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XI's visit will lead to deeper Sino-India ties: Pranab
NEW DELHI, Sep 30 (Agencies): President Pranab Mukherjee today expressed the hope that the just-concluded visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India will lead to a "deeper" bilateral engagement as this was in the interest of Asia and the international community. In a message to Xi on the eve of the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Mukherjee said during the Chinese president's visit, both the countries had agreed to establish a closer developmental partnership which will propel bilateral ties. "Our mutual agreement to establish a closer developmental partnership reached during your visit will give a further boost to our economic and people-to-people exchanges, which, I believe, will provide a sound basis for enhancing and deepening our bilateral tie...
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Jaya to stay in jail for now, bail petition adjourned to Oct 6
NEW DELHI, Sep 30 (Agencies): AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa will have to spend at least six days more in jail here as the Karnataka High Court today adjourned to October 6 her pleas seeking immediate bail and challenging her conviction in the disproportionate assets case against her. As the matter came up before the vacation bench, noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani, counsel for Jayalalithaa, pleaded for suspending the sentence pending appeal under Section 389 of the Criminal Procedure Code and for her release on bail. Section 389 states that pending any appeal by a convicted person, the Appellate Court may order that the execution of the sentence or order appealed against be suspended. Also, if the person is in confinement, that he or she be released on bail, or on own bond. G Bhavani Singh,...
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Pradeep Sharma arrested in corruption case
AHMEDABAD, Sep 30 (Agencies): Suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma, who took on Narendra Modi over the snoopgate scandal when he was Gujarat Chief Minister, was today arrested in a corruption case, a day after Enforcement Directorate attached his properties for alleged money laundering. "Sharma has been arrested by us today morning under the Prevention of Corruption Act. As per the complaint registered by us yesterday, Sharma allegedly received Rs 29 lakh from private firm Welspun. The amount was first deposited in the account of Sharma's wife, and then transferred to his account," ACB Director (in-charge) Ashish Bhatia said. "This is a case of allegedly taking bribe for extending benefits to a company when he was Collector of Kutch," Bhatia said. Sharma has been booked under Preventio...
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Vigilance Commissioner Rajiv to Act as CVC chief
NEW DELHI, Sep 30 (Agencies): Vigilance Commissioner Rajiv has been authorised to act as the chief of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). According to a a notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the President has authorised Rajiv, a Vigilance Commissioner in CVC, to act as the Central Vigilance Commissioner with effect from Sept. 29, 2014, until the appointment of the Central Vigilance Commissioner. The vacancy had occurred after Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar completed his tenure on Sunday. Kumar, a former Defence Secretary, had taken oath as the chief of the probity watchdog on July 14, 2011. The CVC is headed by a Central Vigilance Commissioner and has two Vigilance Commissioners. The other Vigilance Commissioner, JM Garg, completed...
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Chhattisgarh IAS officers to teach students from Naxal-hit areas
RAIPUR, Sep 30 (Agencies): Chhattisgarh's IAS officers, including the chief secretary, will take classes at a government-run residential school here meant for students from Maoist areas, to motivate them for better career prospects. "Chief Minister Raman Singh has directed that the IAS officers must teach once in a week at 'Prayas' residential school-cum-coaching institute," an official release said here today. The decision in this regard was taken during a review meeting of the tribal development department chaired by the chief minister yesterday at Mantralaya, it said. During the meeting, Singh also gave consent to set up a Scheduled Tribe Research and Training Institute in 'Muktangan' premises of Naya Raipur. The institute will be developed in a 10 acre area, it said....
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President's Rule imposed in Maharashtra
NEW DELHI, Sep 28 (Agencies): President's rule was imposed today in poll-bound Maharashtra, three days after the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) snapped its 15-year-old ties with the Congress reducing the Prithviraj Chavan government to a minority. President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation for imposition of central rule in Maharashtra, a day after the Union Cabinet recommended such a step, a Home Ministry spokesperson said. The brief Cabinet meeting yesterday was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is away in the US. Following NCP's decision to part ways, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had resigned on Friday. His resignation was accepted by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao yesterday. In his report to the Centre, the Governor...
