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Book on Simranjit Singh Mann launched

New Delhi : A book that documents Shiromani Akali Dal president Simranjit Singh Mann's stay in a prison and the story of his family in the aftermath of the Operation Bluestar was launched in Delhi.

Authored by his daughter Pavit Kaur, the book titled Stolen Years: A Memoir of Simranjit Singh Mann's Imprisonment has been published by Random House India.

Priced at Rs.399, the 239-page book was launched here Thursday evening.

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Bill Gates meets Modi

New Delhi : Microsoft founder Bill Gates, along with his wife Melinda Gates, Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

"Mrs. @melindagates and Mr. @BillGates met PM @narendramodi," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates also called on Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

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Kolkata taxis' strike continues

Kolkata : Adding to the woes of commuters for the second consecutive day, taxis stayed off roads as part of their indefinite strike in Kolkata but some buses and mini-buses plied during the all-transport strike Friday.

Due to the absence of a fraction of buses, streets were devoid of the familiar hooting and honking of vehicles stuck in traffic. The strike called Thursday was the eighth since August.

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Lok Sabha speaker meets Xi

New Delhi : Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Friday called on Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a three-day visit to India.

"The meeting took place at the Taj Palace Hotel as scheduled between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.," a Lok Sabha official told IANS.

Xi is staying at the Taj Palace in south Delhi's Dhaula Kuan area. He flies back to China later in the day after wrapping up a visit that saw him hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Tibetans continue to protest Chinese president's visit

New Delhi : Tibetan refugees continued to protest Friday Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit here.

Protesters held Tibetan flags and shouted slogans of freedom, and tried to march towards the Taj Palace Hotel, where the Chinese president is staying.

However, police stopped them on way and detained 20 demonstrators, including three women, in south Delhi.

Tibetans were detained Thursday as well after they staged a demonstration at Hyderabad House in central Delhi where Xi held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Mandolin player U. Srinivas is dead

Chennai : Well-known mandolin player Uppalapu Srinivas died Friday here at a private hospital. He was 45.

According to a source at Apollo hospital, where he was admitted following brief illness, Srinivas "passed away due to liver-related problems this morning at 9.30".

Born Feb 28, 1969 in Palakolu, Andhra Pradesh, Srinivas was a child prodigy. He picked up his father's mandolin at the age of six and started playing it.

He made his first public performance at the age of 9 when he played at the Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival in Gudivada.

Literary journey from Delhi to Afghanistan

Much has been written about Delhi, yet there is much to be written about. A book explores birds, animals and plant species adding a fresh perspective to the Indian capital, whereas another book examines the changing trajectory of Indian policy towards Afghanistan. Take a look.

1. Book: India's Afghan Muddle; Author: Harsh V. Pant; Publisher: Harper Collins; Pages: 194; Price: Rs. 450

Obama names Indian American Richard Rahul Verma as envoy to India

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra ModiÂ’s visit, President Barack Obama has nominated Richard Rahul Verma as the new ambassador to India, the first Indian American to be named to the New Delhi post.

Verma, a former key aide to then secretary of state Hillary Clinton, will be the second Indian American to be put in charge of a job involving India.

India-China want early resolution to border questions: Mukherjee

New Delhi : Calling for greater cooperation between India and China, President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said the the two countries share the desire for "early resolution" of the outstanding issues, including "boundary questions".

"Our nations share a desire for early resolution of the outstanding issues between our states - including the boundary question," Mukherjee said Thursday at a banquet hosted for Chinese President Xi Jinping at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Badal orders probe over Congress lawmaker's 'misbehaviour'

Chandigarh : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday ordered a probe after a Congress legislator allegedly "misbehaved and used foul language" with a woman bureaucrat.

Patiala Division Commissioner Ajit Singh Pannu has been asked to conduct the inquiry into the incident allegedly involving Congress legislator from Fatehgarh Sahib, Kuljit Singh Nagra and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Pooja Syal Grewal.

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