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'Sports can empower women'

New Delhi: Social pressures shouldn’t restrict any woman to pursue a career in sports, said a former international volleyball player who believes sports has the power to empower women.


Dust storm kills 18 in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: At least 18 people were killed and property worth several million rupees damaged in a dust storm that hit Lucknow and other parts of Uttar Pradesh late Thursday, officials said Friday.

Three people died in the state capital and Barabanki, 11 were killed in Jalaun, two in Kasganj and two in Faizabad after hutments were uprooted and houses collapsed in gutsy winds that reached up to 75 km per hour.

A two-year-old was buried alive in Dubagga area of the state capital when the wall of a school caved in.


'Honour killers' death sentence commuted to life imprisonment

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday commuted, to life imprisonment, the death sentence to three men for killing a teenage couple for "honour" as they were against their marriage, saying they are not menace to the society and they can be reformed.

A special bench of Justice S.Muralidhar and Mukta Gupta also freed two women who were awarded death sentence in the case while giving them "benefit of doubt", saying they could be at best be said to be spectators to what was being done by the three men in the house.

Pay compensation to kin of dead prisoners, NHRC tells Delhi

New Delhi: The NHRC Thursday directed the Delhi government to compensate the kin of two men who died in judicial custody in the Tihar Jail here.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has told the government to provide monetary compensation of Rs.1 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased who were undergoing their trials.

"We have asked the chief secretary of Delhi to send compliance report within six weeks along with proof of payment and report on the action taken against the guilty officers," said the NHRC.

US seeks investment-friendly policies from new Indian government

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Calling India South Asia's growth engine, a US official wondered whether the new Indian government will make the reforms necessary to attract investment and capitalise on opportunities ahead.

"Those are the questions that India's voters are asking as they cast their ballots and those are the questions that we want to see answered," Nisha Desai Biswal, Washington's Indian-American point person for South Asia, said Wednesday.


Stronger EU-India partnership sought

Brussels : India's news ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, Manjeev Singh Puri, has said that India is one of the EU's 10 strategic partners and a strong collaboration between the two sides will be in the interest of global good.

"We need to collaborate and genuinely do so as partners. It can be a tremendous multiplier for global good," he told 'Reimagining India' book launch event at the famous Bibliothèque Solvay. He said it is highly significant that the book is being released in the Belgian capital, headquarters of the EU.


Rupee falls to 60.50 against dollar on oil demands

Mumbai: The Indian rupee fell to 60.50 against a US dollar Thursday, registering decline for the fourth straight session on high demands for the greenback from oil importers.

The partially convertible rupee opened on a positive note and strengthened to 60.26 against a dollar in early trade after US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen signalled continuance of economic stimulus.

However, the Indian currency came under pressure in the afternoon trade on heavy demand for greenback from state-run oil marketing companies to pay their import bills.

Four troopers injured in Jharkhand Maoist attack

Ranchi:Five people, including four security personnel, were injured in a Maoist attack in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district, while the second phase Lok Sabha election was underway Thursday in the state, police said.

Officials said four people, including three CRPF personnel, were injured in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoist guerrillas at Jhumra hill of Bokaro district.

The Maoists detonated two landmine blasts, blowing up a jeep carrying Central reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. The injured were airlifted to Ranchi for treatment.

SC rejects plea to probe army's role in Sri Lanka

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday declined to entertain a plea seeking a Special Investigative Team (SIT) probe into the role of the Indian Army as a peacekeeping force in Sri Lanka during operations against the LTTE.

"There are issues which are absolutely beyond the domain of the court and this is one of them," said the apex court bench of Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice Kurian Joseph as it dismissed the plea.

Asking petitioner advocate Ram Sankar to approach the competent authorities, the court asked him "not to bring the court in this arena".


Dhowan is new Indian Navy chief

New Delhi: Admiral R.K. Dhowan, a navigation and direction specialist, was Thursday named the new chief of the Indian Navy.

He succeeds Admiral D.K. Joshi, who resigned in February following a string of accidents of submarines.

Commissioned in the navy Jan 1, 1975, Admiral Dhowan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Defence Services Staff College and Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, US.