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Panneerselvam is new Tamil Nadu chief minister
CHENNAI, Sep 28 (Agencies): Jayalalithaa loyalist and Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam was today chosen to be the next chief minister after the AIADMK supremo was convicted and sent to jail for four years in a corruption case. 63-year-old Panneerselvam, who was chosen by J Jayalalithaa to fill her shoes in a similar situation in 2001, was unanimously elected as leader of AIADMK Legislature Party here, a day after her conviction and sentencing in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case. Described as "Mr Faithful", Panneerselvam belongs to the dominant Mudukulathor community and is a trusted lieutenant of Jayalalithaa. The ruling party MLAs will meet Governor K Rosaiah to communicate him the decision, party sources said here. The name of Panneerselvam was understood t...
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Will go by laid-down rules on Lokpal appointment: Rajnath
NEW DELHI, Sep 28 (Agencies): The government will go by the laid-down rules in deciding on appointments to the posts of Lokpal, CVC and other statutory authorities with the Leader of Opposition, who is a member of the selection panel for choosing them, not having been designated for the Lower House. "We will work according to the rules and regulations," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told PTI here when asked about the pending appointments of the chairperson and members of Lokpal. The absence of a recognised Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Lok Sabha has created a hurdle in the process of appointments to key statutory bodies. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the nodal authority for processing the appointments of Lokpal, Central Vigilance Commissioner and Central Information Co...
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Justice H.L. Dattu sworn in as 42nd CJI
NEW DELHI, Sep 28 (Agencies): Justice H L Dattu, who has been heading the bench monitoring probe into the 2G scam, was today sworn in as the next Chief Justice of India by President Pranab Mukherjee and will have a tenure of 14 months. 63-year-old Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu, the senior-most Supreme Court judge, took oath at a brief ceremony held at the chandeliered Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. He will have a tenure of 14 months and will retire on December 2, 2015. Vice President Hamid Ansari, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, M Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar and BJP veteran L K Advani were among those present at the ceremony. Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Rajeev Shulka were the only promine...
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Security stepped up in Vadodara after fresh violence
VADODARA, Sep 28 (Agencies): Security has been heightened with two more SRPF companies being deployed following fresh violence reported from one of the city areas where communal clashes occurred over the last three days, police said today. Communal violence had erupted in Yakutpura, Panjrapole, Fatehpura and Kumbharvada in the city on Thursday after some alleged derogatory posts about a religion were put on social networking site Facebook. On Friday, some minor incidents were reported with police lobbying teargas shells to disperse two rival groups who pelted each other with stones in Yakutpura, Panjrapole, Fatehpura, Kumbharvada and other areas in the walled city. The situation remained normal during the day yesterday, but a stabbing incident was reported from Jagmalni Pole area last ...
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Karuna, Stalin booked for DMK-AIADMK workers' clash
CHENNAI, Sep 28 (Agencies): FIRs have been filed against DMK President M Karunanidhi and his son and party Treasurer M K Stalin in connection with a clash between their supporters and AIADMK workers in the wake of conviction of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the assets case. Three FIRs were filed at the Royapettah Police Station against the two and several others here last night based on complaint by some AIADMK workers who alleged that a group of DMK workers attacked them with 'deadly weapons' near Karunanidhi's Gopalapuram residence here, police said. The FIRs were filed under IPC sections 147 (Punishment for Rioting), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 336 (Act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 506/2...
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Young woman immolates herself after physical assault
MIDNAPORE, Sep 28 (Agencies): A 22-year old woman immolated herself after being allegedly physically assaulted and abused by a group of young men in West Midnapore district today, a senior police officer said. The woman died of burn wounds at the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital today after setting herself aflame last night, Additional SP Avdesh Pathak said. She had been taunted and allegedly physically assaulted after she tried to stop some local youths from attacking her father last evening, the ASP said. Unable to bear the taunts and misbehaviour she locked her room from inside and the neighbours had to rescue her and rush to hospital after hearing the screams late last night. Based on the dying declaration of the woman, where she mentioned the physical assault and misbehavi...
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Pinarayi, Chennithala spar over CBI probe in RSS man's murder
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Sep 28 (Agencies): CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan today slammed Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala for referring to the CBI the probe into murder of RSS activist, Elamthottathil Manoj at Kathirur in Kannur district, saying "it betrayed the RSS mindset of the Home Minister." Chennithala, however, shot back asking Vijayan as to why he was getting upset for referring the case to the CBI. Talking to reporters in Kannur, Vijayan said the Congress and the RSS were in hand-in-gloves as far as the Manoj case was concerned and that was why the UDF Government referred the case to the CBI under pressure from the RSS and the BJP leadership. "This betrayed the RSS mindset of the state Home Minister. That is why this case was hastily referred to the CBI," the CPI(M)...
