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19 children die as train hit bus in Telangana

Hyderabad : In a ghastly accident, at least 19 students were killed Thursday when a train rammed into a school bus at an unmanned rail-road crossing in Medak district of Telangana, police said.

Some 20 other children were injured in the ghastly accident at Masayipet, about 70 km from here, when the bus of a private school was taking the students to their school.

Police said the Nanded-Secunderabad passenger train hit the vehicle around 9.15 a.m. The driver of the bus was also killed.

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Woman stripped in public, now arrested

Patna : The woman who was stripped and assaulted publically in Bihar for allegedly kidnapping and murdering two men was arrested Thursday, officials said.

The arrest came three days after she went missing from a Patna hospital where she was undergoing treatment for the injuries.

Sangita Devi, in her 40s, was stripped and assaulted last week for allegedly kidnapping two men who were involved in a land deal with her in Nizamuddinpur village, 50 km from Patna, in Jehanabad district.

India should not see Ukraine as 'enemy of my friend': Ukrainian ambassador

By Anando Bhakto,

New Delhi : Expressing disappointment at India's failure to condem Russia, a hostile neighbour whom Ukraine accuses of escalating tension in its eastern region, Ukrainian Ambassador to India Oleksandr Shevchenko has urged the NDA government to "find out ways" to support his country's endeavour for justice.

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Misuse of pharmaceutical drugs rising in India: UN official

By Rajnish Singh,

New Delhi : After cannabis and heroin, the misuse of pharmaceutical drugs is rising among subcontinental drug users because of their easy availability at cheap rates and this is a cause for concern, a top UN official has said.

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India rescues 58 more nurses from troubled Iraq

New Delhi : India has rescued 58 Indian nurses from violence-hit Iraq in an "extremely difficult" operation, days after rescuing 46 Indian nurses who were in the control of the Sunni jihadists in Tikrit.

Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the 58 nurses were "brought out through the land route" in batches over the last three weeks. The rescue operation was undertaken in "extremely difficult circumstances.. through friends in Iraq", the spokesperson said.

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Army foils infiltration bid on LoC in Jammu

Jammu : An infiltration bid by guerrillas on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir has been foiled, police said Thursday.

Police sources told IANS here that a group of six to eight heavily armed militants tried to sneak into the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Tarkundi area of Poonch district late Wednesday.

"Alert troops opened fire at the intruding militants, forcing them to flee back into the Pakistan side. The firing continued for over half an hour," a police source said.

Searches are on in the area, the source added.

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Bengal teacher's second autopsy done; mob blocks national highway

Siliguri : A fresh autopsy of a West Bengal school teacher who died in judicial custody in Uttar Pradesh was conducted Wednesday, as demonstrators carrying his body blocked the national highway and fought pitched battles with police in Darjeeling district.

Trouble broke out for the second day Wednesday night, as a mob put up road blocks on national highway 34 at Bihar More in Bagdogra.

The fresh disturbances started after police handed over the body of Ganesh Chowdhury to his family members after the second autopsy.

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India to have four new central varsities

New Delhi : The government has decided to set up four new central universities in the country, parliament was told Wednesday.

"The ministry of human resource development (HRD) has decided to set up four new central universities, viz. one Central Tribal University each in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, one central university in Andhra Pradesh and Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Bihar," HRD Minister Smriti Irani said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

At present, there are 40 central universities under the purview of the ministry.

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Telangana urges media not to use 'T' for state

Hyderabad : The Telangana government has urged the media not to use 'T' as an abbreviation for the state and advised it to use either the complete word or T.S.

In a letter to editors of all TV channels and newspapers, Telangana Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma requested them not to use 'T'.

"This new state is often quoted in the media with an abbreviated prefix 'T', such as T-Govt., T-State, T-CM etc. In fact, the new state is formally mentioned as 'State of Telangana' or 'Telangana State' in the A.P. Reorganization Act.

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India, Myanmar hold talks

New Delhi : India and Myanmar Wednesday held the 14th round of foreign office consultations here, and discussed a host of issues including trade, investment and infrastructure.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to travel to Myanmar in November.

A press release said the Indian delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh while the Myanmar delegation by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs U Thant Kyaw.

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