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Portuguese PM accorded ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Updated: Jan 07, 2017 11:54 IST      
Portuguese PM accorded ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan

New Delhi [India], Jan. 7 (ANI): Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who is on a seven-day visit to India, was on Saturday morning accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan here in the presence of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

"The visit has a strong emotional side and a personal motivation. As a person of Indian origin I am honoured by invitation of Prime Minister Modi. I hope my visit will lay foundation for a robust and forward looking 21st century partnership between India and Portugal," said Costa.

The two leaders will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations. Agreements in different fields are also expected to be inked after the talks. Later in the day, he would also be holding official talks with President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari.

The visiting dignitary will attend the 'Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas' as the chief guest in Bengaluru, and will also participate in few business events. He will attend the 'Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit' in Gandhinagar on Tuesday.

In the last leg of his visit to India, he will be in Goa on 11-12 January. In Goa, he would be meeting the Governor and the Chief Minister.

Costa, who traces his roots to Goa, will also spend some time at his ancestral place. (ANI)

Separatist leader Geelani slams 'glorification' of Maj. Gogoi

Updated: May 23, 2017 22:02 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 23 (ANI): Kashmiri separatist leader and chief of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani has strongly criticised the Centre over the glorification of Major Leetul Gogoi, who tied a man to a jeep in Kashmir purportedly as a 'human shield' against stone-pelters.

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New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Clearing the air after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba courted controversy when she climbed onto a crane to take stock of the rescue operations by fire fighters in Delhi's Chandni Chowk area, Director Delhi Fire Services, G.C. Mishra asserted that Lamba's only motive was to control the situation.

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Guwahati (Assam) [India], May 23 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Guwahati on Tuesday sentenced three convicts of the Dima Hasao terror funding case to life imprisonment and awarded eight to 12 years' imprisonment to 11 others convicted in the case.

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Budgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 23 (ANI): After the Jammu and Kashmir Police refused to quash the First Information Report (FIR) against him for tying a man to the bonnet of his jeep to serve as a 'human shield', Major Leetul Gogoi on Tuesday defended his act by saying that he took the step "to save the people trapped in the polling booth."

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Proud of Indian Army's valour: BJP

Updated: May 23, 2017 20:23 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was all praises for the valour of the Indian Army after it announced that punitive fire assaults were being undertaken across the Line of Control (LoC) to counter terrorist action from Pakistan asserting that these strikes were meant to prohibit infiltrations at LoC and that it is proud of the Army.

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Controversial spiritual leader Chandraswami passes away

Updated: May 23, 2017 19:34 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 23 (ANI): Controversial spiritual guru Chandraswami passed away on Tuesday due to renal failure at the age of 66.

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BSF seizes snake venom worth Rs. 12 crore

Updated: May 23, 2017 19:30 IST     

South Dinajpur (West Bengal) [India], May 23 (ANI): The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized snake venom worth Rs. 12 crore from South Dinajpur, West Bengal.

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Mayawati holds BJP responsible for Dalit-Rajput violence

Updated: May 23, 2017 19:30 IST     

Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 23 (ANI): Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati on Tuesday exhorted all sections of the society to live in harmonious environment and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to disturb the harmony among various sections of the society.

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Ootacamund (Tamil Nadu) [India], May 23 (ANI): President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday addressed the 159th founder's day celebrations of the Lawrence School Lovedale at Ootacamund.

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New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Strongly reacting to the report of denial of entry to a senior retired Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer by the Canadian authorities, the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that it had taken up the matter with Canada Government.

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Maj. Gogoi defends his act, says took step to save locals

Updated: May 23, 2017 18:43 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): After the Jammu and Kashmir Police refused to quash the First Information Report (FIR) against him for tying a man to the bonnet of his jeep to serve as a 'human shield', Major Leetul Gogoi on Tuesday defended his act by saying that he took the step "to save the local people."

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Lalu Yadav's daughter's CA sent to three-day ED custody

Updated: May 23, 2017 18:31 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Delhi's Patiala House Court on Tuesday granted a three-day Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti's Chartered Accountant (CA) Rajesh Agarwal in a money laundering case.

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Patna (Bihar) [India], May 23 (ANI): Following the verdict in the 2005 Ashok Singh murder case, wife of deceased Ashok Singh, Chandni Singh on Tuesday asserted that she was not totally satisfied with the decision even as they demanded death sentence for the accused.

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Mumbai(Maharashtra) [India], May 23 (ANI): While praises are pouring in for the Indian Army for carrying out the 'punitive fire assault' on the Pakistan posts, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said it was not a befitting reply, but a mere "small action."

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Centre applauds Indian Army's attack on Pak posts in Nowshera

Updated: May 23, 2017 18:08 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday applauded the Indian Army attack on Pakistan posts along the Line of Control (LoC ) in the Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir and said the Army is taking pre-emptive and measured actions to counter terrorism in the valley.

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Assault on Pak posts sends strong message: Defence experts

Updated: May 23, 2017 17:54 IST     

Nagpur/Bhopal/Chandigarh [India], May 23 (ANI): The defence experts on Tuesday hailed the punitive fire assault on the Pakistan posts by the Indian Army, citing it would send out a strong message to Islamabad to stop unprovoked ceasefire violations and firing across the border.

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New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday praised the valour and courage of the Indian Army and asked the government to wake up from its "slumber and come to the assistance of our brave soldiers."

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New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Pakistan Army on Tuesday refuted the attack on Islamabad's posts in the Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir, which the Indian Army earlier in the day said it carried out on May 9.

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New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Patiala House Court on Tuesday summoned Congress leader Jagdish Tytler after noting that he got his passport renewed by providing incorrect information stating that he didn't have any pending criminal cases against him.

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Hoist Tiranga in Lahore, says Shiv Sena post Army assault

Updated: May 23, 2017 16:49 IST     

Mumbai(Maharashtra) [India], May 23 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Tuesday lauded the 'punitive fire assault' on the Pakistan posts by the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera district saying that the army should now hoist the'Tiranga'(Indian Tricolour) in Lahore to a give befitting reply to the unprovoked ceasefire violations.

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