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RBI holds interest rates steady, says tracking inflation and government action

Mumbai, Feb 03 (ANI): Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday held interest rates steady while boosting banks' liquidity in a bid to persuade them to lower lending rates after they failed to pass on the benefits of the last official rate cut three weeks ago. The RBI kept its policy repo rate unchanged at 7.75 percent, as expected by analysts, leaving its next reduction probably until after the government presents its annual budget at the end of this month. Instead, to prod banks to lend more and lower their lending rates, the RBI cut the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) - the minimum portion of net deposits that banks must hold in government bonds, cash or gold - by 50 basis points to 21.5 percent from February. 7. The RBI also announced a slew of initiatives to develop markets, including allowing foreign institutional investors to re-invest government bond coupons even when their investment limits were exhausted. The RBI described the domestic economy as "subdued", regardless of the government revision of gross domestic product data, using a new formula which showed the economy grew 6.9 percent in 2013/14, instead of 4.7 percent. Feb 3, 2015
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DMK organizes silent march to mark founder's 46th death anniversary

Chennai, Feb 03 (ANI): The DMK organized a silent march in Chennai on Tuesday to commemorate the 46th death anniversary of party founder CN Annadurai. Thousands of DMK cadres, led by party chief M Karunanidhi, marched silently towards the Anna Memorial at Marina Beach from Wallajah Road where they paid tributes to the iconic leader. Prominent members of the party, including party's general secretary, K. Anbalagan, MK Stalin and Dayanidhi Maran, were among those who participated in the march. A leader of DMK, TKS Elangovan, said that each individual must try to follow Annadurai's path. Annadurai was a Dravidian ideologue, social reformer, writer, orator and litterateur of Tamil Nadu who founded DMK in 1947 after differences of opinion with his mentor, reformist leader Periyar E. V. Ramasamy. Feb 3, 2015
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AAP rubbishes BJP's allegations on black money

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hit back at ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday after it alleged that the former accepted black money for funding its election expenses for Delhi polls. Taking a jibe at the BJP, AAP leader Ashutosh said that it was "frustrated" seeing the party taking an edge in opinion polls. BJP leader Nalin Kohli accused Kejriwal of converting black money into white. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that AAP should reveal from where such a huge amount of money came. The BJP had alleged on Monday that shell companies were created to transfer rupees 20 million to AAP on April 05, 2014, while official records pointed that these companies didn't make any profit and had common directors. The BJP had also alleged that AAP circumvented laws to accept donation from foreign company. Feb 3, 2015
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Stray dogs to be sterilised in Raipur

Raipur, Feb 03 (ANI): Residents of Raipur in Chhattisgarh state are likely to breathe a sigh of relief as city municipal body began a sterilisation drive to put an end to the menace of stray dogs. The drive aims to sterilise around 2000 stray dogs in the region. It was undertaken after a few people fell prey to dog bites. City Mayor, Pramod Dubey, is hopeful that the efforts taken by the municipal body would bring some relief to locals. Meanwhile, veterinary doctor said that when the dogs are ravenous, they have tendency to bite and they prey on humans. Government district veterinary hospital has been asked to sterilise around 26-30 dogs a day. Dogs would be vaccinated against rabies after being operated upon. Feb 3, 2015
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Reactions pour in as RSS journal admits that worried BJP chose Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Reactions come in from political parties on Tuesday after RSS mouthpiece Organiser said that the BJP is not 'in a comfortable ground at present' in Delhi, and that the party had inducted Kiran Bedi and projected her as candidate for chief minister after receiving 'adverse feedback from field against the Delhi BJP'. BJP leaders said that the RSS has its own point of view and that the BJP does not comply by the same. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said that the only effect of Bedi in the party is that her poll campaign manager resigned accusing her of dictatorship. Party leader Sanjay Singh said that there is unrest within BJP. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that RSS and BJP have dictatorial tendency and that they have met to create chaos within the party and the nation. Feb 3, 2015
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BJP's new ad targets Kejriwal over receiving black money as party funds, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react as the BJP intensified its attack on AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal by releasing another poster mocking him over black money. The advertisement takes a dig at Kejriwal over alleged black money funding to his party. BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said that today's ad completely shows how AAP is collecting black money and converting into white money in the name of donations by fake company. Meanwhile, AAP leaders slammed BJP for series of advertisements targeting Kejriwal. Feb 3, 2015
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BJP releases its vision document for upcoming Delhi assembly polls (Part-1)

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party released its vision document for upcoming assembly polls in Delhi. BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Kiran Bedi briefed about the document that covers points like women safety, environment, trade, business, cleanliness and health. Bedi added that the vision document will help make Delhi a world class city by all standards. Feb 3, 2015
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BJP releases its vision document for upcoming Delhi assembly polls (Part-2)

