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HindustanTimes Wed,23 Jul 2014

 India

India to diversify its crude oil imports: Oil minister

India is diversifying its sources of crude oil imports to reduce dependence on any one region, Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

It won't be business as usual within Congress: Tharoor

It won't be 'business as usual' in the Congress after the severe drubbing in the elections and party president Sonia Gandhi would soon fix accountability and take decisions on revamping the party, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor said on Wednesday.

Katju effect: Govt demands Manmohan's statement

A day after informing Parliamentthat the PMO under Manmohan Singh had pushed for extension to a judge facing corruption charges, the government today demanded that the former Prime Minister should make a "categorical" statement on the controversial matter.

Woman abducted, gang-raped in Muzaffarnagar

A 25-year-old woman was allegedly abducted and gangraped by three persons at Budhana town in the Muzaffarnagar district, police said on Wednesday.

Leopard strays into IIT-Bombay campus, efforts to rescue on

A stray leopard entered into the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology at Powai in (IIT) Mumbai on Wednesday, officials said.

Reports of Shiv Sena MPs 'force-feeding' Muslim staffer on fast trigger ruckus in House

Ruckus broke out in both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday over reports that some Shiv Sena parliamentarians had allegedly forced a Muslim catering supervisor on fast to eat a chapati last week. Shiv Sena MPs ‘force’ fasting Muslim staffer to eat | Poll: Who do you think is at fault in the controversy?

Bangalore minor's rape: School chairman arrested for negligence

Rustam Kerwalla, chairman of Vibgyor High group of schools, has been arrested by the city police for his negligence in handling the case where a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped in one of his institutions by a skating instructor.

Bihar: SSB informer sells mobile, killed

A rickshawpuller-turned informer of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which guards the Indo-Nepal border at Kanhauli, was beaten to death by a jawan after it was found that the informer had sold off the mobile phone given to him by the force for food.

Hindu mythology-based card game hits market

A strategy card game, MahaYodha, or Great Warrior, unique for being based on Hindu mythology, has recently hit the market, capturing the attention of a sizeable number of gamers.

Bihar: Rajdhani pilot engine derails in Maoist attack

Maoists blasted a portion of a railway track between Ismailpur and Rafiganj section in Bihar, leading to derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.

Shiv Sena MPs ‘force’ fasting Muslim staffer to eat chapati at Maharashtra Sadan: report

At least 11 members of Parliament belonging to the Shiv Sena allegedly forced a Muslim catering supervisor, who was fasting for Ramzan, to eat a chapati at the new Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi last week, an Indian Express report said on Wednesday.

Encephalitis toll rises to 102 in Bengal, 43 in Assam

Encephalitis toll in seven north Bengal districts rose to 102 on Tuesday since January with five more deaths reported since last Sunday. In the last two days, 42 people have lost their lives in the disease in the seven north Bengal districts.

Juvenile law to get tough, changes ready

The women and child development (WCD) ministry will be sending an amended draft juvenile justice bill to the law ministry this week, moving the government a step closer to treating minors accused of heinous crimes —  such as rape — at par with adults.

Nearly one-third Indians drink purified water

Less than one-third of households in India drink purified water, even though barely 39% of them get piped water, making them prone to several water-borne infections such as diarrhoea, jaundice, cholera and gastroenteritis.

Major reforms on anvil to put railways on track

Making the chairman of the railway board — the Chief Executive Officer — and providing for a unified cadre for railway are among the major reforms the Modi government is in the process of finalising.
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