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Police bring Rampal to ashram for investigation

Barwala (Haryana) : The Haryana Police Sunday brought self-styled godman Rampal back to his sprawling Satlok Ashram near here to investigate the activities of the sect leader and his sect.

Rampal, who was arrested last Wednesday after a stand-off of nearly 10 days and violent clashes between his supporters and security forces, is currently in police custody following court orders.

This is the first time that the sect leader was brought back to his 12-acre Ashram complex near this town in Hisar district, 210 km from Chandigarh, after his arrest.

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India does not rule out Modi-Sharif meet at SAARC

New Delhi : India Sunday did not rule out a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit, saying that he is keen to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian leaders as possible.

Answering queries from mediapersons here, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said India is for cooperative and peaceful ties with Pakistan.

The prime minister is keen "to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian colleagues as possible", he said.

Will resign if son's link with ponzi firm proved: Bengal minister

Kolkata : Amid reports that a probe for fraud has been ordered into a ponzi firm where his eldest son Swarup was allegedly a director, West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra Sunday said he will step down if his son's link with the company was proved.

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India to host 4th business conference with Arab League

New Delhi : Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will inaugurate the 4th India-Arab conference here Wednesday to advance ties with a region so crucial for the country's energy security besides accounting for some $200 billion worth of bilateral merchandise trade.

The two-day event is being organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in association with the Ministry of External Affairs and the 22-member League of Arab States, that is home to some 7.22 million Indians.

Himachal failed to implement policy for disabled: Activist

Shimla : An activist for rights of the disabled Sunday said the Himachal Pradesh government has failed to implement a policy for conducting exams for people with disabilities.

In a missive to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Governor Urmila Singh, chairman of Umang Foundation, an NGO fighting for the cause of disabled, Ajai Srivastava said even a constitutional body like Himachal Pradesh State Public Service Commission has not implemented the policy.

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Government considering changes to Companies Act

New Delhi : Ahead of the winter session of parliament beginning Monday, the corporate affairs ministry has drafted a note for cabinet approval to amend the Companies Act passed during the previous UPA government.

The ministry has had extensive consultations with stakeholders on the Companies Act, 2013, which came into effect from April 1 this year.

An official source told IANS here that the government is looking to amend some provisions of the new law, including those pertaining to related party transactions.

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President hails Guru Teg Bahadur

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday greeted the nation on the eve of martyrdom anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur.

"On the occasion of the observance of the Martyrdom Day of Guru Teg Bahadurji, let us recall his supreme sacrifice and message of love, peace and unity of all communities," Mukherjee said in a statement.

"May his teachings inspire us to work for harmony and integration within our society. Let hatred and violence find no place in our thoughts and may the courage and humanism which Guru Teg Bahadur stood for guide our path always," he said.

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Open online courses: A welcome step in Indian education system

By Shweta Sharma,

New Delhi : India has officially jumped on to the open online courses bandwagon with the government announcing Swayam, an initiative that aims at providing affordable and quality education to citizens for free.

The move is a welcome step in India, which battles a shortage of infrastructure and qualified teachers in higher education, with the model also having the potential to democratise higher education, experts say.

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In Rajasthan, a cradle which saved over 100 female infants

By Gaurav Sharma,

Udaipur : Nearly three years ago, Radha, an infant then, was found lying in thorny bushes in Rajasthan's Pratapgarh district. The palm-sized girl child was badly bruised and almost dead. Today, Radha is a chirpy curly-haired girl with big eyes. She could have been another case of female infanticide in Rajasthan which, as per independent statistics, reports 2,000 such cases every day - startling as the figure may sound.

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Modi will only attend SAARC Summit in Nepal

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Nepal to attend only the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu Nov 26-27 and not go to Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath, the government said Sunday.

The external affairs ministry said this was decided due to Modi's "unavoidable domestic commitments and pre-scheduled travels within" India.

An official spokesman said that during his last visit to Kathmandu, Modi had expressed a desire to visit other places in Nepal "to highlight the strong civilizational links and unparalleled people-to-people contacts between the two countries".

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