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Modi greets four states on their foundation day

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday greeted people of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana on their states' foundation day.

"Greetings to people of Karnataka on Kannada Rajyotsava. May Karnataka scale new heights of progress in the years to come," Modi said.

Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated Nov 1 every year. On this day in 1956, all the Kannada language-speaking regions of southern India were merged to form the state of Karnataka.


Skill development for the blind launched

New Delhi: A city-based NGO has launched a skill development programme for the blind to enhance their employability quotient.

The four-month pilot project, launched by Score Foundation, aims at training 20 blind graduates who have recently passed out of various educational institutions.

"Presently we have 12 people enrolled with us who will be trained in computer skills, interpersonal skills and interdependent skills," Score Foundation CEO George Abraham told IANS.


Man stabbed his wife in UP court

Mathura: A man has stabbed his wife in a court in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district, police said.

Laxmi Devi, a mother of three children, is battling for her life in a hospital in Agra after her husband slit her throat and stabbed her several times Friday, police said.

Her husband Prem Pal Singh, a retired armyman, has been arrested after the victim's brother and the court intervened to protect her.

The couple had approached the court in a domestic violence case filed more than a month ago. A dowry case is also pending against Prem Pal Singh.


BCCI demands multi-million dollar settlement from WICB

Bridgetown (Barbados): The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will have to cough up nearly $42 million in order to stave off a lawsuit from the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI), stemming from the abandoned tour of India last month.

Indian authorities Friday told the WICB that its losses as a result of the abandoned one-day and Test tour had been estimated at $41.97 million, and gave the regional board 15 days in which to come up with a plan of compensation, reports CMC.


Indian appointed to UN peacekeeping panel

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Abhijit Guha, a retired Indian Army Lieutenant General, to a high-level panel to assess UN peace operations.

Jadavpur referendum: Majority of arts students vote for VC's removal

Kolkata: A whopping 80 percent of students, belonging to the arts faculty of Jadavpur University, voted for the removal of Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti in the referendum that spanned Thursday and Friday.

In the first phase of the referendum, as many as 2,602 students cast their votes. The results were declared Friday evening. The second leg which includes the science and engineering departments would begin Nov 11.


Increased tax refunds fuelling fiscal deficit: Jaitley

New Delhi : The higher fiscal deficit in the current financial year, that has touched 83 percent of the full year's target, is the result of increased tax refunds, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday.

"Higher tax refunds are getting reflected in fiscal deficit number. This year there were pending tax refunds estimated around Rs.120,000 crore," he told reporters here.

"It would be challenging to achieve the indirect tax aim. Direct tax target would be achievable. We would strive to achieve fiscal deficit aim for this fiscal," he added.


SC to hear plea for regulatory authority on environment

New Delhi : The Supreme Court will hear Nov 14 a plea for setting up of a regulatory authority to look into environmental matters including the impact, assessment and the enforcement of the National Forest Policy as was directed by the court in 2011.


Russian deputy PM to visit India Nov 5

New Delhi : Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin arrives in India Nov 5 for an inter-governmental meet, ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in December.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at a media briefing that Rogozin was arriving to attend the Indo-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation, which is co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Rogozin had visited India in June and also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Judge orders action on Bengal policeman for accused's double arrest

Kolkata : West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee regime, which has on several occasions faced a rap from the courts, Friday was yet again at the receiving end of judicial ire, as a judge ordered removal of a police officer for showing the arrest of an accused twice before him.