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7 Must reads on dna: US Congress seeks to honour Narendra Modi; 14% hike in rail fare and more

Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 10:29am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

#1 With 14% increase in railway fare, 6.5% rise in freight rates, suburban travel gets dearer
Mumbai, predominantly a season-pass city, is the worst hit by the rail fare hike that comes into effect from June 25. Of the estimated 75 lakh daily suburban commuters, more than 70% travel on season tickets. A Churchgate-Borivli second class season pass would rise from Rs 190 to Rs 480. A first-class pass on the same route would go up from Rs 655 to Rs 1,310. Read more 

#2 Now, US lawmakers want to honour Narendra Modi with address to Congress
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, once denied a visa to enter the United States over massacres of Muslims, is expected to receive the honor of addressing a joint session of the US Congress during a visit to Washington in September. California Republican Ed Royce, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to House Speaker John Boehner on Friday and asked that he invite Modi to address a joint session of the House and Senate during his trip. Read more 

#3 Costa Rica stun Italy to oust England; crushing win for France in FIFA world cup
Costa Rica produced yet another inspirational performance shocking a fancied Italy 1-0 thereby booking a last 16 berth and also ensuring England's ouster from the World Cup here yesterday. It was a French masterclass on display as the Les Bleus outclassed Switzerland 5-2 in a group E clash to almost book a ticket for the pre-quarterfinals. Read also 

#4 Congress top brass, not NCP will decide who should be chief minister: Prithviraj Chavan
​Ridiculing media reports about his impending dismissal as chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said that it was not the NCP but the Congress leadership which would decide who should be the state's CM. His comments a day after NCP President Sharad Pawar met top Congress leaders including Ahmed Patel and A K Antony, sparking intense speculation of a possible change of guard. Read more 

#5 Shiv Sena backs Centre's directive on use of Hindi on social media​
After the Narendra Modi-led government's directive to ministries over the use of Hindi on social media sites led to a furore, Shiv Sena has come out in support of its ally. The move had raised the hackles of DMK and AIADMK.​ Read more 

#6 Anti Corruption Bureau traps 683 government officials in 5 months​
From (govt) transfers, college admissions, helping establishments evade sales tax, sanctioning loans, helping an accused to go scot-free, to manipulating legal evidences and creating forged (property) documents, corruption, one of the biggest evils of the society, has clearly seeped through all segments. The state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), in a record-breaking feat, arrested 683 govt officials through 500 traps in the first five months this year.​ Read more 

# 7 Shashi Tharoor's plan to safely bring back Indian from Iraq
Thiruvananthapuram MP and former minister of state in the ministry of external affairs, Shashi Tharoor, told dna that to safely bring back Indian from Iraq, the NDA government should take some urgent steps. Read on


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