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Indian-Russian joint air exercise ends

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The Indian-Russian joint air force exercise AviaIndra I's second phase, involving fighter and helicopter pilots and missile crews from both forces, concluded Thursday at the Halwara Air Force Station in Punjab, an official statement said. The 10-day exercise held from Nov 17 successfully concluded Thursday, said a defence ministry release, adding the first phase ...

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France to open eight new visa centres in India

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) France will open eight new visa application centers in India, taking their number from six to 18, French Ambassador Francois Richer said Thursday. Richer also announced that ChaloParis, a travel application specifically designed for Indian tourist would be launched while tourist and business visas for Indians visiting France will now be delivered by the French co...

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Five of seven Saarc leaders returning home Thursday night

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) Five of the seven Saarc leaders who were here for the summit are flying back to their countries Thursday night after attending a dinner hosted by Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav. Of the leaders who attended the two-day 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Summit here, only Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering...

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Saarc leaders' wives ladies go sight-seeing at Bhaktapur

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) While the Saarc leaders conferred on regional matters at the tourist resort of Dhulikhel, their wives drove to the World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur to enjoy the sights of the ancient city. The three Saarc leaders' wives who came to Bhaktapur tour were Pakistan's Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif, wife of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif; Maldives' Fathima Ibrahim, wife of Presiden...

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Chacko made Delhi in charge of Congress

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi appointed P.C. Chacko in-charge of Delhi in place of Shakeel Ahmad, the party announced Thursday. ...

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Badaun sisters committed suicide, were not raped, murdered: CBI

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The CBI Thursday said that its probe had found that the two minor girls who were found hanging from tree in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun in May had committed suicide and were not gangraped and murdered. The sensational case had made headlines in India and outside and led to a political furore. Based on around 40 scientific reports, CBI has concluded that the tw...

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Dwarka water crisis: HC directs Haryana to release water

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday directed the Haryana government to release 719 cubic feet per second of water to the Munak canal to end the water shortage problem of Dwarka area in the capital. A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul asked the Haryana government to release the water to the Munak CLC - which is cement-lined - instead of t...

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Explosions, gun fire rock Kabul diplomatic enclave

Kabul, Nov 27 (IANS) Two explosions followed by gunfire rocked the diplomatic enclave here Thursday night, a security officer said. The area of the blast is close to the Tajikistan embassy. The incident occurred in Kabuls's Wazir Akbar Khan area, Xinhua quoted police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai as saying. The gun battle stretched late into the night. Meanwhile, a source ...

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Saarc summit: Energy pact sealed, road and rail pacts on anvil

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) The 18th Saarc Summit concluded Thursday in this scenic Nepalese capital with the eight South Asian nations signing a pact on energy cooperation and adoption of the Kathmandu Declaration that called for deeper regional cooperation in core areas of trade, investment, finance, energy, infrastructure and connectivity. The two-day South Asian Association for Regional...

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Government pursuing black money, cases against 18 in Liechtenstein

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said a lot of ground has been covered by the government in unearthing black money and cases have been filed against 18 illegal account holders of the 28 accounts identified in the tax-haven of Liechtenstein. Jaitley, who replied to a spirited debate in the Lok Sabha on the issue of black money, said 427 Indians have been ide...

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Telangana gives entrepreneurs right to time-bound clearance

Hyderabad, Nov 27 (IANS) The Telangana government Thursday announced its new industrial policy, providing entrepreneurs right to time-bound clearance of business proposals, promising zero graft and proposing six industrial corridors and other initiatives. The policy framework approved by the assembly along with a relevant bill, has given entrepreneurs the Right to Single Window Clearance...

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Textiles ministry, Flipkart join hands to help handloom weavers

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The textiles ministry and e-commerce firm Flipkart have joined hands to facilitate online marketing of products from handloom weavers, parliament was told Thursday. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the development commissioner for handlooms, ministry of textiles, and Flipkart Internet Private Limited, Karnataka on Aug.25 in this regard, Text...

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Will Mamata quit to save herself from Saradha ignominy, asks Left

Kolkata, Nov 27 (IANS) With several leaders of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress getting arrested and grilled in connection with the Saradha scam, the opposition Left Front Thursday wondered if a beleaguered Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her ministers would resign to save themselves from ignominy. Addressing a party gathering here, leader of opposition and Communist Party of I...

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Gas combustion killed 26 in China mine accident

Beijing, Nov 27 (IANS) A coal mine accident that claimed 26 lives and left 50 injured Wednesday was caused by gas combustion instead of coal dust ignition as previously presumed, China's work safety watchdog said Thursday. The gas volume in the coal mine exceeded the safety limit before the accident happened and no timely evacuation had been made, Xinhua quoted the State Administration o...

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Foreign tourists will double in Goa with visa on arrival: Minister

Panaji, Nov 27 (IANS) Foreign tourists to Goa could double to one million in the next four years thanks to the newly announced visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility that would be operational from Thursday midnight at the Dabolim international airport, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said. The facility would help beef up the tourism numbers in Goa because visa-related hassles would now be histo...

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School told to provide free winter uniforms to poor children

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday directed a private unaided school to provide free winter uniforms to its poor and disadvantaged students. Justice Manmohan asked Vidya Bharti School in Rohini area of north Delhi to provide free winter uniforms to students studying there, after a group of students from poor and disadvantaged sections, approached the court against the...

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DLF deposits Rs.100 crore with Supreme Court

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) Real estate giant DLF Thursday deposited Rs.100 crore with the Supreme Court registry - a part of Rs.630 crore penalty imposed on it by the Competition Commission of India for allegedly exploiting its dominant position to the disadvantage of its customers in three projects in Gurgaon. Senior counsel Harish Salve, while seeking adjournment of the hearing till Frid...

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Man gets life in 2009 murder case

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) A court here sentenced a man to life imprisonment in a murder case, and said that in India, there was the tendency to involve family members in such cases. Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar sentenced Vikas alias Lala to life imprisonment for stabbing to death 45-year old Rakesh Gupta with a knife. The court, however, acquitted Vikas's mother Krishn...

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People mob Modi for a handshake in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was mobbed by a sea of enthusiastic people as he stopped his car and shook hands with bystanders here Thursday. Modi stepped out of the car and shook hands with the bystanders at Kalimati in the evening on way back to the Soaltee Hotel after the closing ceremony of the 18th SAARC Summit. His move to stop and meet peopl...

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Modi, Sharif handshake 'significant', says Nepal PM

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said the handshake between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was significant. Responding to queries by journalists at a media briefing after the closing ceremony of the 18th SAARC Summit, Koirala said the meeting between Modi and Sharif means a lot to the South Asian region.

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