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Rahul Gandhi meets slum dwellers in South Delhi's Rangpuri Pahari

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who met the slum dwellers in South Delhi's Rangpuri Pahari here on Thursday, said that his party would fight for the rights of the poor.


PM Modi calls Nepalese counterpart Koirala 'a wonderful host'

Kathmandu, Nov. 27 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday thanked the people Nepal for their hospitality and called his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala 'a wonderful host' after the conclusion of the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit.


Rajya Sabha passes Bill on panel for CBI chief's appointment

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014 wherein, the CBI director will henceforth be selected by a panel comprising of the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha or the leader of the single largest party in the House and Chief Justice of India or any Supreme Court Judge.


Badaun case: Victims committed suicide, says CBI

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday termed the death of the two girls in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh as suicide, adding that there was no evidence of murder or sexual assault in the case.


Arnia encounter still ongoing: MoS Defence

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh on Thursday evening confirmed that the gun battle between militants and security forces at the Pindi post of Jammu and Kashmir's R S Pura Sector is still going on.


Lok Sabha passes Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014

New Delhi, Nov.27 : The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was passed by Lok Sabha today.


Chaudhary Ranbir Singh was a true 'satyagrahi', says President Mukherjee

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday described freedom fighter Chaudhary Ranbir Singh as a true 'satyagrahi' and one of the architects of the Indian Constitution.


Government pursuing black money, cases against 18 in Liechtenstein

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said a lot of ground has been covered by the government in unearthing black money and cases have been filed against 18 "illegal" account holders of the 28 accounts identified in the tax-haven of Liechtenstein.


Foreign tourists will double in Goa with visa on arrival: Minister

Panaji, Nov 27 : Foreign tourists to Goa could double to one million in the next four years thanks to the newly announced visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility that would be operational from Thursday midnight at the Dabolim international airport, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said.


India must be active in Lima climate change talks: Experts

New Delhi, Nov 27 : India must get actively get involved in the climate change talks to be held in Peru next month, expressing how much it wants as its share in the "carbon budget", or the country's annual flow of emissions, and and setting up time limit to reduce its carbon footprint, experts said Thursday.


Modi, Sharif bonhomie gives fresh boost to Saarc

By Anil Giri, Kathmandu, Nov 27 : In a final ice-breaking moment that gave a huge boost to Saarc and floundering regional cooperation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, laughed and even patted him on the arm at the closing ceremony of the bloc's 18th summit here Thursday, to resounding applause from a relieved audience comprising leaders, diplomats and officials from the eight South Asian countries.


SC suggests Mudgal Committee decide extent of punishment

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The Supreme Court Wednesday suggested that the Mudgal Committee, that probed the allegation of betting and match fixing in IPL 2013 decide on the nature of punishment for Gurunath Meiyappan and others named on its report in accordance with the BCCI's rules and regulations, including the anti-corruption code.


Cases filed against 18 illegal accounts in Liechtenstein: Jaitley

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said that of the 28 accounts identified in the tax-haven of Liechtenstein, income tax proceedings have been concluded against 18 "illegal" account holders and cases filed against them.


Lok Sabha passes bill increasing list of SC communities

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The Lok Sabha Thursday passed a constitutional amendment bill to add more communities to the existing list of scheduled castes in many states.


Badaun sisters committed suicide, were not raped, murdered: CBI

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The CBI Thursday announced that its probe had found that the two young girls who were found hanging from tree in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun in May had committed suicide and were not gangraped and murdered.


10 killed in Jammu gunfight ahead of Modi visit

Jammu, Nov 27 : Ten people, including four civilians, were killed in fierce gun battles in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday when security forces took on infiltrating guerrillas, just a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state, officials said.


Parliament amends law to pave way for next CBI chief's appointment

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Parliament Thursday approved amendments to the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act to provide for appointment of a CBI director in a situation where there is no leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, paving way for naming a new agency chief before incumbent Ranjit Sinha retires Dec 2.


Cases filed against 18 illegal accounts in Liechtenstein: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said that of the 28 accounts identified in the tax-haven of Liechtenstein, income tax proceedings have been concluded against 18 "illegal" account holders and cases filed against them.


Not curtailing rural job scheme: Government

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The government is not trying to curtail MNREGA and the number of blocks under the act have not been reduced, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh told parliament Thursday.


