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Indian-Russian joint air exercise ends

New Delhi : The Indian-Russian joint air force exercise AviaIndra I's second phase, involving fighter and helicopter pilots and missile crews from both forces, concluded Thursday at the Halwara Air Force Station in Punjab, an official statement said.

The 10-day exercise held from Nov 17 successfully concluded Thursday, said a defence ministry release, adding the first phase was held at Astrakhan near Caspian Sea in Russia in August this year.

Joint exercise with Russia is of significance for the Indian Air Force as it has large inventory of Russian equipment.

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Dwarka water crisis: HC directs Haryana to release water

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Thursday directed the Haryana government to release 719 cubic feet per second of water to the Munak canal to end the water shortage problem of Dwarka area in the capital.

A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul asked the Haryana government to release the water to the Munak CLC - which is cement-lined - instead of the unlined (kachcha) canal, because of which water is being lost every day.

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Maharashtra seeks Rs.4,000 crore central aid for drought

Mumbai/Aurangabad : The Maharashtra government Thursday decided to seek a central assistance of Rs.4,000 crore to tackle the drought situation plaguing large parts of the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced here Thursday.

Describing the drought situation in the state as "grim", he said that a 30-page memorandum has been prepared and would be sent to the central government soon in this regard.

"We will also request for a central team to come and assess the drought situation at the earliest and clear the assistance," Fadnavis told media persons in Aurangabad.

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Modi, Sharif handshake 'significant', says Nepal PM

Kathmandu : Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said the handshake between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was "significant".

Responding to queries by journalists at a media briefing after the closing ceremony of the 18th SAARC Summit, Koirala said the meeting between Modi and Sharif means a lot to the South Asian region.

Asked if he had taken personal initiative to make Modi and Sharif meet each other, Koirala said, "It is not important who initiated it, rather what happens matters", according to the Himalayan Times.

Maoists' arms making unit busted in Bihar

Patna : An arms manufacturing unit of Maoists was Thursday busted and a cache of sophisticated weapons seized by security forces in Bihar's Munger district, police said.

"It is the first time security forces have busted an arms manufacturing unit being operated by Maoists in the state," state police chief P.K. Thakur said.

Munger Superintendent of Police Barun Kumar Sinha said police and paramilitary personnel seized 16 sophisticated 7.65 mm automatic pistols, 70 magazines and a large number of gun-making tools from the site in the densely forested Sugaun hills.

Not curtailing rural job scheme: Government

New Delhi : 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.

The minister was responding to a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha by Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja and others, criticising the move of the government to introduce changes in the rural employment scheme by reducing the wage component of the fund allocation and restricting the areas of work.

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Kirron Kher raises Delhi 'honour killing' in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : 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.

"A mother and a father who could not stifle their daughter's free will decided to strangle her," the BJP member from Chandigarh said.

Bhavna Yadav (21) was allegedly killed by her parents for marrying outside her caste.

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SC suggests Mudgal Committee decide extent of punishment

New Delhi : 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.

Senior counsel C.A. Sundaram, appearing for the BCCI, agreed with the suggestion. He earlier had requested the court to decide on an external commission to determine the extent of punishment so that there is transparency about the verdict.

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'Bengal government should apologise for distorted facts on Netaji'

Kolkata : Decrying the "disrespect" shown to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose through "distorted facts" printed in a memorabilia at a wax museum run by the West Bengal government here, a citizen's group Thursday demanded a public apology from the museum and prosecution of the person responsible.

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Assam to host DGPs conference amid terror threat

Guwahati : Amidsta threat by militant outfits and violence by ULFA, Assam will host the 49th All India DGPs and IGPs conference here from Saturday.

Director General of Police Khagen Sarma Thursday said all precautionary measures were being taken to ensure smooth sailing of the two-day conference.

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