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Discretionary quota allocation of plots, houses in Odisha scrapped

Bhubaneswar : The Odisha cabinet Thursday decided to cancel allotment of all houses and plots made under the discretionary quota (DQ) since Jan 1, 1995.

The cabinet also decided to conduct a vigilance inquiry and initiate criminal proceedings against those who produced false affidavit to get plots and houses under discretionary quota meant for martyrs, sportspersons and distinguished personalities.

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Maharashtra to launch web portal, app for e-governance

Mumbai : The Maharashtra government will launch a web portal and a mobile application called 'Aaple Sarkar' (our government) to encourage people to participate in e-governance and address public grievances, an official said here Thursday.

"The proposed web portal and mobile application shall handle citizens' grievances redressal and receive suggestions or feedback for a more participative governance," said an official from the directorate of information technology (DIT).

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Navi Mumbai airport to take off by 2019: Maharashtra CM

Nagpur : The decks have been cleared for starting work on the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) and it will be operational by 2019, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here Thursday.

"All obstacles to the project have been overcome and we plan to make it (NMIA) functional by 2019," Fadnavis informed the Maharashtra Legislative Council here.

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Security tightened at Bodh Gaya temple

Patna : Security was Thursday tightened at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya after the terror attack in Pakistan's Peshawar city, a top official said.

"We have tightened security at the temple following an intelligence alert after the terror attack in Peshawar," Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Nishant Kumar Tiwari said.

Tiwari and other senior police officials Wednesday night took stock of the security arrangements at the temple in Bodh Gaya, 110 km from here.

He said three companies of Bihar Military Police have been deployed at the temple.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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