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FM may set aside Rs 1,000 cr for agro processing clusters

Finance minister Arun Jaitley is likely to announce a Rs 1,000 crore scheme called Sampada with an aim to create 100 agro processing clusters in the next three years. The scheme, to be implemented by the ministry of food processing industries, will provide a support of Rs 10 crore to a group of farmers or entrepreneurs to set up a processing unit in an area covering 5-10 acres, sources said.

Airing gripes on social media akin to crime: General Rawat

Issuing a warning, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday said the soldiers who take to social media to air their grievances could be punished as their act is “akin to crime” and lowers the morale of those guarding the frontiers of the country.

Centre should soften stand for breakthrough in GST: Kerala

A day ahead of the crucial meeting of the all-powerful GST Council on Monday to hammer out a deal over contentious issues, Kerala has said the Centre should adopt a conciliatory approach to break the logjam.
Speaking to FC, Kerala finance minister Thomas Issac said pending issues such as dual control, cross-empowerment and exclusive control over small dealers could be resolved if the Centre softened its stand.

‘Flop’ Akhilesh only focussed on looting UP: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday dubbed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav a ‘flop’, adding that the conflict within the Samajwadi Party was only a strategy to deviate people’s attention from the former’s failures.

Goa polls: BJP to announce second list of candidates tomorrow

The BJP will announce the second list of its candidates for upcoming Goa Legislative Assembly election tomorrow, state party president Vinay Tendulkar said.

"The second and the final lists of candidates would be announced tomorrow in Delhi,” Tendulkar told PTI today claiming that the announcement will clear tickets for 7-8 candidates.

The party had announced its first list of 29 candidates earlier this week which included 18 sitting legislators including Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

RBI row: Oppn slams govt. For destroying credibility of autonomous body

In wake of the letter written by employees of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to its governor Urjit Patel condemning the demonetisation drive, the Congress and Janata Dal (United) dubbed it as ‘shocking state of affair’, while stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have destroyed the credibility of the autonomous body that controls the country’s monetary policy.

Jallikattu supporters taken into custody

Several supporters of Jallikattu were today taken into preventive custody near here for allegedly trying to defy a ban on the traditional bull taming sport associated with Pongal festivities.

Anticipating trouble, police in large number was deployed in sensitive areas where the sport is generally held like Avaniapuram, Palamedu and Alanganallur, locations famous for Jallikattu in Madurai district.

The step came following indications by various organisations to organise the sport on Pongal today.

Kejriwal's programmes are flop show in Punjab: BJP

BJP today claimed that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal's programmes in Punjab have turned into a flop show as his party has lost people's faith.

BJP state spokesperson Rajat Kumar Mohendru said Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Jalandhar was a flop show. People have lost faith in AAP that is why only 100-150 people were attending the party's preogramme.

Army to set up feedback boxes for jawans

Army chief general Bipin Rawat wants soldiers to avoid social media to vent their frustrations. He has advised them to approach him directly or drop their complaints in grievances boxes instead of drawing attention of the people on internet.