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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

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Oppn-ruled states cold to PM’s Teachers’ Day plan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious plan to address students in nearly 14 lakh government schools on Teachers’ Day seems to have hit a hurdle with opposition-ruled states yet to make arrangements to ensure he is heard live.

In west UP, economy suffers as streets bleed

The darkness of violence refuses to go away — much after the streets are cleaned up and the traces of destruction and death are no longer detectable on the surface. It keeps on influencing life in Uttar Pradesh.

Irom made impact, but no AFSPA review now: Rijiju

Admitting that Irom Sharmila’s struggle had had significant impact, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju has said many things need to be considered before a review of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

Left rejects Mamata’s call for grand alliance

Left parties on Saturday rejected West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s overtures to the CPI(M) to form a grand anti-BJP alliance, saying it is a gimmick and not to be taken seriously.

World C'ship: Sindhu loses in semis, to get bronze

India's PV Sindhu had to be content with the bronze as Spaniard Carolina Marin proved the better shuttler on the day, winning the women's singles semi-final in straight games at the World Badminton Championship in Copenhagen.

Maoists gun down Cong leader in Jharkhand

Congress leader Kishan Saw was killed on Friday by CPI Maoists, who branded him a police informer, in a bustling local market in Jharkhand’s Gudabandha area, under Ghatsila subdivision.

3 held in Visva-Bharati sexual harassment case

Three persons — all Visva-Bharati (VB) students — were arrested on Saturday in Birbhum district of West Bengal after the university authorities filed a complaint of sexual harassment against a woman student.

Plan panel substitute to get more teeth, legal backing

The new think-tank that will replace the Soviet-style Planning Commission will have statutory backing to ensure that its recommendations are implemented and will be accountable to Parliament, government sources told HT.

Two-year-old girl raped, dumped near ATM in Indore

A two-year-old girl was raped and left bleeding near an ATM in Kela Devi Mandir area of Indore on early Saturday morning, the police said. The victim is being treated at a hospital.

Manipur cops fire at protesters, 2 die

Two protesters were killed in police firing while three others sustained injuries when a demonstration turned violent in Manipur’s Ukhrul town, 84 km north of Imphal, on Saturday.

Lesotho PM flees military 'coup' for South Africa

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane on Saturday said he had fled for his life across the border to South Africa, accusing the military of seizing power in a coup and leaving the country in flux.

BJP rubbishes Kumar Vishwas' CM post claim

The BJP denied on Saturday AAP leader Kumar Vishwas' claim that the saffron party had tried to lure him by offering him the post of Delhi's chief minister soon after the results of general elections were announced.

Delhi court slaps 3 lakh fine on Sheila Dikshit

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit was on Saturday slapped with a fine of Rs. three lakh by a court in New Delhi for failing to appear before it in a defamation case filed by her against BJP leader Vijender Gupta.

India nears $2.5 bn deal for Boeing military choppers

India has decided to acquire Boeing's Chinook and Apache helicopters, an Indian defence ministry official said on Saturday, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that could ease strained ties between New Delhi and Washington.

Pak PM dismisses political crisis as 'tiny storm'

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday dismissed a political crisis triggered by protests aimed at unseating his government as 'a tiny storm' that would be ended soon.
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