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5-yr old allegedly raped in Telangana
SANGAREDDY, Sep 28 (Agencies): A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth near here, police said today. The girl had gone to the forest with a friend, also five years old, in Kamkole village in Medak district, about 30 kms from here, yesterday, when a youth saw them and took the victim to a secluded place and allegedly raped her, sub-inspector D Ashok of Munipally police station said. The other girl somehow managed to escape from the spot and informed villagers about the incident, who then rushed to the jungle to rescue the child, he said, adding, she was then admitted by them to Sangareddy district hospital. After primary treatment in Sangareddy, she was referred to Gandhi hospital in Secunderabad in a serious condition. Victim's condition is however, stated to be stable, h...
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Justice V M Sahai to become acting Chief Justice of Gujarat HC
AHMEDABAD, Sep 28 (Agencies): Justice Vijay Manohar Sahai will be the acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court after Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya retired, a senior official of the Court said. "Justice V M Sahai will be the acting Chief Justice of the High Court at present. He is the seniormost judge in the High Court," Registrar General M J Thakkar of Gujarat High Court said. Justice Sahai, (61), started legal practice at the Allahabad High Court in Uttar Pradesh with his father Justice R M Sahai, who was later elevated as judge in the Supreme Court of India, the High Court website said. He practiced mainly on Civil writ and Taxation and appeared in a large number of important cases for UP Service Commission, UP State Road Transport Corporation and for various Insurance Cor...
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5 killed in HP as car falls into gorge
MANDI (HP), Sep 28 (Agencies): Five persons, including two women, were today killed after a car in which they were travelling fell into a gorge near Sundernagar in the district. The incident took place at Slapper-Kandar road, about 50 km from here, and the deceased have been identified as Dharam Singh (30), Neeba Devi (26), Ram Lal (55), Krishni Devi (42) and Lekh Ram (44), police said. Dharam Singh, along with his sister Neeba Devi, was on his way to their home in Kandar while the other three, who were on way to a temple, had taken lift in the vehicle. After reaching the village, the car veered off the road and fell into a 35 feet down gorge, injuring all of them, police said. They were admitted to Sundernagar civil hospital where they all succumbed to the injuries, Deputy Superinten...
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25-yr old BJP-Shiv Sena alliance ends
MUMBAI, Sep 25 (Agencies): 25-year-old BJP-Sena Alliance ended today. This follows failure of talks between the two parties after Shiv Sena refused to accept BJP's demand for contesting seats more than last Assembly elections. The development also comes just two days ahead of the last date for filing of nominations in the elections to the 288-member Assembly. BJP and Shiv Sena leaders, however, claimed that talks are still on and the alliance is not over yet. When contacted, BJP general secretary in-charge of party affairs in Maharashtra Rajiv Pratap Rudy denied that the alliance was over. "The talks are still on but time constraint is a major factor and Shiv Sena should resolve the seat-sharing issue soon," he said, adding that otherwise the BJP may go it alone as the last date for ...
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SC declares National Tax Tribunal Law as unconstitutional
NEW DELHI, Sep 25 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today declared as unconstitutional the National Tax Tribunal Act under which a tribunal was set up to decide tax-related cases by taking away jurisdiction of high courts in such matters. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said that the Act passed by Parliament in 2005 is "unconstitutional" as the National Tax Tribunal (NTT) encroaches upon the power of higher judiciary, which can only decide issues involving substantial laws and not a tribunal. The apex court passed the order on a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of NTT contending that there was a grave danger that judiciary will be substituted by a host of quasi-judicial tribunals which function as departments of various ministries....
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Fire breaks out at SAIL's IISCO plant injuring 24
BURNPUR (WB), Sep 25 (Agencies): Altogether 24 people were injured, four seriously, in a fire at SAIL's IISCO steel plant here today, police said. All the 24 people were admitted to the hospital, the police said. "We are investigating the reason behind the fire. Out of these 24 people, three are CISF employees. The company officials are also looking into the reason behind the fire," Abhijit Chatterjee, officer-in-charge of Hirapur police station, under which IISCO falls, told PTI. Burdwan District Magistrate Soumitro Mohan said 20-23 suffered burns and four of them were in serious condition in the hospital. Efforts are on to transfer the seriously injured to a private hospital in Durgapur and the SDO, Asansol, has been sent to Burnpur, he added. State-owned SAIL had said earlier in t...
