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India, Canada may sign nuclear energy pact expected during G20
India and Canada are expected to sign an agreement on cooperation in civil nuclear energy, among other bilateral pacts during the ensuing fourth G20 Summit to be held at Toronto on 26 and 27 June. Foreign Ministry disclosed this at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. The theme of the summit is "Recovery and New Beginning" and G20 leaders are expected to discuss a host of issues relating to world global economic recovery and progress of implementation of past G20 summit decisions.


Home Ministry recommends death for Afzal Guru
The Congress-led UPA government has recommended to President Pratibha Patil that the mercy petition moved by the Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru, who is on the death row, should be rejected. According to reports on Wednesday, the Home Ministry in its recommendation sent to the President last week has cited the serious nature of crime committed by Guru as reason enough for denying any mercy. The ministry has recommended death penalty for Parliament attack accused.

Mumbai crippled as taxi strike enters second day
Life in India's financial capital Mumbai remained crippled for the second consecutive day as thousands of taxis continued their strike on Wednesday. Demanding a fare hike, nearly 100,000 auto-rickshaws and more than 80,000 taxis have refused to ply on the roads, leaving commuters in a lurch. The harrowing strike has stung the commuters, who are already reeling from the heavy rains that have hit the city. With taxis off the roads, they are left with no option but to travel in public buses, which are less frequent and overcrowded, claim passengers.

Offenders should not be spared: Kanishka victims
The kin of the victims of the Kanishka bombing in Pune on Wednesday demanded a thorough probe into the matter. The friends and relatives of those killed in the 1985 blast said the perpetrators should not be spared after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared that the bombing case would be investigated thoroughly and all questions answered. A suitcase bomb destroyed Air India Flight 182 off Ireland's Atlantic coast on June 23,1985,while the aircraft was en route from Canada to India via London. Many of the victims were Canadian citizens returning to India.


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