Kirron Kher raises Delhi 'honour killing' in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Actor Kirron Kher Thursday raised in the Lok Sabha the issue of the Delhi girl who was killed by her parents for marrying outside her caste.


Online video on 'Kiss of Love' shows hypocrisy in society

New Delhi, Nov 27 : After protests and debates about the controversial Kiss of Love campaign, a video ridiculing the issue was released on online video sharing platform YouTube.


SC suggests Mudgal Committee decide extent of punishment

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The Supreme Court Wednesday suggested that the Mudgal Committee, that probed the allegation of betting and match fixing in IPL 2013 decide on the nature of punishment for Gurunath Meiyappan and others named on its report in accordance with the BCCI's rules and regulations, including the anti-corruption code.


Short film on drunk driving goes viral online

New Delhi, Nov 27 : "My Husband Made Me a Prostitute", a short film that spreads the message of "Don't Drink and Drive" through a fictional tale, has been viewed over 700,000 times online.


Parliament passes bill amending CBI chief selection process

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Parliament Thursday passed the bill to amend the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act to include leader of the single largest opposition party in Lok Sabha as a member of the CBI chief selection committee, instead of the leader of opposition.


Government stands on decision making Sanskrit third language in KVs

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The central government Thursday reiterated its position that Sanskrit would be the third language in place of German in Kendriya Vidyalayas from class 6 to 8.


India to formulate guidelines for tuberculosis

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The health ministry, with the Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), will formulate clinical guidelines for managing tuberculosis occurring in body parts other than lungs, known as extra-pulmonary tuberculosis.


Accounts to be opened under Jan Dhan increased

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley revised the target for opening bank accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana from 7.5 crore to 10 crore by Jan 26, 2015.


India launches e-visa facility for 43 countries

New Delhi, Nov 27 : India Thursday launched electronic visa (e-visa) facility for tourists from 43 countries, including US, Israel, Palestine and Japan to boost tourism sector and offer hassle-free travel to foreign visitors.


Rajya Sabha takes up bill amending CBI chief selection process

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The Rajya Sabha Thursday took up discussion on the bill to amend the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act to include leader of the single largest opposition party in Lok Sabha as a member of the CBI chief selection committee, instead of the leader of opposition.


Modi, Sharif bonhomie gives fresh boost to Saarc

By Anil Giri, Kathmandu, Nov 27 : In a final ice-breaking moment, that gave a huge boost to Saarc and floundering regional cooperation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, laughed and even patted him on the arm at the closing ceremony of the organisation's 18th summit here Thursday - to resounding applause from a relieved audience comprising leaders, diplomats and officials from the eight South Asian countries.


Black money: Opposition corners government in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The government Thursday faced flak in the Lok Sabha for yet another day on the black money issue, with the opposition parties asking it to give a timeline by which the money stashed abroad would be brought back to India.


Mobiles on cyber attack target in 2015: Symantec

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Mobiles will become a target of cyber attacks in 2015 as they store up a trove of personal and confidential information and are left switched on all the time, making them the perfect targets for attackers in Asia Pacific and Japan, a report said Thursday.


Budgam firing: Guilty will be taken for court martial, says Kadyan

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : Former Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. (retired) Raj Kadyan, on Thursday said that nine army men, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of 53 Rashtriya Rifles, indicted for killing two teenagers in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district earlier this month will be tried after permission and taken for court martial thereafter.


E-visa facility launched to double tourism contribution in GDP: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the E-visa facility for 43 countries had been rolled out to double the contribution of the Tourism Industry in the Gross domestic product (GDP).


Govt. monitoring encounter in Arnia Sector, says Rajnath

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the government is keeping an eye on the encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Arnia Sector.


Jaitley reiterates government's vision, commitment for relations with China

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated the government's vision and commitment for working towards expanding and deepening engagements and relations between India and China, based on mutual complementarities and common interests.


M.M. Ansari calls for better relations between HRD, UGC

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : University Grants Commission (UGC) member M.M. Ansari on Thursday called for better relations between the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry and national bodies and universities.


Govt. has nothing to hide on black money, says Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : Asserting that black money was generated during the Congress-led UPA regime, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said the government, which had constituted the Special Investigation Team (SIT) after coming to power, has nothing to apologise or hide on this issue.


11th National Award for Excellence in Cost Management- 2013 presented to 22 firms

New Delhi, Nov.27 : Twenty-two companies were recently presented with national awards for excellence in cost management.


