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Indian Naval vessel to participate in ASEAN excercise

New Delhi : The Indian Navy's indigenous offshore patrol vessel, INS Saryu, will participate in a week-long ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Disaster Relief Exercise (DiREx), an offiial statement said on Saturday.

The vessel is commanded by Cdr Sreekumar Pillai and operates under the the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

Co-hosted by Malaysia and China, the exercise will kick-off on Sunday in Malaysia and see the participation of Thailand, apart from India. The exercise is being conducted in Penang, northern Malaysia, from May 24 to 28.

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Parrikar to visit LoC, review security situation

Jammu : Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in Jammu on Saturday to review the overall security situation in the region and visit some forward areas on the Line of Control (LoC).

A special plane carrying the defence minister landed at Jammu airport on Saturday morning.

Accompanied by Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and GOC of the northern command Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda, Parrikar went to the Nagrota headquarters of 16th Corps.

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Russian universities woo Indian students

By Alessandro Belli,

Moscow : "It is time to study in Russia." That is the message for students and others visiting the Russian Educational Fair which just ended in the Indian capital.

30 Bengal inmates clear Class 10 board exams

Kolkata : Outperforming general students, all the 30 inmates from various correctional homes in the state have cleared their Class 10 board exams, the results of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education declared on Friday showed.

While the overall pass percentage was around 82.66 percent, all the 30 inmates, including three women from the city's Alipore Women Correctional Home and one from Jalpaiguri Central Correctional Home, emerged successful.

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SC breather for over 1,700 encroaching structures in Jaipur

New Delhi : In a breather to over 1,700 structures that are allegedly encroaching upon the area within five metres of Parkota heritage wall in Jaipur, the Supreme Court on Friday said those structure would not be pulled down till July 10.

The vacation bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit put on hold the razing of these structures as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court he has recommended to the Jaipur Municipal Corporation to amend its bye-laws to protect these structures.

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G. Mohan Kumar appointed new defence secretary

New Delhi : Defence production secretary G. Mohan Kumar was on Friday appointed the new defence secretary for two years, an official statement said.

Mohan Kumar, who hails from Kerala, is an 1979 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Odisha cadre.

Ashok Kumar Gupta, a 1981 batch IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, who is special secretary, defence production, will be the new defence production secretary, said an order from the department of personnel and training.

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Gujjar agitation hits Maharashtra, MP Railway network

Mumbai : Peak summer holiday crowds were badly hit by the ongoing 24-hour agitation by Gujjars in Kota division of Rajasthan with scores of train services disrupted, a Western Railway official said here on Friday.

The peaceful agitation which started on Thursday has seen thousands of Gujjars blocking railway lines on the Kota-Mathura section of the Western Central Railway, but there was no report of any damage to railway property, an official spokesperson said.

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Gujjars 'agree' to hold talks with Rajasthan government

Jaipur : A protest by Gujjars demanding five percent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions continued for the second day on Friday, but the community leaders "agreed" to hold talks with the Rajasthan government.

"We have conveyed to the state government to hold talks on the reservation issue, but talks can be held only in Bayana in Bharatpur district or Pilu Ka Pura near Bayana town where our community members are staging sit-in on railway tracks," Gujjar Arakshan Sangarsh Samiti spokesman Himmat Singh told IANS.

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India seeks broad-based and beneficial engagement with Israel: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India attaches high importance to its relationship with Israel and seeks a "broad-based and mutually beneficial engagement" with it.

Congratulating his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, Modi said his re-election was a testament to the trust and confidence reposed by the people of Israel in his leadership.

"On behalf of the government and people of India, I warmly congratulate you on your re-election to the high office of prime minister of the state of Israel," the prime minister said in a message.

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Nadia's open defecation-free campaign presented before NITI Aayog

Kolkata : A team of delegates from West Bengal's Nadia district on Friday shared insights with the NITI Aayog on how community participation and constant monitoring helped the district achieve open-defecation free status and subsequently, the UN Public Service award.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently announced that Nadia is open defecation free (ODF) and ranks on top in the country in construction of individual toilets.

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