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Centre working on more steps to turn around economy

PTI New Delhi Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said the government is working on more steps, including rationalisation of personal income tax rates, to revive the sagging economy. The GDP growth slowed down to more than six-year low of 4.5 per cent in the second quarter of the current fiscal from 5 per cent recorded in the first …

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‘India will work to protect its long-term development interests’

PTI New Delhi India is participating with a constructive outlook at the Madrid climate talks and will work to protect its long-term development interests, Union Environment Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday. Before leaving for the UN-hosted climate negotiations in the Spanish city, Javadekar enumerated India’s efforts in mitigating the effects of climate change and said the country “is leading from …

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‘Ensure mechanism to monitor quick disposal of rape cases’

PTI Jodhpur Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday urged the Chief Justice of India and other senior judges to ensure that there is a mechanism to monitor quick disposal of rape cases, saying that the women of the country are under pain and distress and crying for justice. “I would urge the CJI and other senior judge that now …

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Unnao rape victim pleaded for life

IANS New Delhi “Save me, I don’t want to die, I want to see them hang to death”. These are the last words of the 23-year-old rape victim from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district to her family members and doctors before she died on Friday late night in a Delhi hospital. She was declared dead at 11.40 pm after she could …

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Need to be alert against Pak: Rajnath Singh

PTI Dehradun Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India has no extra-territorial ambitions but asked the armed forces to be alert against Pakistan “which pursues terrorism as a matter of state policy”. Addressing the Passing Out Parade of the Indian Military Academy here as the reviewing officer, Singh asked the cadets commissioned into the armed forces Saturday to take …

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Vet rape-murder case: all 4 accused killed in ‘encounter’

IANS  Hyderabad Ten days after the brutal gangrape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police on Friday shot dead all the four accused in an alleged exchange of fire near Shadnagar town of Telangana’s Ranga Reddy district. Police claimed that the accused were killed in retaliatory firing after they snatched weapons from the police and opened fire on …

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Killings draw mixed political reactions

PTI New Delhi The ‘encounter’ killing of the four men accused in the rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad evoked mixed political reactions   on Friday, ranging from praise and circumspection in most cases to condemnation in some. With many political parties being of the view that the encounter killing may have drawn some public support, even the …

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Ecuador denies granting asylum to Nithyananda

IANS New Delhi The Ecuadorian government has denied that it has granted asylum to self-styled Indian godman Nithyananda, wanted in India for alleged rape and abduction, or helped him purchase any land in the South American country. In a statement, the Embassy of Ecuador said the country had in fact denied Nithyananda’s request for asylum, and he left the country …

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Nirbhaya’s family hails Telangana police for encounter

PTI New Delhi Hailing the encounter killing of the four accused in the Hyderabad gang rape and murder case, the family of Nirbhaya on Friday said the Telangana police has set an example and urged authorities not to punish the policemen responsible for the action. Nirbhaya’s rapists, who were sentenced to death, are still awaiting their fate. “Today the court, …

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Thought of killing accused never struck: police officer who handled Nirbhaya case

PTI New Delhi Former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, who handled the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, on Friday said the thought of killing the accused never crossed his mind. Kumar recalled that it was a “tough time” when the Nirbhaya case was reported in December 2012 since the policemen were treated as “rapists”. Nirbhaya was gang-raped on December …

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