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Ban on green felling in 1986 historical: Himachal CM

Shimla : The government's blanket ban on green felling imposed in 1986 was historical for conserving and safeguarding the forest wealth, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Thursday.

"Then prime minister Indira Gandhi was concerned about the green felling in Himalayan region, particularly in Himachal Pradesh," he said.

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Railway minister blames bus driver for Telangana accident

New Delhi : Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda Thursday blamed the driver of the school bus for the accident at an unmanned rail-road crossing in Telangana, which left at least 19 students dead.

"According to preliminary reports received by me, the incident took place due to the negligent driving by the school bus driver," he informed the Lok Sabha.

"The unmanned level crossing in Medak district has relatively low traffic density," Gowda said in a statement. He added that the injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals.

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Manipuri man's killing: Five men sent to custody

New Delhi : A Delhi court Thursday sent five men, arrested for the killing of a 29-year-old Manipuri BPO employee in the city, to 14 day's judicial custody.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar sent Azad Choudhary alias Bhola, 24, Sanjay Basoya, 24, Shakti Basoya, 21, and Rajiv, 25, and Lokesh to judicial custody till Aug 7.

Akha Salouni was beaten to death Monday following a spat with the youths while he was going to a friend's house in south Delhi's Kotla Mubarakpur area.

Discovering a vibrant India in Pakistan - via a book

New Delhi : Colourful photographs of people celebrating Holi; women wearing vermillion, saris and bindis as they wait for the moon rise so they can break their Karva Chauth fast; firecrackers creating a kaleidoscopic canvas in the sky during Diwali – all this seems normal till one spies a Pakistani flag fluttering in the background.

And that is when one realises these multi-coloured images aren't from different pockets of India but of the minority Hindus in Pakistan who celebrate all Indian festivals with equal fervour and belief on the other side of the border.

'Air India's Star Alliance means more than flying miles'

By Rohit Vaid,

New Delhi : It took eight years and a host of hiccups before flag carrier Air India finally joined Star Alliance, the world's largest airline accord. And finally, the 60 million passengers who fly from the world's fifth largest aviation market will gain better global connectivity and access, analysts maintain.

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Indian captives in Iraq safe: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi : The 39 Indian workers held captive in Iraq are safe and getting proper food and water, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Thursday.

"The government has got to know from various sources that they (Indian workers) are safe and getting food and water," the minister told the Lok Sabha.

The Indians are held captive in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

The minister, however, refused to divulge the action being pursued by the government to bring them back.

"Secrecy is the first principle. How can I divulge the action plan?" she asked.

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50 injured in clashes in Bengal over custodial death in UP

Siliguri : Fifty people, including 23 policemen, were injured here early Thursday in clashes with demonstrators who blockaded a national highway to protest a school teacher's custodial death in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

Carrying Ganesh Chowdhury's body, demonstrators blockaded the National Highway 31 at Bihar More under Bagdogra police station early Thursday. They fought a pitched battle with police who tried to remove the blockade around 2 a.m. The police resorted to baton-charge, and lobbed tear gas shells.

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Tripura University to attract Bangladeshi students

Agartala : Tripura University will launch an initiative to admit more Bangladeshi students to reinforce the government's plan to strenthen the people-to-people ties between the two neighbours, an official said Thursday.

"It was observed over the years that there are huge numbers of students in Bangladesh keen to study in Tripura University. We would now go for a larger initiative to attract more number of Bangladeshi students," a Tripura University official told IANS.

Cabinet okays 49 percent FDI in insurance

New Delhi : The union cabinet Thursday approved a proposal to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector to 49 percent from the current 26 percent.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi okayed the proposal for the hike but maintains Indian management control.

A senior government official who did not want to be named said the overseas investments in the insurance sector would be allowed through the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) route.

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PM condoles death of students in Telangana accident

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the students who lost their lives when a train rammed into a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana.

"The prime minister has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident in Medak district," the Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet.

"The PM prays for the speedy recovery of those injured in the accident," said another tweet.

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