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  • Vikram Phadnis' directorial debut 'Hrudayantar' to be showcased at Goa Marathi Film Festival
  • Rooney 'more or less' decided on Man United future
  • UP Minister grabbed Waqf land, says Shia Central Waqf Board chairman
  • Nikkei slips as yen gains, but still manages weekly rise
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Japan cabinet OK's anti-conspiracy bill amid civil rights concerns

Japan cabinet OK's anti-conspiracy bill amid civil rights concerns

Tokyo, March 21 (Reuters) Japan's cabinet today approved legislation that would penalise criminal conspiracies, a move critics say threatens civil liberties, but officials say is needed to prevent terrorist targeting events like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Proponents say the steps are vital in a security climate where terrorism risks have grown and in order to ratify a UN Treaty aimed at battling international organised crime. "Considering the current situation regarding terrorism and looking ahead to the Olympics and Paraolympics three years hence, it is necessary to fully prepare to prevent organised crimes including terrorism," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. Japanese governments have tried to pass similar legislation three times since 2000, when the United Nations adopted a Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, but the bill stands a better chance of success this time. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition has a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament and public worries about terrorism ahead of the Olympics have grown after deadly attacks overseas, although an opinion poll released by Kyodo news agency on March 12 showed 45.5 per cent were opposed to the bill while 33 per cent favoured it. Suga said the legislation would apply only to groups preparing to commit terrorist acts and other organised crime groups and would not target the "legitimate activities" of civil groups or labour unions. Opponents, including the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, have doubts. They view the proposed change as part of Abe's agenda to tighten control at the expense of individual rights, chilling grassroots opposition to government policies such as the construction of a US military base on Okinawa island. "It is very clear that the Japanese public security sector – police and prosecutors – employ an extremely expansive interpretation of any aspect of criminal law so ... regardless of the limited list of potential crimes, they will interpret it in an extremely elastic way," said Lawrence Repeta, a law professor at Meiji University in Tokyo. The lawyers' association has said Japanese law already prohibits preparations to commit certain serious crimes such as murder, arson and counterfeiting or plotting an insurgency or the use of explosives, so additional legislation is unnecessary. REUTERS RSD 0822

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PM opens country’s longest bridge; walks in solitude over new bridge

PM opens country’s longest bridge; walks in solitude over new bridge

Guwahati, May 26 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the country’s longest bridge, the Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra river, in the eastern tip of Assam.

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26 May 2017 | 11:50 AM
UP Minister grabbed Waqf land, says  Shia Central Waqf Board chairman

UP Minister grabbed Waqf land, says Shia Central Waqf Board chairman

Lucknow, May 26 (UNI) Shia Central Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvvi has alleged that State Waqf Minister Mohsin Raza was involved in the Waqf property scam.

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26 May 2017 | 12:39 PM
Govt to ensure public is not  affected due to liquor shops : CM

Govt to ensure public is not affected due to liquor shops : CM

Puducherry, May 26 (UNI) Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy told the Assembly today that the government will ponder over to establish the liquor shops in such a way that the public will not be affected.

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26 May 2017 | 12:39 PM
Bridging gap: Modi brings Bhupen Da in Arunachal’s lap

Bridging gap: Modi brings Bhupen Da in Arunachal’s lap

Itanagar, May 26 (UNI) The longest bridge of the country, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, on the mighty Brahmaputra river not only reduced travel distance between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by almost five hours but also brought out a lesser known fact to the fore that the legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika was an Arunachali, going by his place of birth.

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26 May 2017 | 11:59 AM
No relief for Geelani, Shabir also put under house arrest in Srinagar

No relief for Geelani, Shabir also put under house arrest in Srinagar

Srinagar, May 26 (UNI) There was no relief for chairman of hardline Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani while chief of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) leader Shabir Ahmad Shah was again put under house arrest in Srinagar, where separatists have given a call for protest after Friday prayers against rewarding the Army Major who used a man as human-shield on April 9 in Central Kashmir district of Badgam.

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26 May 2017 | 11:58 AM
Tripura ratified GST bill

Tripura ratified GST bill

Agartala, May 26 (UNI) Tripura Legislative Assembly yesterday unanimously passed Tripura Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, 2017 and Tripura Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2017, paving the way for the rollout of the indirect tax regime from July 1 next in the state.

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26 May 2017 | 11:54 AM
Nine MPs to be presented Sansad Ratna awards for outstanding performance in Parliament

Nine MPs to be presented Sansad Ratna awards for outstanding performance in Parliament

Chennai, May 26 (UNI) Nine Members of Parliament would be presented with the annual Sansad Ratna Awards-2017 for their outstanding performance.

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26 May 2017 | 12:39 PM

MSSW partners with Kelsa Solutions for PG Diploma prog in HR

26 May 2017 | 12:42 PM

Chennai, May 26 (UNI) The city-based Madras School of Social Work (MSSW) has tied up with HR consulting firm Kelsa Management Solutions Private Limited for an unique high-impact Post Graduate Diploma programme in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM) for working professionals.

Rooney 'more or less' decided on Man United future

26 May 2017 | 11:52 AM

Undated, May 26 (REUTERS) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is close to making a decision about extending his 13-year stay at the Premier League club but will take a few weeks to contemplate, the 31-year-old has said.

Ford to name new head for Europe, Asia - FT

Ford to name new head for Europe, Asia - FT

25 May 2017 | 5:20 PM

Undated, May 25 (Reuters) Ford Motor Co, which earlier this week named turnaround expert James Hackett as its chief executive officer, will announce replacements for some of its key executive positions as early as Thursday, the Financial Times reported, citing sources.

JPCC celebrates 26th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

21 May 2017 | 6:22 PM

Ranchi, May 21 (UNI) The Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee today paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna late Rajiv Gandhi on his 26th death anniversary which was celebrated by the party as ‘Shahdat Diwas’.

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