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Irfan Pathan remembers Phillip Hughes

Mumbai, Nov 30 (ANI): Indian cricketer and fast bowler Irfan Pathan remembered Phillip Hughes who died after being struck on the head by a bouncer while playing a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Hughes died in hospital in Sydney on Thursday, two days after he was struck on the head, casting a pall over a cricket-mad nation which is co-hosting the World Cup early next year. Pathan said that the cricketing world had lost a great talent. Pathan recalled the incident when his bouncer had hit Zimbabwe batsman MA Vermeulen back in 2004. Cricket balls are roughly the same shape and size of a baseball but harder and heavier. Fast bowlers regularly bowl at speeds of 140kph and short-pitched balls, known as 'bouncers', are often used as a tactic to intimidate batsmen. The funeral of Hughes, will take place in his hometown of Macksville on Wednesday (December 3). Nov 30, 2014
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Christians in Kochi hail sainthood conferred on Carmelite priest, nun

Kochi, Nov 30 (ANI): Over 50,000 people throng Kerala for Thanksgiving Mass to commemorate the sainthood conferred on the Carmelites, priest Chavara Elias Kuriakose and nun Euphrasia Eluvathingal, by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City. Followers of the faith flocked at Rajagiri Valley in Kerala to celebrate the public function. Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians and four Italians on November 23, saying their "creative" commitment to assisting the poor had laid a path for others to follow. Apostolic Nuncio of India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, who inaugurated the public meeting, praised the Kerala Church for its significant role in evangelisation. Nov 30, 2014
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Reactions pour in after PM Modi calls for 'SMART' policing at conference of DGPs and IGPs

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocated the concept of 'SMART' policing, and discussed the need of an efficient intelligence network that does not need any arms and ammunition to run the government at a conference of DGPs and IGPs. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the country needs police reforms as well as judicial reforms. Former DGP Prakash Singh said that PM Modi gave new definition to 'SMART' which if followed will reform the police. Nov 30, 2014
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BJP says democracy and justice prevailed as Amit Shah is all set to address rally in Kolkata

Kolkata, Nov 30 (ANI): BJP leaders on Sunday said that democracy and justice prevailed as party President Amit Shah is all set to address a rally in Kolkata. The Kolkata high court allowed Shah to hold the rally after the municipal corporation, police and fire department refused permission after inspecting the venue. The court ruled the party could hold its rally and named two special officers to ensure the BJP complies with the rules. Party leaders said that ruling TMC in West Bengal tried in all possible way to stop BJP spread its wings in the state, but could not hold on to it for long. Siddharth Nath Singh said that state CM Mamata Banerjee is scared of Modi wave spreading in West Bengal but now she will have to deal with the same. Nov 30, 2014
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PDP leader says Modi should adopt Vajpayee way to resolve Kashmir issue, Politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to adopt Vajpayee way in order to resolve Kashmir issue. NCP leader Majid Memon said that unlike PM Modi, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was mature and fair. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Kashmir is a very sensitive issue and the government should take people into confidence while taking any decision in the matter. Nov 30, 2014
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Any minister who makes efforts to course correct will face challenges: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Human resource development minister Smriti Irani on Sunday commenting on the New Education Policy said that any minister who makes an effort to course correct has to face many challenges. She added that across all the political parties there is consensus for making easy access to education and bringing transparency in the access. She further stated that in the New Education Policy the voices of people who will be impacted the most by the policy will be heard first. Nov 30, 2014
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BSP pulls up UP Govt. over Farrukhabad SHO's death

New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Sudhindra Bhadoria on Sunday lashed out at Akhilesh Yadav- led Samajwadi Party (SP) Government in Uttar Pradesh for supporting nefarious elements in the state. Condemning yesterday's incident when an on duty Station House Officer (SHO) was shot dead in Farrukhabad, Bhadoria said that whenever the Samajwadi Party (SP) is in power the police is supposed to cooperate with the goons. SHO Rajkumar Singh was shot dead while trying to apprehend a history-sheeter in Farrukhabad last night. According to reports, he was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Farrukhabad, where the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. Nov 30, 2014
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Uttarakhand CM urges Modi govt to release funds for Clean Ganges mission

