India reiterates 3 conditions for engagement with Pak

India today reaffirmed adherence to three conditions including having an atmosphere “free of terror and violence” as a precursor to any engagement with Pakistan and demanded action against terrorists including Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

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AAP Government didn’t allocate land for power stations: Piyush Goyal

Four proposed power sub-stations which can end electricity crisis in the national capital have failed to see the light of day as land has not been allocated to even one of them by Delhi Government, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday.

The Minister said once these four substations at Rajghat, Tughlakabad, Dwarka and Karampura are ready, the Centre could bring in 7,400 MW of power to Delhi, which is substantially higher than estimated demand even in the next few years.

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3 militants gunned down as army foils infiltration bid

Three militants were killed on Sunday as Army foiled an infiltration bid near Line of Control in Tangdhar sector of Kashmir.

“The infiltration bid was foiled in the wee hours today as a group of heavily armed terrorists were crossing the LoC,” an army official said. This is the second infiltration bid by militants in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district within a week. Three militants have been killed while the operation is still in progress, the official said.

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Heat wave claims 41 more lives in Andhra Pradesh, nationwide toll 2248

Torrid weather conditions continued to prevail in several parts of the country today, claiming 41 more lives in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh since yesterday as the nationwide death toll mounted to 2248.

According to Andhra Pradesh’s disaster management department, 41 more deaths have been reported from different parts of the state in the last 24 hours taking the death toll in the ongoing spell of heat wave to 1677. The toll in the state on Saturday stood at 1636. Today’s figures from neighbouring Telangana were not available so far. 541 people had died in the state till yesterday.

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Monsoon to miss forecast date, likely to hit Kerala coast by June 4

With conditions not favouring its progress, Southwest Monsoon is expected to hit the Kerala coast by June 4, three days after its normal onset date, the MET department said on Sunday.

According to DS Pai, lead monsoon forecaster of the Indian Meteorological Department, conditions are still not favourable for the progress of the monsoon and there will be a delay.

The IMD, in its preliminary forecast, had said that the Southwest Monsoon rains will hit the Kerala coast on May 30.

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Modi to become first Indian PM to visit Israel

Narendra Modi will be travelling to Israel, the first by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish country with which bilateral defence cooperation is on an upswing.

No dates have been finalised for Modi’s visit which will take place on mutually convenient dates, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

Swaraj said she will be travelling to Israel this year, besides Palestine and Jordan.

India had established “full” diplomatic relationship with Israel in 1992 though it had recognised the country in 1950. No Indian Prime Minister or President has ever visited that country.

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President Mukherjee arrives in Sweden

President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Stockholm on Sunday for his three-day official visit of Sweden.

The official twitter account of the Rashtrapati Bhavan shared the information.

PresidentMukherjee arrived in Stockholm this evening and was welcomed by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel,” it posted.

“Swedish fighter planes escorted the Presidential flight from the time it entered Swedish air space till landing,” it added.

The President, who later greeted Sweden King Carl Gustaf XVI, was also accorded a guard of honour.

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Three militants killed in Tangdhar encounter

An encounter between militants and the 4 Para Army Special Operations Group took place in the Tangdhar Sector of the Kupwara District of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to reports, three militants have been killed in the operation.

ANI

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Mamata Banerjee congratulates Mohun Bagan for winning I-League

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday congratulated Mohun Bagan A.C. for winning the 2014-2015 season of the I-League.

Banerjee took to twitter to congratulate the Mariners.

“After 11 years the Football I-League trophy comes back to #Bengal. Congratulations Mohun Bagan,” she tweeted.

Mohun Bagan snatched a draw against Bengaluru FC in the dying minutes of the second half at the Kanteerva Stadium to win their maiden I-League trophy.

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279 migrant Indian workers died in Qatar last year, Amnesty report says

As many as 279 migrant workers from India, one of the largest migrant worker sending countries, died in 2014 in Qatar – the host of 2022 Fifa World Cup, Amnesty International said in its latest report.

Titled “Promising Little, Delivering Less: Qatar and Migrant Abuse ahead of the 2022 Football World Cup”, the report cites official statistics of the government of India.

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PM Modi to Visit Israel: Sushma Swaraj

Ms Swaraj said she will be travelling to Israel this year, besides Palestine and Jordan. India had established “full” diplomatic relationship with Israel in 1992 though it had recognised the country in 1950.

