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Last Updated: Wed, Oct 09, 2013 12:31 hrs

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PIL against AAP over foreign funding

A petition was filed Wednesday in the Delhi High Court seeking registration of a criminal case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly receiving foreign funds in violation of law.

A division bench of Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice Manmohan, however, recused themselves from hearing the PIL due to personal reasons and transferred it to another bench for Oct 11.

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Three scientists share Nobel Prize for Chemistry

The 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has gone to three scientists for the development of multi-scale models for complex chemical systems, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.

The prize has been awarded to Martin Karplus (US and Austrian citizen), Michael Levitt (US, British and Israeli citizen), and Arieh Warshel (US and Israeli citizen), Xinhua quoted Staffan Normark, the academy's permanent secretary, as saying.

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Top Tibetan monk killed in China

A respected Tibetan monk who co-founded the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West and maintained contacts with the Beijing government was killed in China, local police and his brother said.

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Six school girls go missing, enraged locals attack a police team

Agitated over the disappearance of six school girls, locals attacked a police team with stones, leaving four of them injured in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

The group of six girls studying in Jagatdal's Lalita Devi High School were returning home after classes on Tuesday evening when they went missing, police said. Upset over the incident, locals attacked a police team with stones leaving four policemen injured and two vehicles damaged.

Police said they are investigating the matter.

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Britain, Iran plan to re-open embassies

Britain and Iran are reportedly planning to re-open their embassies amid new positive leadership of Tehran under President Hassan Rowhani.

The two countries will now appoint non-resident charges d'affaires, who will be tasked with overseeing the re-opening of embassies of both countries and work to improve bilateral relations between them, reports.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said Rowhani has presented itself in a much more positive way by making a more reconciliatory tone with the West.

Western powers have long been accusing Iran of building nuclear weapons and imposed harsh sanctions against the nation.

Britain shut its embassy in Tehran in 2011, after it was attacked by protesters.

Soon after that Iranian diplomats were expelled from London

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Accident victim Indian girl dies in Oman

A 13-year-old Indian girl has succumbed to injuries she sustained in an Oct 7 road accident in Oman.

Aysha Takreem Yahya, a student of Indian School Al Muladha who was critically injured Monday in the accident in Barka, died Tuesday at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Muscat, the Times of Oman reported.

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AIR newscasters make words matter

Their voices are a part of the everyday life of the people of India, and some have lent their voice to history - to announce the independence of the country, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, India winning the 1983 cricket World Cup. Veteran All India Radio (AIR) newscasters are familiar household names who continue to share a special bond with their listeners.

Remember the likes of Devaki Nandan Pandey, Melville de Mello, Surajit Sen, Sushil Jhaveri, Lotika Ratnam and Pamela Singh? Many of them are not around any more or have faded into oblivion. Even so, some veterans remain, and a group of them, belonging to the Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Gujarat streams, were honoured at a function here recently.

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UP legislator's wife murdered

An Uttar Pradesh legislator's wife was murdered at her home in Delhi Wednesday morning, police said.

Rehana, 40, wife of Haji Aleem, a legislator from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, was at her New Jafrabad home in east Delhi, while her husband was away for Haj pilgrimage, police said.

The police suspects the killing took place late night or early morning.

"The entry was friendly...," a police official said.

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Apple set to unveil latest iPads

Apple is reportedly set to unveil its latest range of iPads in the coming week, which are touted to be lighter and thinner in design and have better processors.

The latest iPads are set to go for sales on October 22, against Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and other gadgets made by Samsung.

According to, supply chain sources said that Apple may run into a shortage of the 'retina' displays for the iPad mini, which could in turn limit supply of the gadget during the crucial season.

The tech giant recently unveiled its latest range of iPhones, including a low-cost version of its flagship product, and the complaints about the shortage of units was experienced within the week of their release.

The report said that Amazon's new 7-inch Kindle Fire is priced from 229 dollars for 16GB wifi-only models, while Google Inc's second-generation Nexus 7 offers a similar screen size and storage capacity at the same price, while Apple's current iPad Mini at its cheapest is priced at 329 dollars.

