Key India-Nepal border post open, trucks cross after 5 months
Key India-Nepal border post open, trucks cross after 5 months

The Raxaul-Birgunj checkpost, that accounts for more than two-third supply of goods between India and Nepal, seemed to be back in business after a gap of five months as vehicles carrying goods found their entry smoothly into Nepal. The unobstructed flow of vehicles began in the afternoon as business

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    Australia's Shane Watson attracted a top bid of $1.4 million and will join the Bangalore franchise for the next edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, while former England batsman Kevin Pietersen was bought by newcomers Pune. All-rounder Watson was in high demand in Saturday's auction for the cash-rich tournament, the ninth edition of which will be played from April 9 to May 29. Watson will join a Bangalore team boasting power-hitters Chris Gayle, AB de Villliers and Virat Kohli as well as Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc.

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  • One year of Arvind Kejriwal govt: Here is what happened so far under AAP rule

    The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi is set to complete one year in office even as the city stinks with garbage littered across its streets due to the strike by MCD workers over non-payment of their salaries.

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  • Jet Airways suspends cabin crew for Sonu Nigam's in-flight singing

    Mumbai, Feb 5 (IANS) Airline major Jet Airways said on Friday that it has suspended the five-member cabin crew of its January 4 Jodhpur-Mumbai flight for allowing celebrated singer Sonu Nigam to use the in-flight announcement system to entertain his fellow passengers. "All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off from flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures," said a Jet Airways spokesperson. "This is a vital information system, which is used by the crew to alert and inform passengers about major safety related procedures, weather and issuing of turbulence warnings," Kanu Gohain, safety expert and ex-director general of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told IANS.

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  • Mumbai road rage: Hit by car, man ‘abducts’ woman driver in Virar

    n a case of road rage that took an even uglier turn, a 40-year-old woman was allegedly abducted by an armed pedestrian after he was hit by her car outside a busy mall in Virar Wednesday. Till Thursday night, the police had not been able to trace the woman.

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  • Road Ministry gives nod to 18 projects worth Rs 16,614 cr

    The road transport and highways ministry on Friday cleared 18 highway projects having a cumulative length of 982 km to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 16,614 crore. As many as 11 projects of the proposed 18, cleared by the ministry in a meeting headed by its secretary Sanjay Mitra, would be developed through the newly-coined hybrid annuity model, in which the government would pay 40 per cent of the project cost in phases. Six projects would be developed through the EPC model and the remaining one using the traditional Build–operate–transfer (BOT) (toll) model.

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  • Kerala solar scam: Made 1,000 calls to Chandy aide, says Saritha to panel

    Solar panel scam accused Saritha S Nair Friday told the judicial commission probing the case that she made about 1,000 phone calls to Tenni Joppen, a former aide of Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, and around 130 calls to the CM’s official residence in one year. Nair claimed she made 127 calls to Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala’s personal assistant P A Pradosh and met Chennithala to discuss erecting solar lighting solutions in his constituency. The association, she said, had promised to pass a resolution urging the government to install solar panels at all police stations in the state.

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  • The rise and fall of Yadav Singh, chief engineer now in CBI net

    On Wednesday, CBI arrested suspended UP chief engineer Yadav Singh on corruption charges. Singh joined the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (Noida) as Junior Engineer on March 17, 1980. On April 21, 1995, Singh was promoted as Project Engineer, a post which required an engineering degree but Singh only held a diploma.

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  • Show cause notice to Ajit Pawar, 43 others

    Former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s position as the director of Pune District Central Cooperative Bank (PDCC) is threatened after the district registrar of cooperative bodies issued him a show cause notice on February 1. The show cause notices have been issued after the state government cleared an amendment in the law to debar cooperative banks directors who have been pulled up by Reserve Bank of India for alleged irregularities from elections for 10 years. In 2011, the Reserve Bank of India had superseded the Board of directors of the Maharashtra State Central Cooperative Bank, of which Pawar was a director.

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  • Ashok Chavan and the Adarsh scam: A case of nepotism and flouting rules?

