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India says committed to Vienna convention, seeks same from the US

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Dec 18 (ANI): India on Wednesday said that it is committed to the Vienna convention that shields the diplomats while seeking its implementation from the US side as well in the diplomatic spat that threatens to strain otherwise warm ties between the two nations. Spokesperson of Indian Foreign Ministry, Syed Akbaruddin, said India was committed to follow the rules laid down by the Vienna Convention and expected the same from other countries. Earlier on Tuesday Indian police removed concrete security barriers outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in apparent retaliation for the treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade who was strip-searched after her arrest in New York last week. Dec 18, 2013
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Lokpal Bill passed: Congress livid on historic day

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Speaking on the passing of Lokpal Bill in the Lok Sabha, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal said that it was a historic moment for the country. Speaking on the same Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that the Lokpal was a necessity to fight corruption however it won’t happen with just one bill; and that the Congress had many more bills in pipeline to be passed. Dec 18, 2013
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Anna Hazare ends his fast after Lok Sabha passes Lokpal Bill

Ralegan-Siddhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Even as the historic Lokpal Bill on Wednesday received a nod from the Lok Sabha, and is all set to becoming a law soon after a 40-year wait, social activist Anna Hazare broke his indefinite strike at Ralegan-Siddhi thanking the Parliament for the same. Dec 18, 2013
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Historic Lokpal Bill passed, will become law soon

New Delhi/ Ralegan Siddhi, Dec 18 (ANI): A day after it sailed through comfortably in the Rajya Sabha, the historic Lokpal Bill on Wednesday received a nod from the Lok Sabha, and is all set to becoming a law soon after a 40-year wait. Dec 18, 2013
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No change in interest rates, RBI governor says may act on off-policy dates if inflation does not mod

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan surprised the financial markets by keeping the repo rate, or the main lending rate, unchanged at 7.75 per cent. Rajan unexpectedly kept the country's policy interest rate on hold despite calling current inflation too high, citing the prospect of easing retail prices and its concerns about the weak domestic economy. The RBI had been widely expected to lift its repo rate by 25 basis points. Dec 18, 2013
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Diplomats arrest: BJP appreciates Govts tough stand

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): BJP leader Kirti Azad on Wednesday appreciated the government’s tough stand over the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in US. Azad said that the US government should now meet the demands of the Indian government. Dec 18, 2013
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Will make Lokpal Bill stronger after coming to power: BJP

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): The BJP on Wednesday said that the UPA government had no intention to pass the Lokpal Bill. BJP leader Kirti Azad said that the government is now trying to divert people’s attention. He also added that the BJP will make the Lokpal Bill stronger once it comes to power. Dec 18, 2013