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UP to give free power connections to 1.72 lakh families

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government will provide free electricity connections to 1.72 lakh below poverty line (BPL) families in the state, officials said Saturday.

Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan has issued an order for getting the desired logistics. He said the construction of 33/11 substations in 166 out of out of 201 tehsils will be completed by October later this year. The rest may be completed by March 2015.

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Call for boycott of Israeli products, companies

Hyderabad : Some Muslim organisations and clerics have called for boycott of Israeli products and companies to protest the Israeli offensive against Palestinians in gaza.

Leaflets calling for boycott of Israeli products were distributed outside mosques after Friday prayers.

"You can stop the bombing of Gaza, end the Israeli terror by boycotting, divesting, educating and protesting," said a handbill, which carried pictures of Palestinian children killed in Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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Distribution of medical colleges imbalanced: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi : Imbalance in the growth of medical colleges and institutions in the country is affecting the delivery of health care to people, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in the Lok Sabha Friday.

"There is imbalanced growth of medical colleges and institutions and availability of medical specialists in the country is affecting the delivery of health care to people across the country," the minister said in a written reply.

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Sugar scam: Eight jailed for three years

New Delhi : Eight people, including four public servants, were jailed for three years by a court here for misappropriating 13,737 sugar bags of the Delhi Consumers' Cooperative Wholesale Store Ltd (DCCWS).

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge B.R. Kedia, in his ruling Thursday, found them guilty of corruption.

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Uttar Pradesh rape victim gets Rs.3 lakh

New Delhi : A girl who was raped by a constable in Uttar Pradesh has got Rs.3 lakh monetary relief from the state government following the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC) directive, an official said Friday.

"On the recommendations of the NHRC, the Uttar Pradesh government, after initially denying to provide financial assistance to a minor victim of rape by a police constable, finally paid Rs.3 lakh as monetary relief to her," the rights body said in a statement.

The incident took place Sep 5, 2012 at Janaki Nagar area in Gonda district.

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PIL seeks Vaidik's arrest for meeting Hafiz Saeed

New Delhi : A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court Friday seeking immediate arrest of yoga guru Ramdev's aide Ved Pratap Vaidik for his meeting with Pakistani terrorist group leader Hafiz Saeed.

The public interest litigatio (PIL) sought an investigation into the issue by National Investigation Agency or Intelligence Bureau as it pertains to national security.

The PIL, filed by NGO Gharib Nawaz Foundation, also sought cancellation of Vaidik's passport.

The matter is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday.

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FIR against 500 for striping, assaulting woman in Bihar

Patna : An FIR was lodged Friday against 500 unidentified people in Bihar for striping and assaulting a middle-aged woman in public for allegedly kidnapping two men, whose bodies were found later, police said.

The incident took place in Jehanabad district Wednesday night. Sangita Devi, in her 40s, was stripped and assaulted for allegedly kidnapping the men, who were involved in a land deal with her in Nizamuddinpur village, 50 km from here.

40 injured, 100 tents torched in Amarnath Yatra base camp clash

Srinagar : More than 40 people were injured in clashes between security forces and protesters in Baltal base camp of the Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir after a scuffle between a local pony operator and a cook turned violent, police said.

Around 100 tents and half a dozen 'langars' (community kitchens) were also torched during clashes.

Around twenty protesters and an equal number of security force personel the during clashes those followed a scuffle between a non-local cook and the pony-wallah.

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No headway in Lucknow gang rape, murder case

Lucknow : The Lucknow Police Friday failed to make any headway in the gang rape and brutal murder of a young woman despite passage of 24 hours.

While police officials claimed to have identified the deceased as an employee of Sanjay Gandhi Post-graduate Medical Institute (SGPGI), the four special teams formed to apprehend the assailants found no success.

The state government ordered suspension of the station house officer and another policeman late Thursday night for failing to "follow basic rules in such cases".

`India's West Asia policy unlikely to see major change'

New Delhi : There could be a nuanced change in India's West Asia policy under NDA rule but there will be no substantive change, former diplomats and analysts have said, as the Modi government prepares to debate, after initial reservation, the spurt in violence in Gaza in Parliament Monday following the opposition's insistence on raising the issue.

Former External Affairs Ministry secretary A. N. Ram said there could be a nuanced change in position of Narendra Modi government on the policy concerning West Asia but there will not be a major change.

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