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Eviction not punishment enough for killing dog: JNU students


New Delhi : A student of Jawaharlal Nehru University here has been evicted from the hostel for killing a dog in his room, but students of the varsity and animal rights activists are not satisfied with the punishment meted out.

Yoronso, a fifth year PhD student, and two others killed a stray dog in his room three days ago and was Thursday asked to leave the hostel. But other students are calling for stronger action against him as Yoronso, who was already staying on a one year extension period in JNU, was due to leave after submitting his PhD this month.


Seven militants arrested in Jammu and Kashmir


Jammu : Seven Harkat-ul-Jihad-Islami (HuJI) militants were arrested by the police for a terror attack in Kishtwar district in which four personnel of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), including commanding officer Lt Col Ajay Verma, were killed, the police said Friday.

The BRO team was on its way to Sinthan Pass, about 250 km northeast of Jammu, on a road inspection tour when their vehicle was ambushed June 13 by militants in a remote, mountainous area.

Nalini's early release plea to be heard Friday


Chennai : The early release plea of Nalini, who is serving life imprisonment for the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, is expected to be heard at the Madras High Court Friday.

The Supreme Court confirmed Nalini's death penalty in 2000.

Her sentence was commuted to life sentence following a representation from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and a recommendation from the Tamil Nadu government on humanitarian grounds.


150-year-old rare tree uprooted


Ranchi : A rare medicinal tree, which is over 150 years old, was uprooted for the second time in 13 months due to heavy rainfall in Jharkhand's capital Ranchi.

Baobab, also known as Kalpataru, is a rare medicinal tree. In India, there are only nine such trees. Of the nine, five are found in Ranchi's Doranda area.

The tree, which is worshipped by people, was uprooted Thursday.

"We will do our best to re-plant the tree. Our effort is to protect the heritage tree," said Mahendra Kardam, a forest official of Ranchi.


Maoists blow up rail tracks, government office


Patna : Maoist guerrillas blew up railway tracks and a government office after attacking a police station in Bihar's Jamui district early Friday, the police said. No casualties were reported.

A group of armed rebels first attacked the Lakshmipur police station and then blasted the block office of Jamui district, about 200 km from here.

EU-India Civil Society Round Table to meet in Paris


Brussels : Climate change, migration, trade and investment are the main topics on the agenda of the 12th meeting of the EU-India Round Table which would take place in Paris July 15-16, EuAsiaNews reported.

"India is a very important partner for Europe. The meeting in Paris is very important because there are important topics on the agenda," said Dimitris Dimitriadis, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in an interview with EuAsiaNews.


US vows to uphold its end of n-deal

By Arun Kumar, IANS,

Washington : As Manmohan Singh sought a vote of confidence in his government over the India-US civil nuclear deal, Washington reaffirmed its commitment to uphold its end of the historic agreement even as the White House praised the Indian prime minister's own commitment to it

"The United States is fully committed to doing everything it can to move this agreement forward to its completion," US State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said Thursday welcoming New Delhi's move to go ahead with the deal despite the threat to its coalition government.

'Indian, Soviet agencies foiled bid on Gorbachev's life in 87'

MOSCOW, July 11 (NNN-PTI) -- A plot to assassinate former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by "Afghan terrorists" during his visit to New Delhi in 1987 was foiled by the Indian security services along with the erstwhile intelligence agency KGB, his ex-bodyguard has claimed.

"We had concrete information about a terror group sent into India across the Pakistani border with the aim to scuttle the visit of the Soviet leader," Chief of the bodyguards department of the KGB, Maj Gen (Retd) Viktor Aleinikov, said in an interview to popular daily "Moskovsky Komsomolets" (MK).

Anguished mothers of kidnapped Bihar children plead for justice

By Imran Khan, IANS,

Patna : Two anguished mothers in Bihar are at their wits' end as they knock on every door they possibly can for help in recovering their sons who were kidnapped almost a year ago.

From Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to the police and to dozens of other people, including priests and astrologers - tearful Anju Pandey and Savita Devi have met them all, but their sons are nowhere near being found.

Bush appreciates Manmohan Singh's commitment to n-deal

By Arun Kumar, IANS,

Washington : The White House has expressed appreciation for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's commitment to and willingness to move forward with the "historic" India-US civil nuclear deal despite the threat to his government.

"It's a historic agreement, this strategic partnership, and we think the initiative will help strengthen global non-proliferation efforts," White House spokesman Tony Fratto told reporters Thursday. "So it's a positive thing and we appreciate the commitment by the Prime Minister."