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9 chargesheeted in sex scandal
Srinagar, June 24
The CBI today filed its first chargesheet in the high-profile sex racket charging nine persons, including Deputy Inspector General of BSF K.C Pandhi, with rape. The first chargesheet comprising nearly 25 pages with annexures was filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr M.Y Akhoon, in a jam packed court here.
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PM lays stone for 10-lane expressway
Bangalore, June 24
The public-private partnership (PPP) is to be the new mantra for development with the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, saying that the country’s experience with this model has been very successful and that more funds will be tapped from the private sector for infrastructure development.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh adjusts his turban during the unveiling of a 10-lane mixed corridor to the Electronic City, in Bangalore on Saturday
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh adjusts his turban during the unveiling of a 10-lane mixed corridor to the Electronic City, in Bangalore on Saturday. — PTI photo

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Jet unlikely to fly to US; Dawood links questioned
New Delhi, June 24
In a major setback to the beleaguered aviation major Jet’s plans to fly to the United States, the US government’s Transport Department has asked the Indian government to “verify, investigate and comment on the airline’s alleged financial links with wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and also links with Al-Qaida”.

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India gains access to Pentagon
Chandigarh, June 24
In the backdrop of increased military cooperation between India and the United States, the Indian defence establishment has now gained direct access to the Pentagon, which houses the American Department of Defence, for working out issues of mutual interest. Earlier interactions between the defence establishments of the two countries were through the United States Pacific Command. 

Two Mahajan aides questioned
New Delhi, June 24
Sudhanshu Mittal and Harish Sharma, key aides of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, were today questioned by the Delhi police in connection with the high-profile Rahul Mahajan drug abuse case. Sharma and Mittal, along with two domestic helps of Rahul, were questioned by a team of investigators at the Parliament Street police station here, their lawyer Ramesh Gupta said.

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France rise to the occasion
Cologne, June 24
Man of the match Patrick Vieira helped lift France into the last 16 with a 2-0 win over Togo in their concluding Group G fixture here yesterday. The Juventus midfielder celebrated his 30th birthday in towering style, putting the 1998 champions into an early second-half lead, then setting up Thierry Henry for the second as France slew the demons of 2002.
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Munich, June 24
Lukas Podolski struck twice in the first 12 minutes today as hosts Germany swept into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over 10-man Sweden. (Details in Sports page)

Swiss dash Korean hopes
Hanover, June 23
Switzerland swept into the last 16 of the World Cup at the expense of South Korea with a controversial 2-0 victory over the 2002 semifinalists in Group G here yesterday. (Details in Sports page)


I’ll go on Pervez’s invite : Javed Akhtar
New Delhi, June 24
Noted poet and film writer Javed Akhtar, at the receiving end of a visa controversy wherein the Pakistani government initially denied him permission to visit Karachi for ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ premiere but later cleared it, today said he would now go to Pakistan only if he received an official invitation from the neighbouring country.

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