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Short stories, self-help and seduction

Overcoming emotional obstacles can be achieved only when one liberates the soul or learns new lessons of life from Mahatma Gandhi's principles. On the other hand, there are women who who will go to any length to fulfill their desires. All this and more is at the IANS book stack this week. Take a look.

1. Book: Leadership: The Gandhi Way; Author: Virender Kapoor; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 122; Price: Rs. 195

Families dependent on minig in Meghalaya unable to get food

Shillong : An organisation for coal miners and owners has said families dependent on mining have been finding it difficult to get two square meals a day following the National Green Tribunal's ban on mining in Meghalaya.

"Some families are finding it difficult to get two square meals a day in the coal-belt of Meghalaya in view of the NGT's ban on coal mining," said Erwin K. Syiem Sutnga, vice-chairman of Movement for Indigenous People's Rights and Livelihood-Meghalaya (MIPRL-M).

Fiction from troubled South Asia (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy,

Title: False Sanctuaries: Stories from the Troubled Territories of South Asia; Author: Meenakshi Iyer; Publisher: Promilla & Co; Pages: 284; Price: Rs.395

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu

Jammu: The Pakistan Rangers Friday violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu district, police said.

The Pakistan Rangers targeted the Border Security Force (BSF) posts on the international border in R.S. Pura sector in Jammu Friday morning, a senior police officer told IANS here.

"The BSF has retaliated the firing effectively," the officer said.

Villagers in R.S.Pura and Arnia areas have been asked not to move out and switch off their lights during nights to avoid being targeted by the firing.

Resolution to improve tourism sector adopted

New Delhi: Creating a safe environment for tourists and focusing on cleanliness were two of the many areas that states and union territories Thursday agreed to work upon at a conference here Thursday.

The day-long "National Conference of Tourism Ministers" deliberated on various issues faced by the tourism sector.

It saw participation from 18 tourism ministers and 16 officials from states and union territories as well as private players.


34 child labourers rescued in Delhi

New Delhi : Thirty-four minors, aged between nine and 17 years, were Thursday rescued from several jewellery-making units in the capital, police said.

Police arrested 11 employers and sealed nine units in Karol Bagh area of central Delhi.

The raids were conducted Thursday in Adarsh Nagar and Karol Bagh areas, based on inputs by a non-governmental organisation.

The children hail from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and were brought to Delhi in the past few months, police said.


Acceleration of economy likely this fiscal: RBI

Chennai : Standing on the crossroads, the Indian economy could travel down the bumpy lane to a faster highway but for the current fiscal (2014-15), the growth is expected to be around 5.5 percent, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said Thursday.

In its annual report for 2013-14 released Thursday, the RBI said some acceleration in the economy is likely this fiscal, taking the growth to around 5.5 percent.

New guidelines for e-rickshaws

New Delhi : The South Delhi Municipal Corporation Thursday issued new guidelines for battery operated e-rickshaws, saying the civic body will fix the fares and also put a speed limit of 15 km per hour on the vehicles.

The guidelines are yet to be passed by the standing committee, a municipal official said.

The e-rickshaws will also have to abide by the traffic rules and instructions of traffic officials.


Delhi HC refuses to relax ban on e-rickshaws

New Delhi : Refusing to relax its order banning plying of e-rickshaws, the Delhi High Court Thursday said this did not bar the authorities from issuing an executive order to regulate them till a proper amendment in law was made to place them under the ambit of Motor Vehicles Act.

A bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul made the observation while refusing the central government's plea to relax its July 31 order and allow their plying in the city on the basis of the interim guidelines devised by ministry of road transport and highways.


Rajnath satisfied at India-Bangladesh border situation

New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday expressed satisfaction at the situation on the India-Bangladesh border as the two border forces are taking necessary confidence building measures and carrying out joint patrolling along the border.

Attending the border co-ordination conference here between the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF), he noted that the two countries enjoy cordial relations and should continue mutual dialogue for strengthening bilateral relations.