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Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 1:02pm IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk

#1 Rail Fare Hike: Congress, Left parties demand rollback, even as BJP defends hike
In an unpopular decision, railway passenger fare was on Friday increased by 14.2% in all classes while freight charge was hiked by 6.5% with effect from Friday. The decision of the Railways on Friday restores an announcement of May 16, the day Lok Sabha election results came, when the same hike was effected but immediately put on hold. The Railways had then issued a notification effecting hike in passenger fare by 14.2% across the board and freight charges by 6.5% from May 20. This was followed up with an official press release. The May 16 fare hike decision, which had raised eyebrows as it came in the midst of Lok Sabha election results, led to a scurry of activities in Rail Bhawan on that day and the Railway Board went into a huddle to discuss its fallout. Read more

#2 Face Off at Campa Cola: BMC officials reach Compound, people block entrance; Police complaint lodged against residents
In face of increasing resistance to eviction from Campa Cola compound residents, the civic body here has filed a police complaint against those preventing officials from implementing the Supreme Court order even as its team has decided to try again to convince the occupants to leave the illegal flats today before opting for use of force. Read more

#3 Congress top brass, not NCP will decide who should be CM: 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 

#4 Finance ministry for deferring Food Security Act, selling Air India
The finance ministry's strategy to pull the country out of gloomy fiscal situation seems to be deferring mega liabilities and creating new resource mobilisation avenues. In effect, the Arun Jaitley-led finance ministry plans to defer the UPA's Food Security Act till the fiscal situation improves, and is also looking at additional resource mobilisation by selling off Air India, sick PSUs, and divesting stake in other public sector companies. Read more

#5 Iraq Crisis: First exclusive videos and pictures of kidnapped Indians in Iraq
Forty Indian nationals, mostly construction workers hailing from northern India, are also currently trapped in Iraq, abducted by the jihadist militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant​ (ISIL, or ISIS). The Indian government is concentrating all its efforts in order to ensure the rescue of the abducted Indians as well as the safe return of all its other citizens from the war-torn country. Watch video here


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