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China, India to hold fresh round of border talks

By Xinhua,

Beijing : Indian National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan will travel to Beijing for a new round of border talks with China, said the foreign ministry Tuesday.

"Chinese State Counselor Dai Bingguo and Narayanan will head their delegations for the two-day talks Sep 18-19," ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said.

This will be the 12th round of talks between the two sides since China and India appointed special representatives in 2003 to resolve their dragging border issue. India and China fought a war in 1962.

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Four months after Aarushi murder, it's still a whodunit

By IANS,

New Delhi : Four months to the day after teenager Aarushi, the only daughter of a dentist couple, was found murdered in her home in Noida, the mystery remains as dark as ever.

After meandering through unexpected twists and turns the probe into the murder of Aarushi and their family help Hemraj has now reached a dead-end where all the accused are out on the bail while the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) continues to hunt for material evidence.

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Couple confess to circulating 10 mn fake notes

By IANS,

Lucknow : A couple arrested in Uttar Pradesh with fake Indian currency have admitted to circulating over 10 million fake notes in the state, the police said Tuesday.

Zaquir and Mamta Sahi were arrested Sunday from Bhalua village in Siddharthnagar district with Rs.575,000 in fake currency. Most currency in their possession were in the denomination of Rs.500 and Rs.1,000.

This is the second major fake currency haul after a racket surfaced in the State Bank of India branch in Domariyaganj in Siddharthnagar town following the arrest of its cashier Sudhakar Tripathi July 29.

Crowds keep off terror target Central Park

By Azera Rahman, IANS,

New Delhi : The blue and green dustbins around the Central Park area of Connaught Place lie upside down, much like the lives of those affected by the serial blasts that rocked the capital last weekend.

The dustbins lie upturned as they have all been searched for bombs. The regular crowds - of picnickers, college students who like to hang around after classes and even some office-goers taking a break from work - are hard to spot in the park.

Statue in front of church smashed in Kerala

By IANS,

Palakkad (Kerala) : A statue in front of a church in Sholayoor area of Kerala's Palakkad district was found smashed, police said Tuesday.

The statue in front of St. Antony's Church was destroyed and its glass encasement broken. The incident came to the notice of the church caretakers Monday evening.

Sholayoor is a tribal area about 75 km from the Palakkad town, the district headquarters.

Police said it did not seem to be a pre-meditated attack since the area does not have any history of communal animosity.

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South African firm wants slice of Indian insurance pie

By Fakir Hassen, IANS,

Johannesburg : South African financial services giant Sanlam wants a stake in India's rapidly growing insurance market, Sanlam Investments chief executive officer Johan van der Merwe was quoted as saying by the Afrikaans daily Beeld Tuesday.

Van der Merwe was speaking in the wake of an announcement Monday that Sanlam Investments had entered into a joint venture with India's fourth-largest securities broking house, the SMC Group.

"There are 1.2 billion people in India (and) the growth potential is enormous," Van der Merwe said.

Loud explosion in bus in Colombo

By IANS,

Colombo : A loud explosion occurred Tuesday in a bus in the heart of the Sri Lankan capital, the police said.

The blast was reported near Horton Place in the posh Colombo 7 district around 1.40 p.m.

50 people hospitalised in Uttar Pradesh

By IANS,

Lucknow : At least 50 people of Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki district have been hospitalised during the last 24 hours, an official said Tuesday.

"We are still not able to ascertain what made these people ill," Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Barabanki Rakesh Raman told IANS.

All the patients have been admitted to the district hospital here, where the condition of 20 people is stated to be serious. "Though the exact cause behind the incident is yet to be established, the number of the patients reflects an outbreak of infectious diseases in the district," said Raman.

Fire breaks out in West Bengal power sub-station

By IANS,

Kolkata : A fire broke out at an electric supply sub-station Tuesday morning in West Bengal's Murshidabad district, officials said.

"The fire broke out at the powerhouse around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. We are yet to investigate the cause of the fire. But apparently it seems to be the result of a short circuit," fire brigade officials told reporters.

Four fire engines were rushed to the spot which brought the fire under control after almost two hours. No one has been reported injured in the incident, they added.

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Shutdown in violence-hit Mangalore

By IANS,

Bangalore : Educational institutions and shops remained closed and roads were deserted in Karnataka's coastal city of Mangalore Tuesday as a Hindu group called for a shutdown to protest the stabbing of one of its activists.

Sri Rama Sena (Lord Rama's army), a Hindu group, organised the shutdown of the bustling commercial city, around 350 km from here, as its activist was stabbed Monday evening.

"We are investigating the stabbing incident and are yet to establish whether it was related to the attacks on churches or old enmity," a police official said.

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