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Education key to solve poverty, unemployment: Satyarthi

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Noble Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Tuesday that education is the key to bring transparency and accountability in the society and solve problems of poverty and unemployment. Delivering the United Nations public lecture on the importance of education in India, he said development and human rights were interlinked. My organisation Bachpan Bachao Andolan...

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Four killed as thunderstorm hits UP

Lucknow, Dec 1 (IANS) At least four people were killed on Tuesday evening as a thunderstorm hit most parts of Uttar Pradesh, officials said. Followed by rains and gusty winds thereafter, the storm brought down hoardings, banners, and uprooted trees and disrupted power lines, bringing the communication network to a grinding halt at many places, including Lucknow. All four people d...

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Five dead during polling for UP gram pradhans

Lucknow, Dec 1 (IANS) At least five people died on Tuesday during the second phase of polling for gram pradhans (village heads) in Uttar Pradesh, officials said. More than a dozen incidents of violence marred the polling. During a booth capturing attempt in Gonda, an elderly person was shot dead. A woman was also killed in the violence. In Meerut, two sects of the Muslim ...

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Karnataka woos aerospace firms for MRO in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Dec 1 (IANS) Karnataka on Tuesday exhorted global aerospace firms to set up a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in the Aerospace Park near the international airport on the city's outskirts. In the 1,000-acre Aerospace Park at Devanahalli, we have a special economic zone (SEZ) for setting up aerospace related facilities, including an MRO to capitalise on the growi...

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Maharashtra to promote 'nature tourism'

Mumbai, Dec 1 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced the setting up of Maharashtra Nature Tourism Development Corporation to attract tourists to various forests and natural reserves in the state. The MNTDC will specifically promote tourism to 48 wildlife sanctuaries, six national parks and four reserved green areas across the state which abound in nature...

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Government committed to maintain peace, tolerance: Rajnath

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the government was ready to discuss and fix the issue of intolerance and will do anything possible to maintain peace and tolerance in the country. Replying to the debate in the Lok Sabha on the situation arising out of incidents of intolerance, the home minister said there were forces who were making an issue out it. ...

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After playing 103 Tests, can speak on game's betterment: Hayden

Mumbai, Dec 1 (IANS) Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden on Tuesday hit back at India team director Ravi Shastri's swipe at Australian critics of the spin-friendly pitch prepared for the recent Nagpur Test, saying that having played 103 Tests for his country, he has the right to speak for the game's betterment. Visitors South Africa were bundled out for a paltry 79 runs in their firs...

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Government prepared for CBI probe into Dadri lynching: Rajnath

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said anyone seeking to disturb communal amity will not be spared and the government was prepared for a CBI probe into the lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri so that the truth comes out. Replying to a debate in the Lok Sabha on intolerance, Rajnath Singh said the allegations against the government over intolerance started with ...

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Record rainfall batters Chennai, cripples life

Chennai, Dec 1 (IANS) After some days of respite, a torrential downpour, termed the heaviest in over 100 years, on Tuesday crippled life here, flooding numerous roads, neighbourhoods, train tracks and airport runways and crippling transport and power supply, residents said. People working in offices located in the suburbs were finding it difficult to reach home after work and many were s...

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Court is paramount, I respect its decision: Govinda

Mumbai, Dec 1 (IANS) Actor Govinda, who was urged by the apex court to apologize to a fan he slapped to end the dispute, says the decision of the court is paramount for him and that he'll respect it. Till the time I receive the letter from the court, I can not make a comment on it. The decision of the court is paramount for me and I will respect its decision, he said at a press conferenc...

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Modi's foreign policy key to India's quest for UNSC membership

Kolkata, Dec 1 (IANS) Observing that urgent reforms in the UN was essential, experts on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aggressive foreign policy can play a key role towards realising India's quest for a permanent seat in the Security Council. There can be no alternative to the UN, the world cannot be imagined without it. It's the UN which ensures even the smallest of nations...

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Don't know why disabled are neglected at cinemas: Salman

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Bollywood star Salman Khan on Tuesday sent a special video message for differently-abled children who watched his comedy drama Bajrangi Bhaijaan at the first International Film Festival for Persons with Disabilities (IFFPwD), saying that despite all odds, such people should be provided all facilities at theatres. Though Salman, who is currently busy shooting for S...

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26 new stadiums coming up in Bengal: Mamata

Kolkata, Dec 1 (IANS) Twenty six new stadiums are coming up in various parts of west Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Monday. Addressing the annual prize giving function of the state government, Banerjee announced that plots will be given to the Cricket Association of Bengal for building a cricket stadium, and to Atletico de Kolkata for setting up a football academy.

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Chief Justice Dattu refuse to be drawn into intolerance debate

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Outgoing Chief Justice of India H.L.Dattu on Tuesday refused to join the ongoing debate on intolerance saying that as head of the country's judiciary, it would not be proper for him to comment on it. There is a debate going on in parliament and other places. As the head of an institution, if I say anything it would not be proper, he said on being asked his take on...

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Northeasterners' football tournament in Delhi to get better: Rijiju

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) A football tournament featuring teams representing various communities of northeast India residing in the national capital will be held in a more organised manner from next year, union minister Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday. I assure you, the government and the ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) will extend full support to this tournament, Riji...

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Interpol issues Red Corner Notice against chopper deal suspect

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice against British national Christian Michel, an alleged middleman, in connection with the Rs.3,600 crore VVIP AgustaWestland chopper deal case. Officials in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said the Interpol headquarters in France issued the Red Corner Notice against Michel on the request of the agency. The mo...

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Government moots gold exchange for transparent trading

Mumbai, Dec 1 (IANS) The government is mulling a gold exchange for transparent trading of the yellow metal and to reduce dependence on imports from overseas, a top official said on Tuesday. A gold exchange for transparent trading will facilitate jewellers to buy and sell the precious metal locally instead of depending on the international market, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Da...

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Complete NRC by March 1: SC to Assam government

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Assam government to make available all resources including manpower for compilation of the draft and final National Register of Citizens (NRC) by March 1, 2016. As the state government will provide all assistance by making available the requisite and adequate number of employees working at different levels, the work shall be ...

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Marathi film 'Yellow' kickstarts film festival for disabled

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Filmmaker Mahesh Limaye's National Award winning Marathi film Yellow, which explores a mother-daughter relationship amid developmental disability and child behaviour , kickstarted the first edition of International Film Festival for the Persons with Disabilities (IFFPwD) here on Tuesday. Organised by the department of empowerment of persons with disabilities (DEPw...

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Don't want to be known as 'call drop minister': Prasad

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Asserting that there is a need for the telecom service operators to ramp up networks to improve service quality, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said he does not wish to be known as call drop minister. I regret to say very frankly it took a lot of nudging on my part to all of you to publicly acknowledge that there is need for improvement... ...

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