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New UK rules for money transfer to India

By NNN-PTI

London : The British government has introduced new rules for money transfer companies to ensure that the money, which is transferred from Britain overseas including India, are delivered safely and to the right person.

Annually, about 2.3 billion pounds are transferred from Britain overseas, most of it to 50 developing countries.

A large chunk of it, about 300 million pounds, is transferred to India every year, followed by Pakistan (200 million pounds).

India's Chief Justice says no need for changes in kidney transplant law

By NNN-PTI

New Delhi : As the Government contemplates amending the Organ Transplantation Act in the wake of the kidney racket, Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan today said the present laws were sufficient but they need to be implemented properly.

"Sufficient laws are there, they just need to be implemented properly," Balakrishnan told reporters when asked about the need for stricter laws to check illegal transplantation of organs.

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Why the Amit Kumars of the world are prospering?

By Kavita Bajeli-Datt, IANS

New Delhi/Gurgaon : There could be many more Amit Kumars cleverly exploiting the gap between rich and the poor, between those who can afford a kidney and those who can't refuse to sell it. As the Gurgaon kidney theft scandal unravels, experts say such scams would continue unless the laws are realistic.

Organ scarcity is a global feature but it's the "poor of the developing world" that have "become a vast reservoir" of organs for the developed world, said R.R. Kishore, chairperson of the International Committee on Organ Transplantation.

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Malaysian PM denounces Hindraf rally as 'disruptive'

By IANS

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has condemned Saturday's rally by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), a rights group of ethnic Indians, saying it was "an attempt to raise fear in the people and disrupt the general election".

He said the group did not respect the process of democracy as "by creating trouble they would scare off the people from coming out to vote" in the March 8 polls.

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A year on, Samjhauta terror probe heads nowhere

By Jaideep Sarin, IANS

Diwana (Haryana) : A year after twin terror blasts on an India-Pakistan peace train left 68 people dead in this north Indian village, gutted remains of the coaches stand mute testimony to the ghastly tragedy. But the probe into the bombing and the resultant fire has reached nowhere.

On the night of Feb 18, a burning inferno in two coaches of the Samjhauta Attari special train snuffed out many Indian and Pakistani lives on the outskirts of Diwana, 15 km from the industrial city of Panipat in Haryana.

Air India Express to increase seats on Kerala-Gulf flights

By IANS

Thiruvananthapuram : Air India Express will increase from Monday the number of seats by 2,220 per week on its flights to the Middle East from the three airports in Kerala.

The reason for this increase is the delinking of Thiruvananthapuram from Kochi and Kozhikode, said H.A. Munaf, chief of Air India operations here.

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Contract killings on the rise among NRIs in Punjab

By Jaideep Sarin, IANS

Chandigarh : Jasbir Singh, Jaswinder Kaur, Mohan Singh... they are among an increasing list of Indians living abroad murdered by contract killers while on a visit to Punjab.

Contract killings involving non-resident Indians have increased in Punjab in recent years. In most cases, fallen out marriages, illicit affairs and property disputes are the main reason why NRIs get people killed. The killings are carried out in Punjab and not in the adopted countries of these NRIs because of the lax laws here.

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Divorce orders by post shatter lives of rural brides

By Kanu Sarda, IANS

New Delhi : For Shashibala, an unlettered girl from a village in Jharkhand, her dreams of a happy married life in the national capital came crashing when she received a divorce order through post just after a year of her marriage.

Hers is among an increasing trend of ex-parte divorces taking place with the girls and their families in far off villages taken completely unawares as the unscrupulous husbands discover an easy route to get rid of their illiterate wives.

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Russian delegation visits India to woo tourists

By NNN-PTI

New Delhi : As part of celebrating 2008 as the 'Year of Russia in India', a delegation from Moscow is in the capital to woo the Indian tourists to the Eurasian country.

The delegation, including the head of the Russian Federal tourism agency and representatives of eight tourism companies, is here to promote the country's picturesque places and various tourist destinations.

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India's covert role in Sri Lanka's ceasefire

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS

New Delhi : Now that Sri Lanka has jettisoned the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) with the Tamil Tigers, one of India's best kept secrets can be revealed: it was New Delhi that quietly authored the process that led to the Norway-brokered pact.

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