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Raghuram Rajan report will help Bihar get more financial aid: Nitish Kumar

Patna, Sep 26 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday hailed the Raghuram Rajan panel report that has ranked Bihar among India's least advanced states. Kumar said that the report will pave the way for getting more funds from the Centre for development in his state. He was speaking after release of a report of a panel headed by then Chief Economic Advisor Raghuram Rajan, now RBI Governor. The report has made a case for ending the "special category" criteria for providing additional assistance to poorer states and has suggested a new matrix to decide on which states should get the most financial assistance from the Centre. The report ranked Goa and Kerala as the most advanced state and Odisha and Bihar the least. Sep 26, 2013
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Opposition demands cancelation of Indo-Pak PM level talks

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): The attack by militants on a police station and an army base in Kashmir on Thursday has triggered calls to cancel talks between the rival nations' Prime Ministers at the weekend. Politicos from different political parties condemned the attack and demanded strict punishment against the culprits. Sep 26, 2013
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Govt to launch new employment generation schemes: Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, Sept 26 (ANI): Rural development minister, Jairam Ramesh said on Thursday that the government would soon launch new skilled development, employment generation schemes to replace current ones like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). The minister was launching the annual rural development scheme in New Delhi where he highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of the scheme. He said that it was not a permanent solution as the dynamics was changing in the rural India. Ramesh added government is also mulling to look into other initiatives for increasing skilled manpower in the country. Sep 26, 2013
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India raises non-immigration visa issue with US

New York, Sept 26 (ANI): India expressed its concern to US over the much sought after H1-B visas and added that they have addressed the economic apprehensions of the latter. Indian IT firms which operate in the United States are angered by restrictions on travel visas for skilled workers. India's Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid met US secretary of state John Kerry and discussed plethora of bilateral issues ahead of the meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 27 in Washington. Khurshid added that the US is yet to address the issue of H1-B visas. He added that both the nations discussed the steps that need to be taken to enhance economic cooperation between the two countries. Khurshid also met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the UNGA and discussed about the preparations ahead of Singh's visit to China. Khurshid also spoke about the agenda of the proposed talks between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan. Sep 26, 2013
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Peaceful dialogue only way to tackle issues with Pak: Digvijay

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh remains determined to continue dialogues with Pakistan despite opposition from BJP, Veteran Congress General secretary Digvijay Singh said that in democratic country only peaceful talks are solutions for any kind of terrorist activity. Condemning the terror attack in Jammu, Manmohan Singh said that it is an 'attack on peace'. "No word strong enough to condemn the heinous attack in Jammu. This is one more attack by enemies of peace. Such actions will not deter us and will not succeed in derailing our efforts to find a resolution to all problems through a process of dialogue," a statement by the PM said. Sep 26, 2013
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Tourists happy with excellent facilities at Tokyo's sky tree tower

Tokyo, Sept 26 (ANI): The 634 meters tall, Sky Tree Tower in Tokyo has become a major sightseeing attraction. It attracted 6 million and 380 thousand tourists in its opening year. It houses broadcasting, planetarium, aquarium, restaurants and other offices. In summer this year, Sky Tree organized various events to attract children and other visitors. 14-year-old Mio Yuki, an actress nominated for CM character of Tokyo Sky Tree, shared her experience of visiting the world's tallest tower. The Sky Tree Tower also provides a great shopping experience for visitors. However, taking care of logistics involving 312 shops and restaurants at the Tower, is critical. Sagawa Express, a logistics company has been managing the logistics at the Sky Tree Tower since May 2012. It provides efficient solutions for logistics management by controlling freight vehicles and delivery staff. It is also responsible for securing the delivery route inside the building. Sep 26, 2013
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Police in Jharkhand seize Maoists' arms, ammunition and also horses

