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Govt opposes Lalit’s appointment as prosecutor in 2G spectrum case

NEW DELHI: The government was at loggerheads with the CBI in the Supreme Court on Tuesday over the agency’s decision to appoint senior advocate Mr U U Lalit as special public prosecutor in the 2G spectrum case, saying he did not meet the eligibility criteria for the task.

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Tata open, Radia evasive during questioning by PAC

NEW DELHI: Tata Sons chairman, Mr Ratan Tata and Ms Niira Radia were Monday quizzed in connection with 2G spectrum scam, by Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) whose head, Mr M M Joshi said the panel found the industrialist candid and the corporate lobbyist “evasive.”

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75% turnout in first phase of Assam polls

GUWAHATI: An estimated 75 per cent voters Monday exercised their franchise in the first phase of the Assam assembly election covering 62 of the 126 constituencies, which was by and large peaceful.

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5.7 quake hits N India, Narora atomic plant safe

DEHRA DUN/NEW DELHI: A 5.7-magnitude earthquake of “moderate” intensity with its epicentre at the Indo-Nepal border region shook parts of North India Monday evening but there was no immediate report of any loss of life or property.

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World Cup with Indian team is original: ICC

MUMBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday rejected reports that the World Cup with the Indian team is a replica and maintained that it is the original trophy after controversy broke out over news that it was a fake that was presented to the team on Saturday.

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Obama congratulates world champions

NEW DELHI: Americans may have little knowledge about cricket but a message of congratulations on behalf of the US President, Mr Barack Obama was Monday conveyed to Sachin Tendulkar and M S Dhoni for India’s “historic” and “spectacular” World Cup victory.

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Govt asked to notify CBI probe into Batcha’s death

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the government to issue within three days a notification for handing over to the CBI the probe into the mysterious death of Sadiq Batcha, a close aide of former telecom minister, Mr A Raja, after it was alleged that the Centre was “sitting over” the request for the last fortnight.

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Khurshid makes light of China dam plan on Brahmaputra

SHILLONG: The Union minister, Mr Salman Khurshid on Monday ruled out any threat from the Chinese plans to set up a dam in the Brahmaputra river, saying “information available with the government is not indicative of any concern”.

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Goodies galore for Team India

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Less than 24 hours after creating history by winning the World Cup at the Wankhede stadium, the triumphant Indian team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni was felicitated by the President, Ms Pratibha Patil at Raj Bhavan here Sunday, even as various states announced goodies for the team members.

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