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Girl shot dead in Bengaluru school hostel, suspect held

Bengaluru, April 1 (IANS) A teenage girl was shot dead at a residential school hostel here allegedly by an office attendant. The suspect has been arrested, police said on Wednesday. The shootout occurred around 10 p.m. Tuesday, when the 41-year-old accused, Mahesh, barged into the hostel room of 17-year-old Gauthami and fired at her from close range with a sophisticated pistol and fled t...

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175 Indians evacuated from Yemen to reach Kochi

New Delhi/Kochi, April 1 (IANS) The first batch of 175 Indians -- 135 from Kerala and 40 from Tamil Nadu -- evacuated from strife-torn Yemen and taken to Djibouti will land at the Kochi airport after midnight, the external affairs ministry and a Kerala minister overseeing the arrival said on Wednesday. Braving the weather with high spirits the Indian nationals evacuated from Aden now in ...

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Giriraj does it again: Remark on Sonia's 'white skin' triggers outrage

New Delhi/Patna, April 1 (IANS) Union Minister Giriraj Singh caused embarrassment to the government and triggered outrage on Wednesday with a racist remark about Congress president Sonia Gandhi's skin colour. The Congress demanded his dismissal, while Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra said he was appalled at the remark which was a reflection of the BJP leader's lack of respect for women. ...

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DD documentary on Mrinal Sen handed over to filmmaker

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) As part of its tribute to India's living legends, Doordarshan has made a documentary on legendary film maker Mrinal Sen, the DVD of which was handed to the nonagenarian movie maker here on Wednesday. Titled Celebrating Mrinal Sen, the four-episode documentary is primarily based on conversations between the maestro and renowned film critic and analyst Sameek Bandyo...

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Togadia banned from entering Bengal, opposition smells electoral compulsion

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) The Mamata Banerjee government on Wednesday issued prohibitory orders banning the entry of VHP international vice president Praveen Togadia in West Bengal, arguing that his presence could lead to communal tension and disturb public tranquillity. The Vishva Hindu Parishad leader, known for his controversial speeches, was slated to take part in a programme in North ...

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Will release funds for EDMC workers' salaries: Sisodia

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The Delhi government has decided to release funds for payment of salaries of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) sanitation workers, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday. We have decided to release the money for the salaries of sanitation workers of east Delhi. Soon they will get their salaries, Sisodia said at a press briefing in the D...

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Modi lauds secretaries for their good work

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appreciated the good work done by the central government secretaries in the past 10 months, an official statement said. Interacting with the secretaries informally at his official residence here, Modi described the assembled officers as one team. The statement said the prime minister especially lauded them for t...

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ED attaches Rs.742.58 crore property of Maran brothers

Chennai, April 1 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday announced the attachment of properties worth Rs.742.58 crore held by Dayanidhi Maran, Kalanithi Maran and the latter's wife Kaveri Kalanithi. In a statement, the ED said the attachment was in respect of the offence of money laundering relating to illegal gratification amounting to Rs.742.58 crore received by Dayanidhi ...

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Haryana IAS officer Khemka gets another transfer

Chandigarh, April 1 (IANS) It seems there is no let up for senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka from transfers, as on Wednesday he was once again transferred to an inconsequential posting by the BJP government in Haryana. This is Khemka's 45th transfer in 24 years. Khemka, as per the latest orders of the Haryana government, has been posted as Secretary, Archaeology and Museums Departm...

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First batch of 175 Indians from Yemen to arrive in Kochi

Kochi, April 1 (IANS) The first batch of 175 Indians -- 135 from Kerala and 40 from Tamil Nadu -- will land at the airport here after midnight, a Kerala minister said on Wednesday. Minister for Diaspora K.C. Joseph told IANS that he was presently on his way driving down to Kochi to receive them. Information that we are now getting is limited from Yemen. What we are told is that t...

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'Saffronisation' imperative to rectify distorted Indian history: RSS chief

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) Condemning the calling of Indian revolutionaries as terrorists, RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat on Wednesday said saffronisation was imperative to rectify the country's distorted history. There are many with cunning mindsets who are trying to mislead the society by distorting history. Is calling Bhagat Singh a revolutionary instead of a terrorist, saffronisation? If stat...

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Nun rape case: Four Bangladeshi suspects held in Punjab

Chandigarh, April 1 (IANS) Four Bangladeshi nationals have been detained in Punjab's industrial city of Ludhiana in connection with the gang rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal last month, police said on Wednesday. The Punjab Police is now awaiting the arrival of their counterparts from West Bengal to identify and question the four men. Deputy Commissioner of Police Navin Singl...

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Mamata government bans Togadia from entering Bengal

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) The Mamata Banerjee government has issued prohibitory orders banning the entry of VHP international vice president Praveen Togadia in West Bengal, arguing that his presence could lead to communal tension and disturb public tranquillity. The Vishva Hindu Parishad leader, known for his controversial speeches, was slated to take part in a programme in North Dinajpur ...

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Over 1,000 killed in Iraqi violence in March: UN

Baghdad, April 1 (IANS) A total of 1,039 Iraqis were killed and 2,172 others injured in terrorist attacks and violence in March in Iraq, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The statement said 729 civilians, including 42 policemen, and 268 Iraqi security forces personnel were killed, while 1,785 other civilians, including 98 poli...

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ICC president quits over World Cup trophy giving row

Dubai/Dhaka/Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) International Cricket Council (ICC) president Mustafa Kamal resigned on Wednesday, protesting against not being allowed to present the World Cup trophy and calling it a flagrant violation of the world body's constitution. The ICC confirmed Kamal's resignatio and said its board will decide on the vacant position at its forthcoming meeting in Dubai on Ap...

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Drunk soldier harasses woman in train, held

Bhopal, April 1 (IANS) A soldier was arrested for harassing a woman in a moving train in Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Wednesday. The incident occurred late on Tuesday night in the Rajdhani Express train heading to Delhi from Bilaspur when a soldier, identified as Kamlesh Prasad, attempted to molest a woman who then informed the Government Railway Police (GRP), Railway's Special Po...

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Narine will have to undergo another test: BCCI chief Dalmiya

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Wednesday said Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Sunil Narine will have to undergo another test in Chennai for his suspect illegal bowling action. Even though Narine has been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has barred him from playing in the Indian Premier Lea...

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Varanasi on Modi's web site

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday shared on social media the link to a specially created page on his web site dedicated to Varanasi. The micro-site is a specially created one-stop destination for gathering all information about Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency represented by the prime minister. It can be accessed at http://www.narendramodi.i...

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Murli Manohar Joshi flays Deepika's video

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Wednesday flayed Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone's video on women empowerment as height of lack of consciousness. We don't realise how much we have changed. It has been an Indian tradition of addressing woman as 'mother', but now there are objections at being called a mother, Joshi said here at an event. When go...

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Centre to intervene in Haryana-Punjab issues

Chandigarh, April 1 (IANS) The central government will prepare a roadmap within 45 days to find a solution to the water-sharing issues between Haryana and Punjab, a central minister told Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday. Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti pledged in New Delhi that the central government would prepare a roadmap within 45 days for finding ...

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