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Mamata welcomes Nasscom proposal for Kolkata incubation centre

Kolkata : Welcoming Nasscom's proposal for building the first incubation centre for young and aspiring IT entrepreneurs here, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday claimed the state's IT, engineering and manufacturing sectors saw very positive and encouraging developments over the past week.

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Indian Army men complete tough cycling expedition through Himalayas

Kolkata : Pedalling nearly 700 km across the Himalayas along the India-China border at heights ranging from 9,000 to 19,000 feet while braving sub-zero temperatures, a team of 10 Indian Army personnel Saturday successfully completed a never-before attempted cycling expedition.

Defence officers now hope it will earn the team a place in the "Limca Book of Records".

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Indian Air Force NCO kills self

Gurgaon : A non-commissioned officer of the Indian Air Force here Saturday committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon, police said.

Anoop Kumar, 34, was posted at the Indian Air Force campus here at old Delhi road.

He shot himself twice on his chin.

Officerss on duty rushed to the spot after hearing the gunshots.

"He died on the spot. The post-mortem examination will be conducted later," a senior police officer told IANS.

The deceased hailed from Haryana's Bhiwani district.

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'Go to Gulf with rights' campaign to help expats

New Delhi : In a bid to prevent human rights violations among Indian migrant workers in the Gulf region, Amnesty International India and UAE Exchange India have launched a "Go to Gulf with rights" campaign.

The awareness campaign will provide information about migrant workers’ rights under Indian and international law, legally authorised channels for migration, pre-departure training programmes, and the risks of irregular migration, an Amnesty International statement said Friday.

Weather plays spoilsport in exhuming Badaun rape victims' bodies

Lucknow : Bad weather and surging Ganga waters threw a spanner in the CBI efforts Saturday to exhume the bodies of Uttar Pradesh's Badaun gang-rape victims from the river bank.

The two teenaged cousins were gang-raped and hanged from a tree May 27 in Katra Sadatganj village of Badaun district.

Officials said, a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team assisted by forensic experts arrived to take the mortal remains from the two "kacchi" graves at the Ataina Ghat, fortified with sand bags over the past few days, as the Ganga river is in spate.

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Exports from Northeast can help its development

Guwahati : India should focus on the export potential of the northeastern region to neighbouring countries to free it from poverty and backwardness, speakers said at a meet organised by industry lobby Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.

The stakeholders' consultative workshop on the role of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor was organised in cooperation with the North Eastern Council, the Institute of Chinese Studies and the Observer Research Foundation here.

Knowledge, innovation important for progress: President

Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu) : Knowledge and innovation are the underpinnings of progress and prosperity in the 21st century, President Pranab Mukherjee said here Saturday.

"In this age of globalisation, we can derive competitive advantage only from an eco-system that is conducive to new learning, research and innovation," he said after inaugurating the golden jubilee celebrations of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Tiruchirappalli, 325 km from Chennai.

Mukherjee said NITs must work towards promoting scientific temper in their students.

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CIC upholds PMO's refusal to declassify three Netaji files

Kolkata : The Central Information Commission (CIC) has upheld the Prime Minister's Office's contention of keeping, as classified, three files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, on grounds their declassification would adversely affect foreign relations.

Researcher Chandrachur Ghose in April last year filed a Right to Information (RTI) application seeking copies of documents contained in three PMO files relating to the widow and daughter of the nationalist leader.

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Top Odisha Maoist sent to 10-day police remand

Bhubaneswar : A court in Odisha Saturday granted the police a 10-day remand of top Maoist Sabyasachi Panda, a day after his arrest, a defence lawyer said.

Police had sought Panda's custody for 14 days to interrogate him.

Sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) at Berhampur P.K. Behera, however, granted a 10-day remand, defence lawyer Deepak Patnaik said.

The judge also allowed the prayer of the defence lawyer to conduct Panda's interrogation in the presence of his family members, friends or his lawyer.

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Girl rejects marriage proposal, assaulted

Kolkata : A girl was seriously injured in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district when a youth repeatedly assaulted her for rejecting his marriage proposal, police said Saturday.

The incident happened Friday night in Bidhananagar.

"The youth is known to the girl and has been harassing her to marry him. When she yet again rejected him last night, he assaulted her... We have launched a hunt for him," a police officer said.

The victim said the youth worked with her at a shop earlier.

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