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UAE holds talks with Canada, Japan

Top officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held separate talks Tuesday with Canadian and Japanese diplomats, authorities said. Abdullah Al Subosi, director of the UAE foreign ministry’s department for American and Pacific Affairs, received in Abu Dhabi Canadian Ambassador to the UAE Kenneth Lewis. The two officials reviewed ways of enhancing bilateral relations and also discussed the latest developments ...

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PM urges Ramdev not to fast, promises action against corruption

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday said he has urged yoga guru Baba Ramdev not to go ahead with his hunger strike from June 4 and assured him that the government was tackling the problem of corruption and black money with all its resources. Speaking to reporters here, Manmohan Singh said that he welcomed the suggestions of Baba Ramdev and agreed ...

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NDA ready to support bill for Telangana state: Sushma Swaraj

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Tuesday urged the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to bring a bill for formation of separate Telangana state in the next parliament session, assuring support from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Addressing a public meeting at Karimnagar Tuesday night, she said if ...

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Government for public-private tie-up on organ transplants

To meet the increasing demand of organ transplantation, public-private partnership between hospitals in the country is the way forward, Director General of Health Services R.K. Srivastava said here Tuesday. “There is tremendous planning and meticulous research required before any transplant takes place. To meet the dearth of donors in the country, it is very important to have a strong public-private ...

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PM to think of government reshuffle soon

Amid talk of a reshuffle of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government doing the rounds, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday indicated that he would soon apply his mind to the task. “I will apply my mind when I get time,” was his curt response when he was asked by reporters about the possible expansion and reshuffle of his government’s ministers. ...

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Youth, girl found dead in Ghaziabad

A 20-year-old youth and an 18-year-old girl were found dead Tuesday in a field in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, police said, adding that it could be a suicide. According to police, the bodies of Mohit, son of Jogendra, and Aruna, daughter of Vikram – both residents of Dhidhar village – were found near a canal by some villagers. There were bullet ...

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Brazil confers medal on UAE Ambassador

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has conferred the National Order of Merit on the UAE ambassador to the country, officials said. Yusuf Ali Abdul Rahman Al Osaimi was conferred Brazil’s second highest distinction by Paulo Cordeiro, undersecretary to the ministry of foreign affairs. The award was presented to Al Osaimi during a programme held on the occasion of the end of ...

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Maharashtra minister, officials review coastal security

Maharashtra’s coastal areas are safe and secured from any kind of external attack, top officials who conducted a review of coastal security said here Tuesday.Home Minister R.R. Patil, opposition leader in the assembly Eknath Khadse, opposition leader in the council Pandurang Phundkar and others gave the assurance after spending the morning in the Arabian Sea to check on coastal security. ...

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Plea to make Gujarat cops accused in riots case rejected

A Gujarat court hearing the 2002 Gulberg Society killings Tuesday rejected a plea filed by survivors of the violence seeking arraignment of four police officers, two now retired, as accused for negligence in stopping communal riots. Additional Sessions Judge B.J. Dhandha rejected the plea on the ground that the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) was yet to file its ...

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Orphaned by Leh floods, sisters adopted by army get back life

Two teenaged girls orphaned during the devastating cloudburst and floods in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir last August have got a new lease of life with the army adopting them and providing them education at its school in Dagshai in Himachal Pradesh. The sisters, 16-year-old Tsewang and 14-year-old Kunzang, are at present studying in class nine and class ...

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Bitta condemns Akali Dal, Congress over Bhullar

All India Anti-Terrorist Front chairman M.S. Bitta Tuesday condemned Punjab’s ruling Akali Dal and the Congress state unit for demanding clemency for Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, a Khalistani militant facing the gallows. Bhullar, whose mercy petition was rejected by President Pratibha Patil May 26, is a Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorist. He was sentenced to death for a 1993 car ...

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Hockey India reviews Azlan Shah performance

Hockey India (HI) Tuesday reviewed the team’s poor performance in the Azlan Shah Cup and discussed the remedial action required ahead of important tournaments like the Champions Trophy and the Olympic qualifiers at home. HI secretary general Narinder Batra, the coaching and development committee led by Pargat Singh, coach Harendra Singh and his support staff, selectors, former players and HI ...

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Mubarak not to be transferred to Cairo prison hospital

Egypt’s public prosecutor Tuesday decided not to transfer former president Hosni Mubarak from the hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh to Tora prison in Cairo due to his failing health situation. A statement posted on the public prosecution’s official Facebook page said the decision was based on the report by a medical committee formed to examine Mubarak’s health. Mubarak suffers from low ...

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Missing Pakistani journalist dead, says Pakistan news agency Dawn

Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, who went missing Sunday amid speculation that he had been abducted by intelligence agencies, is dead, a media report said Tuesday.Shahzad’s body was found in Sarai Alamgir, nearly 200 km from Islamabad, Pakistani daily Dawn said on its website. Shahzad was the Pakistan bureau chief of Asia Times Online.  

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