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Three prisoners killed in Rajasthan jail clash

Jaipur : Three prisoners were killed - one gunned down and two others beaten to death - in a clash between members of two gangs in a jail in Rajasthan's Bikaner Thursday, police said.

According to police, the incident took place around 6 p.m. at the Central Jail in Bikaner, around 500 km from Jaipur.

"The incident was the fallout of an old rivalry between two gangs. Those who were killed were identified as Balbeer Banuda, Jaiprakash and Rampal," said a police officer.

Jaiprakash allegedly opened fire at Banuda when they were lodged in the same barracks.

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NCW seeks guidelines on online content offensive to women

New Delhi : The National Commission for Women (NCW) Thursday said the government should create guidelines for intermediaries to pull down any content offensive to women from the internet.

In a statement released after a day-long consultation on cyber crimes against women, the NCW called for sensitising police regarding cyber crimes.

"The government should provide guidelines for intermediaries to pull down any content offensive to women," it said.

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CWG: Weightlifters Sanjita wins gold, Mirabai silver for India

Glasgow : India opened its medal count in CWG with Manipuri girls Sanjita Khumukcham and Mirabai Chanu Saikhom winning the gold and silver, respectively, in the women's 48kg category of weightlifting competitions at the Clyde Auditorium here Thursday.

The two medals were India's first from the 2104 Commonwealth Games and they are now third in the medals tally followed by England and Australia. Sanjita had a total lift of 173 kg while Mirabai had 170kg. The bronze went to Nigeria's Nkechi Opara with a total lift of 162kg.

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SC declines to transfer plea against increasing Sardar Sarovar height

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Thursday declined the Narmada Control Authority's plea seeking the transfer to it the Narmada Bachao Andolan's plea challenging the decision to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam that will be taken up for hearing by Jabalpur High Court Friday.

Declining the plea, a bench of Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice C. Nagappan and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that since the plea sought to be transferred to apex court relates to the compliance of the high court's order, then the latter should deal with it and sought to know why it should it be brought here.

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Delhi HC concerned over violence against northeasterners

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Thursday expressed strong displeasure at the government for failing to prevent violence against people from the northeast living in the capital.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said: "We are pained to note that in spite of our being seized of the issue of the violence in the city of Delhi against people hailing from the northeastern part of the country ... inspite of issuance of directions from time to time, such incidents rather than abating, continue to occur."

SC reject Nithari killer Koli's plea for death sentence review

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Thursday rejected the plea by Nithari serial killer Surendra Koli seeking the recall of its Feb 15, 2011 order, upholding his death sentence in one of the 16 cases of rape and killing he faced.

A bench of Justice H.L.Dattu and Justice Anil R. Dave rejected the review plea holding that it was moved long after his death sentence was upheld by the apex court. The plea for review of the Feb 15, 2011, was taken up in the chamber.

President Pranab Mukherjee had last week rejected Koli's mercy plea.

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NSG not ready to provide more VVIP security: Official

New Delhi : The National Security Guard (NSG) was not ready to take more responsibilities to provide security to a single VVIP in India under its elite 'black cat' commando security cover as per their mandate and strength, an official said Thursday.

The elite force, which protects most VVIPs in the country, has now decided to stop providing more security to ensure its most fool-proof and strict security to the existing VVIPs under its cover, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and a number of chief ministers.

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President to inaugurate service apartments at Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi : Stylish fully-furnished apartments equipped with a small kitchenette each, a gym around the corner, a swimming pool and a restaurant -- these are part of swanky additions to the Rashtrapati Bhavan estate for the use of senior officers, aides-de-camp to the president, and visitors.

The 16 serviced apartments, called Peacock Service Apartment, will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee at an event Friday as part of events to mark his two years in office.

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Old stables tell India's story at new Rashtrapati Bhavan museum

New Delhi : A flower petal that was found on the body of Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination, a piece of rock from the moon, gold-plated ceremonial chairs used by the British colonial rulers, Edwin Lutyens' rough sketches of a grand sandstone structure that took the shape of what is now Rashtrapati Bhavan -- such invaluable artefacts are part of a museum to be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee at the presidential palace Friday.

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John Kerry to visit India July 30

New Delhi : US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit India July 30-Aug 1, the external affairs ministry said Thursday.

"External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will host US Secretary of State John Kerry in New Delhi from July 30 to Aug 1. Sushma Swaraj and Kerry will co-chair the fifth India-US Strategic Dialogue July 31," a ministry statement said.

This will be Kerry's first visit to India since the inception of the new government and his first meeting with Sushma Swaraj since the two leaders assumed office.

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