India to attend Nobel function

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NEW DELHI, Dec 8: India finally has decided to attend the Nobel Prize award function at Oslo where Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo would be conferred the prestigious prize.

The decision comes despite Chinese request for it to refrain from the function.

New Delhi explained that the matter is not a bilateral issue and should not affect relations between the two countries.
Meanwhile China is conducting a sweeping crackdown on dissent before Friday’s awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, casting the net wide to prevent friends and family attending the ceremony in Oslo.

Liu is serving an 11-year jail term for subversion. His wife, Liu Xia, is under house arrest. Even family members of little-known dissidents have been prevented from leaving China.

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