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Delayed train saves victim's life 

A youth, tied up and left to die on railway tracks in a Maharashtra town, escaped death as the train supposed to run him over was delayed by 10 minutes.

Pradip Yadav, 20 was the victim of murder conspiracy of his cousins who tried to kill him by tying him up on the railway track near Boisar, an industrial town in the district, Oct 5.

However, the train did not come as per schedule and gave Yadav time to scream for help, said investigating officer of Boisar police station Vishwas Patil.

"Fortunately for Yadav, a local villagers heard his cries and rushed to help him, untied him and took him to a local nursing home for treatment. Later, he called from the nursing home and we went there to record his complaint of the attempt to kill him on the railway tracks," Patil told IANS.

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Three-storey building collapses in Delhi

At least two people were injured and few are feared trapped in debris of a three-storey building that collapsed here Wednesday morning, police said.

The incident happened at Bara Hindu Rao area of Delhi at around 7.30 a.m.

"Two people have been taken to nearby hospital while few more are fear to be trapped under the debris of the building," Deputy Commissioner of Police Sindhu Pillai told IANS.

Delhi fire department, disaster management team and policemen have been pressed into rescue operation, said the official.

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Captured Al-Qaeda figure to face justice

Asked whether the capture of al-Libi, the alleged suspect behind the bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998, complied with international law, Obama parried the question and went on to stress that the US has "strong evidence" of al- Libi's involvement in planning and helping execute plots that killed hundreds of people, including "a whole lot of Americans."

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Syria's cultural heritage, Venice among threatened sites

The cultural heritage of Syria and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are among the diverse cultural heritage sites threatened by neglect, overdevelopment or social, political and economic change, a preservation group announced Tuesday.

The World Monuments Fund's watch list for 2014 includes 67 sites in 41 countries and territories, from Japan to the United States.

The New York-based group has issued its watch list every two years since the mid-1990s to call attention to important landmarks threatened around the world in an effort to promote awareness and action. The list is assembled by a panel of experts in archaeology, architecture, art history and preservation.

"Some sites are famous, others struggle for recognition," said Bonnie Burnham, president of the organization. "It is our goal to help as many as possible.

"For some sites, inclusion in the Watch is the best chance to survive."

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UN chief calls for peaceful Maldivian presidential poll

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Tuesday called for "peaceful, inclusive and credible" presidential election in the Maldives as he took note of the repolling to be held "within a new time frame".

"The secretary-general takes note of the Maldivian Supreme Court's decision ordering fresh presidential elections to be held within a new time frame," reported Xinhua citing a statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson.

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Captured Al-Qaeda figure to face justice: Obama

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that newly-captured Al-Qaeda member Abu Anas al-Libi will be brought to justice.

Obama made the remarks at a televised news conference at the White House which focused mainly on the federal government shutdown, Xinhua reported.

Asked whether the capture of al-Libi, the alleged suspect behind the bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998, complied with international law, Obama parried the question and went on to stress that the US has "strong evidence" of al- Libi's involvement in planning and helping execute plots that killed hundreds of people, including "a whole lot of Americans."

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China favours step-by-step n-disarmament

 Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Wu Haitao here has called on the international community to advance nuclear disarmament in a step- by-step manner.

"Some progress has been made in the nuclear disarmament process, but the continuous and further promotion and eventual attainment of a nuclear-weapon-free world remains an arduous task," reported Xinhua citing Wu during a meeting of the First Committee of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Tuesday.

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The CBI has said it will close its investigation into alleged corruption charges against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, officials said.

The decision comes over a fortnight after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) decided to close its probe against Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, citing lack of evidence.

CBI officials refused to give more details on the closure of Mayawati's case.

On August 8, the Supreme Court had disposed off a petition seeking review of its earlier judgment of quashing CBI investigation into alleged disproportionate assets case against the four-time Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

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