Eight killed in gunfight near Jammu border

Jammu, Nov 27 : Eight people, including three civilians, were killed when the security forces took on infiltrating militants in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday, police said.


Rajnath Singh to roll out E-visa facility for 43 countries

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma will roll out the E-visa facility for 43 countries here on Thursday.


Vehicles older than 15 years not to ply in Delhi: NGT

New Delhi, Nov. 27 : The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has passed the order that all the petrol and diesel vehicles older than 15 years would not be permitted to ply on the national capital's road.


India will offer secure environment for tourists: Rajnath

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said the government is committed to offering safe and secure framework to the foreign tourists coming to explore India.


Modi, Sharif hold informal talks at Saarc retreat

By Anil Giri, Kathmandu, Nov 27 : In a significant development, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif held informal talks during the 18th Saarc Summit retreat Thursday afternoon.


Centre favours Adani Group: Trinamool

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The Trinamool Congress Thursday accused the central government of crony capitalism and questioned the State Bank of India's grant of a loan to the Adani Group for a mining project in Australia.


India launches e-visa facility for 43 nations

New Delhi, Nov 27 : With the launch of electronic visa (e-visa) facility Thursday, tourists from 43 countries can apply for Indian visa in four simple steps.


Trinamool MPs use black shawls for black money protest

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Trinamool MPs are resorting to novel ideas as far as protesting inside the Lok Sabha is concerned. As soon as the house commenced its proceedings Thursday, Trinamools members entered draped in black shawls and raised slogans on bringing back the black money stashed abroad.


Ordinance to make coal block allocation transparent: Centre

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The intention behind bringing an ordinance on coal blocks allocation is to make the process transparent, union Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said here Thursday.


Kashmir's meagre saffron production spikes prices

By Vishal Gulati, Srinagar, Nov 27 : More than 70 percent of Kashmir's saffron cash crop, one of the costliest spices of the world, has lost its purple bloom this season due to the hostile weather. Its prices have increased 60 to 80 percent.


Justice C.K. Prasad assumes charge as new PCI chief

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Retired Supreme Court judge, Justice C.K. Prasad, Thursday assumed charge as the chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI), an official statement said.


Indian diaspora doubts British sincerity on Gandhi statue

By Sandeep Datta, New Delhi, Nov 27 : Ahead of the proposed installation of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the British parliament, a section of the Indian diaspora has expressed scepticism about the British government's motive behind the move and instead favoured redressal of their concerns as a real tribute to the Father of the Nation.


Planning Commission to function till replaced: Centre

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The Planning Commission will continue to perform its mandate till a new body replaces it, Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said here Thursday.


Most land conflicts in India due to acquisition by state: Study

Kolkata, Nov 27 : At least 25 percent of India's districts are affected by some form of land conflict and a majority of these arise because the state takes over the lands, often on behalf of private investors, a study has said.


Modi, Nawaz shake hand, meet briefly at SAARC retreat

By Anil Giri, Kathmandu, Nov 27 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif Thursday shook hands and met briefly during the retreat at the Saarc Summit.


Vehicles on Rohtang should be fuelled by CNG: Green panel

Manali, Nov 27 : The ice mass on high Himalayan mountain pass Rohtang, overlooking this tourist resort in Himachal Pradesh, is reducing rapidly due to air pollution and in the next 20 to 25 years it may vanish altogether, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said.


Modi to campaign in Jammu Friday

Jammu, Nov 27 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here Friday to address election rallies ahead of the second phase of Jammu and Kashmir polls.


Women can't be secured by curbing their freedom, says CJI

New Delhi, Nov 26 : Chief Justice of India H.L.Dattu Wednesday said security of women, in the wake of spate of cases of sexual assaults, could not be secured by curbing their freedom as is being advocated in some quarters.


Government draws up plan to raise power generation

New Delhi, Nov 26 : The ministers of the key energy portfolios of power and petroleum met Wednesday to finalise a plan to increase power generation in the country that would also involve operating 16,000 MW of gas-based plants lying stranded for lack of fuel.


Builder's family held hostage, robbed in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 26 : A group of five robbers Wednesday barged into the house of a builder, held his family members hostage on gun point as they ransacked the house and fled with cash and jewellery worth Rs.20 lakh, police said Wednesday.


Steep rise in rape cases, assaults on women in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 26 : Incidents of rape in the capital more than doubled between 2012 and 2013 while cases of assault on women increased by five times, the government said Wednesday.


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