Live: Kin of Indira Gandhi's assassins honoured in Amritsar

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:04 hrs

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Kin of Indira Gandhi's assassins honoured in Amritsar

The kin of the two assassins of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was killed by her bodyguards October 31, 1984, were Thursday honoured by Sikh hardliners and some religious leaders at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar.

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Indira Gandhi kept Andhra Pradesh united: Kiran Reddy

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is opposed to the state's bifurcation, Thursday said the credit for keeping the state united goes to late prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Paying tributes to Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, the chief minister said she was the driving force behind the development of Andhra Pradesh.

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Wife and her paramour held guilty of killing husband

A local court in Muzaffarnagar has held a woman and her paramour guilty of killing the woman's husband who was against their relationship.

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Modi takes on PM over Patel-was-Congressman comment

"We should not divide our heritage," Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday, criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for saying that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a Congressman.

"To link Sardar Patel with any party will be a big injustice to him (Patel). That party (Congress) was a part of his life and both history and Modi cannot deny it," the BJP's prime ministerial candidate said.

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Mamata Banerjee to design 'Tantuja' sarees

Bengal's ailing handloom brand 'Tantuja' is all set to get the personal touch of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who will design the six yard wonder.

During her last few visits to North Bengal, Banerjee had showed interest in herbs used for medicines and had wondered if herbal colours could be used in designing sarees, Minister of State for Micro and Small Scale Enterprises and Textile Swapan Debnath told PTI.

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A working birthday for Oomen Chandy

"I am back to my work," said Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy who refused to accept even a single cake to mark his 70th birthday Thursday.

"Oh no, I do not believe in any celebrations and hence today (Thursday) will be like any other day," he said.

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Gujarat police slams Bihar counterpart over 'lack of security' for Modi's rally

Gujarat police on Wednesday criticised its Bihar counterpart, alleging serious lapses in security measures for Chief Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Patna, saying that had the Bihar administration heeded its request, perhaps the situation could have been avoided.

Seven blasts rocked Gandhi Maidan, the venue of Modi's rally and surrounding areas, leading to the death of six people just before the event on Sunday in Patna.

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​India's Srishti Rana crowned Miss Asia Pacific World 2013

India’s representative at Miss Asia Pacific 2013, Srishti Rana won the coveted beauty pageant title defeating 49 competitors, in Korea on Wednesday.
The 21 year-old is the fourth Indian, after Zeenat Aman, Dia Mirza and Himangini Singh Yadu, to win the crown. Apart from winning the crown, Rana also bagged the Best National costume award.

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'Want to slap the men who raped me'

The 18-year-old telephone operator who was allegedly gangraped in the Shakti Mills compound in Mumbai on July 31 on Wednesday deposed before a trial court and expressed her desire to get even with the accused who had beaten her up during the sexual assault.

"During her deposition today, the survivor told the court that the accused had assaulted her during the rape. She told the court that she wants to beat the accused," said special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

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Vice Prez Ansari meets Fidel Castro as he wraps up Cuba visit

Vice President Hamid Ansari's meeting with revolutionary hero Fidel Castro was the high point of the first ever bilateral visit by any Indian VVIP to Cuba, during which the two countries also inked an agreement on cooperation in broadcasting.

Ansari had an 35 minute-long meeting with Castro here yesterday, reflecting the warmth in the relationship between India and Cuba, two of the founding members of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM).

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Indians to benefit from Australian student visa 'simplification'

Australia's new government is set to change its strict visa laws to attract more students from "high risk" countries like India and China.

According to the recommendations of the Review of the Student Visa Assessment Level Framework 2013 report which was released earlier this week, the Australian government is likely to streamline the student visa Assessment Level Framework (ALF).

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'US says it won't monitor UN communications'

The UN said Wednesday that "the US authorities have given assurances that United Nations communications are not and will not be monitored".

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky made the remarks at a daily news briefing here, Xinhua reported.

Asked about reports of past intelligence gathering activities by the US National Security Agency (NSA), Nesirky said "in August, when these reports first surfaced, the United Nations had said it would be in touch with the relevant authorities".

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Modi to lay foundation stone of Sardar Patel statue today

After the public spat over the legacy of Sardar Patel between Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Modi will lay the foundation stone for the statue today.

Modi wrote on his blog that "Sardar Patel's birth anniversary would be even more special because we (Gujarat government) are going to lay the foundation stone of the Statue of Unity".

"At a height of 182 metres, 'the State of Unity' would be among the tallest statues in the world, celebrating and paying tributes to the Iron Man of India. It would be situated at Sadhu Bet, which is close to the Sardar Sarovar Dam," he wrote.

"The statue is being built through the PPP model, using the latest technology. A few months ago, I had appealed to my farmer sisters and brothers from all over India to contribute their iron tools they used in farming to build the statue.

After all, Sardar Patel was not only a Loh Purush (Iron Man) but also a Kisan Putra (son of a farmer). I once again appeal to everyone to support us in this endeavour," Modi wrote in his blog.

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