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Union cabinet approves mining bill

NEW DELHI:  The government on Friday  approved a landmark draft mines bill which provides for miners to share 26 per cent of their net profits for the people affected by the coal projects, while the burden on the non-coal miners will be amount equivalent to royalty.

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Raja to boycott trial till CBI completes probe: counsel

NEW DELHI: Jailed former communications minister A Raja, the prime accused in the 2G spectrum case, contended on Friday in a special court here that he will participate in the trial only when the CBI clearly explains whether it has completed its investigation against him.

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Decision on Telangana only after Azad’s report: Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: A decision on Telangana will be taken only after the Union Health Minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad submits his report on his deliberations with Congress MLAs and MPs of Andha Pradesh, the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram said today.

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BJP not to go for alliance in UP assembly poll

NEW DELHI: BJP National Executive meet today saw the party putting a special emphasis on coming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, a contest Congress is treating as a "semi-final" for its prime ministerial aspirant Mr Rahul Gandhi ahead of 2014 general elections, and deciding to fight the election on its own.

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Union cabinet may consider mining bill today

NEW DELHI: The Union cabinet is expected to consider on Friday a new bill on regulating and developing mining which will mandate coal companies to provide 26 per cent of post-tax profit for the welfare of affected people, a move intended to benefit mostly tribals.

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Chidambaram patches up with Pranab

NEW DELHI:  Mr Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday  sought to douse the weeklong raging fire ignited by a finance ministry note, distancing himself from the blame on Mr P Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum controversy and pacifying the sulking Home Minister who said the “matter is closed”.

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Anna enters cyberworld attacking govt agents

NEW DELHI: Entering the cyberworld with a blog and a twitter account, Mr Anna Hazare Thursday accused “some government agents” of creating an image that it was due to their “favourite ministers” that he gave up his fast in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan in August.

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Corrupt IAS officer in Bihar to be prosecuted

PATNA: A suspended Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, whose house was confiscated and turned into a primary school, will be prosecuted for having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, an official said Thursday.

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