|We need to think beyond tech and trade: Ansari to Li|
|ONBOARD SPECIAL AIRCRAFT, May 21 (Agencies): Vice President Hamid Ansari today said there should be more interaction between India and China at the level of students and academicians as there was a need to think beyond technology and trade.
Ansari, who met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in New Delhi yesterday, discussed issues related to societies and people and both agreed that there was a need for more interaction at the level of universities and academicians.
"It was on a philosophical plane. Basically the point that I put to him was that the world is changing very fast. In 21st century world, India and China will be playing a very important role.
"Therefore, while we are working together on the linkages of trade, technology and other things, we also need to devote more time to thinkin...|
|Heat kills 3 in MP, Nagpur hottest in 6 decades|
|NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): Heat wave conditions sweeping the country worsened, killing three persons in Madhya Pradesh, while Nagpur today witnessed its hottest day in six decades at a sizzling 47.8 degrees Celsius.
Sriganganagar in Rajasthan, with a blistering 47.5 degrees Celsius, was hottest place in the country after Nagpur, which recorded the highest temperature in 59 years.
Delhi also witnessed its hottest day of the season and mercury crossed the 45 degree-mark to settle at 45.1 degrees Celsius.
While the minimum temperature in the capital stood at 28 degrees, the maximum and minimum humidity levels were 52 and 16 per cent respectively.
The heat wave claimed three lives in Madhya Pradesh during past 24 hours.
While a 50-year-old man and a youth died in Sagar district yester...|
|Congressmen disgruntled over 2nd nominee for RS polls|
|GUWAHATI, May 21 (Agencies): Even as Prime Minister and Congress candidate Manmohan Singh's victory is certain in the May 30 Rajya Sabha elections in Assam, the selection of the second contestant for the other seat has drawn flak within the ruling party.
Expressing reservations against the second candidate Santiuse Kujur's nomination, senior Assam Congress leader Anjan Dutta told the media that he along with 25 other legislators are opposed to giving nomination to a fresh entrant to party.
"The nomination of Kujur has demoralised dedicated and senior partymen. If the ticket had to be given to an adivasi/tea community member, there were several other senior leaders," he said.
Dutta said he along with 25 aggrieved Congress MLAs would vote only for Singh and vote 'under protest' for Kujur...|
|Modi misleading people on Kalpasar Project: Activists|
|AHMEDABAD, May 21 (Agencies): Activists here today alleged that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was misleading people on the Gulf of Khambhat Development Project (Kalpasar), touted to end water woes of the arid Saurashtra region.
Modi, who holds the Kalpasar portfolio, has not convened a single meeting of the project, Gujarat Social Watch's Mahesh Pandya alleged.
"After 2005, not a single meeting has been called by Modi regarding the project," Pandya alleged.
Kalpasar is a water resources project involving creation of fresh water reservoir in the Gulf of Khambhat for meeting demand of irrigation, domestic and industrial water supply.
Activists also accused Modi of misleading the people regarding the Bhadbhut barrage, which is to be built on Narmada river to bring the flood water ...|
|7-yr old raped, murdered by cousin|
|NEEMUCH, May 21 (Agencies): In a gruesome incident, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped, raped and murdered by her cousin at a town in the neighbouring Mandsaur district, police said today.
The culprit, Honey Othwal (18), the son of the victim's paternal uncle, was subsequently arrested by the police yesterday at Malhargarh town, about 25 kms from here, in Mandsaur.
During interrogation, Honey told the police that he committed the offence yesterday in an inebriated condition and then threw the victim's body in a water tank after throttling her to death.
The victim had come from Mandsaur to Malhargarh to spend time with her grandparents when the offence took place.
After the incident, angry residents gathered at the local police station and demanded that the accused be handed...|
|iGate sacks CEO after sexual harassment charge|
|NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): US-based outsourcing firm iGate Corp today sacked the company's Chief Executive Phaneesh Murthy, one of India's best-known IT leaders, for not disclosing a relationship with a subordinate.
Murthy, who was replaced with immediate effect by interim CEO Gerhard Watzinger, denied charges of sexual harassment but admitted of being in relationship with a colleague for "few months." Its a case of extortion, he claimed.
In 2004, Murthy was forced to quit India's second biggest software exporter Infosys Ltd following a sexual harassment lawsuit, which was settled out of court.
iGate, which in its annual report stated that the exit of CEO would impact business, in a statement today said its board engaged outside legal counsel to investigate and found Murthy's failur...|
|‘Good friends’ India, China can speak with candour: Li Keqiang|
|NEW DELHI, May 20 (Agencies): Terming Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to India as an honour, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said that ties between the two countries are of significance for peaceful development, stability in the region and prosperity.
Chinese Premier on his part termed India and China as "strategic partners and good friends" that could speak to each other with candour.
Addressing a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart after they held delegation-level talks at Hyderabad House, the PM said, “An honour for me to welcome Premier Li to India, been an immense pleasure to get to know him personally.”
"Starting yesterday evening Premier Li and I have had wide ranging discussions. I am delighted that there are so many fields of convergence between I...|
|Sanjay Dutt to spend a month in Mumbai's Arthur Road jail|
|MUMBAI, May 20 (Agencies): It seems actor Sanjay Dutt will stay in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail for now.
The actor, who was said to be shifted to Pune's Yerawada Jail, would now stay at the Arthur Road jail for the next one month.
No reasons have yet been cited behind the change of plans.
Earlier, Dutt had appealed to surrender at Pune's Yerawada jail citing threat to his life. But later withdrew his plea and accepted the court order.
The Arthur Road jail is usually used to keep undertrials, while convicted criminals are shifted to the a central prison in Maharashtra.
The actor, whose lawyer on Friday had made an oral plea to the court to shift Dutt from the Anda Cell after Dutt complained of suffocation, on Sunday refused to file an application to change his cell.
Dutt has been ...|
|Saradha scam: Debjani Mukherjee sent to judicial custody|
|KOLKATA, May 20 (Agencies): Saradha Group director Debjani Mukherjee, a co-accused in the multi-crore fund scam, was remanded in judicial custody till May 31 in various cases by a West Bengal court Monday.
"Mukherjee was presented before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Bidhannagar) A.H.M. Rahman who remanded her in judicial custody till May 22, 23, and 31 in six different cases of cheating, non-payment of salary, and so on," said Mukherjee's counsel.
Mukherjee was scheduled to be presented before the court Saturday after the expiry of police custody but had to be hospitalised after she complained of sickness.
She was discharged from a city nursing home Monday, following which she was taken to court.
Along with Saradha promoter Sudipta Sen, Mukherjee and a compan...|
|Aarushi-Hemraj murder: I was asleep when killings took place, says Rajesh Talwar|
|GHAZIABAD, May 20 (Agencies): Dentist Rajesh Talwar on Monday claimed in the court that he was asleep on the fateful night when his daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj were murdered and internet activity recorded from his room might not be correct.
Talwar's statement is being recorded under section 313 of CrPC where the judge poses questions directly to the accused to explain his version of the circumstances.
So far Special CBI Judge S Lal has posed over 200 questions to Talwar in which he is given a chance to put forward his defence, Talwar's counsel Manoj Sisodia told reporters here.
Talwar was today asked about the recurrent internet activity recorded from his router on May 15 night when the murders took place.
CBI had claimed that he had used the internet at regular inte...|