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Despite latest troubles, India's tourist inflow good: ministry

By IANS,

New Delhi : It does not appear to be the best of times for tourists in India - protests and violence in three states, and untimely rains lashing many areas. But the tourism ministry maintains the travel industry has not been affected badly.

The prolonged Gujjar protests in Rajasthan, a favourite state on the tourists' itinerary, strike by transporters in Jammu and Kashmir, a violent call for a separate state of Gorkhaland in Darjeeling in West Bengal - have badly hampered tourism in the the states.

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Uttar Pradesh government yet to pay fee subsidies it promised

By IANS,

Lucknow : The future of over 4,000 Other Backward Class (OBC) students of Lucknow University (LU) hangs in the balance as the Uttar Pradesh government has not yet paid money for a fee subsidy scheme, an official said Friday.

The scheme was announced by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati nearly three weeks ago.

"Although the government announced it would pay the fees of OBC students, we have not yet received any financial assistance for the students," Manoj Dixit, LU spokesperson, told IANS.

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Kerala school book triggers protests

By IANS,

Kozhikode : A social studies textbook for Class VII in Kerala has sparked protests, with some saying it is promoting atheism and others questioning its treatment of national leaders.

Both the Kerala Students Union (KSU), which is linked to the Congress party, and the Sunni Students Federation (SSF) are up in arms against the book issued by the education department.

The SSF says that the second chapter of the book promotes the idea that there is no need for religion.

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Aarushi case grabs more eyeballs than cricket, cinema

By IANS,

New Delhi : Crime has outrun cricket and cinema in the battle for television rating points (TRPs), at least as far as the brutal twin murders of 14-year-old schoolgirl Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj are concerned.

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Uneasy calm in Siliguri, paramilitary force to be deployed

By IANS,

Siliguri/Kolkata : An uneasy calm prevailed in Siliguri and other areas of West Bengal's Darjeeling district Friday as intensive police patrolling continued a day after the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) activists clashed with Bengali-speaking groups, who are opposed to the separate Gorkhaland demand.

"Three companies of paramilitary force have reached Siliguri and would be deployed shortly," West Bengal Inspector General (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia told IANS.

He said the situation is normal with no untoward incident reported since Thursday night.

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Malaysian Indian industrialist wants Hindu shrines registered

By IANS,

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian Indian legislators should help in the registration of Hindu temples in the country to avoid their demolition on the ground that they were illegally built, a noted Indian origin industrialist has said.

K. Kalaichelvan said lawmakers of Indian origin should support the Malaysian Hindu Sangam (MHS) in this task, Tamil language newspaper Makkal Osai reported Friday.

At the consecration ceremony of the 30-year-old Sri Maha Thurkai Amman temple in Kapar, Selangor, Kalaichelvan said many temples, although in existence for many years, were not registered.

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Indian seizures show LTTE's game to fight long war

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS,

New Delhi : Large quantities of explosives and other war material meant for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers are being seized in Tamil Nadu in south India, indicating the guerrillas' game to wage a long war.

Security agencies from the central and Tamil Nadu governments are regularly confiscating from the coastal belt ammunition and dual use goods that officials say are destined for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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Government's flagship health mission fails on doctor shortage

By Rajeev Ranjan Roy, IANS,

New Delhi : The multi-billion-dollar National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was launched three years ago, but India's 650,000 villages continue to face a shortage of doctors and paramedics, says the Planning Commission.

"There is still a yawning gap between the requirement and availability of human resources in the rural health units at various levels," says an assessment report of the plan panel.

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After 27 years, Vellu wants to be MIC chief again

By IANS,

Kuala Lumpur : Going back on a promise made to dissenting party workers, Samy Vellu, who has been president of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) for the last 27 years, says he will contest for the party's top post for the 11th term.

Though he had told party workers seeking his removal in February that he would quit when the present term ends, Vellu said at a function here Thursday: "I will continue serving until the members say they don't want me. My term ends on March 8."

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Indian and other foreign students in Victoria face exploitation

By Neena Bhandari, IANS,

Sydney : Almost 60 percent of the international students who work part-time in the state of Victoria in Australia are paid below minimum wage rates.

The findings from a new study released Thursday come close on the heels of protests by taxi drivers, many of them Indian students, against working conditions.

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