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Amid uproar, government says won't allow documentary on December 16 rapist

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Amid uproar in parliament over a documentary which featured one of the December 16 gang rape convicts, the home ministry on Wednesday went into damage control mode, saying orders were obtained from court to restrain the broadcast of the documentary and promising to investigate how permission was given to interview the rapist. The issue was raised in both houses ...

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Apprised Modi about Teesta deal: Mamata

Kolkata, March 4 (IANS) Ahead of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said she has apprised the centre about her recent Dhaka visit and talks concerning the Teesta water sharing deal. Banerjee is slated to leave for New Delhi on March 8 for her first one-on-one meeting with Modi after he came to power last year. After my r...

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India to test flight reusable rocket soon

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) India will conduct a test flight of a reusable launch vehicle by the second quarter of this year to reduce the cost of satellite launches, union minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, the minister of state for department of space said the rocket's 1.5-tonne technology demonstrator would be lofted to a height of 70 km ...

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Great to see our batsmen getting runs: Warner

Perth, March 4 (IANS) Adjudged man-of-the-match for his breathtaking 178 runs against Afghanistan in a World Cup Pool A contest at the WACA here on Wednesday, Australia opener David Warner said it was great to see the majority of his teammates getting runs. Sent into bat, Australia posted a monumental total of 417 for six from their 50 overs courtesy knocks from Warner, Glen Maxwell (88)...

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Jwala-Ashwini enter second round at All England

Birmingham, March 4 (IANS) The Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa and men's pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy entered the second round of the $500,000 All England Open Badminton Championships at the Barclaycard Arena here on Wednesday. Jwala-Ashwini defeated Malaysian team of Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Fie Cho Soong 21-12, 20-22, 21-14 in 51 minutes. Th...

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AAP sacks Bhushan, Yadav from top body

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The AAP announced Wednesday that it had ousted two top leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, out of its decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC). Party spokesman Kumar Vishwas made the announcement after a nearly six-hour meeting of the National Executive that followed a virtual war between the two leaders and loyalists of Delhi Chief Minister A...

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Notice to Air India over no flights at Shimla airport

Shimla, March 4 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed Air India to file a reply on a petition challenging suspension of flights from the airport in the state capital since September 2012. A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed the order on a petition filed by Paras Dhaulta, who contended that the government has b...

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Lok Sabha passes coal allocation bill

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the coal allocation bill providing for vesting mining leases to successful bidders through a transparent bidding process. Replying to the debate on the bill, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said there was no provision for denationalization and workers interests will not be compromised. He said the bill has been brought to ens...

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Bihar cabinet stays Manjhi's 36 decisions

Patna, March 4 (IANS) The Bihar cabinet on Wednesday stayed 36 decisions taken by the government of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi last month, officials said here. All the 36 cabinet decisions taken by Manjhi in three cabinet meetings last month were rolled back by the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, an official said. Nitish Kumar, who assumed charge...

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Spectrum: Day one auction comes to an end

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The auctions for telecom spectrum or airwaves for the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 megahertz (MHz) bands that began Wednesday morning with eight companies in the fray ended for the day in the evening. Eight telecom service providers - Reliance Communications, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Idea Cellular and Aircel ...

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Court upholds arrest warrant against Khaleda Zia

Dhaka, March 4 (IANS) A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday upheld the arrest warrant it issued on February 25 against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in cases filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). After hearing Khaleda's pleas to withdraw the warrant, to uphold her bail and defer the hearings, the court of Dhaka's Third Special Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar told the defence that his previous ...

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Jaishankar meets Afghan leadership on SAARC Yatra

Kabul, March 4 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Wednesday met the Afghan leadership, including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, here on the final day of his four-nation SAARC Yatra. During his talks, India was welcomed as a partner of choice. The discussions focused on development projects, connectivity and security, external affairs ministry ...

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Reliance Infra acquires defence engineering company

Mumbai, March 4 (IANS) Reliance Infrastructure, a part of industrialist Anil Ambani's group, on Wednesday said it has acquired 18-percent stake in Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering, that has expertise in naval vessels among other niche capabilities, for Rs.819 crore. This takes Pipavav Defence's valuation to well over Rs.4,500 crore. The 18-percent stake has been acquired at Rs.6...

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'Insurance FDI hike to bring in Rs.50,000 crore capital'

Chennai, March 4 (IANS) The passage of the Insurance Bill in the Lok Sabha is most welcome as it would spur the sector's growth and penetration of insurance, and bring in Rs.50,000 crore capital, said a top official of Life Insurance Council. We have been wanting this for a very long time for industry's betterment. Life insurance is capital intensive and needs large doses of the same for...

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Court verdict on recruitment scam on Thursday

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The Delhi High Court will pronounce on Thursday its verdict on the 2000 illegal teacher recruitment scam in Haryana. Justice Siddharth Mridul will pass the judgment after he reserved the order July 11 last year on the appeals of accused former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and others against punishment awarded to them by a tri...

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Court slams DTC, insurance firm for avoiding responsibility

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) A court here has slammed the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and an insurance firm for trying to avoid responsibility and awarded compensation of over Rs.17 lakh to the kin of a teenager who died in a road accident due to the negligent driving of a bus driver. Madhu Jain, presiding officer of the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, awarded Rs.17,62,924 to the kin ...

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AAP ousts Bhushan, Yadav from top body

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The AAP Wednesday ousted two top leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, out of its decision-making Political Affairs Committee, Bhushan told the media. ...

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Media frenzy mars Dalmiya's Eden Gardens visit

Kolkata, March 4 (IANS) Newly elected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya's return to his home turf Eden Gardens, that houses the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) headquarters, was marred by a media frenzy on Wednesday. Dalmiya, who was present at the Eden Gardens to award the winners of the school cricket tournament 'Mayor's Cup', left the venue in...

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Navigation satellite launch put off after glitch

Bengaluru/Chennai, March 4 (IANS) A telemetry glitch has forced the Indian space agency ISRO to defer the launch of the fourth regional navigation satellite scheduled for March 9 from its spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. Launch of the fourth Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1D) onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C27) scheduled for March 9 has been postponed du...

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Top Coast Guard official to oversee entire west coast

Mumbai, March 4 (IANS) The central government has appointed an officer of the rank of additional director-general to head the complete operation of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on the vulnerable west coast, it was announced on Wednesday. Inspector-General S.P.S. Basra has been promoted to the rank of additional director-general and assumed charge in Mumbai on Wednesday, an official said ...

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