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152 Indians safely land in Thiruvananthapuram from war-torn South Sudan

Updated: Jul 15, 2016 09:00 IST      
152 Indians safely land in Thiruvananthapuram from war-torn South Sudan

Thiruvananthapuram, July 15 (ANI): The Indian Air Force aircraft C-17 carrying Indian citizens from war-torn South Sudan landed at Thiruvananthapuram this morning. The evacuation operation named as ' Sankat Mochan' is being headed by Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) VK Singh. In a tweet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that both the aircrafts will be reaching Delhi via Thiruvananthapuram. In a series of tweets, Swaraj further stated that Indian Air Force is carrying out the operation along with the Indian Railways and Air India, who will facilitate the onward journey. "Indian Railways and Air India will facilitate their onward journey," she tweeted. " Indian Air Force is carrying out OP," she tweeted. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup in a tweet said, the first aircraft has 143 Indian citizens including 10 women and three infants. The second aircraft is carrying nine Indian nationals and two Nepalese citizens as reportedly said by the Indian Ambassador in South Sudan, Srikumar Menon. South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has ordered a ceasefire after days of intense fighting in Juba which left more than 150 dead and many more injured since fighting broke out on Thursday. The ceasefire announcement came as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on the Security Council to impose an "immediate arms embargo" and targeted sanctions on leaders and commanders blocking implementation of the peace deal. There was renewed fighting between the government and former rebel forces since Thursday in Juba. The latest exchanges were apparently sparked by a shootout between President Kiir's and Vice President Riek Machar's bodyguards. (ANI)

Andhra CM lauds anti-corruption helpline no. 1100

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 00:18 IST     

Amravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Aug 23 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday lauded the state government for introducing the helpline number 1100 in a bid to curb corruption and said the 'first of its kind' initiative is performing effectively.

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New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday chaired the 42nd Annual General Body Meeting of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML).

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New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Lawyer in Shah Bano Case, Arif Mohammad Khan on Tuesday praised the Modi-led government for its resolve in delegitimising triple talaq stating that with this decision the Muslim women will live with equality in the country.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], August 22 (ANI): The Additional Director General of Police Uttar Pradesh Anand Kumar on Tuesday said that the Centre has ordered enforcement agencies of various states to take cognizance of the Blue-Whale Challenge and ensure complete ban on the online dare which has claimed numerous lives.

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Ex-Manipur chief minister Rishang Keishing passes away at 98

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 23:25 IST     

Imphal (Manipur) [India], August 22 (ANI): Former Manipur chief minister and Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing passed away on Tuesday.

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Aug 22 (ANI): Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday hit out at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and said that the latter is befooling the people by ensuring them a better future for the state.

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Delhi HC restricts protest outside Kejriwal's residence

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 23:23 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday restricted conducting of any type of protests in front of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Civil lines residence in the national capital.

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Bihar Floods: Death toll rises to 341

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 22:04 IST     

Patna (Bihar) [India], August 22 (ANI): Additional Secretary Disaster Management Department of the Government of Bihar, Anirudh Kumar, on Tuesday said that 341 people have lost their lives in the state due to floods.

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4.2 magnitude earthquake hits Uttarakhand's Chamoli district

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 22:03 IST     

Chamoli (Uttarakhand ) [India], August 22 (ANI): An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale jolted Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Tuesday night at around 8:52 p m.

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Rajnath Singh hails SC triple talaq verdict as 'historic act'

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 22:02 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court's verdict on triple talaq as a 'historic act' of judicial courage.

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Amravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Aug 22 (ANI): To provide equality and a better living standard to every individual of the state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday asserted that the state government is planning to provide pensions to the transgender community.

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New Delhi [India], Aug.22 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed a supplementary charge sheet against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shahabuddin accusing him of criminal conspiracy and murder in the killing of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.

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Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Aug 22 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar on Tuesday submitted a report compiled by the four-member inquiry panel on the death of dozens of children in Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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Odisha Govt, FICCI join hands to promote culture, tourism

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 20:53 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug 22 (ANI): In a bid to boost Odisha's culture and tourism, the Government of Odisha, in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), will organise the first ever Odisha Travel Bazaar in October in Bhubaneshwar.

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Man arrested for smuggling rare Indian Star Tortoises

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 20:47 IST     

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 22 (ANI): The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the Forest Protection Squad in Tamil Nadu have confirmed the arrest of a person for keeping 2515 rare Indian Star tortoises for smuggling purposes.

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Lt. Colonel Shrikant Purohit to be released soon

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 20:46 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug 22 (ANI): A special NIA Court issued the release order for Lt Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case on Tuesday.

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Bareily acid attack: One of the four accused arrested

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 20:43 IST     

Bareily (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Augsut 22 (ANI): The main accused in the acid attack on two minor girls in Bareily has been arrested by the police here.

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Amravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Aug 22 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday asserted that providing good governance is the objective of his government.

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New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Tuesday, upheld the Supreme Court's decision of banning the practice of Triple Talaq in Islam by calling it a "great victory" for the progressive aims of the country.

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], August 22 (ANI): The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) chief Mann Ghising on Tuesday wrote a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, requesting high level intervention to end present crisis in Darjeeling.

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