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Maoists warn of ‘extreme steps’ over Italian captive

BHUBANESWAR:  As the deadline set by the abductors of the BJD MLA, Mr Jhina Hikaka and the Italian tour guide, Mr Paolo Bosusco ends on Tuesday, the chances of an early solution to the twin hostage crises in Odisha appeared to have receded with both the Maoist groups placing new conditions for the duo's release from captivity.

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India presses Pak for action against Saeed

NEW DELHI:  Linking the progress in bilateral ties to Pakistan taking action against Hafiz Saeed and others responsible for Mumbai terror attacks, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh on Sunday plainly told the President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari that this was important for normalisation of relations between the two neighbours.

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Maoists’ message leads to uncertainty over Italian’s release

BHUBANESWAR: The release of Italian hostage, the tour operator, Mr Paolo Bosusco, abducted over three weeks ago, today ran into rough weather with the Maoists asking Odisha government to first "clarify" how many ultras would be set free and how many of its 13 demands would be met.

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Zardari lost one rupee bet with Omar

NEW DELHI: The Chief Minister, Mr Omar Abdullah Sunday said the Pakistan President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari owes him one rupee because he had bet that the Pakistani leader won't be able to visit Jammu and Kashmir on his India trip.

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Did ASI disobey CIC directive on Babri report

NEW DELHI: The Archaeological Survey of India has apparently not complied with the directives of Central Information Commission to make public its detailed report on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya.

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Sarabjit’s kin in Ajmer, seek his release

AJMER: Seeking the release of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian who is on death row in Pakistan,  his family members have arrived here ahead of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari's visit to dargah of revered Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti on Sunday.

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Kebabs, masala dosa find place in PM’s lunch for Zardari

NEW DELHI: From the lip-smacking jaitooni murg seekh and gosht barra kebab to the crispy bhindi kurjuri and the rich phirni, the Pakistan President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari and his entourage were treated to the best of Indian four-course meal by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh here today.

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Only Parliament can modify reserved communities list: Court

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has ruled that only Parliament can modify the list of reserved communities, while upholding a magisterial court's order that awarded punishment to a man who misrepresented himself as a Scheduled Caste for getting a government job.

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Jewellers’ strike causes loss of Rs 900 crore to govt: CAIT

NEW DELHI: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Saturday said the nationwide 21-day-long strike by jewellers against 1 per cent excise duty imposed on unbranded jewellery in the Budget has caused a loss of about Rs18,000 crore to the industry while the government incurred a loss of Rs 900 crore.
Jewellers across the country resumed normal business Saturday.

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