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First Indian businessman in Malaysian Batik-making competition

By IANS,

Kuala Lumpur : Indian origin businessman Ramesh Chugani is an unusual entrant to a Malaysian Batik-making competition, Piala Seri Iman, as the first Indian and a non-Malay in a preserve of the ethnic Malays.

Chugani, 57, had spent a major part of his life selling batik work and garments, but took to designing them a decade back. He hopes to win a prize at the prestigious national design competition this year being held at Kuala Terengganu.

Dera chief leaves Mysore for Delhi quietly

By IANS,

Bangalore : Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, facing threat to life, early Monday left for New Delhi quietly from the new international airport here under tight security, police said.

"The Dera chief boarded a Kingfisher flight to Delhi after he reached the airport from Mysore in the wee hours along with about 30 followers and bodyguards," a security official told IANS from the airport.

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India, Iran, Pakistan to discuss gas pipeline in July

By IANS,

New Delhi : India, Pakistan and Iran will meet next month to finalise the $7.4 billion tri-nation gas pipeline project, petroleum secretary M.S. Srinivasan said here Monday.

“The trilateral meeting of oil ministers of the three countries is most likely to take place in Tehran next month," Srinivasan told reporters.

He said transit issues with Pakistan were settled in April when Petroleum Minister Murli Deora visited Islamabad. “But there are a few issues with Iran, which our government wants to settle at the trilateral meeting in Tehran,” he added.

India, Pakistan to discuss anti-terror steps Tuesday

By IANS,

New Delhi : Ahead of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's visit here later this week, India and Pakistan will hold their third meeting of the anti-terror mechanism in Islamabad Tuesday to discuss cooperation in combating, what they have come to see as, the “common menace”.

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Special cells in colleges to check sexual harassmentIndia

By IANS,

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government has directed all colleges to set up "special cells" to check sexual harassment and other problems faced by girl students.

"The move intends to provide secure and friendly environment to over 600,000 girls studying in over 1,600 degree colleges of Uttar Pradesh," Regional Higher Education Officer S.A. Ali told IANS.

He said these cells would come up in a phased manner.

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India, Australia Reviews Bilateral Framework Dialogue

By Bernama,

Canberra : India and Australia Monday reviewed the bilateral Framework Dialogue, by underlining a strong bond and enduring shared interests that underpin their growing relationship, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukerjee said.

"The two countries were committed to take bilateral talks to a new and high level," the Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted Mukerjee as saying after meeting his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith.

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Hopes and fears mark India's Sri Lanka predicament

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS,

New Delhi : India is pushing hard for a broader devolution process in Sri Lanka as it grapples with the strategic and diplomatic challenges arising out of the island's brutal and see-sawing armed conflict.

Indian policy makers are of the opinion that Sri Lanka needs to go beyond the 13th amendment to the constitution that devolves powers to provincial councils so as to give the minorities a credible say in governance.

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Kashmir land transfer controversy: Malik threatens fast unto death

By IANS,

Srinagar : Kashmiri Separatist leader Yasin Malik Monday threatened to fast unto death if the government failed to rescind the allotment of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

The police have also put some separatist leaders under house arrest in order to prevent protest demonstrations against the controversial allotment of the land to SASB, the board that manages the annual pilgrimage to the Hindu cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir.

India proposes price band to regulate oil prices

By NNN-Xinhua,

New Delhi : As oil price hikes continue, India urged oil-producing and consuming countries to evolve a mechanism that would regulate oil prices, by allowing them to fluctuate within a fixed range, according to English daily The Hindu Monday.

Speaking at a meeting of oil-producing and consuming countries in Saudi Arabia's port city of Jeddah last Sunday, Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram proposed the adoption of a Price Band Mechanism.

Everest climber alleges police misbehaviour in Orissa templettt

By IANS,

Bhubaneswar : Kalpana Dash, who became the first Oriya woman to scale Mount Everest last month, was allegedly manhandled and abused by a policeman at a temple in the state's Keonjhar district, her brother said Monday.

Kalpana had gone with her mother, brother Pradeep and uncle to the Maa Tarini temple in Ghatagon in Keonjhar Sunday to offer prayers for her good health. While she was praying, a constable forcibly dragged her out and paid no heed to her pleas even after the mountaineer revealed her identity, Pradeep told the police.

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