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United Nations: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is strongly urging an immediate resumption of "constructive dialogue" among all parties to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said yesterday that Ban has intensified his diplomatic efforts and has had high-level contacts with the main parties involved as well as "all those with interest."Dujarric says the UN chief has been watching the latest developments, including Sunday's referendum on Crimea and Russia's announcement that it is annexing the strategic peninsula, "with mounting concern."The spokesman reiterated Ban's call on all parties to avoid "hasty actions" and intensify efforts to solve the crisis based on the UN Charter's principles of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity.General Assembly President John Ashe sent invitations yesterday to UN members to attend a plenary meeting at Ukraine's request on Thursday, but his office later sent out an announcement that the meeting has been postponed "until further notice."Associated Press

IAF gets sixth C-17 Globemaster with vintage package in belly

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IAF gets sixth C-17 Globemaster with vintage package in belly

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force today received its sixth C-17 Globemaster heavy lift transport aircraft which also carried a World War II vintage 'Harvard' aircraft in its belly.Defence Minister Arun ...


CRPF creates special skill centre for injured troops

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CRPF creates special skill centre for injured troops

New Delhi: CRPF has opened a new skill development centre for hundreds of its troopers injured while encountering Naxals and insurgents, as part of its initiative to rehabilitate its men and their fam...

Centre calls meeting with states on diesel price

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Centre calls meeting with states on diesel price

New Delhi: With state specific levies adding up to Rs 7 a litre in price of diesel, the Centre has called a meeting with 12 states with the highest incidence of taxes like octroi and entry tax, to imp...

UPSC issue will be resolved within a week: Rajnath Singh

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UPSC issue will be resolved within a week: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Amid protests by civil services aspirants against the new UPSC syllabus, the government on Monday said the issue will be resolved within a week."The UPSC issue will be resolved within ...

Disinvestmnent department seeks OFS route to divest in PSUs

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Disinvestmnent department seeks OFS route to divest in PSUs

New Delhi: Gearing up to meet the Rs 43,000 crore disinvestment target, the finance ministry has decided to go in for Offer For Sale (OFS) route to sell its stake in the state-owned companies starting...

Ex-CJI tried his best to elevate corrupt judge, says Katju in blog post

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Ex-CJI tried his best to elevate corrupt judge, says Katju in blog post

New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju Monday again complained of interference in the appointment of judges, saying former chief justice of India KG Balakrishnan tried his best to eleva...

Saharanpur violence under control, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

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Saharanpur violence under control, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday said the situation in violence-hit Saharanpur is fully under control and it is keeping a close eye on it."Saharanpur situation is fully under control. We are keepi...