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Lawyers continue strike in Delhi courts over delay in tabling of amendment bill

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Lawyers in Delhi courts said that they will continue their strike for the third day on Thursday protesting the delay in tabling an amendment bill of enhancing pecuniary jurisdiction of district courts. Chairman of co-ordination committee of bar associations RK Wadhwa said that all the district courts in Delhi, in its emergent meeting last week, decided to abstain from work with effect from December 09, till the bill is tabled in Parliament. The committee said that despite assurances, the proposed bill recommending enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction to Rs 2 crore for the courts, has found no mention in the agenda of ongoing Winter Session of Parliament. Dec 11, 2014
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Godse a 'nationalist, not a traitor', says BJP lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Stirring a political hornet's nest, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Sakshi Maharaj on Thursday said that Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Vinayak Godse was equally a patriot and a nationalist, and should not be seen as a traitor or considered as one. Godse had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi by shooting him in the chest thrice at point-blank range on January 30, 1948 in New Delhi. After a trial that lasted over a year, Godse was sentenced to death on November 8, 1949 and was subsequently hanged a week later. Dec 11, 2014
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Sakshi Maharaj takes u turn on Nathuram Godse 'patriot' remark

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Amid reports of Mahatma Gandhi's killer Nathuram Godse being eulogized at a function held in Maharashtra earlier this month, BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj on Thursday said that Godse was a patriot. However, later he took a u turn and said that he was misquoted, but he said that if he has said something by mistake he takes his words back. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha witnessed protests today as opposition leaders raised the issue in the house. Dec 11, 2014
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Bengaluru bans unregistered cab companies in wake of Uber Rape Case

Bengaluru/Gurgaon/New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Bengaluru on Thursday banned unregistered cabs in the wake of alleged rape of a female passenger in New Delhi by a driver of US cab company Uber. The transport administration in Bengaluru has taken strict measures aimed at preventing crimes against women professionals travelling in cabs by monitoring taxi drivers. The department is also insisting that all cabs are fitted with GPS. Police have also issued notices to all cab operators in the city to undergo police verification by December 31 or face action. The administration has allowed only eight registered cab companies permission to run in the city. Dec 11, 2014
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Defence Minister lauds Kashmir for record voter turnout despite militant attacks

Srinagar, Dec 11 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday commended the people of Kashmir for record voter turnout and foiling all attempts by militants to disturb the ongoing poll process. Jammu and Kashmir recorded 58 percent voting in the third phase of elections on December 09, which was nearly six percent higher than the last time. Despite the biting cold and series of militant attacks, polling booths in Kashmir witnessed serpentine queues of residents waiting to cast their votes for a stable and able government. The five-phase elections in 87-member Kashmir assembly began on November 25. In the first two phases the voter turnout was high - more than 70 percent each.The polling will end on December 20 and results will be declared on December 23. Parrikar, who earlier during the day paid tribute to the soldiers who were killed in the militant attacks, lauded the army for tackling tough situations in the war torn valley. Dec 11, 2014
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Dhanbad rally: Rajnath Singh appeals for clear mandate

Dhanbad, Dec 11 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday while addressing a rally in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand appealed the people to give BJP a clear mandate in the upcoming assembly elections. He added that BJP has also formed government in Jharkhand, but it never got full majority and hence the CM was not able to run the government with full force. He further stated that he is aware that no government can perform miracles in 6 months. Dec 11, 2014
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PM Modi holds joint PC with President Putin, says Russia India's foremost defence partner through de

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): While addressing a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Russia will remain India's most important defence partner. Modi said that it was a great pleasure for him to host President Putin in New Delhi. Modi was speaking after talks with President Vladimir Putin aimed at revitalising ties that have focused on the import of defence equipment. It was the first annual summit meeting between Putin and Modi. The two leaders had met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil in July and during the G-20 summit in Australia last month. PM Modi also said that the bond between the people of Russia and India is very strong and that the two nations have stood by each other through thick and thin. Dec 11, 2014
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India and Russia sign 16 MoUs to bolster ties

