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After 9 yrs, 31 convicted in Godhra train burning case

AHMEDABAD, February 22 (Agencies): Thirty-one people were today convicted and 63 others, including the main accused Maulvi Umarji, were acquitted by a special court here in the 2002 Godhra train burning incident that left 59 people dead and triggered violence…

Indian workers sue US company for human trafficking

HOUSTON, February 22 (PTI): Lawyers for a group of Indian guest workers, trafficked to the US from India to work in shipyards after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, have sued an American company, Signal International, along with its co-conspirators and other…

India keeping a close watch on situation in Libya: S M Krishna

New Delhi, February 22 (PTI): The government on Tuesday said it is keeping a close watch on the situation in violence-hit Libya where all Indians are safe. “The situation is being closely monitored by the External Affairs Ministry and we…

Honda launches new ‘Accord’

NEW Delhi, February 21 (PTI): Premium car-maker Honda Siel Cars India on Monday launched an upgraded version of its Accord luxury sedan, priced between Rs 19.60 lakh and Rs 25.41 lakh. “Our belief in constantly upgrading our products based on…

Sustaining growth, combating inflation top priority: President

New Delhi, February 21 (PTI): Combating inflation and sustaining growth momentum may be the top priority, but the government on Monday said it would strive to push economic reforms to encourage foreign and private sector investments in the economy.  “The…

Court upholds death sentence to Kasab

Mumbai,February 21 (PTI): The Bombay High Court on Monday confirmed the death penalty to 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab, terming the case as rarest of rare and holding there was “no scope of reform” of the convict. “There is no scope…

Mainstream languages attempt a ‘phono-cide’, linguists cry hoarse

Ahmedabad, February 21 (Agencies): Both the Bible and Hindu mythology talk of how God turned one common language of mankind into many different tongues and scattered the people around the world, thus giving birth to a variety of customs and…

Surat girl is ambassador for World Maths Day 2011

Surat, February 21 (Agencies): A young girl from Surat, who is not in her teens yet, has been named the Indian Ambassador for the prestigious World Maths Day event to be held next month. Priyanshi Somani, 12, a mathematical genius…

More tax info exchange pacts to curb black money menace

Paris, February 20 (PTI): Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said about 500 tax information exchange agreements have been signed between different countries across the globe, a development that will help fight the menace of tax evasion and track ill-gotten…

CBI asks TRAI to value 2G spectrum allotted between 2001-08

NEW Delhi, February 20 (PTI): The CBI, which is probing the 2G spectrum scam , has sought telecom regulator TRAI’s help to ascertain the loss to the government on allocation of spectrum to all operators between 2001 and 2008. Highly…

Govt agrees to parliament probe into telecom scam

New Delhi, February 20 (Reuters): The government has bowed to opposition demands for a parliamentary investigation into a major telecoms corruption scandal, lawmakers said on Sunday, in a move to end months of deadlock and ensure passage of the upcoming…

Mediators, Orissa govt officials in talks

Bhubaneswar, February 20 (PTI): The much-awaited talks between the Orissa government and mediators chosen by Maoists began here on Sunday for the release of abducted Malkangiri District Collector RV Krishna and an engineer. The crucial meeting began amid tight security…