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People to decide Irom Sharmila's future: Oscar Fernandes

Updated: Jul 26, 2016 18:50 IST

New Delhi, July 26(ANI): After Irom Sharmila decided to break her fast and contest the Manipur assembly election, senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes on Tuesday said everyone has right to contest election, but the decision is up to the people.

"India is a democratic country. Every citizen has right to put their point forward and to form a party or to join one. But it is up to people to decide what to do," said Fernandes.

"It is good that she has taken the decision to fight elections," he added.

Activist Irom Shamila today stated that she would contest state elections from Manipur. She has been fasting since 2000 against the Armed Forces Specials Powers Act (AFSPA) and has decided to end her protest on August 9.

Sharmila, also called as 'Iron Lady' of Manipur, began her non-violent protest after 10 people were killed by troops of the Assam Rifles near a bus stop at Malom, On the outskirt of Imphal. (ANI)

Kampala [Uganda], Feb 23 (ANI): Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, on Wednesday, while speaking on bilateral relations with India, in a business forum, expressed his satisfaction over importing Indian goods for more than one million US dollars.

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Kampala [Uganda], Feb 23 (ANI): Agreeing to expand cooperation in energy sector, Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari, on Wednesday, said both India and Uganda have decided to grow and scale new heights in future.

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Mulund (Maharashtra) [India], Feb 23 (ANI): The Mumbai session's court has ordered lifetime imprisonment to two accused and 20 years' jail term to seven others, for assaulting and raping a rag-picker, in September 2013.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The Income Tax Department has identified 235 cases for 'benami' transactions and properties till mid-February 2017.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's clarification on framework agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India, during his visit to Imphal has failed to convince the Civil Society organisation of the state as well as the students' bodies as he only stated that Manipur was not included in the agreement, but, did not produce the agreement copy.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is in Delhi, today called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi here this afternoon. She brought several issues confronting the State into the notice of the Prime Minister.

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Kampala [Uganda], Feb. 22 (ANI): Honorary Consul Consulate of the republic of Uganda Madhusudan Agrawal on Wednesday hailed the visit of Vice President Hamid Ansari to the African nation, saying his visit would pave way for more business opportunities for the Indian community.

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Jammu Kashmir, [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Residents of Jammu and Kashmir have welcomed the restrictions placed by the state government in order to curb wasteful expenditure incurred during weddings.

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PLA delegation from China visits India

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 22:45 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): A 15-member delegation from Western Theatre Command of People's Liberation Army (PLA), China led by Major General Zhao Jin Song is on a five-day visit to India from February 21 to 26.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has pitched for reforms in judicial system to make it more efficient.

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Dharamshala, (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Feb.22, (ANI): Tibetan Prime Minister in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday inaugurated a shelter for the former political prisoners of Tibet in Dharamshala.

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New Delhi, [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its stay order on Mukhtar Ansari's parole granted by a trial court for campaigning in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

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Hyderabad [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested Syed Burhanuddin from Hyderabad in the Chhattisgarh bribery case.

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): A Passport Seva Laghu Kendra (PSLK) was inaugurated here on February 22 by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

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