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Modi meets Karzai, lauds contribution to ties

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday lauded former Afghan president Hamid Karzai for his immense contribution to the strengthening of India-Afghanistan relations.

At a meeting here, Modi once again congratulated Karzai for his leadership and sagacity in ensuring a historic and peaceful political transition and formation of a national unity government in Afghanistan, an official release said.

Karzai said the friendship between India and Afghanistan was time-tested.

Not embarrassed by SC order: CBI director

New Delhi : CBI Director Ranjit Sinha Thursday said he was not embarrassed by the Supreme Court order for him to recuse himself from the investigation and prosecution of the 2G scam case.

"There is no embarrassment. I will abide by the SC order on recusing myself," Sinha told a television channel.

The Supreme Court Thursday directed Sinha not to interfere in the 2G spectrum case and recuse himself from its investigation and prosecution.

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More Indo-French science collaborations for Northeast

Kolkata : Working with India's leading research centres, the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA) is seeking more scientific partnerships for the country's remote areas, particularly the northeast states, an official said here Thursday.

CEFIPRA is India's first and France's only bilateral organisation, committed to promoting collaboration between the scientific communities of the two countries across the knowledge innovation chain.

Varsities should adopt strategy to perform better: President

Tezpur (Assam) : President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said Indian universities should adopt an effective strategy to achieve higher rankings in the list of best global institutions.

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Terror plot averted in Meghalaya

Shillong : Seven insurgents were arrested in Meghalaya Thursday, as police averted a plot to carry out an explosion in the assembly constituency of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.

The seven militants were arrested from South West Garo Hills district based on inputs about their bid to carry out explosions in the region.

"We have foiled their plot to carry out explosions in Ampati and attacks on police personnel in South West Garo Hills," district police chief Ramachandran Muthu told IANS.

Akhilesh to visit Ghaziabad to launch projects

Ghaziabad : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will visit Ghaziabad Dec 10 to launch two ambitious projects -- construction work of the Delhi Metro extension project and an elevated road from UP Gate to Raj Nagar Extension.

Though there has been no official confirmation, the district administration and the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) have started preparations for the visit, sources said Thursday.

GDA officer on special duty D.P. Singh said the chief minister would launch the two projects on that day.

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Akash missiles hit target

Bhubaneswar : India Thursday test fired two Akash surface-to -air missiles successfully from a base in Odisha.

The two missiles were simultaneously launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore district against two flying targets.

"The test was successful. The missiles intercepted moving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)," Chandipur ITR director M.V.K.V. Prasad told IANS.

This is the fourth day the Akash missiles were launched from the ITR.

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Parrikar goofs up on Rajinikanth's name, apologises

Panaji : Newly-installed union Defence Minister -- and former Goa chief minister -- Manohar Parrikar Thursday almost incurred southern cinema czar Rajinikanth's wrath when he missed out on mentioning the legendary actor's name while formally acknowledging the presence of dignitaries present at the 45th IFFI inauguration ceremony here.

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River inter-linking will raise irrigation capacity: Uma Bharti

New Delhi : Inter-linking of rivers will raise the irrigation capacity of the country by 90 percent, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said Thursday.

"There is no shortage of water in our country. Excess rain water in our country flows into seas through rivers. We need to conserve this water by inter-linking the rivers," Bharti said while inaugurating the national conference on issues for optimal use of water resources called "Jal Manthan" here.

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Rs.4,502.34 crore supplementary budget presented for Odisha

Bhubaneswar : Amid an uproar by the opposition parties over a chit fund scam, Finance Minister Pradip Kumar Amat Thursday presented supplementary budget of Rs.4,502.34 crore for 2014-15 in the Odisha assembly.

The supplementary budget is an addition to the original budget provision of Rs.80,139.58 crore annual budget made for fiscal 2014-15.

The Odisha government has earmarked Rs.2,536.87 crore as non-plan expenditure and provided Rs.1,960.30 crore for the state plan.

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