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Maoist attack in Gaya kills two security personnel

Gaya, Feb 25 (ANI): Maoists blew up a vehicle carrying India's paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, killing two and injuring 10 others, in Gaya district of Bihar. Commandos of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA), a CRPF unit trained to tackle Maoist issue, were returning to their base after conducting a search operation. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital. According to media reports, the Maoists also fired at the personnel after the blast. Maoists seek the violent overthrow of the Indian state but have so far not managed to spread significantly into urban areas. They have killed police and politicians and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. Feb 25, 2015
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President Pranab Mukherjee greets Kuwait on National Day

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday greeted the people of Kuwait on their National Day. "Greetings and felicitations to the Amir and people of Kuwait on their National Day", President tweeted. "Confident mutually beneficial ties between India and Kuwait will continue to diversify and strengthen in the years to come", he added. "Indian community has made positive contribution to development of Kuwait is important pillar of xllent bilateral relns", President tweeted. The president conveyed his best wishes for the good health and well being of the Amir, as well as for the continued progress and prosperity of the "friendly" people of Kuwait. Feb 25, 2015
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Shiv Sena boycotts NDA meeting, asks govt to rework on land acquisition bill

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): After the opposition parties led by congress walked out of the Parliament in protest of government’s land acquisition bill, BJP ally Shiv Sena skipped a meeting of NDA government over the issue. Both Shiv Sena and the Akali Dal have termed the Government's controversial land bill “anti-farmer and against the interests of poor”. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the party has always worked in the interest of the farmers and will ask the BJP to review certain points in the bill. Meanwhile, central government hinted at diluting some of the provisions of the new land acquisition ordinance after meeting with its allies and amid growing protest on Tuesday. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who presided the meeting, assured the government would consult all the stakeholders before taking final decision. Feb 25, 2015
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Section 144 imposed in Ahmedabad to prevent swine flu

Siliguri/ Kanpur, Feb 25 (ANI): Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, prohibiting mass gatherings without prior permission, has been imposed in Ahmedabad in order to prevent swine flu. However, gathering for marriages and death processions have been exempted. According to reports, if the public events cannot be called off or postponed, organisers will have to take prior permission to ensure that proper care is taken to stop the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, doctors in West Bengal say that hospitals in northern part of the state were fully equipped to provide medical facilities to swine flu afflicted patients. Doctor Rudra Nath Bhattacharya said that North Bengal Medical College had set up an isolation word, appointed maximum number of staff and kept close watch on the pig farms. He requested people not to panic. Meanwhile, in Kanpur, people alleged that hospitals were ill-equipped. Feb 25, 2015
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Central government gives higher share to states in central taxes

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has stated that the recommendations by the 14th Finance Commission were accepted and raised the share of states in central taxes from 32 percent to 42 percent. This is the single largest increase ever recommended giving more power to states in determining how they spend this money. Jaitley said that each recommendation would be implemented for five years. He also urged states to be self sufficient and stop looking at the central government. Jaitley said it was a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of giving greater autonomy to states in financing and designing the schemes. Feb 25, 2015

Budget hopes: Jewellers in Surat seek import duty cut on gold

Surat, Feb 25 (ANI): With the Narendra Modi government all set to present its first full-fledged budget, jewellers in Surat pin their hopes on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to cut down the import duty on gold. The present 10 per cent import duty on gold was set in 2013 by the previous Congress party-led government as part of efforts to cut the current account deficit. Jaitley will on February 28 present his first full-year budget, seeking to put Asia's third-largest economy on a path of 7-8 percent growth over the next two years. A jeweller, Milan Shah, said on Tuesday that the high import duty was discouraging NRIs to buy jewellery from India. Gold is a popular gift at weddings in India and is also bought for auspicious occasions and hence reducing the import duties is the only way to revive the declining imports. Feb 25, 2015
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Clean trains, reduced fares on India's wish list for Rail Budget 2015-16

Varanasi/ Kanpur/ Secunderabad, Feb 25 (ANI): People across Indian states have pinned their hopes on Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to not to increase the fares and provide more facilities to the passengers in the rail budget 2015-16 that will be presented in the parliament on February 26. The upcoming Railway Budget by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government is expected to restore the glory of railways as the sector is reeling under financial crunch. According to local reports, rail connectivity tops the expectation list, especially for remote regions of the northeast, and also the electrification of existing railway tracks. Last week, Modi flagged off the first express train in Arunachal Pradesh, which now connects its capital Itanagar with New Delhi. However, residents in Modi's constituency Varanasi expressed disappointment and said after nine months in power, the government should take steps to upgrade the railway facilities. Feb 25, 2015