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Union minister Danve resigns

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Union minister Raosaheb Dadarao Danve on Thursday resigned from the council of ministers, Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a statement. President Pranab Mukherjee, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted the resignation of Danve with immediate effect, the statement said. Danve was the minister of state for consumer affairs, food and public dis...

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British teacher jailed for IS link

London, March 5 (IANS) A British high school teacher has been sentenced to six years in prison for his plans to fight alongside the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. Jamshed Javeed, 30, a former chemistry teacher at Sharples High School in Bolton, quit his job to take part in jihad despite opposition from his family, according to a local court. ...

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Ukraine expands army over security threats

Kiev, March 5 (IANS) Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved a bill to expand the country's army to 250,000, the parliamentary press service said. A 2012 law had allowed to keep a maximum of 184,000 troops in the armed forces. The bill, submitted by President Petro Poroshenko and requiring at least 226 votes to get approved, was supported by 270 lawmakers, Xinhua news agency re...

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UN calls for gender equality ahead of International Women's Day

Geneva, March 5 (IANS) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday appealed to women worldwide to participate in all discussions of strategic responses to violence, discrimination, and deprivation of all kinds. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Programme of Action. States can seize this opportunity to go beyond lip-service and...

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Delhi mortuary abandons unclaimed bodies after police inaction

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Officials of Delhi's Subji Mandi mortuary abandoned over 25 unclaimed bodies and kept them outside its premises as police were not taking the bodies back for the last rites for over a month. According to an official, the bodies were brought to the Subji Mandi mortuary, under the Delhi government's Aruna Asaf Ali hospital, for post-mortem examination but were not...

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New round of Iran n-talks begins in Switzerland

Geneva, March 5 (IANS) Diplomats from Iran and the P5+1 countries - the US, China, Russia, France and Britain, plus Germany - on Thursday gathered around the negotiation table in the Swiss town of Montreux for another round of talks to find a final and comprehensive deal on Iran's nuclear programme. A source close to the negotiators said there is hope that a deal will be made, though US ...

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Pakistani lawmaker celebrates Holi amid Senate polls

Islamabad, March 5 (IANS) Ramesh Kumar, a minority member of Pakistan's National Assembly, celebrated Holi on Thursday while casting his vote for the Senate elections, media reported. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) minority member of the National Assembly from Tharparker in Sindh province arrived at the National Assembly with sweetmeats and Holi colours, ARY news reported. <...

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16 swine flu deaths in two Delhi hospitals; official toll is two

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Two government hospitals in Delhi - Safdarjung Hospital and LNJP Hospital - have reported 16 swine flu deaths this year, top officials said Thursday, contradicting the figure of one death in each hospital given by the union health ministry. However, the health ministry clarified that its figures on swine flu deaths in Delhi were based on official reports.

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'In-Residence' programme for writers, artists begins on March 7

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The In-Residence programme for 2015 for writers and artists will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan from March 7 to 21, an official statement said on Thursday. The writers selected for the programme are Vikram Sampath and Gayatribala Panda and the artists are Rajesh P. Kargutkar, a painter from Mumbai, and Haobam Sanaton Singh, a painter from Manipur. During ...

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Government serves legal notice to BBC over documentary

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The government on Thursday served legal notice to BBC for the controversial documentary on the December 16, 2012 gang rape, saying the broadcaster violated the contract on various fronts. A legal notice has been served to the BBC. The notice says that they (BBC) had violated the contract on various fronts, a home ministry official told IANS. They were su...

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Saina enters All England quarters

Birmingham, March 5 (IANS) Ace Indian Saina Nehwal entered the women's singles quarter-finals of the $500,000 All England Open Badminton Championships by virtue of a straight games win at the Barclaycard Arena here on Thursday. The third seed needed only 46 minutes to ease past South Korean Kim Hyo Min 21-15, 21-15 in their first career meeting and in the Super Series Premier event of th...

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Trinamool MP Tapas Paul assures cooperation with CBI

Kolkata, March 5 (IANS) A day after his house was raided by the CBI in connection with a chit fund case, Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member Tapas Paul on Thursday assured of cooperating with the agency if he was summoned. I was in Delhi when they raided. But they (CBI) are doing their investigation in a very courteous manner. If they call me, I will definitely go. They are honourable pe...

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CBI books former Andhra MP for cheating bank

Hyderabad, March 5 (IANS) The CBI has registered a case against former parliamentarian and YSR Congress Party leader Kothapalli Subbarayudu for allegedly cheating State Bank of India (SBI) to the tune of Rs.5.73 crore. The central agency also booked the chief manager and three then field officers of the SBI, Narsapur branch in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Subbarayudu...

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YouTube blocks access to BBC documentary, government serves legal notice

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) YouTube on Thursday began blocking access to the controversial BBC documentary on the December 16, 2012 gang rape, citing court orders, while the government served legal notice to the top news channel after it ignored a court's restraining order and aired the documentary carrying an interview with one of the rape convicts. The documentary India's Daughter, by Br...

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Alleged rapist paraded naked, lynched in Nagaland

Dimapur (Nagaland), March 5 (IANS) An alleged rapist, suspected to be an illegal Bangladeshi migrant, was dragged out of the high-security central jail in Nagaland's commercial town of Dimapur by an irate mob, paraded naked and then thrashed to death on Thursday, officials said. At least 10 vehicles were also set ablaze by the unruly mob forcing the authorities to clamp curfew in Dimapur...

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Police approach CERT-In to block BBC documentary from internet

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Delhi Police Thursday approached the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) - a nodal agency which deals with cyber security of the Indian internet domain - to block the documentary made by BBC on the December 16, 2012 rape incident from running on internet. We have approached the CERT-In to take the BBC documentary out from internet portals and video...

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Alleged rapist paraded naked, killed in Nagaland

Dimapur (Nagaland), March 5 (IANS) An alleged rapist, suspected to be an illegal Bangladeshi migrant, was beaten to death on Thursday by a mob which stormed the high-security central jail in Nagaland's commercial town of Dimapur, officials said. At least 10 vehicles were also set ablaze by the unruly mob forcing the authorities to clamp curfew in Dimapur district. Syed Farid Khan...

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Moody's lauds India for new mechanism to tame inflation

Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) Global financial services firm Moody's on Thursday lauded India for setting up a new mechanism to tame inflation through the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The new mechanism targeting inflation will increase predictability of the central bank's monetary policy and the effectiveness of its tools to take future price trends into account, Moody's investors service assoc...

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Toyota India executive heads CII Karnataka council

Bengaluru, March 5 (IANS) Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. vice chairman Satish Vishwanathan was on Thursday elected chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) Karnataka state council for the new fiscal 2015-16. Bharat Fritz Werner (BFW) chief executive Ravi Raghavan will be the vice chairman of the industry's representative body in the state. Election to the top two sta...

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Spectrum auction sees bids of Rs.65,000 crore at end of Day Two

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Day Two of the e-auction of radio frequency spectrum, or airwaves, for telecom services saw bids placed for all the four frequencies on the block, with the eight companies in the fray making an offer for Rs.65,000 crore at the end of the 11th round, the government said on Thursday. The auction of spectrum in 2,100 MHz, 1,800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz Bands re- co...

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