    Maharashtra Governor C H Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday gave permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute former chief minister Ashok Chavan in the controversial Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society scam. Reacting to the development, Ashok Chavan said, " It is a clear case of political vindictiveness by the BJP." He added, " The decision to allow CBI to prosecute me in Adarsh case is illegal. The development does not auger well for Chavan who is the state Congress president.

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  • Elite drink for good sleep, so banning English liquor may be tough: Manju Verma

    Bihar Social Welfare Minister Kumari Manju Verma has triggered a controversy by saying the “elite” drink liquor for “good sleep” and hence, the state government might find it difficult to enforce a ban on English liquor. The Nitish Kumar government had proposed a ban on country-made liquor from April 1 and English liquor from September 1. On Wednesday, at a news programme, the minister had said, “Elite people such as doctors, engineers and lawyers drink after getting tired.

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  • Hit-and-run-case: Salman Khan's hearing postponed to Feb.12

    New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): The Supreme Court will hear Maharashtra Government's special leave petition against Salman Khan in the hit-and-run-case on February 12th after it was postponed today. Khan had moved the Supreme Court, saying he should be heard before any hearing on the Maharashtra Government's petition challenging his acquittal in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The Maharashtra Government had on January 22 filed a petition in the apex court against the Bombay High Court's judgement acquitting Salman of 'all charges', overturning the trial court's order sentencing him for five years.

    • ANI
  • MCD strike continues; LG offers Rs. 300 crore loan

    New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): As the strike by the MCD workers entered its tenth day, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday made a unilateral offer of Rs. 300 crores loan to the North and East Corporations from the DDA. This offer would help pay the workers till March 31. Jung has also assured the three mayors of the MCD that he would speak to the government on implementation of the fourth Finance Commission to find a long-term solution to the problems of the workers.

    • ANI
  • India, Hong Kong keen to deepen bilateral ties: CY Leung

    New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) There is a clear consensus among India's leadership for "broadening and deepening" the country's over a century-old ties with Hong Kong, the chief executive of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) CY Leung has said. "After meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and separate meetings with your external affairs and finance ministers, it is clear to me that there is a consensus here that there should be a broadening and deepening of India's cooperation with Hong Kong," Leung said at a dinner on Thursday night hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) at the conclusion of his India visit aimed at boosting bilateral trade.

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  • Large firms benefit, laws apply quickly to small cos: Raghuram Rajan

    Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, who is now leading the RBI initiative of cleaning up banks’ balance sheets, on Thursday said promoters benefited while resolving distress in large firms. On the other hand, laws applied more quickly to small firms. Rajan said there’s still uneven playing field in distress.

    • The Indian Express
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  • MMRDA ropes in World Bank to map region

    The city’s development authority has tied up with the World Bank to map the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), mirroring every road, utility, water body and plan reservation across eight municipal corporations, nine municipal councils and about a thousand villages on a digital platform. According to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the ambitious Regional Information System that it aims to create with the World Bank’s help will be the first of its kind in India. Sanjay Sethi, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner at the MMRDA, said, “We have forged an informal agreement with the World Bank to assist us in building a Regional Information System.

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  • Carry out all Lodha committee recommendations: SC to BCCI

    New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday suggested to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it accept all the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee relating to structural reforms in the governing body. The apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla told BCCI that the Justice Lodha Committee has given a "very viable rational solutions. You take a realistic view of the matter and act according to the recommendations".

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  • Slogans raised during candlelight vigil at Ryan International

    New Delhi, Feb. 4 (ANI): The family members of students of the Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj observed a candlelight vigil in front of the school here today to express their solidarity with six-year-old Divyansh Kakrora, who was found dead in a septic tank of the school on Saturday. Apart from family members of school students, several social activists and child right activists also took part in the march.

    • ANI
  • Deoband bypoll: If I get elected, they will feel our terror, says BJP leader Rampal Singh

    When Muzaffarnagar faced riots in 2013, neighbouring Deoband, another Muslim-dominated area with the seat of Dar-ul-Uloom seminary, remained quiet. Deoband does not see communal clashes, but BJP believes the February 13 by-election here is a fight “between Hindus and Muslims". The party candidate, former RSS pracharak Rampal Singh Pundhir, asserts his agenda: restoration of Hindu pride.

