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West Bengal girl slashes wrist after fight with boyfriend

By IANS,

Kolkata : A 14-year-old girl killed herself by slashing her wrist after a fight with her boyfriend in a West Bengal village, a police officer said Friday.

Early Friday Mukul Sapui locked herself inside her bedroom and slashed her wrist with a knife at Debrajpur village of Birbhum district, about 220 km from here, the police officer said.

"Hearing her groans, the girl's parents broke open the door and found her
subconscious lying in a pool of blood. By the time they took her to a clinic the girl died," he said.

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Technology vital in fighting terror: PM tells IPS probationers

By IANS,

New Delhi : After admitting in parliament that the Mumbai terror attacks had highlighted gaps in India's preparedness to deal with such assaults, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday identified technology as a key contributor to effectively meet such future challenges.

“This must be combined with a better understanding of scientific and human behaviour and the underlying social and economic conditions of the population,” the prime minister said while addressing Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers at his residence.

Ban on future trading on rice, wheat to be lifted

By IANS,

Kolkata : The ban on futures trading of rice, wheat, tur and urad will soon be lifted, a senior official of the commodity market regulator said here Friday.

"Futures trading on these commodities will start soon. I am quite hopeful it may happen next month," Forward Markets Commission chairman B.C. Khatua told reporters.

He said the government's "comfort level" has increased and that the bans would be lifted sooner than later.

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Haryana BJP legislator denounces party's alliance with Chautala

By IANS,

Chandigarh : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator in Haryana, Ram Kumar Gautam Friday lashed out at the party's decision to enter into an alliance with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in the state.

"BJP's alliance with INLD is a big blunder in the history of Indian politics. INLD leader Om Prakash Chautala is a corrupt man and has a criminal background. Many hard core criminals are working in the state under his aegis," Gautam said at a press conference here.

BJP ropes in Khurana for postponed Delhi seat election

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has entrusted party veteran Madan Lal Khurana to oversee the Dec 13 election for the Rajinder Nagar assembly constituency, expecting a win here to serve as a consolation prize for losing the Delhi assembly polls.

Polling in the constituency was postponed after sitting legislator and BJP candidate Puran Chand Yogi committed suicide prior to the elections.

"We have requested Khuranaji to give time for the constituency. We expect to win and it will certainly be better for us," BJP Delhi unit chief Harsh Vardhan told IANS.

India's external debt is lowest, says Chidambaram

By IANS,

New Delhi : Home Minister P. Chidambaram Friday said in parliament that India's external debt is the lowest among the world's 57 biggest economies, including the US and Britain.

Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, the former finance minister said the external debt in proportion to the gross domestic product (GDP) is 18.9 percent. It is the lowest among other large economies.

Chidambaram also said there was no need to worry about the fiscal deficit.

Rahul Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh to meet accident victims' kins

By IANS,

Lucknow : Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi reached Uttar Pradesh Friday afternoon to meet the family members of those who died in a road accident Dec 9 in Firozabad district, officials said.

Sixty-three persons, including 17 children died when the bus they were travelling in caught fire 300 km from here.

"Gandhi landed at the Fursatganj airport in Sultanpur district at around 1 p.m. and will be heading towards the Chitawanpur village shortly," Sultanpur police chief D.C. Mishra told IANS on phone.

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Rizwanur case: Todis sent back to jail

By IANS,

Kolkata : A city court Friday sent industrialist Ashok Todi, his brother Pradeep Todi and S.M. Moinuddin alias Pappu back to jail custody till Dec 17 for their alleged role in the mysterious death last year of the businessman's son-in-law Rizwanur Rahman.

Sheila Dikshit to take oath as Delhi Chief Minister Wednesday

By IANS,

New Delhi : Sheila Dikshit, who led the Congress party to a record third victory in assembly elections in Delhi, will be sworn in Wednesday as chief minister, party sources said.

The 71-year-old leader, along with her six cabinet ministers, will be administered the oath by Lt Governor Tejendera Khanna Wednesday, an aide to Dikshit told IANS.

Dikshit will be sworn in Delhi chief minister for a record third time. She began her first term as chief minister in 1998, and the second in 2003.

Manufacturing brings down industrial growth

By IANS,

New Delhi : India's industrial growth fell 0.4 percent in October, compared to a growth of 12.2 percent in the corresponding month last year, according to data released by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO).

The index of industrial production (IIP), a measure of industrial activity in the economy, slipped into the negative zone mainly because of the manufacturing sector growth falling to 1.2 percent in October from 13.8 percent a year earlier.

Manufacturing constitutes about 80 percent of the total IIP index.

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