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5 Killed, 18 Injured in Railway Station Blast in Balochistan

At least five persons were killed and 18 others injured when a powerful bomb went off at a railway station in the restive Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan today, officials said.

The bomb, hidden in a tea stall on the platform of Sibi railway station, was triggered by remote control late tonight while the Jaffar Express train was at the station.

“Five persons, including a railway policeman, were killed and 18 were injured. Eight of the injured are in a critical condition,” Deputy Commissioner Shahid Saleem Qureshi told the media.

Preliminary investigations had shown that the bomb was triggered by remote control, Qureshi said.

Security forces cordoned off the area after the blast. The Jaffar Express train was going from Rawalpindi to Quetta.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast though such attacks are usually blamed on Baloch nationalist groups.

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Prez Poll: Pranab, Sangma file nominations

The UPA nominee and senior congress leader Mr Pranab Mukherjee today filed his nomination papers for the July 19th Presidential poll. After filing the documents, Mr Mukherjee thanked the leaders of those parties who have supported his nomination for the top Constitutional post in the country. Talking to media, he said parties like SP, BSP, JD(U), CPIM and Shiv Sena, supported his candidature for the country’s 14th President.

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Sarabjit Singh’s family appeals to Pak for his release

The family of Sarabjit Singh today met External Affairs Minister S M Krishna in New Delhi and demanded the immediate release of the death row prisoner in Pakistan.
Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur, told reporters after the meeting that Mr Krishna has assured her the issue will be taken up during the meeting of the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries in New Delhi next week.Dalbir said she is also appealing to Pakistan government to release Sarabjit for the sake of humanity.
Meanwhile the External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, said that Government of India has consistently urged the Government of Pakistan on several occasions to take a sympathetic and humanitarian view on the case of Sarabjit Singh. External Affairs Minister said that he was also appealed to the Government of Pakistan to release all Indian nationals who have completed their prison term.
Mr Krishna said India has been impressing upon Pakistan that Sarabjit had already spent many years in prison and it was time for it to take a lenient view on him.49-year-old Sarabjit was convicted and sentenced to death for alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks that killed 14 people in Punjab in 1990.
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Eurozone crisis: Strings attached to Spain bank aid, says ECB chief economist Peter Praet

A bailout of Spain’s banks comes with strings attached and Madrid’s efforts to cut its deficit must be monitored closely, a top European Central Bank official said on Thursday.

“Spain will receive the money from the bailout fund in tranches, with payment depending on whether Spain meets the conditions,” the ECB’s chief economist Peter Praet told the Financial Times Deutschland.

“Spain has no classical aid programme. But given the interconnectedness between the situation in the banking sector and state finances, we must also keep an eye on the development in the Spanish state budget,” Praet said.

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