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EU still undecided on NSG stand, focus on France summit

By IANS,

New Delhi : The 27-nation European Union Friday conveyed its appreciation of India's growing energy needs, but made it clear that it would be up to individual EU countries to decide their stand on the India-US civil nuclear deal in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The two sides also gave a political push to their burgeoning ties, including a proposed trade treaty, and discussed the agenda for the next India-EU summit which will be held in Marseilles, France, Sep 29.

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Two commit suicide, another slits wrist after failing exams

By IANS,

Kanpur : Two students committed suicide while another slit her wrist Friday in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur district after failing in the state board's class 10 exams, the police said.

Roopali Rajput, a student of Kaushalya Devi Inter College, committed suicide at her residence in Safed Colony here by hanging herself from a ceiling fan.

Neeraj Verma, a student of Hanumant Vidya Mandir, also took the extreme step in a similar way after being scolded by his father for failing in the exams, Kanpur Superintendent of Police (east) Manoj Shanker said.

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Suspected serial killer on the prowl in Jalgaon

By IANS,

Mumbai : It seems the 'stone man' of the late 1980's in Mumbai is now haunting the streets of Jalgaon district in northeastern Maharashtra.

Three people have been killed one after another stoned to death this week, said an official from the Jalgaon city police station.

The police are suspecting a "serial killer" behind all these killings.

According to the official: "The criminal or criminals' modus operandi is very simple. The victim's head is crushed with a single stone."

He said two out of the three victims were beggars and their identity could not be ascertained.

12 female workers killed in road accident

By IANS,

Raipur : At least 12 female labourers were killed Friday and 20 others injured in Chhattisarh when a vehicle in which they were travelling overturned, the police said.

A Tata 407 truck crowded with about 45 industrial workers turned turtle in Akoli village in Durg district, some 60 km from here, when the driver lost control while negotiating a turn.

The injured, mostly male workers, were rushed to a government hospital at Durg town.

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Bharti Yadav a victim of male-dominated society: court

By IANS,

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Taking a strong stance against the "male-dominated society", a city court Friday awarded life imprisonment to guilty cousins Vikas and Vishal Yadav in the 2002 murder of Nitish Katara and termed it an "honour killing".

“The murder was an honour killing by the accused persons as they did not like their sister's affair with a boy of a different caste and they could never accept her plans to marry him.

More violence in Gujjar stir, three killed

By IANS,

Jaipur : The Gujjar movement for affirmative action took another violent turn Friday in Rajasthan with three people killed in clashes with the police. But there was talk of peace as well, with some leaders saying they should move towards the negotiating table.

A day after the community's movement for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status disrupted life in New Delhi and surrounding areas, violence broke out in Sawai Madhopur district, about 170 km from here, when some Gujjars tried to block a road and stoned the police trying to disperse the mob.

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Happy, but not entirely: Neelam Katara after sentencing

By IANS,

New Delhi : "I am happy, but not entirely," said a composed Neelam Katara as she walked out of the court Friday after guilty cousins Vikas and Vishal Yadav were sentenced to life term for the murder six years ago of her son Nitish. Dressed in a white cotton sari, a big black bindi on her forehead, the brave mother appeared vindicated by the court verdict.

Neelam has been the picture of courage as she doggedly pursued the case for the past six years in which top Uttar Pradesh politician D.P. Yadav's son Vikas and his cousin Vishal were the main accused.

CPI-M opposes closure of vaccine units

By IANS,

New Delhi : Opposing the suspension of licenses of three state-owned vaccine units in the country, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Friday said their closure would be a “blow” to the country's immunization programme and would pave a way for entry of big private pharmaceutical companies in the field.

High court upholds death penalty for three

By IANS,

Chandigarh : The Punjab and Haryana high court Friday upheld a sessions court judgement sentencing three people, including a young woman, to death for kidnapping and murdering a 16-year-old schoolboy in Hoshiarpur town of Punjab in 2005.

A division bench of the high court ruled that the death penalty for the three accused, who had killed the boy, Abhi Verma, in cold blood after kidnapping him on way to school Feb 14, 2005, fell in the rarest of rare cases.

Government clears Kolkata airport project

By IANS,

New Delhi : The central government Friday gave its unconditional approval for the modernisation of the Kolkata airport. The Rs.20 billion project is expected to begin in next two months, a government statement said Friday.

The project cleared by the Public Investment Board (PIB) will now be sent to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for its approval, the government said.

According to a civil aviation ministry official, the CCEA is expected to clear the project in the next few days.

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