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HindustanTimes Wed,01 Oct 2014

India

Mega block: Gauge conversion to cut off 74 lakh people in NE

From Wednesday, 74.24 lakh people in Mizoram, Tripura and four districts of Assam will be terrestrially cut off for six months. The reason: Northeast Frontier Railway’s (NFR) final push for gauge conversion on ‘India’s toughest hill section’.

Jaya conviction an internal Indian issue: Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan government on Wednesday declined to comment on the conviction of Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa in disproportionate assets case, calling it an internal matter of India.

India promises US to check youth joining ISIS

India is not going to join "any coalition" in the ongoing fight against the dreaded ISIS group in West Asia but agreed to work with the US to deal with the "major issue" of flight of radicalised people to that region for terror strikes.

Don’t blame us for Cong-NCP split: Sonia

The alliance with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra was not broken by Rahul Gandhi, said Congress president Sonia Gandhi, while responding to allegations by NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

‘Hooda dances to the tune of Gandhi family’

Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah Tuesday kicked up a storm by reportedly accusing Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda  of “dancing to the tune of the Gandhi family”.

CBI lacks basic skills to probe, says Delhi court

Irked with the way CBI handled the probe in the coal block allocation scam case, a Delhi court on Tuesday said the agency’s officers lacked “basic skills of investigation” and ordered its director, Ranjit Sinha, and all concerned DIGs to personally look into the matter, failing which they would be held “responsible”.

Saradha’s Rs. 2,460cr deposits worth just Rs. 40cr

The accused firms are suspected to have frittered away the collections over incorporating 160 firms, opening and maintaining 320 branches across eastern India and paying 30% commission to its army of around 2.21 lakh agents who got in touch with the investors to defraud them, said the source.

Death toll rises to 67 as Assam grapples with flood aftermath

Assam has suffered huge losses in terms of lives, property, cropped land, dwelling units and infrastructure in the three waves of flood this season, according to an official communiqué. Altogether 67 persons lost their lives in this year’s flood.

Modi, Obama announce better trade ties, joint fight against terror

India and the United States on Tuesday announced significantly expanded cooperation in defence, trade, infrastructure and, especially, counter-terrorism action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, D company, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda.

India, China border stand off ends

The border standoff between India and China ended on Tuesday with both Beijing and New Delhi announcing a withdrawal of troops from the disputed area.

Gandhi, Orwell legacy splits Bihar's Motihari over getting a landmark

While the pro-Gandhi group wants a memorial to the Mahatma who launched a Satyagraha movement from Motihari in Bihar, the other side supports a project to turn a crumbling brick bungalow where the Animal Farm author was born into a monument to him.

Scientists devise two-drug cocktail for breast cancer

Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have developed a ‘two drug cocktail’ that can curb the growth of breast cancers. The drugs have been developed to target two cancer causing proteins, which have been found to make breast cancers more aggressive.

This Diwali, govt to crack down on Chinese firecrackers

The Modi government has decided to check Chinese invasion again — this time, into the Diwali firecrackers market, which has been hitting the firecrackers industry in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu hard.

Modi, Obama raise the bar for bilateral ties in joint oped

India and the US will broaden and deepen their ties by going beyond “modest and conventional goals”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama in a joint oped. Full text: Indo-US statement

High court to hear Jaya’s bail plea today

The Karnataka high court has agreed to hear former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's appeal against her conviction on a priority basis. The matter will be heard on Wednesday by a specially constituted vacation bench.

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