Rail budget: Bansal says ready to talk to NCP

Learning about discontent expressed by several political parties, especially UPA ally NCP, over the rail budget, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said on Wednesday that he would like to hold talks with them to sort out issues.

"I did not quite understand what their (NCP) reason for discontent was. I am ready to talk to them to know the reason," Bansal said. He said he is also open to discussing specific issues with former ally TMC if they are willing to come forward.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar had on Tuesday said at the UPA coordination committee that the government has "totally neglected" the problems faced by 80 lakh commuters in Mumbai and is "not acceptable". Bansal said that since 32 new trains were announced for Maharashtra, he was unable to understand the reason behind dissatisfaction but would be willing to discuss them.

Hyderabad youth held in Jammu

A Hyderabad youth was apprehended by the police at Ramban Wednesday.

Identifying him as Mohammad Salahuddin, son of Mohamamd Safdhar of Fateh Darwaja, Hyderabad, Inspector General of Police (Jammu zone) Dilbagh Singh said that though nothing incriminating has been seized from him, he continues to be a suspect as his statement pertaining to his visit to the state does not appear to be believable. Salahuddin says that he has come to the Valley following his instinct for 'ziarat' (pilgrimage), the IGP said.

He said that the only authentic information about him so far is that his family filed a missing complaint regarding his disappearance with the police on January 26.

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