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India says committed to Vienna convention, seeks same from the US

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Dec 18 (ANI): India on Wednesday said that it is committed to the Vienna convention that shields the diplomats while seeking its implementation from the US side as well in the diplomatic spat that threatens to strain otherwise warm ties between the two nations. Spokesperson of Indian Foreign Ministry, Syed Akbaruddin, said India was committed to follow the rules laid down by the Vienna Convention and expected the same from other countries. Earlier on Tuesday Indian police removed concrete security barriers outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in apparent retaliation for the treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade who was strip-searched after her arrest in New York last week. Dec 18, 2013
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Defeat due to communal feelings between Hindus and Muslims: Ashok Gehlot

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Speaking on Congress defeat in the Rajasthan Assembly polls, former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said that BJP has raised communal feelings between Hindus and Muslims and this is the reason why they lost the elections in the state. Dec 18, 2013
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Anna Hazare ends his fast after Lok Sabha passes Lokpal Bill

Ralegan-Siddhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Even as the historic Lokpal Bill on Wednesday received a nod from the Lok Sabha, and is all set to becoming a law soon after a 40-year wait, social activist Anna Hazare broke his indefinite strike at Ralegan-Siddhi thanking the Parliament for the same. Dec 18, 2013
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No change in interest rates, RBI governor says may act on off-policy dates if inflation does not mod

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan surprised the financial markets by keeping the repo rate, or the main lending rate, unchanged at 7.75 per cent. Rajan unexpectedly kept the country's policy interest rate on hold despite calling current inflation too high, citing the prospect of easing retail prices and its concerns about the weak domestic economy. The RBI had been widely expected to lift its repo rate by 25 basis points. Dec 18, 2013
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Historic Lokpal Bill passed, will become law soon

New Delhi/ Ralegan Siddhi, Dec 18 (ANI): A day after it sailed through comfortably in the Rajya Sabha, the historic Lokpal Bill on Wednesday received a nod from the Lok Sabha, and is all set to becoming a law soon after a 40-year wait. Dec 18, 2013
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Fog woes: Flights, trains delayed in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Dense fog continued to envelop New Delhi for the third day on Wednesday as flight operations came to a standstill due to poor visibility. The fog affected schedule of over 60 flights causing inconvenience to passengers. According to reports, while 42 domestic and 13 international flights have been delayed so far, eight had to be cancelled. Meanwhile, dozens of trains were also delayed due to the dense fog, while many were rescheduled. Poor visibility caused traffic jams on roads increasing trouble for office goers. Dec 18, 2013
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Bangladeshs Awami League rallies to protest opposition blockade over polls

Dhaka, Dec 18 (ANI): Thousands of Bangladesh’s ruling party Awami League’s supporters marched on the streets in capital Dhaka to protest a fresh transport blockade, called by opposition parties to oppose the upcoming national polls in Bangladesh. The 18-party alliance of opposition parties, led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had called for 72-hour blockade of roads, railways and waterways across Bangladesh starting from Tuesday. Addressing supporters, leader of the Awami League Party, Mofazzal Hossain, urged them to plead before the masses in order to secure votes in favour of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s party. Dec 18, 2013
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Pakistan holds protest after Mollahs execution in Bangladesh

Islamabad, Dec 18 (ANI): Dozens of activists from civil society and supporters of Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) marched to Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad to condemn execution of Bangladeshi leader Abdul Quader Mollah. Bangladesh executed Mollah on December 12 for war crimes he committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The protests are continuing in Pakistan since Mollah’s execution. Protestors handed a memorandum to Bangladesh High Commission officials. Dec 18, 2013
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Kiran Bedi appeals Lok Sabha to pass Lokpal Bill

Ralegan Siddhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Former IPS Officer, Kiran Bedi on Wednesday appealed the Lok Sabha to pass the Lokpal Bill so that social activist Anna Hazare could end his fast. Dec 18, 2013
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Will make Lokpal Bill stronger after coming to power: BJP

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): The BJP on Wednesday said that the UPA government had no intention to pass the Lokpal Bill. BJP leader Kirti Azad said that the government is now trying to divert people’s attention. He also added that the BJP will make the Lokpal Bill stronger once it comes to power. Dec 18, 2013