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Cabinet nod for India-Mozambique MoU on oil, gas cooperation

New Delhi : The cabinet Wednesday approved the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Mozambique for five-year cooperation in the oil and gas sector.

The MoU seeks cooperation in oil and gas in both upstream and downstream sectors in the area of enhancing capacity-building, forging closer cooperation between research and training centres and intensifying technology transfer, among others, an official statement said here after the cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Ghaziabad woman delivers conjoined twins

Ghaziabad : A 31-year-old woman Wednesday delivered conjoined twins at a hospital here but the babies could not survive, doctors said.

Preeti, wife of Pradeep and a resident of Preet Vihar in east Delhi, delivered the children at 5.30 p.m., said Keshav Tyagi, director of Anand Hospital.

The woman was admitted Tuesday, and a surgery was conducted Wednesday.

Hospital surgeon Manju Tyagi said after the surgery: "The children could not survive long. They breathed their last at 8 p.m."

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Visa-free travel for Indian, Albanian diplomatic passport holders

New Delhi : The Indian government Wednesday gave its nod for an agreement to do away with a visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and official passports for travel between India and Albania.

The approval was given by the union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, an official release said.

The agreement will facilitate visa-free travel for diplomatic, official and service passport holders of one country while entering into, transiting through, exiting from or staying for up to 90 days in the territory of the other country, the release added.

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MoU's signed for construction of Agra-Lucknow Expressway

Lucknow : Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for the construction of the 302-km-long six-lane expressway between Agra and Lucknow were signed Wednesday between Uttar Pradesh government and five companies.

The project, personally pitched by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, when complete, will be the longest access-controlled expressway in the country.

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Create friendly atmosphere in police stations, says Delhi HC

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the city police to create a congenial atmosphere in police stations to make reporting of crimes against women easier and friendly.

A bench of justices B.D. Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul said Delhi Police should make women victims comfortable so that they can come forward to lodge complaints against the accused without fear.

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Enforce protection of Good Samaritans: Supreme Court

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the government to enforce the recommendations of the expert committee for the protection, from legal and other hassles, of Good Samaritans who come forward to help accident victims.

"We direct the Ministry (Road Transport and Highways) in consultation with Law Ministry to issue necessary directions with regard to the protection of Good Samaritans until appropriate legislation is made by the legislature", said an apex court bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman.

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HC asks zoo panel, Delhi Zoo to reply on visitors' safety

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday sought a response from the city police, Delhi Zoo and the Central Zoo Authority on a plea asking to ensure the safety and security of visitors to the National Zoological Park, where a youth was mauled to death by a tiger.

The petition was filed after 20-year-old Maqsood was mauled to death by a white tiger last month.

The man had apparently crossed the stand-off barrier and jumped into the enclosure.

Navy chief reviews Hudhud impact at Visakhapatnam base

Visakhapatnam : Navy chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan Wednesday reviewed the effect of cyclone Hudhud at the naval base here and said all efforts will be made to restore its glory, a statement said.

Eastern Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Satish Soni briefed Admiral Dhowan on the relief activities and initiatives undertaken by the command since Oct 12, the day cyclone Hudhud made landfall at Visakhapatnam, where the command is headquartered.

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Telecom industry gears up to tackle cyclone threat in Gujarat

New Delhi : Private telecom companies have geared up to provide continuing mobile communication services to public with minimum disruption during the impending Gujarat cyclone.

This includes tracking of people, missing person information, helpline numbers, wi-fi facilities in relief camps along with mobilising temporary Mobile Base Stations (Cell on Wheels - COWs), as the cyclone Nilofar is about to hit the Gujarat coast, a joint statement by two telecom industry bodies said here Wednesday.

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Harsh Vardhan for complete ban on e-cigarettes

Barcelona : Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has favoured a complete ban on e-cigarettes and all products described as "Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)".

Harsh Vardhan ruled out their acceptability in the light of research findings by experts which have held that they are no less unsafe than the "real thing", a statement said here Wednesday.

An e-cigarette, personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system is a battery-powered vaporizer which has the feel of tobacco smoking.

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