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British varsity confers honorary degrees on Pranab, Jaitley

University of Wolverhampton, one of Britain’s leading universities, Thursday honoured Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley with honorary degrees in recognition of their service to public life. “I would like to thank you for bestowing this rare distinction on me. This is a unique event for me personally and also for the ...

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Communal violence prevention bill to be taken ahead: Sibal

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Thursday that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was determined to take forward the communal violence prevention bill despite objections from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sibal told reporters that the bill was likely to go to standing committee after it is introduced in parliament. “We do not want any state government not ...

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Making Singur land accord public will take time: Bengal minister

Shying away from its earlier promise to make public the 2007 agreement on the Tata Nano project in Singur, the West Bengal government Thursday said it will take more time to bring the document in public domain to avoid legal hurdles. “There exists many legal complications. We would not do anything which may increase the legal hurdles. I have been ...

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BSNL to be turned around in six months: Sibal

Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Thursday said that the government is committed to the betterment of the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and will turn it around in the next six months. “I am committed to the nation to turn it (BSNL) around in the next six months,” Sibal said in his address at a BSNL awards ceremony held here. ...

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Etihad to fly to the Seychelles

UAE’s national carrier Etihad Airways has announced that it will commence operations to the Seychelles’ largest island of Mahe from Nov 1. Etihad will operate four return services weekly from Abu Dhabi to Seychelles International Airport in Mahe. The Airbus A320, configured with two cabins Pearl Business and Coral Economy, will offer 1,088 seats each week. Chief executive officer of ...

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CWG lapses: BJP alleges Delhi government trying to hide facts

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit rejected the Shunglu Committee report on the alleged delays and irregularities related to Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the government was trying to hide its wrong-doings. “The government of Delhi has many things to hide and has been working over-time to prevent skeletons from tumbling out ...

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26/11 trial unravelling terror conspiracy: Indian envoy

India’s envoy to the US, Meera Shankar, Thursday said the ongoing trial in America on the 2008 Mumbai attack was unveiling the details of the conspiracy behind the terror strike that killed 166 people. A Chicago court is at present conducting the trial of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana, co-accused in the Mumbai attacks case. Rana’s one-time friend, David Coleman Headley, the ...

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Bengal to have six more languages for official use

West Bengal has decided to recognise six languages, other than Bengali, as official languages, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday. “Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Oriya, Santhali and Gurumukhi will be used for official purposes wherever applicable,” said Banerjee at the state secretariat. She said Urdu language will also be recognised as second language in districts where the population of Urdu-speaking people ...

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India asks Africa to fight piracy, backs its democratic upsurge

Giving a contemporary and strategic cast to India’s growing relationship with Africa, Manmohan Singh, in the first address by an Indian prime minister to the Ethiopian parliament, Thursday pushed for democratic change in the continent and made a strong pitch for joint fight against piracy and terrorism under the aegis of the UN. “The winds of change are blowing in ...

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BJP leader’s son named in fake pilot scam

Rajasthan Police Thursday named Pawan Dilwar, son of a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former minister Madan Dilwar, as an accused in the fake pilot scam, an official said. The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) of police lodged a first information report (FIR) against four pilots, claiming they fraudulently got commercial pilot’s licences (CPL) by faking flying hours’ certificates from ...

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Samajwadi Party leader stopped from meeting jailed farmers

The Uttar Pradesh government Thursday stopped opposition Samajwadi Party leader Shiv Pal Yadav from meeting farmers jailed after a violent protest against land acquisition in Bhatta-Parsaul village earlier this month. Shiv Pal Yadav, leader of opposition in the state assembly, was stopped from entering Dasna Jail where the farmer are being held. “Your meeting with the farmers seems to be ...

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Seer assaults Agnivesh for Amarnath remark

Social activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted at a public meeting here Thursday by a seer, angry at his recent comments on the Amarnath shrine. The seer was later arrested. The man slapped Agnivesh during the public meeting here, and was identified as Mahant Nityanand Das. He had taken umbrage at Agnivesh’s recent comment that the Amarnath shivling was made out ...

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Of stories of bravery and courage at the crash site

Sitting outside the burns ward of B.K. Hospital here, 25-year-old Mithlesh Devi just shakes her head in disbelief at her husband’s brave act in saving victims of Wednesday’s aircraft crash here and wonder he is still alive. Her 30-year-old husband Omkar is lying in the ward swathed in bandages over his face and right hand as he was badly burned ...

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Prime Minister accorded red carpet welcome in Tanzania

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday touched down here to a red carpet welcome to begin a two-day visit to Tanzania that is expected to boost economic and strategic ties with the vibrant East African country’s economy that is home to 40,000 persons of Indian origin. In a gesture underlining his country’s special ties with India, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete ...

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