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'India should end death penalty'

New Delhi: Death penalty in a country like India that carries the message of non-violence on the global stage is a paradox, said Robert Badinter, a globally renowned lawyer.

“India is a specific unique nation in the world carrying on a message of non-violence. But the continuance of death penalty in the country contradicts the culture of non-violence symbolised by India,” said Badinter at a talk on Death Penalty: The French and the European experience at India International Centre here Thursday.


India test-fires sub-sonic missile Nirbhay

Bhubaneswar: India Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously-developed nuclear-capable, sub-sonic long range cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha’s Baleswar district.

The sub-sonic missile, which has a capacity to hit targets at a distance of 1,500 km, was successfully test fired at 10.03 a.m. Friday, said B.K. Das, additional director of Chandipur Integrated Test Range.

“We have achieved a great feat by successfully testing this missile. It would help immensely in future,” said Das.


African Union seeks India's support on Ebola

By Hadra Ahmed ,

Addis Ababa:In a bid to fight the rapid spread of the Ebola virus disease, the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), a team formed for emergency response on Ebola that is under the African Union Commission (AUC) Social Affairs, has urged the Indian government to lend support with medical human resources.

Amla products to empower women in rural Bengal

Kolkata: A campaign has been launched to produce Indian gooseberry or amla sauces, candy, dried chips, pickle, jellies to provide an alternative livelihood for poor women in rural West Bengal.

As part of the 'Amla Campaign', as many as 7,000 amla saplings were distributed in schools and to Anganwadi health workers (community health workers) in rural Bengal, a release said Friday.

The initiative was kick-started by Village Financial Services (VFS) in partnership with the state's department of health and family welfare.


Agra to take actions against garbage dumpers, encroachers

Agra: A fortnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Clean India campaign, the authorities here have warned that action would be taken against encroachers and garbage dumpers in this Taj city.

Agra city magistrate Rajesh Kumar Srivastav ordered encroachers to immediately vacate public roads and ensure free flow of traffic and asked officials to identify garbage dumpers so that action can be taken against them.


Jadavpur unrest: Students continue hunger strike

Kolkata: Agitating Jadavpur University students Friday continued their 24-hour hunger strike to step up their demand for the vice chancellor's removal following an alleged police attack on demonstrating students.

Students shouted slogans as vice chancellor Abhijit Chakravarty entered the campus Friday for the first time after being declared a full-time vice chancellor earlier this month.

Ringed by a security detail, Chakravarty and registrar Pradip Ghosh remained seated outside the administrative building as their entry was blocked by the students.


Indian engineer in US gets 18 months' jail for stealing secrets

New Jersey: An Indian engineer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by deportation for stealing trade secrets from medical technology giant Becton Dickinson and another New Jersey company.

Ketankumar Maniar, 38, who is also known as Ketan Maniar, had pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets in May, according to

Maniar, who has been in custody since his June 2013 arrest, was sentenced in federal court in Trenton Thursday. He was also ordered to pay BD restitution of $32,454.

Mizoram woman found dead in Delhi

New Delhi: A 24-year-old woman from Mizoram was found dead at her home here and the police are now hunting for her male partner, an official said Friday.

Juliet's body was found in her house in south Delhi's Munirka area by her neighbour late Thursday night. She was taken to Safdarjung hospital where doctors declared her dead.

"The victim was lying in a pool of blood and had head injuries," a police official told IANS.

Police said Juliet was living with a male partner Virender Singh who will be questioned once he is traced.


Government to import potatoes to check soaring prices

New Delhi:To curb potato prices that are soaring in the ongoing festival season, the government has decided to boost availability of the staple item for the first time through imports.

"We are taking all possible measures to control price rise in potato," Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh told reporters here Thursday, adding that the ministry is arranging to soon float tenders for the purpose so that shipments can arrive by next month.


HC restrains P.A. Sangma from using defamatory statement against Meghalaya CM

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Thursday restrained former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma from repeating defamatory statements against Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul M. Sangma.

Justice Manmohan Singh, accepting Mukul Sangma's submission that P.A. Sangma -- who is also a former chief minister of Meghalaya -- had made defamatory statement against him, granted ex-parte ad-interim order against him and two media houses.

Mukul Sangma, who filing the defamation case lawsuit against P.A. Sangma, sought damages of Rs.25 crore for the latter making the derogatory statements.