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US launches hotline for detained immigrants

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement department has launched a telephone hotline for immigrants detained in the country to inform them of their rights and allow them to report cases of unfair treatment. The phone number may be used by detained immigrants who “believe they may be US citizens or victims of a crime”, a statement said. To make sure ...

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Patients slam claim on improvement in Kashmir healthcare

 The Jammu and Kashmir government has claimed an improvement in health facilities this year – a claim dismissed by some patients forced to come here from remote areas for treatment. National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Director Yashpal Sharma claimed in a release issued Friday: “Health indicators of the state have improved for the year till December. Except few, they (indicators) ...

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Mancini tells Balotelli to stop smoking

 Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has slammed Italian striker Mario Balotelli for his smoking habit. Mancini, who brought Balotelli to England from his Italian club Inter Milan, said the young striker puffs his way through five or six cigarettes a day. “Yeah, I know he smokes. For me it’s not OK but I’m not his father or his mother,” Mancini ...

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Pet tiger escapes, causes scare in Mexico

A pet tiger kept by an attorney in Mexico escaped from its home and spurred a massive deployment of policemen and firefighters in a northern Mexican town, authorities said. The 50-kg female Royal Bengal tiger named Deborah was roaming the streets of Saltillo in Coahuila state. An official of the state unit of Mexico’s environmental protection agency Profepa said alarmed ...

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Facebook blamed for one-third divorces across globe

 Social networking website Facebook has been blamed for one-third of divorces across the world, according to a law firm. The social network is increasingly being used as a source of evidence in divorce cases, reported citing law firm Divorce-Online. The firm said it has seen a 50 percent jump in the number of “behaviour-based” divorce petitions that contained the word ...

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Australian bowling attack can be world’s best: Arthur

Australia coach Mickey Arthur feels that his team’s pace attack has the potential to be the best in the world and he’s happy with his top six batsmen. The former South African coach was impressed with the pace trio of Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus, who played a crucial role in the 122-run win in the first Test ...

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50,000-pound reward to find Indian student’s killer

 Police in Britain have offered a reward of 50,000 pounds to anyone who tracks down the killers of 23-year-old Indian student Anuj Bidve who was shot dead in Manchester a day after Christmas. Bidve was shot in the head at point-blank range as he walked with friends near their hotel in Manchester. The killing is being treated as a “hate ...

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Congress urges Mamata to reconsider renaming Indira Bhavan

The West Bengal unit of the Congress Saturday requested Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to reconsider her decision to rename “Indira Bhawan” – which briefly served as the residence of late prime minister Indira Gandhi and later of Marxist stalwart Jyoti Basu. “The Indira Bhavan is closely associated with the memory of our beloved leader and (late) prime minister Indira Gandhi ...

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Political changes ahead in 2012: Advani

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani Saturday said the coming year is sure to bring “big changes in national politics”. In a year-end message issued by the BJP office here, Advani said: “As I look ahead, I have no doubt that year 2012 is pregnant with the certainty of big changes in national politics.” “The UPA (United Progressive ...

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B-town wishes love, luck for New Year

 A host of Bollywood celebrities like Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit and Lara Dutta have sent out good wishes to friends, family and fans for a joyful and loving 2012. Actors and filmmakers took to micro-blogging site Twitter to send out New Year wishes. Here’s what they had to say: Karan Johar: 2012 is definitely a year of hope and discovery… ...

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Impose ban on KMSS: Arunachal government

The Arunachal Pradesh government Saturday urged New Delhi to impose a ban on the Krishak Mukti Samaj Samity (KMSS), a farmer’s group in Assam spearheading the anti-dam movement, for its alleged links with Maoists. “It is now well established how the KMSS is working as a front for Maoists and even the state and central intelligence agencies have found the ...

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Nearly 400 officials probed for graft in Shanghai

Anti-corruption officials in Chinese metropolitan city Shanghai have investigated more than 300 cases of corruption this year involving at least 377 government staff. The city discipline inspection watchdog said as many as 726 officials received punishments in 2011 for administrative offences, reported. These included officials punished over a high-rise inferno in Jing’an district, in which 58 people died and 71 ...

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Five Bengal girls fight child marriages

 Five brave girls from West Bengal, described by President Pratibha Patil as icons, are becoming agents of change and inspiring other young girls in the fight against child marriages. Afsana Khatun, Bina Kalindi, Mukti Majhi, Sangita Bauri and Sunita Mahato hit the headlines by fighting off pressure from their families and calling off their marriages in order to continue studies. ...

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Rajya Sabha Adjourned without Voting on Lokpal Bill

On December 29, 2011, the Rajya Sabha adjourned without the amendments to the Lokpal bill being put to vote, as the acrimonious 13-hour debate continued until midnight. Voting could not take place as the proceedings were delayed due to disruptions. The House has been adjourned without fixing its next sitting. The government claimed it would not be able to sort ...

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