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Fresh 2G note trouble for UPA government

The UPA government seems headed for fresh trouble over the finance ministry note on 2G spectrum allocation that had led to a reported tussle between Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P. Chidambaram last month. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday tried to corner the government over the March 23 note that was circulated two days ago to ...

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Single ad for Sardar Patel, dozens on Indira: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday lambasted the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for “belittling” the contribution of India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by issuing “only one advertisement” to mark his birth anniversary while releasing “dozens of advertisements” in tribute to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her martyrdom day. “It is a matter of great regret that ...

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Adivasi front divided on inclusion in Gorkha autonomous council

A section of Adivasi Vikas Parishad (AVP) leadership Monday opposed the proposal of including the tribal-dominated Terai and Dooars in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hills under the proposed Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA). The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has also expressed opposition to the move. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Sunday forged a pact with a section of AVP leadership, and ...

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5 people killed in Meghalaya ambush

Four police personnel and a civilian were killed and two policemen critically injured Monday in a militant ambush in insurgency-ravaged western Meghalaya, police said. A group of 10 heavily armed militants hiding on a hilltop attacked a highway patrol police team at Nengpatchi area of East Garo Hills district, J.F.K. Marak, the police chief of East Garo Hills, told reporter. ...

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NATO chief makes unannounced visit to Libya

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made an unannounced visit to Libya Monday, a NATO spokesman said. Rasmussen will hold talks with National Transitional Council (NTC) head Mustafa Abdel Jalil and other Libyan leaders in Tripoli, he said. After the talks, Rasmussen and Abdel Jalil will hold a joint press conference. NATO Friday announced the end of Operation Unified Protector, which ...

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PM, Sonia congratulate Dharia for getting Indira Gandhi award

¬†Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi Monday congratulated social activist Mohan Dharia who received the Indira Gandhi National Integration Award. The award was given to Dharia by Gandhi. Both the leaders paid tributes to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her 27th death anniversary. The prime minister said he got to know about Dharia’s NGO ...

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Punjab government drivers get shield against accident claims

Drivers of state-owned public transport and government departments in Punjab will no longer be required to be personally liable for accident claims, an official said Monday. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced Monday after a meeting with leaders of Punjab employees agitation committee that government drivers will not be liable for accident claims. “The chief minister also assured the ...

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Absence of decision-making biggest concern: Premji

¬†Absence of decision-making among the leaders in the government is the biggest concern, Wipro chairman Azim Premji said Monday. “The biggest concern is over the governance issues. There is complete absence of decision-making among the leaders in the government,” Premji told reporters here at a press conference on the IT bellwether’s performance during the second quarter (July-September) of this fiscal ...

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Four people killed in Pakistan drone strike

At least four people were killed in a drone strike Monday evening in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, a media report said. The drone fired four missiles at a compound and a vehicle at Naurak town, 15 km from Miranshah, the main city of North Waziristan. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said no permission had been given to the US ...

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Ailing man burns self on pyre

Unable to bear mounting medical expenses, an ailing 40-year-old man in Rajasthan built a pyre and lit it after sitting on it, police said Monday. Giriraj Sharma had been suffering from an illness for many years. The incident took place in Baleta village in Alwar district, some 150 km from state capital Jaipur, a police official said. “The medical history ...

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Government considering special tribunal on water disputes

Minister for Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal said here Monday that the government was considering suggestions for setting up a “standing tribunal” to deal with water-related disputes among states. Bansal, who released the Central Water Commission Report “Water Quality Hot-spots in Rivers of India”, told reporters that he had received suggestions from experts, including judges who are members of inter-state ...

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Cannot be chief guest on Madhya Pradesh day: Uma Bharti

Madhya Pradesh’s former chief minister Uma Bharti Monday declined to be chief guest on the state’s foundation day, citing prior engagements. The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Bharatiya Janata Party government plans to celebrate the state’s 56th foundation day, on Nov 1, in a grand manner and Uma Bharti was invited to be chief guest in her home district, Tikamgarh. “I have ...

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Ramesh assures Munda of Maoist areas’ speedy development

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Monday assured Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda that there would be no dearth of funds to implement the development action plan in Saranda forest area, an erstwhile Maoist stronghold in the state. Ramesh, who met Munda along with Central Reserve Police Force Director General Vijay Kumar and senior officials from home ministry, said if the ...

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Bengal needs a full-time health minister: BJP

¬†Demanding a full-time health minister for West Bengal, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Mahila Morcha president and MP Smriti Irani Monday criticized the lack of basic infrastructure at Bengal’s largest children sickbay — B.C. Roy children’s hospital that has seen more than 20 crib deaths this month. “There is no blood bank, scan or echo facility here. There is lack of ...

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