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Pranab voices concern over attacks on Africans

Foreign Secy assures student delegation of security31 May 2016 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI:Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today met African students and assured them of their safety.

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Pranab voices concern over attacks on AfricansPranab Mukherjee, President

Simran Sodhi & Shaurya Karanbir Gurung

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 30

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today met African students and assured them of their safety. The outreach  comes in the wake of the killing of Congolese national Masonda Ketada Oliver and also a number of assaults on the community members. To make matters worse, a taxi driver was allegedly beaten up by a group of Africans today in the locality where some African nationals were attacked last week. 

President Pranab Mukherjee, stepping in, expressed concern over the attacks on the Africans. 

He said the attacks were painful because as a student, political activist and MP, he had seen first-hand how India and Africa had always been close partners. What might make matters tricky for India is the timing. India is keen to engage with the African continent on a number of issues, ranging from investments to oil and co-operation in counter-terrorism. Vice-President Hamid Ansari today left for a five-day visit to Morocco and Tunisia. PM Narendra Modi is expected to visit South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya in July while President Pranab Mukherjee is likely to travel to Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Senegal in mid-June. 

Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma  held a meeting with a delegation of the African communityin Delhi. The police have intensified patrolling in areas where the African community resides.

India is sensitive to the fact that despite sharing historical ties with African nations, China has stolen the  march in terms of investments and infrastructure development in the continent. For India, Africa is an important partner as it seeks a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

The  Foreign Secretary's meeting with African students was India’s effort to send a message from the top that matters pertaining to the safety and security of African students will 

be looked into seriously. "Foreign Secretary to students: Ensuring safety and security of foreign students is an article of faith for us," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Ultras behind 3 recent Haryana blasts, says SIT

31 May 2016 | 1:01 AM

KURUKSHETRA: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing three cases of incendiary blasts in the Haryana public transport systems has officially confirmed these as terror attacks.

Capt wants state units given more powers

31 May 2016 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI: Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh has suggested that the party high command should delegate more powers to the state leaders, especially to fight regional leaders.

Collegium returns MoP on judges’ appointment

31 May 2016 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI: In what could trigger a fresh round of confrontation between the executive and the judiciary, the Supreme Court collegium has questioned the government’s right to reject its recommendation on the ground of national interest.

Witness told panel about Murthal rapes, HC told

31 May 2016 | 1:01 AM

CHANDIGARH: In denial mode on Murthal rapes, the Haryana Government today received a jolt after the Punjab and Haryana High Court was told that “witness” Amrik Singh had deposed before Parkash Singh panel, saying he had seen a “rush of young and older women” with their clothes in shreds.

Plain packs can save lives: WHO

Plain packs can save lives: WHO

31 May 2016 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI: With tobacco-related fatalities in Southeast Asia reaching the 150 per hour mark, the World Health Organisation today urged governments of the region to make plain packaging of tobacco products mandatory to reduce their appeal and make anti-product warnings more noticeable.

26/11: Pak court issues notices to Lakhvi, govt

26/11: Pak court issues notices to Lakhvi, govt

31 May 2016 | 2:04 AM

ISLAMABAD:A top Pakistani court today issued notices to the seven Mumbai attack case accused, including 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, and the government over the prosecution’s plea to form a commission to examine the boat used by the 10 LeT terrorists to reach India.

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Naidu, Jethmalani, Misa file papers for RS poll

Naidu, Jethmalani, Misa file papers for RS poll

31 May 2016 | 1:20 AM

PATNA/JAIPUR: With one day left for filing of nominations for the Rajya Sabha biennial elections, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani and RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti were among several candidates from different parties who submitted their papers today.


SC scholarship scheme turns money-spinner for pvt colleges

31 May 2016 | 1:09 AM

CHANDIGARH: An ongoing inquiry by the Director, Welfare Department, Punjab, has found large-scale misutilisation of the Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC (Scheduled Caste) students.

PMET now on June 11

31 May 2016 | 1:09 AM

FARIDKOT: Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) today changed the date of Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET). The test will be held on June 11 instead of June 12 as announced earlier.


Cong graph going up: Capt

31 May 2016 | 1:09 AM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh today said that the party cadre would go all out against the SAD-BJP government over the next seven months as the Assembly elections were likely to be held in December.

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Malik toughens stand against govt

Malik toughens stand against govt

31 May 2016 | 12:52 AM

CHANDIGARH: Jat leaders threatening to re-launch their agitation from June 5 today adopted tough postures even as the state government has put seven districts on alert and is making elaborate arrangements to counter the possibility of the repetition of February incidents of violence.

Renuka Dam: NGT team for time-bound rehabilitation

Renuka Dam: NGT team for time-bound rehabilitation

31 May 2016 | 1:24 AM

SOLAN: An eight-member team of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), headed by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests SP Vasudeva, today took stock of the rehabilitation plan and environmental mitigation measures related to the proposed Rs 5,242-crore Renuka Dam.

Iraqi forces push into streets of Fallujah

Iraqi forces push into streets of Fallujah

31 May 2016 | 1:20 AM

Outskirts of Falluja: Iraqi forces thrust into the city of Fallujah from three directions under US air support on Monday and captured a police station inside the city limits, launching a direct assault to retake one of the main strongholds of Islamic State militants.

Sitharaman for relaxing local sourcing norms for Apple

Sitharaman for relaxing local sourcing norms for Apple

31 May 2016 | 12:39 AM

NEW DELHI: With the Finance Ministry rejecting waiver of mandatory local sourcing for Apple Inc to set up single-brand stores in India, the Commerce Ministry today said it will again push the case of the iPhone maker and a consensus decision should be reached soon.

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Lahiri takes a big leap, finishes sixth

31 May 2016 | 1:59 AM

FORT WORTH:Anirban Lahiri produced a superb front nine in the final round to finish tied sixth at the Dean & Deluca Invitational golf tournament here, registering his first top-10 position of the ongoing season on the PGA Tour.

Virat is ready to captain in all formats, says Shastri

31 May 2016 | 1:59 AM

NEW DELHI:Ravi Shastri, a former director of the Indian team, feels Virat Kohli is ready to lead in all three formats of the game.


Cook scales Mount 10K, England clinch series

31 May 2016 | 1:59 AM

DURHAM:Alastair Cook became the first Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs before leading his team to an emphatic nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Test on Monday to wrap up the series.

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