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Police security up for convent where nun who alleged rape lives

Kottayam, July 22 (IANS) The police have stepped up protection to a convent near here which is home to a nun who had alleged that she was sexually abused by a Catholic bishop. The increased police protection has been given after the police team probing her complaint asked for it, said the official who did not wish to be identified. Trouble began for Franco Mulakkal, the Bishop of...

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Shehbaz Sharif vows to make Pakistan better than India

Lahore, July 22 (IANS) Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has said that people can change his name if he does not take Pakistan ahead of its arch-rival India after coming into power. Addressing a rally in Sargodha late on Saturday, the PML-N chief said: If I do not end load shedding crisis in six months, you can change my name, adding they (Indians) will come t...

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'Pained' Chandrababu says PM shouldn't talk about petty things

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday objected to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks, saying he was pained to hear Modi comparing him with corrupt politicians and talking about petty things during his reply to the TDPs no-confidence motion in Parliament. As a Prime Minister of this country, you should not talk like that...you should ...

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Modi as PM shouldn't talk about petty things: 'Pained' Chandrababu

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said he was pained to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi comparing him with corrupt politicians and talking about petty things during his reply to the TDPs no confidence motion. As a Prime Minister of this country, you should not talk like that. As the Prime Minister, you should not talk about petty t...

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Not the first time that BJP has taken a U-turn: AAP

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Supporting the TDP's demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh, AAP lawmaker Bhagwant Mann on Friday slammed the BJP, saying that this is not the first time that the Narendra Modi government has broken a promise. I am in support of TDP's demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh, I want to say that this is not the first time that the BJP has taken a U-turn o...

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Akali Dal supports Andhra's special status demand, commends BJP for uplifting farmers

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Akali Dal MP Prem Singh Chandumajra on Friday came out in support of TDP's appeal for special status for Andhra Pradesh, while appreciating the BJP's efforts to uplift the farmers. He advised the Telugu Desam Party to not trust the Congress as the party has been known for betraying leaders like Deve Gowda, Chandra Shekhar, Pandit Nehru and even Mahatma Gandhi.

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Don't curtail role of Punjab, Haryana officers in Chandigarh: Amarinder

Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) With the Union Home Ministry inducting more officers from the Union Territory (UT) cadre on important posts in the union territory of Chandigarh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has objected to the role of officers from Punjab and Haryana being curtailed. Amarinder Singh on Friday wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking cadre protection for Pun...

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All-India truck, bus strike paralyses transportation

New Delhi/Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Transportation services across the country were severely impacted on Friday as private bus and truck operators began an indefinite strike to press for their various demands, including a reduction in diesel prices. According to the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), transportation services to and from ports, refineries and industrial units have be...

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45 per cent drop in stubble burning in Punjab

Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) The Punjab government claimed on Friday that there has been a 45 per cent drop in stubble burning cases in the state during the 2017 paddy harvesting season as compared to 2016. This fact came to light at a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of the Union Environment Secretary C.K. Mishra. Senior officers of the state Agriculture and Environment Departmen...

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Missing Pakistani activist returns home after 7 months

Islamabad, July 20 (IANS) Pakistani social activist Raza Mahmood Khan, who had been missing for the past seven months, has returned home, the media reported on Friday. Raza, a convener of Aghaz-i-Dosti -- a friendship initiative between the youth of India and Pakistan -- was reportedly picked up by men in plainclothes from his Model Colony residence in Lahore on December 2, 2017. ...

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SC denies bail to teenager accused of killing minor student in Gurugram

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday denied bail to a minor accused of killing a 7-year-old boy of a private school in Gurugram district in Haryana. A bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Indu Malhotra rejected the contention that as the CBI had not filed its chargesheet within 60 days, the accused should be released on bail. The court said the 16-y...

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Fake mark sheet, degree gang busted in UP

Meerut, July 20 (IANS) Police here have busted a gang which used to provide fake mark sheets of class 10, 12, B.A, B.Tech, Pharmacy and MBA, officials said on Friday. Five persons, including a former secretary of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) -- the youth wing of Congress, have been arrested in this connection, police said. A police officer said the gang used to pro...

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No move to sell land of loan-defaulter farmers: Punjab Minister

Chandigarh, July 19 (IANS) Punjab Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Thursday said that there is no move or intention to sell the land of farmers to recover dues by the State Agriculture Cooperative Bank. Initiating legal action against defaulters is a routine practice in all banks. This bank has also been following it and sending notices to defaulters for the recovery. Bu...

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Punjab DGP sees conspiracy in campaign against him; warns of legal action

Chandigarh, July 19 (IANS) Under a sustained attack from the opposition, top police officials and other quarters over his shielding a certain controversial police officers, Punjab Police chief Suresh Arora on Thursday said that there was a spiteful conspiracy against him and other top brass of the force to erode the credibility and morale of the state police. During my career spanning 36...

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BSF kills Pakistani intruder on Punjab border

Chandigarh, July 19 (IANS) Border Security Force (BSF) troopers shot dead an intruder from Pakistan along Punjab's border with Pakistan in the frontier district of Gurdaspur, a BSF spokesman said on Thursday. The incident took place late on Wednesday night in the area of Border outpost Channa in Gurdaspur sector, nearly 280 km from here. According to the spokesman, troopers at th...

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Audio of abused Kerala nun, cardinal reveals latter aware of issue, Church denies

Kochi, July 19 (IANS) An audio clip, broadcast by a Malayalam television channel on Thursday, purpotedly revealed that the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church had lied about not knowing that a nun had been sexually abused by a bishop, but the Church argued that the conversation had been wrongly interpreted. The clip, aired by Mathrubhumi TV channel, pertains to a talk between Cardin...

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Duolingo launches Hindi course for English speakers in India

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) After the success of its English course for Hindi speakers, the US-based free language-learning app Duolingo on Thursday announced the launch of its Hindi course for English speakers in India. Launched in India in 2014, the company recently passed 10 million users who learn languages both on mobile and the web and is among the service's top 10 largest markets wo...

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Audio of talk between abused Kerala nun, cardinal reveals 'lie'

Kochi, July 19 (IANS) A Malayalam television channel on Thursday broadcast an audio purpotedly revealing that the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Cardinal has lied about not knowing that a nun had been sexually abused by a bishop. The audio, broadcast by the Mathrubhumi TV channel, pertains to a talk between Cardinal Mar George Alencherry and the abused nun clearly shows that th...

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Documenting the death of a whirlwind called Qandeel Baloch

Book: The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch; Author: Sanam Maher; Publisher: Aleph; Pages: 272; Price: Rs 466 Like a dragon exhaling spurts of fire, the global social media factory has spewed many a fiesty celebrities over time. But unlike the Paris Hiltons and Kim Kardashians of the world and India's own Rakhi Sawant, Pakistan's Qandeel Baloch, the social media queen ...

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Priest from Punjab arrested in Delhi after rape complaint

Chandigarh, July 19 (IANS) Punjab Police arrested a priest and self-styled healer from the Delhi international airport following a complaint from a woman in Zirakpur that he had raped her, said an official on Thursday. Zirakpur station house officer (SHO) Pawan Kumar said the priest, Bajinder Singh, was nabbed from the Delhi airport as he was about to board a flight for London where he w...

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