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Centre to sign peace accord with two Meghalaya rebel outfits

Shillong : The Centre will sign a peace accord with two rebel outfits operating in the five districts of Garo Hills in Meghalaya next week, a union home ministry official said Wednesday.

"A peace pact between the Centre, Meghalaya government and the two Garo rebel groups - A'chik National Volunteers Council and its breakaway group A'chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC-B) will be signed Sep 24 in New Delhi," Shambhu Singh, joint secretary (northeast) in the home ministry, told IANS.

Praise of government based on facts: President

By Vikas Datta,

On Board Air India One : President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday said his praise of the Narendra Modi government was based on facts.

"It's all facts. Everyone knows the Indian economy has been doing badly since 2008-09. The steps taken by the new government will lead to the possibility of greater FDI," he told journalists in a media interaction while returning from Vietnam.

"There are certain positive signs (for the Indian economy," he said.

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Error in bail order halts Nithari convict Pandher's release

Ghaziabad : Nithari killings co-convict Moninder Singh Pandher's release on bail has been denied after the CBI court here refused to entertain an error in the bail order, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Pandher's advocate Devraj Singh said the court rejected Pandher's bail plea in the murder case of Pinki Sarkar that was filed under sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that deal with murder and acts committed by several people with common intention.

Pandher filed an application at the Allahabad High Court which granted him bail in the same sections.

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Indian family seeks help to repatriate UAE accident victim

Dubai : An Indian family has sought help to repatriate an accident victim lying in coma in a United Arab Emirates (UAE) hospital after the company he was working with refused to give details of his insurance policy or settle his end-of-service benefits, a media report said Wednesday.

Khulvinder, 42, was working as a foreman with a construction company based in Ras Al Khaimah when he met with an accident, "but his employers are not offering him any accident compensation or settling his end-of-service benefits", Gulf News quoted his brother Balveer as saying.

Awareness programme in Delhi on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

New Delhi : The Delhi government will launch a week-long programme to sensitise people about cleanliness as a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Oct 2 on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

One of the pet projects of Narendra Modi government, Swachh Bharat aims to provide every family with a toilet by 2019.

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Indian workers' social security issue raised with US

New Delhi : Government Wednesday highlighted India's concerns on the US Totalisation and Social Security Act's impact on Indian workers in the US.

The issue over Indian workers losing their social security contributions due to discrepancy in the visa and social security regimes in the Totalisation and Social Security Act was raised by Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher who met Wendy Cutler, acting deputy US trade representative.

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Unified Naga Council calls on Rajnath Singh

New Delhi : A delegation of Nagas from Manipur, representing the Unified Naga council, called on the Home Minister Rajnath Singh here Wednesday, a government statement said.

The delegation expressed their concern about the Naga tribes in Manipur and their earlier participation in economic blockades in the state. They also thanked the government for assuring them to look into their grievances sympathetically.

SC to hear plea against procedure for appointing CVC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court will hear Thursday a plea by an NGO which has sought that the Centre be restrained from going ahead with the empaneling and appointment of chief vigilance commission (CVC) and vigilance commissioner (VC) as the existing procedure for it is restricted and non-transparent.

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Saradha scam: ED grills Mohun Bagan officials

Kolkata : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Wednesday questioned officials of Kolkata football club Mohun Bagan, including secretary Debashis Dutta, in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.

The ED earlier grilled key officials of two other city-based football clubs, East Bengal and Kalighat Club.

"We were questioned about the club's sponsorship deal with the Saradha," Dutta told media persons after the grilling.

Three East Bengal officials and Kalighat Club's secretary Babloo Koley were interrogated earlier in the week.

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India crisis of competitiveness

By Amit Kapoor,

The title of this article draws from a section in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15 that looks at the reasons for India’s Lucifer like fall from 48 in 2007-08 to 71. It is the worst rank in the BRICS economies (Brazil-57th, Russian Federation-53rd, China-28th, South Africa-56th). Last year, one of the authors of this piece had written an article in which he talked about India being at a stage where there is the clear and present danger of losing its competitiveness. India's fall is despite the fact that the number of economies in this year’s ranking (144 countries) is lesser than last year’s 148 countries considered for the report.

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