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Colombian rebels suspend ceasefire after army kills 26

Bogota, May 22 (IANS) Colombia's FARC rebels on Friday suspended their months-old unilateral ceasefire after 26 insurgents were killed in an army bombing raid on a guerrilla camp in the southwestern province of Cauca, Spanish news agency Efe reported. Suspension of the unilateral and indefinite ceasefire, declared as part of peace talks with the Colombian government, was not under consid...

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Civilian toll rises amid Yemen's worsening humanitarian situation

Geneva, May 22 (IANS) At least 1,037 civilians have been killed between March 26 and May 20 in Yemen as a result of widespread and protracted violence affecting the country, a UN agency said on Friday. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) revealed that 2,453 civilians had been injured, including 130 women and 234 children, Xinhua news agency reported. The ...

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Strong leadership, well-capitalised institutions needed: Rajan

Chennai, May 22 (IANS) There is a need for stronger political leadership globally and better capitalised multilateral institutions for widespread legitimacy, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Friday. We need strong political global leadership so that collectively we come out with better policies than what we have now, the central bank chief said while delivering the R.Venkataraman endo...

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Lalu pops Manjhi's name, Nitish skips meeting

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav here on Friday proposed roping in former Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal-United rebel Jitan Ram Manjhi for upcoming Bihar assembly polls, according to sources. Sources said Lalu Prasad mooted the idea at a meeting of leaders of Janata Parivar, which Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar skipped despite being in Delhi....

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East African bloc urges poll delay in Burundi

Bujumbura, May 22 (IANS) The East African Community (EAC) on Friday urged Burundi to delay its elections set for June and wait for hundreds of thousands of refugees in the neighbouring nations to come back to vote. We think that hundreds of thousands of refugees who have gone out to neighbouring countries need to come back and exercise their right to vote. That is why we think that cond...

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Libyan militias free 42 Tunisians after several days

Tripoli, May 22 (IANS) Militias allied with the rebel government based in Tripoli on Friday released 42 Tunisian nationals who were arrested several days ago in western Libya for being suspected jihadis. More Tunisians are being held in the detention centre for illegal immigrants over lack of documentation or for illegally entering the country, according to the Libyan agency for protecti...

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Civic bodies not serious about curbing air pollution: Sisodia

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday accused the three BJP-ruled municipal corporations in the national capital of not making serious efforts to curb air pollution. The three municipal corporations (north, south, east) which cover majority of the areas of Delhi have still not made serious efforts in preventing burning and recovery of compensation ...

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DoNER minister discusses region's security issues

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday convened a meeting of senior intelligence officers and security experts to discuss new security related-initiatives that could be successfully implemented in the northeast region. The meeting was attended by senior officials, including National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Joint Intelligence Committee chairman R.N. Ravi and...

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Wasn't happy with Federation Cup, wanted it to end: Constantine

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) Indian football coach Stephen Constantine on Friday said he was the one who was not happy with the Federation Cup format and hence had wanted it to end. Asked at a media interaction in the city if it was he who had wanted the age-old, prestigious tournament to end, he said: Yes, I am not happy with the format. Five games in nine days! It is ridiculous. Players need...

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IPL: CSK restrict RCB to 139/8

Ranchi, May 22 (IANS) Led by an all-round brilliant bowling performance, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a modest total of 139/8 in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) being played at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium here on Friday. Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra once again came good for the two-time IPL champions as he clinched 3/28...

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No political clash in Birbhum: Mamata

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) Accusing a section of the media of distorting facts, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday claimed there were no political clashes in Birbhum district as being claimed by the opposition. Terming old the footage of the alleged clashes between activists of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party aired by news channels, Banerjee ass...

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Clarify on highway project scam, BJP tells Congress

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) The BJP on Friday asked the Congress to clarify on a news portal's allegation that the UPA government bent rules to enhance Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) highway project, and whether monetary benefits reached its senior ministers of time and officers. The Bharatiya Janata Party also asked the Congress if the benefits of the alleged scam reached party vice-president...

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Centre says LG has last word in postings, Kejriwal attacks Modi

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) As the central government made it clear on Friday that lt.governor will have the last word in posting and transferring of bureaucrats in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying to run the state through the backdoor, back-stabbing people of Delhi and seeking to protect the corrupt. In a hurriedly-conv...

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IPL: CSK restrict RCB to 139/8

Ranchi, May 22 (IANS) Chennai Super Kings (CSK) restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 139/8 in 20 overs in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) being played at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium here on Friday. Put in to bat, RCB could only manage the modest total with left-handed opener Chris Gayle top-scoring with 41. Sarfaraz Khan also played a handy innings of...

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Gujjar agitation hits Maharashtra, MP Railway network

Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) Peak summer holiday crowds were badly hit by the ongoing 24-hour agitation by Gujjars in Kota division of Rajasthan with scores of train services disrupted, a Western Railway official said here on Friday. The peaceful agitation which started on Thursday has seen thousands of Gujjars blocking railway lines on the Kota-Mathura section of the Western Central Railway, b...

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Hashimpura massacre: UP appeals against 16 policemen's acquittal

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday moved the Delhi High Court, challenging a court's verdict in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case acquitting 16 police personnel accused of killing 42 Muslim men in Meerut. The Uttar Pradesh government filed the appeal against the March 21 trial court order which acquitted 16 Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel of th...

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Tiger kills five-year-old in Bihar national park

Patna, May 22 (IANS) A tiger mauled a five-year-old child to death in a national park in Bihar's West Champaran district, a forest official said on Friday. Bablu, the child, was mauled and killed by the tiger near Bherihadi village in the Valmiki National Park, the state's only Tiger Project, located over 250 km from here. He was attacked when playing near his village, the offici...

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30 Bengal inmates clear Class 10 board exams

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) Outperforming general students, all the 30 inmates from various correctional homes in the state have cleared their Class 10 board exams, the results of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education declared on Friday showed. While the overall pass percentage was around 82.66 percent, all the 30 inmates, including three women from the city's Alipore Women Correctiona...

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Strengthening infrastructure top priority: GDA vice-chief

Ghaziabad, May 22 (IANS) Strengthening infrastructure, completing ongoing projects in the scheduled time and making the city better than others in the national capital region (NCR) are the top priorities of newly-appointed Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) vice chairman Vijay Kumar Yadav. This city has tremendous potential of being the world class smart city. It lies very close to th...

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Rajasthan High Court bars new 4G towers

Jaipur, May 22 (IANS) The Rajasthan High Court on Friday ordered all base towers for fourth generation (4G) telecom services erected without permission from the city authorities to be removed. Reliance Jio, the respondents, said their towers meet and exceed all the norms. The court order, which also banned new installations, was issued following a petition by a former judge of the high c...

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