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Three held for trying to smuggle tortoises weighing 40 quintals

By IANS,

Lucknow : Busting an international racket involved in the smuggling of tortoises, Uttar Pradesh police have arrested three people in Sultanpur district. Live tortoises weighing over 40 quintals in all were seized, the police said Thursday.

“Those arrested were planning to smuggle the tortoises to Bangladesh. The seized tortoises cost over Rs.50 lakh (Rs.5 million) in the international market,” Sultanpur Superintendent of Police D.C. Mishra told IANS.

“We are still interrogating the smugglers to ascertain the place from which the tortoises were brought,” he added.

'Insurgents may create trouble during Kashmir polls'

By IANS,

New Delhi : Violence has declined by 50 percent in Jammu and Kashmir but insurgents could still create trouble in the run up to the October assembly elections in the state, Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor said Thursday.

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir have become fed up with violence and are seeking the return of normalcy. There have been a 50 percent decline in violence as a result of an effective counter-terrorism grid in the hinterland,” Kapoor said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses here.

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India must complete nuclear deal by September: US Congressman

By IANS,

New Delhi : Visiting US Congressman Gary Ackerman made it clear Thursday that India will have to complete all formalities by September if it wanted the Indo-US civilian nuclear energy cooperation agreement to go through and felt that at the moment it was moving slowly.

Ackerman, who arrived here in the early hours Thursday, told journalists after a meeting with foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon that "the nuclear deal is not moving as fast as it should. It is moving slowly."

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Land row: Protests continue in curfew-bound Jammu

By IANS,

Jammu : Angered by the cancellation of the land allotment order to a Hindu shrine board in Kashmir, some activists of the ruling Congress here Thursday defied curfew orders and took to the streets protesting against their own government's decision.

Earlier, curfew was extended to other parts of the tense Jammu region as angry mobs demanding allotment of the forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) set ablaze a few abandoned houses in a town, forcing the authorities to deploy the army at communally-sensitive places.

Venugopal offers to help nine-year-old heart patient

By IANS,

New Delhi : P. Venugopal, former director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has offered to help a nine-year-old heart patient whose mother had unsuccessfully moved the Delhi High Court for extension of the cardiologist's tenure.

“I have knowledge about the case and am ready to help the ailing child. Even though I have retired, if the family approaches me, I shall do whatever possible on my part,” Venugopal told IANS.

Defence budget lowest since 1962 war: Army chief

By IANS,

New Delhi : Even as the Indian armed forces are undertaking a modernisation drive to maintain their deterrent capability, this year's defence budget has slumped to below two percent of the GDP - the first time this has happened since the 1962 India-China war.

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Two injured in cooking gas cylinder fire

By IANS,

New Delhi : Two people sustained about 80 percent burn injuries Thursday when a cooking gas cylinder caught fire in Rohini area here, an official said.

Ravinder (40) and Neeraj (15) suffered "severe burns”, the official said. The reason for the accident was not immediately known.

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Chhattisgarh doctors call off strike

By IANS,

Raipur : About 300 junior doctors of Chhattisgarh's biggest public hospital Thursday called of the strike they began June 21 to press for a hike in stipends.

"We met Chief Minister Raman Singh last night (Wednesday night) and he agreed to increase our monthly stipend. Now we have called off the strike," Narendra Narsing, head of the Junior Doctors' Association, told reporters.

The strike had severely hit the 700-bed Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Government Hospital, which treats about 400 patients every day.

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'Indian Army's involvement in internal security above normal'

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Indian Army's involvement in the country's internal security is more than normal, army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor said here Thursday.

Notwithstanding its multi-front obligations, the Indian Army is being called in to tackle many issues ranging from law and order to providing aid during natural or man-made disasters.

“Due to external abetment, the Indian Army is involved in internal security functions on a relatively larger scale than is normal,” said Kapoor.

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Day Two: Truckers' strike affects goods transportation

By IANS,

New Delhi : The truckers' strike to protest rising taxes and fuel price hike entered the second day Thursday affecting the transportation of goods across the country.

The talks between the government and the truckers to end the logjam remained inconclusive Wednesday.

"The government has not called us for talks today (Thursday)," said D.K. Sharma, advisor to the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), an apex body of truck owners.

The AIMTC claimed the strike on the first day Wednesday largely affected the transportation of goods.

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