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India committed to safety of foreign nationals: V.K. Singh

New Delhi : India was committed to ensuring the safety and security of all foreign nationals in the country, including those from African countries, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (retd) V.K Singh has assured African envoys.

The minister conveyed this during a meeting with African envoys here Dec 17.

The meeting was part of regular interactions.

V.K. Singh also strongly condemned instances of violence and racially motivated comments against African nationals in India.

He said India has a long history of inclusive and cosmopolitan culture.


Bangladesh president arrives on six-day visit

New Delhi : Bangladesh President M. Abdul Hamid arrived here Thursday on a six-day official visit - the first visit by a ceremonial head of state of Bangladesh since 1972.

Hamid is here on the invite of President Pranab Mulherjee, and will be a guest in Rashtrapati Bhawan. He was received at the airport by Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen V.K Singh (retd.).

The external affairs spokesperson tweeted: "A friendly neighbour comes. President Md.Abdul Hamid of Bangladesh in Delhi."

Son seeks new CBI probe into L.N. Mishra murder

Patna : Assassinated railway minister L.N. Mishra's son termed the four followers of Hindu sect Anand Marg convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court Thursday innocent and demanded the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) re-investigate the 1975 case.

"We demand re-investigation by the CBI into the murder of my father because the court verdict has disappointed us and we are not satisfied with the outcome of the case," Vijay Mishra said here.

He said that only a re-investigation would provide the family justice.


India welcomes resumption of US-Cuba ties

New Delhi : India Thursday welcomed the resumption of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba after more than 50 years.

In response to a media query, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said: "India, which enjoys excellent relations with the United States of America and the Republic of Cuba, welcomes the decision by both the countries to re-establish diplomatic relations."

In a major policy shift, the US and Cuba announced restoration of diplomatic relations and also agreed on a swap of prisoners, including five US men held in Cuba for years.


Randeep Hooda experiences social media nightmare

Mumbai : Actor Randeep Hooda is said to have been jolted to learn that various fake accounts in his name are floating in cyberspace. He is now reportedly getting his genuine accounts verified.

While imposters aren't new to celebrities, what upset Randeep was when he learnt that some of them have been trying to dupe young girls, promising them roles in films, said a source close to Randeep.

"Given the ramifications of such heinous plans of his imposters, Randeep has taken the matter in his hands and has been verifying his account now," the source added.


Timeline of Lalit Narayan Mishra murder case

New Delhi : Timeline of the 1975 murder case of then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra:

June 2, 1975: Mishra goes to Samastipur to inaugurate the Samastipur-Muzaffarpur broad gauge railway line. A bomb explosion on the dais seriously injures him.

June 3, 1975: Mishra dies at the railway hospital in Danapur.

June 9, 1975: Case handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation.

Nov 1, 1975: CBI files chargesheet in the case in a Bihar court.

December 1979: The trial transferred to Delhi by the Supreme Court.


Navi Mumbai to get a World Trade Centre

Mumbai : Navi Mumbai, spread across Thane and Raigad districts on the mainland in Maharashtra, will get its own independent World Trade Centre, a top official announced here Thursday.

"The World Trade Centres Association places special emphasis on the development of the Asia-Pacific region. Presently, there are nearly 340 WTCs in over 100 countries with a global membership of one million. We intend to expand our activity in the Asia-Pacific region with emphasis on India and China," WTCA vice president of Asia-Pacific, Scott Wang, said here.


US-Cuban ties is Havana's victory: CPI-M

New Delhi : The establishment of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba is "a victory for the Cuban people and government", the CPI-M said Thursday.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist said it welcomed the agreement between the two governments to take steps to normalize relations between them.


GSI to look for coal reserves in Tripura

Agartala : The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has undertaken a diverse study after a coal-like substance was found in Tripura, an official said here Thursday.

"Workers while digging earth for road construction recently found large coal-like substances at Thakukchuracherra village (under Gandacherra sub-division in northern Tripura)," Gandacherra sub-divisional magistrate Bhaskar Dasgupta told IANS.

Indian medical tourism growing at 30 percent: Minister

New Delhi : Indian healthcare providers are giving quality par excellence at a fraction of the cost which is why medical tourism in the country is growing at a rate of 30 percent, Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said Thursday.

Addressing the 11th India Health Summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here, Sharma also acknowledged the need for a separate body to boost medical tourism.

"No other sector is growing at a rate of 30 per cent," said Sharma.