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Arvind Kejriwal says no question of banning "Khap Panchayats"

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose call for clean politics has struck a popular chord, said that he would not ban the illegal village courts because they had a cultural purpose despite their harsh treatment of women. Feb 1, 2014
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India and Pakistan set to resume cross border trade

Poonch, Feb 01 (ANI): India and Pakistan are set to resume cross border trade that had recently been snapped after Indian authorities seized a truck carrying contraband in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK)The Cross-LOC (line of control) bus service, which was closed along with the trade route, is also slated to resume. Custodian of the Cross-Loc Travel and Trade affairs in Poonch, Bashir Ahmed Lone, expressed his happiness at the decision. Feb 1, 2014
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Civil servants to have two-year fixed tenure in a post

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): The government has amended the rules to ensure that civil servants spend a minimum of two years at each posting. According to new rules aimed at checking political interference, any premature transfers or new appointments will only be done by a civil services board. The new rule governs Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS). The government has also set up a development board for nomadic tribes. Feb 1, 2014
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Football tournament held in Tripura to promote national integration

Tripura, Feb 01 (ANI): Thousands thronged the Vivekananda Maidan stadium in to witness the 59th National School Football championship. The event was formally inaugurated by Tripura's chief minister Manik Sarkar. All together 30 teams participated in the tournament.It was organized by the School Games Federation of India in collaboration with the Tripura government. During the event, students from different schools presented spectacular cultural programmes. The tournament provided an opportunity to players from different states to share a common platform and strengthen the bonds of National Integration. The championship commenced with the inaugural match between Punjab and Madhya Pradesh. Punjab defeated Madhya Pradesh 1-0. Selected players from the championship will represent India at the forthcoming Asia championship to be held in China. Feb 1, 2014
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French president deals blow to Cameron's EU plans

French President Francois Hollande dealt a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron's hopes of renegotiating Britain's membership of the EU before a referendum in 2017, saying treaty changes were "not a priority." Duration: 00:45 Feb 1, 2014
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UN sets sights on fresh Syria talks from February 10

Damascus will make "no concessions" in peace talks with the opposition, Syria's Information Minister Omran Zohbi said Friday as a week of negotiations wrapped up in Geneva. Talks are likely to resume February 10, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said. Jan 31, 2014
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Kercher family 'still seeking truth' after Knox verdict

The sister of Meredith Kercher who was murdered in the Italian town of Perugia in 2007 says it was difficult to comment on the "exact truth" of the case, following the decision by an Italian court to reconvict Amanda Knox of murder along with her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Jan 31, 2014
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The shadowy world of sex trafficking on US shores

AFPTV talks to Shandra Woworuntu, an Indonesian victim of sex trafficking and forced labor in the United States, who today puts her horrific experience to use to try to fight human trafficking. Jan 31, 2014
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Bangladesh journalist expresses discontent over low turnout in elections hit by political turmoil

Dhaka, Jan 31 (ANI): Bangladesh journalist Saleem Samad on Friday expressed discontent over low turnout in the recent violence-plagued elections, which were marred by clashes and strikes as the opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party boycotted the polls. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League ended with more than two-thirds of seats in a contest that was shunned by international observers as flawed and derided as a farce by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). With fewer than half the seats contested, the outcome was never in doubt. Talking to a reporter in Dhaka, Samad said the polls were first in the last 42 years which were not only low from voter's point of view but also from the candidates'. Samad said the voter turnout was low due to the fear instilled by the opposition. Jan 31, 2014