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GoM on Telangana holds first meeting, assures fairness

‘Very severe’ cyclone Phailin set to hit Odisha, AP coasts today

Jammu and Kashmir High Court frowns on religious ‘nationalism’

India presses Indonesia to ratifiy extradition pact

Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize

Two injured as Army officers and soldiers clash in Meerut

Tendulkar’s 200th Test will be in Mumbai, says BCCI

Saturday - 12 October 2013

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GoM on Telangana holds first meeting, assures fairness

The Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana met for the first time today with an assurance that the concerns of Andhra Pradesh would be addressed with “fairness and objectivity”. Elaborate discussions on the issue will now be held on October 19 as two Union ministers — A K Antony and P Chidambaram — could not attend the meet, with the Defence Minister indisposed and the Finance Minister out of the country. After the meeting, which was chaired by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the GoM discussed “basic parameters for creation of a separate state”. He said there is no time-frame for the GoM to submit its report.

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‘Very severe’ cyclone Phailin set to hit Odisha, AP coasts today

Odisha and Andhra Pradesh today braced for the “very severe” cyclone that is expected to hit the east coast with winds gusting up to 220 kmph tomorrow evening, as lakhs of people were being evacuated to safer places and the military kept on standby. Cyclone Phailin—the biggest cyclone in years to hit Odisha—is expected to make landfall near Gopalpur in Ganjam district in the eastern state after crossing an area between Paradip in Odisha and Kalingapatnam in AP. Five districts were in the eye of the storm with IMD Chief Dr L S Rathore identifying Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts in Odisha and Srikakalum in AP as those that is likely to be worst hit. Rathore said the cyclone storm over east central Bay of Bengal currently lay 450 km southeast of Gopalpur and warned that it will be accompanied by a storm surge of up to three metres in the districts that will bear the brunt.

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Jammu and Kashmir High Court frowns on religious ‘nationalism’

In a landmark judgment, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has said the use of terms like “Hindu nationalist”, “Muslim nationalist”, “Sikh nationalist” and “Christian nationalist” were abhorrent to the Indian constitution. The copy of the judgment, delivered a day ago, was made available to the media today. “In our constitutional scheme, a citizen of India is only an ‘Indian’. No person can claim himself to be ‘Hindu nationalist, Muslim nationalist, Sikh nationalist, Buddhist nationalist or Christian nationalist’,” Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar said, while delivering the judgment “The constitutional provisions, mention of some of which has been made in this order, does, in loud, clear and unambiguous terms, forbid using of such expression/s. A person, who persists in use of such expression/s and in fact, believes in such a thought has to be dealt with and proceeded against in accordance with the mandate contained in the constitution and other laws of the land,” the judgment said.

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India presses Indonesia to ratifiy extradition pact

India today pressed Indonesia to speedily ratify an extradition treaty, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying the two countries would frame a comprehensive action plan for mutually beneficial security cooperation. “I requested early ratification by Indonesia of the Extradition Treaty and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty,” Singh said after talks here with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. As part of efforts to intensify political exchanges and to implement bilateral initiatives, Singh said the two leaders had directed officials to “evolve a comprehensive action plan for meaningful and mutually beneficial security cooperation”. The two sides resolved to boost cooperation in combating terrorism, terrorist financing, arms smuggling, organised crime, money laundering, drug and human trafficking, counterfeiting and cyber crime.

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Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize

The OPCW, an obscure body recently thrust into the spotlight by the Syria crisis, today won the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to rid the world of chemical weapons. The UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was honoured “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons,” Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said in announcing the surprise choice. “Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons,” the Norwegian jury said in its statement. The chemical watchdog was not considered among the frontrunners for the prize until the eve of the announcement. Teenage Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege had been among the favourites for this year’s prize.

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Two injured as Army officers and soldiers clash in Meerut

An altercation during a boxing match led to a clash between officers and soldiers of an Army unit in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, leaving three personnel including the second-in-command injured. Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh took serious note of the incident that occurred last evening and ordered expeditious Court of Inquiry and punishment for the guilty. He said there is “zero tolerance” for such acts of indiscipline. The incident took place in the 10 Sikh Light Infantry regiment during an inter-company boxing match there, sources said here today. During the clash, a Lt Col, who is the second-in-command of the unit, was injured along with another officer, the sources said.

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Tendulkar’s 200th Test will be in Mumbai, says BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to grant cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar his wish to play his 200th and farewell Test in his home town Mumbai. Kolkata and Mumbai were the frontrunners to host Tendulkar’s farewell Test but the legendary batsman in a letter to the BCCI has expressed his desire to play the 200th Test in Mumbai. “The match will be held in Mumbai as desired by Tendulkar. We will decide the venue on Tuesday when we meet to finalise the venues of the series,” BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla, who is also president of the BCCI’s tours and fixtures committee, told IANS. Shukla also said that BCCI was planning a grand farewell for Tendulkar. The second match of the two-Test series against the West Indies will be Tendulkar’s 200th and last. The series was fixed in a hurry to make sure that Tenmdulkar plays his last Test in India.

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