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Convert Jinnah House into war memorial: BJP legislator

Mumbai : BJP legislator from South Mumbai M.P. Lodha on Tuesday urged the central goverment to convert Jinnah House, the house built by Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, into a war memorial-cum-museum.

Lodha met Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar, and submitted his proposal here on Tuesday. Parikkar said he would look into it.

"Since three years, I have been requesting the Maharashtra government to act on this since the huge property on Malabar Hill has been lying vacant without any purpose," Lodha told IANS.

Pakistan has promised effective action: Rajnath

New Delhi : Pakistan has promised "effective action" vis-a-vis the suspected Pakistani links to the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.

There was "no reason to distrust them so early", the minister told the media here. "We should all wait (for Pakistani action)."

India says terrorists from Pakistan were responsible for the January 2 attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot that left seven security personnel dead. All six terrorists were killed.

Want to study in Australia? Get details at virtual education fair

New Delhi : To facilitate 'live' interaction of prospective Indian students with faculty members and representatives of top Australian universities, IDP Education, one of the largest student placement service providers in India, has launched a 12-day virtual education fair starting Monday.

Over 23 Australian universities and institutions would be present during the 'virtual fair' which is open for all Indian students. The fair also offers a window for offline queries, an official statement said.

Migrants linked to Cologne violence, assault on women

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to modify her liberal stance towards refugees, after a spate of assaults on women during New Year's Eve celebrations in Colonge city blamed on asylum seekers, a media report said.

Turning away from her mantra of "we will manage this" over the record influx of asylum seekers that reached 1.1 million last year, Merkel has now backed changes to the law to make it easier to expel those convicted of crime, thelocal.de, a German news website, reported on Monday.

India a tolerant country: Tasleema Nasreen

New Delhi : India is a tolerant country with a few intolerant people and it is time to focus not just on Hindu fundamentalists but on Muslim fundamentalists as well, Bangladeshi author Tasleem Nasreen said.

"I think India is a tolerant country, but some people are intolerant. In every society, there are some people who are intolerant," the self-exiled author said at an event here, while referring to the recent violence in Malda in West Bengal.

She said while there was talk about Hindu fundamentalists, one has to talk of Muslim fundamentalists as well.

Nepal elected as UNICEF's executive board member

Kathmandu: Nepal was elected as a member of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) executive board on Saturday, representing the group of Asia-Pacific states for the term 2016-2018, government officials said.

Nepal's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Durga Prasad Bhattarai was also unanimously elected as vice president to the bureau of the executive board of the UNICEF for 2016, representing the Asia-Pacific region, according to officials of the ministry of foreign affairs.

US-based NGO helps Kashmiri student become first in village to study engineering

By TCN News

Srinagar: Ghulam Haider Lone, who lives in a village in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, started losing sleep after his son’s senior secondary results came out. Ghulam couldn’t financially fulfil his son’s dream of becoming an engineer anymore and his son had given up the dream after his father’s diagnosis of a disc problem.

Mehbooba’s hesitation in taking over as CM may pave for Governor rule in J&K

By TwoCircles.net, Staff Reporter

Srinagar: A day after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died, the state is heading towards Governor rule as his 56-year-old daughter and PDP MP Mehbooba Mufti is showing reluctance in immediately taking over as the first woman chief minister of J&K .

According to PDP insiders, Mehbooba is in grief and shock after the death of her father, who was admitted to in All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi, and had remained in its intensive care unit since December 24.

Hyderabad student commits suicide in US

Hyderabad : A student from Hyderabad studying in North Carolina University in the US committed suicide after scoring low marks in exams, according to information reaching his family here.

Shiva Kiran (23) ended his life by hanging from the ceiling fan in his room in the university hostel on Thursday. The authorities in the US informed the distraught family on Friday.

He had taken admission in the university six months ago and was scheduled to come to Hyderabad. The family lives at Indira Nagar in Ramanthapur area.

In Photos: The last journey of J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

Srinagar: On Thursday morning, people of Jammu and Kashmir woke up to the news of the demise of its Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the PDP patron who took oath as chief minister on March 1 last year.

Sayeed, who was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, had remained in its intensive care unit since December 24. He was detected with sepsis, decreased blood count and pneumonia, with complaints of neck pain and fever and breathed his last around 7:30 on Thursday morning.

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