Latehar, Sep 26 (ANI): Jharkhand Police has seized ample ammunition and also two horses after a brief gun-battle with Maoists in Latehar region. Police were conducting an anti-Maoist campaign in Kurumkheta jungle of the district when the commandoes of CoBRA (Combat Battalion for Resolute Action) spotted possible presence of the ultras. Following a gun battle, the Maoists managed to flee from the scene. However, security forces conducted a thorough search of the area, during which they seized two horses and 147 bullets of 8 mm guns. Sep 26, 2013
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RPN Singh on terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh on Thursday said that the attack by militants on a police station and an army base in Kashmir was unfortunate and someone was trying to derail the dialogue process between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan. Singh also slammed the BJP for playing politics and said that it tends to forget that they invited General Pervez Musharraf immediately after the Kargil attacks. Sep 26, 2013
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Central Jail in Manipur takes several reform measures for inmates

Manipur, Sep 26 (ANI): The Central Jail, situated at Sajiwa in East Imphal, houses over 640 inmates in seven different sectors. It has become be Northeast's first jail to have meditation, sports and other co-curricular activities for the inmates, who can now play Volleyball, meditate, do yoga or exercise at a gym. The jail has also different sections for teaching painting and education to inmates. A specialized team from the "Art of Living" Centre has been providing classes to inmates to change their lives, and help the addicts stay away from drugs. The initiative has been taken by Manipur state Prison authorities led by ADGP, MK Das, and SP Jails, IK Muivah. Sep 26, 2013
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Congress Rally: Our aim is to empower weaker sections, says Rahul

Jagdalpur, Sep 26 (ANI): While addressing his first election rally in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that Congress aims at empowering weaker sections of the society. Further, he said that Congress did what other parties could never do and it passed many historic bills for the welfare of the people. Gandhi also lashed out at the opposition for its inefficiency and inability in governing the state. Sep 26, 2013
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J &K attack attempt to derail Indo- Pak talks: PDP

Srinagar, Sep 26 (ANI): As heavily-armed militants dressed in Army fatigues attacked an Army camp in J&K ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said that the attack was an attempt to derail talks between the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Further, he also termed the attack as ___mad act___ and condemned the same. Sep 26, 2013
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J&K attacks an impediment to peace discussion with Pak: BJD

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): Talking about the J&K attack by the militants on Thursday, BJD leader Jay Panda said that such attack acts as an impediment to the peace talks with neighboring Pakistan and it becomes difficult for the peace talks to continue when a ___gun is pointed on your head___. Further, he also appealed to not call them militants or rebels but rather call them ___terrorists___. Sep 26, 2013
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Pakistan PM looks forward to building relations with India

New York, Sep 26 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sounded upbeat at the prospect of meeting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh amid simmering tensions in the disputed Kashmir, saying he would be happy to pick up from where he left off in 1999. It is expected the meeting would address a series of fatal clashes along the Line of Control (LoC) dividing the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, events that followed a pact by the two nations to resume stalled talks to strengthen ties. Sep 26, 2013
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Khurshid hopes for fruitful dialogue with Pakistan

New York, Sep 26 (ANI): Despite heightened tension over Kashmir India is hopeful of amicable dialogue with its neighbour when the Prime Ministers of the both countries will meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. Union Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said this in New York where he arrived ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's arrival to take part in the UNGA. Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz rubbished reports of his country housing India___s most wanted gangster, Dawood Ibrahim. Sep 26, 2013
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Talks between Indo-Pak PM not called for, terror & talks cannot happen at the same time: BJP

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): Reacting to the Militants attack that took place at a police station and an Army cantonment in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday morning, killing at least 12 people, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that the talks that are going to be held between Indian PM Manmohan Singh & Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in the US on the sidelines of a United Nations session is not called for and terror and talks cannot happen at the same time. Militants dressed in army uniform have attacked a police station and an Army cantonment in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday morning, killing at least 12 people. The militants first attacked a police station in Hiranagar of Kathua district in Jammu, killing four cops and two civilians. After destroying the police station the terrorists hijacked a truck and went to an Army brigade camp in Samba, where they have reportedly killed at least six Army personnel. Sep 26, 2013