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VHP mulls re-conversion of Christians in Goa

Panaji: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) plans to re-convert Christians in Goa and is in the middle of an expansion drive in the state, a VHP leader said here Friday.

Ahead of VHP's golden jubilee function in the state, Dada Bedak, secretary in-charge of the Satsang (Spiritual Discourse) division, told media that the senior leaders would discuss issues like re-conversion, love jihad, etc. and how to approach them in next 50 years.

"Goa has so many Hindus who were converted during the Portuguese rule... We will look to re-converting them back to Hinduism," Vedak said.

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Uber cab driver alleges police probe not fair

New Delhi: Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, facing trial for allegedly raping a woman executive who he was ferrying in his taxi, Friday told the court that the Delhi Police has not conducted fair investigation in the matter.

Delivering his final arguments, Yadav's counsel D. K. Mishra told Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja that the Delhi Police, instead of finding and verifying facts in the case, has gone to prosecute his client and did not conduct fair investigation in the matter.

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IED found on railway track in Assam

Guwahati: A major tragedy was averted in Assam's Goalpara district Friday as soldiers recovered a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) from the Dudhnai- Mendipather-Guwahati railway tracks.

The IED was planted by suspected militants on the busy railway track at Barigaon near Dudhnai area, about 110 km from Guwahati.

The Dudhnai-Mendipather-Guwahati tracks is the only railway connectivity to Meghalaya and an alternate rail route connecting Guwahati with rest of India.

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Modi's Arunachal visit could complicate border disputes: Chinese daily

Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh earlier this month could add fuel to the territorial disputes between India and China, a leading Chinese daily has said.

Any visit by an Indian prime minister to “the disputed border region” would "undoubtedly step on China's toes and influence bilateral relations”, the Global Times, known for its sharp views on India, said in an op-ed piece headlined “Modi border visit an unhelpful irritant”.

'Over 500 Indonesians have joined IS'

Bangkok: More than 500 Indonesians have joined the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria while the authorities have not taken any precautionary measures, according to the country's largest Muslim body, media reported Friday.

"At least 514," Said Aqil Siraj, chairman of the Nadhlatul Ulama, told kompas.com, referring to the number of people who have joined the IS, after a meeting Thursday with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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Subsidies aren't best weapon to tackle poverty: Economic Survey

New Delhi: Price subsidies did not have a transformative effect on the living standards of the poor, though they helped poor households to weather inflation and price volatility, the Economic Survey for 2014-15 revealed Friday, adding the rich often get benefits from it.

"A close look at price subsidies, which are estimated to be about Rs.378,000 crore, about 4.24 percent of GDP (gross domestic product), reveal that they may not be the government's best weapon for fighting the poverty," said the Economic Survey for 2014-15.

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Sreesanth was attacked with knife in jail: Family

Kochi: Former Indian fast bowler S. Sreesanth was attacked with a knife while he was in jail after being arrested for his alleged involvement in IPL spot-fixing in 2013, his family said Friday.

He is currently facing trial in a Delhi court.

His sister's husband Madhu Balakrishnan made this revelation to the media here.

"After he (Sreesanth) returned home following 26 days in Tihar jail in May 2013, he revealed this," said Balakrishnan, a popular playback singer.

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Resident doctors protest over security issues

New Delhi: Resident doctors working in government hospitals Friday staged a protest following the delay in improving security conditions in hospitals here.

As a part of the protest, they have also decided to refrain from any kind of clinical work in the hospitals they work in.

"We are no more going to wait for the government's reply. It has been proved that they consider our problem too tiny to be taken seriously. This is shameful," said Balwinder Singh, president, Federation Of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA).

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Economic Survey says double-digit growth possible, inflation easing

New Delhi: India's Economic Survey has projected growth at over 8 percent for the next fiscal and said inflation was easing while setting the agenda for "big-bang" reforms to further drive expansion, prune wasteful expenditure and promote investments in a green way.

Tabled in parliament Friday by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and authored by a team led by Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, the annual report card on the state of the economy said the growth should now rise further and double digit expansion was a possibility.

VHP calls Kandhamal shutdown over ban on Togadia

Bhubaneswar: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has called for a 12-hour shutdown in Odisha's Kandhamal district Saturday to protest the ban on the entry of its top leader Pravin Togadia into the region, a leader said Friday.

"We have called for a total shutdown in the district. However, the emergency services will continue as usual," VHP leader Bhagaban Mohanty told IANS.

"The administration is maintaining a double standard. While it had allowed Christian missionaries to hold meetings in the region, it is restricting a Hindu leader which is most unfortunate," he said.

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