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News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Srishty Choudhury | Updated on: 01 Feb 2019, 07:07:12 PM
Latest news on February 1, 2019.

New Delhi:

Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal will present the Interim Budget at 11 am today. This will be the last Budget of the Narendra Mosi government before the country goes to polls. Political pundits say that this is going to be a 'populist' Budget keeping in mind the general elections due this year. Income tax concessions for individuals, a farm relief package, support for small businesses and possible populist spending measures may be part of the Budget that Finance Minister Piyush Goyal will present Friday as the government makes a last-ditch attempt to woo voters ahead of the general elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government's sixth and final budget before the polls due by May is supposed to be an interim budget or a Vote on Account. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed selection committee will meet in the evening to decide on the CBI director, which is working without its regular chief. Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido says family threatened by Nicolas Maduro agents.

"I welcome tax benefits for middle and lower income groups. I welcome direct benefit transfer to both small and marginal farmers on lines of our KALIA Scheme. However, it would've benefitted farmers more if quantum of assistance is equal or more than KALIA Scheme," CM Naveen Patnaik.

Delhi's Patiala house court reserves order in businessman Moin Qureshi's application to travel abroad. He had filed an application to travel to Dubai and Pakistan. CBI and ED both opposed the application.

Fire breaks out near passenger waiting room at Bhubaneshwar railway station, no casualties reported.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation: Minor delay in services from Yamuna Bank towards Vaishali and Noida City Centre. Normal service on all other lines.

Snow clearing operations underway in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir.

Andhra Pradesh: Jayaram Chigurupati, Director Coastal Bank and MD, Express TV (a Telugu channel) was found dead in a car late last night, on National Highway-65 near Nandigama Mandal, Krishna District. Police are probing the incident.

Himachal Pradesh: Visuals of fresh snowfall from Nawar valley in Tikkar area of Shimla district.

Pernem PI S Chodankar: We've arrested two accused in connection with a blast at a cement block manufacturing factory at the Tuem Industrial Estate on January 12. Both the accused have been granted bail. A case has been registered against the owner and management of the factory in Goa.

Uttarakhand: Gangotri highway shut at Songarh, Dharali and Jhala in Uttarkashi district due to heavy snowfall in the region. BRO and district administration are conducting snow clearing operation; Visual of heavy snowfall from Songarh.

Andhra Pradesh: Congress & CPI take part in day-long statewide bandh called by AP Pratyeka Hoda Sadhana Samithi for special category status for the state; Visuals from Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam:

Delhi: Eleven trains are running late due to fog and low visibility.

Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj has become the first woman to play 200 ODIs.

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First Published : 01 Feb 2019, 07:43:13 AM