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  • Central Congo militia decapitates 40 police officers in ambush
  • Britain's anti-EU UKIP party loses its only lawmaker
  • Atal-Amrit scheme launched in Assam
  • Two killed, 3 injured as car rams into lorry
  • KSCA launches Accident Insurance Scheme for young cricketers
  • Two drug peddlers arrested, 2kg of heroin seized
  • Rajnath warns Pak against ceasefire breach
  • PM Modi to share his thoughts in Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast tomorrow
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  • Cong says Finance Bill gives IT officials license to “raid, harass & prosecute”, fails to ensure ‘probity’ of political donations
  • Jesus & Mary College clinch WCL T20 Inter-College title
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  • Over 20 booked for hacking into software system of Bank of India, siphoning off Rs 1.33-cr
  • Harassment case against HOD of Kannur University
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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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President inaugurates World Conference on Environment

President inaugurates World Conference on Environment

New Delhi, Mar 25 (UNI) Stressing on the need for efforts to check environmental degradation in the country, President Pranab Mukherjee today welcomed the fact that conservation has now become inclusive and participatory due to sensitization of people in general and firm political will on part of governments all across.

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25 Mar 2017 | 5:05 PM
Doval meets US Defence Secy Mattis, other top officials of Trump Admin

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New Delhi/Washington, Mar 25 (UNI) National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met US Defence Secretary James Mattis in Washington last night and discussed expansion of Indo-US ties and deepening of cooperation to meet the challenge of terrorism.

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25 Mar 2017 | 1:56 PM
Gorakhpur decks up to welcome Adityanath: hoardings say "Yogi to be PM in 2024"

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25 Mar 2017 | 11:49 AM
Amit Shah calls for MCDs free from Cong & AAP, confident of BJP win in MCD polls

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New Delhi, Mar 25 (UNI) Exuding confidence that his party would repeat in the coming MCD polls the success achieved in the recent assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, BJP President Amit Shah today urged party workers to work towards ensuring the party's win.

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25 Mar 2017 | 6:08 PM
Word Bank to give 100 million dollars IDA credit for improving Uttarakhand health services

Word Bank to give 100 million dollars IDA credit for improving Uttarakhand health services

New Delhi, Mar 25 (UNI) The World Bank will finance expansion of quality health services in Uttarakhand with an IDA credit of 100 million dollars.

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25 Mar 2017 | 2:07 PM
Kejriwal vows to end residential house tax in MCD

Kejriwal vows to end residential house tax in MCD

New Delhi, Mar 25 (UNI) Ahead of the MCD polls, Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal today vowed to abolish residential house in Municipal Corporations and waive off all arrears of such taxes, if his party is voted to power.

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25 Mar 2017 | 12:47 PM
Ashwin shatters Steyn's record for most wickets in a Test season

Ashwin shatters Steyn's record for most wickets in a Test season

Dharamsala, Mar 25 (UNI) Star India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin achieved another milestone in his career today as he shattered South Africa pacer Dale Steyn's record of most of Test wickets in a cricketing season.

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25 Mar 2017 | 6:46 PM
Rajnath warns Pak against ceasefire breach

Rajnath warns Pak against ceasefire breach

25 Mar 2017 | 6:57 PM

Gwalior, MP, Mar 25 (UNI) In an unveiled admonition to India’s western neighbour, Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh today said Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were authorised to 'take a decision on the spot' in the event of shooting by the other side that is repeatedly violating the ceasefire.

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25 Mar 2017 | 5:44 PM

Ahmedabad, Mar 25 (UNI) The Ahmedabad Sugar markeat ruled stady here today.

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