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1 killed in TMC-BJP clash in Birbhum -

One person was killed and another injured today in a clash between supporters of ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP at Parui in Birbhum district, the police said. Sheikh Jasim, suspected to be a BJP supporter of Chowmondalpur village, was shot dead early this morning when they were attacked allegedly by Trinamool Congress members in the village, the police said. Superintendent of Police Birbhum Alok Rajoria visited the village today.

Karat welcomes unity bid of erstwhile Janata Parivar -

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat today welcomed the ongoing efforts of unity among the constituents of erstwhile Janata Parivar to take on a resurgent BJP saying the Left parties will coordinate with them in Parliament. "We welcome the ongoing bid by the erstwhile constituents of Janata Parivar to come together....it will definitely strengthen the opposition unity against the ruling NDA government at the Centre," Karat told reporters here.

Santali film celeb Dasrath Hansdah fights J'khand poll -

Renowned Santali film personality Dasrath Hansdah has taken a plunge into electoral politics by contesting as an independent candidate in the ensuing five-phase Jharkhand Assembly polls beginning from November 25. Dasrath, who is the first film personage from the Santali filmdom to fight an election in the state, is taking on the state Industry Minister Champai Soren and BJP?s first-timer Ganesh Mahali in the Seraikela constituency.

BJP urges Centre to review power projects in Arunachal -

BJP has alleged irregularities in the MoUs signed by the Arunachal Pradesh government with various hydro power developers and urged the Centre to review them. In a letter to Union Minister of State for Energy Piyush Goyal, state BJP Vice-president Sotai Kri urged him to review the MoUs signed by the state government to build dams and other hydro power projects across the state.

Botched surgeries: Maoists seek C'garh CM's resignation -

The outlawed CPI (Maoist) has blamed Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and state Health Minister Amar Agrawal for the deaths of 13 women during a recent sterilisation drive and sought their resignation. The Maoists dropped pamphlets and put up banners in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Dantewada district protesting against the sterilisation tragedy. "The pamphlets and posters were recovered from a road near Kumharras village under Dantewada police station limits last...

Molestation of LKG kid: Two senior students arrested -

Two students at a private school were arrested today for allegedly molesting a four-and-a-half-year-old girl studying in LKG class in the same institution at Parakkadavu near Nadapuram in the district. The accused, both 18-year-old boys, are pursuing 'religious education' in the same campus run by a minority educational and charity organisation. They have been charged under IPC 376 (rape) and relevant provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, police...

Repatriation of black money kept abroad is a priority: PM Modi -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unequivocally said that repatriation of black money kept abroad is a "priority" for his government, as he sought close global coordination to achieve this objective.

Man kills infant son for crying continuously -

A man allegedly killed his infant son for crying continuously in Sidpura area today, police said here. Vineet attacked his three-and-a-half-month-old son David with a kitchen knife for crying continuously in Chandpur village this morning, they said. Vineet slit David's throat with the knife, killing him on the spot. He has been arrested, they said.

'Modi govt paying attention to power-starved eastern states' -

Keeping politics at bay, the Narendra Modi government is paying special attention towards eastern states, including Bihar, for improving power situation, Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal said today. "We have clear cut instruction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend all help to eastern states including Bihar to make them self-reliant in the power sector," Goyal told reporters.

PMK brainstorming session to discuss 2016 assly poll strategy -

A two-day brainstorming session of PMK will be held here on November 20 and 21 to discuss strategies for the next Assembly polls, scheduled in 2016. Party President G K Mani today said that a special session of PMK's Executive Council will be held on November 20, followed by a special General Council meeting the next day.

Triumphant comet probe sends last-gasp data from 'alien world' -

Robot probe Philae has uploaded a slew of last-minute data to Earth from a comet in deep space, before going to sleep at the conclusion of a historic exploration, ground controllers said. Data streamed in as soon as Europe's pioneering robot lab reestablished late-night contact with its orbiting mothership, Rosetta, but its limited battery soon started wavering.

Defamation case:Naqvi acquitted after Sabir Ali withdraws plea -

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was today acquitted in a criminal defamation case against him by former JD(U) leader Sabir Ali after the court was told that the two have reached a settlement. Ali had on September 16 sought a "written apology" from Naqvi, who is minister state for minority affairs in the Modi Cabinet, for allegedly linking him with arrested Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal.

Reform process bound to face resistance: PM -

As he seeks to accelerate his economic reform drive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said reform process is bound to face resistance and wanted it to be insulated from political pressures. Making a strong pitch for economic reforms, Mold told fellow G20 leaders at a Retreat here that reforms should lead to simplification of processes and that methods of governance must be reformed.

Terrific, if Aus-India could ink FTA deal in one year: Abbott -

Asserting that it was time to commence work with India on a bilateral free trade agreement, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said it would be "terrific" if Australia could ink the deal within a year.

Fadnavis govt wins trust vote in Maharashtra Assembly -

The 13-day-old BJP government headed by Devendra Fadnavis today won the confidence motion in Maharashtra Assembly by a voice vote, amid protests by former ally Shiv Sena. As the motion seeking vote of confidence in the BJP government moved by MLA Ashish Shelar was passed in the House where the ruling party is in minority, Shiv Sena MLAs stormed the Well seeking division of votes. "The motion has been passed," Speaker Haribhau Bagade announced in the din.

