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Sikh Regiment on the cards for British Army
The British Sikhs, famous as a community for their gallantry and bravery, have welcomed the proposal of recreating a Sikh regiment- as suggested by the Head of the British army.
A Minister told the Commons on Monday that the Chief of the General Staff is examining the feasibility of a Sikh unit, including the possibility of a reserve company, and it “may well have merit”. He added that a new unit would acquire many of the “proud traditions of Sikh regiments” from the Army’s past.

Rahul Gandhi takes leave from politics
Doubts over Rahul Gandhi’s political future deepened on Monday as the Congress party vice-president decided to skip the budget session of parliament so that he could take time to “reflect” on the future of his battered party.
The budget session is considered crucial for the government of Narendra Modi, prime minister, as it seeks to push through pro-business legislation including a mining bill and another to allow greater foreign investment in the insurance sector.

Corporate espionage racket busted in India
The corporate espionage scandal in India got even bigger with police launching a probe into documents allegedly stolen from the defence ministry even as the crime branch arrested Lokesh Sharma, a key

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Mumbai UK visa service will severely inconvenience tens of thousands
Mumbai, one of the largest cities in the world and busiest UK visa centres is having its visa staff reduced from 70 to 20, with decision-making being centralised in New Delhi, 850 miles away, despite receiving the same volume of applications every year.
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TN girl inches closer towards settling on Mars
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu): Nineteen-year-old college student Shradha Prasad is ecstatic about inching closer to her dream of settling down on Mars after clearing the third round of the 'Mars One' mission.

Modi flags off South Asia's biggest air show
Bengaluru: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off South Asia's biggest air show in Bengaluru last week. The 10th Aero India show reflecting India's air prowess, was based on the theme 'Make in India'.

Man nails himself to cross to pray for Jaya's return as CM
Chennai: A supporter of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa nailed himself to a cross on Monday to pray for the return of the 66-year-old politician as Tamil Nadu's chief minister. Jayalalithaa had stepped down from the chief minister's post after a Bangalore court sentenced her to four years in jail last year for holding Rs 530 million in unaccounted cash and property.

Punjab municipal polls pass off peacefully
Chandigarh: Polling to Punjab's six municipal corporations on Sunday passed off peacefully as an estimated 70 per cent of nearly 800,000 electorate sealed the fate of 1,263 candidates in the hustings. “The polling passed off peacefully...There was no report of major violence from anywhere...All EVMs functioned properly", State Election Commissioner S S Brar said. He said that as per initial reports, an estimated 70 per cent polling has taken place.

Probe demanded into missing statue of Sardar Patel
Jalandhar: BJP and Congress leaders here are trading charges over a bronze statue of Sardar Patel, which went missing last year from the store room of Jalandhar Municipal Corporation. Congress leaders alleged that BJP raised the issue during the Lok Sabha polls and later forgot and demanded a probe.

Anna Hazare launches protest against land acquisition ordinance
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has launched his protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi from Monday against the ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill. Hazare slammed the ordinance, calling it anti-farmer. Earlier, he had called for the Land Ordinance Bill to be taken back, adding that the government should instead look out for ways to improve the condition of the farmers.

Modi's suit sold for Rs 43 mn
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's blue pinstriped suit with his name etched on it went under the hammer for Rs 43.1 million. He wore the suit during US President Barack Obama’s visit to India last month.

BJP, PDP seal deal to form govt in J&K
Jammu & Kashmir will get a government soon with the BJP and PDP sealing a deal on government formation in the state. PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti met BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday. After their meeting, the two addressed the media and formally announced an alliance between the two parties.

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Paedophile jailed after child sexual exploitation
A former factory worker has been jailed for raping a 14-year-old girl and abusing her 13-year-old friend in a sickening child sexual exploitation case.
Saham Amin, pictured, 21, plied the youngsters with booze before attacking them at his house in Stourbridge. He has now been jailed for six years and eight months after pleading guilty to raping the older girl and sexually assaulting her younger friend.

