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WB FM walks out of pre-budget meet, terms it meaningless

Updated: Jan 04, 2017 17:30 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Jan. 4 (ANI): West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Wednesday walked out of the pre-budget meet, saying there is financial emergency in the country and budget has become meaningless.

"I am saying this with heavy heart that I walked out of the pre-budget meet after my presentation, in a protest in the appropriate manner that democracy deserves. I primarily spoke on demonetisation and what it is doing to the economy as the perspective of the budget. This is financial crisis of derailing the economy. The budget has become relatively meaningless because a part of budget has already been delivered by the Prime Minister for the first time in the history of India," Mitra told the media here.

He further said the country's economic growth has been sacrificed and Rs.1.26 lakh crores have been sacrificed in transaction cost in 50 days, according to research.

Mitra also stressed upon the problem being faced by the small and medium enterprises and unorganised sectors post demonetisation drive while asserting that the Central government is not bothered about the issues.

"The diamond workers have come back to our state from Gujarat. In Maharashtra there are 24 lakh powerlooms, out of which 12 lakhs have been closed today and the workers from there have been gone to their state. Leather industry in West Bengal has completely collapsed. So, small and medium enterprises, unorganised sectors are starving. The poor workers have no way but to go back home and they add to the liability of their home rather than asset," Mitra told media here.

"Last year there was 11 percent growth and this year it is growth of negative two percent which means Bengal has lost 13 percent of potential taxes. 11 percent which we have made has been extinguished. States are today suffering with 30 to 40 percent decline in the budget," he added.(ANI)

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) denial to certify the upcoming film, 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' has paved the way for widespread negativity among activists who are of the opinion CBFC needs to be educated immediately.

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Namami Brahmaputra festival to begin soon

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 14:49 IST

Guwahati (Assam) [India], Feb.24 (ANI): Namami Brahmaputra, a mega festival to begin soon on the the mighty river from Sadiya to Dhubri in 21 districts from March 31,which will promote economy, trade and commerce, culture, skill, industry and tourism, organizers said today.

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Responding to the anti-militancy operations in Kashmir and disruptions by protesting youth at encounter sites, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Friday said the people's anger was justified as the Jammu and Kashmir Government had formed an alliance with the 'communal' forces.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.24 (ANI): Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "donkey" rebuttal to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the Congress on Friday called on the former to seek votes based on policies and principles, adding that such remarks coming from him were unbecoming.

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Amid scorching criticisms from the Opposition for spending, what many claim to be tax payers money, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao is all set to offer a gold moustache (bangaru meesalu) costing around Rs. 75,000 at Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple.

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Patna (Bihar) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Bihar Staff Selection Commission chairman and senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar was arrested today in connection with the BSSC exam paper leak matter.

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Despite the current political turbulence in the state, there is no let-up in zeal and extravagance when it comes to celebrating the birthday of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.

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Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday apprehended a Pakistani national while he was crossing the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua Sector.

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Kerala: Moral policing victim ends his life

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 08:54 IST

Palakkad [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): A 23-year-old man, who was harassed by a group of youth for allegedly indulging in immoral behaviour with his female friend, committed suicide on Thursday here.

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PM Modi greets nation on Maha Shivratri

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 08:29 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the nation on the holy occasion of Maha Shivratri.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): After meeting President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday, DMK working president M.K. Stalin will meet Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today in the national capital to discuss the current political turbulence in Tamil Nadu.

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New Delhi [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): After suffering a rout in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, the Congress party on Friday said it will introspect on the reasons for the loss and added that course correction will be undertaken by the grand old party.

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