    • The Indian Express
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  • I dare Bikram Singh Majithia to put me behind bars: Sanjay Singh

    Daring revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia to put him behind the bars, AAP national spokesperson Sanjay Singh on Thursday said that he continues to stick to his statement that ‘AAP will put Majithia behind the bars if voted to power as he is related to drug business in Punjab.’

    • The Indian Express
  • Crimes against foreigners: thefts high, sex offences next

    Sexual offences form 13 per cent, or roughly one-eighth, of the crimes committed against foreigners in India while thefts are four times higher, government data reveal. The latest case of sexual offence being probed is the alleged stripping and assault of a Tanzanian student in Bengaluru. Last year, National Crime Records Bureau for the first time published data on crimes committed against foreigners.

    • The Indian Express
  • Glitches galore as Guwahati sounds gong

    Without a Games Village to house the over-4000 athletes, officials, administrators and technical officials at the 12th South Asian Games which begin on Friday, Guwahati is grappling with an almighty logistical nightmare. What will add to the confusion is that a contingent is not staying in one designated hotel but spread across the city. Afghanistan’s much smaller squad of 49 have been accommodated in four different hotels while India which has the largest contingent is in nine different locations, including the campus of a school.

    • The Indian Express
  • Delhi High Court raps MCD for strike, L-G Najeeb Jung offers Rs 300 crore loan

    The Delhi High Court criticized the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for its workers' strike in the national capital which has entered the tenth day today and issued notices to all the unions. The court observed that common people in the city are suffering owing to the ongoing tussle between the BJP-ruled MCD and the AAP-ruled Delhi government. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation counsel told the court that 40% of sanitation employees have come back to work and action is being considered against rest.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Karnataka gets Rs.1.33 lakh crore at investors meet

    Bengaluru, Feb 4 (IANS) Karnataka has managed to get only Rs.1.33 lakh crore of investments at the fourth edition of its global investors meet (GIM), a state minister said on Thursday. "We have signed 121 agreements and expression of interest to the tune of Rs.1.33 lakh crore at the GIM," Industries Minister R.V. Deshpande said at the valedictory function on the second day of the three-day mega event here. The state government, however, secured 56 percent of the total investment worth Rs.1.75 lakh crore during the last three years that were approved by its high power committee and single window agencies of various departments.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • UP stun Punjab 3-0 in HIL tie

    Chandigarh, Feb 4 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Wizards (UPW) stunned Jaypee Punjab Warriors (JPW) 3-0 in an exciting Hockey India League (HIL) clash at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here on Thursday. Akashdeep Singh struck a field goal in the 44th minute to give the Wizards a 2-0 lead. Gonzalo Peillat (60th minute) converted a penalty corner in the dying moments of the match.

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  • President's rule only option left for Bihar: Chirag Paswan

    New Delhi, Feb. 6 (ANI): Condemning the murder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Brijnath Singh, Chirag Paswan on Saturday said President's rule is the only option left for Bihar, considering its deteriorating law and order situation. "The grand alliance of the Government of Bihar has been a failure at every step. The only option left with us right now is President's rule, because this government is a complete failure at every step," Paswan told ANI.

    • ANI
  • Rohith Vemula wouldn’t commit suicide over suspension: HCU ABVP head

    “I knew Rohith Vemula since 2012, I don’t think his suspension was the reason he killed himself,”Susheel Kumar, President of Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad at Hyderabad Central University , who has been charged with abetment to the Dalit scholar’s suicide, said in Mumbai on Friday. Kumar was in the city to speak to the media and clear his stand on the issue of Vemula’s death.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Khawaja gets ODI chance after overlooked for NZ opener

    In-form batsman Usman Khawaja has been selected to play his first one-day international in three years when Australia meet New Zealand in the second match of their series in Wellington on Saturday. Khawaja will replace opening batsman Shaun Marsh in the side after being overlooked for the first match at Eden Park, which the tourists lost by 159 runs. The 29-year-old has been in sparkling form during the home summer, hitting three centuries in four tests against New Zealand and West Indies before blasting a couple of Twenty20 tons to help Sydney Thunder capture their first Big Bash League title in Australia's domestic competition.

