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Maoists' arms making unit busted in Bihar

Patna : An arms manufacturing unit of Maoists was Thursday busted and a cache of sophisticated weapons seized by security forces in Bihar's Munger district, police said.

"It is the first time security forces have busted an arms manufacturing unit being operated by Maoists in the state," state police chief P.K. Thakur said.

Munger Superintendent of Police Barun Kumar Sinha said police and paramilitary personnel seized 16 sophisticated 7.65 mm automatic pistols, 70 magazines and a large number of gun-making tools from the site in the densely forested Sugaun hills.

Not curtailing rural job scheme: Government

New Delhi : The government is not trying to curtail MNREGA and the number of blocks under the act have not been reduced, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh told parliament Thursday.

The minister was responding to a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha by Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja and others, criticising the move of the government to introduce changes in the rural employment scheme by reducing the wage component of the fund allocation and restricting the areas of work.

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Kirron Kher raises Delhi 'honour killing' in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : Actor Kirron Kher Thursday raised in the Lok Sabha the issue of the Delhi girl who was killed by her parents for marrying outside her caste.

"A mother and a father who could not stifle their daughter's free will decided to strangle her," the BJP member from Chandigarh said.

Bhavna Yadav (21) was allegedly killed by her parents for marrying outside her caste.

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SC suggests Mudgal Committee decide extent of punishment

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Wednesday suggested that the Mudgal Committee, that probed the allegation of betting and match fixing in IPL 2013 decide on the nature of punishment for Gurunath Meiyappan and others named on its report in accordance with the BCCI's rules and regulations, including the anti-corruption code.

Senior counsel C.A. Sundaram, appearing for the BCCI, agreed with the suggestion. He earlier had requested the court to decide on an external commission to determine the extent of punishment so that there is transparency about the verdict.

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'Bengal government should apologise for distorted facts on Netaji'

Kolkata : Decrying the "disrespect" shown to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose through "distorted facts" printed in a memorabilia at a wax museum run by the West Bengal government here, a citizen's group Thursday demanded a public apology from the museum and prosecution of the person responsible.

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Assam to host DGPs conference amid terror threat

Guwahati : Amidsta threat by militant outfits and violence by ULFA, Assam will host the 49th All India DGPs and IGPs conference here from Saturday.

Director General of Police Khagen Sarma Thursday said all precautionary measures were being taken to ensure smooth sailing of the two-day conference.

Government stands on decision making Sanskrit third language in KVs

New Delhi : The central government Thursday reiterated its position that Sanskrit would be the third language in place of German in Kendriya Vidyalayas from class 6 to 8.

The government's position came as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi sought the court's nod for filing an affidavit on the storm arising from its decision to replace German by Sanskrit in central schools all over the country - a move facing stiff resistance from the parents of the children who had opted for German.

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Odisha CM seeks more allocation for state in rail budget

Bhubaneswar : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure allocation of a sizable amount of revenue generated from Odisha in the next rail budget for expanding rail infrastructure in the state.

In a letter to Modi Nov 25, Patnaik said railway route length and rail density in the state is well below national average but the gross earnings from the state is over Rs.14,000 crore.

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Modi, Sharif shake hands, chat at Saarc closing event

Kathmandu : In an ice-breaking moment, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, laughed and even slapped him laughingly on the arm while sharing a light moment at the concluding ceremony of the 18th Saarc Summit here Thursday.

In a photo-op that appeared to belie any misunderstanding or animosity between the two neighbours, Modi and Sharif kept their handshake for several seconds and chatted, smiling all the while.

India launches e-visa facility for 43 countries

New Delhi : India Thursday launched electronic visa (e-visa) facility for tourists from 43 countries, including US, Israel, Palestine and Japan to boost tourism sector and offer hassle-free travel to foreign visitors.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma launched the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) service enabled with electronic travel authorisation (ETA) scheme here.

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