RJD leader Manoj Jha also accused the BJP and said that the JD (U) will definitely come to power. Congress leader Premchand Mishra said that the party stands with Nitish Kumar and that BJP is intervening in the internal matters of Bihar. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao, meanwhile, said that Nitish Kumar is the one to create the situation that is prevailing in Bihar. He and party leader Rameshwar Chaurasia asserted that the BJP will stand by Manjhi. Feb 20, 2015