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500 still missing in Leh

CHOGLUMSAR: Rescue workers struggled through piles of mud and slush looking for over 500 people missing in the Friday’s devastating cloudburst that flattened villages and snapped power and communication links even as the death toll in the tragedy mounted to 145 on Sunday.

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‘Comments against Pillai were balanced and objective’

NEW DELHI: Unfazed by India’s attack, Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr Shah Mahmood Qureshi has justified his statement comparing Home Secretary Mr G K Pillai with Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, saying it was "balanced and objective."

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Geelani rejects Centre’s talks offer

SRINAGAR: The offer of “quiet dialogue” by Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram has not gone down too well with separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir with hardline leader, Syed Ali Geelani rejecting it saying it was an attempt to “discredit him” as he had not softened his stand.

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Nitish meets PM, seeks aid to tackle drought in Bihar

NEW DELHI: Bihar Chief Minister Mr Nitish Kumar Saturday met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and sought an immediate financial assistance of over Rs 5,000 crore from the Centre to tackle the drought situation in his state, where 28 districts have been declared as famine-hit.

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Poverty or simply lure for foreign country; illegal migration swells

NEW DELHI: Illegal migration from India and Bangladesh for reasons as compelling as poverty, unemployment and landlessness and as freak as lure for being placed in a foreign country, is pulling more women than men.
Both India and Bangladesh present much the same picture on illegal migration and its why, where, who and how. 

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Three officials suspended over CWG scam

NEW DELHI:  Engulfed in a spate of corruption allegations, the Commonwealth Games organising committee on Thursday finally cracked the whip by suspending Mr T S Darbari, a close aide of Mr Suresh Kalmadi, and two other tainted high-ranked officers in a desperate bid to restore its credibility.

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Centre to look into graft allegations

NEW DELHI:  The government on Thursday  vowed to look into corruption allegations that has dogged Commonwealth Games and mulled a finance ministry probe but ruled out creating an apex committee to oversee the conduct of the mega sports event.

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Centre allays fears of states over GST

NEW DELHI: Allaying fears of states that the Centre would usurp their powers through a Veto provision in the goods and services tax, the Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said he doesn’t intend to be a ‘Super Finance Minister’.

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