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JD-U wants Modi to grant Bihar special status

Patna, April 9 (IANS) The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Monday said it wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce granting of special category status to Bihar when he visits the state on Tuesday.
Modi is slated to visit Motihari to participate in the concluding ceremony of Champaran Satyagraha centenary celebrations on Tuesday.
"Modi should grant special status to Bihar as promised during his visit," JD-U General Secretary Shayam Razak told media persons.
Last month, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said he had not given up the demand for special status to Bihar "for even one second" since he first raised it in 2005.
Last week, Leader of Opposition Tejashvi Yadav said: "If Nitish Kumar is a strong leader, he should directly demand special category status for Bihar from Modi."
Tejashwi said Nitish Kumar should follow TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandra Babu Naidu, who had demanded special category status for his state from Modi and walked out from the NDA when it was not granted.

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NITI forum for northeast to meet on Tuesday (Lead)

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The government is set to launch NITI forum, a special body set up to achieve accelerated, inclusive and sustainable growth in the eight states of northeast region, on Tuesday in Agartala where its first meeting will be..

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No fireworks in Kerala temple hit by tragedy

Paravur (Kerala), April 9 (IANS) A Hindu temple where fireworks killed 114 people two years ago is unlikely to see another fireworks display again."That (fireworks) is not under our purview as it has to be decided by the state government,"..

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Rahul Gandhi's fast at Rajghat a 'drama': BJP

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The BJP on Monday hit out at the Congress for observing fasts across the country over alleged increase in atrocities on weaker sections under the Narendra Modi government and dubbed it a party "drama" to launch its..

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Tamil Nadu satisfied over SC order on Cauvery

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Law Minister C.V. Shanmugham on Monday expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court order in the Cauvery Water sharing dispute and said "good" will arise out of it."We believe good will arise out of today's..

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Centre obliged to implement Cauvery award: SC

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the Centre for not framing a scheme for the implementation of its verdict on the sharing of Cauvery river water as it declined its plea for deferring the issue by three..

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IAS toppers Dabi-Shafi tie knot in J&K

Srinagar, April 9 (IANS) Indian Administrative Service (IAS) toppers of 2015 Tina Dabi and Athar Amir-ul-Shafi could not have had a more romantic setting than the picturesque Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir to tie the knot.The south Kashmir town..

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Himachal to get new power, mining policy: Thakur

Shimla, April 9 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh will soon have a new electricity and mining policy and steps have been initiated to boost its tourism potential, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Monday."We will soon bring a mining policy to check..

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SC refuses to interfere with West Bengal panchayat polls

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere with the panchayat elections in West Bengal, rejecting a BJP plea for rescheduling them and deploying paramilitary forces.A bench of Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice..

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Rainy Monday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) It was a rainy Monday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 20.2 degrees Celsius, the weather office said."The sky will remain cloudy with chances of rainfall and drizzle throughout..

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Rains lash Chandigarh, nearby areas

Chandigarh, April 9 (IANS) Chandigarh and its nearby areas in Punjab and Haryana were lashed by rains on Monday morning with the morning temperature dropping by about two degrees, the weather office said.The weather turned pleasant following..

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Key Indian equity indices open flat

Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices opened on a flat-to-positive note on Monday.Around 9.16 a.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) inched up by 12.45 points or 0.12 per cent to trade at 10,344.05 points.The..