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Court pronounces life imprisonment to Sher Singh Rana in Phoolan Devi murder case

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): A Delhi court on Thursday awarded life imprisonment to Sher Singh Rana in 2001 bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi murder case. While delivering its judgement, the court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Rana. Public Prosecutor Manisha Sharma said that they demanded death sentence from the court as it was pre planned murder, but the court refrained from the same. On August 08, the court convicted Rana, who gunned down Phoolan Devi, allegedly avenging the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she killed 17 people of the Thakur community. Aug 14, 2014
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SC issues notice to Centre and state on PIL seeking ban on cigarettes

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the centre and the states on a PIL seeking a complete ban on the production of cigarettes and other tobacco products across the country. The SC bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha said it was for the lawmakers to decide. Lawyer of the petitioner filmmaker Sunil Rajpal said that the money spent on the treatment of smoking-related ailments comes to Rs 30,000 crore per annum which flies in the face of revenue earning arguments on not banning the tobacco industry. Aug 14, 2014
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Twin murders: Siblings found dead in Delhi_s Karawal Nagar

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): An 18-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother were found murdered in their bedroom in north east Delhi_s Karawal Nagar on Thursday. The two used to stay with their aunt who discovered the bodies when she came in to the bedroom to wake them up for school. A PCR call was made around 6:30 AM. The siblings had injury marks from a sharp object around their necks. The girl_s limbs were also found tied. Police haven_t ruled out a case of sexual assault on the girl. Investigations are on and both the bodies have been sent for post mortem. Aug 14, 2014
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Manohar Parrikar says Muslims from India called Hindus in Gulf nations, draws flak

Panaji/ New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar_s remark that Indian Muslims in Gulf countries are addressed as Hindus stirred a controversy on Thursday. Parrikar made the remark while interpolating in a discussion on archaeology during a session of the state legislative assembly on Wednesday. Political leaders accused Parrikar of trying to express his ideology of making India a Hindu nation. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Indian and Hindu are two different things. Earlier Goa_s deputy chief minister Francis D_Souza had invited much criticism after he said that India is already a Hindu nation and all Indians in India are Hindus. Aug 14, 2014
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Pope in S. Korea on first Asia visit for 15 years

Pope Francis kicks off a five-day visit to South Korea fuelled by the Vatican_s desire to expand the Church in Asia despite challenges posed by governments like atheist China. Duration: 01:08 Aug 14, 2014
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Congress, BJP indulge in blame game over communal violence, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday continued the blame game over the spurt in communal violence in the country recently. While, the Congress accused the BJP of inciting such violence, the BJP dismissed the accusation say the Congress is unnecessarily dragging its name into every controversy. Aug 14, 2014
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SC relaxes norms on Dahi Handi, allows participation of children above 12 years

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): In a relief for the Dahi Handi mandals in Mumbai, the Supreme Court has relaxed the norms and restrictions put by the Bombay High Court on formation of the human pyramids. The court has also said that children below the age of 12 cannot participate in it. The Bombay High Court had banned the children below 18 years of age from participating in the formation of human pyramids during the festival and had put a height limit of 20 feet to the pyramids. The order was issued after two boys, aged 14 and a 19, died last week in Mumbai during practice. Aug 14, 2014
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India under tight security blanket ahead of Independence Day

Srinagar /Imphal /Agartala, Aug 14 (ANI): Security has been beefed up across India on Thursday as thousands of police and paramilitary personnel kept a hawk-eyed vigil to thwart any possible threats ahead of Independence Day. Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed at the airport, market places, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals and metro stations in major Indian cities. Parking lots in the Delhi Metro stations have been closed from today till the next afternoon due to security measures. Tight security blanket has also been thrown in Srinagar city of Jammu and Kashmir as armed paramilitary personnel and police guard stand outside the Bakshi Stadium, the main venue of the Independence Day function. Public relation officer of India's paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Kishore Prasad, said three-tier security arrangement has been made in the valley. Aug 14, 2014
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Judicial Appointments Commission Bill to be introduced in RS

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): The Judicial Appointments Bill which was passed unanimously in Lok Sabha on Wednesday will be introduced in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. On one hand, Political leaders hope that the bill shall be passed in the Upper House too but on the other some think that the bill should have been discussed more. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the government should have given more time for discussion over the Bill. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that he hoped the Bill shall be passed in Rajya Sabha. SP leader Naresh Agarwal stated that after some amendments required in the bill it shall be passed in Rajya Sabha. Aug 14, 2014
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Jet Airways Bhopal New Delhi flight aborted after engine catches fire

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): A Bhopal bound Jet Airways flight's engine caught fire on Thursday morning while taking off from Delhi. All the passengers were evacuated safely. Speaking over this, Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that there was a fire incident and now every body is safe. He further said that investigation is going on. Aug 14, 2014
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Jitan Ram Manjhi says corruption prevails in Bihar, draws mixed reactions

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has conceded that corruption prevails in Bihar. Reacting over this LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said that nothing can be more shameful than the CM saying he paid bribe. BJP leader Kirti Azad said that he is happy that atleast the CM of Bihar came out with the truth that there is corruption in Bihar. Congress leader Manish Tewari also said that if Manjhi has admitted to corruption then he should also be ready to face the consequences. Aug 14, 2014
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Venkaiah Naidu holds RSS Raksha Bandhan function at his residence

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): Bhartiya Janata Party_s Members of Parliament on Thursday attended the RSS Raksha Bandhan function held at Union minister Venkaiah Naidu _s residence. BJP leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Manoj Tiwari, Prakash Javadekar were present at the function. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Manmohan Vaidya was also seen in attendance. Aug 14, 2014
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Terror and Friendship cannot go together: Venkaiah Naidu on Pak Statement

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Venkaiah Naidu, on Thursday condemned the cross-statement of Pakistan_s Foreign Ministry claiming to develop friendly relations with India. Responding to PM Narendra Modi_s statement about Pak indulging in proxy wars of terrorism, Pakistan Foreign Ministry had considered the statement as unfortunate after efforts are being made to develop friendly relations between both countries. Naidu said that Pakistan should understand that terror and friendship cannot go together. Aug 14, 2014