PM Modi debuts on Instagram, posts picture from Myanmar -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, known for his social media prowess, today made his debut on Instagram, sharing a picture from the venue of the ASEAN and EAST Asia summits here. "Hello World! Great being on Instagram. My first photo ...this one from the ASEAN Summit, @Nay Pyi Taw," Modi said in a post on his Twitter account.

Modi to meet top Aus business leaders at Melbourne roundtable -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to meet top Australian business leaders, including BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie and HSBC Bank Australia CEO Tony Cripps, at a roundtable in Melbourne next week. The meeting will take place at the Government's house on November 18 after Modi has attended the G20 summit in Brisbane.

Coal scam case: Court directs CBI to further investigate -

A special court today directed CBI to further investigate a coal blocks allocation case involving Navbharat Power Pvt Ltd (NPPL) and its officials in which the agency has filed two final reports. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar ordered further probe in the case and directed the CBI to file its progress report on December 16. "Vide separate detailed order matter has been sent for further investigation.

Protesting Indian boxer facing long ban, says AIBA -

The Indian boxer who refused to accept her Asian Games bronze medal in a protest over the judging can expect a heavy punishment, the head of the sport's governing body AIBA said today. L. Sarita Devi lost in the semifinals of the women's lightweight competition at Incheon, South Korea, in September, and tried to give her medal to her opponent at the presentation ceremony as a protest.

Chappell said I won't play for India under him: Zaheer -

India's premier speedster Zaheer Khan today revealed that Greg Chappell had told him back in 2005 that the fast bowler "would never play for India" till the time he would remain at the helm and termed the period under the Australian as the "darkest phase of Indian cricket".

PM invites suggestions on dealing with drug addiction -

Taking up the cause of addressing the menace of drug addiction, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited suggestions from the public as well as NGOs on ways to mitigate the problem. Modi, who touched upon the issue in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on radio last Sunday, said the views and experiences could be shared on MyGov website. "During 'Mann Ki Baat' programme, I talked about many friends writing to me on menace of drugs.

Big B denies being ill, neck brace part of costume -

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has denied reports that he is shooting his upcoming film 'Piku' here despite being ill. There were reports that the 72-year-old actor was not well in between the shoot of the film here, where he was spotted riding a bicycle past the iconic Writers' Building.  

Chappell denies Sachin's claim, says he is surprised -

Former India coach Greg Chappell today hit back at Sachin Tendulkar and rubbished the champion batsman's claim that he had made a "shocking" suggestion to him to take over India's captaincy from Rahul Dravid months before the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

Man penalised for using mobile phone in court room -

A 34-year-old man had to cough up a fine of Rs 200 after a court here penalised him for using his mobile phone during court proceedings. Nilambar Mallick, a native of Madhupur village, was found using his phone in the chief judicial magistrate's court room yesterday. The court expressed strong displeasure as trial of a case was going on at the time. Mallick was allowed to leave after paying Rs 200 as fine as ordered by the court.

Naidu lauds Mittal's efforts in restoring telecom services -

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has lauded the efforts of Bharti Enterprises Chairman Sunil Mittal in helping restore telecom services in the state that were badly hit by cyclone Hudhud. "Your efforts to organise other service providers to help the government in restoration works are commendable," Naidu said in a letter to Mittal. In the aftermath of the cyclone, Mittal had visited Visakhapatnam and attended a high-level meeting with Naidu on restoring...

Create more jobs in non-farm sector to address poverty: Prez -

President Pranab Mukherjee today said more jobs need to be created in non-farm sector as employment creation is the most potent tool for bringing down poverty. Addressing a summit on livelihood security, he also asked the industry to create a mechanism for income opportunities and capacity building through corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Driver ensures passenger safety before falling dead -

Battling severe chest pain, a bus driver today saved 110 passengers by taking the vehicle to the side of a busy ghat road before collapsing and dying of a heart attack on the steering wheel near Pandalur, about 70 km from here. Abdul Rahman (45) suffered a heart attack and started sweating profusely while carrying 110 passengers from Sultan Battery to Pandalur, police said.

Let media do its work: I&B minister on Vadra spat -

A day after Congress defended Robert Vadra over his public spat with a journalist, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today said media should be allowed to do its work. "Responsible behaviour is responsibility of all. Media ko apna kaam karne do (Let media do its work)," Javadekar told reporters when queried on the issue.

Arya Babbar and I never dated: Minissha Lamba -

Bollywood actress Minissha Lamba has refuted claims of actor and 'Bigg Boss 8' co-contestant Arya Babbar's that she was his ex-girlfriend. Babbar had confessed on the controversial reality show that the two started dating after becoming friends on the sets of a Punjabi film. Minissha, who has been evicted from 'Bigg Boss 8', says there is no truth to what Arya had said. "We never dated each other. What Arya said is not true.

India-China trade through Lipulekh pass at Rs 3 cr -

Border trade worth over Rs 3 crore took place between India and China this year through Lipulekh pass in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, according to final figures released by Dharchula sub-division of the district today. Indian traders?imported goods worth Rs 2,14,71707 from Taklakot Mart in Chinese territory of Tibet while they sold goods worth Rs 19,12,0515 to?their Tibetan clients.