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SreeNair | 7:51 PM |
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In a move that has drawn widespread appreciation, a police officer in Karachi has invoked Section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code to register a blasphemy case against Muslims who vandalized a Hindu temple in the metropolis on September 21 during the rioting against the anti-Islam film ‘Innocence of Muslims.’
Nine people, including a local cleric, have been named in the case for attacking the Shri Krishna Bhagwan Mandir at Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Karachi.
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All schools must have drinking water, toilets within 6 months: SCApex court directs Centre and state govts to provide basic infrastructure in all schools.
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  Fifth rape in month in Haryana, now in Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s district Dalit girl is victimDalit girl was allegedly raped in a car - among those booked, 3 aunts.
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 Ambedkar statue damaged in Ghaziabad, protesters hold up traffic on highway.Nearly 100 people blocked NH-24 on Tuesday morning, after a statue of Dr B R Ambedkar was found dese...
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Even as Chief Minister Narendra Modi is repeatedly demanding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh disclose the amount of public money spent on Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s foreign trips, it now turns out his own government failed to furnish similar details about his trips abroad sought by activists under the Right to Information Act.
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After a marathon effort a three-year-old boy was rescued from an abandoned 450 feet deep borewell near Denkanikottai on Sunday evening.
A. Guna fell into the well of 8 inch diameter at around 10 a.m. in a rose nursery in Kummalathur near Agalakottai in Denkanikottai taluk in Krishnagiri district owned by his father Anandan.
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More than 28,000 Indians pilgrims from different parts of India have arrived so far in Saudi Arabia for the Haj pilgrimage.
The Consulate in Jeddah said the pilgrims started arriving at the Jeddah and Medina airports from September 17. The first flight with 400 people from Kolkata touched down in Jeddah.
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Seven more farmers have committed suicide in Vidarbha, after a pest attack ruined their crops, according to a social group working among farmers of Maharashtra’s eastern region.
In a statement, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) identified them as Baliram Wagh and his son Shivaji Wagh of Pokhari, Ramesh Kharat of Giroli and Prakash Jadhav of Koregoan, all villages in Buldhana district; Sunil Choudhari of Karanja tehsil in Washim district; Yashwant Chavhan of Sultanpur in Amravati district; and Shankar Mudalkar of Yari village in Yavatmal district.
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Firing a fresh salvo at the Arvind Kejriwal-led group, anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare on Sunday said it had not responded to his questions on how to present a political alternative to the people in the fight against corruption and termed the path of politics as one “full of dirt.”It is “not sacred and it is full of dirt,” but the route of agitation is “sacred,” Mr. Hazare told reporters here on Sunday.
Asked if Mr. Kejriwal had fooled Team Anna with his political ambitions, he said, “No, it is not a question of being cheated.”
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In the age of near saturation levels of mobile phones, video conferencing and other internet enabled modes of communications, the good old public call office (PCO) is still around. Statistics show that there are 12.62 lakh pay-phones operating across the country, with Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu topping the list of circles.
The data of Public Telephone Booths or PCO, excluding Village Public Telephones (VPTs), shows that PCOs are “generally working satisfactorily”.
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When Sri Lanka takes the field for its last match of the Super Eight stage of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament on Monday night, there will be more than Sri Lankan fans cheering for the team. New Zealand or West Indies, depending on who wins that encounter which will be played earlier on the same day, will also cheer for Sri Lanka against England.
Sri Lanka goes into the last game with the best record — it’s the only team without a loss in the stage so far. With another win Sri Lanka will top the pool.
West Indies and England have won one game each and New Zealand is yet to win a game.
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Lt. General (Retired) Kuldeep Singh Brar, who led the controversial Operation Blue Star to flush out terrorists from the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984, was stabbed near a hotel in Central London on Sunday night by unidentified attackers and he suffered minor injuries. He was taken to hospital and later discharged.Police said they had registered a case of assault. No arrests were made yet.
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India Against Corruption member Arvind Kejriwal and his associates will announce on Gandhi Jayanti (Tuesday) the launch of a political party to fight corruption and give an outline of its constitution and vision.
Mr. Kejriwal too had stated that if Mr. Hazare does not want them to form a political party, they would back off.
