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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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Arunachal student death: Kejriwal condemns attack

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, condemned the alleged racial attack leading to the death of a student from Arunachal Pradesh. The boy, Nido Taniam had reportedly gone to Lajpat Nagar on January 29 in search of an address, and someone at a shop allegedly made fun of his hair. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Resident Commissioner ,Avinash Mishra, said that the boy, in a fit of rage, broke a glass in the shop, after which a scuffle broke. Mishra further said that when the boy did not wake up the next morning, his friends rushed him to AIIMS, where he was declared dead. Feb 1, 2014
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Arunachal student death: Students to hold protest

New Delhi, Feb 01 (ANI): A day after the shocking death of a 19-year-old son of an Arunachal Pradesh Congress legislator after being beaten up mercilessly in an alleged racial attack at a busy marketplace in NewDelhi, a delegation headed by Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi will on Saturday meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discuss the incident. Angry students from the northeast have also threatened to hold a protest march. The boy, Nido Taniam, had reportedly gone to Lajpat Nagar on January 29 in search of an address, and was allegedly mocked by someone at a shop for his hair. Students from northeastern states condemned the racial attack. Congress leader Ninong Ering, who represents the Arunachal East constituency in Arunachal Pradesh also condemned the incident and said it sends a wrong message to the people of northeast. 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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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