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India, Australia sign MoU on Agriculture

New Delhi, Sep 05 (ANI): An MoU was signed on Friday between the University of Queensland, Australia and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to strengthen linkages in the area of Agriculture. The MoU was signed by Peter Hoj, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Queensland (UQ) and Arvind Kaushal, Additional Secretary, Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR). Currently, University of Queensland is working in three areas of research in progress for collaboration. They are horticulture crop improvement, animal vaccines, and sorghum breeding and crop protection. Sep 5, 2014
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Shutdown in Manipur continues for second day

Manipur, Sep 05 (ANI): Security has been stepped up as shutdown called by United Naga Council (UNC), in Manipur entered second day on Friday (September 05), to protest against recent killings of civilians by security forces. On August 30, two civilians were killed and 26 injured in violent police firing to control a rally protesting against the imposition of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) 144 in Ukhrul district. The resolution to impose a ban in the state was passed on Monday (September 01) after UNC President, L Adani, convened a high level meeting with representatives of Naga Civil Organisations and chiefs of different Nagaland tribes. Superintendent of Police, Ishak Shah, said till now the shutdown was peaceful but they feared students association might come out and obstruct vehicular movement on national highway. Sep 5, 2014
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Today Modi and I will sign nuclear cooperation pact: Tony Abbott

New Delhi, Sept 05 (ANI): Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott while addressing a business meet in New Delhi said that he would sign a civil nuclear deal with his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, clearing the way for uranium sales to the energy-hungry Asian nation. He also said that both Modi and he wish to be known as infrastructure Prime Ministers. Sep 5, 2014
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Flood situation worsens in Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 05 (ANI): Floods, triggered by heavy rainfall, disrupted normal life in Jammu and Kashmir, submerging vehicles and disrupting flights on Friday. Sixty-five people were killed after heavy rains caused flash floods in Kashmir, including a wedding party on a bus that was swept away, officials said on Thursday (September 04). Authorities declared a disaster alert in the region after two days of heavy rain hit villages across the Kashmir valley, causing the worst flooding in two decades. Heavy rain is expected for the next 48 hours. The state's main river, the Jhelum, and its tributaries are flowing several feet above the danger mark. Residents in Srinagar city said villages were inundated and marooned people were yet to get any government aid. According to local people, there have hardly been any rescue operations yet. Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting in New Delhi to review the flood situation and has dispatched members of the National Disaster Response Force to assist the state government. Sep 5, 2014
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Free undertrials who have completed half of maximum sentence: SC

New Delhi, Sep 05 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday said that the undertrial prisoners, who have already spent in jail half of the period of the sentence they would have got if convicted for the offences they are charged with, will now be released. A bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha asked the trial judges to start visiting the jails under their jurisdiction from October 1 for a period of two months and release all such prisoners. The court said that the judicial officers shall pass orders of release immediately in jails itself. Such an order, the court said, would be in compliance with the Criminal Procedure Code. Sep 5, 2014
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Nawaz Sharif sends mangoes to PM Modi, politicos react

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Sep 05 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Friday as Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent mangoes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that merely giving mangoes will not suffice; Sharif also has to send the sweetness along. NCP leader Nawab Malik slammed the BJP government for maintaining friendly relations with Pakistan as they continue to violate ceasefire along the international borders. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that it's ironical that Modi will savour mangoes and our soldiers will be laying their lives at the Indo-Pak border. Sep 5, 2014
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All efforts being made to help affected people: Jitendra Singh on JandK floods

New Delhi, Sep 05 (ANI): Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday said that condition in Jammu and Kashmir is very bad due to floods. Singh said that state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has also visited the affected areas and the Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been intimidated about the situation. He added that the home minister has given directions to make all possible help available to the people. Sep 5, 2014
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Reactions pour in as LG seeks President's permission to invite single largest party for Delhi govt

New Delhi, Sep 05 (ANI): LG's appeal to the President to invite the single largest party to form the government in Delhi invited many reactions from leaders of different parties. Satish Upadhyay, President of the BJP unit in Delhi said that until now their party has not been approached and if and when they are invited, they will analyze it and will do what is beneficial for the people of Delhi. However, Congress leaders Manish Tewari and Arvinder Singh Lovely said that such a step is unnecessary as BJP had declined the offer to form the government earlier and if BJP wishes to form the government, then it means BJP is afraid of contesting the elections. Sep 5, 2014
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PM Modi to give Teachers' Day speech, mixed reactions flow

New Delhi, Sep 05 (ANI): As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ready to address the students on Teachers' Day, mixed reactions came up from different party leaders. BJP leaders Sambit Patra and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi applauded the PM for this step saying that this is a pro-active step and that the Prime Minister feels that teachers form the backbone of the country. Naqvi commenting on the opposition parties criticizing this step said that it is a relief that they are only criticizing the step and not saying that this was their original idea and BJP has stolen it from them. Congress leader Manish Tewari condemning Modi's step appealed to the parents that they should challenge the circulars stating about Modi's speech to be telecasted in the school in the court and that such a step is legally incorrect. CPI leader D Raja said that although such a step is improper, for now, people should wait and see about what the PM talks to the children. Sep 5, 2014