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Ruckus in J&K legislative council over India-Pakistan talks

Srinagar : There was pandemonium in the Jammu and Kashmir legislative council here Wednesday over the tabling of a resolution seeking resumption of India-Pakistan talks.

The resolution said dialogue is needed so that tension along the border between the two countries is eased.

Devender Rana of the ruling National Conference (NC), who intended to table the resolution, was allowed by the chairman to speak on the resolution.

Bihar official purchased 55 plots in 25 years

Patna : A Bihar official purchased 55 plots of land in his and his wife's name during 25 years of service, officials said Wednesday.

The Economic Offences Unit (EOU) team that raided the house of a junior engineer was stunned that he had purchased 55 plots of land. Fixed deposits, jewellery, SUVs and household goods worth Rs. 41 lakh were also seized in the raid.

The EOU team raided the house of Firaj-ul-Haque, junior engineer in the rural works department at the district headquarters of East Champaran, Tuesday.

Vibrant Gujarat summit to host seven partner countries

New Delhi : Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel Wednesday called upon India Inc to participate in the biennial investment summit 'Vibrant Gujarat' 2015, which is being partnered by seven countries.

"The seventh 'Vibrant Gujarat' summit has attracted the partnership of seven countries and a few states in India and I hope that it will lead India to shine across the seven seas," said the chief minister while addressing the curtain-raiser event here for the investment summit to be held next year.

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NHRC notice to Odisha government on expired medicines

Bhubaneswar : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an action-taken report from Odisha government on the reports that low-quality and time-expired medicines were administered to patients in the state, a petitioner said Wednesday.

In response to a petition filed by Odisha-based human rights campaigner Akhand last month, the commission has ordered the principal secretary of the health ministry to file a report within four weeks, Akhand told IANS.

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Over 12 lakh affected in Assam floods

Guwahati : Over 12 lakh people have been affected in floods in 16 districts of Assam. Many rivers, including the mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries, continue to flow above the danger level, the authorities said Wednesday.

Officials said at least 10 people have died since Aug 18. In the latest casualty, two people died due to floods in Lakhimpur and Morigaon districts Tuesday.

Don't make people in conflict with law ministers: SC to PM

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Wednesday said that though there was no bar on the prime minister recommending any person to be a minister in the government, being a custodian of constitutional morality and trust, he is expected not to make tainted people ministers.

An apex court constitution bench said that though no disqualification could be added to Article 75 (1) of the constitution that empowers the prime minister to make anyone as a minister, but a person in conflict with law should not be entrusted with executive responsibilities.

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Women fight shame in flood-hit Bihar

By Imran Khan,

Supaul (Bihar) : Malti and Bhagwati Devi are just two of the thousands of people who have had to abandon their homes to take shelter on an embankment in flood-affected Bihar's Supaul district. Their main worry, however, is not hunger but the difficulties they face in going through their ablutions unlike men.

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Modi launches financial inclusion scheme Thursday

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch his pan-India financial inclusion scheme here Thursday, with 76 similar events and some 60,000 camps of state-run banks to open spot accounts across the country.

The central ministers and state chief ministers have been asked to participate in these events for the launch of what is being formally called the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.

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Normalcy returns to Assam-Nagaland border

Guwahati : The troubled Assam-Nagaland border is limping back to normal following an attack by Naga militants that led to the death of nine people and the displacement of over 10,000 since Aug 12.

The Golaghat district administration in Assam Tuesday lifted the curfew as there has not been any fresh incident of violence since Aug 20, officials said.

The state government said in a statement that 4,742 people, who were living in relief camps, have returned to their homes after the government boosted security arrangements for them.

Britain institutes award commemorating Dadabhai Naoroji

Mumbai : British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Tuesday announced an award in memory of the legendary Indian businessman and freedom-fighter, Dadabhai Naoroji.

"Today, I am announcing the Dadabhai Naoroji Awards which will be given annually to individuals promoting partnership between India and UK in domains like commerce, education and culture," Clegg said on the sidelines of an event in St Xaviers College where he interacted with the students.

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