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Arun Jaitley calls for regional cooperation to fight customs violations

New Delhi, Dec 04 (ANI): Inaugurating the 2nd Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting in New Delhi, Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, on Thursday (December 04) called for greater international and regional cooperation to deal with customs violations. The heads of customs enforcement agencies of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka will attend the two- day DRI Day celebrations followed by a meeting where a new proposal for intelligence sharing is likely to be adopted. Jaitley added that the DRI had to adapt with the changing times and use technology to stop malpractices. Dec 4, 2014
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Niranjan Jyoti has apologized, let the parliament function: PM Modi

New Delhi, Dec 4 (ANI): The stalemate in Rajya Sabha over the hate speech by Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement in parliament. Modi urged the House to let proceedings continue as Jyoti had already apologized. However, the Opposition appeared to be in no mood to relent on its demand for her ouster. Dec 4, 2014
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Five children killed, more than 20 injured as school van collapses with train in UP

Mau, Dec 04 (ANI): Five children were killed and more than 20 are reported to be injured after a school van collapsed with a passenger train in Mau district of Uttar Pradesh. The accident took place at an unmanned railway crossing on Thursday morning. The injured children were immediately rushed to the nearest hospital and are being treated. Meanwhile, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu expressed grief over the incident and announced compensation to the victims_ family. Dec 4, 2014
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Railways cancel 16 trains due to fog in Uttar Pradesh

Gorakhpur, Dec 04 (ANI): The railway authorities cancelled at least 16 trains as dense fog descends upon Uttar Pradesh. Heavy fog and haze covered Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh, leading to delay and cancellation of trains passing through the area. Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) of northeastern Railways, Alok Kumar Singh, said on Thursday (December 04) that drivers are given precautionary orders not to exceed the speed of trains to avoid any mishap amid low visibility. Besides, certain trains have been rescheduled and their destinations and routes changed to avoid congestion, Singh said. Passengers are facing undue inconvenience. Dec 4, 2014
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Rashtrapati Bhavan plays key role in India_s food diplomacy

New Delhi, Nov 4 (ANI): The majestic and architectural masterpiece - Rashtrapati Bhavan being the residence of the President of India hosts many dignitaries from across the world. Be it the U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping or Japanese Emperor Akihito, the visitors include the high and the mighty. And, the men who serve authentic Indian cuisine to the President_s guests are chefs, many of whom have been working here for generations. Though a majority of them have not graduated from culinary institutes, they have learnt to prepare food from their ancestors and old colleagues. 58-year-old Minhaj Ali is a third generation chef, whose grandfather and father have also served in the Presidential kitchen. The man who plans and executes the menus for state banquets, high teas and luncheons at the President_s House is executive chef Machindra Kasture. He joined Rashtrapati Bhavan as executive chef in 2007 on deputation from the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). Kasture heads a team of 26 chefs, including bakers and traditional sweet makers. While planning the menu for visiting dignitaries, they not only keep in mind their likes and dislikes, but also if any of the guests are allergic to certain foods. Dec 4, 2014
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Young Indian Muslim males barred from entering Iraq, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 4 (ANI): Alshaya Nasser Travels, one of the two Iraqi government-authorized agencies that facilitate visa processing, has asked tour operators not to accept passports from Indian applicants who are single, under 30 and unaccompanied by family members. The advisory comes after four Kalyan youths, all single and under 30, used the pilgrimage route to travel to Iraq in May and joined the jihadist outfit ISIS there. Politicos reacted on the issue. Dec 4, 2014
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South Asia Newsline - Dec 03, 2014

BJP criticizes Sartaj Aziz for his statement on India-Pakistan talks. Aziz does not expect talks to occur with Modi Govt. Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani expresses satisfaction over NATO support for reforms in the country. Bangladesh_s international war crimes tribunal or ICT accuses British journalist David Bergman of contempt of court. Gilgit_Baltistan suffers under intense winter conditions; Government turns blind eye. Pakistan air-strike kills militants in tribal areas. Pakistan enters wheel chair cricket tournament. Dec 4, 2014
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Labourers rescued from under debris after bridge collapses in MP

