Live: Sheila Dikshit quits as Kerala governor

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 16:51 hrs

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Want to serve people: new Goa Governor Mridula Sinha

Mridula Sinha, who was appointed Goa governor Tuesday, said she is excited about taking up the new challenge and is keen to serve the people of the state.

"I am happy and excited to take up new challenges as the Goa governor. It feels good to be part of governance," Sinha, 72, told IANS.

Mridula Sinha, who is a former national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Mahila Morcha, said she will advise the state government wherever required.

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IANS: Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit has resigned, official sources said Tuesday. "Yes, she has resigned," a home ministry official told IANS, referring to the former Delhi chief minister. He gave no further details.

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Amir says PK poster was approved by Govt

In reply to a filed petition in a civil court, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and director Rajkumar Hirani on Tuesday said the much talked-about PK poster was duly approved by the Film Publicity Screening Committee, a government body that screens film posters to check obscenity and depiction of women in derogatory manner or highlighting violence.

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Shah Rukh Khan has been provided with additional police security after gangster Ravi Pujari allegedly tried to get in touch with him, says Indian Express

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Politicians condemn Z+ security cover for BJP leader Sangeet Som

Several political leaders have questioned the NDA Government's move to provide Z+ security cover to BJP MLA Sangeet Som, who is an accused in the Muzzafarnagar riots case.

According to reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to grant such security to Som.

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Six people who arrived at Delhi airport this morning from Ebola-hit Liberia, have been isolated and taken for further tests. 112 people are arriving at the Mumbai and Delhi airports on seven flights through the day, NDTV reports.

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Rupee edges up; Jaitley news conference postponed

The rupee rises to 60.54 vs previous close of 60.5650/5750. Asian currencies inch up as investors expect the ECB to expand liquidity.

Index of the dollar vs six majors down 0.09 percent. Nifty flat after the Supreme Court rules government coal allocations as illegal.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will not hold a news conference on Tuesday as originally announced.

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Pakistan cleric at rally warns of 48-hour deadline

A Pakistani cleric leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament issued a 48-hour deadline Monday for the country's prime minister to step down, saying he's prepared to die to see it happen.

Tahir-ul-Qadri showed protesters a white burial shroud in a speech issuing the deadline for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has refused to step down.

"I am giving this deadline today as I am ready to be martyred and I have taken the last bath today," Qadri said, making some female supporter cry.

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Experimental US hypersonic weapon destroyed seconds after launch

A rocket carrying an experimental Army strike weapon exploded early Monday after taking off from a launch pad in Alaska, the Department of Defense said.

The rocket carrying the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was terminated near a pad of the Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island shortly after liftoff, spokeswoman Maureen Schumann said.

After an anomaly was detected, testers made the decision to destroy the rocket to ensure public safety, Schumann said.

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One more jawan killed in an encounters in J&K's Kupwara

One more army soldier was killed and another sustained injuries on Monday in a fresh firing incident as the twin encounters entered second day at Lolab and Keran forests in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Since Saturday night, four militants and two soldiers have been killed and three army men were injured in encounters at Kalaroos and Keran in the district. Official sources said that Armys 18 RR and 28 RR had jointly cordoned the routes connecting the Nunwani Kalaroos forest area after 2 or 3 militants managed to escape from the Nunwani encounter site.

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UN accuses IS of killing 1,000 people in Iraq

Islamic State (IS) militants have killed nearly 1,000 people in Iraq over the past three weeks, the United Nations said.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement that the atrocities committed by the group, which is active in Iraq and Syria, will amount to "war crimes and crimes against humanity".

"Grave, horrific human rights violations are being committed by the IS and associated armed groups on a daily basis," Pillay said.

"The violations include targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, trafficking, slavery, sexual abuse, destruction of places of religious and cultural significance and the besieging of entire communities because of ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliation" the statement added.

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