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Maoists call for shutdown in Jharkhand over land acquisition ordinance

Ranchi, Feb 12 (ANI): Maoists called for a 24-hour shutdown on Thursday in Jharkhand state against central government's land acquisition bill. Rebels blew up railway tracks in Gomoh, Bokaro and Dhanbad regions of the state. The shutdown had an impact as no public transport was available for daily commuters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government passed an urgent executive order in December last year to ease land-acquisition rules in sectors like power, housing and defence to kick-start hundreds of billions of dollars in stalled projects, though investments are unlikely to flow in immediately. The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, are inspired by the political philosophy of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Feb 12, 2015
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Gulbarg fund case: SC stays arrest of Teesta Setalvad till Friday

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Social activist Teesta Setalvad's arrest on Thursday was stayed by the Supreme Court till Friday in the Gulbarg Society fund embezzlement case. Earlier on Thursday, activist Teesta Setalvad's anticipatory bail plea in connection was rejected by the Gujarat High Court. Besides Setalwad, her husband Javed Anand, former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri's (who was killed in Gujarat during the 2002 riots) son Tanvir Jafri are accused of misappropriating funds. They are accused of misusing funds to the tune of Rs.1.51 crore. All the accused now face arrest. Denying any misuse of funds, Setalwad had blamed political motives behind the case, say reports. Feb 12, 2015
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Jitan Ram Manjhi will have to see face of defeat: Lalu Prasad Yadav

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said that Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi will ultimately have to see the face of defeat. He said that the decision on Bihar political situation will be taken on February 20th and that Manjhi will have to step down. Feb 12, 2015
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Anna Hazare to hold rally against Land Acquisition Bill in New Delhi, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday as anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare will be addressing a rally of farmers opposed to the Land Acquisition Bill introduced by the central government on February 24 in New Delhi. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that everyone has their own right to protest. Anna's supporter Sunita Godhara said that the rally is a one day revolution where farmers from all section will join. AAP leader Dilip Pandey said that Anna Hazare won't like to have any political interference in the rally; hence, AAP will not participate in the rally. Feb 12, 2015
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Gujarat HC rejects Teesta Setalvad's anticipatory bail plea

Ahmedabad, Feb 12 (ANI): Activist Teesta Setalvad's anticipatory bail plea in connection with an embezzlement case was rejected by the Gujarat High Court on Thursday. Besides Setalwad, her husband Javed Anand, former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri's (who was killed in Gujarat during the 2002 riots) son Tanvir Jafri are accused of misappropriating funds. They are accused of misusing funds to the tune of Rs.1.51 crore. All the accused now face arrest. Denying any misuse of funds, Setalwad had blamed political motives behind the case, say reports. Feb 12, 2015
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U.S. troops stage gunnery exercise in South Korea

U.S. forces conducted a gunnery exercise in South Korea on Thursday (February 12) in an exercise the military said was to maintain the readiness of its forces. About 600 soldiers from the U.S. Second Feb 12, 2015
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Nut rage defendant gets 1 year in jail in South Korea

The daughter of the Korean Air Lines chairman is sentenced to one year in prison for violationg an aviation law in a case that's become known as 'nut rage'. Last December, Heather Cho, unhappy that Feb 12, 2015
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Discussed global economic situations and relations between two nations with US Treasury Secretary: J

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after meeting US treasury secretary Jacob J Lew on Thursday said that the two discussed wide range of issues including global economic situation and also relations between the two nations. Jaitley said that the two discussed money laundering and terrorism funding, among others. Earlier, the two leaders met in the presence of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan. Lew is in India to attend the fifth US-India Economic and Financial Partnership Dialogue in New Delhi. Feb 12, 2015
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Deepening bonds with India key priority of US: Jacob J Lew

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): While addressing mediapersons after meeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, US Secretary of Treasury Jacob J Lew on Thursday said that deepening bonds with India is the key priority of the States. Lew said that the country is standing ready to be a partner with India as the later makes progress in reform programs. He also said that the two nations share a lot in common and that can act as driving factor for taking the relations of the two nations forward. Feb 12, 2015
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Sunanda murder probe: SIT questions Tharoor again

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor is presently being questioned for the second time in connection with his wife, Sunanda Pushkar's murder. The interrogation round is underway at the SIT office in south Delhi's Vasant Vihar area. Tharoor's domestic help, Narain Singh, is also likely to be questioned by the SIT today. Last week, Sunanda Pushkar's son, Shiv Menon, was also interrogated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT). Last month, Tharoor was interrogated at the Vasant Vihar police station in South Delhi. The police had earlier in January said that based on available evidence, Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was poisoned. A case of murder was registered on January 6. Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in the five-star Leela Hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. Feb 12, 2015
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Security tightens in Ramlila grounds ahead of AAP Chief's swearing-in ceremony

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Thursday said that security arrangement have been made ahead of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony which is to be held in the Ramlila grounds on February 14. He added that security personnel will be deployed on February 14 so that people who will be attending the ceremony will not have to face any problems. Kejriwal's party, AAP, made a clean sweep of the Delhi assembly polls, winning 67 of the 70 seats on offer and decimated rivals BJP and Congress. Feb 12, 2015
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At least 3 dead in offshore explosion near Brazil

At least three people are dead and 10 others injured after an explosion on an offshore oil and natural gas platform operated by Petrobras off the coast of Brazil. Officials say the death toll is Feb 12, 2015