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Gujarat govt plans 500 private freight terminals in 3 years: MoS Rail

The Indian Railways have, so far, set up 27 PFTs, and in the next three years we will be building 500 such terminals on PPP (public-private-partnership) mode.

MoS nod to Sakshi Maharaj request, Unnao religious places to turn touristic

The minister announced similar developmental works for Jaleshwar Nath Temple in Mohaan area in the outskirts of Lucknow.

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BSP accuses MoS of misbehaving with girl’s school student, principal

Chairman Pandey reserved his decision on the matter and said that he would hear the members in this regard on November 26.

Jayant Sinha sets himself a growth target

Jayant Sinha is the son of former finance minister Yashwant Sinha and a first-time MP.

Ready for the challenge: Haribhai Chaudhary

The minister also outlined his priorities for his constituency and spoke of his long association with PM Narendra Modi.

In Jayant Sinha's elevation, Congress sees election code violation

The elevation of Sinha, a Harvard alumnus who seldom misses a chance to talk about his academic credentials, is largely being seen as well-deserved.

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Giriraj Singh: Pakistan comment, cash and now BJP’s Bhumihar face in Bihar

Giriraj Singh’s elevation is a reward for loyalty to Modi and a message to party’s state unit.

With Babul Supriyo, BJP plans to compose Bengal victory song

In recent times, the state has seen a surge in support for the BJP with many leaders in rural pockets crossing over to the party from Trinamool.

His father’s son, economist and planner

The son of former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, Jayant was elected from his father’s former constituency this year.

Letter of the Week: Wrong reason

Though Banerjee is chief minister of a nearly bankrupt state and has, she seems only too happy to grant tax waivers to those who paint their house a certain shade of blue and white.

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India has given all Pathankot attack evidence to Pak: Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): Minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said that India has handed over all evidence collected in relation to Pathankot attack to Pakistan. He added that for the first time Pakistan has initiated action after handing over of evidence by India by registering the case. The Pakistan had decided to send a team to Pathankot but they haven't yet given details.

Railway Budget prepared considering commuters' requirements: MoS Railways

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Minister of State (MoS) for Indian Railways Manoj Sinha on Thursday said that this year's Railway Budget would transform the Indian Railways. He said that they have prepared the budget considering the common man and common commuters' requirements. Sinha said cleanliness was another aspect that is being looked into by the railways. He further said that the wi-fi facility that has been proposed about in the Rail Budget has already been stationed on 11 stations and the railways are aiming to install wifi in 100 railway stations. Lauding the efforts of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Sinha said that Indian Railways would make the necessary progress by 2020.

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Railway Budget 2016 will transform railways: Manoj Sinha

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Before the announcement of Rail budget 2016-17, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Thursday said this Rail budget will act as a transforming budget for the Indian Railways. He added that this budget has been prepared keeping in view the needs of common man.

Increasing airfare in time of distress is concerning: Mahesh Sharma

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday reacted over the price hike by private airlines in the time of crisis. He said it is a matter of serious consideration for them as well as for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He further said that airlines should not increase their prices during the crisis period. He added that Air India has always played a social holistic role and acted in the same way during Nepal’s earthquake.

Jat quota row: Will analyse reason after situation is normal, says Naidu

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu on Monday asserted that the government is waiting for a calm atmosphere in order to come to a conclusion on the ongoing Jat community protests. He further stated that committee formation on the issue reflects government’s desire to come to a conclusion on the demands raised by the Jats. The Jat community is demanding reservations in government jobs and institutions.

Minister apologises to couple for causing trouble on train

Chennai, Feb 21 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan on Monday apologised for causing trouble to a newly married couple, who was asked to give up their 1st AC seat. He added that he only requested the couple to shift their seat for some time as he was in a middle of discussion with former Tamil Nadu speaker. Divulging details, the minister said when he returned to his original place, the couple was not there. He added that he is not ashamed of travelling in a sleeper class. Radhakrishnan said if the couple would have asked him to vacate the seat, he would have not denied them.

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Haryana Govt. agrees to give reservation to Jats

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Union Minister for State for Agriculture Sanjiv Baliyan on Sunday told the media that reservation to the Jat community would be given in the upcoming assembly session. In the wake of the escalating pro-reservation protests by the Jat community spreading across Haryana, the Home Minister on Sunday chaired a high-level emergency meeting to discuss the further course of action. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Union Minister Sanjeev Baliyan, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh and Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi were among those present at the meeting held at Rajanth's residence.

Raghuram Rajan says banks will be restored back to health

Mumbai/New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said that efforts of the federal bank and the government to clean up banks' balance sheets would be successful and warned analysts against "scare-mongering"about the level of stressed assets in the sector. India's banks are struggling under $100 billion of stressed loans, choking the financial system at a time when the economy needs fresh investment to galvanise growth. Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said the government, while working closely with RBI, was supporting the banks fully in terms of both capital as well as necessary policy measures. He also said that they have gone through and done the asset quality review and have identified the full extent of the problem.

We are pro-poor as well as pro-market Govt: Jayant Sinha

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha addressed the students of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs andInternational Finance Corporations on Tuesday. Addressing the students, Sinha said our Government is pro-poor as well as pro-market government. He added that when the NDA Government came into power in May 2014, it was very important for us to restore confidence of the nation in the Governance of India.

India exploring Australian gas supplies for clean, affordable power: Piyush Goyal

Brisbane, Feb 08 (ANI): Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on Monday said that the Government of India is willing to consider long term fixed price contracts with Australia for the supply of gas which will enable power producer to enter into a power supply contract at an affordable price. Goyal is leading a delegation for the 3rd India-Australia Energy Security dialogue in Australia.While addressing a roundtable in Brisbane earlier today on the business opportunities for LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and Coal Bed Methane, Goyal stated that additionally, opportunities to control the entire value chain right from gas production, liquefaction, shipping, re-gasification and power generation can be evaluated at the current historic low prices of many of these activities. He also stressed that since coal based power is available in India at less than 5 cents per unit, the LNG providers should consider supplying gas to India at a price that is comparable.

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