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Merchant vessel scrapes Indian Navy ship

Visakhapatnam : INS Kora suffered minor damage when it was scraped by a merchant vessel off the Visakhapatnam coast, the Indian Navy said in a statement Friday.

The navy said there has been no damage to the watertight integrity of the ship or any injuries or loss of life.

INS Kora was scraped by the merchant vessel Madelieine Rickmers in the wee hours of Friday, nearly 300 nautical miles off the Visakhapatnam coast.

INS Kora, accompanied by INS Gaj, was on a passage from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair.

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Teachers scam: Ajay Chautala's bail extended

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday extended, till Nov 7, the interim bail of Ajay Chautala, sought on health grounds.

Justice Siddharth Mridul extended the bail plea of Ajay Chautala, who has been out on bail after being sentenced to 10 years in prison in the teachers' recruitment scam case.

His father and Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala, who was also sentenced to 10 years imprisonment but out on bail, surrendered after Oct 10 court's order.

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Compensate African woman for midnight raid: NHRC

New Delhi : The NHRC Friday asked the Delhi government to pay Rs.25,000 each to the African women "victims of racial prejudice and unlawful acts" by former law minister Somnath Bharti in a January midnight raid.

"The commission viewed that human rights of the 12 African women were violated and hence it was a fit case for award of monetary relief," said a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) statement.

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Indian Navy ships reach Mauritius

Port Louis (Mauritius) : On a two-month-long overseas deployment, Indian naval ships Mumbai, Talwar and Deepak arrived in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, Friday, a statement said.

Under the Command of Rear Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, the three ships, along with INS Teg, will be going to different parts of east Africa and the south Indian Ocean region.

The visit aims at bolstering ties and reinforcing cooperation in maritime security between India and Mauritius.

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Petrol, diesel rates cut by over Rs.2 per litre

New Delhi : Petrol and diesel prices were cut Friday by over Rs.2 per litre each, effective minight, IndianOil Corp announced.

While petrol will be cheaper by Rs.2.41 a litre in Delhi, diesel will cost Rs.2.25 less per litre.

Prices of both fuels were also reduced earlier this month on the back of declining international oil prices.

No plans for Modi-Sharif meeting at SAARC: India

New Delhi : India Friday denied any plans for a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during the SAARC summit in Kathmandu.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, in answer to a query at a briefing, said there is "no such proposal at hand" and that the issue is not under discussion.

He added that no request has been received from Pakistan for such a meeting and that "there is no request that we intend to give".

Gold price dips Rs.600 per 10 gram

New Delhi : Jewellery buyers have a reason to buy more gold even after the festive season has just gone as the yellow metal prices dropped by Rs.600 per 10 grams here Friday to Rs.26,500.

In India, however, the marriage season will begin soon.

Experts attributed the dip in price to the strengthening dollar as it has eroded the demand for the precious yellow metal.

In September, the gold price dropped below Rs.27,000 per 10 grams.

Irani bats for focused education strategy in SAARC region

New Delhi : Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani Friday reiterated India's initiatives for a well-focussed education strategy in the SAARC region and strengthening cooperation among the member countries.

An HRD ministry statement quoted Irani as saying: "Resolve of our nations to work, study and think together has materialised in the form of the South Asian University which is funded jointly by all the member countries and has started functioning nearly four years ago in New Delhi."

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Telangana gets 3 TMC Krishna water to generate power

Hyderabad : The Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) Friday allowed Telangana to use three TMC (thousand million cubic) feet water to generate electricity till Nov 2 to tide over the acute shortage in the state.

The board announced its decision after hearing governments of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh at its two-day meeting which concluded here Thursday.

The decision was conveyed to water resources secretaries of both the states. The board believes that the demand for electricity may come down after Nov 2.

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SC notice to Gujarat on farmers' suicides

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the Gujarat government on a petition seeking compensation to families of debt-ridden farmers who committed suicide for being unable to come out of financial distress.

"Notice", said the apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit in their order as senior counsel Colin Gonsalves appearing for the NGO Citizens Resource & Action Initiative (CRANTI) addressed the court on the petition.

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