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  • Arun Jailtey: Rs1.1L cr more for pay panel, OROP implementation

    The government on Friday said the 2016-17 Budget will have to make provision of Rs 1.10 lakh crore for implementation of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations and One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme along with providing more incentives for the agricultural sector. “During the financial year 2016-17, the central government has to make provision for about Rs 1.10 lakh crore in order to meet the liabilities on account of implementation of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations and One Rank One Pension Scheme,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said while addressing the meeting of Consultative Committee on Budget Suggestions.

    • The Indian Express
  • Shiv Sena shuts shops in Old City in Ludhiana, says will keep up its protest

    Shiv Sena activists Thursday forced shopkeepers at Chaura Bazaar in Old City area to down shutters in protest against the attack on the outfit’s youth leader Amit Arora last evening. Shopkeepers claimed that Sena activists raised anti-Khalistan and anti-Sikh slogans when they refused to close their shops. Somnath Grover, chairman, Chaura Bazaar Market Association, said, “It has become a trend in Ludhiana to harass shopkeepers, especially in Chaura Bazaar, whenever a crime happens.

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  • February 5, 1976, Forty Years Ago

    The Lok Sabha passed a bill extending the term of the House, which was to expire on March 18, by one year. The bill was adopted by 165 votes to 20, after Union Law Minister H.R. Gokhale emphatically denied the allegation that the measure was unconstitutional. More than a thousand people died in Guatemala City in a series of earthquakes that razed a third of this Latin American city of a million people.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Sabarimala temple: Kerala govt defends ban on women’s entry

    Defending the ban on entry of women in Sabarimala temple, the Kerala government Friday told the Supreme Court that beliefs and customs of devotees cannot be changed through a judicial process and that “the opinion of the priests is final” in matters of religion. It claimed that the restriction on entry of women in the menstrual age group cannot be tested on the ground of fundamental right to equality since it involves essential and integral part of practicing religion, which includes the “right to exclude persons”. Ahead of the Assembly polls, the Congress-led UDF government also withdrew the “erroneous” stand of its predecessor, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government, which had stated in an affidavit in November 2007 said “it is not fair to deny a section of women from entering Sabarimala temple”.

    • The Indian Express
  • Goa: Three held for sexually assaulting, confining minor girl for over a month

    GOA POLICE have arrested three men on charges of kidnapping and sexually abusing a 16-year-old minor in confinement for over a month. The girl was rescued by the police from a house at Cuncolim in South Goa on Thursday night.

    • The Indian Express
  • Court refuses to take cognizance of ‘offences’ by bank officials

    In a major setback to the CBI probe in the alleged Rs 6,000-crore forex scam by Bank of Baroda (BoB) officials, the special court has refused to take cognizance of the alleged offences of criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy, including cheating under the IPC. Special Judge Pawan Kumar Jain has declined to take cognizance of the alleged offences by suspended BoB assistant general manager SK Garg and Forex in-charge officer Jainis Dubey — stating that official are entitled to protection under Section 197, CrPC. The court, however, has taken cognizance under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

    • The Indian Express
  • Assault on Tanzanian student not 'racist' attack: K'taka HM

    Bengaluru, Feb. 4 (ANI): Amid uproar over assault on Tanzanian student in Bengaluru and questions being raised on 'racism' in the society, Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara on Thursday said that the incident should be seen as an isolated incident and must not be generalized. Tanzanian High Commissioner John WH Kijazi earlier said that 'mob justice' and 'racism' led to the unfortunate incident. The Tanzanian student was beaten and then stripped by a group of locals in Bengaluru after they assumed she was part of an incident in which a Sudanese man had run over a local woman.

