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Tripura University to attract Bangladeshi students

Agartala : Tripura University will launch an initiative to admit more Bangladeshi students to reinforce the government's plan to strenthen the people-to-people ties between the two neighbours, an official said Thursday.

"It was observed over the years that there are huge numbers of students in Bangladesh keen to study in Tripura University. We would now go for a larger initiative to attract more number of Bangladeshi students," a Tripura University official told IANS.

Cabinet okays 49 percent FDI in insurance

New Delhi : The union cabinet Thursday approved a proposal to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector to 49 percent from the current 26 percent.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi okayed the proposal for the hike but maintains Indian management control.

A senior government official who did not want to be named said the overseas investments in the insurance sector would be allowed through the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) route.

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PM condoles death of students in Telangana accident

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the students who lost their lives when a train rammed into a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana.

"The prime minister has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident in Medak district," the Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet.

"The PM prays for the speedy recovery of those injured in the accident," said another tweet.

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Telangana minister blames railways for accident

Hyderabad : A Telangana minister has blamed negligence by the railways for the ghastly accident at a railway crossing in Medak district that left 19 school children dead.

Irrigation minister Harish Rao said railways failed to install a gate despite repeated representations by local people and public representatives.

Rao was talking to reporters at Masayipet where a train hit a school bus, killing 19 children and the driver and injured 20.

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Maoists blow up police officer's home in Bihar

Patna : Maoist guerrillas Thursday blew up the home of a police officer in Bihar to protest the killing of two people a few days ago in a gunbattle with police, an officer said.

The home of inspector Kedar Nath Singh was severely damaged in the attack that took place in Aurangabad district's Manjhauli village.

Aurangabad superintendent of police Upender Kumar Sharma said there were no casualties. Kedar Nath Singh is posted in Katihar district, he added.

19 children die as train hit bus in Telangana

Hyderabad : In a ghastly accident, at least 19 students were killed Thursday when a train rammed into a school bus at an unmanned rail-road crossing in Medak district of Telangana, police said.

Some 20 other children were injured in the ghastly accident at Masayipet, about 70 km from here, when the bus of a private school was taking the students to their school.

Police said the Nanded-Secunderabad passenger train hit the vehicle around 9.15 a.m. The driver of the bus was also killed.

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Woman stripped in public, now arrested

Patna : The woman who was stripped and assaulted publically in Bihar for allegedly kidnapping and murdering two men was arrested Thursday, officials said.

The arrest came three days after she went missing from a Patna hospital where she was undergoing treatment for the injuries.

Sangita Devi, in her 40s, was stripped and assaulted last week for allegedly kidnapping two men who were involved in a land deal with her in Nizamuddinpur village, 50 km from Patna, in Jehanabad district.

India should not see Ukraine as 'enemy of my friend': Ukrainian ambassador

By Anando Bhakto,

New Delhi : Expressing disappointment at India's failure to condem Russia, a hostile neighbour whom Ukraine accuses of escalating tension in its eastern region, Ukrainian Ambassador to India Oleksandr Shevchenko has urged the NDA government to "find out ways" to support his country's endeavour for justice.

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Misuse of pharmaceutical drugs rising in India: UN official

By Rajnish Singh,

New Delhi : After cannabis and heroin, the misuse of pharmaceutical drugs is rising among subcontinental drug users because of their easy availability at cheap rates and this is a cause for concern, a top UN official has said.

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India rescues 58 more nurses from troubled Iraq

New Delhi : India has rescued 58 Indian nurses from violence-hit Iraq in an "extremely difficult" operation, days after rescuing 46 Indian nurses who were in the control of the Sunni jihadists in Tikrit.

Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the 58 nurses were "brought out through the land route" in batches over the last three weeks. The rescue operation was undertaken in "extremely difficult circumstances.. through friends in Iraq", the spokesperson said.

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