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Two Maoists held in Uttar Pradesh

By IANS,

Lucknow : Two suspected Maoists were nabbed with nearly 40 detonators and two country-made pistols in a Naxalite-affected area of Uttar Pradesh, police said Friday.

"The Maoists were nabbed late Thursday evening in Maidhi village of Chandauli district, some 270 kms from Lucknow," police inspector Pradeep Singh told IANS over phone.

He said preliminary investigations reveal that both the Maoists belong to Bihar and were planning explosions in Uttar Pradesh. Documents about forthcoming Naxalite meetings in the state were also recovered from them.

Dalai Lama's envoys to leave for China by month end

By IANS,

Dharamsala : Two envoys of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will leave for China later this month for the eighth round of talks with the Chinese leadership, one of his aides said.

"Special envoys Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, who participated in the last round of talks in China, will meet Chinese leaders again this month to continue the dialogue process," Tenzin Taklha, joint secretary at Dalai Lama's office, told IANS.

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Police deployed at Chhattisgarh BJP, Congress offices

By IANS,

Raipur : Police were deployed at the offices of Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition Congress here Friday to prevent vandalism by party workers who are angry at their leaders being denied tickets for the assembly polls next month.

The BJP called in police Friday after dozens of angry party workers stormed into the state office, Ekatm Parisar, late Thursday for the second consecutive day and tried to ransack the place. They were chased away by police.

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Dalai Lama to make public appearance Saturday

By IANS,

Dharamsala : Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who underwent a gall bladder surgery in New Delhi earlier this month, will make his first public appearance after being discharged from hospital at a ceremony in this north Indian hill town Saturday, his aide said.

"His Holiness (the Dalai Lama) is fine and will attend a school function of Tibetan children in Dharamsala Saturday morning," Tenzin Taklha, a senior aide to the exiled leader, told IANS.

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Ban Ki-moon lauds launch of Indian lunar mission

By IANS,

New York : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated India's government and it's people for the successful launch of the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, which is expected to orbit the moon and carry out research during a two-year mission.

"This achievement is yet another manifestation of the importance that India attaches to the quest for knowledge and scientific advancement," Ban's spokesperson said in a statement Thursday following the launch of the unmanned spacecraft by India.

Mob damages buses in Kolkata over woman's death

By IANS,

Kolkata : An irate mob took to the streets and damaged nine buses here Friday morning after a woman was run over by a Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) dumper, police said.

The incident took place near Sealdah station, one of the busiest railway stations in central Kolkata.

"An unidentified woman was run over by a KMC dumper near Sealdah Station at around 9.30 a.m. The woman died on the spot, while the dumper driver fled the scene. Soon after the incident, a group of people damaged nine buses," city police Deputy Commissioner (central) Damayanti Sen told reporters.

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Separatist strike shuts down Kashmir valley

By IANS,

Srinagar : Life in the Kashmir valley came to a standstill Friday in response to the Hurriyat Conference's call for a shutdown to protest the arrest of separatist leaders and the UN's "indifference" to Kashmir.

Businesses were shut as were government offices and educational institutions and traffic, except for a few private vehicles, was off the road as the strike called by senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani and endorsed by the joint coordination committee of both the Hurriyat groups came into effect.

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India open to unconventional steps to maintain financial stability

By IANS,

New Delhi : Reiterating India's strong economic fundamentals, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Friday said the government was open to adopting unconventional measures to maintain financial stability.

"To manage financial stability and sustaining growth, we have to adopt unconventional measures, if necessary," Chidambaram told reporters here, adding that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would step in whenever necessary to ensure this.

Indian equities markets crash on failed expectations

By IANS,

Mumbai : Indian equities markets opened weak Friday and then crashed around noon with a key equities index dipping even below the 9,000 mark immediately after India's central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, announced that it had left all key rates unchanged in its mid-term review of the annual policy for 2008-09.

Election process kicks off in Jammu and Kashmir

By IANS,

Jammu : The election process to the 87-member legislative assembly in Jammu and Kashmir began Friday with the issuance of notification for the first phase in which 10 constituencies go to polls Nov 17.

The districts going to polls in the first phase are Leh and Kargil in the cold desert region of Ladakh, Bandipore in Kashmir Valley and the mountainous, border district of Poonch in Jammu region.

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