    • ANI
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  • 10 Indian soldiers feared dead in Himalayan avalanche

    The Indian army said Thursday there was little chance of finding alive any of the 10 soldiers buried in an avalanche at the Siachen Glacier in the remote Himalayas, as rescue efforts continued. The soldiers were on duty at an army post on a glacier at an altitude of 5,900 metres (19,600 feet) when it was hit by a massive avalanche early Wednesday. "It is with deepest regrets that we have to state that chances of finding any survivors are now very remote," General D. S. Hooda of the army's Northern Command said in a statement.

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  • Bhojshala row: Week before Basant Panchami, thousands turn up for prayers

    Exactly a week before Basant Panchami, thousands of Muslims offered namaz at Bhojshala-Kamal Maula’s mosque in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar town on Friday, leaving the local administration worried. The turnout was much more than usual and came a day after Hindu organisations boycotted a sadbhavana rally organised by the administration protesting that the majority community was not named in the appeal for peace. The right-wing activists argued that the appeal mentioned the minority community and it reflected the biased approach of the administration and the state BJP government.

    • The Indian Express
  • T20 World Cup 2016, Asia Cup India squads; Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra included, Pawan Negi surprise pick

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  • Tanzanian student attack: Congress says Rahul sought report from state, but CM denies claim

    Under fire from the BJP over the incident in which a mob allegedly stripped a Tanzanian woman and paraded her on a Bengaluru street, the Congress on Thursday said party vice-president Rahul Gandhi has sought an explanation from the Congress government in Karnataka, a claim denied by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Although Rahul himself has been silent on the issue, AICC general secretary in-charge of the state Digvijaya Saingh said the party vice-president has sought a report. The BJP slammed the Congress for its “hypocrisy” in “selectively picking up issues” to attack the NDA government at the Centre.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Modi says one family obstructing parliament

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    • ANI
  • As India goes south in FIFA ranking, it needs to look beyond northeast for solutions

    Guam, an island nation located in Micronesia, would be a challenge for most to spot on the globe without using a magnifying glass. Spread across an area of just 543 square kilometres, Guam is close to the size of Mumbai city. In fact, Guam can be boxed into India's biggest city, Kolkata, like a Matryoshka doll.

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  • Asaduddin Owaisi calls for Dalit-Muslim unity ahead of Uttar Pradesh bypolls

    Hyderabad MP and President of All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday said that unity between Muslims and Dalits is the need of the hour. Owaisi, in his maiden speech in Uttar Pradesh, invoked Ambedkar, Rohit Vemula and Dadri incident in an attempt foster unity between the Dalit and Muslim communities. "We will remain indebted to Dr Ambedkar for our constitution else the country would have gone on Hindutva path.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Maharashtra rent control act: Solution pending

    Recently about 20 people living in some of Mumbai’s most elite residences in South Mumbai made their way to Congress leader Milind Deora’s office near Churchgate. Around the same time, several residents from middle-income families living in old rundown buildings in Central Mumbai and some of the oldest parts of South Mumbai rallied on the streets behind Shiv Sena politicians, voicing protests. With the state government considering a change in the Maharashtra Rent Control Act, 1999, the residents were worried that this might lead to an exponential rise in their rent value.

    • The Indian Express
  • Gujarat HC notice to state govt on plea by ex-DGP Kuldip Sharma

    The Gujarat High Court Thursday issued notice to the state government on a petition moved by former Director General of Police (DGP)-turned Congress leader Kuldip Sharma, challenging his Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) of 2010, prepared by then minister of agriculture Dileep Sanghani and accepted by then CM Narendra Modi. Sharma had moved this petition in 2011 in Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Ahmedabad bench which pronounced its verdict on December 15 last year. The CAT held that writing Sharma’s appraisal by Sanghani and its acceptance by Modi was appropriate.

    • The Indian Express
  • MCD strike day 9: Workers demand unified corporation

    The municipal corporation strike entered its ninth day Thursday, as the agitating employees dug in heels. The protesters decided to continue their lockdown indefinitely despite the Delhi government extending Rs 551-crore loan to the civic bodies Wednesday. Meanwhile, members of the Municipal Corporation Teacher’s Association (MCTA) continued their agitation with demonstrations outside the Shahdara South Education zonal office.

