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Former female rebel arrested in Sri Lanka

Colombo, March 3 (IANS) Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a former top female Tamil Tigers leader who headed a naval unit of the rebels, officials said on Tuesday. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said women's wing leader Murugesu Bairahi was arrested at Colombo's main international airport while she was about to leave the country, Xinhua news agency reported. Rohana said the Terror...

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Netanyahu slams 'a very bad deal' with Iran

Washington, March 3 (IANS) In a defiant speech before a joint session of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday slammed the deal the US and its allies are negotiating with Iran over its nuclear programme as very bad. This is a bad deal a very bad deal. We're better off without it, he said, directly challenging President Barack Obama's argument that a diplomatic ac...

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Lok Sabha passes changes to Mines and Minerals Act

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, seeking to introduce the system of auction of mines to enhance transparency in mineral allocations was passed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The bill, which will replace an ordinance promulgated in January, was passed amidst vociferous protests by opposition members from the Trinamool Congress, ...

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Andhra forms women's empowerment corporation

Hyderabad, March 3 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday constituted a women's empowerment corporation as part of its efforts to eliminate poverty and improve the human development index of the state. The Andhra Pradesh Mahila Sadhikara Samithi (APMSS), as the corporation will be known, will work on programmes, schemes and activities for poverty elimination in both rural and ur...

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Netanyahu calls for rejection of n-deal with Iran

Washington, March 3 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday gave a call for rejection of a bad nuclear deal with Iran, insisting such an accord would allow the Islamic republic to develop nuclear bombs. We are better off without a bad deal with Iran, the Israeli leader told a joint session of the US Congress in a move that has further strained his tense relationship w...

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Telangana constitutes panel for Muslim reservation

Hyderabad, March 3 (IANS) The Telangana government on Tuesday constituted a commission to study the socio-economic and educational status of Muslims in the state and recommend increase in the quantum of reservation for the community. Muslims in Telangana currently enjoy four percent reservation in education and employment. The commission has been constituted by Telangana Rashtra ...

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Terrorist in FBI's list arrested in Somalia

Mogadishu, March 3 (IANS) One of the most wanted terrorists on the list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been arrested in Somalia, the country's intelligence agency said on Tuesday. Liban Haji Mohamed, a Somali-born US citizen and former taxi driver in Washington, was captured while he was travelling from the Somalian city of Juba to its capital Mogadishu, Xinhua reported...

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I&B ministry asks channels not to air BBC documentary

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) The information and broadcasting ministry on Tuesday asked news channels not to air the BBC documentary carrying an interview of one of those convicted in the December 16, 2012 gang rape. The ministry has asked the channels not to air the documentary India's daughter by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, sources told IANS. The documentary includes an interv...

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Due process to be followed to arrest Khaleda Zia: Awami League

Dhaka, March 3 (IANS) Bangladesh's ruling party Awami League on Tuesday said proper legal procedure will be followed for the arrest of former prime minister Khaleda Zia. Party spokesperson Mahbub-Ul Alam Hanif, who is also the joint general secretary, said in a programme in Chandpur district that they expected law enforcers to complete due process and arrest her at the appropriate time,...

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Eight Congress MLAs suspended from Rajasthan assembly

Jaipur, March 3 (IANS) The Rajasthan assembly on Tuesday witnessed uproarious scenes on the issue of baton charge on Congress workers while they were protesting the new land acquisition bill, following which eight Congress MLAs were suspended. Speaker Kailash Meghwal suspended nine opposition MLAs -- eight from the Congress and one independent MLA - for rest of the budget session of the ...

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BBC interview of December 16 rapist kicks up storm

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) A BBC documentary carrying an interview with Mukesh Singh, one of those convicted in the December 16, 2012 gang rape, justifying the brutality of the crime, triggered a furore on Tuesday as Delhi Police said it will move court against its airing and registered a case. The dead victim's parents reiterated their demand for hanging the rapists even as protesting wo...

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Delhi government to revamp anti-corruption helpline

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) The AAP government in Delhi on Tuesday decided to revamp its anti-corruption helpline, which was launched during its earlier 49-day stint. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the decision was taken at a cabinet meeting held at the Delhi Secretariat. We will revamp the anti-corruption helpline. The operators of the helpline will undergo a 15-day tra...

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Akali Dal to oppose land acquisition without farmers' consent

Chandigarh, March 3 (IANS) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday said it will oppose any move by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government which will seek to allow land acquisition without the consent of farmers or landowners. The Akali Dal, a partner in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, adopted a resolution in this regard during its core committee meet conv...

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Swine flu toll in Rajasthan now 286

Jaipur, March 3 (IANS) The toll due to swine flu in Rajasthan touched 286 on Tuesday, health officials said. The number of positive cases have started to slow down. The total positive cases as of today (March 3) was 5,782 from January 1. Only 67 new positive cases were reported from across the state today (Tuesday), a health department official said. Nine deaths were reported on ...

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Chinese team scouts for business with India

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) A visiting delegation from China's Tianjin region, located near Beijing, is exploring opportunities to do business with Indian firms in diverse sectors. We want to strengthen cooperation with India by participating in each other's trade fairs and exchanging delegations, Li Fuming, a senior official of the delegation, said at a symposium on India-China trade and ...

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Syed Mushtaq Ali T20: Kanishk Seth, Amit Kulia in Bengal squad

Kolkata, March 3 (IANS) The uncapped duo of left-arm pacer Kanishk Seth and Amit Kulia were brought into the 15-member Bengal squad on Tuesday for the upcoming East Zone leg of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 cricket tournament to be staged in Cuttack, Odisha. However, veteran fast bowler Ashok Dinda was rested for the tournament. The 2010-11 champions will take on Assam to begin t...

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India flags concerns over cross-border terror, 26/11 trial with Pakistan

Islamabad, March 3 (IANS) India on Tuesday flagged its concerns over cross-border terrorism and the slow-moving Mumbai terror attack trial to Pakistan as Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar met his Pakistani counterpart here. In talks that Jaishankar said were held in a constructive and positive atmosphere, both countries agreed that maintaining peace and tranquillity on the border w...

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BSF recovers 10 kg heroin in Punjab

Chandigarh, March 3 (IANS) Border Security Force (BSF) troopers recovered 10 kg of heroin along the India-Pakistan border in the Amritsar sector, a BSF spokesman said on Tuesday. He said that the heroin, in 10 packets, was found near Border out Post (BoP) Tota in Amritsar sector, 280 km from here. The packets were buried in fields before the electrified fence along the border.<...

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National electoral roll purification programme launched

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday launched the National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP) to create a totally error-free and authenticated electoral roll. During the programme, the data of voters will be linked with Aadhar for the purpose of authentication. The NERPAP will focus on improving the image quality of ele...

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Modi hints at changes in land bill, denounces Sayeed remarks

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) On a day he again took on the opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to meet farmers' concerns over issues of land and distanced himself from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's comments on state elections that triggered a huge row. Modi was at his aggressive best as he attacked the Congress, the Left and the opposition in the Rajy...

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