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Rape of foreign nationals brings bad name to India: Court

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Incidents of raping foreign nationals has brought a very bad name to India , a court here has said while sentencing two men to 30 years imprisonment for kidnapping raping a Ugandan woman. By choosing a foreign national as their target, they have shown that they do not care even for the respect and dignity of our country, said Additional Sessions Judge Virender ...

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Mobile operators contest DoT's tariff math post-auction

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Mobile operators and telecom equipment makers on Tuesday contested the Department of Telecom's (DoT) calculation on the impact of the recent spectrum (airwaves) auction on tariff. We will be happy to understand the government's calculation on the impact of the spectrum auction and the increased financial burden on the industry if tariffs are not increased in pr...

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Officials summoned over encroachments in Shimla

Shimla, March 31 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed the principal secretary for urban development and the Shimla municipal commissioner to appear before it on May 12 regarding encroachments in the state capital. A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed the order on a petition taken up suo motu as a public interest...

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Three killed in militant attack in Manipur

Imphal, March 31 (IANS) At least three people were killed and two others injured in a militant attack on a village in Manipur on Tuesday, police said. Heavily armed guerrillas attacked the people, killing three on the spot, in Ukhrul district bordering Myanmar. Two others were injured in the attack, a police official said. The militants attacked the village when paramilitary forc...

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Learning Kannada to be mandatory in Karnataka schools

Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) Learning Kannada language will be mandatory in schools across Karnataka from the ensuing academic year if bills adopted in the legislative assembly on Tuesday get the president's assent by May. State Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar moved the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education bill and the Kannada Language Learning bill ...

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India to sign international agreement on dry ports

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The union cabinet on Tuesday gave the nod to the signing and ratifying of an inter-governmental agreement on dry ports that will facilitate and expand international goods transport. The decision was taken by the union cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The approval was given for signing and ratifying of the inter-governmenta...

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Andhra seeks help to trace mountaineer missing in South America

Hyderabad, March 31 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government has sought help from Indian embassies in Argentina and Chile to trace ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu missing for last one week. The chief secretary, in a message to the Indian embassies and also ministry of overseas Indian affairs on Tuesday, informed that Malli is missing since March 24 while climbing a mountain in Chile.

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Private sector company's definition changed for funding scheme

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The union cabinet on Tuesday aligned the definition of the term private sector company to that in the guidelines for the Viability Gap Funding Scheme (VGF Scheme) for PPP projects. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the change in definition in the guidelines for financial support to infrastructure public...

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Core industries' February output growth falls to 1.4 percent

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) India's core industries output growth slowed to a four-month low of 1.4 percent in February, on the back of a contraction in the production of steel, fertilisers and refinery products, government data showed on Tuesday. The eight core industries' had expanded by 6.1 percent in February 2014. The growth was 1.8 percent in January 2015. The infrastructur...

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Rs.4,948 crore budgetary support to oil cavern programme

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Tuesday approved allocation of Rs.4,948 crore for gross budgetary support (GBS) to the scheme for the Indian Strategic Storage Programme for Storage of Crude Oil (ISSPSCO). ISSPSCO involves construction of three crude oil reserves totalling 5.33 Metric Million Tonnes to meet the nation's energy security needs...

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Old Brazilian currency seized, 12 arrested in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, March 31 (IANS) Twelve people were arrested here on Tuesday while trying to exchange Brazil's outdated currency notes, police said. Police seized nine lakh notes of Cruzeiro, which was equivalent to over Rs.2 crore. Sleuths of the Commissioner's Task Force, Central Zone Team also recovered three motorcycles and 12 mobile phones from their possession. Cruzeiro w...

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New Motor Vehicle Act for safe driving on anvil: Gadkari

Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) The central government would soon enact a new Motor Vehicle Act, replacing the 1998 law, for road safety, union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday. We will introduce a bill in parliament when the budget session resumes in April third week to replace the 1998 MV Act, which is bad in law and deserves to be thrown out, Gadkari said ...

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India intensifies pull-out of nationals from Yemen; naval ship in Aden

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) India on Tuesday intensified efforts to pull out its around 4,000 nationals from Yemen, deploying aircraft and at least five ships, even as the Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes against the Shia Houthi rebels entered the sixth day. Indian Navy ship INS Sumitra docked at the Aden harbour on Tuesday night to evacuate the first batch of stranded Indians to Djibouti from...

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Rajnath bats for LBA, Mamata frowns on border visit

Siliguri/Tin Bigha (West Bengal), March 31 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday batted for ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh on humanitarian grounds, as he assessed the situation at the frontier and visited border enclaves in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. On day one of his two-day trip to the eastern state, he said he was ready to talk to i...

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Rajasthan to set up panel to search for missing tigers

Jaipur, March 31 (IANS) Rajasthan will set up a monitoring committee to search for missing tigers in the Ranthambore tiger reserve, a minister said on Tuesday. Replying to an issue raised by Kirori Lal Meena of the National Peoples Party during Zero Hour in the assembly, Minister of State for Mines and Wildlife Rajkumar Rinwa said the state government would also set up a cell to monitor ...

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Smriti stresses need for women's empowerment

Ghaziabad, March 31 (IANS) Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday stressed the need for women's empowerment, and said girls can continue their education even after marriage. At a function organised at the CISF Reserve Battalion Campus in Ghaziabad, the minister recollected her visit to Punjab where she presented degrees to girls. She said she asked a st...

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Harika exits World Women's Chess Championship

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) Indian chess Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli exited the World Women's Chess Championship on Tuesday, losing the crucial semi-final tie-breaker to Ukraine Woman GM (WGM) Mariya Muzychuk. The tie-breaker scores stood at 3.5-2.5 in favour of Muzychuk. In the final, Muzychuk would face Russian WGM Natalija Pogonina who defeated Swedish GM Pia Cramling in anothe...

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Cabinet nod for quality education in homeopathy

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The union cabinet on Tuesday approved a new provision to ensure that homeopathy education is made available only by colleges equipped to guarantee quality. The decision was taken by the union cabinet at a meeting here under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The amendment to the Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973, will make provisions ...

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Cabinet nod for pooling imported, domestic gas prices for urea

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Tuesday approved the supply of gas at uniform delivered price through a pooling mechanism for 30 urea manufacturing units in the country. Calling it a historic moment for farmers, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced the decision which would allow sale of gas at a composite price arrived at by poolin...

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Iraqi forces free Tikrit from IS militants

Baghdad, March 31 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday announced that security forces have freed Salahudin's provincial capital city of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) after days of heavy clashes with the radical group. The Iraqi forces have entered downtown Tikrit before a short time and have raised the Iraqi flag on its provincial government building, Abadi said in ...

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