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India Today denies donating to Clinton Foundation

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India Today Group said Friday it had not donated to the Clinton Foundation but had only paid for former US president Bill Clinton's address at the India Today conclave.

In a statement here, Anil Mehra, managing director of Living Media India Ltd, said: "This is to clarify that the India Today Group has not made any donation to the Clinton Foundation. However, India Today has paid fees to the Speaker Agency M/s Harry Walker, USA, for Bill Clinton's satellite address at the India Today conclave."

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Alien-turned-citizen not barred from statutory posts: government

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The Union government has asserted before the Supreme Court that the Indian constitution, unlike those of other countries, does not differentiate between born Indians and alien-turned-citizens and does not bar the latter from holding any constitutional posts.

The government made the assertion in an affidavit filed to the apex court Wednesday in response to a lawsuit that sought answer to a contentious question if an alien-turned-Indian can hold constitutional posts like those of the president and prime minister.

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Pakistani national held in Ghaziabad

By IANS,

Ghaziabad : A Pakistani national who was living in Delhi on fake documents was arrested here Friday, the police said.

Aftab Alam who changed his name to Ali Khan was arrested from near the NH-24 bypass intersection in Ghaziabad.

Alam was staying in the Seemapuri area of Delhi for the last three years and obtained a fake voter-I-card and ration card in the name of Ali Khan.

"Alam had come to India through Bangladesh. We are trying to find out the motive of his coming to India," Umesh Roria, Vijay Nagar police station chief, said.

81 percent of Indian doctors from private sector: minister

By IANS,

New Delhi : Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Panabaka Lakshmi Friday informed parliament that the private sector provides 58 percent of hospitals, 29 percent of the beds and 81 percent of doctors.

“Seventy seven percent of all outpatients department cases in rural areas and 80 percent in urban areas are being serviced by the private sector in the country,” Lakshmi told the Rajya Sabha.

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Fulfil counter-terrorism obligations, EU tells Pakistan

By IANS,

New Delhi : Intensifying global pressure on Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai carnage, the European Union (EU) Friday asked Islamabad to fulfil its counter-terrorism obligations and said it will send its anti-terror co-ordinator to India next year to firm up cooperation in this area.

The EU' special envoy on counter-terrorism Gille de Kerchove will travel to India early January to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism and to share notes with his Indian counterparts about the alleged complicity of Pakistan-based elements in the Nov 26 Mumbai terror strikes.

Apex court halts prosecution of five BJP leaders in riot case

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday halted the prosecution of five Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including MP Yogi Adityanath, for his alleged role in instigating communal riots in Gorakhpur and its adjoining district in eastern Uttar Pradesh in January 2007.

A bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice H.S. Bedi also stopped the prosecution of BJP legislators Radha Mohan Das Agrawal and Y.D. Singh, along with that of former state minister Shiv Pratap Shukla and Gorakhpur Mayor Anju Chaudhary.

Hundreds in Balochistan hold anti-India protest over water sharing

By IANS,

Islamabad : Hundreds of people held an anti-India demonstration in Pakistan's Balochistan province Friday to protest the neighbour "stealing" water of common rivers that flow from India's Jammu and Kashmir state, media reports said.

Tribal elders, politicians and residents attended the anti-India rally in the southwestern town of Chaman, in Balochistan province on the border with Afghanistan, Dawn reported Friday.

The protesters also burnt an Indian flag and an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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More than 500 investors to visit Kerala tourism meet

By IANS,

Thiruvananthapuram : More than 500 prospective domestic and overseas investors have registered at "Entee Naadu", a two-day meeting of the Malayalee diaspora and entrepreneurs to be held at Kochi Dec 23-24, the government said here Friday.

"Malayalees from 42 countries and 13 states in the country have registered and the maximum number of prospective investors is coming from the UAE," T.K. Manzoor, nodal officer of the event, told reporters here.

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India''s commonwealth games strikes environmental controversy

By Falah Al-Fadhli, KUNA,

New Delhi : It has been five years since India announced the hosting of the New Delhi 2010 commonwealth games, but despite this honor the games have ignited controversy between environmentalists and the government over the construction of an Olympic village near the banks of the Yamuna river.

The Olympic village, which was set for construction by UAE's Emaar Company at the cost of USD 1.4 billion, was supposed to be finished by 2009.

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Bribery charges against Orissa minister trigger uproar

By IANS,

Bhubaneswar : Charges of bribery against an Orissa minister triggered an uproar in the state assembly Friday, forcing Speaker Kishor Mohanty to adjourn the house thrice.

Trouble began when Congress member Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, citing a media report, said that state Women and Child Development Minister Pramila Mallik had sought half a million rupees from about 33 temporary employees to regularise their job.

The employees, according to him, work under the State Women's Commission that comes under her ministry.

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