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Jailed Indian-origin doctor found not guilty of third rape

Sydney : An Indian-origin doctor in Australia, jailed last year for raping two patients, has been found not guilty of raping a third woman, media reported Thursday.

Manu Maimbilly Gopal, 40, was jailed Oct 3 last year for four years after a Supreme Court jury in the Australian state of Victoria found him guilty of digitally penetrating two women for his own sexual gratification at Sunbury Medical Centre in Melbourne.

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Fictionalising Indian history: Setting a new trend (Book Review)

By Frederick Noronha,

Panaji : Indian history presents one of the richest tapestries that can inspire any writer of fiction. In this "fascinating mosaic", the Mughal period is like an exquisite miniature, says author Aroon Raman, whose second book is a historical fiction set in this period.

A story of deprivation and torture in custody (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy,

Title: Colours of the Cage: A Prison Memoir; Author: Arun Ferreira; Publisher: Aleph (Rupa Publications); Pages: 164; Price: Rs.295

Human rights activist Arun Ferreira was waiting to meet some fellow activists at the Nagpur railway station when around 15 people pounced on him and whisked him away in a car. It was the afternoon of May 8, 2007, marking the beginning of a long and painful stay in police and judicial custody for four years and eight months. This is a chilling - and moving -- account of what the young man faced and what life in Indian prison is all about.

India against imposing developed nations' norms on aid by developing nations

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : Aid provided by developing countries to their counterparts cannot be subjected to the same norms set for assistance from developing countries, India told a UN General Assembly committee that deals with economic and financial matters Wednesday.

Amit Narang, a counsellor at India's UN mission, criticised what he said were attempts to develop "universal norms for all development assistance in order to have standard benchmarks for the identification, delivery and evaluation of South-South flows on par with North-South aid."

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Foreign investment norms in construction further relaxed

New Delhi : India's foreign investment norms in the construction sector were relaxed further Wednesday with the size of an individual project reduced to 20,000 sq mts, against 50,000 sq mts earlier, and by bringing down the minimum capital requirement by half to $5 million.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the federal cabinet, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while also allowing a foreign investor to exit on the completion of a project, or after three years from the date of final investment, subject to the development of basic infrastructure.

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Kerala to host global meet on climate change, disaster management

Thiruvananthapuram : More than 450 scientists and policymakers from around the world will discuss ways and means to tackle climate change and disaster management at a conference to be held here from Feb 26-28, 2015, it was announced here Wednesday.

The Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) will host the International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management, organised in association with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

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Pakistan lodges protest with India over civilian death

Islamabad : Pakistan Wednesday lodged a protest with India through diplomatic channels over alleged cross border firing that killed a 70-year-old man.

The civilian was killed in Rawalkot sector "due to indiscriminate firing by the Indian forces", Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.

"Condemning the incident, Pakistan called upon India to restrain its security forces from firing on civilians, and stop the ceasefire violations across the LoC and the Working (International) Boundary," the statement said.

Cabinet nod to school of planning and architecture bill

New Delhi : The union cabinet Wednesday gave its approval to introduce the School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014 in parliament in order to bring all three existing Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) within the ambit of the proposed legislation.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

An official release said that the bill would adhere to government policies on reservation from time to time.

The proposed legislation will also empower these schools to award degrees.

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India, Oman sign agreement on legal cooperation against crime

New Delhi : India and Oman Wednesday signed an agreement on legal and judicial cooperation in criminal matters and anti-terrorism.

The agreement was signed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and visiting Omani Commerce and Industry Minister Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidy.

"The agreement provides for substantial engagement in the areas of pursuing and eliminating transnational crimes and terrorism in its different forms," a home ministry statement said.

It said the memorandum of agreement contains provisions for transfer of documents, records and assistance in investigation.

India seeks Kyoto's assistance in developing Varanasi

New Delhi : India's urban development ministry Wednesday sought the cooperation of Japanese heritage city Kyoto in developing the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, which is also part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency.

Urban Development Secretary Shankar Aggarwal suggested to visiting Kyoto Vice-Mayor Kenichi Ogasawara to consider the extending necessary cooperation for the development of Varanasi in various areas.

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