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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised Punjab Police’s style of interrogating terror suspect Kulvir Singh Barapind following his allegation before a magistrate that the police had “applied electric shocks to his ears, beat him, and humiliated him”.
HRW wants an investigation into the allegation as claimed by Barapind’s lawyer.
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The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a writ petition challenging the powers of the Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) to conduct performance audit relating to allocation of coal blocks and other issues.
Justice Lodha told counsel: “The CAG is a constitutional authority who is under a mandate to place before Parliament or the State legislature concerned its findings. It was for Parliament or the respective legislatures to act upon such reports. It was for Parliament to consider, accept, partially accept or reject the CAG’s findings. Ultimately it was for Parliament to take a call on the CAG’s report and say ‘your [CAG] report is misconceived/misplaced and also reject the opinion. Don’t undermine the office of the CAG.’”
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With the dust yet to settle on the controversy surrounding coal block allocations, Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has stirred up another row by making a sexist remark at a function in Kanpur on Sunday. Incensed at the remark, several women’s organisations staged a protest in the industrial metropolis on Tuesday, hurled footwear at his portrait and burnt his effigies.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded Mr. Jaiswal’s ouster from the Union Cabinet.
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The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Tuesday named Deputy Speaker P. Dhanapal (61) as its nominee for the post of Assembly Speaker, paving the way for a Dalit to become Speaker after a gap of 50 years.The election to the post of Speaker will be held on October 10 following the resignation of D. Jayakumar on September 29.
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The country faced a rainfall deficit of 8 per cent at the end of the four-month-long southwest monsoon though a late rally erased fears of a drought.
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Questions raised by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the amount of government money spent on the medical treatment and foreign travels of Congress president Sonia Gandhi has triggered a verbal duel between the BJP and the Congress.
“I read in a newspaper that Rs.1,880 crore was spent on Soniaji’s foreign trips... nearly Rs. 2,000 crore. If you have to shut Modi’s mouth, then make public the details of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign tours, from the time the Manmohan Singh’s government came to power in 2004, till now,” Mr. Modi reiterated on Tuesday.
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Election Commission has announced the schedule for a fresh revision of the electoral rolls in six constituencies of the State Legislative Council with November 1, 2012 as the reference date as required under Representation of People Act.
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According to the Pakistan women's team captain Sana Mir, the fact that Pakistan had always struggled against India in a World Cup had spurred her team to win the match."The fact that Pakistan has always lost to India in World Cup competitions was a motivation for us to beat India in the women's competition," she said.
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SC says that all schools  must have toilets with in 6 months.The court passed the order on a public litigation seeking its direction to the center and state Goverments to provide basic fescilities  of drinking water and toilets in Schools.
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Protests over Cauvery gains further momentum in Karnataka
Protests over the Cauvery water dispute gained momentum today with Kannada outfits planning several high-voltage rallies in the city even as the state government briefed a Central team on the water storage levels in reservoirs.
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Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 16 runs to enter World T20 final
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Spinners Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis shared five wickets as Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 16 runs on Thursday to reach the World Twenty20 final.
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CBI officers said that 20 blocks were allotted during 2003, of which 13 were given to state public sector firms and the rest to private companies.
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Kingfisher staffer not paid for months, wife kills herself in Delhi
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West Bengal’s ambitious plan to turn its port town of Haldia into a Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) is all set to be formally buried at Thursday’s cabinet meeting with the Centre moving to pull out of the Rs 93,000-crore project.
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Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has acquired properties worth Rs 300 crore in a series of “suspicious” transactions, India Against Corruption (IAC) alleged here on Friday. The transactions made on behalf of five companies owned by Vadra and his mother, it said, were quid pro quo for benefits granted to DLF by three Congress-ruled states of Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi.
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Opener Chris Gayle, who hammered an unbeaten 75 to help West Indies reach the finals, on Friday sounded the battle cry against Sri Lanka, saying his team will definitely win the World Twenty20 on Sunday.
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Enthused by the wealth of human capital in Kashmir, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi pledged to do his bit in building a long-term relationship with youth and fulfil their aspirations.
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 Five members of a family were sentenced to death by a Sessions court here on Friday for the June 2010 “honour killing” of a young couple belonging to different castes who were mercilessly beaten up and electrocuted. Yogesh, 20, a Dalit, and the girl, Asha, 19, were planning to get married when they were murdered.
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