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President greets Mali on National Day

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday extended his greetings to Mali on the eve of the country's National Day.

In a message to the his Malian counterpart, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Mukherjee said: "On behalf of the government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the government and people of the Republic of Mali on the occasion of your National Day."


Government urges procurement agencies to reach out to farmers on pulse MSP

New Delhi : The central government has directed procurement agencies Food Corporation of India (FCI), NAFED and SFAC to publicise their procurement activities among farmers through various modes in pulse producing states so that farmers get the benefit of Minimum Support Price (MSP).

The central government is procuring pulses form farmers as it wants to encourage them to grow lentils in the ensuing winter/rabi season beginning October, an official source said.


90-year-old widow raped in Kerala

Kollam (Kerala) : In a shocking incident, a 90-year-old widow, who is a cancer patient, has been raped here in Kerala by a man who was armed with a knife, police said on Wednesday.

The woman too told the media that the crime was committed by someone who knew the layout of her house.

"The accused entered my house through the back door. This can be done only by someone who knows the house well," she said.

"I pleaded with him not to harm me but he did not listen... I want the police to arrest the accused," she said.

Review meeting discusses Pakistan bid to internationalise Kashmir

New Delhi : A review meeting on Tuesday convened by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the wake of Uri terror attack is learnt to have discussed expected efforts by Pakistan to internationalise the Kashmir problem using Kashmiri diaspora.

Britain, Bangladesh, Armenia condemn Uri terror attack

New Delhi : Britain, Bangladesh and Armenia on Tuesday joined the international community in condemning Sunday's cross-border terror attack from Pakistan on an Indian army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that left 18 soldiers dead.

"The UK condemn all forms of terrorism, and stands shoulder to shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism and in bringing perpetrators to justice," Britain said in its statement, according to a tweet by Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup

PDP-BJP regime in J&K undoing UPA's work, says Congress

New Delhi : The Congress on Tuesday accused the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir of "undoing" the work done by the previous UPA government and said this had led to "emboldening of separatists and militants" in the valley.

"The current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and People's Democratic Party (PDP) coalition has just managed to embolden the separatists, militants and Pakistani groups to disturb Kashmir," Congress leader R.P.N. Singh told reporters here.

AAP women MLAs to meet Rajnath, Jung over crimes against women

New Delhi : Women legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma soon over what they said were "increasing cases of crime against women" in the national capital.

Addressing a press conference here, AAP's legislator from Palam constituency Bhavna Gaur said women were not feeling safe while stepping out of their houses in Delhi.

Assam government warns all encroachers across the state

ArrayGuwahati : In a strong warning to all encroachers of government lands across the state, the BJP-led Assam government on Tuesday said that it is taking steps to remove all the encroachments in a phased manner.

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said that after evicting three villages near the Kaziranga National Park, the government is now focusing on the illegal encroachments in Mayong area in Morigaon district.

NIA probe underway, seeks to ID photos of attackers

Delhi : The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which formally took over the probe into the Uri attack on Tuesday, is seeking to establish the identities of the attackers and also examining the Global Positioning Systems and other evidence recovered from them, said official sources.

Informed sources said that the six-member NIA team headed by an Inspector General and a Deputy Inspector General reached Uri town on Monday evening, a day after the terror attack in which 18 soldiers died.

But the NIA team visited the Uri army camp only on Tuesday.

Mulayam appoints Amar Singh SP general secretary

Lucknow : In a major decision that is set to further add to the ongoing turmoil in the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav appointed Amar Singh as the national general secretary.

The appointment comes days after a bitter power struggle in the ruling party of the state, during which many including General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had made Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh the villain of the piece, holding him responsible for triggering the fight in the party.