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

Updated: Jul 15, 2016 09:00 IST

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)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today hear on a number of issues concerning the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), including the implementation of the Justice Lodha panel recommendations and the centre seeking the restoration of voting rights of the Railways, Services and the Association of Indian Universities.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will today file a final report before the Patiala House Court in connection with the coal scam case against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal besides others.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will today hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking direction to the Election Commission of India (ECI) and Delhi state Election Commission for inclusion of coloured photos in the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls.

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NEET in Urdu: SC to hear plea today

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 06:34 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today hear the plea filed by the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) seeking to conduct the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in Urdu language from next session.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Sidelining the newly-elected Uttar Pradesh Government's launch of the 'Anti-Romeo' squad for the safety of girls, expelled Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Udayveer Singh on Friday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has no concern for women, adding that they have only been doing moral policing since the very beginning.

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Rahul Gandhi not a political material: BJP

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 05:25 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Backing veteran politician S.M. Krishna's view on Rahul Gandhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said the vice-president is not a political material, adding that he has no popularity in the country.

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New Delhi/Mumbai [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Expressing the opinion that Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad should have filed a complaint instead of hitting the national carrier Air India staffer, the Congress on Friday said the law should take its course.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has received wide flak for hitting a staffer of the Air India with his slipper with the national carrier blacklisting the former.

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MARD to continue its strike

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 02:12 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) continue its strike due to not receiving a certified copy of the Bombay High Court order.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Putting an end to the controversy surrounding Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu continuing his appearance on popular comedy series 'The Kapil Sharma Show', Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda said he did not find any conflict of interest between the former's office as state cabinet minister and his work in television shows.

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Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday distributed portfolios among his cabinet, keeping home, power, health, public works department (PWD) and 33 others with himself.

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Ukhrul (Imphal) [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Director of Art and Culture Dr. K. Sushila on Thursday asserted that revival of indigenous culture and traditions of both hills and plain dwellers needed to be promoted.

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Manali (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Hundred Indian Army men of Border Road Organization (BRO) were deployed on Thursday to clear summer snow on road stretching over 222 kilometres for traffic from Manali to Sissu.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Slamming Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting a staffer of the Air India with his slipper, Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Thursday stated that investigation will determine what right action should be taken into this matter.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.23 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has asserted that audit being knowledge based activity, such interactions, sharing of knowledge, experiences, and best practices would be mutually beneficial to all members of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): A special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court on Thursday convicted Nigerian national, Michael Oti Nicholas for a four years rigorous imprisonment for possessing drugs in commercial quantity.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): After Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit an Air India staffer with his slipper, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani on Thursday urged the cabin crew to directly inform his office about passenger misbehaviour cases on board.

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Hubli (Karnataka) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): As many as four pregnant women were carried on a single stretcher in a state government hospital in Karnataka's Hubli district on Thursday.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The first day of the newly formed Uttar Pradesh Cabinet started with a shock as minister Mohsin Raza Khan was taken aback to see the photos of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and party leader Azam Khan hanging on his office wall.

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PM Modi greets Sharif on Pakistan Day

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 21:05 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sent greetings to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan's National Day via a letter.

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