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Parliament stalemate over FDI in retail ends

New Delhi: Opposition on Wednesday agreed to government offer to hold back Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail and Parliament will start functioning, media reports said. Media reports quoted finance minister Pranab Mukherjee as saying that FDI in retail was put on hold till a consensus was build.

CPI said that this is a "virtual rollback" of the FDI decision and the it will allow Parliament to function.

Government had expressed hope that Parliament would function normally from Wednesday, after the all-party meet on the FDI issue, after a four-day break. Opposition parties had demanded the government rollback, and not holdback, FDI in retail.

The winter session of Parliament has seen repeated adjourments mainly on the issues of government's decision to allow FDI in retail and rising prices.




ISI agent Fai expected to plead guilty

Washington :ISI agent Ghulam Nabi Fai, charged with illegally lobbying for Pakistan and its spy agency to influence US policy on Kashmir, is likely to enter into a plea agreement before a US court on Wednesday. The US Eastern District Court of Virginia on Tuesday scheduled a "plea agreement 

hearing" in the court of Judge Liam O'Grady. 

Fai, who was arrested on spying charges on July 19 and then was put under house arrest later that month, is scheduled to appear before the court at 11 am local time, according to the court documents posted on Tuesday afternoon.





Pak minister thanks Taliban for not attacking Shias

Islamabad: Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik has thanked the Taliban for not attacking Shia Muslims during their religious rituals on Tuesday. "I am thankful to the Taliban who did not carry out any attack on Shia Muslims and showed respect to their rituals," Malik was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

"I hope they would also remain peaceful in future, lay down arms and work together with us for the security of the country," he said. Malik said he had appealed to the Taliban to spare the processions of Shia Muslims and that "they positively responded to my appeal. This is a good sign and I am confident that the security situation will further improve in future".

Millions of Shia Muslims across Pakistan on Tuesday commemorated the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad under nprecedented security. Thousands of paramilitary soldiers and police officials were deployed to provide security during the processions.





Chandigarh, Vadodara safest: Survey

Vadodara (Gujarat): Vadodara has emerged as the second safest city in the country after Chandigarh and first in Gujarat in an online survey of 37 cities conducted by a global market research firm.

As part of the online survey done by YouGuv between Aug 23 and September 28, more than 6,000 respondents were asked to rate a particular city on various parameters, like crime rate, law enforcement, terror attacks to name a few, if they are residents or recent visitors to the said city.  "This web site took several parameters in consideration before endorsing Vadodara as the second safest city in the country," Vadodara police commissioner Satish Sharma told agency.






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