Morning news 30 april 2016

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1. Allaying fears about Jammu losing focus due to direct
train services to the holy town of Katra, Chief Minister
Mehbooba Mufti has promised to take effective steps in
positioning the winter capital as an independent tourist
destination.
2. The government last night rebutted allegations that Prime
Minister Narendra Modi had struck a deal with Italy on
AgustaWestland case and said the central issue was
corruption and any other effort to divert from it was
"misleading".
3. Describing bridges as a key component of rural
infrastructure, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti promised to
break new ground in removing distances for people living in
remote and inaccessible areas of the state.
4. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it is
committed to the growth of J&K as a single unit and late
Mufti Mohd Sayeed's vision of poverty alleviation, regional
balance and ethnic brotherhood will remain as guiding
agenda.
5. Fourteen soldiers lost their lives while serving in Siachen
Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world, just in last four
months, a number which is more than the deaths that
occurred during each of the last three previous years.
6. Four Women’s Police Stations recently created by the
Government would function from May 15th 2016. These police
stations would be set up at Anantnag, Baramulla, Rajouri
and Udhampur.
7. BJP and Congress have launched a privilege war in
Parliament as Amit Shah attacked Sonia Gandhi again asking
her to explain a "number of relaxations" given to tainted
chopper manufacturer AugustaWestland that he said
"compromised" nation's interests.
8. The government has decided that savings of employees
accumulated in provident funds will draw an interest rate of
8.8 per cent for the year 2015-16, higher than what it
declared just days ago.

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