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Three bombs recovered in Jharkhand

Ranchi : At least three bombs were recovered Tuesday from a jungle in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district, police said.

According to the police, the bombs were found in a jungle near the national highway connecting Ranchi to Patna in the Kuju area of the district, 55 km from Ranchi.

They were recovered after villagers informed police about them. Ramgarh falls in Hazaribagh constituency which will go to the polls April 17.

Police suspect that Maoist guerrillas might have planted the bombs.

US varsity to connect Indian researchers to the world

By Papri Sri Raman,

Chicago/New Delhi : In a move that will empower Indian researchers and help them connect with rest of the world, the University of Chicago (UC) and two other American universities will help Indian universities ramp up their computing ability to fulfill the scientists' dream of sharing data with the international fraternity.

The connectivity will be via high-speed 'cloud' computing clusters and superfast internet.

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Show dying declaration of Delhi gangrape victim: SC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday asked Delhi Police to show the dying declaration of the Dec 16 gangrape victim as it extended its interim order putting on hold the execution of death sentence of Mukesh and Pawan Gupta who were convicted of the crime.

The apex court bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice J. Chelameswar asked Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra to produce the dying declaration as counsel M.L. Sharma appearing for Mukesh and Pawan expressed his inability to produce it before the court.

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Rupee weakens to 60.35 against dollar

Mumbai : The Indian rupee weakened to 60.35 against a US dollar Tuesday tracking losses in stock markets on poor inflation and factory output data.

The partially convertible rupee was quoted at 60.31 against a dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange Markets here at 12.41 p.m., 14 paise weaker than its previous session's close at 60.17.

China confident new Indian regime will stay committed to boosting ties

Beijing : China Monday expressed confidence that whichever party comes to power in India after the general election will "stay committed" to promoting bilateral friendship and cooperation.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told the media ahead of his meeting with Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh here that Beijing was "confident" that promoting bilateral friendship "is a shared consensus of all political parties in India".

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Fake magistrate held for duping shopkeepers

New Delhi : A 65-year-old man, impersonating a magistrate, was arrested for duping shopkeepers by taking some amounts of money after threatening them with fines or cancellation of their licenses, said police Monday.

Kishan Lal Gupta, a resident of Kamla Nagar area in north Delhi, was arrested Saturday from Nabi Karim market in central Delhi while trying to dupe some shopkeepers.

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'Liquor seized since March in Bengal double over last year'

Kolkata : The Election Commission Monday said seizure of illicit liquor by the excise department in West Bengal since March 5 to now was "more than double" than in the same period last year.

During the span from March 5 - when the Lok Sabha elections were announced - to April 12, illicit liquor apprehended stands at 2,89,178 litres while it was 1,40, 608 litres in the same time frame last year.

"Monetary worth of the liquor seized this year is Rs.2.31 crore," assistant chief electoral officer Amitjyoti Bhattacharya told reporters here.

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Health workers from 10 states awarded

New Delhi : Health workers from 10 states, including high-focus Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, have been awarded for their contribution in providing effective healthcare in rural India, an official release said here Monday.

Aimed at felicitating the health workers coinciding with the National Safe Motherhood Day, the health ministry and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, India, gave away the annual national safe motherhood awards for health providers last week, the release said.

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Rapist should face severe, strict punishment but only after guilt proved: SC

New Delhi : Rape is a reprehensible act and every perpetrator of the crime should be punished severely and strictly but only after the accused's guilt has been proved beyond doubt, the Supreme Court has said as it set aside the conviction of a man for rape.

"Rape is indeed a reprehensible act and every perpetrator should be punished expeditiously, severally and strictly. However, this is only possible when guilt has been proved beyond reasonable doubt," said a bench of Justice K.S.Radhakrishnan and Justice Vikramajit Sen in their recent judgment.

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Bihar's agri-food industry may touch Rs.1 lakh crore by 2015

Ara (Bihar) : Agriculture and food industry in Bihar has the potential to reach Rs.1 lakh crore by 2015, says a study of industry association Assocham.

Bihar's abundant agro-based raw materials available at competitive prices, cattle wealth, water resources and above all a pro-active industrial policy would help achieve the mark, the study says.

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