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Iran, US in breakthrough talks

In a historic move, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart met one-on-one Thursday, a thawing of ties that raised hopes of a breakthrough in the foes' nuclear stand-off. Duration: 01:08 Sep 27, 2013
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Interpol joins Kenya on Nairobi attack probe

Interpol experts in Kenya to investigate the deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall as well as help in arresting suspects. The assault on the part Israeli-owned complex has claimed at least 67 lives and left some 200 wounded. Duration: 00:55 Sep 27, 2013
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BJP Rally: Narendra Modi asks PM if India is too weak to counter attack its enemies

Trichy, Sep 26 (ANI): Addressing the people of Tamil Nadu in his speech at his rally in Trichy on Thursday, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi questioned the prime minister if India is too weak to counter attack its enemies who go on taking India for granted. Further, he lashed out at the central government for its inability to protect the fishermen of Kerala and soldiers on the borders from the neighboring country's attacks. Further, he also mocked PM's talks with his Pakistan counterpart saying that PM Manmohan Singh is enjoying 'chicken biryani' while Pakistan is attacking Indian soldiers. Sep 26, 2013
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BJP says Ordinance on convicted lawmakers against Constitution

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): After a delegation of BJP leaders met President Pranab Mukherjee to voice its opposition to the Ordinance proposed by the Centre providing protection to convicted lawmakers, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said that the ordinance is against the Constitution of India. Swaraj also said that the party had always opposed the Ordinance, which is illegal, immoral and unconstitutional. Further, the BJP leader also requested the President to examine the same before taking any decision. Sep 26, 2013
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Raghuram Rajan report will help Bihar get more financial aid: Nitish Kumar

Patna, Sep 26 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday hailed the Raghuram Rajan panel report that has ranked Bihar among India's least advanced states. Kumar said that the report will pave the way for getting more funds from the Centre for development in his state. He was speaking after release of a report of a panel headed by then Chief Economic Advisor Raghuram Rajan, now RBI Governor. The report has made a case for ending the "special category" criteria for providing additional assistance to poorer states and has suggested a new matrix to decide on which states should get the most financial assistance from the Centre. The report ranked Goa and Kerala as the most advanced state and Odisha and Bihar the least. Sep 26, 2013
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Mumbai gang rape case: Confusion prevails over whereabouts of one accused

Mumbai, Sep 26 (ANI): The whereabouts of one accused in the gang rape of a 22-year photojournalist in Mumbai became contentious on Thursday when he failed to appear for a court hearing, while jail authorities and probe agencies passed the blame for the mix up. Earlier, Mumbai police had filed a 600-page charge sheet against the five men on September 19. Police had said that it had 'strong' evidence against the accused and had listed 42 witnesses in the charge sheet. The 22-year-old victim, accompanied by a male colleague to the mill for an assignment, was assaulted on August 22. Public prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikam informed mediapersons in Mumbai that the court had directed the jail superintendent to produce the accused in the court on September 27. Sep 26, 2013
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India raises non-immigration visa issue with US

New York, Sept 26 (ANI): India expressed its concern to US over the much sought after H1-B visas and added that they have addressed the economic apprehensions of the latter. Indian IT firms which operate in the United States are angered by restrictions on travel visas for skilled workers. India's Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid met US secretary of state John Kerry and discussed plethora of bilateral issues ahead of the meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 27 in Washington. Khurshid added that the US is yet to address the issue of H1-B visas. He added that both the nations discussed the steps that need to be taken to enhance economic cooperation between the two countries. Khurshid also met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the UNGA and discussed about the preparations ahead of Singh's visit to China. Khurshid also spoke about the agenda of the proposed talks between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan. Sep 26, 2013
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Govt to launch new employment generation schemes: Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, Sept 26 (ANI): Rural development minister, Jairam Ramesh said on Thursday that the government would soon launch new skilled development, employment generation schemes to replace current ones like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). The minister was launching the annual rural development scheme in New Delhi where he highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of the scheme. He said that it was not a permanent solution as the dynamics was changing in the rural India. Ramesh added government is also mulling to look into other initiatives for increasing skilled manpower in the country. Sep 26, 2013
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Opposition demands cancelation of Indo-Pak PM level talks

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): The attack by militants on a police station and an army base in Kashmir on Thursday has triggered calls to cancel talks between the rival nations' Prime Ministers at the weekend. Politicos from different political parties condemned the attack and demanded strict punishment against the culprits. Sep 26, 2013
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Congress Rally: Our aim is to empower weaker sections, says Rahul

Jagdalpur, Sep 26 (ANI): While addressing his first election rally in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that Congress aims at empowering weaker sections of the society. Further, he said that Congress did what other parties could never do and it passed many historic bills for the welfare of the people. Gandhi also lashed out at the opposition for its inefficiency and inability in governing the state. Sep 26, 2013
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Central Jail in Manipur takes several reform measures for inmates

Manipur, Sep 26 (ANI): The Central Jail, situated at Sajiwa in East Imphal, houses over 640 inmates in seven different sectors. It has become be Northeast's first jail to have meditation, sports and other co-curricular activities for the inmates, who can now play Volleyball, meditate, do yoga or exercise at a gym. The jail has also different sections for teaching painting and education to inmates. A specialized team from the "Art of Living" Centre has been providing classes to inmates to change their lives, and help the addicts stay away from drugs. The initiative has been taken by Manipur state Prison authorities led by ADGP, MK Das, and SP Jails, IK Muivah. Sep 26, 2013
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RPN Singh on terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh on Thursday said that the attack by militants on a police station and an army base in Kashmir was unfortunate and someone was trying to derail the dialogue process between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan. Singh also slammed the BJP for playing politics and said that it tends to forget that they invited General Pervez Musharraf immediately after the Kargil attacks. Sep 26, 2013