Rishikesh, Nov 30 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has demanded quick release of funds from the central government with the aim to expedite the country's ambitious project of clean Ganges mission. Rawat inaugurated the two-day WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Summit on Saturday, on the banks of River Ganga to lay emphasis on the cleanliness drive. Addressing the inaugural session, Rawat said that maintaining sanctity and purity of River Ganga was a top priority of the state government. Rawat sought aid from the Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for cleaning of River Ganga, which is a part of the much touted ‘Clean India mission'. Nov 30, 2014
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Forty Indian prisoners released from Karachi jail return back home

Amritsar, Nov 30 (ANI): 40 prisoners released from Karachi jail in Pakistan returned to India. The prisoners including 35 fishermen and five civilians reached Punjab via Wagah Border. Pakistan had released the Indian prisoners on Friday as a "goodwill gesture". The prisoners said that they were happy and thanked the Indian government for securing their release. The fishermen had been arrested for illegal fishing in Pakistani waters. One prisoner was arrested for illegally crossing the border. Pakistan and India routinely detain fishermen from entering each other's waters for fishing. They mistakenly enter other's waters as there is no demarcation of maritime boundaries. Nov 30, 2014
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PM Modi addresses conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati

Guwahati, Nov 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati city of Assam. Modi said that during and after independence, thousands of policemen sacrificed their life and they should be remembered by the nation. He also said that all states should come out with an e-book with the list of names of police martyrs. Modi also said that potential lies not in the weapon but the one who is carrying it. Nov 30, 2014
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PM Modi gives'SMART' police concept at conference of DGPs and IGPs

Guwahati, Nov 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati city of Assam. Modi said that the government should take steps to ensure the family welfare of policemen. He also gave a concept of'SMART' police saying that the policemen should be S- Sensitive and Strict, M-Modern and Mobile, A-Alert and Accountable, R-Responsive and Reliable, T-Techno savvy and Trained; thus being'SMART' overall. Nov 30, 2014
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IS, Al-Qaeda serious challenge for India, says DIB

Guwahati, Nov 30 (ANI): Intelligence Bureau Director Asif Ibrahim on Sunday while addressing the conference of DGPs and IGPs in Guwahati said that that Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda are a serious security threat for India. He added that the conference is also focused on the security issues of the North-East region, adding that the security scenario in North-Eastern area is fragile. Nov 30, 2014
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Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on, activists urge govt to address woes

Bhopal, Nov 30 (ANI): An activist working with Bhopal gas leak victims, Satinath Sarangi, said that even 30 years after the industrial disaster the government has not been able to provide the victims the necessary relief and rehabilitation. On the night of December 02, 1984, the factory owned by the US multinational Union Carbide Corp accidentally leaked cyanide gas into the air, killing thousands of largely poor Indians in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh. Thirty years later, the toxic legacy of this factory lives on, say human rights groups, as thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste remains buried underground, slowly poisoning the drinking water of more than 50,000 people and affecting their health. Sarangi, who is the founder and managing trustee of charitable Sambhavna Trust and a member of Bhopal Group for Information and Action, admits that government has not been able to provide the tragedy survivors with right treatment. Meanwhile, managing trustee of non-profit organisation, Chingari Trust, Rashida Bee, shared her experience of providing therapies and working for rehabilitation of special children born in families affected by 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Nov 30, 2014
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Workers Party of Bangladesh demands ban on Islamist party, speedy trial of war crimes

Dhaka, Nov 30 (ANI): The leaders of Workers Party of Bangladesh held a rally in Dhaka to demand ban on main Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and speedy trial of the war criminals to build a secular nation. The 1971 war of liberation, in which an estimated three million people died in nine months, is a festering wound not only for those personally affected, but also for many young Bangladeshis. Leaders and hundreds of party workers held placards and flags at the rally demanding ban on militant forces. A former leader of Bangladesh's ruling party was sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal on November 24 in connection with atrocities committed during the country's war of independence from Pakistan. The war crimes tribunals have angered Islamists who call them a politically motivated attempt by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to persecute the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami, a key part of the opposition coalition. Nov 30, 2014