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Adil Jussawalla wins Sahitya Akademi Award 2014

New Delhi : Poet and critic Adil Jussawall's "Trying to Say Goodbye" is among eight books of poetry conferred the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2014, it was announced here Friday.

Apart from this, five novels, three books of essays, three of short stories, one of literary criticism and an autobiography have also won the award that recognises premier works in 22 Indian languages.

Kerala government agencies to recruit nurses for Kuwait

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala government agencies will recruit nurses for Kuwait after reports came that nurses have been cheated by private recruitment firms, a minister said Friday.

"We have got complaints that about 500 nurses from Kerala have been duped by recruitment agencies and are facing hardships. The recruitment fees for Kuwait is in range of Rs.1.5 to Rs.20 lakh," state Minister for Diaspora K.C. Joseph told reporters here.

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Sushma Swaraj to inaugurate Kerala diaspora meet

Thiruvananthapuram : The Kerala government's Non-resident Keralite (NRK) Global Meet-2015 to be held Jan 16-17 at Kochi would be inaugurated by Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, said a Kerala minister Friday. She will be the chief guest on the first day of the event.

Incidentally, this meet is being held after a gap of three years. The last such event was held soon after the Oommen Chandy government assumed office in 2011.

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Saradha scam: Madan Mitra sent to judicial custody

Kolkata : West Bengal Transport and Sports Minister Madan Mitra - arrested in the Saradha scam - was Friday yet again denied bail and sent to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a court here.

After hearing both the defence and the prosecution, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haradhan Mukherjee sent Mitra to judicial custody.

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Court acquits ex-MP in rape case

New Delhi : A court here Friday acquitted former MP Dhananjay Singh of the charges of raping and criminally intimidating a woman.

Additional Sessions Judge Sarita Birbal acquitted Singh after the woman who filed the rape complaint against him turned hostile, saying the MP had not sexually assaulted her.

Singh, a former Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, was accused of rape by the 42-year-old married woman, a railway employee.

The judge said the final judgement will be pronounced as the woman had denied the charges.

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'You need driving licence, tourist permit? Everything can be done'

By Rajnish Singh,

New Delhi : Thousands of motor vehicle drivers across India don't have appropriate certificates, sometimes even licences, to get tourist permits to drive commercial and other vehicles. However, just by shelling out some extra bucks they manage to procure such documents fraudulently - often under the nose and with connivance of transport departments - that permit them to drive around with impunity.

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Seven die in UP accident

Lucknow : Seven people were killed Friday when a van rammed into a stationary truck in Uttar Pradesh, police said.

Half-a-dozen people were injured in the accident at Shahjahanpur, about 170 km from here. Two of them were said to be in critical condition.

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Distress migration of workers rampant in Odisha

By Chinmaya Dehury,

Bhubaneswar : Tens of thousands of workers from Odisha migrate to other states in search of work, with activists alleging many of them are paid low wages for hard labour and exploited. The government says it is taking steps to arrest the migration and associated socio-economic problems.

Most go out in search of employment to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal and even Delhi. While some earn good wages, most of them slave away for meagre wages.

In the process, they get cheated and exploited.

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'Amending constitution before GST consensus unacceptable'

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam Friday categorically opposed the introduction of a constitution amendment bill on goods and services tax (GST) before evolving a consensus on its various aspects.

In a letter to Modi, the text of which was released to the media here, Panneerselvam said the government's proposal to introduce a constitution amendment bill on GST and then evolve consensus on actual tax rates, tax bands and other issues through the GST Council is unacceptable.

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Government has to make Goa drug free: Deputy CM

Panaji : The government has to do better to ensure that drugs are not easily available in Goa and a lot more is to be done to make the state drug free, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said Friday.

"According to the CM (chief minister), lots of tourists come (to Goa) for drugs. Now that also means that drugs are available. You have to stop the availability of drugs," D'Souza said on the sidelines of a function here.

The deputy chief minister rued that the Goa government was not doing enough to eliminate the narcotics menace from the state.

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