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June 22, 2014

Indian missions in US scramble to clean up visa mess

Washington, June 22 (IANS) Indian missions in the US have turned to social media like Facebook and Twitter as they scrambled to clear up a visa mess in the wake of a change of contractors for processing consular services. Following complaints galore against the previous service provider BLS International, the Indian embassy here awarded the new contract for providing visa and other consular services to Cox & Kings Global Services from May 21. The switch, however, made the ordeal of travellers to India, particularly…

Putin orders combat readiness

Moscow, June 22 (IANS) President Vladimir Putin has ordered the troops in Russia's Central Military District on full combat readiness for a snap check, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Saturday."In line with this order, as of 11.00 a.m. today the troops of the Central Military District and also military units deployed on its territory are put on full combat readiness," Xinhua quoted Shoigu as telling during a meeting. he check, which will run through June 28, could involve over 65,000 servicemen, he said. In…

Ratan Tata gets honorary doctorate from Canada’s York University

Toronto, June 22 (IANS) Canada's world-famous York University has conferred an honorary doctor of laws degree on former Tata group chairman Ratan Tata for his quest for innovation and role in promoting corporate social responsibility. Tata flew into Toronto to receive the honour bestowed on him at the 2014 spring convocation of York University's Schulich School of Business at the weekend. A citation read by Professor Dirk Matten said the most inspiring feature of Tata's life and career has been that he…

Sri Lankan president orders crackdown on extremists

Colombo, June 22 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the police to take action against any individual or organisation attempting to spread hatred among religions or races.In a message, the president warned that peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka following the end of the war was at risk as a result of recent violence in the country, Xinhua reported. Urging Sri Lankans to understand the situation and work towards co-existence among all communities, Rajapaksa said: "No one can take the law into…

Trains cancelled, diverted after Bokaro derailment

Kolkata, June 22 (IANS) Train services on the South Eastern Railway were affected Sunday following the derailment of a passenger train in Jharkhand's Bokaro district, an official said.As a result of the derailment, a number of trains had to be cancelled, short-terminated/short-originated, rescheduled and diverted, a spokesperson for the SE railway said. The engine and five coaches of the Muri-Dhanbad Passenger train derailed while approaching Bokaro Steel City station early in the day. No casualty or injury to any passenger…
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