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March 2014

Arvind Kejriwal begins road show

Ghaziabad, Mar 1: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal kicked off his road show on Saturday from the party's office here and is slated to reach Kanpur on Sunday. He was accompanied by fellow party members Manish Shishodia and Sanjay Singh. The road show -- "Jhadu chalao beimaan bhagao yatra" -- which began from Kaushambi, near the national capital, would end in Kanpur. It will pass through Pilkhuwa, Babugarh, Garh Mukteswar, Gajraula, Moradabad, Shahbad, Hardoi, and Unnao. The AAP leaders would stay in…

Kerry concerned about violence in Thailand

Washington, Mar 1: US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed "deep concern" about the violence in Thailand, calling on Thai authorities to make a swift investigation into the attacks."As a father and grandfather, the death of several innocent children is particularly horrifying, and must be a wake-up call to all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law," Xinhua quoted the top American diplomat as saying Friday. At least 23 people have been killed, among them…

US official Nisha Biswal to visit India next week

Washington, Mar 1: In a sign of thaw after the Devyani Khobragade affair, America's new point person for South Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal is making her first trip to India next week "to further broaden and deepen" the US-India relationship.During her March 4-6 visit, "Biswal will seek to further broaden and deepen the US-India relationship, which President Barack Obama has called 'one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century'," the State Department announced Friday. Biswal, the first…

Vivek Murthy poised to become ‘America’s doctor’

Washington, Mar 1: President Barack Obama's pick for surgeon general, Indian American Vivek Murthy, is one step closer to becoming “America's doctor”, with a Senate panel approving his nomination despite opposition from the powerful gun lobby.Democratic controlled Senate is set to hold a vote on Tuesday to confirm Murthy, 36, an early supporter of Obama and his healthcare law. He would be the first Indian American and the youngest person to become the leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the US.…

Indian national jailed in Singapore for threatening women

Singapore, March 1: An Indian national has been jailed for 32 months for threatening to post nude photos of 17 women online in this city-state if they did not have sex with him. Mani Velmurugan, 28, a construction worker, tricked 17 women into sending him their nude photos between May and August last year by using a Caucasian man’s photo for his profile page on an online chat website, the Today Online reported on Friday. Velmurugan was sentenced on Thursday. He would threaten them that he would post their nude…
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