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L.N. Mishra murder mystery unsolved after 33 years

By Ritu Sharma, IANS

New Delhi : The case has dragged on for 33 years in lower courts and been heard by 19 judges, but the trial for the murder of then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra is still on, making it one of the longest running in the country.

The case, with its documents running into about 11,000 pages, is perhaps the oldest case in the files of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

While one of the eight accused, all from the Hindu sect Anand Marg, has died, four defence lawyers have also passed away during the course of trial.

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Six dead in US campus shooting, no Indian casualty

By Parveen Chopra, IANS

New York : Five students were killed and 16 injured when a gunman opened fire inside a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in suburban Chicago before shooting himself. There was no Indian casualty in the campus that has 862 international students, officials said.

Four women are among those who died in the Thursday afternoon shooting and the condition of two of the wounded was critical, NIU president John Peters said at a news conference Thursday evening.

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97-year-old gets life term for murder

By IANS

Chandigarh : A 97-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Punjab and Haryana High Court here for a murder he committed in 1993, marking what is perhaps a first in legal history.

Kartar Singh, a resident of Mari Buchhian village in Punjab's Gurdaspur district, was Thursday awarded a life term for the murder of his neighbour Surjit Kaur in their village following a minor dispute over a vegetable garden.

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In black and white, Allahabad pays tribute to Gandhi

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS

Allahabad : One hundred and fifty rare black and white photographs on display at the 77-year-old Allahabad Museum chronicle the life story of Mahatma Gandhi, covering all stages of his life.

The tribute to the father of the nation comes on the occasion on his 60th death anniversary. The Mahatma fell to assassin Nathuram Godse's bullet on Jan 30, 1948, a year after the country freed itself from British rule.

Indian caste system created by British: Hindu group

By Dipankar De Sarkar, IANS

London : An umbrella group of Hindus says prominent British members of parliament who want legislation in Britain to protect against caste discrimination are being "misled by Christian groups".

The Hindu Council UK (HCUK), which is opposed to religious conversion, said in a new report that caste discrimination does not exist in Britain - and that caste, in any case, was created by the British in India.

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Indo-US n-deal critics seek shift in Washington policy

Washington, Feb 15 (IANS) Opponents of the India-US civil nuclear deal have turned a top official's assurance that it would be consistent with US law into an argument for a shift in policy.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had Wednesday assured a House panel that the US would support an agreement between India and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) that controls global nuclear trade only if it is "consistent" with the Hyde Act, the US enabling law.

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10 injured in clash in Madhya Pradesh on V-day

By IANS

Bhopal : At least 10 people were injured Thursday in Madhya Pradesh in a clash between the supporters of the Congress affiliated National Students' Union of India (NSUI) and those of the Hindu rightwing group Bajrang Dal.

The incident took place in Lateri of Vidisha district when the NSUI workers, celebrating the appointment of central minister Suresh Pachauri as the state Congress chief, took out a rally and the Bajrang Dal workers took it as a rally in support of the Valentine's Day, police said.

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Book on Rani Laxmibai banned in Uttar Pradesh

By IANS

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government Thursday banned a book on Rani Laxmibai, better known as Jhansi ki Rani, for allegedly objectionable content.

The book titled "Rani", authored by Jaishree Misra and published by Penguin, was alleged to be containing highly objectionable material relating to her personal life.

The government made the announcement on the floor of the assembly after the issue was raised by Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari and his party colleague from Jhansi, Pradeep Jain.

Valentine's Day opponents left high and dry

By IANS

Bhopal : Activists of Hindu group Bajrang Dal who had vowed to get lover couples married if they are 'caught' on the Valentine's Day here in Madhya Pradesh, were left high and dry as they could not find a single couple.

The 'search operations' of the group were on since Thursday morning and finally when they managed to find a couple and decided to get it 'married', it turned out that the couple was already married.

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India, China will be world's growth engines: PM

By IANS

New Delhi : India and China have the potential to be the engines of the world economy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday.

"In the years to come, India and China will be viewed as the new growth engines of the world economy. We are not yet there, but we will be," Singh said at the release of a book, "Business Standard India 2008", at his official residence here.

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