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Gujjars demand Cong leaders’ intervention ahead of talks

JAIPUR: In a flip-flop after agreeing to hold talks with the Rajasthan Government on the quota issue, agitating Gujjars today demanded the intervention of Congress leaders from the community before they proceeded for the third round of parleys aimed at ending their 12-day stir.

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Andhra gets maximum share of Krishna water

NEW DELHI: In an award that has evoked mixed response, the Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal Thursday allocated the maximum share of 1001 TMC feet of water of the river to Andhra Pradesh followed by 911 to Karnataka and 666 to Maharashtra.

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Srikrishna panel submits report on Telangana

NEW DELHI: The Justice Srikrishna Committee giving a “way forward” on the separate Telangana statehood issue Thursday gave its report to the Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, who said government will consult all political parties before taking an “appropriate” decision.

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Air India: govt clears Rs 1,200 cr equity infusion

NEW DELHI: The government Thursday approved the infusion of the second tranche of equity of Rs 1,200 crore to ailing Air India with the condition that its management should rationalise the wage structure of over 25,000 employees.

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Govt approves integrated plan for 60 backward districts

NEW DELHI: The government today approved the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for 60 selected tribal and backward districts across nine states for development of public infrastructure and services like school building, primary health centers, roads and electric lights.

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CBI closes Aarushi murder case

GHAZIABAD: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Wednesday filed a closure report in the Aarushi double murder case before a court on the grounds that there was no available evidence at the crime scene to pursue the probe, meeting a dead-end in the case that shook the country over two years back.

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Jairam Ramesh refuses to review clearance to Jaitapur plant

NEW DELHI: Unfazed by growing opposition to Jaitapur nuclear power plant, the Union Environment Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh today refused to review the conditional environmental clearance given to it and asked “interest groups” not to use environment as a shield to fire at governments.

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Pro-Maoist shutdown hits parts of three Bengal districts

KOLKATA: Normal life was thrown out of gear in parts of three Maoist-affected West Bengal districts Wednesday, the second day of the 48-hour shutdown called by the pro-rebel  Peoples’ Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA).
 The tribal group is protesting the arrest of its leaders.

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Pakistani troops violate ceasefire in Kashmir

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions in Ramgarh sector of the international border in Jammu and Kashmir early on  Wednesday in yet another violation of the bilateral ceasefire in less than 24 hours, officials said.

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