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India remained positive, proactive in Lima: Javadekar

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India was positive and proactive in its approach to climate change negotiations that were concluded in Lima last week, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday. Unveiling a publication on climate change adaptation, he said in view of India's insistence in Lima on promoting adaptability as a measure to combat the global scourge, the publication was tim...

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Commuters left stranded as Kolkata taxis go on strike

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) Commuters were left in a lurch again Friday with trade unions calling a 24-hour taxi strike - the ninth since August - to press for a fare hike and to protest police excesses. Unions have hinted at another strike Jan 6. Commuters were stranded and harried as taxis stayed off the roads again following the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India Trade Unio...

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Rajesh Khanna a remarkable person: Salman Khurshid

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid Friday termed the late Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna a remarkable person whom he had tried to emulate. Unveiling Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India's First Superstar, a biography penned by journalist Yasser Usman, Khurshid said that he had the privilege of knowing the actor personally. I knew him ...

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Pakistan to set up military courts for terror trials

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Asif Friday said that military courts were being established for trials of terrorism related cases, media reported. Asif said carrying out of death penalty against terrorists would begin soon, adding that the government had consciously decided to lift moratorium on capital punishment, Dawn online reported. He said that the...

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China investigates executive of Nissan joint venture

Beijing, Dec 19 (IANS) China's corruption watchdog Friday opened an investigation against an executive of the state-owned Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DMC). The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party of China said in a statement that Ren Yong, assistant general manager of Dongfeng, is suspected of serious law and discipline violations. Ren ...

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Ukrainian president announces major police reform

Kiev, Dec 19 (IANS) Ukraine will carry out a major reform of its law enforcement agencies to improve their effectiveness and ensure the country's security, President Petro Poroshenko said here Friday. I have initiated perhaps the most ambitious law enforcement reform in the history of Ukraine, Xinhua quoted Poroshenko as saying during a ceremony in preparation for the upcoming Day of U...

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Home ministry asks schools to follow SOP in terror attack

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) In the wake of the terrorist attack at an army-run school in Pakistan, the union home ministry has asked schools in India to follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued in 2010 for dealing with any terrorist attack, an official said Friday. The SOP was issued to all the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). In th...

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India outraged over bail to Mumbai terror mastermind

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India was outraged Friday over a Pakistani court's decision to give bail to the Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing shock in parliament. But even as the Pakistani government, after widespread flak, said Lakhvi had been detained anew under the Maintenance of Public Order in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, In...

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ISL final will be biggest game in India yet: David James

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Former England goalkeeper and head coach of Kerala Blasters FC David James has described the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) to be played Saturday to be the biggest ever game in India yet. The Blasters would be facing Atletico de Kolkata for the title here at DY Patil Stadium after the Kerala outfit made it to the final by beating Chennayin FC 4-3 on aggregat...

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Grants to 500 Goans to attend Sri Lanka canonisation ceremony

Panaji, Dec 19 (IANS) Five hundred Goans will be granted financial assistance of Rs.12,000 each for a trip to Sri Lanka for the canonisation ceremony of Blessed Joseph Vaz early next year, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Friday. Parsekar was speaking during a ceremony held on the state's 54th Liberation Day here. The ceremony marked Goa's liberation from 451 years of Portuguese ru...

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Bill to amend Electricity Act tabled in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Within days of cabinet approval, the government Friday tabled in the Lok Sabha amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003, designed to bring in the much needed second phase of reforms in the power sector. The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014 will promote competition, efficiency, and improvement in the supply of electricity in the country resulting in capacity add...

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67-year-old man rapes minor in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) A 67-year-old man raped a Class II student living in his neighbourhood while she was returning from school, police said Friday. Police said the accused has been arrested. The girl was returning from her school in central Delhi's Turkman Gate area Thursday noon. The accused lured her to his house and raped her. The girl returned home weeping and to...

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54 Indian soldiers believed to be in Pakistani jails: Parrikar

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) At least 54 missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars are believed to be in custody in Pakistan, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told parliament Friday. However, Pakistan does not acknowledge the presence of any such personnel. Fifty four (54) missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars, including one from Border Security Force, are believed t...

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Naidu asks Reliance to launch 4G services from April

Hyderabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Friday asked Reliance to roll out 4G services in the state by April next year. He announced that the 4G services will be rolled out in three phases. The first phase will cover all municipalities. He asked the company to ensure that the services begin by April 1, 2015. The chief minister also directed the ...

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India attaches highest importance to Bangladesh: President

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Friday said India attached highest importance to bilateral relations with Bangladesh, an official statement by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. Receiving his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid in the Rashtrapati Bhavan here, Mukherjee welcomed him and complimented him for his role in the consolidation of bilateral relations. India a...

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Modi greets Jews on Hanukkah, impresses Netanyahu

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday wished the Jewish community on the occasion of Hanukkah. Wishing my Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah! May this Festival of Lights and the festive season ring in peace, hope and well-being for all, Modi said in a tweet. The prime minister also tweeted the wishes in Hebrew in another tweet. An impressed Israeli Pri...

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Jadavpur students advised against convocation boycott

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee Friday urged students of Jadavpur University not to boycott the annual convocation scheduled Dec 24. Chatterjee's plea came a day after Governor and Chancellor K.N. Tripathi warned the students against going ahead with the boycott which they have called to press their demand to remove vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakraba...

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GDP likely to grow 5.5 percent in 2015: Mid-year review

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India's economy is likely to grow at around 5.5 percent in the current fiscal year, the finance ministry said in mid-year review tabled in parliament Friday. It projected that a 7-8 percent economic growth was reachable in the coming years and said inflation has fallen dramatically, while declining oil prices will help in containing the current account deficit...

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Centre to hold meeting of NE chief ministers on terror: Rijiju

Shillong, Dec 19 (IANS) The central government would soon hold a meeting with all chief ministers of the eight northeastern states to discuss the security threat by jihadi groups, union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijju said here Friday. The issue (security threat) is serious and a meeting with chief ministers of the states from the (northeast) region will be convened soon to discus...

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Trinamool complains to Bengal governor over CBI Saradha probe

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) On a day when West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra was sent to judicial custody in the Saradha scam, five of his ministerial colleagues met Governor K.N. Tripathi complaining against the CBI investigation that was aimed only at the ruling party. Submitting a memorandum to Tripathi, the delegation led by Education Minister Partha Chatterjee also questioned Mit...

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