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Kerala nurses want to return to Iraq

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala nurses who have a valid work visa for Iraq are urging the state government to arrange for their return to that country to join duty.

These nurses were in India on annual leave when trouble broke out in Iraq in July this year.

"By now I have received almost a dozen calls from such nurses, who are asking us to see that we make arrangements for them to resume work in Iraq as they have a valid visa and an employment contract," said an official at the chief minister's office preferring anonymity.

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Three killed over land dispute in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow : Three people were killed over a land dispute in Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal district, police said Saturday.

Four people have been arrested for their alleged role in the murder, an official told IANS.

A dispute over a piece of land in Sambhal's Gumthul village turned ugly Friday.

The argument between Nanhu and another villager Horilal soon turned violent. Horilal with his aides Neeraj, Mahesh and Jeemat opened fire at Nanhu.

Nanhu, his son Sukkhun and brother Mohanlal were killed in the firing, police said.

Writing about Clean India a service to nation: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday thanked the media for creating awareness about the Clean India Campaign, adding that the members of the fourth estate were doing a service to the nation by writing about it.

In his first formal interaction with the media after becoming the prime minister, Modi recounted his relations with the press as a party worker, and then talked about his pet Clean India Campaign.

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Times have changed, says Modi in media outreach

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday reached out to the media and said he was looking for ways to deepen his old ties with the fourth estate.

Speaking at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquaters here, he said there was a time when he used to move chairs at the party office and used to freely interact with members of the press.

Wishing the journalists a happy Diwali, he said the media can play a much larger role in shaping the future of the country.

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Gandhi’s people in Maoist land

By Aishik Chanda,

Kukurbhukka, Jashpur district (Chhattisgarh): They travel in a van donated by a Gondi Adivasi organization of Bastar. They spend the night with benevolent villagers and eat whatever is offered. The 12-member CGNet Swara team that travels through central India promoting citizen journalism through mobile radio is a diverse lot.

Two-year-old girl raped in Meghalaya

Shillong : A two-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was raped by her uncle in a Meghalaya village, police said Friday. The accused has been arrested.

The incident occurred Oct 22 in Kherapara area of West Garo Hills district. Kherapara is about 370 km from here.

"We were working in the paddy field and left the child with Antonis. Upon return, we found the child crying and bleeding. We were shocked to see our daughter in such state and rushed her to hospital," the parents of the child said.

Harsh Vardhan offers to help Pakistan fight polio

New Delhi : Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Friday offered Pakistan full cooperation in eradicating polio from that country.

Pakistan at present accounts for 85 percent of the world's polio cases.

On the occasion of World Polio Day, Harsh Vardhan welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's recent adoption of a "National Emergency Action Plan-2014" on the disease.

Special police teams in Hyderabad for women's safety

Hyderabad : Hyderabad Police Friday set up 100 special teams to check harassment of women in public places.

To be called 'She' teams, their members will keep a tight vigil at places where sexual harassment is common.

Each team comprises five police personnel and they have been provided small cameras to record the movements of suspects.

Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy told reporters that the teams will mingle with the general public, including women to keep an eye on the suspects.

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Not so Swachh Diwali, high air, noise pollution in Delhi

New Delhi : Air and noise pollution increased in the national capital this Diwali compared to last year, central and state pollution control boards data showed Friday.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) monitored the ambient air quality at eight locations in the city.

Similarly, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) monitored the ambient air quality at eight places.

The level of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) which causes smog varied from 39 Aug/m3 to 194 Aug/m3. Last year, the highest level was recorded at 110 per cubic metre (mg/m3).

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Rajnath's Rs.175-crore package to ITBP for Arunachal projects

Greater Noida : Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday announced Rs.175 crore for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for development of infrastructure projects on the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh.

He said: "The home ministry has given permission to sanction Rs.175 crore for infrastructure projects in Arunachal Pradesh."

The minister was speaking at an event to mark the 53rd Raising Day of the ITBP in Soorajpur here.

He assured that the ITBP will shortly have its own dedicated air support system.

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