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two nations signed a total of 16 agreements. The Memorandum of Understanding were signed in varied fields like Petrol and Gas, Military training exchange, Nuclear energy, health research and others. The two leaders signed the pact to further bolster ties between two nations at Hyderabad House in the national capital and they spelt out their vision for cooperation in key areas including defence and nuclear. Earlier, Putin held detailed talks with Modi both in restricted and delegation level formats. He is also scheduled to call on President Pranab Mukherjee who will hold a banquet for him. Dec 11, 2014
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Protest in Srinagar over acid attack on student

Srinagar, Dec 11 (ANI): Students of the Law College staged a protest on Thursday after two unidentified assailants attacked their peer with acid. According to reports, the victim has been admitted to the hospital with burn injuries. The attackers were reportedly travelling in a car and fled the scene after throwing acid on the girl. Further details are awaited. Dec 11, 2014
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Ravi Shankar Prasad pitches for open data

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Communications and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Thursday, advocated the need for open data terming it as the most crucial tool to realise the power of information. Prasad was speaking at the National Conference on Open Data and Open API (Application Programming Interfaces) in New Delhi. Open data is the idea that advocates free availability of certain kinds of data which can be easily accessed by all irrespective of any copyright or patent restrictions. Prasad also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of digital India will also empower the rural India. Prasad further said that if Census data could also be made public, it could unleash better business prospects for the manufacturers. Dec 11, 2014
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Bailiffs clear Hong Kong protest site

Bailiffs dismantle barricades at Hong Kong's main protest site after more than two months of pro-democracy rallies that demonstrators say have redefined the city's vexed relationship with Beijing. Duration: 00:52 Dec 11, 2014
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Adityanath says nothing wrong in calling Taj Mahal a part of ancient temple

Gorakhpur, Dec 11 (ANI): BJP leader Yogi Adityanath on Thursday refused to budge from his statement on Taj Mahal and said that there is nothing wrong in claiming that Taj Mahal was earlier a part of the ancient Tejo Mahalaya temple. He added that if Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan can claim that Taj Mahal belongs to Waqf Board property, then it can be claimed that Taj Mahal was a part of a Shiv Temple. Dec 11, 2014
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Punjab and Haryana HC defers hearing on Ashutosh Maharaj funeral case to Monday

Chandigarh, Dec 11 (ANI): Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday deferred the case of funeral of Ashutosh Maharaj to Monday and said that further hearing in the case will take place then only. The Punjab government had moved the High Court against the order to cremate Ashutosh Maharaj, who has been in a freezer since January. The state has pleaded that the issue of cremation of Ashutosh Maharaj is "an emotional and contentious issue" that can lead to law and order problem in the region. There are three appeals in the case and the court decided to hear all on first priority on Monday. Dec 11, 2014
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Conversion row: Adityanath says will go to Aligarh on Christmas

Gorakhpur, Dec 11 (ANI): Despite a massive outrage over the alleged conversion of nearly 200 Muslims into Hinduism in Uttar Pradesh's Agra district earlier this week, reportedly Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad have planned a "shuddhi" (re-conversion) ceremony in Aligarh on December 25. While the BJP has denied its role in the Agra conversions, the party's leader Yogi Adityanath has said that he will go to Aligarh on December 25 for what the right-wing groups call a 'Purkhon ki ghar vapsi' (Coming home of the ancestors) ceremony. Dec 11, 2014
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Badaun case: CBI files closure report

Badaun, Dec 11 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday submitted the closure report in the death case of two teenaged girls who were found hanging from a mango tree in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh. According the reports, CBI in its report has concluded that they had committed suicide after the elder one's affair with local boy got busted. Meanwhile, the court gave the victims' family time till January 6 to register their objection over the closure report. Dec 11, 2014