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Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday blamed people's physical disabilities on God's negligence."There are some brothers and sisters in the society, who are born with certain disabilities. God forgets to give them certain things. That is negligence on the part of God and for that the child has to suffer for entire life," Parsekar said. At least 11 persons have died of swine flu at various hospitals in Hyderabad in the last 30 days, while over 150 have tested positive for the H1N1 virus. Kiran Bedi, the BJP's chief ministerial nominee for Delhi, on Wednesday, described the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as "very nationalistic" and a cohesive body that has kept India united and organised. "They( RSS) are very nationalistic. I would think here is an organisation, which kept India together, which has kept India neat," Ms. Bedi said. The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday night arrested three persons in Tamil Nadu, including a close aide of former Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran. The case pertains to allegations that Maran set up a virtual telephone exchange at his house to enable high-speed data transfer to benefit the Sun TV group owned by his brother Kalanidhi Maran. Days after President Pranab Mukherjee expressed his displeasure on the glut of ordinances being used by the government to pass legislation, the NDA plans on withdrawing the last pending ordinance-- to amend the Arbitration and Conciliation Act--that must be sent to Mukherjee for his assent. Officials of India and United States met in London on Wednesday, ahead of President Obama's New Delhi visit, to break the deadlock on the nuclear liability issue that has prevented US nuclear-equipment suppliers and Indian nuclear-plant operators from trade inspite of a nuclear deal having been signed nine years ago. Resolving a long-standing controversy, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday allowed the telecommunications ministry to swap some of its spectrum with that held by the defence ministry. However it would take almost a year for the deal to fructify and therefore, wouldn't allow the telecom ministry to auction out the spectrum to industry to offer 3G services any time soon. The Hindustan Times reports that the Andhra Pradesh government might default on the salaries of 5.7 lakh employees and three lakh pensioners as the state is in a financial crisis, in the wake of the separation of Telangana. India's Muslim population has grown slower than in the previous decade according to early reports, from the census on the population of religious groups. The data accessed by the Times of India showed that the most rapid rise in the share of Muslims in the total population was witnessed in Assam.
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The gender gap in managerial pay in India is six per cent, making it one of the best performers among 49 countries, according to a new study issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO).