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Onus on Pak to create environment for normal relations: govt

PTI New Delhi India has conveyed to Pakistan that it wants normal neighbourly relations with it in an atmosphere free from terror, and the onus is on Islamabad for creating such an environment, the government said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. In a written reply to a question, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan listed a number of …

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Cabinet nod to set up single tribunal to adjudicate river water disputes

PTI New Delhi The Union Cabinet Wednesday gave its nod to set up a single, permanent tribunal to adjudicate all interstate river water disputes, subsuming existing nine, with an aim to resolve grievances of states in a speedy manner. Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Cabinet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said there are nine tribunals functioning …

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Three dead in Assam floods, over 2 lakh affected

IANS Guwahati At least three persons have died in the last 24 hours in floods and landslides in Assam and over two lakh people have been affected, officials said on Wednesday. Two people died due to floods and one person was killed in a landslide here. The situation is expected to worsen as the meteorological department has predicted more rain …

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Man’s heart resumes functioning 18 months after artificial implant surgery

PTI New Delhi In a miraculous turn of events, a 52-year-old man got a new lease of life when his heart resumed functioning almost 18 months after he underwent an artificial heart implant procedure following a cardiac failure. Detecting the recovery, doctors switched off the artificial heart and the man is alive on his original heart now. Iraqi businessman Hani …

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Sri Lanka asked to fulfil commitments on protecting interest of Tamils: govt

PTI New Delhi India has consistently called upon Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments on addressing the issues related to protecting the interest of Tamils there, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the government is of the view …

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Norway hails India for accepting UN tribunal ruling on sea boundary dispute

IANS New Delhi Norway has praised India for accepting a UN court ruling on its maritime boundary dispute with Bangladesh in 2014 as a “very, very good example” of New Delhi abiding by democracy and a rules-based world order amid a rising trend of countries resorting to “might is right”. “Democracy and rule of law, particularly in a changing world …

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K’taka crisis: Speaker says MLA resignations not in order

Bengaluru: The beleaguered JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka Tuesday got a breather with state assembly Speaker holding that the resignations of 9 out of 14 rebel MLAs are not in order on a day when another Congress legislator quit the party. Fighting to save the government, the Congress also sought the intervention of Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar in disqualifying …

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No progress on mediation in Ayodhya case, SC told

New Delhi: One of the parties representing the Hindu community moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday to list the Ayodhya dispute for adjudication saying there has been no progress in the mediation process. Gopal Singh Visharad filed the application. His counsel and senior advocate P Narasimha mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices …

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NIA seizes arms, components used for making IEDs, rockets

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency has seized five fabricated hand grenades, one timer device, three electric circuits, suspected explosive substance, components used for making IEDs and rockets and several incriminating material from Bengaluru, it said on Tuesday. The seizure was made from Soladevanahalli area in north Bengaluru based on leads provided by Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh terrorist Habibur Rehman, arrested for …

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53% smokers between 20-30 years: survey

New Delhi: A whopping 53 per cent of smokers belong to the age group of 20 to 30 years, a survey has revealed, adding most of them resort to smoking to cope with stress. According to the survey conducted by Aviss Foundation, every third person in the age group of 15-50 years was addicted to smoking.   “Of all the respondents, …

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