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Four get life term for 1975 L.N. Mishra murder

New Delhi : Four followers of Hindu sect Anand Marg were Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment here for criminal conspiracy and murder of the then railway minister L.N. Mishra in 1975.

District Judge Vinod Goel awarded life imprisonment to Gopalji (73), Ranjan Dwivedi (66), Santoshanand Avadhuta (75) and Sudevananda Avadhuta (79).

The maximum punishment under which the four were charged entail death penalty.

They were convicted Dec 8 on charges of murder, criminal conspiracy and voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapon.

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Optimistic about stronger ties with Qatar: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said he was optimistic about "stronger cooperation" with Qatar as he greeted its citizens on their National Day.

"On Qatar National Day, my greetings to the citizens of Qatar. I am very optimistic about stronger cooperation with Qatar in the coming years," he said.

Draft rules for auctioning coal blocks issued

New Delhi : The coal ministry Thursday published draft rules for the e-auction of cancelled coal blocks, inviting stakeholders' comments on, among others, the suggested floor price and its ceiling for power sector bidders.

The draft rules propose tariff based reverse bidding where the end-use is power generation, and forward bidding for production of steel, cement and generation of power for captive use.

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Converted Christians return to Hindu fold in Bihar

Patna : Three of the dozen Hindus who converted to Christianity in two Bihar villages have returned to the Hindu fold after they were threatened with a social boycott, an official said Thursday.

Nearly a dozen poor Hindus, including women, were converted to Christianity at Barohiya village and Gangaldeh villages in Bhagalpur district, 200 km from here, early this week.

"Three of those who converted to Christianity have returned to Hindu fold at a 'ghar wapasi' (returning home) ceremony by the VHP," police official Durgesh Kumar said.

Tulsi Gabbard, Rajnath discuss terrorism, cyber security

New Delhi : Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu American in the US Congress, Thursday called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh, with whom she discussed various issues including terrorism and cyber security.

"Met US Congress member @TulsiGabbard today. We discussed a range of issues including terrorism and cyber security," the minister tweeted.

According to a home ministry statement, "The sole Hindu member of the US Congress and a Democrat from Hawaii discussed broad range of issues with the union home minister, including terrorism and cyber security."

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Medicine prices have reduced: Ananth Kumar

New Delhi : The government Thursday insisted that the prices of medicines had come down under the Narendra Modi government over the last six months and said that it was committed to encourage the use of generic drugs.

"In the last six months, no prices of medicines have been hiked. There is no question of sky-rocketing medicine prices," Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar said while replying to a calling attention motion in the Lok Sabha.

"In fact, the prices of drugs have come down under the Modi government," he said.

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Felling of trees leaves Himachal's 'green' CM wilted

By Vishal Gulati,

Shimla : The felling of trees, even legally, for hydropower and developmental projects, has left Himachal Pradesh's 'green' Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh feeling wilted.

The seven-day winter session of the state assembly that ended last week was dominated by green issues with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) repeatedly attacking the Congress for turning a blind eye to the mass felling of trees, mainly in Chamba and Shimla districts.

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India's largest, oldest press printing Gita shuts shop

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow : India'a most authentic, biggest, trusted and sustained connect for the Hindu devout with its rich past of religious literature is faced with a strike and indefinite closure. Headquartered in eastern Uttar Pradesh and publishing religious works since 1923, the Gita Press has shut down indefinitely owing to labour unrest.

The indefinite closure comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been gifting the Gita to foreign leaders and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has pitched for declaring it a "national scripture".

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Suicides decreasing in China, rising in India

Kolkata : While suicides are on the decline in China, they are increasing in India, a global study said Thursday.

The study, involving more than 700 researchers and covering 188 countries, found that half of all suicide deaths occur in China and India alone.

Suicide continues to be a major public health problem in many regions, said the study, published in the journal The Lancet

However, the trends are in opposite directions, decreasing rapidly in China but rising in India between 1990 and 2013, the findings state.

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Judge sexual harassment: SC quashes probe panel

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Thursday quashed two judge panel set up by the chief justice of Madhya Pradesh high court to probe the allegations of sexual harassment levelled by a woman district judge against the sitting judge of the high court.

The apex court bench headed by Justice J.S. Kehar quashed the panel saying that the chief justice of the high court constituted it improperly as it was in violation of in-house procedures put in place by the Supreme Court to probe the allegation of sexual harassment by the judges of the high court and the supreme court.

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