    • The Indian Express
  • Man arrested for allegedly raping three-year-old in Mumbai

    Mumbai, Feb. 5 (ANI): The Mumbai Police detained a 25-year-old man for allegedly raping a three-year-old girl from Dindoshi suburb of Goregaon area here yesterday evening.

    • ANI
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  • India gamble on paceman Shami for World T20

    India have gambled on the fitness of Mohammed Shami by including the injury-prone paceman in the 15-man squad named on Friday for next month's World Twenty20 tournament on home soil. The 25-year-old Shami has not played international cricket since finishing as India's second most successful bowler at last year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with 17 wickets. Shami underwent surgery on his injured knee after returning from that tournament last March and was named in the squad for the limited-overs series in Australia earlier this year, only to be ruled out with a hamstring problem.

    • Reuters
  • 10 years of MGNREGA: How an idea became a necessity and now the nation’s pride

    Paradoxically, the most appropriate starting point for recounting its story is the statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last February on the floor Parliament. In it, the PM mocked the Congress for having to resort to a programme like MGNREGA even 60 years after Independence.

    • The Indian Express
  • Watson most expensive at IPL auction; Yuvraj joins Hyderabad

    Bengaluru, Feb 6 (IANS) Veteran Australian all-rounder Shane Watson commanded the highest bid of Rs.9 crore from Royal Challengers Bengaluru while star batsman Yuvraj Singh was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs.7 crore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction here on Saturday. Watson, who has represented Rajasthan Royals (RR) every year since joining them in the inaugural edition in 2008, was bought by Vijay Mallay-owned RCB for Rs.9.5 crore from a base price of Rs.2 crore. This is first time that Watson has featured in the IPL auction since the inaugural editon in 2008.

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  • Congress questions PM's silence on Gujarat land deal issue

    New Delhi, Feb. 6 (ANI): The Congress Party on Saturday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the Gujarat land alloacations involving Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and her daughter Anar jayesh Patel Interacting with the media here, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said Anandiben Patel, during her tenure as the Revenue Minister in the Gujarat government headed by Narendra Modi, had allotted land near the Gir Lion Sanctuary at a throwaway price to business associates of her daughter. "Around 250 acres of forest land in an eco-sensitive zone was by the Gujarat Government, and even at that time the valuation was Rs. 60, 000 per acre and it was given for Rs. 15 per meter square.

    • ANI
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  • Tanzanian student attack: Swamy urges nation to fight against 'prejudice'

    New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): Following the furore over a Tanzanian student attacked by a mob in Bengaluru, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday called on the nation to learn a lesson from the unfortunate incident and fight against such kind of 'prejudice' from spreading across the nation. "We must take a lesson from this and ensure that that this kind of prejudice should not be allowed to flower in the country," Swamy told ANI. "What happened in Bangalore is not particular to India and nobody can give us a lecture, but that does not mean that it should happen.

    • ANI
  • CBI gets Yadav Singh, looks at his properties, chain of investments

    A special court Thursday sent suspended UP chief engineer Yadav Singh to CBI custody for six days in connection with the alleged graft and disproportionate assets case against him. A day after his arrest, Singh was produced before special judge G Sridevi. The court sent Yadav to CBI custody until February 10.

    • The Indian Express
  • Cricket: Watson the top draw as stars sold at IPL auction

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    • AFP
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    • The Indian Express
  • Siachen avalanche: Army declares all trapped soldiers dead; PM Modi pays condolences

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    • The Indian Express
  • IMA welcomes SC's directive on regulating working condition of nurses

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    • ANI
  • India court sentences 11 to death for land-grab murder

    An Indian court sentenced 11 political activists to death Thursday for murdering a housewife in an attempt to illegally procure disputed land from a village in the eastern part of the country. The court in West Bengal state found the group guilty of shooting dead Aparna Bag when she tried to stop armed men from grabbing land she claimed to own in November 2014. The activists from the state's ruling Trinamool Congress party tried to forcefully seize the land, in Nadia district about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Kolkata, saying it belonged to the government.

    • AFP
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    • ANI