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Rail budget raises fares, focuses on safety

NEW DELHI:  With minor-to-moderate fare hikes, 96 new passenger trains and focus on safety, the Railway Minister, Mr Dinesh Trivedi tabled his ministry’s budget for 2012-13 on Wednesday, promising the highest spending on projects worth Rs 60,100 crore.

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Sack Trivedi, Mamata tells PM

KOLKATA/NEW DELHI:  On a day of dramatic developments, the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday night sought the removal of its senior most nominee in the Union cabinet Railway Minister, Mr Dinesh Trivedi hours after he proposed a hike in railway passenger fares, plunging the UPA government in an unusual political crisis.

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Senior Cong leaders go into a huddle

NEW DELHI:  The Congress core group on late Wednesday night met at the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s residence after the Trinamool Congress supremo   and West Bengal Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee sought the Railway Minister, Mr Dinesh Trivedi’s removal for hiking rail fares.

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Badal becomes Chief Minister for a record fifth time

CHAPPAR CHIRI (PUNJAB): The 85-year-old year old SAD leader, Mr Parkash Singh Badal was today sworn in as Chief Minister of Punjab for a record fifth time along with 17 other Cabinet rank ministers, including his son Mr Sukhbir, for a second successive term of the SAD-BJP alliance government.

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Akhilesh Yadav to take oath today

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister designate, Mr Akhilesh Yadav, who will tomorrow take oath as the 33rd head of the state, today said his cabinet will be "small" in size initially and have both old and new faces, representing all sections.

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