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Eight injured in bus blast in Haryana, government forms SIT

Pipli (Haryana) : At least eight people were injured on Thursday in a low-intensity blast in a Haryana Roadways bus here, police said.

The state government later ordered a probe by a four-member special investigation team led by Additional Director General of Police (Crime) S.S. Kapoor.

A Haryana Police spokesman said the help of the National Investigation Agency in probing the bus blast will also be taken.

Police officials said they were investigating if the "low- intensity" blast was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device.

Nalanda, Peking University ink MoU for Xuanzang Centre for Asian Studies

New Delhi : Nalanda University in Rajgir, Bihar, is to establish the Xuanzang Centre for Asian Studies in collaboration with Peking University.

The two universities signed an MoU to enhance academic ties in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee who is on a China visit.

Moved on after Twitter-spat with Irani: Priyanka Chaturvedi

Panaji : Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi on Thursday said that she had "moved on" after her Twitter squabble with union minister Smriti Irani.

The Congress leader also accused Irani of trying to drag the protracted bout of cyber-jousting, which was extensively reported in the national media, even further.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a press conference at the state Congress headquarters in Panaji, Chaturvedi also said that the attitude of police about cyber threats and aggressive trolling of women on social media is changing for the better.

Congress says Modi government failed, Gujarat CM hits back

Ahmedabad : The Congress on Thursday lashed out at the Narendra Modi-led government for what it said was failure on all counts, as Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel called the opposition leaders a bunch of "copycats and blockheads".

Congress leader Manish Tewari told reporters in Ahmedabad that the Modi government had failed on parameters of internal security, economy, foreign policy, communal harmony and upholding the principles of federalism.

African envoys participate in event after assurances by India

New Delhi : Even as African envoys in India on Thursday decided to participate in the Africa Day event, following a "constructive meeting" with top Indian officials, the Indian government said that a few isolated cases of violence against African nationals should not be generalised to portray a climate of insecurity for African students.

On Thursday, African envoys decided to review their decision of calling for postponement of the Africa Day event, which was being read as a boycott, following the killing of a Congolese national in New Delhi last week.

Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee in Mamata ministry

Kolkata : Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, retired IPS officers Abani Joardar and James Kujur and singer Indranil Sen will be among the new faces in West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's new council of ministers to be sworn in on Friday.

The strength of the ministry would be 42, including the chief minister, Banerjee announced on Thursday, after submitting the list to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Raj Bhavan.

Modi slams opposition, calls for change in peoples' lives

Saharanpur : When Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks, he minces no words. It was no exception on Thursday when he targeted the opposition, saying while the nation was changing fast the mentality of some people was not.

Addressing a massive rally at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh to mark two years of his government at the Centre, Modi said he wanted a "qualitative change" in the lives of people and had come to the rally to submit the “hisaab-kitaab” (accounts) of his government.

Modi conspired against CMs; people targeted in Bharat Mata's name: Kejriwal

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying in his government's two years, Modi only conspired to destabilise chief ministers in various states while people are being targeted in the name of "Bharat Mata".

"Two years ago, you promised that Team India shall not be limited to PM but include CMs. Now you conspire to destabilize CMs. Dear PM sir, those who say Bharat Mata ki Jai in Kashmir and those who don't say it outside Kashmir are being attacked," Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

Government will pursue amendment on labour laws after unanimity: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that union government will pursue any amendment on labour laws only after unanimity among all the stake holders and agreed that the issue of minimum wages has to be given serious thought.

"Government will pursue any amendment on labour laws only after bringing unanimity among trade unions, employers' organisations and state governments," Jaitley told a delegation of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the labour wing of the RSS.

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