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Sect leader's arrest: Tight security in Chandigarh, Panchkula

Chandigarh : Tight security arrangements were in place in Panchkula in Haryana and adjoining Chandigarh as the Haryana Police Thursday prepared to present controversial sect leader Rampal before the Punjab and Haryana high court.

The security has been put up to keep followers of the self-styled godman at bay and to ensure that they do not break the law here. Special vigil was being maintained at all entry points, railway station and bus stands.

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US lawmaker seeks faster visas for Indian and Pakistani docs

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Ahead of President Barack Obama's slated plans to take unilateral executive action to overhaul America's "broken" immigration system, a Democratic lawmaker has introduced legislation to expedite visas for Indian and Pakistani physicians.

The measure introduced Wednesday by Grace Meng, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, would require Secretary of State to speed up review of visa applications of Indian and Pakistani physicians who are scheduled to work at US hospitals.

Rampal sent to jail, police search ashram as followers leave

Chandigarh : Controversial sect leader Rampal finally appeared before the law Thursday and was promptly sent to jail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Haryana Police have slapped two cases of murder on Rampal and his aides for the six deaths caused in the stand-off and clashes with security forces this week.

Refusing to listen to Rampal's plea that he could not appear earlier as he was "kept in captivity" by his followers at his ashram, the high court directed that he be kept in police custody till Nov 28, when the contempt hearing will be held.

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Manipuri PhD student murdered in Delhi

New Delhi : A Manipuri pursuing his PhD was found dead, lying in a pool of blood with his throat slit at his residence here, police said Thursday.

Zingran Kengoo, 33, a PhD scholar from Mumbai's Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), was found murdered Wednesday night at his Kotla residence in south Delhi.

According to police officials, Kengoo's body was found lying in a pool of blood with his throat slit, by his house owner's brother around 9.30 p.m. Wednesday. He alerted the police.

India calls for early action to reform 'anachronistic' UN Security Council

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: Calling the UN Security Council an "anachronism," Indian Parliament speaker Sumitra Mahajan has urged the international community to take early action to reform it in order to shore up the legitimacy of the world body itself.

"The Security Council is, undoubtedly, one of the most important institutions of global governance," Mahajan, speaker of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, stated. "If its legitimacy is in doubt, then so would be the legitimacy of the United Nations. And, in fact, of the notion of global governance itself."

Rampal brought to Panchkula, medically examined

Chandigarh: Following his arrest from the Satlok Ashram in Barwala, Haryana (late Wednesday), self-styled godman Rampal was brought to Panchkula town, adjoining Chandigarh early Thursday and was medically examined.

Police sources said that Rampal would be produced before the Punjab and Haryana high court later Thursday.

The high court had issued fresh non-bailable warrants against him.

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Over Rs.12 lakh crore investment deals likely at Vibrant Gujarat

Hyderabad: Gujarat expects investment deals of over Rs.12 lakh crore at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit scheduled to be held in January, a minister said here Wednesday.

This will be the first summit without Narendra Modi as the chief minister but state cabinet minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said he was confident that Gujarat will sign more agreements than last year.

Agreements involving investment of about Rs.12 lakh crore were signed during 2013.

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Meghalaya police outpost bombed, no casualties

Shillong: Suspected Garo insurgents Wednesday night lobbed a crude bomb at a police outpost in Meghalaya, but there were no casualties, police said.

The militants tossed the bomb at 8.45 p.m. at the Rongram police outpost in West Garo Hills district, district police chief Mukesh Kumar Singh told IANS.

"There were no casualties and no damage to the police outpost," he said.

The policemen at the outpost also fired back soon after the blast.

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Hotels in three Indian cities in top 100 for quality service

Bengaluru : Hotels in three Indian cities - Amritsar in Punjab, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala - rank in the top 100 list for highest quality service and giving best value for money, a survey by a leading global hotel search engine said Wednesday.

"Our recent survey found that hotels in small cities provide highest quality service and offer accommodation at economic rates," the travel meta search portal Trivago said in a report titled 'Best Value City Index 2015'.

Russian air force team in Punjab for bilateral exercise

Chandigarh : An 18-member Russian Air Force team is participating in an Indo-Russian bilateral exercise being held in Punjab, a defence spokesman said here Wednesday.

The exercise, "AVIA-INDRA" is being held at Air Force Station, Halwara, near Ludhiana, 135 km from here. This is Phase II of the joint exercise. Phase I of the exercise was held in Russia for two weeks during August-September this year.

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