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Acts of terror a 'clarion call' for believers in humanity to unite, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday stated that the recent acts of terror in Sydney and Peshawar was a clarion call for all those who believe in humanity to defeat terrorism, adding that India will always be ready to play its role in such an undertaking. Swaraj was reacting to Monday's hostage crisis in Sydney, where an alleged self-proclaimed cleric took 17 people, including two people of Indian origin, hostage in a cafe in that city; and Tuesday's strike on a school in Peshawar, where members of the banned terrorist organisation Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan killed 141 people, including 132 students, before being gunned down. Speaking in detail of the incident in Sydney, Swaraj said that the Indian government was in constant contact with the Australian authorities. Swaraj also talked of the terrorist attack in Peshawar, terming the incident as 'barbaric brutality' and stated that India strongly condemns the occurrence. Dec 17, 2014
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Police taking necessary steps for security: BS Bassi

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said on Wednesday that the Delhi Police is taking all necessary steps to ensure security in the capital. Bassi said that in the wake of terror attacks in Peshawar, police is maintaining high security alert in the entire region. Dec 17, 2014
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SC asks BCCI to explain amendment to rule 6.2.4, threatens to strike it off

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday talked tough on amendment. It asked the BCCI to explain the importance of the amendment made to rule 6.2.4 that permits BCCI officials to have stakes in the IPL. The court has warned that it would strike it off if the explanation is found to be unsatisfactory. Dec 17, 2014
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Spicejet flights cancelled after oil companies refuse fuel supplies

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): Flight operations of cash-strapped SpiceJet were grounded on Wednesday due to non-supply of jet fuel by oil marketing companies. The state-run oil marketing firms have not yet taken a decision on the resumption of jet fuel supply to SpiceJet on a two-weeks credit facility. Dec 17, 2014
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Govt blames Opposition and vice versa for disrupting Parliament

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): The Central government on Wednesday blamed the Opposition for disrupting the Parliamentary proceedings continuously by raising baseless demands. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government is not able to digest rapid development which BJP is moving towards. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that running the house is the prerogative of the ruling party and it should take care that house runs. Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary said that the BJP should realize how difficult it is for government to work when Opposition does not cooperate. Dec 17, 2014
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Home Ministry gives advisory to states on security of schools

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday that an advisory has been sent to the states on increasing security in all the schools in wake of terror attacks at a school in Peshawar. Meanwhile, BJP leader Satyapal Singh said that the police officials should become more mobile in executing their duties. Dec 17, 2014
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Nobel Prize winner Malala 'heartbroken' by Pakistan school attack

Birmingham, Dec17 (ANI): Pakistani child education activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, said she was heartbroken by the news that at least 141 people, mostly children, had been killed in a Taliban attack on a school in northwest Pakistan. Malala, was shot in the head on a school bus by the Taliban in 2012 and won global acclaim for her passionate advocacy of women's right to education. Dec 17, 2014
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Modi warns MPs not to cross 'Lakshman Rekha'; politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): In a stern warning to BJP MPs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked them to refrain from making controversial statements. Modi asked his ministers not to cross the 'lakshman rekha' as it hurts the government and the party. Politicos reacted on the same. Dec 17, 2014
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Pakistan begins painful task of burying its dead after school carnage

Peshawar, Dec 17 (ANI): Pakistan woke up to a day of mourning on Wednesday after Taliban militants killed 141 people, nearly all of them children, at a school in Peshawat, near the border with Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Grief-stricken family members and friends buried Abdul Azam Afridi, a student of Grade 12 who was killed when Taliban gunmen stormed the school, taking hundreds of students hostage in the bloodiest insurgent attack in the country in years. At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday in the incident that lasted for more than five hours. Over 120 were injured, and the army said 960 students had been rescued. Sikander Azam, brother of the dead student, said they received news of the attack late in the morning. Iqbal Afridi, a relative of the victim, said security should've been heightened at the school which was on the Taliban hit list. Dec 17, 2014

Politicos express anguish over Peshawar terror attack, hope Pak to introspect

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Dec 17 (ANI): Politicos in India on Wednesday expressed anguish over the terror strike in a school in Peshawar in which 132 students and nine staff members were killed. They also hoped that Pakistan, after Tuesday's terror strike realizes that it would also have to face the heat if it supports terrorism in any way. The attack took place on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a military-run high school attended by more than 1,100 people, many of them children of army personnel, and opened fire witnesses said. Dec 17, 2014
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Two militants held with arms in Assam

Tezpur, Dec 17 (ANI): Police arrested two militants of armed separatist outfit National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Assam. Police was acting on a tip-off when they arrested militants at Kolia Bhomora bridge which is located between Nagaon and Sonitpur districts of the state. Heavy arms and ammunitions were recovered from the two militants, including a woman. Parasar also said preliminary investigation hints the couple was involved in supplying arms and ammunitions to the militant outfit. Dec 17, 2014
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Arrival of tourists to Kashmir gives boost to tourism industry

Srinagar, Dec 17 (ANI): Domestic and foreign tourists thronged Srinagar city of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday (December 17) to enjoy the cold weather and the beauty as Kashmir remains a favourite winter holiday destination in the country. The arrival of tourists is giving a boost to the tourism sector in the state which also experienced snowfall in higher reaches. Meanwhile, a tour operator, Rouf Tramboo, said with the onset of winters a large number of tourists are expected to arrive. Several parts of northern states have received snowfall that has resulted in intense cold wave. Dec 17, 2014
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Peshawar attack: PM Modi calls upon schools to observe two minute silence

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): In the wake of the dastardly attack in Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to schools across India to observe two minute of silence on Wednesday as a mark of solidarity. Prime Minister Modi, earlier on Tuesday, also had a telephonic conversation with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif and offering deepest condolences and all assistance in the hour of misery. "In the wake of dastardly attack in Pakistan, I appeal to schools across India to observe 2 mins of silence tomorrow as a mark of solidarity," tweeted Prime Minister Modi. "Spoke to PM Nawaz Sharif over the telephone. Offered my deepest condolences on the dastardly terror attack in Peshawar," he added. "India stands firmly with Pakistan in fight against terror. Told PM Sharif we are ready to provide all assistance during this hour of grief," he said in a series of tweets. Prime Minister Modi also hoped that the children who had witnessed the horrific attack and loss of their friends would come through this trauma through counselling. Dec 17, 2014
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India needs to be on alert in wake of Taliban bloodshed, says defence minister

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that India needs to be on alert in the wake of Taliban bloodshed in neighbouring Pakistan. Picking the softest of soft targets, the Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday launched a savage and cowardly attack on a school, essentially for children of military families, spraying machine-gun fire on kids behind desks and leaving 132 of them dead. Dec 17, 2014
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Fog delays flights, trains in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): The operation of some flights and trains were affected in the national capital on Wednesday, as the visibility was reduced to 700 meters due to fog. According to Northern Railway around 14 Delhi bound trains including Mahananda express, Lichchavi expresss, Purushottam express and Mahabodhi express are reported to be running late due to foggy weather condition. Due to late arrivals of trains the Railway had to re-schedule the departure time of some trains. Dec 17, 2014