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India re-elected to UNHRC, PM expresses joy

New Delhi/United Nations : India was Tuesday re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the term 2015-2017 in a keenly contested election in the UN General Assembly in New York.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed joy on India's re-election.

A tweet from the Prime Minister's Office said that the "PM has expressed joy on India being re-elected to the UNHRC".

India's first term was due to end Dec 31, 2014 and India was seeking re-election to the UN body.

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India re-elected to UNHRC for two years

United Nations : India was Tuesday re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the term 2015-2017 in a keenly contested election in the UN General Assembly in New York.

Other countries in the fray were Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand and Qatar for four seats in the Asia-Pacific Group.

India secured the highest number of votes - 162.

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UP CM to attend Pravasi Bharatiya conclave

Lucknow : Led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh will participate in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Jan 9, 2015 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said here Tuesday.

Presiding over the preparatory meeting for the state's participation in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, he said that the Uttar Pradesh government is "sensitive and aware towards the problems of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)".

Ranjan added that the state had constituted an NRI department after contacting and communicating with NRIs with origins in Uttar Pradesh.

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Bill to implement GST in winter session: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi : The constitution amendment bill to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be introduced in the forthcoming winter session of parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Tuesday.

He also said the first tranche of compensation to states for their revenue loss from the phasing out of Central Sales Tax (CST) may also be taken up in the coming Session.

“Confident of introducing revised GST Constitution Amendment Bill in the winter Session. Targeting winter session for transfer of first tranche of CST compensation,” Jaitley told reporters here.

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NHRC notice to Bihar, Delhi Police

New Delhi : The NHRC has sought a report within six weeks from the Director General of Police, Bihar and Commissioner, Delhi Police in a matter involving sexual harassment of a girl in Bihar, a statement said Tuesday.

According to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the victim was sexually exploited by the employees of a school in Vaishali district of Bihar while her father was falsely implicated by Delhi Police in a criminal case.

In addition, the girl's mother too was threatened by the police and was forced to beg for food to feed her two daughters.

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Chopper deal: Khaitan's judicial custody extended till Nov 3

New Delhi : A court here Tuesday extended till Nov 3 the judicial custody of businessman Gautam Khaitan, arrested in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper deal.

Special judge V.K. Gupta sent Khaitan to 14 days' judicial custody after he was produced in court on expiry of his earlier remand.

Enforcement Directorate (ED) prosecutor Vikas Garg sought extension of judicial custody of Khaitan submitting that the investigation in the case is still in progress.

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Provide leadership free of bureaucratization: JNU teachers to VC

New Delhi : The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association has for the second time written a letter to the vice chancellor urging him to provide effective leadership free of bureaucratization to the institute and fulfill their earlier stated demands.

The JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) Oct 12 wrote a letter and threatened action if the vice chancellor failed to fulfil their charter of demands within 21 days.

With the demand on issues of promotion and pension, Vice Chancellor S.K. Sopory replied to the teachers' association Oct 15.

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File medical records of ex-MP's wife, court tells AIIMS

New Delhi : A court here Tuesday asked the AIIMS medical superintendent to file all the medical records of former parliamentarian Dhananjay Singh's wife Jagriti Singh, accused in a case of maid's torture and death.

The court was hearing Jagriti's plea for interim bail on the grounds of her "deteriorating medical condition".

Additional Sessions Judge Lokesh Kumar Sharma's direction came after the officer sent a report to the court that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) could not send Jagriti's records as these were not with it.

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India favours democratisation of global affairs of telecommunications: Prasad

New Delhi : India favours democratisation and broad-basing of the global affairs of telecommunications and internet governance, Information Technology and Telecommunications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.

He was speaking Monday at the inaugural session of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Conference at Busan in South Korea, an official statement here said.

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Committed to stronger relationship with Malaysia: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday reiterated India's commitment to work for strengthening and expanding relations with Malaysia.

In a telephonic conversation with Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Modi also expressed appreciation for the Malaysian PMO's Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) mechanism for monitoring of flagship projects, the elements of which, he said, he intended to incorporate in Indian systems.

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