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Minor raped by step-father in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) A 10-year-old girl was raped by her step-father at her home here, police said Thursday. The accused has been arrested. Police said the complaint was lodged at Timarpur police station in north Delhi, after the victim informed her school teacher Thursday morning. The girl told police that her step father, who is a labourer, raped her in the absence of her m...

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Sujatha Singh's farewell note stresses on MEA's 'institutional strength'

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Sujatha Singh, whose service as foreign secretary was curtailed seven months before her two-year term was to end, in her farewell letter to colleagues stressed on the institutional strength of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) and that no individual is larger than the institution. In a letter dated Jan 28 (Wednesday), she said she is seeking early retirement...

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Don't act mechanically with child trafficking, SC tells government

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday pulled up the central government for acting mechanically in forwarding to it the information furnished by the state governments on the steps taken by them for eradicating child trafficking without examining it. It can't be a mechanical thing. You are not a post office, said a bench of Justice Anil R. Dave, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Jus...

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Seven killed in Mexico gas explosion

Mexico City, Jan 29 (IANS) At least seven people, including four children, were killed when a gas explosion ripped through a government hospital here Thursday, a media report said. More than 50 people were injured, among them 22 children, CNN quoted Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera as saying. Besides, an unknown number of people were trapped inside the building, according to the ma...

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NGT refuses to revoke ban on Meghalaya rat-hole mining

Shillong, Jan 29 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Thursday did not revoke its interim ban on rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya, but extended the validity of royalty payment and transportation of extracted coal kept in the open. The tribunal's special circuit bench, eastern zone, comprising of Justice U.D. Salvi and expert member Ranjan Chatterjee also directed the Meghalaya gover...

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Jaishankar takes over as foreign secretary, Sushma says was in loop

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) S. Jaishankar, India's envoy to the US who was seen as having played a catalytic role in the turnaround in bilateral ties, Thursday assumed charge as foreign secretary, a day after the government in a late-night announcement curtailed the two-year tenure of incumbent Sujatha Singh seven months before her term was to end. Jaishankar, who took charge in the morning...

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Two Uttar Pradesh legislators unseated

Lucknow, Jan 29 (IANS) Two legislators in Uttar Pradesh were disqualified as members of the state assembly Thursday by Governor Ram Naik for their illegal acts, including taking government contracts while in office, an official said. Legislators are Bajrang Bahadur of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Uma Shankar Singh of the Bahujan Samaj Party. The Lokayukta had recommended termin...

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Pakistan shelling in Jammu district, three civilians injured

Jammu, Jan 29 (IANS) Three people were injured Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu district following heavy shelling by Pakistan Rangers on the international border, police said. The Border Security Force retaliated to the firing. Pakistan Rangers used mortars to target civilian habitations in R.S. Pura and Arnia areas of Jammu district Thursday evening. Three people indentified as Bho...

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Vasanthakumar new chief justice of Kashmir

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Justice Narayanan Nadar Paul Vasanthakumar of the Madras High Court has been appointed the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, it was announced Thursday. President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Justice Narayanan Nadar Paul Vasanthakumar as the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, an official statement said here. The appointme...

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NGT seeks more information about tanneries on Ganga banks before ruling

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal Thursday sought more clarification on key issues before deciding the fate of about 700 Kanpur-based tanneries on the banks of river Ganga, termed as highest sources of pollution in one of its earlier observations. The bench, chaired by Justice (retd.) Swatanter Kumar, Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam Board, UP Pollution C...

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Pune FC beat Shillong Lajong 5-2 in I-League

Pune, Jan 29 (IANS) Striker Thongkhosiem Haokip scored the first hat-trick of the 2014-15 I-League as Pune FC trampled Shillong Lajong 5-2 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here Thursday. Japansese midfielder Ryuji Sueoka and Montenegrin striker Darko Nikac scored the other two goals for the home side while Durga Boro and Trinidadian forward Cornell Glen reduced the deficit fo...

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Rahul attacks Modi over costly suits

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to bring back black money stashed aboard and wearing costly, personalised fabric suits. He (Modi) said he would bring back black money stashed abroad and deposit Rs.15 lakh in the bank accounts of each one of us. But did you get any Rs.15 lakh? He has money to wear s...

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Indian woman dies in Oman accident

Dubai, Jan 29 (IANS) An Indian woman died and three people were seriously injured when the car they were travelling in hit an electric pole in Oman's Sur city, a media report said Thursday. Khadeeja died of burn injuries in the accident near Ras Al Hadd Wednesday. The driver of the car, a woman co-passenger and Khadeeja's son were battling for life in hospital, Times of Oman reported.

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Over 50 countries to participate in BioAsia 2015

Hyderabad, Jan 29 (IANS) Over 50 countries will participate in BioAsia 2015, the annual international life sciences conference scheduled here Feb 2-4. Over 100 speakers at 40 sessions will speak during the event whose theme is 'New era of life sciences - opportunities in transition'. BioAsia provides an opportunity to explore business partnerships between the industry and academi...

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Muslim woman editor arrested for reprinting 'Charlie Hebdo' cartoons

Thane (Maharashtra), Jan 29 (IANS) The woman editor of an Urdu daily was arrested for reprinting a controversial cartoon of Prophet Mohammed which was first published by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo but later released on bail, police said Thursday. Shirin Dalvi, the editor of Avadhnama, was arrested by Mumbra Police Wednesday and produced before a magistrate who granted her bail. <...

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Bollywood myths help Indian stalker escape conviction

Sydney, Jan 29 (IANS) An Indian stalker's excuse that Bollywood films encouraged him to excessively approach women helped him avoid conviction in the Australian island state of Tasmania, a media report said Thursday. A judge in the Tasmania capital Hobart took into account the cultural background of 32-year-old Sandesh Baliga and let him go with a restraining order, Australian Broadcasti...

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17th century cannon found in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 29 (IANS) A cannon dating to the 17th century and believed to have been used by the forces of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb during the attack on Golconda Fort here has been recovered here, police said. The six-feet-long cannon was found by a person during digging work at Nayapul near Musi River in the old city of Hyderabad. Acting on a tip-off, police recovered the antique from...

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Pushkar's son called for questioning

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Sunanda Pushkar's son from her previous marriage has been called for questioning in connection with her murder, police said Wednesday. Shiv Menon, who lives abroad, is Pushkar's son from her previous husband. We have asked Pushkar's son to join in the probe, said Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi. A team of Delhi Police probing the murder has q...

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Cut in passenger fares unlikely in rail budget, hints Prabhu

Bengaluru, Jan 29 (IANS) Reduction in passenger fares is unlikely in the ensuing railway budget for 2015-16 despite sharp fall in diesel price, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu hinted Thursday. We recover only 50 percent of the passenger cost from the fares, in which there is already a huge element of subsidy, benefitting them (passengers), Prabhu told reporters on the margins of a railway...

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GNLF chief Subhas Ghising dead

New Delhi/Siliguri, 29 Jan (IANS) Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) chief Subash Ghising, who gave birth to the Gorkhaland movement, Thursday passed away at a hospital in New Delhi following prolonged illness. He was 79. Ghising was undergoing treatment at Sir Gangaram Hospital. He died this afternoon (Thursday). His body will be taken to Siliguri (in West Bengal) for the final rit...

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