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party released its vision document for upcoming assembly polls in Delhi. BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Kiran Bedi briefed about the document that covers points like women safety, environment, trade, business, cleanliness and health. Bedi added that the vision document will help make Delhi a world class city by all standards. Feb 3, 2015
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Delhi Polls: Politicos react after Kejriwal alleges EVMs tampered with to help BJP

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Tuesday after AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal alleged large scale tampering of EVMs by the BJP in the Delhi Cantonment area. "Large scale EVM tampering? Yes, during inspection of EVMs in Del cant, in 4 machines, whatever button u pressed, light against BJP lit," the AAP chief had tweeted. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that Kejriwal is looking for the excuses of his likely defeat in the upcoming elections. Congress leader Manish Tewari also expressed similar sentiments. AAP leader Ashutosh also alleged that EVMs are getting tampered to benefit BJP in the upcoming polls. Feb 3, 2015
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Congress, AAP attack BJP over the vision document for Delhi polls

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Congress and AAP on Tuesday attacked BJP over the release of its vision document for the upcoming Delhi Assembly Polls. Congress leader Sheila Dikshit said that BJP does not have any new vision for the capital and they have only quoted what Congress party has already done in the state. Congress leader PC Chacko said that not having a manifesto for elections is against democracy. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said that BJP’s vision documentary is only to occupy space on television not for the development of Delhi. Feb 3, 2015
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AAP candidate Sarita Singh's car attacked by unknown miscreants

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): AAP candidate Sarita Singh was attacked by unknown miscreants when she was returning after her poll campaigning in Rohtas Nagar. The miscreants attacked her car but Singh escaped unhurt. An FIR has been lodged. Further details on the identity of the attackers are unknown. Feb 3, 2015
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AAP demands SC monitored SIT probe in funding of all major parties before Delhi polls

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Amid accusations of the party receiving funds from fake companies, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has demanded a Supreme Court monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe funding of all three major parties in Delhi polls. Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "5 AAP leaders will go to SC today at 10.30 am to submit an application for an SIT probe into funding of BJP, Cong n AAP."AAP leader Ashutosh further tweeted, "AAP will write letters to BJP and Congress presidents requesting to cooperate in SIT probe about their fundings for clean politics. Let me ask will Amit Shah and Sonia Gandhi accept AAP's proposal of SIT PROBE ? If yes then they should announce today!"The party's demand come a day after an activists group calling themselves AVAM (AAP Volunteer Action Manch), alleged that last year the party received 50 lakhs through four bogus companies that were fronts for money-laundering. Feb 3, 2015
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Facts relating to dubious funding of AAP 'self-evident': Arun Jaitley on AAP funding issue

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday while speaking over the AAP funding issue said that the facts relating to dubious funding of AAP are 'self-evident'. He added that the companies which are showing themselves as the donors of Aam Aadmi Party are not doing any business and have directors who have not any funding source and profit. He further said that this is the round tripping of black money into the political system. Speaking on Kejriwal's allegations of EVMs getting tampered, Jaitley said that these are all diversionary tactics of Kejriwal. Feb 3, 2015
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Rajasthan Home Minister tests positive for swine flu

Udaipur, Feb 03 (ANI): Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria tested positive for swine flu and is recuperating in his residence. On Sunday evening, Gulab Chand Kataria complained of cold, cough, bad throat, fever. The next day he was tested for the H1N1 virus and by evening it was known that the test report was positive. According to reports, ten more people succumbed to swine flu in Rajasthan counting the death toll to 49 this year. Meanwhile, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who had tested positive for the H1N1 virus last weekend, is improving. Feb 3, 2015
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Devotees take holy dip in Varanasi to mark 'Magh Purnima'

Varanasi, Feb 03 (ANI): Thousands of devotees took a dip at 'Sangam', the confluence of river Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in the holy city of Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of full moon day or Magh Purnima on Tuesday. Magh Purnima marks the last day of the month of Magh (January-February) in the Hindu calendar. Devout Hindus stated gathering at the river bank from early in the morning to perform religious rituals. They queued up before priests who had erected makeshift altars on the riverbanks to perform the rituals and offer prayers. Apart from taking a dip in the holy waters, devotees also donate food and clothes on this day. A devotee, Hiranand Pandey said that the tradition is being followed for years now. The month-long festival was marked in Allahabad city and was attended by over 25 lakh pilgrims. According to Hindu practice, a dip at the holy confluence breaks the cycle of rebirth. Feb 3, 2015