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Rs. 500 crore sanctioned for developing heritage cities

New Delhi: The urban development ministry has sanctioned Rs. 500 crores for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), that aims to develop 12 heritage cities, and will be launched shortly, an official statement said Saturday.

"At least 85 percent of the total outlay will be earmarked for project formulation and execution while the remaining 15 percent shall be utilized for other critical components including capacity building, establishment of project management units and preparation of heritage management plan (HMP)," said the statement.

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Activist lawyer killed in Navi Mumbai

Thane: Activist lawyer Minakshi Jaiswal was brutally killed with her neck slit and two fingers cut off at her residence in Navi Mumbai, officials said Saturday.

Her body was found Saturday morning at her flat in Celebration Building in Sector 17 in Khargar suburb.

Police have detained two suspects in connection with the killing of Jaiswal, the wife of a Maharashtra judicial magistrate.

According to preliminary investigation, she was killed in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday by at least four robbers who barged into her flat.

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Bengal girl raped by friends in Delhi

New Delhi: An 18-year-old girl from West Bengal was gang raped by two of her friends, including a juvenile, in the national capital, Delhi Police said Saturday.

The girl, a native of New Jalpaiguri, told police that Rahul, 20, and his juvenile friend lured her to their house in south Delhi's R.K. Puram Friday evening and raped her in turns.

The girl works with a placement agency where both the accused also work. Besides, both the accused belong to her native place.

A police officer said they arrested Rahul and apprehended the juvenile.

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Other states to recruit northeast youth in police: Rijiju

Umsaw Khwan (Meghalaya): Youths from the northeastern states will be recruited in police forces in metropolitan cities as part of the national integration policy of the BJP-led government, union minister Kiren Rijiju said here Saturday.

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All steps taken to secure porous borders: Rao Inderjit

Kolkata: The central government has taken all steps to secure India's porous borders and contain infiltration, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said here Saturday.

"All steps needed to secure our borders to prevent its porosity have been and will be taken by the government. There are people well versed with porosity and we are doing the best we can," he said on the sidelines of a programme organised by defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers here.

"We cannot offer to let our guard down", he said.

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'Link Bengal to Asian nations for Buddhist tourism circuit'

Kolkata:Twenty-three Buddhist sites have been identified in West Bengal and the focus is to develop the state as the prime link to south and southeast Asian countries as part of the Buddhist tourism circuit, an official has said here.

According to Arvind Alok, Chairman, Buddhist Monuments Development Council (BMDC), proposals are being finalised to get the sites sponsored by the corporate sector to aid in their conservation and revival.

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After Mauritius, India to export warships to Sri Lanka

Kolkata: India will now export two warships to Sri Lanka after delivering a warship to Mauritius for the first time, Minister of State for Defence Production Rao Inderjit Singh said here Saturday.

"From Sri Lanka, we have received an order to build two off-shore patrol vehicles (OPV) and they are under construction in Goa Shipyard," the minister said on the sidelines of the ceremonial delivery of warship CGS Barracuda to the Mauritian Coast Guard.

He said the ships are entirely indigenously built and there hasn't been any technology cooperation with any foreign partners.

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India's forex reserves up by $2.17 billion

Mumbai: India's foreign exchange reserves grew by $2.17 billion to $316.83 billion for the week ended Dec 12, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data showed.

In the previous week (Dec 5)the reserves had fallen by $1.64 billion to $314.66 billion.

According to the RBI's weekly statistical supplement, foreign currency assets, the biggest component of the forex reserves, gained $2.40 billion at $292.36 billion in the week under review.

The foreign currency assets had plunged $867.4 million at $289.95 billion in the previous week (Dec 5).

30 km of highways per day in two years: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: The central government is aiming to construct 30 km of highways every day in next two years, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said Saturday.

"Right now, one kilometre of road is made in a day. We aim to construct at least 30 km per day in two years," Gadkari said at a conclave organised here by PHD Chamber of Commerce.

He also said public private partnership (PPP) was needed for infrastructure projects.

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India go down fighting to hand Australia unassailable 2-0 lead

Brisbane: Australia took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series with a four-wicket win over India on the fourth day of the second Test at the Gabba here Saturday.

Chasing 128 for victory, the hosts were made to sweat but ultimately got over the finishing line, scoring 130 for six, leaving India rueing the opportunities they missed in the match. Things could have panned out very different had the visitors got rid of Australia's tail in the first innings swiftly.

India's dismal collapse on the morning of the fourth day also played a huge hand in the defeat.

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