The then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had become the first premier from that country to visit India when he came here in 2003. He is credited with transforming bilateral relations from diminutive defence and trade cooperation to the strategic ties of today.

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PM Modi received gifts worth Rs 3.11 lakh on foreign tours in 10 months: RTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received 65 gifts worth Rs 3.11 lakh during his foreign visits in the past ten months since assuming charge last year, an RTI query revealed.

On February 19 Modi received gold and diamond studded cufflinks, valued at Rs 75,000, by a host country.

The PM was also twice given tea-sets and books as gifts. He also was presented a statue of Lord Buddha, whose messages he has invoked in several of his speeches abroad, said Foreign Ministry in response to an RTI query.

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US airline faces boycott calls after Muslim passenger alleges discrimination

Hundreds of people have pledged to boycott United Airlines after a Muslim passenger alleged discrimination due to Islamophobia over an unopened can of Diet Coke onboard the American airliner.

Tahera Ahmad’s Facebook post over the “clear” discrimination went almost immediately went viral on Saturday.

The Muslim chaplain at Chicago’s Northwestern University was onboard a flight this weekend when she asked for an unopened can of soda for hygienic reasons and says was told, “Well, I’m sorry. I just can’t give you an unopened can, so no Diet Coke for you.”

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Make raising Pak flag a heinous crime: Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena today demanded the government to declare ‘raising Pakistani flags and chanting pro-Pakistan slogans’ by the separatists a heinous crime equivalent to murder and make provision for harsher punishment for such act.

Led by its leader Dimpy Kohli, Shiv Sainiks today protested against raising of Pakistan flags and chanting of pro-Pakistan slogans by the separatists in Kashmir valley, in Srinagar and other south Kashmir areas.

Amid anti-Pakistan and separatist slogans, they also burnt the effigies of separatists.

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TNSF activists held at Kukatpally MLA’s house

Enraged over Kukatpally MLA Madhavaram Krishna Rao joining the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi on the eve of MLC elections, a large number of activists of Telugu Nadu Students Federation marched to the residence of the legislator this morning and raised slogans against him.

However, police personnel rushed to the spot and took the protestors into custody. With this, the protestors had heated arguments with the police amidst the tense atmosphere.

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Shun tobacco products to keep alive: Minister

Telangana Health Minister C. Lakshma Reddy here on Sunday appealed to the people to shun consumption of tobacco products, which are the root cause of all fatal diseases.

The minister was speaking after flagging off two-kilometre walk organized by Telangana Tobacco Control Board in association with Indian Dental Association on the Necklace Road here on the occasion of World Anti-Tobacco Day.

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Services of NSS Appreciated— Managing Editor Konda Lakshma Reddy Honoured

News and Services Syndicate (NSS) Alumni and well-wishers of Konda Lakshma Reddy, founder and Managing Editor of NSS, today honored him for his selfless services in journalism.
Many Senior Journalists highly appreciated Lakshma Reddy for not only imparting training to budding journalists, but also providing jobs to a large number of youth who wanted to become journalists, during the 35 years of existence of NSS, a local news agency which caters to the needs of small and medium news papers.

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DGP, CP inspect Sec’bad Parade Grounds

Telangana State director general of police Anurag Sharma, accompanied by Hyderabad city police commissioner Mahendar Reddy, on Sunday morning thoroughly inspected the Secunderabad Parade Grounds where Telangana State Formation Day celebrations are scheduled to be held on June 2.

ectic activity was going on there in connection with State formation festival with artistes making dance rehearsals. Artisans are racing against time to prepare tableaus to exhibit Telangana “Vaibhavam”. (NSS)

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EdCET hall tickets on web

The candidates , who applied for EdCET of Telangana, can download their hall tickets from www.tsedcet.org from May 31 to June 6. They have to enter the online application number and date of birth to download the hall ticket.

Those who do not have the online application number can contact the call centre on 9346180688 and provide their registered mobile number to know the application number, said convenor P. Prasad. (NSS)

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Death Anniversary of Imam Khomeini Today

The Consulate General of Islamic Republic of Iran here is organizing a Conference on the occasion of the 26th Anniversary of the demise of Imam Khomeini (R A), the Leader of Islamic Revolution and Founder of Islamic Islamic Republic of Iran, in its premises, Banjara Hills at 7.30 pm on June 1.

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