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6-Yr old girl allegedly buried alive by step-mother in Agra
AGRA, Sep 25 (Agencies): A six-year-old girl was allegedly buried alive by her step-mother in Shashtripuram area of the district here. Sumiksha was buried by her step-mother, Archana, on Sunday and her body was found today, said Ashok Kumar Singh, Circle Officer of Haripur police station. Archana has been booked for murder and arrested, the police officer said. According to the police, the accused buried the minor girl alive on Sunday and told her husband that she had gone missing. However, after three days, Archana revealed the matter to her nephew who informed the police. "After reaching the spot, police exhumed the body of the girl. A piece of cloth was stuffed into her mouth," the CO said....
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2 students injured in Berhampore college clash
BERHAMPORE, Sep 25 (Agencies): Two students were today seriously injured in a clash in Berhampore College in West Bengal's Murshidabad district, police said. The clash took place between the TMC Chatra Parishad and the student wing of Congress in which the two students were seriously injured, they said. The students also damaged some property of the college. The injured have been admitted to the Murshidabad Medical College Hospital. Principal of the college Samaresh Sarkar said the clash took place following a minor scuffle between the students group....
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Badal vows to fulfil aspirations of people in next 30 months
MOHALI, Sep 25 (Agencies): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the SAD-BJP alliance government would fulfil the aspirations of the people in the state in the coming two-and-a-half-year. Interacting with the mediapersons on the sidelines of an event here, Badal said the state government had left no stone unturned for the all-round development of Punjab in the last two-and-a-half-year and this trend would be replicated in the remaining term of the alliance government. He said the entire focus of the alliance government was to make Punjab emerge as a front-runner state in the country for which all out efforts were being made by them. Badal said the people of Punjab have time and again given a clear verdict in the pro-people and progressive policies of the state government...
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After Delhi tiger incident, PIL to increase safety measures in zoos
NEW DELHI, Sep 25 (Agencies): In the backdrop of the mauling of a youth by a tiger in a zoo here, a PIL was today filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Centre and Central Zoo Authority to assess safety conditions in zoos in the country and suggest measures to tackle emergency situations. The plea is likely to be heard on October 1. "Direct the respondents to form a committee to assess the safety conditions of the zoological parks/zoos in India particularly the Delhi Zoo, and to suggest measures for the security and preparedness in emergency situations," the PIL, filed by advocate Sunil Kumar, said. The PIL details the incident of mauling to death of 20-year-old youth Maqsood by a white tiger on September 23 when he fell into the enclosure at the Delhi Zoo here. It a...
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Modi govt to revamp NATGRID to improve functioning
NEW DELHI, Sep 25 (Agencies): The Narendra Modi government has decided to revamp the NATGRID, one of the biggest internal security projects of the previous UPA government, and will soon set up a committee for its complete overhaul. The committee will suggest how to improve the functioning of the NATGRID, a robust intelligence gathering mechanism set up to track any terror suspect and incident, and how to utilise its data base by different government agencies, a senior Home Ministry official said. According to the Home Ministry's proposal, the National Intelligence Grid, set up after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 and still in nascent stage, will connect data providing organisations and users in different phases besides developing a legal structure through which information can be acc...
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Sena reportedly agrees to BJP's offer of 130 seats, alliance to continue
MUMBAI, Sep 23 (Agencies): Facing the media together for the first time in several days, senior Shiv Sena and BJP leaders today said the two parties were "firm" on continuing the alliance as they resumed the deadlocked seat-sharing talks for Maharashtra Assembly polls. Top state leaders of the two oldest NDA allies sat down for talks ending a tense stand-off, a day after BJP President Amit Shah called up Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in a bid to pull back the 25-year-old alliance from the brink of disintegration. BJP had yesterday given a fresh proposal to the Sena, seeking for itself 130 of the state's 288 seats, a marginal climbdown from its earlier demand for 135, which its saffron ally had summarily rejected. In an earlier proposal, BJP had suggested that the two major constituents o...
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