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Modi govt to release undertrials who have served half of their maximum terms, politicos react

New Delhi, Sept 1 (ANI): Politicos on Monday backed the Narendra Modi government's decision to initiate steps to release prisoners who have served at least half the sentence they would have been awarded if convicted, irrespective of the progress of their trial. However, this largesse will not extend to those who have been held for offences which specify death penalty or life sentence. Sep 1, 2014
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Jaitley criticizes CBI for raking up old issues, politicos react

New Delhi, Sept 1 (ANI): Finance minister Arun Jaitley has criticized the CBI for resurrecting a disinvestment case that's more than a decade old, saying such actions could damage the country's overall investment climate. The first information report (FIR) in the case against former disinvestment secretary Pradip Baijal and others in the sale of Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel in Udaipur in 2002 has recently been filed. He further said that if 12 years later an FIR is registered, it hurts governance because it lowers the confidence of the civil servants to take decisions. Sep 1, 2014
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Mixed reactions flow as Rajnath says no white flag for Pak if ceasefire continues

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): Mixed political reactions flowed on Monday as Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave a statement that India will not be ready for any friendly relations or talks until Pakistan stops violating the ceasefire along the Indo-Pak international border. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the government does not have a policy for Pakistan and the Home Minister should clarify as to what he means by his statement. SP leader Naresh Agarwal slammed the government for showing softness towards Pak by inviting Nawaz Sharif to PM Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. NCP leader Majid Memon welcomed the statement saying that Rajnath Singh has taken the correct decision and it will warn Pak. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that Pakistan should understand that friendship and enmity cannot go hand in hand. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Singh has sent the correct message to Pakistan and added that it should be strictly followed. Sep 1, 2014
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PM Modi welcomed at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo

Tokyo, Sep 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday was welcomed in a grand ceremony at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on the third day of his visit to Japan. The national anthems of both countries- India and Japan were played and Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe along with the gathering in the palace paid respect by standing still. Modi then met the Japanese delegation present inside the palace after thanking the choir in the Japanese way. Modi is on a five day official visit to Japan to strengthen bilateral relations between both nations. Sep 1, 2014
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Devotees in Vadodara prepare gigantic 'Modak' sweet to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

Vadodara, Sep 01 (ANI): A group of devotees in Gujarat prepared a gigantic dumpling shaped sweet, Modak, on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day popular celebration during which it is believed that Lord Ganesha bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees. The group had initiated to create the lord's favourite sweet weighing 800 kilograms for the people of Vadodora city. The sweet was made into five layers each consisting of a different ingredient. The organiser of the sweet making event, Ankur said that a team of seven to eight people prepared the biggest sweet in around 36 hours. Devotees buy decorated and colourful idols of Lord Ganesha and establish them in their homes for 10 days and revel in religious pageantry. Sep 1, 2014
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At least 4 killed and 12 injured in Noida road accident

Noida, Sep 01 (ANI): Four employee of Motherson company, a private firm based in Noida were killed and over 12 injured when a bus carrying them collided with a truck in Sector 71 of Noida on Monday. The injured were immediately rushed to the nearest hospitals. Doctor said that a few are serious while others can be released on an immediate basis. The accident took place early in the morning when the victims were on their way to the Motherson company. One of the injured said that the truck collided straight on to the bus and that both the drivers didn’t pay attention. Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Noida, Rajkumar Mishra confirmed the number of deaths. Sep 1, 2014
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Amit Shah pays obeisance at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 01 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah paid obeisance at 16th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy on Monday in Kerala and sought blessings. Clad in religious white dhoti, Shah visited the temple accompanied by security personnel. Shah later visited the BJP office in the state to strategise on the upcoming assembly polls. Shah is expected to discuss strategy with party workers in Thiruvananthapuram city to help BJP expand its foothold for electoral gains in the southern state. The party is looking with new hope in the state, where Congress party has strong hold among the voters. Sep 1, 2014
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DDA launches new housing scheme, forms available till October 09

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): The Delhi Development Authority on Monday launched its new housing scheme. The Vice Chairman of DDA, Balvinder Kumar, said that the scheme was launched successfully and offers more than 25000 flats under various categories. Kumar also said that forms are available in as many as 16 banks till October 09, starting from September 01. Sep 1, 2014
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PM Modi meets Japan's foreign minister and Industry Minister to discuss bilateral issues

Tokyo, Sep 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, in Tokyo to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues. Modi, on his first major foreign visit to Tokyo, after taking up the post as the prime minister of India, arrived on Saturday for a five-day trip aimed at capitalising on a personal affinity with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bolster security and business ties in the face of an assertive China. Japan wants explicit guarantees from India, which has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, to limit atomic tests and allow closer inspection of its facilities to ensure that spent fuel is not used to make bombs. Sep 1, 2014
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PM Modi visits Tokyo Elementary School, invites teachers to teach in India

Tokyo, Tokyo, Sep 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Japanese teachers to teach their language to the students in his country during his visit to premier Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo on Monday. Modi also stressed on building language ties between the two nations in a bid to prepare for 21st century while speaking in an interactive session at the 136-year-old school. Modi also tried to play a soprano recorder before the students at a music class. He also called for preparation of on-line Japanese language course to help Indian students. Modi added that the objective of his visit was to learn from Japanese school to improve India's primary education. Sep 1, 2014