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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)

New Delhi/Mumbai [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Expressing the opinion that Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad should have filed a complaint instead of hitting the national carrier Air India staffer, the Congress on Friday said the law should take its course.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has received wide flak for hitting a staffer of the Air India with his slipper with the national carrier blacklisting the former.

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MARD to continue its strike

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 02:12 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) continue its strike due to not receiving a certified copy of the Bombay High Court order.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Putting an end to the controversy surrounding Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu continuing his appearance on popular comedy series 'The Kapil Sharma Show', Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda said he did not find any conflict of interest between the former's office as state cabinet minister and his work in television shows.

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Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday distributed portfolios among his cabinet, keeping home, power, health, public works department (PWD) and 33 others with himself.

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Ukhrul (Imphal) [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Director of Art and Culture Dr. K. Sushila on Thursday asserted that revival of indigenous culture and traditions of both hills and plain dwellers needed to be promoted.

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Manali (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Hundred Indian Army men of Border Road Organization (BRO) were deployed on Thursday to clear summer snow on road stretching over 222 kilometres for traffic from Manali to Sissu.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Slamming Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting a staffer of the Air India with his slipper, Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Thursday stated that investigation will determine what right action should be taken into this matter.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.23 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has asserted that audit being knowledge based activity, such interactions, sharing of knowledge, experiences, and best practices would be mutually beneficial to all members of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): A special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court on Thursday convicted Nigerian national, Michael Oti Nicholas for a four years rigorous imprisonment for possessing drugs in commercial quantity.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): After Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit an Air India staffer with his slipper, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani on Thursday urged the cabin crew to directly inform his office about passenger misbehaviour cases on board.

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Hubli (Karnataka) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): As many as four pregnant women were carried on a single stretcher in a state government hospital in Karnataka's Hubli district on Thursday.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The first day of the newly formed Uttar Pradesh Cabinet started with a shock as minister Mohsin Raza Khan was taken aback to see the photos of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and party leader Azam Khan hanging on his office wall.

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PM Modi greets Sharif on Pakistan Day

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 21:05 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sent greetings to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan's National Day via a letter.

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Oppn should trust EVMs: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 19:40 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Slamming the Congress Party for walking out from the Rajya Sabha, Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) don't make or break fortunes, but voters do and opposition should trust the judiciary.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): After the Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit a staffer of the Air India with his slipper, Delhi Airport Manager, Harinder Singh on Thursday told ANI that the staffer of the national carrier is agitated and hence they have blacklisted the former.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Mar. 23 (ANI): After Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses across Uttar Pradesh, famous 'Tunday Kababi' shop owner Abu Bakr today expresses grief as his business is severely affected.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who has come under sharp criticism for hitting a staffer of the Air India with his slipper, on Thursday wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minsiter Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan while listing out the problems faced by him in the flight.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Chandigarh MP Kiron Kher on Thursday advised Congressman Navjot Singh Sidhu to stop citing her example to justify his appearance on 'Comedy Nights with Kapil', saying her attendance in Parliament is much more than the other parliamentarians.

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New Delhi [India] Mar. 23 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its order on Swaraj India's plea seeking allotment of common symbol to the party to contest the upcoming municipal polls in the national capital.

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