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17 more Indian nationals evacuated from Iraqs conflict zone Part - 2

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Tuesday informed that 17 more Indian nationals have been evacuated from the conflict zone of Iraq. Akbaruddin further added that the Indian nationals who are in captivity remain safe and unharmed. Jun 24, 2014
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Congress refuses to comment on electoral alliance in Kashmir

Srinagar, June 24 (ANI): Congress leader, Ambika Soni, on Tuesday refused to comment on her party's probable pre-poll alliance with regional National Conference (NC) for upcoming state elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The NC has been heading a coalition government with the Congress party for the last six years but there is a strong possibility that both would part ways before the polls later this year. Soni, who reviewed the party's functioning for the polls, said party Chief Sonia Gandhi would announce the decision. Jun 24, 2014
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DU VC Dinesh Singh has not resigned, says Madhu Kishwar

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Journalist Madhu Kishwar who has been one of the most vocal supporters of Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh in the FYUP row, has denied reports that he has resigned from his position, amid news reports that he had quit over the spat between his university and the University Grants Commission over the controversial FYUP programme. She also hit out at the UGC for allegedly threatening the VC. She also said that HRD Minister, Smriti Irani had refused to meet the VC. Jun 24, 2014
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Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand on Sai Baba's devotees

Haridwar, June 24 (ANI): Dwarakapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand, who was booked on Tuesday for "hurting religious sentiments" has refused to budge from his stand. He had said on Monday that Sai Baba of Shirdi is not a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity and should not be worshipped because he was a human being, and not a God. However, the complaint has not stopped him from making another controversial statement. He has now said that the followers of Sai Baba should stop worshipping Lord Rama, taking holy bath in river Ganga, and chanting Har Har Mahadev. Jun 24, 2014
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Authorities fret on students' future as confusion over DU undergraduate programme grows

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Authorities and politicians on Tuesday urged University Grants Commission (UGC) to take a concrete step immediately to revoke the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) of Delhi University and start operating soon for the benefit of students. The UGC on June 22 issued notices to the University and the affiliated colleges to scrap the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme and instead implement the three-year course. The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) and most students welcomed the government's decision to rescind the programme. Protests broke out across the city when members of different students' organisation took to streets to press for Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh's resignation for retaining the FYUP even after UGC's notice for revocation. Jun 24, 2014
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Devotees in Varanasi protest against Swami Swaroopanand for his anti- Sai Baba remark

Varanasi, June 24 (ANI): Devotees of Sai Baba in Varanasi staged protest against Dwarakapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand, who sparked controversy when he said that Sai Baba should not be worshipped as he was a human being and not a God. Swaroopanand said that worshipping Sai Baba was a conspiracy to divide the Hindus and that people are making money in his name. The angry crowd also burnt effigy of Swaroopanand and shouted slogans against him. Protesters said that the statements are objectionable and they will continue to protest till Swaroopanand takes his words back. Meanwhile, Swaroopanand refused to budge on his statement and said that his followers will teach lesson to those protesting against him. Jun 24, 2014