Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kerala plans heritage village for diaspora

By IANS, Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan Tuesday said the state industrial development corporation is undertaking a feasibility study for the proposed Rs.750-crore heritage village for the diaspora. "We have already identified 337 acres in the outskirts of the capital city near Chiryankil. The district collector has been asked to find out the modus operandi of acquiring the land," said Achuthanandan, who heads the department of non-resident Keralites affairs (NORKA).

Better security sought after Ambani chopper sabotage complaint

By IANS, New Delhi : A leading chamber has sought better security for corporate chiefs and sensitive establishments after an attempt was allegedly made to sabotage a chopper that belongs to the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group. Most industrialists declined to comment on record over the specific issue, saying the matter was sensitive, but they maintained that lax security for corporate chiefs and industrial establishments was a matter of concern.

Struggle against terror long and hard: Chidambaram

By IANS, New Delhi : The struggle against terrorism will be "long and hard" but the nation will eventually triumph, Home Minister P. Chidambaram declared here Tuesday. "The struggle will be long and hard, but eventually, we will triumph in eliminating the scourge of terrorism," Chidambaram said at a press conference after an almost eight-hour conference of chief ministers on internal security.

Malaysian Indians condole Venkataraman’s death

By IANS, Kuala Lumpur : The Indian High Commission here has opened a book for the public to offer condolences on the death of former Indian President R. Venkataraman. He died Tuesday in New Delhi. He was 98. Malaysia is home to over two million ethnic Indians, a bulk of them are Tamils who migrated here during the British era, The Star newspaper pointed out in its report Thursday. Venkataraman was the eighth president of India from July 25, 1987 to July 25, 1992.

PM to meet Hasina, Rajapaksa on BIMSTEC sideline

By IANS, New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet the prime minister of Bangladesh and the president of Sri Lanka during the BIMSTEC...

Advocate moves apex court for more judges in lower courts

New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) An advocate moved the Supreme Court Tuesday, seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against the central and state governments for allegedly ignoring a five-year-old apex court order for appointment of more judges in lower courts. Delhi-based advocate Sanjay Goel, in his petition filed in the court's registry, made Union Law Secretary T.K. Vishwanathan and chief secretaries of various states and union territories the respondents in his petition and sought contempt proceedings against them.

Pomp, pageantry mark R-Day across India

Jammu/Kolkata/Guwahati/Chennai/Panaji/Imphal : Republic Day was Monday celebrated across India with gaiety and patriotic fervour, as leaders stressed the need of rooting out corruption and working for development and asked insurgents to shun violence. The day was largely peaceful, barring two blasts in Assam and four in Manipur.

Class 10 student commits suicide in Delhi

By IANS, New Delhi : A 16-year-old Class 10 student Friday hanged himself to death from a ceiling fan at his house in south Delhi, allegedly over increasing pressure to do well in studies, police said. Rohit's father, a transporter, found him hanging at their home in Mahipalpur area around 4 a.m. "No suicide note was found and the body has been sent for postmortem," said a police officer. "His family said he was weak in studies and may have committed suicide due to demands on him to study well."

IAS officer has 220 bank accounts, assets in millions

By IANS, Raipur : B.L. Agrawal, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer in Chhattisgarh, has been found to have at least 220 bank accounts and assets worth millions of rupees, official sources said Saturday after the income tax department raided his residence here. IT officials searched the residence of the state agriculture secretary as well as business establishments of his close relatives Thursday.

Jharkhand to launch Mobile Kitchen

Ranchi : A Mobile Kitchen will be launched in Jharkhand from November which will provide lunch at Rs 5, a senior official said on...

Patna stampede: Probe team submits report

Patna : The panel probing the Dussehra day stampede here that left 33 people, mostly women and children, dead and over 30 others injured...

Elephant kills four in northern India

By SPA, New Delhi : Four people were crushed to death and three were injured when a wild elephant ran amok in India's northern Uttarakhand state on Thursday, news reports said, according to dpa. It happened at Khuddaheri village in Haridwar district, about 50 kilometres south-west of the state capital Dehra Dun, PTI news agency reported. The elephant strayed into the village from an adjoining national park and attacked villagers when they surrounded it, forest officials were quoted as saying.

PAHAL on LPG to cover entire country from Jan 1

New Delhi : The direct benefit transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme - Pratyaksh Hanstantrit Labh (PAHAL) - which was re-launched in 54 districts Nov...

Neurosurgeon Indrajit Roy will be new sheriff of Kolkata

By IANS, Kolkata : Eminent neurosurgeon Indrajit Roy will be the new sheriff of Kolkata, West Bengal government sources said here Friday.