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Neither Muslim nor Hindu: Agra ‘converts’ caught in RSS-clerics crossfire

Agra(FT): Fifty seven poor Muslim families – who were ‘converted’ to Hinduism by rightwing elements affiliated to the RSS earlier these week – now face grave religious uncertainty. While they have reportedly gone back to performing the namaz, clerics have warned them that they will “never be forgiven by Allah for converting to Hinduism”. While the villagers claim they were […]

Indo-Russia cooperation in energy ‘promising’, says Russian President Putin

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New Delhi, Dec. 11 (ANI): Calling cooperation in the energy sector between New Delhi and Moscow ‘promising’, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that both nations had signed an agreement outlining the strengthening of cooperation in the peaceful usage of atomic energy. “The energy field is a promising field. With the help of Russia and according […]

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58 Indian fishermen arrested in Pakistan along with previous 423

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New Delhi: At least 58 Indian fishermen were arrested on Thursday by Pakistani authorities for allegedly violating the country’s maritime boundary. Security forces also confiscated about 10 boats from them, Express Tribune reported. Both Indian and Pakistani fishermen are frequently arrested and detained for fishing in each others waters, as the maritime border in the […]

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UP Minority Commission requests police to probe Agra conversions

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Lucknow, Dec. 11 (ANI): The Uttar Pradesh Minority Commission on Thursday requested the police to investigate the alleged forceful conversion by Hindu groups of Muslim families in Agra, adding that it was treating the matter very seriously. “When the media brought forth the issue of conversion of religion in Agra, then acting on the orders […]

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Emergency a misadventure, Indira Gandhi paid a heavy price: President Pranab Mukherjee

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New Delhi(PTI): The 1975 Emergency was perhaps an “avoidable event” and Congress and Indira Gandhi had to pay a heavy price for this “misadventure” as suspension of fundamental rights and political activity, large scale arrests and press censorship adversely affected people, says President Pranab Mukherjee. A junior minister under Gandhi in those turbulent times, Mukherjee […]

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McLaren set to retain Button to partner Alonso for next F1 season

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London, December 11 (ANI): McLaren is reportedly set to retain 2009 formula one world champion Jenson Button to partner Spaniard Fernando Alonso in their 2015 driver line-up. The team will announce their driver line-up at a news conference in Surrey today. It has been reportedly revealed that McLaren have decided to retain Button for the […]

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Government has launched “Pragati Scholarship” for girls, says HRD Minister Smriti Irani

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New Delhi(ANI): Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has said that a “Pragati Scholarship” has been launched by the government from the year 2014-15 to provide encouragement and support to the girl child to pursue technical education. Government has launched “Pragati Scholarship” for girls, says HRD Minister Smriti Irani Irani, who gave this information […]

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Instagram’s monthly user base surpasses Twitter as it hits 300 million mark

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Washington, Dec 11 (ANI):Just nine months after it hit the 200 million mark, Instagram has now said that 300 million now use its photo app every month with 70% of them coming from outside the United States. The figure makes the app bigger than Twitter which had 284 million active users six weeks ago, reported […]

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Congress Lok Sabha leader in Lokpal selection panel; Government to move Bill

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New Delhi(PTI): Leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha will be included in a panel to select the chairperson and members of anti-corruption body Lokpal and an amendment Bill in this regard will be introduced during the ongoing session of the Parliament. The amendment paves the way for the inclusion of Congress party leader Mallikarjun […]

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Thailand denies hosting any secret CIA prisoner centre

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Thai PMO: Thailand has never allowed the United States to detain or torture terrorism suspects on its soil, a senior Thai official said on Thursday, contradicting reports that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) ran a secret prison in the country. A US Senate report released on Tuesday revealed torture by the CIA at sites around […]

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