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Sarkozy backs India’s UNSC bid

BANGALORE: Nearly a month after the US backed India’s bid to join top non-proliferation groupings, French President Mr Nicolas Sarkozy Saturday declared support for New Delhi’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as well as an expanded United Nations Security Council.

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Belgium seeks strong ties with India in IT, gems and jewellery

KOLKATA: Belgium has evinced interest in further boosting economic ties with India in sectors like IT, gems and jewellery, non-conventional energy sources and education.
Belgian Ambassador Mr Jean M Deboutte in a press meet Friday said: “We can strengthen our economic ties with India by increasing our cooperation in the IT, non-conventional energy sources and education along with gems and jewellery.”

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FIR filed against K’taka minister in KIADB land scam

BANGALORE: Rocked by land scam charges, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka faced fresh embarrassment Thursday when the Lokayukta filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Information Technology and Biotechnology (IT-BT) Minister, Mr Katta Subramanya Naidu and nine others on alleged irregularities in land allotment.

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Rules notified for wetlands conservation

NEW DELHI:  Recognising wetlands as sensitive ecosystems with high biodiversity values, the Centre on Thursday notified rules for their conservation and management which restricts harmful activities such as dumping of untreated waste, industrialisation and construction near them.

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Kerala Jews come to relive past

KOCHI:  From thousands, the number of Jews in Kerala has dwindled to a mere 10 and they too live only in Kochi. The exodus of the community started over 60 years ago, though many visit this city to discover their roots and relive the past.

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