Brum woman arrested by terrorist police
A woman arrested at Heathrow on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences is a 25-year-old mother from Birmingham who is a massive TOWIE fan, and who left the UK with her young son last year.
The woman is reportedly Tareena Shakil, from Sparkbrook, but is originally from Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire.
West Midlands Police said counter terrorism officers detained a woman after she got off a flight from Turkey at about 9pm last Wednesday.

Sikhs introduce mobile langars to help the UK's homeless
The Sikhs are known for many qualities- the most common being valour and patriotism. While their kindness and charities are perhaps little-known to Britons, they come forward to help UK's homeless through their centuries old Sikh traditions of langars- a kitchen where vegetarian food is prepared by volunteers, and freely served to the community on a daily basis.

Nick Clegg pledges free early years education for all
Working parents will receive 15 hours a week of free childcare for all children aged between 9 months and two years, under Lib Dem plans outlined last week by Nick Clegg. This would save the average family over £2,600 per year, the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Tiger population growth questionable, says Oxford university
Research suggesting that India's Tiger population grown by a massive 30% in 4 years ending 2014, have been called into question by scientists at the University of Oxford as well as the Indian Statistical Institute and the Wildlife Conservation Society. They have claimed that the statistics were based on a flawed methodology. The methodology used is one which has previously been tested by scientists around the world but has now been deemed "unreliable”.

NHS & Healthcare: What the parties are offering their voters
One of the most talked about issues amongst ethnic voters, in the run-up to this general elections is health, as spending becomes a major political fight between parties, that are competing to offer answers to the huge challenges the NHS faces in England. A report published in last October warned that the health service in England could face a £30bn annual shortfall by 2020.

Coalition betrays youngsters with mental health problems
According to a latest report, the most stimulated generation of young people in history are struggling with an epidemic mental illness that the NHS is failing to control. Teenagers who bare their hearts and souls online are self harming, becoming severely depressed and suffering from anxieties. In some of the cases they have taken their own lives as well.

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Dhawan ton sets up another win for India
India showed just why no one was writing them off even after they had spent two-and-a-half months in Australia without a win. They might not be the strongest team in the field, but on big days in limited-overs cricket they stay calmer than most. In a match to potentially decide who finishes top of their group, India sat back and saw South Africa work themselves up into a frenzy, get too funky and wilt under the weight of their own mistakes. This was India's first win over South Africa in a World Cup match.
Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli began slowly, made sure India had a solid platform before they began to accelerate. Dhawan went on to score 137, his first century in three months spent in Australia - his personal best and also the highest score against South Africa in a World Cup match. Kohli fell for 46, but Ajinkya Rahane scored 79 off 60 to help Dhawan along. India kept the defence simple too: bowl as few bad balls as possible, and once again under pressure South Africa imploded.

Kumble inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
Former India captain Anil Kumble and Australian legend Betty Wilson have been inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Kumble is just the fourth Indian to be included in the elite group, joining Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Bishan Bedi. "It's an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame," Kumble said. "Indeed, it will be a great moment of pride to receive it during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. "I deem it as a great privilege to join the list of great cricketing luminaries.”

SC unhappy with Srinivasan’s participation in BCCI meeting
The Supreme Court of India on Monday expressed unhappiness over N Srinivasan’s participation in a BCCI meeting on February 8. The apex court said “Srinivasan should not have done this, we have certainly found that there is a conflict of interest”.
Srinivasan said the apex court had disqualified him only from contesting elections and not holding post as BCCI president. The court posted the case for Friday after senior advocate Kapil Sibal said he would take instructions from Srinivasan. On January 22, 2015, heralding an overhaul in the Indian cricket administration, the Supreme Court allowed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to hold elections in the next six weeks, but barred persons holding commercial interests in the cricketing body’s events, including Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team owner and BCCI president-in-exile, Srinivasan, from contesting.

