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Opposition unites demanding Sadhvi's resignation, Govt defends

New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): The Opposition parties have united in the Parliament demanding the resignation of BJP leader and Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti for her condemnable remarks during an election rally. TMC leader Derek O'Brien said that the opposition parties are unitedly demanding the resignation of the union minister as this is election time and she should have been careful about the words to be used. Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu defended her saying that once the Minister has apologized for what she said the opposition should not use it as an issue to disrupt the parliamentary proceedings. Dec 3, 2014
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Indian fishermen released by Pakistan return home

Rajkot, Dec 3 (ANI): 35 fishermen, who were released by Pakistan three days ago, expressed happiness after they returned home in India. The fishermen had been arrested for illegal fishing in Pakistani waters. One prisoner was arrested for illegally crossing the border. These fishermen were natives form Saurashtra region of Gujarat. One of the organisation working in Pakistan gave all 35 fishermen Pakistan currency worth 10000 rupees (161.600 USD) and a kit which includes a saree, shirt and other household items. Meanwhile, assistant director of fisheries, KP Tandon, said that all the fishermen were looked after well. The fishermen took the golden mail train, which they had to change at another station to board the Saurashtra mail that brought them to Veraval district of Gujarat. Dec 3, 2014
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Anil Kumar Sinha named new CBI director

New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared the name of Anil Kumar Sinha as the next director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Sinha, a 1979 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, will succeed Ranjit Sinha, who retired on Tuesday. A high-powered committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Justice of India H L Dattu chose Sinha from a panel of aspirants to be the next CBI chief. Sinha has been working in the CBI since May 15, 2013 as special director and is supervising investigations into several high profile cases. Before joining CBI, he was posted as additional secretary in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). Dec 3, 2014
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PM Modi pays tribute to Dr Rajendra Prasad on his 130th birth anniversary

New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid his tributes to Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of the Republic of India, on his 130th birth anniversary. "Tributes to Dr. Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary. We remember his monumental contribution in the making of our Nation," tweeted PM Modi. "Rajen Babu remained devoted to serving the poorest of the poor. His service and impeccable values remain an inspiration for generations," he added. All India Radio (AIR) will broadcast a special lecture by eminent parliamentarian, former cabinet minister, scholar and scientist Dr Murli Manohar Joshi on AIR's national hook up as part of the 130th birth anniversary celebrations of India's first president. Dec 3, 2014
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Virender Sehwag says don't ban bouncers in wake of Hughes' death

Mumbai, Dec 03 (ANI): Indian batsman Virender Sehwag said that banning bouncers following the death of Australia's Phillip Hughes would be unfair on bowlers because batsmen always have the option of ducking under short-pitched deliveries. Hughes, who would have been 26 at the weekend, died last week from an injury caused by a ball striking him on the back of the head during a domestic match, triggering a huge outpouring of grief in Australia and around the world. Dec 3, 2014
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Home Minister pays homage to soldiers killed in Maoist attack

Raipur, Dec 3 (ANI): Home Minister, Rajnath Singh paid homage to 14 paramilitary personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) killed in the deadly Maoists attack and announced compensation for the bereaved families. Maoist guerrillas ambushed a paramilitary patrol in Chhattisgarh on December 01 in the biggest rebel attack this year. The attack took place in remote Sukma district, in the jungle of Chhattisgarh, where members of the CRPF had been sent to flush the rebels out of their base. Singh said that though the loss caused by this incident was irreparable but the injured and the families of the victims will be given compensation by the government. Singh also said that the country needs to come together to face the challenge of red terror. Dec 3, 2014
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Contaminated Water Making Life Difficult for People of PoK

Muzaffarabad, PoK, December 02, 2014: Despite being endowed with abundant water resources, PoK is plagued by an acute contamination of its water bodies leading to water shortages and other health issues. With natural sources drying up or being declared unfit for human use, many in capital Muzaffarabad have had to negotiate treacherous terrain to fetch water from far off areas. Many depend on the local administration for drinking water. But residents allege that in the light of no response from government the problem manifests, year after year. With 86 percent of water being declared unfit for consumption, the problem is becoming grave by the day. Water borne diseases like dysentery, cholera and typhoid are common complaints among the local population. The Neelum Valley Project was intended to solve the problem of water scarcity in the Himalayan region, but much of the water harnessed here, has been diverted to the big cities of Pakistan. The erratic monsoons have led to a dip in the water table. The drainage from surrounding areas has polluted several lakes too. Locals say the water supply is infected by the sewer water. Dec 3, 2014