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Urgent need for discussion over religion conversion: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday that there is an urgent need for discussion over religion conversion issue which is making its hold prominent after Agra. Naidu said that all political parties should come together to hold discussions in a meaningful way. Dec 13, 2014
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Slain Indian security personnel's family proud of his sacrifice in 2001 parliament attack

Sonipat, Dec 13 (ANI): Family members of security personnel who died in the 2001 parliament attack said on Saturday that they were proud of the sacrifice made by him for the country. India is observing the 13th anniversary of the deadly parliament attack, in which 14 people, including five militants, six personnel of Delhi police, and three government staff, died, causing increased tensions between India and Pakistan. Garima Yadav, daughter of JP Yadav, a security personnel who was among those killed in the attack, said her father and others had laid down their lives for the country. Meanwhile, wife of Yadav, Prem Yadav, said India sent a strong message by punishing the attackers. New Delhi said the attackers, who detonated explosives and hurled grenades, belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba militant groups fighting its rule in Indian Kashmir and had intended to assassinate top political figures. Dec 13, 2014
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Experts say arrest of ISIS twitter handler a wake-up call

New Delhi/ Allahabad, Dec 13 (ANI): Experts on Saturday (December 13) said the arrest of a man operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account was a wake-up call and called upon investigation agencies to work along with neighbouring countries to fight militancy. Security Experts Praful Bakshi and Qamar Agha said that it is the failure of investigating agencies and a wake up call for authorities. Talking about the incident, cyber expert, Pawan Duggal, said that cyber terrorism was emerging as the biggest challenge. Mehdi Masroor Biswas's arrest at home came days after Britain's Channel Four identified him as the man behind "Shami Witness", the Twitter handle followed by thousands of people including most foreign fighters for the Islamic State. Dec 13, 2014
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Chinese envoy to India optimistic about trilateral relations between India, China and the US

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Chinese envoy to India on Saturday said he hoped the trilateral relations between India, China and the US would contribute greatly to world peace and development. Envoy Le Yucheng was speaking at a conference "Shaping the 21st Century: India, US and China", organised ahead of US president Barak Obama's visit to India early next year. President Barack Obama will visit India in January at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While China and India have close economic and historical links, there is deep suspicion too, fuelled in part by a festering border dispute. Dec 13, 2014
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Mamata Banerjee faces heat as her minister is arrested in Saradha scam

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Dec 13 (ANI): Political leaders mounted pressure on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday, a day after one of her senior ministers Madan Mitra was arrested by the CBI in the multi-million dollar Saradha scam. Mitra is the third senior member of Banerjee's regional Trinamool Congress who has been arrested by CBI for their involvement in the scam. Earlier, Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose were also arrested by the police in connection with the scam. Dec 13, 2014
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ISIS twitter case: Accused arrested by police, confesses operating account since many years

Bengaluru, Dec 13 (ANI): The man accused of handling pro-ISIS twitter account has been arrested by a special team of officials of Bengaluru Police on Saturday. DGP of Karnataka, L Pachuau said that the man identified as Mehdi Masroor Biswas was an engineer by profession and belongs to West Bengal. Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi said that Masroor was related to ISIS only virtually and used to translate Arabic tweets to English. Dec 13, 2014
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Cross border trade in Kashmir going strong

Poonch, Dec 13 (ANI): Cross-border trade between Indian Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) has picked up after recent flash floods damaged several bridges. The cross border trade at Chakan-da-Bagh was suspended in September due to the damage of the Time-Domain Reflectometer (TDR) cause way bridge on the Line of Control (LoC).This is the only link which connects Poonch in Indian Kashmir with Rawalkot in PoK. Jammu and Kashmir had witnessed worst flooding in September in which hundreds were killed and marooned. The valley is still recuperating from the after effects. The cross-border trade between the two nations was resumed after almost three weeks in October. A trader, Aziz, expressed happiness over resumption of cross-border trade, adding apples from Pakistan are very popular among the Indians. Dec 13, 2014