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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)

Three jawans critical after encounter with Maoists in Sukma

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 14:56 IST     

Sukma (Chhattisgarh) [India] June 24, (ANI): Three paramilitary personnel were critically injured on Saturday during an encounter with Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. Till the last reports came, total five jawans were injured who were evacuated and shifted to hospital.

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One arrested in Ballabhgarh murder case

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 14:43 IST     

Palwal (Haryana) [India], June 24 (ANI): The police on Saturday arrested one person in connection with a case wherein a youth was murdered after a scuffle broke out in a train over a seat here.

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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], June 24 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra, who was disqualified by the Election Commission for filing wrong accounts of his election-related expenditure, on Saturday said he will challenge the order in the high court.

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DSP Pandith murdered in cold-blood: Nirmal Singh

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 14:23 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] June 24 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday termed death of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith a 'cold-blooded' murder.

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New Delhi [India] June 24 (ANI): The Centre has granted approval for a greenfield International Airport at Jewar in Greater Noida.

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Monsoon session of Parliament from July 17 to August 11

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 13:59 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 24 (ANI): The monsoon session of Parliament will commence on the day voting for the presidential election will take place.

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Swine flu claims three more lives in Mumbai

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 13:54 IST     

Mumbai [India] June 24 (ANI): As many as three more patients succumbed to the H1N1 (Swine Flu) here on Saturday, taking the death toll to 10 this year.

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Rajasthan: Jat leaders call off their strike

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 13:34 IST     

Bharatpur (Rajasthan) [India], June 24 (ANI): The Jat community in Rajasthan's Bharatpur and Dholpur districts called off their agitation on Saturday after being given assurances by the state government that their demand for receiving the benefits of reservation under the OBC category would be taken up by the cabinet and resolved.

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Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India], June 24 (ANI): A drunk society guard has been arrested for allegedly trying to rape a 19-year-old student in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

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Nitish Kumar is a cheat, claims RJD leader

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 13:10 IST     

Patna (Bihar) [India], June 24 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Bhai Virendra on Saturday described Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as a cheat who has made a "big mistake" by extending his support to NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind over former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for the forthcoming presidential election.

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India cannot progress without Hindi, says Naidu

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 12:41 IST     

Ahmadabad (Gujarat) [India], June 24 (ANI): In the event of anti-Hindi backlash being witnessed across the country, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said Hindi is the national language of India and it is impossible to progress without the language.

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J-K mob lynching: Three more arrested, SIT constituted

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 12:29 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)[India], June 24 (ANI): The police on Saturday arrested three more persons in connection with the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith, leading to a total of five arrests.

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EC rejects pleas of 21 AAP MLAs in office of profit case

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 11:44 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 24 (ANI): In a major setback for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Election Commission (EC) on Friday rejected the pleas of 21 AAP legislators to drop the office of profit case filed against them.

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Kashmiri youth fascinated by theatre

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 11:41 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] June 24, (ANI) : A number of young and educated Kashmiri youth are showing a keen interest to join theatre with the aim of becoming professional actors.

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Separatist leader Yaseen Malik under house arrest

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 11:36 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], June 24 (ANI): Srinagar Police on Saturday placed Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik under house arrest ahead of Eid.

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Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], June 24 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu hoisted a 30.5 meter national flag at Tirupati Airport this week.

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Aurangabad (Maharashtra) [India], June 24 (ANI): Amid the agitation by the Jat community over a demand for Other Backward Class (OBC) reservation benefits, the Nizamuddin-Kota Express Train and the Kota-Patna Express were cancelled on Saturday, while two other trains were diverted.

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Tripura worse than Bihar on women safety: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 10:54 IST     

Agartala (Tripura) [India], June 24 (ANI): Assam Finance Minister and convener of the Northeast Democratic Alliance (Neda) Himanta Biswa Sarma has charged Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar with failure to provide safety and security to women in his state.

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Two Moradabad women set ablaze in case of honour killing

Updated: Jun 24, 2017 10:43 IST     

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh)[India], June 24 (ANI): A married woman and her sister-in-law were allegedly set ablaze by family members in Anwla Ghat of Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district for marrying a man against their wishes.

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Aurangabad (Maharashtra) [India], June 24 (ANI): The mortal remains of army soldier Sandeep Jadhav, who lost his life in an attack by the Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) a couple of days ago, was brought to his village in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district on Saturday for his last rites.

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