Hoshangabad, Dec 04 (ANI): A bridge under construction collapsed in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh leaving labourers trapped under debris while they are rescued. As per reports, around 40 labourers were feared to be trapped under the debris of the bridge that was being built over the river Narmada. The injured had been rushed to a hospital nearby as rescue work continued at the site. Reportedly, the bridge was being built at a cost of 30 crore rupees. Dec 4, 2014
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India celebrates 43rd Navy Day

New Delhi, Dec 4 (ANI): A series of operational displays would be held to celebrate the Navy Day on Thursday, commemorating the Indian Navy_s successful operation on Karachi Harbour during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan stated that the personnel of the Navy rededicate themselves to the service of the nation on this day. Dec 4, 2014
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Pak showcases arms and ammunition at international defence exhibition

Karachi, Dec 04 (ANI): Pakistani military showcased domestically produced arms and defence equipment at the eighth International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS-2014), a four-day exhibition of arms and combat equipment. The exhibition was opened by Pakistani Prime Minster, Nawaz Sharif, on Monday in the port city of Karachi. The organisers say, nearly 80 foreign delegations, including 24 high level ones, headed either by their respective defence ministers, secretaries or service chiefs, are also attending the exhibition and seminar under the theme _Weapons for Peace._Russia, UAE, Australia and Portugal are taking part in the exhibition for the first time. China has the biggest stall in the exhibition. IDEAS-2014 is 8th in the series of defence exhibitions biennially held in Pakistan Dec 4, 2014
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Acting on a tip off, police arrest a Maoist in Jharkhand

Palamu, Dec 04 (ANI): Police of Palamu district in Jharkhand arrested a hardcore Maoist and recovered a country made pistol, four cartridges, a motorcycle and a mobile phone from him. The arrested Maoist has been identified as Ajay Prasad alias Roshan, the Zonal Commander of Maoist outfit Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC). Superintendent of Police of Palamu, Mayur Patel, said that acting on a tip off, the district police dispatched a team acted to nab Prasad. Prasad is wanted in 10 cases of ransom, kidnapping and murder across Latehar, Garhwa and Palamu districts of Jharkhand. Patel added that Prasad was also involved in extortion activities of TPC-2. Dec 4, 2014
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Admiral RK Dhowan on INS Sindhurakshak

New Delhi, Dec 4 (ANI): Indian Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan on Thursday said that inquiry is still on over the unfortunate explosions in INS Sindhurakshak and all aspects are being analyzed. Dhowan on Wednesday had indicated that human error could also be one of the reasons that led to the destruction of India_s frontline conventional submarine INS Sindhurakshak that was gutted and sank after multiple explosions at the Mumbai naval dockyard on August 14, 2013. Dec 4, 2014
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Rahul Gandhi says he thinks differently on _Adopt a Village_ scheme

Amethi, Dec 04 (ANI): In a visit to Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh Vice President of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, criticised the _Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana_ (SAGY) (_adopt-a-village_ programme) introduced by the federal government. Gandhi hit out at the federal government for not providing funds for the implementation of this scheme. Gandhi hit out at the federal government for not providing funds for the implementation of this scheme. _Adopt-a-village_ scheme was introduced by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, under which initiative, each member of the Parliament is required to adopt three villages and ensure their physical and infrastructural development by 2019. Dec 4, 2014
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Pak must understand boundaries cannot be rewritten: Arun Jaitley

Srinagar, Dec 04 (ANI): Addressing an intellect meet in Srinagar city in Jammu and Kashmir, finance minister, Arun Jaitley, said Pakistan must understand boundaries cannot be rewritten. He said that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and nobody can change this reality. Jaitley also congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for turning out in high numbers to cast their vote, adding that the state has embraced democracy and rejected the notion that change can be brought only the use of guns and bullets. Dec 4, 2014
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Agriculture sector in the Northeast to benefit from scientific practices

Assam, Dec 04 (ANI): Endowed with rich natural resources and suitable climatic conditions, the Northeast region provides a perfect environment for the cultivation of vegetables and fruits. While it has huge potential in horticulture production, the region has to depend on other states due to lack of good quality seedlings. In a move to be self-reliant, the first of its kind agri hub nursery was inaugurated at the horticulture farm on Assam Agriculture University campus in Jorhat. It has been developed at a cost of Rs. 15 crores financed under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana. The nursery will annually produce 48 lakhs seedlings of various vegetables and seasonal flowers. This new project will give a huge boost to production and ultimately help in generating more income for the farmers. Dec 4, 2014