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Last Updated: Fri, Aug 01, 2014 16:10 hrs

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Fighting erupts hours after start of ceasefire in Gaza

A 72-hour ceasefire brokered by the US and the UN was in jeopardy just two hours after it began today, with the Palestinian militant groups accusing Israel of killing four persons in the Gaza Strip by artillery shelling and Tel Aviv blaming militants of firing rockets.

Four Palestinians were killed and 20 others injured in an Israeli artillery attack near the southern Rafiah area today, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

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Indian charged for forcing dancers into prostitution in US

An Indian man and a Pakistani psychiatrist are among four persons who were indicted in New York on charges of human trafficking and hiring female dancers in India and forcing them into prostitution and making them dance at nightclubs.

Rashmikant Patel, Riyaz Mazcuri, Sabja Khimani and Mehmood Hassanali Dhanani have been charged with four counts of forced labour conspiracy and visa fraud in an indictment brought by US Attorney in Manhattan Preet Bharara.

The indictment said that the group planned and committed human trafficking offences between 2008 and 2010 by hiring female dancers in India under the false pretense that they would be performing Indian cultural programmes in the US.

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US says India refusal on WTO deal a wrong signal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that India's refusal to sign a global trade deal sent the wrong signal, and he urged New Delhi to work to resolve the row as soon as possible.

A World Trade Organisation pact to ease worldwide customs rules collapsed late on Thursday over India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

"Failure to sign the Trade Facilitation Agreement sent a confusing signal and undermined the very image Prime Minister Modi is trying to send about India," a U.S. State Department official told reporters after Kerry's meeting with Modi.

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Fast track criminal justice system, suggests SC

The Supreme Court Friday told the central government to take steps to fast-track criminal justice system so that cases can be decided expeditiously instead of lingering for years.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha said the creation of additional courts coupled with relative judicial infrastructure should be substantial and not just symbolic.

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Kerry meets Modi in prelude to Washington summit

Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a prelude to the summit meeting between US President Barack Obama and Modi in Washington in September.

Kerry's meeting with Modi at the Prime Minister's House, 7, Race Course Road, comes a day after he met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the 5th India-US Strategic Dialogue.

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Explosion near residence of Mizoram Parliament Secy

A powerful explosion took place near the residence of the Mizoram Parliamentary Secretary for Home in Mission Veng locality early this morning but there was no report of any casualty, police said.

The explosion, suspected to be caused by gelatin, damaged the main gate and brick fencing of Lt Col (Retd) Z S Zuala's residence besides damaging the building of his neighbour, police said.

The walls and windows of the neighbouring building were damaged, but no one was killed or injured in the explosion,they said.

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Man gets ten years in prison for raping 92-year-old

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to ten years in prison by a court in Muzaffarnagar for raping a 92-year-old woman four years ago.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Shyam Kumar also imposed a fine of Rs 55,000 on the accused Mantu after holding him guilty yesterday.

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ED registers preliminary enquiry in the Nation Herald case

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Great honour for me to lead the world's finest army: Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag

New Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag today said that it was a matter of great honour for him to lead the bravest and the finest army in the world.

Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag took over as the new Chief of Army Staff yesterday, succeeding outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh. General Suhag also received the Guard of Honour at South Block earlier today.

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US blames India for collapse of TFA talks

The US has blamed India for the collapse of the talks for a Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and said that New Delhi taking a hardline position has put the future of World Trade Organisation in "uncertain ground".

In a statement, the US has regretted that "India and handful of (WTO) Members" decided not to adhere to their commitment to implement the TFA consistent with the Bali agreement.

India has been maintaining that it would not adopt the protocol on the TFA until a permanent solution is found on the public stock holding for food security purposes.

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Maharashtra gets its 36th district

Maharashtra's 36th district Palghar was craved out of India's most populous district Thane Friday here.

A formal function heralding the new district will be attended by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan later in the day even as scores of hoardings announcing the creation of Palghar were set up at various locations.

The proposal for a new, smaller and manageable Palghar district was hanging fire for over two decades.

It was finally cleared June 13 by the state government and despite some political opposition, the new district came into being Friday.

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Guerrillas snatch security guard's weapon

Separatist guerrillas Friday snatched the weapon of a guard posted for the security of a judge here, an official said.

"Militants snatched the service weapon of a guard posted on protection duty with a district and sessions judge," a police official told IANS.

"The incident occurred at the residence of the judge in the city outskirts," the officer added.

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Hamas accepts UN-proposed ceasefire in Gaza

Islamic Hamas movement and other Palestinian factions accepted early Friday a UN-proposed ceasefire for 72 hours with Israel, a senior Hamas official said.

Izzat al-Resheq, member in Qatar based-Hamas politburo and closed to Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, confirmed the three-day humanitarian truce deal on his personal Facebook page, Xinhua reported.

"Responding to the United Nations calls and putting in considerations our people's circumstances, the Palestinian factions accepted a mutual humanitarian ceasefire for 72 hours," al-Resheq wrote.

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Gujarat Congress hopeful after BJP's loss in Uttarakhand

The Congress has begun seeing a ray of hope after the BJP lost the Uttarakhand by-elections recently, which according to Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) leaders, reflect an "anti-BJP wave".

The GPCC held its executive committee meeting here today to discuss its roadmap to strengthen its position in Gujarat and chart out its strategy for the forthcoming by-elections here for eight legislative seats, according to a release issued here today by the GPCC.

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