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Public sector units collaborate to revive shut fertiliser units

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): Four major Public Sector Units (PSUs) signed joint venture agreements on Wednesday in an effort to increase urea output and revive closed fertilizer units. The four PSUs - GAIL (Gas Authority of India Limited), Coal India Limited (CIL), Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) and Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL) - signed agreements in New Delhi to set up an Integrated Coal Gasification cum Fertilizer and Ammonium Nitrate complex at Talcher in Odisha. Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, who was also present for agreement singing, said that the deadline for starting the units was March 31, 2019. Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, Ananth Kumar, hoped that the country would soon start exporting urea. India's fertiliser requirement is 32 million tonnes annually whereas the production is 22 million tonnes. Dec 24, 2014
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India gears up for Christmas celebration

Vadodara/ Coimbatore/ Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 24 (ANI): A day before Christmas, people across India are geared up to celebrate the festival with pomp and gaiety. Hundreds of people from different communities took part in a colourful parade in Vadodara. Wearing innovative Santa caps, carrying hand made greeting cards, posters and riding on the sledge, youngsters dressed as Santas were seen singing carols and making merry to celebrate the birth of Jesus. One of the organizers, Alexis, said the main aim of the parade was to solicit the participation of all communities. In Coimbatore city, students have organised colourful patterns to mark the occasion. They have made a giant representation of Santa and a Christmas tree using 100 kilograms of salt and different colours. A student, Hariprasad, said the art work will be on display till the 2nd of January next year. Dec 24, 2014
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Politicos react as Govt bypasses upper house to push through Insurance bill

New Delhi/Kolkata, Dec 24 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government has decided to recommend promulgation of insurance amendment laws to President Pranab Mukherjee. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it shows the government has no respect for the parliament. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that he had written a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee appealing him not to let the ordinance pass. BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadauria said that this way of ordinance is not in favor of democracy. TMC leader Derek O' Brien also called it 'undemocratic'. Dec 24, 2014
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Separatist leader Yasin Malik sits on hunger strike, protests against atrocities

Srinagar, Dec 24 (ANI): Separatist leader Yasin Malik on Wednesday continued his hunger strike in Srinagar against what he alleged police highhandedness. Malik, chief of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), has been demanding the release of several youth detained by police during state elections. While a record 65 percent voted in five-phase elections, many tried to boycott the polls by staging protests and hurling stones at security personnel, forcing the latter to make arrests. India has long struggled to bring Kashmiris into the democratic mainstream and elections in the past have been marred by violence and low turn-out. Political leaders in Kashmir blame the federal government for failing to find a political solution as violence ebbed in the past few years. Dec 24, 2014
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Sanjay Dutt accused in Mumbai blast out on 14-day furlough

Mumbai, Dec 24 (ANI): Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who is serving sentence in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, was released from the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune on Wednesday. Dutt was granted 14-day furlough by the prison authorities on Tuesday. After being released, the actor departed for his home in Mumbai in the afternoon. Dutt, who is serving a five-year sentence for illegal possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle before the 1993 Mumbai blasts, had applied for leave in November this year to be able to spend Christmas and New Year with his family. Fourteen-day furlough can be extended for another two weeks and with strong reason, can even be stretched for 120 days. The initial two-week furlough, available annually, is counted as part of the prison term. Dec 24, 2014
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BJP leaders hail Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Madan Mohan Malaviya

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): Former prime minister and BJP veteran Atal Bihari Vajpayee and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malaviya will be honoured with the country's highest civilian award the "Bharat Ratna", the government announced on Wednesday. Senior BJP leaders hailed the decision and said that it is a proud moment for them. They said that it was a fitting recognition of the services of the "illustrious stalwarts" to the nation. Dec 24, 2014
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A Christmas Controversy - Inane Express - 04

Off late, Modi’s ministers and allies are in the news much for controversy than for performance. Congress have only one Rahul Gandhi, while BJP… so many! This shows one thing. It’s not only the leader that matters, but also his pupils. PM Modi to warn them not to cross the Lakshman Rekha. But whose line is it anyway? Dec 24, 2014
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Omar Abdullah submits his resignation as chief minister of JandK

Jammu, Dec 24 (ANI): Omar Abdullah on Wednesday met Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra and submitted his resignation from the post of chief minister of the state. He said that he submitted his resignation accepting people's verdict in the assembly elections. Abdullah said that he is waiting to see what other combinations of political parties emerge from this Assembly election, although he refuted claims of any talks with other parties for a coalition government. Further, he said that it is not the responsibility of National Conference to take responsibility of who forms the government in the state. Dec 24, 2014
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BJP Parliamentary Board Meeting ends

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday during the BJP Parliamentary board meeting appointed observers for Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the party's good show in the assembly elections in the two states. General Secretary J.P. Nadda and Vinay Sahstrabuddhe have been appointed as the party observers to oversee the election of the leader of the legislature party in Jharkhand. For Jammu and Kashmir, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and party secretary Arun Singh have been appointed as observers. The Parliamentary board meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and M. Venkaiah Naidu, among others. Dec 24, 2014
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Politicians and celebrities pay homage to veteran film director K. Balachander

Chennai, Dec 24 (ANI): Politicians and many celebrities on Wednesday paid homage to veteran Tamil film director K. Balachander, who passed away on Tuesday at a hospital in Chennai. He was 84. DMK Chief M Karunanidhi and film star Rajnikanth were among many celebrities and politicians who paid their last respects to Balachander.The death of K Balachander has left the entire South Indian film industry in mourning. Rajnikanth expressed deep shock and grief at the passing away of the veteran director. Film actress Radhika Sarathkumar termed the death as shocking and loss to Indian cinema. Dec 24, 2014
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Govt decides to confer Bharat Ratna to Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malaviya

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that the government has decided to confer Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Centre's announcement on Bharat Ratna awards comes a day ahead of the veteran BJP leader's birthday, which falls on December 25. The BJP government had already declared to celebrate December 25 as 'Good Governance Day'. Dec 24, 2014
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Political reactions on election results from JandK, Jharkhand

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday reacted on the Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand election results. The results for Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand assembly polls came out on Tuesday with the PDP emerging as the single-largest party in Jammu and Kashmir and the BJP with its ally the AJSU getting simple majority in Jharkhand. The BJP got 25 seats, three less than the People's Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir. In Jharkhand the BJP won 37 seats. Dec 24, 2014