Ray's book on Cricket praised by President Mukherjee
'Cricket World Cup: The Indian Challenge', a book written by veteran journalist Ashis Ray has been very well received by Indian and Australian readers, reports reveal. Ray's work was specially applauded by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Indian High Commissioner to Australia, Manika Jain.
On Saturday 14 February, the President of India Pranab Mukherjee formally received a copy of the recently released book at a brief ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's House). The presentation was made by Madan Lal, one of the heroes of the Indian side that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, in the presence of the author. The President commended the author for providing a history of the World Cup from an Indian perspective.

De Villiers fined for slow over-rate
South Africa skipper AB de Villiers was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for a slow over-rate during South Africa's 130-run loss to India at the MCG and is on the verge of being suspended for one match during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. ICC match referee Jeff Crowe ruled that South Africa were behind by one over after time allowances were taken into consideration. Each member of the South Africa team were fined 10 per cent of their match fees. If South Africa are fined for a slow over-rate for the second time in this tournament, then de Villiers will be suspended for one match. This was de Villier's second over-rate offence this year, having been fined during the first ODI against Australia in Perth in November 2014.

World News

Governor apologizes for police treatment of Indian man
Birmingham, Alabama: Govrnor Robert Bentley apologized to the Indian government for the treatment of an Indian man who was roughed-up by police, calling the case one of "excessive force" in a letter made public. Bentley's office released a letter to Indian general consul Ajit Kumar a day after the two men met to discuss the case involving 57-year-old Sureshbhai Patel, who was hurt in a confrontation with Madison police while visiting relatives earlier this month.
Audio and video recordings released by police show Patel was slammed face-first to the ground by an officer responding to a call about someone walking in a subdivision in the town, a bedroom community of Huntsville.

Indian workers win $14 mn in US labour trafficking case
New Orleans: A New Orleans jury awarded $14 million to five Indian men who were lured to the United States and forced to work under inhumane conditions after Hurricane Katrina by a US ship repair firm and its co-defendants.
After a four-week trial, the US District Court jury ruled that Alabama-based Signal International was guilty of labour trafficking, fraud, racketeering and discrimination and ordered it to pay $12 million. Its co-defendants, a New Orleans lawyer and an India-based recruiter, were also found guilty and ordered to pay an additional $915,000 each.

Bangladesh orders death of another Islamist
Dhaka: Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal ordered the execution of a senior Islamist leader after convicting him of atrocities during the country's 1971 independence war, triggering violence outside the court.
Three Molotov cocktails thrown by suspected anti-government activists exploded outside the courthouse in central Dhaka as Abdus Subhan, a vice president of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party, Jamaat-Islami, was found guilty of murder, genocide and torture.
The verdict is expected to further inflame tensions in Bangladesh where an alliance of opposition parties, including Jamaat, is trying to topple the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
At least 87 people have died since early January when the leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) called on supporters to blockade roads, railways and waterways to force Hasina to call new polls.

Religious groups warn animal rights lobby
London: Religious groups have warned animal rights groups that their repeated calls for a ban on the religious slaughter of animals would damage wider community relations. Jewish and Muslim leaders have accused animal welfare lobbyists of campaigning against the non-stun religious slaughter of animals to the exclusion of almost all other welfare issues.

Woman escapes prosecution for dating scam as reporter loses appeal
A newspaper reporter who tried to expose an alleged serial conwoman has been left with a harassment record while the woman has apparently escaped prosecution over an alleged dating scam, on the ground that she is already in jail and has no assets to seize.
The Metropolitan police has reportedly upheld a complaint by Neelam Desai, a convicted criminal, that she was harassed by a Croydon Advertiser reporter who asked questions about the dating fraud, said to amount to tens of thousands of pounds.

US teen indicted for joining ISIS
Washington: A US teen has been indicted on charges of joining the ISIS, the terrorist organisation that has captured a large part of Syria and Iraq and has threatened regional peace.
Hamza Ahmed, 19, is at least the fourth person from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis charged as a result of an ongoing investigation into individuals who have travelled or are attempting to travel to Syria in order to join a foreign terrorist organisation, said US Attorney M Luger.




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