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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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Eight Mahadalits converted to Christianity in Bihar

Patna: Eight poor Mahadalits, including a woman, converted to Christianity in a village in Bihar's Munger district, an official said Saturday.

"It is a fact that eight of them converted to Christianity at Ratanpura village under Sangrampur block in Munger, about 180 km from here, a few days back," the official said.

The converts told a team of district officials, who visited the village to probe the case Friday following district magistrate Amrendra Prasad Singh's orders, that they had changed their religion to lead a life of honour and dignity, officials added.

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India says sanctions against terrorists ineffective; Pakistan vows to go for their 'jugular'

By Arul Louis,

United Nations: The killing fields of Peshawar inspired anew an international resolve at the Security Council to combat terrorism by adopting Friday a resolution urging nations to choke the flow of resources to the extremist organisations and to increase cooperation to fight them, even as India criticised the ineffectiveness of sanctions against them.

Rajesh Khanna a remarkable person: Salman Khurshid

New Delhi : Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid Friday termed the late Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna a "remarkable person" whom he had tried to emulate.

Unveiling "Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India's First Superstar", a biography penned by journalist Yasser Usman, Khurshid said that he had the privilege of knowing the actor personally.

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54 Indian soldiers believed to be in Pakistani jails: Parrikar

New Delhi : At least 54 missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars are believed to be in custody in Pakistan, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told parliament Friday.

However, Pakistan does not acknowledge the presence of any such personnel.

"Fifty four (54) missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars, including one from Border Security Force, are believed to be in custody in Pakistan," Parrikar said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

India attaches highest importance to Bangladesh: President

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday said India attached "highest importance" to bilateral relations with Bangladesh, an official statement by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

Receiving his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid in the Rashtrapati Bhavan here, Mukherjee welcomed him and complimented him for his role in the consolidation of bilateral relations.

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